Resurrection Ale House
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4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
Saturday mid afternoon, on the move again in a westward way before departing Earthbound for dinner. That corner place just passed, and damn, there's like nowhere to, wait, I can totally park that. A greater distance than the other guy to the hydrant, I deem this spot legal. Both ends of our party now caught up, we can agree on one and out in theory not practiced and we know that going in. My, this place sure smells like new...
It's not that I consulted (Evil) Davo on the shape of things, rather he was just being a douche a-bag offering it up like he was being helpful when you know he was failing at mocking me. Says he, "An 'L' shaped bar with a bi-leveled open barback" (To be fair, I raised him from a cub and did learn-ed him good). Seating for 14 plus 4 above above the strung glow rope lined barback counter with horizontal mirrors, and booze tiered on the slight. Some wines & specialty bottles displayed, glassware shelved below, and taps chalk printed on Blind Tiger horizontal boards above the bar.
Dropped pressed tinesque ceiling that I don't know how I feel about, and white, I don't know what, it's liked vinyl wallpaper with a pressed pattern over green slat wood lowers & trim. Bar counter pieces on 3 wall places for the putting of drink or elbow or both. 2 beaten horizontal framed mirrors on the end, some cool prints behind me on the wall, and Orval tin mad props. A single flatscreen mounted in the corner above, viewable from the lower bar area. Drop mismatched lamps over the bar & seating along the tall vertical windows opening over the corner kind of, with views of some aesthetically nicety, an old navy vet hospital turned condos, maybe. Holiday white strung lighting around the windows wreathed, it being the season and all.
5 small round white marble tables below the windows and up to the up, 4 baby tables on one side sharing some bench, the same to the rear, a pair of booths in the corner, and the aforementioned seating for 4 at the bar with tap selections printed overhead. Saloon door kitchen access shutters there. Good framed art pieces up above, with spots within. A series of mushroom drawings decorate the stairwell to the bathroom below. I licked one or four of them, they didn't taste like much (sorry about the smudging).
12 taps sunken below. A good mix of micro near (Yards Brawler, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, DogFishHead Old School Barleywine & 90 Minute IPA) and far (Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Bear Republic Racer 5, Stone Smoked Porter), and imports (Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux, Belhaven Twisted Thistle, St Louis Gueuze, Winter Koninck, Weissenohe Bonator). And cask Victory Uncle Teddy's Bitter on a single handpump on the bar. You knows I drank the Dupont Avec (you knows it).
And a tight bottle list of 40+, 2/3 of which are Belgian offerings (amongst them, 6 offerings from De Dolle including 2 vintages of the Oerbier Reserva, 4 offerings from Cantillon, Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale, De Ranke XX Bitter, Oude Beersel Framboise & Gueuze, Hanssens Oudbeitje), the remainder being American micro fun and imports. Quite the collection, from the John Courage RIS '93 for $30, to Nation Bohemian cans for $1.75, and everything in between, including (lovely) Orval for $8 (Respect, man, respect). This is clearly someone's "This is what I like" list. Needless to say, some of these items have since, um, rotated out. And maybe another beer and out, you think, yes? Ed went with an Orval, I had the Petrus Aged Pale Ale of the non suck, true.
Servicewise, our Seantender ran the insult gamut, starting with a long overdue telling Davo to shut up (nobody likes him), and soon after rippin' on Ed's hat, offering up "The man's about comfort and not style" (I hate that hat). He's some funny shit, and as he's seen and shown proper respect for our Spuyten Duyvil, I have decided that he may stay.
Food menu, there are things I could eat here. Like now. Like right fucking now. And my friends, too. But no. Not today anyway, I told you already we had dinner plans, but we got another shot at foodings during Philly beer week. Suspiciously easily accommodated for brunch, the omelet with chorizo & manchego cheese and a tasty salad of greens fixed my morning head, thank you. And as most of us ordered a side of pepper bacon, they put it on a single plate; a heaping mountain of beautiful piggenings (and there was much rejoicing). Oh, and there was this plate of pickled things. The best of the lot were the grapes; they were well licoriced up, you know, in a good way while still retaining their purple. Amazing! And drink, yeah, I guess I'll be slumming it with the Russian River Consecration (it is a struggle though). Either that or the Pliny. I'm sorry, I meant it's either that and the Pliny. Such is life.
Some good tunes today, they sing inside my head (the voices). Comfortable house. The food & drink are real damn good. This place is slight and tight, but seriously...
06-12-2010 05:21:55 | More by slander
4.06/5 rDev -4.2%
Resurrection is one of those beer places I’ve had on my Philly bucket list for quite a while. Now that I live here, I wasted no time and went there ASAP. On a Sunday morning at high noon, the place was surprisingly quiet. I thought it’d be rather jammed with folks doing brunch and all of that.
Small corner bar with a funky configuration, two levels, a bar, bunch of tables… the tap list is obscure and interesting: Oxbon, Trois Dame Grande Dame, Dead Man’s Hand Imp Stout, Pays d’Auge Cidre, Dogfish Red+White, Stillwater, Brewer’s Art… 12 taps total.
The bottle selection is small but enticing, with 15-dollar bottles of World Wide Stout and vintage J.W. Lee’s Harvest among other goodies.
I absolutely loved my “brandade benedict”, a genius creation of pan-fried brandade cake with a poached egg on top. Pricey at 13 dollars for one single jawn, but damn delicious.
Service is friendly and knowledgeable, ambience is good alright (despite the screaming babies and preppy-white parents from overtly-gentrified Graduate Hospital) and the only downside is how expensive the whole thing came out to be: sixty dollars after tax and tip for three drinks and two food items. More New York than Phila, yo!
07-16-2014 03:17:35 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Good looking place. They've cleaned it up a bit; and it has a very "home-like" feel. Leigh has done a great job "decorating it". It almost looks like the inside of someone's home, and the only thing unusual is the panel of old beer cans she put on the wall upstairs.
There are 12 beers on tap that I'm assuming will rotate quite freely, but all of them have been carefully chosen. Obviously, Resurrection Ale from the Brewer's Art in Baltimore was included, and Schlenkerla Helles, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, and Ayinger Octoberfest helped to round it out.
Beyond that there are 41 bottles, all really good, including John Courage Russian Imperial Stout (from Scotland ?) at $30, and Cantillon Saint Lamvinous at $45. There's also a can of Natty BOH for $1.75!
The food I had was good, but we'll have to wait until the actual menu is in-service to see exactly what's what. I'm just hoping that they haven't gone a little too far into gastronomic exploration for the neighborhood to handle.
Overall, impressive. Get yer butt over there!
09-24-2009 00:17:14 | More by NeroFiddled
4.44/5 rDev +4.7%
Another notch in the belt of the dynamic duo that is Leigh and Brendan!
Stopped in with TEAM D(r)INK on a lovely Saturday autumn afternoon about a week after opening.
A charming, nice looking place. Nothing too fancy,but all very neat and orderly. Overall, it has a pleasant "homey" feel. Smaller than I expected with a dominating bar taking center stage dividing the sunken bar area from the raised dining area.
A rock solid list of 12 beers on tap. Nice to see the namesake Resurrection Ale on along with one of personal favorites Schlenkerla Helles--of which I had a pint of! What else...oh Port Old Viscosity and Ommegang Rare Vos amongst others! Plus an automatic half point bump in selection from me...a cask offering. This time around Yard's Cape of Good Hope IPA.
In addition to the taps a nice selection of 40+ bottles, that mainly focus on Belgians and a few choice $$$ items.
Leigh was present...all 1 1/2 of her...working her ass off as usual. Treating us like old friends....which is nice for we certainly are not, but Leigh always makes us feel like we are!
The bartender was hip, attentive and conversational. I am ashamed I cannot recall his name but I liked him nonetheless!
I think food will be order next time we visit....everything that was coming out looked and smelled great.
Leigh and Brendan should be proud of this new addition to their growing empire! They are taking over Philly one corner bar at a time!
10-30-2009 03:07:17 | More by Deuane
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
Went here for the first time tonight. Very cool small bar/restaurant in the Graduate Hospital area of Philly. The atmosphere of this place is very good with a cool vibe but it is small with limited seating and it can get incredibly loud. Lots of hipsters, art students, beards and skinny jeans but not in an obnoxious way. The bar is right there as soon as you walk in and it's a nice size. Above there is a chalk board of what's currently available on draft. Several small tables on both sides and around the bar. There ios also a little dining area behind the bar with more tables and another chalkboard with the draft/cask offerings listed.
They have about twelve rotating taps here and somewhere in the range of 40 bottles plus a rotating cask selection which is always more than welcome. Although there are only 12 beers on tap they had a very good selection including Blind Pig, St. Louis Gueuze, Storm King(cask), Kulmbacher Eisbock, Elysian Bi Frost and a few others. I guess the only problem would be for some is that they don't have many lagers or session beers. This, however, was not a problem for me. The bottle list is very thought out as well with four Cantillon offerings including St. Lamvinus and Brouscella Grand Cru. Other nice surprises were 05 Oerebier Grand Reserve, 93 Courage Russian Imperial Stout and 00 JW Lees. You will pay for these rarities but it's really cool that they even offer them.
The service was very good and the food was excellent. My wife and I went for dinner and even though the place was packed we were seated almost immediately. Our server was very friendly and knew all of the specials including every ingredient they were prepared with. She always made sure everything was okay and that our glasses were filled.
Every course that we ordered was delicious. I had the pork tenderloin and my wife had the double fried chicken and both of the dishes were perfect. We also had appetizers and deserts and this was one of the best meals we've had in a while whether it be a gastropub or fine dinning restaurant. Their food definitely a few steps above casual pub food but the prices are very reasonable and they have many vegetarian/vegan friendly options.
I loved this place and am thinking of going back tomorrow for brunch. Highly recommended.
12-05-2009 06:22:50 | More by corby112
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Came here with my wife for our wedding anniversary on Oct. 10, 2010.
Parking was hard to come by here and it's smack in the middle of a residential area but it was worth it.
Unassuming from the outside, we walk in and i must say it was smaller than i had imagined. Still, it was comfortable and being fairly early, it was about half empty. We went to the upper part to sit at the tables.
The tap list had 12 beers including Saison du BUFF, Stone RIS, Ayinger Oktoberfest, ST Harvest & Arcadia Jaw Jacker. I wanted some cask but they didn't have the keg yet. Then selected the Sly Fox Rauchbier and they were out of that too. I settled on Saison du BUFF and my wife with the Stone RIS. The prices were cheap IMO ranging from 4-5$ which is a bargain. Everything was killer and a nice mix of local, classics and seasonals.
The waiter was nice and very knowledgeable of the beers even suggesting some. I had to wait for a while to get my beer though which was a bit bothersome.
The food was simply fantastic and inexpensive really considering what you get. I took the pappardelle with lamb ragu and my wife had the twice fried chicken. Some slight changes to the menu we were handed for a few things. I think they tweak it a lot without necessarily changing the menu which is odd but not terribly bad.
Overall, the service could have been a little faster for my beer and it would have been nice if the menu changes were reflected in the menu we were given but we seriously enjoyed our time there and would come back again for sure.
10-13-2010 16:54:40 | More by papat444
2.93/5 rDev -30.9%
I went into my visit here with expectations that this would be a very good place to have a beer. Entering around 8:00 pm on a Saturday, no surprise that the restaurant/bar had a lively crowd. I was able to secure a stool at the bar, and was soon greeted by a bartender. After looking over the offerings, I asked for a taste of a beer and the response was : "we only have a small amount left, so I can`t pour you a taste, but it is good".
So, I ordered the beer and it was pretty good. It was a beer out of Cali, nothing very limited by any means. Some of the tap offerings were from Pizza Port, Ballast Point, local brewers, etc. I believe that they also have bottles, but do not recall those selections. Food here looked pretty good, but seemed a bit expensive. And the odd thing was that with these prices and a bit of attitude, the staff was very much dressed down. While a lot of the diners/drinkers were dressed kind of nice...it didn`t really mesh. All in all, it was ok, but I was hoping for better from the other reviews here.
05-13-2012 20:44:42 | More by mltobin
4.73/5 rDev +11.6%
My first stop during Philly Beer Week. On cask Elysian Brewer's Reserve IPA (7% abv); DFH 75 minute IPA (7.5%); Slyfox Pale Ale (5%). Later in the weekend the following was going on cask: Green Flash Hop Head Red (Red IPA, 7%); Victory Summer Love (American Blond, 5.2%); Bear Republic Grand Am ( APA,6%); Breckingridge Lucky U (American IPA, 6.2%); and Yards Brotherly Suds (American Bitter,4.5%). Elysian kicked while I was there so I stayed for a Hop Head Red. Great staff, friendlycrowd, amazing beers and an excellent start to my 3-day beer weekend. On tap: Leipziger Gose; Ichtegem's Grand Cru; Oskar Blues G'night; Manyayunk Duet; DeDoll Dulle Teve; Allagash White; Victory Braumeister Pils; Left Hand Milk Stout; and Port Summer Pale Ale. WOW!
06-01-2013 00:29:22 | More by 86sportster883
Resurrection Ale House in Philadelphia, PA
93 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.