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Kraftwork

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Taps: 25 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
97
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.64%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

541 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-3341
United States
phone: (215) 739-1700

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(Place added by: eldondre on 05-09-2010)
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

Having slaked a thirst at Yard's Brewing (See Reveiw), I strolled up to this Fishtown favorite. Situated on the corner of Girard and Montgomery - and accessed by a trolley car (No. 15) - Kraftwork is a small venue with a rather industrial decor of brick and unfinished plasterwork; it is a single room dominated by a circular bar with a scattering of picnic tables along the walls.

Kraftwork offers 25 well selected taps, which cover all your basic styles; I enjoyed Yard's Brawler, a mild; Racer 5 Cask and a savory FBS. The beer menu provided glass type, something I thought unique. Great service that passed the water test and an intriguing food menu boasting a Breakfast Cubano (pork belly atop toast with fried eggs).

A great stop in Philadelphia's Fishtown and in proximity to several other great places.

01-28-2014 18:06:45 | More by jjboesen
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NICOLEdawn


5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

love this place -its my go to in fishtown!!! the decor is amazing. the details in the wood and metals are so cool. also, central wrap around bar is ideal for bar sitters. love sitting at this bar more than any other bar!!! beer selection is great! food is great!!! love the staff. you can tell they love their jobs, that is so important, and says so much about the management. the first time i ever went here i ate a rice crispy treat with chocolate and bacon....but it was removed from the menu later - pleassseee put it back on it was soooo good!!!

11-13-2012 04:37:06 | More by NICOLEdawn
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rm9679

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Generally awesome place if you appreciate craft beer, or if you don't.
Quality food and service to support the 25 beers they have on tap. They offer a full-service bar and growlers to go, so there is something for everyone. The staff is knowlegable and they always offer $10 flights of four beers to sample if you are having difficulty choosing from the extensive tap list.

I wouldn't have installed televisions, but for some locals, I'm sure having the game on can be an attraction.

If you are a beer fan and live anywhere in the area, there is no excuse not to stop by kraftwork, you owe it to yourself.

11-05-2012 17:24:13 | More by rm9679
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slander

New York

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Saturday with Witzel Phillying again, it’s been some time, you see. Started out late, arrived early, as it is with speeding. And if you spin a U’y on Girard and no one is around to ticket you, is it really illegal? Yeah? Says who? Whatever, I did what I had to do. The end justifies my means of procuring a sweet spot, which I did. Parked right there with minimal walkage, it’s what I do...

Corner joint, somewhat pretty easily identifiable by the large wrench shaped Kraftwork sign out front and band saw blade action. You’re greeted by a rounded wood “U” shaped bar with a stainless steel inlay all around, a mesh base plate, and foot rest. Seating for 22 on puzzle piece stool seating, they’re totally cool. A long row of taps from end to end running the length of the base of the “U”; nitro on one end, and cask on the other. Glassware shelved and shelved and shelved below the bar. Slender bar island in the center; booze wellings all around, wine & glassware atop, with an anvil, of course, and a juice squeezer on the far side. A large hand saw with hop cut outs sits over the bar island suspended from an I-beam. It’s Paul Bunyan sized, seemingly unused, as he was more an axe guy.

Beaten brick walls with some non-chipped away whatever used to front it all around, and large vertical windows front and to the side. Diagonal wood slat floorings, and a black ceiling with round bulbs on wide pan backings, and phat drop lanterns about. Flatscreens on opposite walls and tunes a-playin’ from somewhere. Bench tables on both sides of the bar and off roundies up front to both sides of the door.

24 taps, ½ of which are American craft beer offerings, from here to there (Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter, Allagash Curieux, Terrapin Side Project #14 – TomFoolery Black Saison, Abita Pecan Harvest, Bells Oberon, Moylan’s Special Bitter, Coronado Idiot IPA, Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin, Ballast Point Calico, Lagunitas IPA), and the other ½ of them imports (Evil Twin Before During and After Xmas beer & Katz Pis American IPA, Mikkeller Black Hole Tequila & Red Wine editions, Lefebvre Blanche De Bruxelles, Bavis Petrus Aged Pale Ale, De Glazen Toren Saison D’Erpe-Mere, Boon Kriek, Liefman’s Oud Bruin, Reissdorf Kolsch), a token retro (PBR) and single cider (Doc’s Framboise). And a single cask offering (North Coast Red Seal). I drank the Bells Oberon, Abita Pecan Harvest, Terrapin Side Project #14 – TomFoolery Black Saison, and the cask North Coast Red Seal. What? They were shortys.

The beer menu lists the available offerings (+ the next 2 on deck), and shows the brewer, make, model, and abv. Beers are served in increments differentiated beer to beer (8 oz. pub, 10.5 oz. goblet, 16 oz. pint, and the 64 oz. growler), and they also do flights of 4 for $10. Plus a few customer cocktails & a half dozen wines.

Sadly, we’re in brunch mode so I can’t get that amazing short rib sandwich I had last time (um… roasted pablano crème, fried onions, pepper jack cheese, hello), so I’ll slum it with the Kraftwork burger (special dry aged blend of awesome), with Grafton 2 year cheddar & thick slab bacon for a few bits more, and I’ll take that medium please. Oh, and fries or a salad? Witz says “you don’t win friends with salad (no conga line)”, and it becomes apparent that it’s true; every other sentence that comes out of his mouth is a Simpsons quote. It will be fries. Accompaniment of lettuce, yes, and pickles, no (removed and plated them). Okay, now that was a serious good goddamn burger. I inhaled it and then picked at the fries lamentingly. Witz had the Kraftwork Breakfast, two eggs over easy, hashbrowns with peppers & onions, and a buttermilk biscuit. Worked for him, he dug on those crispy potatoes.

Good menu and the food was great (Damn you elusive short rib sandwich, I will be back for you). Solid beer selection, fresh and well maintained. Plenty of goods; wasn’t so easy to prioritize what I was to be having next. Server was pleasant, albeit scared somewhat by my slight scribblings in a little book of crazy. Ed is on celebrity watch, thinking he’s seeing beer industry people. Ed is paparazzi. Cool scene, and a better looking crowd than I remembered this neighborhood holding.

02-10-2012 03:38:38 | More by slander
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StoryOfTheGhost

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

I love this place, and make it a point to go there when I am in Philly.

First of all- I went there for the beer, but the food is amazing. They make one of the best burgers I have ever had, and their fries are so good that they are memorable, which says a lot for fries.

They have a smaller selection, which is why I gave them a 4 rather than a 5, but for what they have, it is amazing. They always have at least 1 or 2 things that I am very excited about. I'm from Jersey, so it gives me the chance to get some Bells, and Russian River favorites that do not make it to my state. I always leave with a growler of something.

The service is not only knowledgable but also very friendly, and they never leave you waiting. They really make the experience excellent.

As far as value- I would say that the food, for the quality is excellent value, while the beer is a bit pricy, but its nice to be able to get some rare gems while having a good meal in a low-key place.

12-29-2011 14:21:41 | More by StoryOfTheGhost
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barryshomebrew

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

One of our favorite beer bars in the city. Just being able to sit so close to 24 taps and ask for a flight of your choice of those beers is amazing.

You can pretty much guarantee there will be something to drink for everyone, even if they typically don't like beer. Kraftwork usually has a cider, or something similar on tap. The food is always spot on as well, I love the crab salad.

As the owner himself said, "I'm not doing my job right if I have 24 taps and can't put something on there to satisfy every palate” - Adam Ritte.

10-22-2011 14:25:35 | More by barryshomebrew
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

When I lived in Chicago, people in bars would often ask me where I went to school (i.e. OSU or IU). In Boston, people usually ask me to get out of the way. In Philadelphia, at Kraftwork, I had two different parties of vastly different ages engage me in conversation about beer. I think I'm in love.

It's a little out of the way, but man was this stop worth it - and not just because I kicked the keg of Pliny that they'd gotten in the day before. This is a serious beer bar in a serious beer city. At 5:00 on a Saturday, Kraftwork was packed with people of all different ages enjoying a fantastic selection of beers. Though the tap list wasn't the biggest I've seen, all of the selections were well-chosen and interesting. In addition to Pliny, I saw St. Creme Brulee, Deschutes Inversion, Great Divide Hibernation, and a host of others on tap. Additionally, every entry on the beer menu is listed alongside its on-deck replacement. I wasn't given a bottle list, but when I mentioned to the bartender that I was a big fan of Consecration he was more than happy to pull a bottle out from underneath the bar.

Service was impeccable here. Our bartender made sure to let us know as soon as we sat down that we could order samples of anything we liked - nice touch. Cambridge has plenty of tatted-up beer geek bartenders who can wax nostalgic about old Abyss vintages, but not many that are this friendly.

Though I didn't get the chance to order food, everything coming out of the kitchen looked awesome. Moreover, everything seemed very reasonably priced, though I suppose it's a bad sign when I'm automatically excited about a burger that costs less than $14.

A brighter, friendlier Lord Hobo with a smaller but nonetheless excellent draft list. I'm sorry I left.

08-03-2011 02:50:41 | More by amphion1065
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Kraftworks is located in Fishtown. I was here for the Firestone release. I thought the place was very cool. Very industrial looking place with a pretty wide mix of people. Food and service were good considering the large amount of people that showed up. Burgers were very good and food came out quickly. They had a stellar tap list....including Cantillon St. Lamvinus which I had a glass of to finish the night. Awesome! They were also one of the lucky bars to get Abacus on tap. I would definitely go back to this place.

05-06-2011 14:07:03 | More by Kaydogg
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dragonWhale

New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

My first foray into Philly was fraught with the peril of nearly running out of gas. As I was also hungry, I figured some place would avail itself to me. Being Philly, I thought if I just drove a couple blocks, I'd find a decent beer place with some good food. What I found was Kraftwork.
I stepped in fresh off the street, ready for anything. A full bar, beautiful bartenders, and an outstanding draught list? Check, check, and check. Thank you, Philly. Ordered up an Abacus and an outstanding burger with some pretty good garlic fries and got myself back on the road. Good service, great selection. Further investigation will take place in the future, but an impressive first showing, Philly.

04-20-2011 18:12:53 | More by dragonWhale
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Kraftwork is a really cool craft beer bar in the ever expanding web of gentrification in Fishtown. The bar is on a non-descript corner on Girard, with a little bench in front of a large bright street side window. Theres a cool sign in the shape of a wrench that announces the name of the bar. The interior is very cool with some steam punk influences, exposed brick wall, exposed industrial fittings and a really cool maple bar. The tables are scattered throughout and are of different sizes which is helpful for small and large parties. The floor is pretty wide so there's room for those that want to stand and mingle.

The food here was good but not great. The portions were fair, but I felt like several of the courses were tasty but I had little criticisms about seasoning or ingredients that could improve them. The veggie options were available, which is always helpful for mixed crowds.

The beers are the star here with a good mix of craft beers on 24 taps and 1 hand pump. There is a good representation from on East Coast beers as Terrapin, Flying Dog, Yards, Victory, Troegs, as well as Belgians and West Coast beers on tap. There selection is always interesting and they provide detailed description on each beer, pricing on different size pours (half pints, tulips, pints and growlers), abv, and what is coming next. There are often seasonals and limited beers that you'd have trouble finding elsewhere in the city.

This is a nice place to go before a concert at Johnny Brenda's, dancing at Kungfu Necktie, or just a night of craft beer drinking.

03-02-2011 03:04:24 | More by Soonami
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Kraftwork in Philadelphia, PA
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