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Earth Bread + Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.88/5
Earth Bread + BreweryEarth Bread + Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

7136 Germantown Avenue
Mt. Airy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19119
United States

(215) 242-6666 | map
earthbreadbrewery.com

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Added by slander on 10-02-2008

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BEER STATS
Beers:
52
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
87
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
72
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
6.81%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 72
Reviews by rfgetz:
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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Fairly unassuming exterior. Upon entering, your a greeted with a staircase to the upstairs bar and dining area or an entry way to the main floor. The main downstairs has a bar with some hightop seating around the perimeter and a big brick and stone pizza oven in the rear corner. Upstairs has another small bar and significantly more seating. Overall vibe is okay, lots of recycled and reclaimed wood and industrial scraps, local art hangs on the walls.

Only 4 of their house beers available, none ever repeated. Four feels like too little for frequent visits and long drinking sessions. A dozen or so guest taps also available, mostly local or regional with a few larger domestic craft offerings. Most house beers showcased a nice cereal grain quality, but hops were lacking.

After visiting American Flatbread in Burlington, VT, we were excited to visit a place inspired by there. Flatbreads are good with unique combinations of minimal ingredients on most. Some were too cheesy and bready and lacking in particular ingredients to get all the subtle nuances of flavor. The crusts are good, but a little thicker than I prefer for a flatbread.

Service friendly and knowledgeable and the prices were okay. If it wasn't for the location and limited house taps, id be back more frequently.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

stopped in here for a couple beers and a snack on a Sunday afternoon. Only the upstairs was open so we sat at the small bar upstairs. There is a also a larger bar downstairs. Dining tables on both floors.

they have 4 of their beers on tap plus 7 more guest taps. Good variety.

We didn't have any flatbreads, just a cheese plate which was good. Bartender was friendly and service was good.

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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Remind me to tell you sometime how I met T & P a dozen years ago at Cambridge Brewing following the first AOBF…

Two tiered places at different heights on the hill attached; this room holding a staircase to the other, a lower space. You’re greeted by the Collins Bar spun into place (I swear Broderick had a tear in his eye when I told him so). Laminate topped, panel base, & a foot bar; seating for 10 on hightop chairs. The barback with diamondish mirrored panels on wood panels, shelved glassware & wine, glass front cupboard pieces on the ends with old Heavyweight bottles, and red lights tonight. 12 tap barbell tower on the bar and a handpump on the front end. John, can I please get a shorty of the…

Glow light lined horizontal board listing taps, specials, sodas, wines, etc. up front and vintage world school maps over the bar. Step up walk around the sunken brew room to the rear. See Lynne & Leslie, and say hello to Baker mulling about down there. Barrels and pieces of beer bric a brac lining the ledge and a completed wine crate Death Star mounted on the wall above. Tiled floorings around the bar and wood slat below, spinnys and sunken spots. A bar counter space adjacent to the bar offering views of the kitchen prep area and igloo hearth where the magic happens. A few bar tables forward the bar and more seating below. The room’s done in yellow & a lot of green with great local art, and tall vertical windows up front that open over Germantown Ave.

And upstairs past the cool Philadelphiaings (maps and prints) in the stairwell. A smaller straight bar there, laminated wood topped, panel base, & foot bar wrapped; seating for 6 on hightop chairs (much nicer than the one we sledged out in its place). Panel wood barback wall with glassware shelved, and slight wines & boozings. A glowing globe in the corner and a lie down wine rack piece on the other end. Horizontal boards framed and glow rope lined above listing house drafts (name, style, ABV), and guest taps, events, & specials in alt colored chalk. 12 tap barbell tower on the bar and upright cylinders for local wines.

Stucco-y walls in yellow and the ceiling in purple, slat wood floors. More art of the same, some permanently painted pieces, and a ‘Wine grape varietal table’ print. Drop gold cylinder lamps over the bar and winding track spots. Spinny fans for the breeze and duct work above. Panel windows curtained to the front and side. Long shared tree hightop table off the bar and some shorty round & squares in the corner sharing some bench play. And then roughly two and a half dozen 2 & 4 people tables here & below; including the shared pew space in the mirrored disco room.

A dozen taps; 4 house beers (Honey Latte Stout, 5.2%, homebrew contest winner coffee/honey stout; Whale Wishes, 6.7%, English style Old Ale; Wetherby’s Son, 5.7%, ESB; Girl of My Dreams, 5.9%, German Style Ale) and 8 guest taps, a mix of locals (PBC Pennylvania Pale Ale, Victory St. Boisterous Doppelbock, Headwaters Pale Ale, & Kirsch Gose), regional (DogFish Head Indian Brown Ale, Allagash White), and beyond (Founders Breakfast Stout). And a single handpump, sometimes house, sometimes guest. Today, it’s the Sly Fox London Calling Porter. Sampled through all the house beers. Liked the Wetherby’s Son & Girl of My Dreams the best, although they were all good drinking.

And nearly a dozen bottles, beer (PBC Kenzinger, Victory Earth & Flame & Prima Pils, Yards General Washington’s Tavern Porter, Ommegang Hennepin, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Petrus Aged Pale Ale) and cider (Commonwealth Hard Cider & Gregarius Ginger Cider, Isastegi Sagardo Cider).

Now, for eats, the primary staple is the flatbread, and they do a bunch of ‘em. My standard is the ‘Seed’ (roasted garlic puree, pine nuts, pumpkin & sesame seeds, mozzarella, red pepper flakes) but sometimes I switch up with the likes of the Caveman or weekly special. But today, I’ve had this idea, see, where I would bastardize the already amazing Seed by adding a few more awesomeness things; namely pepperoni (latin for ‘of the pig’), and scallions (king of all onions). Witz suggested we instead get a small pepperoni, to which I agreed, but then he hurt me with his words by bagging the pepperoni and ordering the weekly special flatbread (whole grain mustard sauce, smoked pork belly, house made garlic pickles, & cheddar, topped with spinach & local honey) on the fly. To be fair, it did had a yum factor 9 to it. The flatbreads are the jam, but there are other goods to snacky snack on. I very much so dig the Wheatberry salad & Humus sampler, and let us not forget the dessert flatbreads.

Cool mural on the side of the building done by everyone’s favorite arborist. Great green house; sustainable practices and built from reclaimed goods. No TV’s, so you’ll have to converse with one another. Fantastic flatbreads, tasty, sometimes unusual styled beers, and the nicest people in beer, period.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sparger
3.41/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Good quality beer, typically a very good selection, great pizza choices

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Photo of blassor
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of LehighAce06
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Zetcha7x
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ShaneHarris
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Earth is great because they always have something new whether it's their beer, or their flatbreads. In my opinion, they have the best flatbreads and some of the best beers in Philly. They rarely repeat beer recipes, so they always keep it exciting that way. If you like a beer there so much that you can't live without it, get a growler for sure.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of StaceySpe
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Lorianneb
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

The wife and I were back in Philly, a bunch of weekends ago. We like Mt Airy/Germantown/Chestnut Hill/Fairmount/Whatever. There are not a lot of boundaries between all of these neighborhoods, but they are oh-so-beautiful, cozy, quaint, perfect for a chilly winter evening, morning, day.

We had tried once to stop at Earth Bread but it was closed. This time I did my homework and we went in on a Saturday afternoon before the crowds. Smallish place, we sat at the bar overlooking the pizza oven. There is also an upstairs section where families with babies were all headed.

4 beers on tap at the bar: Tripel, High Point Coffee Stout (nice and rich), Farmhouse, Dubbel and a Mild on hand pull. Also, 7 guest taps: Deschutes, Goose Island Sophie, Phila Brewing Co.

I like breweries who have guest taps to complement their short lineups, and I like it even more when a brewery offers housemade sodas and kombucha! Yessss....

Not bad prices, five bucks for a 13-oz glass and $6.50 for 20 ounces. The food was disappointing, though. You read about their flatbreads and you can't help but expect some amazing yumminess. When it comes out, it is a soggy-mushy mess of an overwhelmed dough. Toppings had no flavor.

Bartender was nice, beers are fun, place is warm. I will come back, no doubt.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Earth Bread + Brewery in Philadelphia, PA
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