With the Super Bowl LII match-up decided, it’s time to take a look at a few of the beers that define New England and Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will take the field Sunday, February 4 to decide the National Football League’s championship, but the decision of which city — the Patiors’ HQ is in Boston — produces the best beer is up to the individual taste buds. Bias from teams aside, both towns make excellent beer, and we’ve highlighted some of our favorites from Boston and Philly. Head to the store or call up beer trading partner and find some of these beers to drink while watching the game.
Lager for the Masses
Boston: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams can be credited with helping build the overall craft brew industry to where it is today, and founder Jim Koch did so on the back of the company’s workhorse, Boston Lager. Found in bars and stores across the country, Boston Lager is one of the most accessible beers for those looking to jump from mass-produced lagers to craft creations.
Philadelphia: Yuengling Traditional Lager
Although not technically in Philadelphia, but Pottsville, Pennsylvania, we’ll make an excpetion here for Yuengling. This cult favorite started making beer in 1829 — making it the oldest American brewery — in the small city about 80 miles from the City of Brotherly Love. Now Yuengling has a devout following and great demand in states it’s not available.
Best Regional Operation
Boston: Harpoon Brewery
While Sam Adams was certainly a trailblazer, many Boston locals consider Harpoon the city’s flagship brewery. Started in 1986, the company became employee-owned in 2014 and maintains its independent operation today. The Harpoon IPA was introduced in 1993 and is still a great example of a traditional American IPA, before hop bombs and juicy brews took over.
Philedelphia: Victory Brewing Co.
Brewing beer in the Philadelphia suburb of Downingtown since 1996, Victory has offerings for beer beginners and connoisseurs alike. The Pennsylvania hotshot is best known for Prima Pils, one of the first pilsners widely distributed from a craft brewery.
Tastiest Local Beer
Boston: Tree House Brewing Co. Julius
Tree House helped mainstream two of the biggest new trends in beer: hazy IPAs (aka New England IPAs). Executed correctly, this beer style has all the great fruity flavors of the hops and none of the bitterness. Tree House’s Julius is one of the premier examples, and many consumers will do wild things to get their hands on a fresh can.
Philadelphia: Tired Hands Brewing Co.’s Oak Program
Tired Hands has grown from a garage operation into one a 10,000-plus barrel operation ranging from hop-forward beers to farmhouse-style beers to milkshake IPAs. The Dispensary is a facility used for the brewery’s oak program, which features hundreds of barrels and five large French oak foudres.
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