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The Farmers' Cabinet

Not Rated.
The Farmers' CabinetThe Farmers' Cabinet
very good

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 24.87%
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 98
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 26
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1113 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
United States
phone: (215) 923-1113
// CLOSED //


It should be noted that the house beers, although served exclusively at the Farmer's Cabinet and at the Boilmaker, were in fact brewed for them at a microbrewery they owned in Alexandria, VA, called Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse.

They no longer have house beers brewed for them.

(Place added by: hhkal17 on 03-18-2011)
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Reviews by Dennycurr:
Photo of Dennycurr
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%

I went here after reading reviews from BA. Then I come here to write a review and read the last 3 reviews here and it is something like I'm going to write.
Reviews I didn't read before I went.
All not so hot & all within the last month.

What's up with that?!

Where to start?
I sought out the Farmer's Cabinet on a Fri for lunch. After entering thru a curtain, I was introduced to the darkest joint, I had ever been in. I literally could not see a foot in front of me. I asked to go to a restroom and the waitress, said right down the steps over there....and I just stood there for about 30 secs trying to see the steps. Finally I was led there.
When I came back I wanted to sit at the bar but it was going to be too dark to read what I expected, from BA reviews, to be a great beer and lunch, menu.
Luckily---there was a seat by an open doorway, to the street, where a little daylight sifted thru.
Btw ---my seat was a round no back stool and my table was a "chic", barrel. Both uncomfortable but I guess, that is what you get when someone is trying to be a hip spot. My exact seat is in the BA picture up there. There is a barrel in front of that stool.

What was unlucky were, ironically,,,the beer and lunch menus.

It was beer week and they were boasting their Danish Craft beers. I came for Belgians and/or these new great American beers out there. I guess it was too bad I WASN'T there for Danish beers. This might be a diff review.
Now----they did have an array of Belg beers..(None on tap of note. Hoegarden and Stella, I think, were there), but they were wayyyy out there and very difficult to decipher. The print was, (purposely), made hard to read with a very fancy font I had a couple good ones (St Feuillion Cru and a Roch 8). If I went back, I'd check a few others out.

The food menu was ridiculous.
Has anyone ever heard of a "Hirame Crudo"? That's a lunch entre'. Lots of choices like that.
I wound up eating a soft pretzel.
I can't tell ya much about the inside because, even from where I sat...looking back into the place...all I could see was the end of the bar, nearest me.

My likes---??
I like the oldtime music.
I like where the Farmers Cabinet sits. Right across the stree from the Forest Theater.
I liked my seat looking out the open door onto a busy street...albeit, an uncomfortable seat and, heh, again---eating off of a,"chic and hip", barrel.
I also would go back again just to try a few more diff beers. This time, tho---I'd know what I'm getting into.


Dennycurr, Jun 06, 2012
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Cool atmosphere, a lot of room to sit and grab a drink, bar is really cool and they have a lot of taps. It was a little pricey but if you in philly you should def check it out, hear the food is $ but we didn't eat. Beer selection had quite a few great taps everything from lambic's to lagers.

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I'd probably better review this place before it's closed, which says a lot - http://philly.eater.com/tags/the-farmers-cabinet. I've avoided doing so in the past because of all of the inside / backdoor information I've been given on it, but now that that's all coming out in the press, who cares?

Maybe I can sum it all up in just a few words while ignoring all of the s#*t-swirl that's been going on pretty much since they opened (and then closed) Fork & Barrel: great looking place. comfortable. beautiful. pricey - yes. beers that no one else has. foods that no one else would dare try. authentically hip / not hipster. If you haven't been you should go. This is what so many places in Brooklyn really want to be but cannot achieve.

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The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA
87 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.