With October here and the festive Oktoberfest celebrations that come with it, we can’t think of a better time to bypass the Amstel Light and opt for one of the winners from Philly Beer Week’s Brew-vitational competition held this past summer.
Iron Hill Brewery’s Pig Iron Porter was voted No. 1 classic beer. “It’s an approachable, easy-drinking beer,” says Mark Edelson, Iron Hill’s director of brewery operations. “It’s a darker beer but not heavy, with wonderful roasted and chocolate notes.” Look for it at any of the eight Iron Hill locations (a ninth outpost will be opening in Chestnut Hill by year’s end).
Also seek out Sly Fox Standard Pils, a collaborative effort between Phoenixville-based Sly Fox Brewing Company’s Brian O’Reilly and William Reed of Standard Tap in Philly. Taking first place as the best new beer, the unfiltered, medium-bodied Keller Pils boasts a beautiful light-straw color and a refreshingly sharp dryness. Try this prize-winning brew at Standard Tap or Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.