2nd Story Brewing Co.

2nd Story Brewing Co.2nd Story Brewing Co.
2nd Story Brewing Co.2nd Story Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

117 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-3074
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Ratings by paulish:
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Rated by paulish from New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nov 22, 2021
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
Loated right in the heart of town, sure to do good traffic from the surrounding businesses and tourism. Mediocre beer, good service. Big after work crowd
Dec 01, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 2.58 by Steins_68 from Illinois

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
I visited this spot. mostly because of it's location in the part of Philly I was in that day. Nice enough taproom. Has more of a restaurant vibe. Service, quality, and selection were just fine. Not a can't miss spot, but close to a lot of things you're probably doing on a visit. Might as well stop by for a beer.
Jul 12, 2019
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Located around the corner from Khyber Pass, and a very different kind of place.

Large, fairly open space with plenty of seating and a long, chunky bar. The place just breathes upscale pub in look, but the feel is very relaxed and casual. Beer selection isn't massive, about 8 taps, everything brewed inhouse. Plenty of variety though, with a Vienna lager and an IPA being the staples. The Vienna lager, Fritzie's Lager was also the highlight, a damned fine beer. Focus of the beers seems to be well made and sessionable, even the double IPA wasn't overly powerful. Very good quality overall. Service was great both days I was here, attentive and chatty but without being overbearing.

Food was tasty, with lots to choose from and reasonable portions. I could actually walk out of here after eating!

Overall, a place that I really enjoyed. Not very hyped, as far as I can tell, but the beer is very solid, the food is good and service is great. Stop in if you're in the area!
Jan 05, 2019
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Reviewed by socon67 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25
Craft brewery\pub in the Old City. Very nice addition to the area, which is a good night spot. Place is more of a sports bar than a craft pub. About 10 tap lines of their offerings. Nothing overly exciting but solid nonetheless. I got a flight and did enjoy it. Service was ok. I didn't get food but did see others getting pizza and such. Honestly, there are way better places for food in the area. Overall not a place to go out of the way to visit, but for those along the pier it is a good spot.
Aug 20, 2018
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
The 2nd Story Brewing Company is in a great location in Philly. It had a decent vibe and had plenty of different beers and styles to try. The staff was a little then but still had good service.
Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by allentownpaguy from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Aug 10, 2017
Rated: 3.18 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Aug 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Locals will know of course that this is the same space where Triumph was before they closed down. Not much has changed in the layout/atmosphere. There's a nice bar layout, and plenty of seating. Like 20 separate toilets. There's an upstairs, but in nearly 15 years of going here, I still have yet to go up there. Not much has changed with the beer either. They make solid but standard beers, simple and accessible. IPAs, various lagers, rye beers, etc. A good selection of about 10 on at any time. Service is good, but I haven't been there during busy hours. Food is standard, but very good. I had the pulled pork which was a messy, tangy treat. They also have a small but satisfactory kids menu. The key word here is "accessible." You probably won't be blown away by the beers here, but it's a cool hangout. Hop across the street to Eulogy if you get bored.
Jul 28, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
this is a neat old place right in downtown philly. huge, with a dimly lit wooden featured but charmingly modern taproom on the ground floor, and the brewery upstairs. there is a view to the brew house above the bar where we sat, and a cozy atmosphere in here for how large it is, maybe not the case when its packed, but it was mellow when we were there. we had a tasty hefeweizen and a solid chocolate rye porter as well, but for the most part, the beers seemed safe in here, nothing too outside the box, really a tap list of crowd pleasers and familiar styles. the beers were good though, and im sure they all are, some attention to detail and competence is apparent. the food was decent too, a salad and a soup, both well prepared and fresh tasting, but also a little safe, not quite corporate feeling, but moving in that direction maybe a little bit. the dude behind the bar was nice enough, but totally disengaged and unenthusiastic, neither enhanced nor detracted from our experience here. overall this is a cool place and a space worth seeing, comfortable for a beer and a bite, but there are undoubtedly more adventurous beers to be had in the city if thats what you are looking for...
Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by bobpgh from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by bmf5581 from North Carolina

Jul 26, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by metter98 from New York

Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 4 by micropale from Pennsylvania

Apr 18, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by PeteyPints from New York

Mar 28, 2016
Rated: 4 by njbusa from New Jersey

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by bgold86 from New York

Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by tmac from New Hampshire

Jan 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Bruce5 from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
My second visit to 2nd Story this covers both visits. Love the vibe, lots of room, big bar, TVs to watch the game. Service was good, but not great and the food was better than standard pub fare.

But the beer doesn't meet my expectations. Tried all 10, enjoyed two, a couple more I would have again, but found two as undrinkable and overall the selection doesn't compare to others in town. Certain I will be back due to the location, but will focus my selection.
Dec 27, 2015
Rated: 4.91 by miltschuamd from New Jersey

Dec 04, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by dgentile10 from New Jersey

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by tjs1885 from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.75
For what I read on here and what I drank were 2 different views. They mixed up the sampler I got and switched 2 of the beers and to a novice craft drinker, it would have be a turn off. A few of the beers were described as bold in hop flavor yet lacked. The 2 samplers I got had average to below average beer on it. One I could barely even get through. The only beer that was noteworthy was the berliner- nice acidic feel. I had this cheese and nacho dish which did not sit well in my stomach for hours on end with bad indigestion. Our server was slow and seemed more concerned with chatting with every table around him. I collect pint ware and it seems in my 100 plus glasses they ordered a very thin cheap glass and I fear if I run it through the dishwasher, it will clean off all the ink. I was walking distance to this place in Philly over the weekend and on the second night, I passed on a return visit and went to Eulogy which has an immensely awesome beer list.
Nov 03, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by Anker13 from New Jersey

Oct 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
Stopped in for first time during PBW 2015. The setup is familiar to those who knew Triumph that originally had this space. There was a bunch of beers on draft, and the night was focused on the sour and funky styles. The two beers I had were of a good quality and had a nice flavor profile.

Service was prompt and friendly despite the large Friday night crowd . The food looked good buit I did not try any. If you are in Old City, definitely make some time to stop here.
Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2015
Rated: 4 by DbbC from Illinois

May 30, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by rfgetz from New Jersey

May 26, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2015
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Reviewed by DuaneL from Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
We agree this is a great chill spot. Roomy space, very pleasant. They have the TV screens but another quiet area where you can get away from them which is a blessing. The beer is above average. You have an option of a 9-oz. glass in addition to a pint, which is nice. Foodwise we had the free range chicken which was quite delicious. We shared one plate which was actually enough for two. It is fairly pricey there, and if you just start ordering willy-nilly you could wrack up quite a bill, so be careful, if you're on a budget as we are.
May 03, 2015
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Reviewed by kg1121 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
The bartender...short blonde...was amazing. Had to start with that. The 2 beer flights I got were great. Reasonable pricing. Food was good. Loved the music. Good chill place mid day. Highly recommend the Canterbury Bitter and Adsultim (IIPA).
Apr 14, 2015
Rated: 3.91 by Nmelione from New Jersey

Mar 18, 2015
Rated: 3.7 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Mar 13, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Mar 09, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by InspectorBob from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2015
2nd Story Brewing Co. in Philadelphia, PA
Brewery rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 238 ratings