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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 127
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2331 E Cumberland St
phone: (215) 425-4460
(Place added by: carlosd74 on 06-01-2008)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Another fine local bar with a great vibe and friendly service (in a town that already has plenty).
Memphis Taproom is located in a section of town called "Port Fishington" on the website (intersection of Port Richmond, Fishtown and Kensington). The immediate area is up and coming, a little rougher than Northern Liberties, a lot more gentrified than the surrounding neighborhoods our GPS took us through on the way there.
There is about a 15 seat bar in the front, with a couple of hightops and a dining room in the back. Not a big place, probably holds about 60-75 tops. The bar has a great neighborhood vibe but is very welcoming to nonlocals as well. Also a good place to talk beer with some knowledgeable customers and spot BAs out on a day trip.
There are 11 drafts, including one cask beer, with a varied selection of local craft brews (among them Sly Fox Royal Weisse, Victory Prima Pils, PBC Fleur-de-Lehigh) and other fine domestic beers (Lagunitas IPA, Southampton Secret Ale, Founders Pale Ale on cask) along with Maredsous 8. There are about 25 or 30 bottles on the chalkboard with a nice selection of Port brews, a Cantillon Gueze and others. No BMC taps or bottles whatsoever. I don't know that I have ever seen this before.
Service was excellent. The bartender was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. She was very patient, offering samples of appropriate alternatives to customers who were looking for Heineken or Yuengling.
The Sunday brunch menu was fairly broad and well executed, with several vegan and vegetarian options if you are into that sort of thing. We had the vegan stuffed french toast (with a side of kielbasa!) and the bbq pork (nice spicy bbq sauce).
In a city that is, thankfully, blessed with great beer bars, Memphis Taproom is right up there with our other favorites.
06-23-2008 18:51:44 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
After missing a special tapping, I stopped by the Memphis Taproom on Thursday, May 8th for dinner and some brews. We got there around 7'ish, and were lucky to get a table in the bar area, as it was pretty busy. We were greeted right away, and the service was very attentive for the rest of the visit.
I started with an Ommegang Hennepin, one of my personal top-5 favorites. We chose the Kielbasa Platter as an appetizer (which is actually a generously portioned dinner) and it came with kielbasa, pierogies, and saurkraut.
For dinner I chose the Philadelphia Rowhouse Red (Nancy was actually sitting at the bar) to accompany my Chicken Fried Chicken dinner with macaroni salad and spinach. All of the food was great, we were both very impressed with the quality, presentation, and taste. I finished my visit with a Nodding Head offering on cask as we watched the NHL conference finals on the TV at the bar.
The menu also included several other good reasons to come back, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. At the time, other drafts included Penn Weizen, Sprecher Black, Founders Centennial, Sly Fox O'Reilly, and Monks Flemish Sour (there were several others as well.)
Memphis Taproom is yet another great addition to Philadelphia's beer scene, and the food is worthy as well.
06-22-2008 23:51:35 |
More by guzzle211
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by with some BA pals after the Firkenteenth festival over at Grey Lodge. What do you know, yet another excellent beer bar in Philly.
I don't know the Philly neighborhoods all that well, but was told this place is located in Fishtown (next to Northern Liberties). At least to my eye, this looks like another "iffy" Philly neighborhod that is undergoing some pretty impressive gentrification. The existence of this place is yet another example...
This is yet another unpretentious looking neighborhood bar in Philly, this one on Memphis Street. It's on the corner of Memphis (and some other street) and the bar area is pretty small upon walking in. I understand there's a large dining area in the back, which I didn't get a chance to check out on this Friday afternoon. The atmosphere in the bar area is low key, relaxed and informal. I think there's one TV over the bar, but otherwise it's a nice place to hang out and enjoy good beer. Seems to me there was between 12 and 15 beers on tap, with some pretty interesting, well thought out choices. There weren't a great many people in the taproom the afternoon we were there, but in any event, service was polite, pleasant and quick.
One of the cool things about this place, I thought, is the pricing of the beer here. Everything is $4 a glass, even the Belgiums. Yes, the Belgiums come in a smaller 10 ounce glass, but it still struck me that the pricing here is pretty gentle. $4 for a glasss of Maredsous 8? What's not to like? This is a very solid place.
06-15-2008 20:41:40 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Sometimes a tight list of 11 draughts is better than a list of 60. The selection here is well thought out. No two beers from the same brewery and a real effort to vary the styles offered. One thing they all have in common - quality.
The food is just the type of food you like to eat when drinking beer. The kielbasa hoagie, wings and fries are standouts. A couple of specials lit me up (A multiple cheese and ham macaroni; and a polenta pie with sausage and pepperoni - yowza).
I have only sat at the bar area beacuse that is how I roll. But the dining area looks cool. Service at the bar is excellent. If your glass is empty for more than a minute, I would be surprised. Great, cozy atmosphere - suave but not hoity toity by any means.
I hope the previous reviewer is wrong about the hipsters. Seems like some pretty down-to-earth folks hanging there to me.
The only negative is that it is just too damn convenient for me to stop there on my way home from work. "Honey, don't bother with dinner tonight."
A must visit if in the Philly area.
06-10-2008 19:47:54 |
More by Betterbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
great new bar with an amazing selection of $4 draughts (regardless of what beer it is), and excellent food. the bar itself was well designed and looks great. awesome selection of american craft beers, and a good amount of german, english, and belgian imports at really reasonable prices. the bartender seemed a bit snobby, but i'll let that slide for the time being. hopefully this place won't replace johnny brenda's as the bar of the month hipster hangout, but it probably will. not sure if they have enough bike racks outside.
06-07-2008 14:51:31 |
More by fishtownhxc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by here to wish a Fishtown fiend well as he left to MN to follow his wife to the Mayo Clinic. I tried to reassure him that Rochester MN was a great place for beer, but he knew I was lying...
Located in a dense stack of row houses, the Memphis Taproom very much feels like a neighborhood bar. It's row house shaped; long and narrow. Up front is the bar with a few small tables. The bar hosted 11 taps and the hand-pump and a lovely selection of local delicacies. Spotted were Rowhouse Red, Sly Fox's O'Reilly Stout, a little something-something from Troegs and Victory along with some Southampton and Ommegang. Also making appearances were Green Flash's West Coast IPA and a selection from Sprecher. Not bad. Not bad at all. There was a bottle list about twice as large with other local brews (and not-so-locals) with only ONE BMC offering. Wow.
The back half of the building was for dining. We grabbed some seats back there. There was some confusion doing so as it wasn't too apparent as to how one should select a table. Do I just sit or ask a server? We flagged down a server and figured it out. I think they need a sign right before you walk into the back.
Food was just all right for me. We tried the ALT (Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato), the suicide rings and the hummus. All were average. I hear other menu selections are better, but my score stands until I get back, and I will be back.
The service was a bit bland but efficient. There was a little confusion, but never with the beer.
A local dream. If I were local, I'd be over-joyed.
06-04-2008 00:47:49 |
More by DarkerTheBetter
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