Independence Brew Pub
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3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
As a city with a rich brewing heritage, Philadelphia boasts a rather decent brewpub in the City Center, across from the bustling Reading Terminal Market, in which both locals and tourists can enjoy a decent meal with some very quaffable ales.
Independence Brew Pub offers beer lovers a wide selection that runs the gamet from kolsch-style, a well-balanced, but mildly hopped IPA and a delicious oatmeal stout. A good representation for all tastes - even for non-beer drinkers, if there are such creatures among us. The menu worked because it went beyond "pub grub." One interesting note: they have a Mens Room attendent - who does work for tips. The only negative is the airport bar atmosphere, not unpleasant, but certainly not intimate - and definately not for folks looking for a quiet meal. In any case, not a bad place to hang out after visiting the Liberty Bell. Ben Franklin would surely approve, after all he supposedly said that :Beer is prove that God Loves Us and Wants Us To Be Happy."
UPDATE (August 2007): I've heard that this place is closed.
04-12-2007 16:09:58 | More by jjboesen
3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here to kill some time before picking someone up from the bus station down the street, and went back the next day as well.
When you first walk in, you see the place is huge. From the outside, it looked like a small little brew pub.
After sitting down at the bar, I was frequently passed by and not asked what I would like to drink. Thankfully, the drunk sitting next to me drinking Corona, yelled at a waitress that I needed a drink. Gotta love those kinds of people.
The selection of house beers was shorter than I anticipated, they had 5 beers on tap, a Grolsch, Oatmeal Stout, and three others I can't remember. None of them were "big beers" or other standouts. They also had two Yards on tap, and one Sly Fox.
Overall, I will head back here to check out their seasonals, but was really left unimpressed by the service. That being said, if your in the Center City area, I would say this is a must stop, as its in the famed Reading Terminal, which serves up some of the best food on the planet.
04-10-2007 13:09:13 | More by leftmindedrighty
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My friend and I were spending St. Patrick's Day in downtown Philly and felt it was mandatory to have a beer or two. First stop was Nodding Head but it was too smoky and crowded. Next was Ludwig's Garten which was absolutely overflowing with drunken college age idiots dressed in green. Next choice was Independence which turned out to be quite acceptable.
It is a large place but no more so than a typical Rockbottom. Large curved bar backs up to the brewery which is visible behind big windows. Some large family-sized tables as well as normal restaurant seating for maybe 125 people.
The tap selection included five brews made on site: Kolsch, Amber, IPA, Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout. Also on tap were Victory Prima Pils, Stella Artois and 3 others I forget.
We tried all of the house beers except the Kolsch. All were good but not outstanding. The IPA was best of the lot. Very fruity nose, good body and flavor; it would be about an 85 on BA.COM. The oatmeal stout was also quite acceptable. The Imperial was way short of my concept of Imperial stout. Not nearly enough hops, body, flavor or alcohol. Still, a pretty tastey brew.
The food was well made and in good sized portions. In addition to pizza and sandwiches, they also serve steaks, seafood, salads etc.
Fair prices for a big city.
I would be happy to return here.
03-18-2007 19:40:22 | More by joedon
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
A good restaurant/pub. The service is solid and it's usually busy but there's never much of a wait. Atmosphere is a little bland depending on your point of view - not really a beer drinkers place (I saw a lot of Coronas on tables when I was there last). Have a nice number of beers on tap, and their own microbrews are pretty solid all around (I like th Independence Ale and Brown Ale the best) - you can get a sampler for $7, which isn't bad. Food's solid (nothing to write home about), but overall a good place to go after work.
02-10-2007 21:45:29 | More by soupyman10
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
We attended a large party here for my friend's 30th. The bar was very long and there was plenty of seating. The vibe was very friendly even though it was so big. We hung out upstairs in the "gameroom" area.
The Food that we ordered was typical bar food, but it came out promptly. My wife said the Chicken Fingers were the best. My chili wasn't so hot.
The upstairs bartender was prompt and helpful. The downstairs bartenders were a bit hurried. Also, downstairs I ordered a Love Stout and received the Independence Stout. Maybe she didn't hear me correctly. Maybe she didn't care!
Getting to the beer - Nothing Special. To quote the bartender, I asked "Do you have any special beers on tap?" His reply, "Yes, we have a nut brown." Ouch. Seriously that's as good as it got. They had a weak IPA, a tolerable Pale, a decent Kolsch and a Stout which wasn't as good as the Love Stout they also had on Tap. (We did a side-by-side comparison). They also had a Sly Fox Dunkel and Victory Prima Pils on tap. They definitely need some help with their selection. Of all the Sly Fox and Victory beers to choose from, it's as if they picked the ones that wouldn't take too much attention from their mediocre brews. I believe the beers were over $6 a pint.
Would I go again? Sure. Would I make it a destination? Hells No. However, it was a good gathering place for my friends and I since it was so central.
Location, Location, Location.
01-29-2007 21:33:59 | More by BitterBrian
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Beer prices while I was here on a Saturday afternoon was $3 a pint. I stuck to the Kolsch. They had about 4 of their own beers on the menu. Standard type beers but no light beers. They had Miller Lite on bottle for those types. I like that. If financially feasible, all brewpubs should do something similar.
A very big bar which I enjoyed. Good bit of TVs. But there was multiple audio from separate college football games. That was weird.
A couple of Yards beers were on-tap as well. Love Stout and Philadelphia Pale Ale.
No major problems with service, although I got the impression they were busy. They were very friendly.
I had some chicken-sausage gumbo and fries. My wife had a wrap I tried. Pretty good, but food doesn't seem to be their strong suit.
All in all, worth a visit if you are near the Reading Terminal Market. But I would suggest eating there and hanging out here.
11-05-2006 12:56:55 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Good beer, good food, nice staff. We sampled all their beers, and found the Independence Ale and the Oatmeal Stout to be the best of the bunch. The Kolsch was nice, too. I'd already OD'd on cheesesteak earlier in the day, but their salads are very good. There weren't too many people there late on a Saturday night, but there was enough noise in the place to make it seem like it was filled to capacity. TV's all over to watch whatever sports are on. Not a good date spot, but great to take the wife. "What? I can't hear you! Tell me later!"
07-09-2006 17:08:47 | More by RedLion
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This brew pub was one of the first places I hit in Philly. My wife and I came in off the street tired and ready for a bit of sleep after a few brews.
The brewpub brewing equipment was fairly visable from the bar. The bar seemed to go on forever. What can I say I am a sucker for the woody look. The place had substantial dining room table space. The room had dim lighting.
The staff was knowledgeable about the beer. Some of the bartenders gave exceptionally good service; however, others provided a seemingly begrudging service.
The brew pub had a oatmeal stout, kolsch, creame ale, IPA, and a yards IPA cask offering. The beers all tasted good. None of the beers where exceptional, but they are all solid offerings.
We had a barbeque chicken and apple pizza. The pizza was reasonably priced and dam tasty.
We went here about three times during our vacation. Not a fantastic place by any measure; however, this was a very reliable place to get a solid pint.
06-15-2006 09:50:11 | More by nlmartin
2.93/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Came in here on a sat night for a couple brews only to have to leave after one beer because of some private party...Atmosphere is nice..nice view of the equipment and a nice modern look to the place...bar tender was friendly and quick but that was probably because the place was fairly empty..As for the beer i wasn't impressed at all ..only had 5 i think on tap...ipa, oatmeal stout, and ale and kolsch...i had the oatmeal stout and there definatley was a sanitation issue...it had that dirty wine taste to it and to tell you the truth im glad that i wasn't allowed to stay around for another...i probably wouldn't head back on my own
05-15-2006 14:28:50 | More by thetachibro
2.33/5 rDev -32.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | $
Visited on 03/08/06. A huge warehouse style building located in an alley under a bridge/building. Very big and open with a really long bar....
The female bartenders had an attitude - must be a Philly thing (or it's me). I waited 10 minutes at the bar to be acknowledged when they were not busy at all. When I went over to the 2 of them to ask for a sampler I got the pissed off response for interrupting their gossip time. You guys brew and serve crummy beer so lose the 'tude !
The number of selections was average for a brewpub - 5 different beers - and unfortunately they were the std brewpub styles (Kolsch, Amber, IPA, Stout, Specialty).
The beers brewed were below average quality for every style. The Oatmeal Stout is the only one I would entertain having more than one of...
I finished my sampler asap and got the heck out of there to head back to Nodding Head - may as well have good beers while getting crummy service . Don't waste your time here.
05-10-2006 19:03:39 | More by RBorsato
Independence Brew Pub in Philadelphia, PA
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