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Brews and Booze: A Spirited Adventure Through Philly’s “Olde Kensington” Neighborhood

Olde Kensington, a historic neighborhood just two miles north of Old City Philadelphia, is quickly becoming a haven for craft beer enthusiasts and spirits aficionados. Formerly a working-class industrial neighborhood full of warehouses and rowhomes, Olde Kensington is now home to modern condo buildings, art galleries, and unique eateries. With a growing collection of breweries and distilleries as well, the area offers a unique opportunity to embark on a self-guided “spirits trail,” sampling local libations and great food while immersing yourself in the neighborhood’s rich history.

Beer lovers can make their way to Olde Kensington by way of the Philly beer standard, Yards Brewing. Fuel up in their full-service dining room and enjoy all the classic Yards brews you can only get from the source.

Also worth a visit is the Evil Genius Beer Company. This popular brewpub is a must-visit for any craft beer fan. Renowned for their IPAs and creative and seasonal offerings, Evil Genius offers a lively atmosphere and a chance to try their latest curious concoctions.
Next, we recommend the newest resident in the Olde Kensington brewing scene, Wissahickon Brewing Co. Set to open its second location this summer, Wissahickon is bringing their delicious beers and pub fare to the neighborhood. This spot features a unique twist: a kombucha production facility, catering to those seeking a non-alcoholic option.

If you’re a spirits enthusiast, you don’t want to miss New Liberty Distillery. This award-winning distillery, housed in a historic building, offers tours, tastings, and a chance to sample their handcrafted whiskeys, vodkas, and gins. Learn about the distilling process and discover the unique flavors that New Liberty brings to the table. calendar

Crafting Your Spirits Trail:

While there might not be a formally established “spirits trail,” these hotspots are conveniently located within walking distance in Olde Kensington. Here’s a itinerary for your adventure:

Start your afternoon at Evil Genius, grabbing a seat on their patio and enjoying a flight of their latest beers. Stop by Martha for a snack (don’t snooze on their hoagies!), then head to New Liberty Distillery for a tour and tasting. Learn about the history of the building and how their spirits are made.
Be sure to pop in to Stateside’s charming lounge to sample something from their award-winning vodka centric cocktail menu. Or, if you’re in the mood for a micro-brew, the tiny Fermentary Form or Punch Buggy breweries are sure to please.

a glass of beer on a tableWrap up your evening at Wissahickon Brewing Co, enjoying a delicious pub meal alongside a refreshing beer or kombucha. Or you can make your final destination the Human Robot Brewery, where you can cozy-up to a hearty German-style lager, a “milk tube,” and a sandwich that you’ll be dreaming about for years.
Beyond the brews and spirits, Olde Kensington offers more than just drinks. Take some time to explore the charming streets lined with historic brick buildings, trendy shops, and art galleries. You might even stumble upon a hidden gem along the way!

So, gather your friends, lace up your walking shoes, and embark on a spirited adventure through Olde Kensington. With its friendly atmosphere, delicious libations, and rich history, this neighborhood is sure to become one of your new favorite spots to unwind and explore in Philly.

 

 

Written by Jenna, a local expert guide for Philly Crawling. A recent escapee from the corporate world, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with family. She’s a pet lover, self-proclaimed beer geek, travel enthusiast, and aspiring foodie. Join Jenna for history and beer on Philly Crawling’s Liberty Pub Crawl.

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