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City Tap House boasts the most extensive draft beer list in Philly. With over 60 taps and a variety of styles, accessibility is the name of the game. Whether you have the seasoned palate of a craft beer connoisseur or could be considered a craft beer novice, City Tap offers you an enjoyable and tasty experience. Embraced by the Philadelphia beer community, City Tap House has quickly become a premier location for variety and quality, continuing to strive to be the best beer bar in Philly!
There are many different styles and sub styles within the world of craft beer. Luckily, City Tap affords everyone the opportunity to taste a majority.
Wheats are typically soft on the palate, citrusy & light. Though all wheat beers share certain characteristics, different varieties offer different profiles. Witbiers are very cloudy in appearance, unfiltered, and are always spiced (coriander, orange peel & other oddball spices or herbs). Hefeweizen is a German style wheat, that produces unique flavors of banana and clove, often dry, with some notes of spice, bubblegum or apple. Berliner Weisse, another German style, tastes refreshing and tart with sour acidity and almost no hop bitterness. More complex wheat beers fall under the category of Weizenbock with bolder malt characteristics of dark fruits.
Belgians, dominated by yeast, also come with a variety of flavor profiles. Saisons are sturdy farmhouse ales with fruity aromas and flavors. Earthy yeast tones, some tartness, spice and medium bitterness add to their complexity. A Belgian Dubbel is a rich malty beer with some spice and can own traits of a steely caramel flavor from the use of crystal malt or dark candy sugar. The Tripel is brewed with up to three times the amount of malt. Traditionally, Tripels are bright yellow to gold in color and offer a sweetness that comes from pale malts and higher alcohol.
Pale Ales and IPAs have many different interpretations depending on where it was brewed. The style is popular worldwide and the use of local ingredients, or imported, produces variances in character from region to region. The Kolsch is light to medium in body with pale color and hop bitterness is medium to slightly assertive. American Pale Ales tend to be cleaner and hoppier, while British versions tend to be more malty, buttery, aromatic and balance. The vast varieties of the Pale Ale make for an interesting journey as you get to know and appreciate each style.
Moving down our list into the Malty/Roasty selections, the adventurous drinker can choose from Scotch Ales, Brown Ales, Porters and Stouts. Huge flavors of black malts, chocolate or coffee can be found here.
City Tap House rounds out its robust list with tribute to great Pilsners and the fuller flavors of Lagers & Bocks, brewed both locally and from Germany and the Czech Republic.
In addition to the ever evolving list, look for upcoming special events featuring rarities, like Bells Hopslam and Pliny the Younger. Tap Takeovers occur though out the year highlighting incredible breweries, allowing guests to sip and savor multiple styles at the same time, in one place.
Check out our beer list at www.citytaphouse.com. Our staff is more than happy to answer all questions and guide you to finding your favorite style of craft.
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