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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Reviews: 33
Photo of stirgy
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We stopped on by here to grab a few beers and a bite of dinner before we attended an event in the Convention Center, which is connected to Independence. I have heard that this place is huge - and it was, and mostly empty (it was early on a Thursday night). We didn't even get to see the upstairs, and the bar was huge.

I ordered their beer sampler and was told by the waitress that not all of their brews are included. You could choose 3 from the menu and pick a fourth for an extra dollar. ($4 total) I thought that was kind of strange. Also dissapointed that they had no cask beer available. Oh well.

Beer was pretty good, the shrimp Po-Boy sandwich was delicious - so was the bowl of chili (although suicide hot and $7.95 - seemed a bit steep - for that price you think they could have thrown in the cure for cancer or something...jeez)

Not a bad place, but not sure about the paper that they put over all the table cloths... hmmm. It's like they are trying to class the joint up, then slum it up with the paper. The guy who rips the sheets from the roll was right behind us, so the entire time were sitting there you hear this RRRIPPP!!! Pretty annoying. The waitress was nice and attentive. Enjoyed our meal and the beers were fine. I recommend this place and would come back in the future.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped by in the middle of a lacrosse convention.
Man the place was huge...and empty. But in all fairness it was midday Sat afternoon. Still the inside was nice and big, clean, nice looking place. Those that were there were friendly. Most seemed like out of towners.
Both beer and food were decent as far as selection. Had 6 or so taps plus cask.
Service was SLOW! and they had 3 or 4 waitresses/barmaids for the few people. I actually had to get out of one chair and go sit directly in front of the one barmaid cause she wouldn't move 5 feet.
Selection was OK.
The food was basic but very tasty. Had a burger with bluecheese fries, etc, and everything seemed to taste better than I expected (except for the beer)

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Photo of fes1
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I took a day off from work to do some holiday shopping.

I was thinking of getting a beer at the bar at Reading Terminal but decided to go to Independence Brew Pub which was right across the street. As I left Reading Terminal I was greeted to a horrible sight. No not a Salvation Army Santa, but a Miller Lite neon sign hanging in the window of the Brew Pub.


There had to be a logical explanation to this, or the world was coming to an end. I darted across 11 st avoiding cursing taxi cabs and curious shoppers. To see that sign there was sacrilege.

I entered the pub and it was fairly empty, a few people at the bar and some patrons in the dining area. I went to the bar and after nervously scanning the taps the bartender asked me what I wanted to order. I asked what was on tap preparing myself for the bad news.

There had been rumors that the pub was changing its name again and looked like adding Miller products were part of that change.

I was relieved to hear that there were four beers on tap and one cask conditioned beer available. I inquired about the sign and was told that IBP was now carrying a variety of macro beers to appease the college crowd. I also found out that the owners are keeping the IBP name and are remodeling the place during the holidays.

The cask conditioned beer was very good. American Amber that was full bodied and had a nice color and aroma. The taste was amazing. No lite beer could come close, college kids don’t know what they are missing.

News Flash!!! The Lite beer sign is now gone.
Kaput, History, not to be found, and good riddance

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Photo of nomad
2.86/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

Cavernous is the word for this place, its like a 747 hangar. I mean HUGE - how the hell do they ever fill this place up? Well, its primely located near the Convention Center, Amtrak Depot, Greyhound Depot, and, best of all, the Reading Terminal Market (so good...) So the bar is like a brewpub gone Bennigans in many senses, a bit cheesy but great for large groups and, as from the location, tourists and traveling businessman stopping by to get a drink. The beer is okay, very much average. Not a place I'll ever go back to unless there's a party or some engagement I have to go to. There are just way too many very good beer bars elsewhere in Philly, and better brewpubs too.

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Photo of jrancan
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Unimpressive. Atmosphere was kind of "warehousey" in my opinion, and they only had four of their own brews on tap. Had the IPA which smelled, and tasted soapy. The Kolsch faired better. Also, a brewpub that has Miller Lite and Yuengling on tap is kind of missing the point. I think this place is trying to cater to the business people who come in from the Convention Center right upstairs and don't know of any other place to go. My advice would be to not bother.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

If you are at Reading Terminal and want to get something original (crafted) go here. It is a typical brew pub overall that has been going through alot of changes.. so consistancy might not be a strong point. It has pretty good food and a nice atmosphere. You will drop a few bucks if you have some food. If you are at the terminal and eat inside (which you should if you go to Phila) get a Dinicks pork sandwich (loaded) and go to the beer garden for a cold draft yuengling. Then get a Independence for an after-meal snack.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The "terminal" brewpub has an interesting layout that centers around a "tower" in the center of the room - behind the bar, and housing some brewing vessels (probably serving tanks). It's very slick and modern looking at the bar, but the tables are more traditional and comfortable. They tried to adopt a kind of "sports bar" theme recently, but it didn't really work so now they're onto a Chop House theme. It looks a little better with burgundy napkins an such, but the overall atmosphere, menu, and service has not improved (I've probably eaten here at least a dozen times). The space is kind of expansive without character; and that seems to be a drawback when they're not busy. And the service seems to be just as confused. The servers don't know what they're talking about, so you'll have to take a guess on the beers. These are probably people that think Amstel Light is a stretch! I was told the porter was "really, really dark and super heavy" and the IPA was "extremely bitter and very dark". Neither are true. In fact, I think the beers are very well brewed and balanced towards the tastes of the mainstream crowd. Don't take that in the wrong way though, I really like the IPA. It's not a "hit you over the head" IPA, but it's got some good hop character and a bit of bitterness! And the seasonals can be quite exceptional! I think the food is pretty good too, and the prices are reasonable. Just a few steps away from the Hard Rock Cafe... ... ... my choice would have to be the Independence Terminal Brewpub!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Independence Brew Pub (The Old Dock Street Brew Pub/ which was alot better, w/ a way better brews) is located at 12th and Filbert which connects to the Philadelphia convention center. Style is mostly modern with s super high ceiling and huge windows that look out to the Reading Terminal Market, about four to five TV’s around the half circle bar table. The beer list consists of brewed on premise "house" beers - Kolsch, India Pale Ale, American Amber, Irish Red, Porter. On tap daily, they offer some handcrafted styles and seasonal favorites like the Belgian White or Pumpkin Ale as well as a selection of other fine Pennsylvania micro brews. I selected the Porter and the IPA…both were both decent and at a decent price. Upstairs on the second floor, there is a game room that features pool tables, foosball, dartboards, a private bar and an aerial view of the brewing operation and dining room. Decent place..

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Independence Brew Pub in Philadelphia, PA
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