Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
4.25/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I enjoyed this place when it was 1601 (and even the place before that), but I really like it now. It's nice to have a good staff who know and care about what they're doing.
There are 20 taps, and they're reasonably priced. The selection varies, so it's not like you'll find the same beers week after week like some places; and they've got a good mix of locals versus those from further out. Also, with rare exception, the range of styles is pretty well covered so everyone in your party can find something they like.
Current tap list:
Duck Rabbit Porter $5 Slyfox Dry Stout $5 Ale Smith X $5.5
Lost Abbey Avant Garde $6 Troegs Troegenator $5.5 Ritterguts Gose $6
Founders Red’s Rye $4.5 Founders Centenial IPA $5 Clown Shoes Pimp $6.5
Petrus Aged Pale $7 Dogfish Head India Brown $5 Sly Fox Pils $5
Commonwealth Cider $5 PBC Kenzinger $3 Victory Ranch $6
Great Divide Oaked Yeti $6.5 Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat $5
Hopfenstark Greg Stout $7 La Trappe Isidor $7.5 Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo $7
Up until now they've only had snacks, but they've now added food! I understand they'll be doing $5 burger specials on weekends.
Do yourself a favor and give it a shot.
02-18-2013 20:13:49 | More by NeroFiddled
4.95/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The newest beer bar in the popular East Passyunk neighborhood of South Philadelphia is my favorite place for a pint. Since it's opened this autumn, the Fountain Porter has become my exclusive drinking destination -- partly because it's literally one block from my house, but mostly because it's a mellow, relaxing place with great music and a total focus on craft beer.
Atmosphere: Small, cozy, rustic, and inviting. Outstanding music courtesy of a turntable and a selection of excellent vinyl albums. Dim but not too dark with mostly bar and rail seating with a few big tables in the back for groups. The Fountain Porter is consistently spotless and clean (including bathrooms). When I saw the framed picture of Neil Young and the Sonic Youth poster on my first visit, I knew that this bar was my kind of place.
Quality: This bar is serious about the beer, drinks, and snacks they serve. The variety of beers available are all served in the proper glassware. I've never had or seen a beer poured from tap to a pitcher to glass due to a foamy tap. Never an off taste from the beer lines (and I wouldn't expect it from such a new bar)
Service: Service is spot on -- friendly, attentive, and prompt. Bartenders usually check in for the next round as I'm finishing a glass. Even at busy times, on the weekends, I never wait long because the staff is quick. Also, bartenders readily offer their opinions on the options if asked, and willingly pour a sample if you want to taste something before your order.
Selection: 20 taps, all craft beer, and always representing a wide variety of styles. Local session Kolsch style PBC Kenzinger is always on the list at $3/pint. The other 19 provide something for everyone -- IPA's, Sours, Belgians, Porters, Stouts, Saisons, Pales, Dopplebocks, Pilsners, and so on and so forth. The only knock on the selection is that bottles aren't served (not a problem for me; I'd always prefer a draft)
Food: This bar only serves bar snacks, and doesn't have a full menu. However, the snacks they offer are delicious -- charcuterie, cheeses, and pickles -- and are great for pairing with your beer. There are a hundred bars in Philly I go to when I want a meal and good beer; I go to this bar when I just want some beer (and maybe a little snack on the side).
Value: Prices are very reasonable; consistent and sometimes cheaper than other Philly beer bars. Happy hour is $1.50 off all pints; while the deal isn't as striking as "1/2 price drafts" happy hour at some bars, the regular price at Fountain Porter is usually better to start with. Snacks value is best if you order a few at once -- each item alone would be expensive, but if you get two or three items together, the value is great.
Overall, Fountain Porter is a mecca for beer fans that like a laid back and casual atmosphere. The draft list has something for everyone except those that drink commercial domestic stuff (Budweiser, Miller Lite, etc.). This isn't the place for dinner and a pint, but it's perfect for a beer after dinner or snacks with friends.
12-17-2012 04:18:44 | More by J8M
Fountain Porter in Philadelphia, PA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.