Independence Brew Pub

Independence Brew PubIndependence Brew Pub
Independence Brew PubIndependence Brew Pub
Brewery, Eatery

1150 Filbert St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
United States

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nlmartin from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jun 15, 2006
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Apr 12, 2007
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leftmindedrighty from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Apr 10, 2007
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joedon from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Mar 18, 2007
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soupyman10 from District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Feb 10, 2007
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BitterBrian from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Jan 29, 2007
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GeoffFromSJ from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Nov 05, 2006
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RedLion from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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!"

Jul 09, 2006
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thetachibro from New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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 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 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

May 15, 2006
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RBorsato from Virginia

2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

May 10, 2006
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Gavage from Nevada

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I had several poor experiences in this place over the last few years, but recently I had a chance to grab a quick lunch here. This experience had me re-review this place as it seems to have improved beer-wise. My last review was 3 years old.

This is a very large warehouse type place located right across from the Reading Terminal Market. Pretty crowded during lunch hour as the bar which has about 30 stools was about 60% full, and many tables had local business men and women mostly drinking ice tea and waters. Brewing tanks are clearly visible from the restaurant and bar. Pool tables are hidden in an upstairs location just off the bar.

The beer selection was not huge but decent. An ESB, IPA, Independence Ale, a stout and a kolsch. I remember the beers being rather dull and uninspired in the past, but my first beer (the ESB) was actually pretty good. This sparked my interest in trying the IPA. I found this to also be quite better than previous versions of the IPA I had sampled there. I finished with a mug of the Independence Ale which again was tasty. I was pleasantly surprised overall but not blown away. Beers were fresh and represented the styles well. Pints were $4.50 and mugs were $2.75.

The burgers / fries are good here, and you can get them rare or med-rare unlike those chain places like Longhorn. Other food looked all right, but not overly exciting. Service was slow, but it was pretty busy.

If you have blown off Independence like I have over the last few years, give it another try. Since it is one of the two Center City Philly brewpubs, I'm glad to see it improve. Nodding Head is still superior beer wise over Independence, but the gap has narrowed in my opinion.

Apr 23, 2006
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BillyB from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

The best things about Independence are the location (right next to the train station) and the actual size of the place. It's set up like a German style beer hall with big long tables and the place is huge.
As far as the beers go I thought the Kolsch was pretty darn good. The red, the IPA, the oatmeal stout and the seasonal imperial stout were average. Not bad, just average.
The thing about this place that I didn't like was that it had kind of a macro-brewpub vibe to it. It reminded me of the Heartland Brewery in NYC. A place with a prime piece of real estate and a lot of money, but it lacks character and intimacy. It almost felt corporate.
Despite that I would still recommend it as a first quick stop off the train if your doing a pub crawl. Grab a sampler and move on.

Feb 06, 2006
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Man, does this place ever get a bad rap on this site! I don't understand why, either. Okay, so their beers aren't mind-blowingly wonderful, but is that SO bad?

You can't beat their location, on Filbert, across from the Reading Terminal Market. Entering from the street side, you are in a short vestibule, with the brewhouse visible through a window to your right. The long, curving bar begins just inside the doorway and extends through about 75% of this amazingly expansive space. Sitting at the bar, there are a few 12-person banquet tables, as well as a compliment of standard restaurant tables and booths behind me. I really dig the prepondernace of wood in the decor and the soft lighting. It makes for a nice, relaxing atmosphere.

Heading aft, the serving tanks are visible in a semi-circular glassed-off space behind the bar. It is behind that space, on the other side of the room, that the men's and women's rooms are located. There is also a short stairway, by the doorway to the lavs, that leads to the second floor. Up there are four billiards tables, two English-style dart boards, a short bar, a long pair of tables and chairs that divide the space, and lots of tables and chairs. I also noted several video games, four television monitors, and a big-screen. Also, this vantage point gives a better view of both the brewhouse and the serving tanks. Coming back down, there is a separate entrance that puts you in the atrium of a mall-like area. Wrapping around is the reat of the restaurant area, with lots of tables and chairs and against the back wall, booth seating. You should definitely take a moment to look at the vintage photographs of the terminal and market, both interior and exterior.

A nod to fellow beer writer, Rich Wagner, who has a few posters on display.

Again, the beers aren't mind-blowing, but they're not bad either. My waitperson was attentive, but not clingy. I left a happy consumer. Give this place a shot - it's deserving of at least that much.

Nov 24, 2005
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DarkerTheBetter from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Great location for a pub in the center of Center City right on the rail line. The interior is architecturally impressive with minimal decoration. The bar wraps around one side that over looks a copper and glass enclosed room that houses the mystically lighted brewing vats so it has a very authentic feel. Unfortunately there are tons of televisions around so the local sports maniacs crowd in to holler like buffoons ever time some guy tackles some other guy. However, if you manage to show up during their off peak hours, the place is absolutely magnificent. I feel bad that such a gorgeous building is catering to sports hooligans. The eating area is off to the right behind a low wall with the standard booths and tables. Off in the back are long festive looking wooden tables and benches. Over all, the place is lit with some nice dull orange light that creates a gentle ambiance that is utterly destroyed by the blaring televisions.

When I came for lunch, our waiter seem less than interested in bringing us lunch and beers, so that wasn’t too exciting. But, every time I came to sit at the bar, I’ve been treated really well, and never had an empty pint in front of me.

The selection of beer consists of five or more of their own brews with one on cask, normally their oatmeal stout or their IPA. Also, Yard’s makes an appearance from time to time on cask. One thing I need to add is that most of the beers seem to be based on the same pale malts, so their beers tend to all get a slight marshmallow flavor, which isn’t necessarily bad, but it’s a flavor that I’m not actively seeking in a beer.

The food isn’t entirely impressive, but it’s not too bad. Kinda tasted like something mom would whip up.

I guess I didn’t have that great of an experience here when I came for lunch, but stopping at the bar after work a few times for a pint has been a pretty good experience. Also, the whole sports bar thing really isn’t my thing. This place has a lot of potential, but seems to cater to the crowd that’s paying the bills.

Nov 19, 2005
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bedwyr from South Dakota

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Before my recent trip to Philly, the Independence Brew Pub was recommended to me by a few people. Honestly, I was quite disappointed. Their beer selection was limited to about six beers, none of which suited my tastes. Part of that is simply personal preference. They had and IPA, a White, a Stout, and a couple I can't remember and I was really hoping for an ESB or Scotch ale. The atmosphere is nice, but nothing special. There are way too many tv's for a brew pub. However, the food we had was superb. I'd go again for supper, but not just to enjoy a brew. There are better options in the area.

Sep 21, 2005
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DarkStar2222 from Maine

4/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

As you walk in this place feels tremendously vast and then almost simultaneously it strikes you as incredibly upscale. T-shirt, shorts and sandals felt awkwardly out of place walking the half mile from the door to the bar, but with a wink, a nod and a tug on the beer engine our bartender made all that melt away. Mentioned we were in a rush and she took care of everything from there on out expeditiously while giving us a chance to relax and soak it up. The cask offering that day was an oatmeal stout that was almost good enough for us to pass up our Sox-Phills tickets and just stay there and hit for the cycle. A block or so away from Market-East rail station and about the same to orange and blue lines. Logo glasses 6 bucks filled.

Aug 22, 2005
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GnomeKing from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Okay, so it's a sports bar. Would you rather they serve Miller Lite like other sports bars do? TVs are visible from everywhere but don't dominate the look and feel of the place. It's a pretty room, with dark wood paneling and pale gold walls. The bar curves in a long boomerang shape, with table seating all around.

I had two beers on my visit. The oatmeal stout was tasty--a little thin, but nicely and surprisingly tart. The IPA was solid, subtle in its hops flavor and very drinkable. Friends said the Belgian Wit style beer was good. They didn't have many beers available, even by brewpub standards.

The service was prompt and polite, although not particularly warm and fuzzy. That's in keeping with the overall straighlaced attitude of the place. It's not a place where you sink into your chair and relax.

So now I've been to Indy, a brewpub in town that I've remarkably missed for the last few years. Will I go back? Well, maybe, if the occassion arises. It's not one of Philly's top notch places, but it's a good place to have around. Variety is good, and seeking variety often means going to a place that isn't number one on your list.

Aug 21, 2005
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A surprisingly comfortable place right near my hotel. I am glad I tried it. There were many tourists at a very long curving bar., The lighting, both indoors and outdoors streaming in was well thought out. The beers were all good and fresh and the lady bartenders were competent, $4 or $5 a beer, and you can sample. Did not know of the upstairs traditional bar upstairs from the restaurant until later. Only one guest tap. Had a good time and will be back, but not when there is a band and it gets crowded.

May 12, 2005
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bennybrew from Maine

3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

the last stop of the benny's thursday in philly. oh what a night.

i hate to say but this was my least favorite pub of the night. it was a big, open, loud space that kind of gave me the feel of a my high school caffeteria.

the bar keep was quite busy as the craft brewer's confrence was going on the hotel across the street and they were selling $1 beers. somehow the barkeepers had trouble keeping up. odd that. ;-)

i'd go back when it is less busy and give it a fair shake but there are manymany other fine pubs in the area.

Apr 25, 2005
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francisweizen from Alaska

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

This is a huge brewpub near the Reading Terminal Market and accross the street from the Market East Septa station and the Greyhound bus station. The atmopshere is OK. A huge bar that winds and winds and winds around the perimiter of the building. We sat by the entrance at the bar. The lighting is dim. Sport games are on several TVs. A laid back atmosphere that's a bit swanky. Service was hit and miss. It took us a while to get served sitting at the bar, but after we got our beers, the server was very nice, and even pointed us in the direction of the nearest cafe. The selection was OK. 5 or 6 house beers, but the cask wasn't going, so they lose a point for that. Pints are about $5 a throw, and for the medicore brews here (IPA is not too hoppy, oatmeal stout is weak and watery) it's a bit pricey in my eyes. Still it's the only place right by the stations. So if you have an hour or so to kill, and want a decent beer, give it a go.

Apr 23, 2005
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sraimondi from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went to IBP for the first time last night as I am visiting Philly this week for a biz conference. A potential vendor invited me to their pre-conference party and had the upstairs reserved. The upstairs is quite nice with some pool tables, darts and long bar along with adequate seating area. Last night they had 6 styles on tap. I started with the Kolsch, which was ok. I then had the Red Ale, which had a nice flavor, but little in the way of a finish. The oatmeal stout was by far the best of the types I tried. It was creamy with a nice chocolate/smoke character, and a reasonably smooth hoppy finish, not overpowering thanks to the oatmeal. They also had a cask, IPA and one other which I cannot recall. Another thing I liked was that the beer temperature was quite good, not too cold. As far as the food goes, during the biz function they had a buffet with the usual suspects, however the bacon wrapped bay scallops and fried chicken were pretty good. As I didn't eat much at the buffet, I decided to stick around afterwards for a couple of more brews, dinner and to listen to a pretty good bluesy band. I must say that the food was very good. I started with a shrimp cocktail which was very different from the normal boiled variety with some cocktail sauce. There were about a dozen medium size shrimp which were boiled Lousiana style, with some spices, but not overly spiced. Really tasty. My entree was a wild salmon which was also quite good. Finally the atmosphere and service were better than the norm, with the very spacious surroundings being especially noteworthy. I will likely head back this week to try some of the other brews and to have the shrimp cocktail again. Off to City Tavern and Tir Na Nog today for more biz functions.

Apr 17, 2005
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IPA17 from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

The place was nice but I had to pay $5 to enter because there was a battle of the bands contest (though it wasn't much of a battle--except one of noise.) OK. Everything was fair to goos--service, atmosphere (excepting the bands). The selction was, technically, very good BUT they were out of their cask conditioned ale AND their stout. My 2 favorites were MIA. So, of what was left, I found they were good beers but not outstanding. I will have to go back and review again when they have all of their taps flowing..

Sep 06, 2004
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donnebaby from North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The atmosphere here is alright. I've been to this place 3 times, and each time it seemed extremely quiet, and deserted--but it's also very large, with what seems like "mood-lighting". It's also very wide-open (large) and spread out. I especially like the very very long counterspace, equipped with old-style lamps at regular intervals. That, with the excellent location next to the Reading Terminal market makes this place a quality stop--or a date--even if the beer isn't amazingly interesting.

They have a seasonal and cask-conditioned ales (sold out when I went). Their normal beers were overall watery and not too complex. My favorites was their Belgian style seasonal. Food was mostly sandwiches with a few bar-foody appetizers and entrees. I got the caesar salad w chicken and didn't like it. Others got the fish and chips and loved it.

I'd probably go again.

Aug 16, 2004
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slander from New York

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

I was feeling, what they call, "Not too damn good", it's true. I was moving along like a 45 being played at 33 and a 1/3, over to that wonderful Reading Terminal Market. I wandered around for a bit, saw the sites, looked at the crazy food booths of ethnicities this and that, inspected the Amish for their Amishness, and finally selected the vendor who I would honor with rare opportunity of making me a hot turkey club wrap. A hot turkey club wrap that saved my life. Born anew, I could only wonder, "What's this Independence Brew Pub across the street all about?"
The place was pretty dead for an early Saturday afternoon, not a lot going on for crowd lunchishness. A few tables here and there occupied, and a good deal of the bar area filled as well. It's a giant room, with sectioned off seating areas, mostly booths and tables and then there's a handful of long plain tables, somewhat beerhalllike adjacent to the straight part of the bar. Sitting at this piece of the bar, you've got a good view of a bunch of brewing vessels in a large room behind the bar. The other piece of the bar is to your left. It's a wrap around with seating that runs about 2/3 of the way around a Dodecahedron shaped room with brewing vessels encased within. They've got an upstairs room with a smaller bar, a handful of pool tables, foosball, darts, etc.
The beer list shows a Kolsch, Red Ale, IPA, Oatmeal Stout and is indicative of "seasonal beers and cask conditioned ale". Well, they had no Red Ale, no seasonals, and no cask conditioned ale. that leaves the Kolsch, the IPA and the Oatmeal Stout. That's a weak selecion for a brewpub, I'm sorry. The Kolsch was crisp, the IPA was nicely hopped, and the Oatmeal Stout was rich, smooth, Nitroed.
Service was not overly amusing, which you'd damn well better be if you're a brewpub and you've only got 3 beers on tap. We didn't eat anything as we'd just done lunch across the street but the food, mostly sandwiches and salads, we saw go by were most impressive.
Would like to have sampled a fuller range of beers here, maybe next month for the Philly crawl...

Feb 16, 2004
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resirob from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Been wanting to check this place out again. I had been there last year, and wasn't real happy with the experience. It was really sloooowww.

Atmosphere starts out upscale with linen tablecloths but quickly takes a downward turn as you notice the large piece of butcher paper protecting the tablecloth. Sitting right next to the waitstaff station was annoying. As pezoids put it, "RRRIPPP!". Given their menu prices, I think they can afford to do away with the paper.

The waitress was attentive and accomodating - she even had the hostess photocopy the section of the menu that has their beer selections for me. Service was a bit slow. I ordered the twin petite filets, medium. What I got was well-done. The waitress took it back with no problem. When I finally got my meal back, one was medium, one was medium-rare. Well, ok. The peppercorn mustard sauce and Maker's Mark bourbon sauce were both good.

The beers I had were a better experience. The waitress seemed knowledgeable, and was happy to talk about the beers. I had the Red Ale on cask, which was pretty good (I had the non-cask version awhile ago - it was ok) and the Kölsch, which seemed a bit off to me.

Overall, this was a fairly average experience, I'm sad to say. I will visit here again. The proximity to the convention center makes it convenient, and at least one of the beers was good. Besides, third time's the charm, right?

Feb 02, 2004
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