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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

541 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-3341
United States

(215) 739-1700 | map

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Added by eldondre on 05-09-2010

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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Saturday with Witzel Phillying again, it’s been some time, you see. Started out late, arrived early, as it is with speeding. And if you spin a U’y on Girard and no one is around to ticket you, is it really illegal? Yeah? Says who? Whatever, I did what I had to do. The end justifies my means of procuring a sweet spot, which I did. Parked right there with minimal walkage, it’s what I do...

Corner joint, somewhat pretty easily identifiable by the large wrench shaped Kraftwork sign out front and band saw blade action. You’re greeted by a rounded wood “U” shaped bar with a stainless steel inlay all around, a mesh base plate, and foot rest. Seating for 22 on puzzle piece stool seating, they’re totally cool. A long row of taps from end to end running the length of the base of the “U”; nitro on one end, and cask on the other. Glassware shelved and shelved and shelved below the bar. Slender bar island in the center; booze wellings all around, wine & glassware atop, with an anvil, of course, and a juice squeezer on the far side. A large hand saw with hop cut outs sits over the bar island suspended from an I-beam. It’s Paul Bunyan sized, seemingly unused, as he was more an axe guy.

Beaten brick walls with some non-chipped away whatever used to front it all around, and large vertical windows front and to the side. Diagonal wood slat floorings, and a black ceiling with round bulbs on wide pan backings, and phat drop lanterns about. Flatscreens on opposite walls and tunes a-playin’ from somewhere. Bench tables on both sides of the bar and off roundies up front to both sides of the door.

24 taps, ½ of which are American craft beer offerings, from here to there (Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter, Allagash Curieux, Terrapin Side Project #14 – TomFoolery Black Saison, Abita Pecan Harvest, Bells Oberon, Moylan’s Special Bitter, Coronado Idiot IPA, Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin, Ballast Point Calico, Lagunitas IPA), and the other ½ of them imports (Evil Twin Before During and After Xmas beer & Katz Pis American IPA, Mikkeller Black Hole Tequila & Red Wine editions, Lefebvre Blanche De Bruxelles, Bavis Petrus Aged Pale Ale, De Glazen Toren Saison D’Erpe-Mere, Boon Kriek, Liefman’s Oud Bruin, Reissdorf Kolsch), a token retro (PBR) and single cider (Doc’s Framboise). And a single cask offering (North Coast Red Seal). I drank the Bells Oberon, Abita Pecan Harvest, Terrapin Side Project #14 – TomFoolery Black Saison, and the cask North Coast Red Seal. What? They were shortys.

The beer menu lists the available offerings (+ the next 2 on deck), and shows the brewer, make, model, and abv. Beers are served in increments differentiated beer to beer (8 oz. pub, 10.5 oz. goblet, 16 oz. pint, and the 64 oz. growler), and they also do flights of 4 for $10. Plus a few customer cocktails & a half dozen wines.

Sadly, we’re in brunch mode so I can’t get that amazing short rib sandwich I had last time (um… roasted pablano crème, fried onions, pepper jack cheese, hello), so I’ll slum it with the Kraftwork burger (special dry aged blend of awesome), with Grafton 2 year cheddar & thick slab bacon for a few bits more, and I’ll take that medium please. Oh, and fries or a salad? Witz says “you don’t win friends with salad (no conga line)”, and it becomes apparent that it’s true; every other sentence that comes out of his mouth is a Simpsons quote. It will be fries. Accompaniment of lettuce, yes, and pickles, no (removed and plated them). Okay, now that was a serious good goddamn burger. I inhaled it and then picked at the fries lamentingly. Witz had the Kraftwork Breakfast, two eggs over easy, hashbrowns with peppers & onions, and a buttermilk biscuit. Worked for him, he dug on those crispy potatoes.

Good menu and the food was great (Damn you elusive short rib sandwich, I will be back for you). Solid beer selection, fresh and well maintained. Plenty of goods; wasn’t so easy to prioritize what I was to be having next. Server was pleasant, albeit scared somewhat by my slight scribblings in a little book of crazy. Ed is on celebrity watch, thinking he’s seeing beer industry people. Ed is paparazzi. Cool scene, and a better looking crowd than I remembered this neighborhood holding.

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3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here just because we were nearby. The place has a decent vibe to it. The seating was limited the night we were there but managed to eventually get a few seats at the bar. The service was good. We didn't have any food. The selection was good although several of their taps had kicked and they hadn't put anything new on in place of them.

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Photo of Sknoflicek
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.26/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Having slaked a thirst at Yard's Brewing (See Reveiw), I strolled up to this Fishtown favorite. Situated on the corner of Girard and Montgomery - and accessed by a trolley car (No. 15) - Kraftwork is a small venue with a rather industrial decor of brick and unfinished plasterwork; it is a single room dominated by a circular bar with a scattering of picnic tables along the walls.

Kraftwork offers 25 well selected taps, which cover all your basic styles; I enjoyed Yard's Brawler, a mild; Racer 5 Cask and a savory FBS. The beer menu provided glass type, something I thought unique. Great service that passed the water test and an intriguing food menu boasting a Breakfast Cubano (pork belly atop toast with fried eggs).

A great stop in Philadelphia's Fishtown and in proximity to several other great places.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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