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Earth Bread + Brewery
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 167
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7136 Germantown Avenue
phone: (215) 242-6666
(Place added by: slander on 10-02-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Earth Bread and Brewery is located on Germantown in the partially very nice and also partially shady neighborhood of Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.
The atmosphere is really cool. Downstairs has a classy bar and a lower level with some seating. As you walk to the back of the building to get to the bathrooms, you can see the fermentation tanks below. The flatbreads are baked in the large oven that's located toward the back of the lower level seating area. Upstairs is also bi-level with a smaller bar and more seating.
Sometimes wait service could be a little more attentive, but this usually only happens on busy nights. Bartenders are very quick to help you when you approach the bar.
Three to four in-house beers are always featured along with around six guest taps. Guest taps are usually half or more local, and the other half from all over. In house beers are usually very low abv, but not lacking in flavor. I would say the average ABV is about 4%, but there will occasionally be barleywines, wee heavys, or IPAs that approach 10%.
All of the flatbreads have the same crust, so the differences are in the toppings. Only quality and mostly local ingredients are used. Some of the combinations they have on the menu are not to my liking - love the seed pizza, though - but you can also make your own. Salads are very strong, too.
I've been to Earth at least 10 times since it opened in the fall of 2008 and will continue for as long as they keep making good beers and good food. Free ping pong on Tuesdays is pretty awesome, too.
07-12-2010 13:00:19 |
More by chcfan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I visited Earth Bread for the first time yesterday (flying solo this time) and enjoyed myself. You walk in to an area divided into a left and right half. The left half is a bar and is higher than the right half. The right half has about 14 tables and a igloo shaped brick oven where you can watch a crew assemble tasty pizzas. They also have a second kitchen in the back (non-visible) where everything else is assembled.
I walked up to the bartender and told him it was my first time at Earth Bread so I wanted a recommendation about which of the house brews to try. He recommended the mild which I did enjoy. Simple and sessionable with a nice flavor profile. It took about 10 minutes for a seat to open up at the bar and once I sat down I found the locals to be easy going and fun to talk to. I even wound up sharing flat bread pizzas with the person (Lew) sitting next to me. I ordered the Mole pizza and he ordered the traditional and we split each one. Tasty stuff and not too heavy which made it easier to continue to drink the session beer! I then moved on to the Alt beer which again was sessionable with a decent flavor profile. Saw the owner a few times but didn't want to be "that guy" who started a conversation with him about how I'm from NJ and know of him from Heavyweight...Blah, Blah, Blah so I just smiled and nodded at him a few times instead. My bartender (Ian maybe?) looked a bit like Jason Alstrom and was a nice guy (like Jason Alstrom I presume). He recommended that I stop by Mc Manamin's Tavern. I took them up on the suggestion and enjoyed myself at that establishment as well.
Nice place, nice people, and I'll be back!
06-13-2010 00:17:45 |
More by koopa
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The only problem I have with this place is that its not located in Nyack, NY. The story goes that when owners Tom and Peggy were looking to open a new place, a location in Nyack almost worked out..oh well..just gotta get down to Philly more often, I suppose.
High quality brew, both made by Tom and by others, thoughtfully selected. Seems to always have a few high quality Saisons on and pouring, so you cant go wrong there. Match that with a menu full of thin crust pizza, interesting salads, all made with local, high quality/artisinal ingredients, a comfortable, spacious layout, friendly and low key staff, gracious hosts T and P. I knew I was gonna love this place...how about a sister location closer to my house?!?
06-06-2010 21:30:16 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been wanting to check this place out for a few months now. Finally made it there today a little before they opened (4:30 for beer, 5:00 for food - 6 d/wk, Monday closed). It filled up really quick - a lot of young families with little kids. Awesome layout and atmosphere with a quasi-split level shared space between two adjacent rowhouses. Tons of elbow room and comfort - wide-open knee level-to-ceiling windows. Great spot to kill some time and brain cells.
Anyway, the beer. Because Earth Day just happened, they had on 5-6 "vintage" brews (beers that had been conditioning 1 month to 1 year before sale) in addition to their rotating list of 4 house beers. I was told that the brewers don't like to serve the same recipe twice, so I suppose you can expect a different selection of house offerings every few weeks or so. I had their FastBreaker (Belgian-style amber), Bad Bungee Bill (Belgian-style dubbel), Free the Hikers (scotch ale), and Phyto gruit ale. All were very good well-balanced smooth drinking ales (I'll have to review some more beers to be able to add some of these to their list on BA). Beer prices were fine. Not high at all.
Their flatbread pizzas (the core of their menu) were pretty tasty, although I found the prices a tad too high. Had an interesting salad with a generous helping of wheatberries. All in all, I'd say the menu is well-suited for beering.
EARTH reminded me a little of the many chill brewpubs I visited while in Montreal a couple years back. I will most definitely go back again and again despite the 35-40 drive it takes for me to get there. Now if we can only get a place or two like this where I'm at in South Jersey...
04-25-2010 02:12:50 |
More by Bouleboubier
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Earth Bread and Brewery in Mt. Airy, PA.
Nice little cobblestone neighborhood with lots of coffee houses. Cool decoration on the outside, inside is lots of wood, earthy colors, relaxed. Two floors, downstairs has a bar, a few tables and the oven, upstairs is another bar and a very nice cozy dining room.
Beers are varied, had about six of their own and were running a Victory promotion with six Victory beers, also a selection of wines. I had a Belgian amber and a dark wheat, both house beers, both were unique and very good.
Menu is full of different flatbread pizzas and salads, I built my own Earth Bread and Brewery in Mt. Airy, PA.large flatbread, it was really really good. Service was pleasant, but be prepared to wait a little for your pizza. Prices were reasonable.
Overall, wow. This is a unique and great brewpub with good beer, good food and lots of character. A must try.
04-18-2010 13:19:42 |
More by TheDeuce
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
EBB has supergreat flatbread pizzas. I love the sausage with homemade mozzarella. I had a wonderful and very different IPA. After an hour of trying to get a taxi back to our hotel the owners bent over backwards trying to also get us a taxi. None were available. They then went to great lenghts to find us alternative transportation back. While waiting for that to arrive we were provided complimentary drafts. This was my third visit there. I live 140 miles away or I would be a regular. Everone should visit this pub no matter how far away they live.
02-16-2010 14:54:53 |
More by genephares
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
My wife and I have been meaning to go to Earth for quite a while now, and last night was our first opportunity. I was a bit skeptical about a different kind of pizza, but we decided to go in with an open mind. Fortunate for us that we did.
We arrived at around 6 and the place was already crowded. We were seated upstairs. An area much larger than I had expected. The wait staff immediately took our drink order. I had the Belgian porter. A good choice. We each had the House Salad and split a large traditional pizza. Both were over the top good. I finished with their Alt beer. Another good choice. I must add that the service was terrific as well.
In a nutshell, the service and food were excellent. The beer is superb. We will be going back often.
01-10-2010 16:13:18 |
More by thefireman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This neighborhood place does so many things so well. It's a place that you can as easily take a date to as someone could their kids. Large dining area upstairs with a more intimate downstairs. The heat and bready aroma from the "brick" oven perfume the space as does a wonderful and refreshing selection of music from Johnny Cash to classic jazz to more obscure indie rock all at a volume where it can be appreciated as well as your conversation. The bartenders are all friendly and attentive while the servers are quiet and efficient. The menu is limited to flatbread pizza and a few other items. But it is among my favorite around. The crust has a texture that is at once crisp yet chewable. The toppings can be restrained (tomato and cheese) or in your face (proscuitto with fig compote goat cheese and sea salt). The beer selection is house beers brewed on the premises guest beers on draft and bottle selections. In the year that they've been open I don't think that I seen or drank the same house beer yet. The brewer likes to experiment some are ok many are fantastic few are a bust. The adventure of it is worth multiple visits; although for some that could be a turn off. The wine selection is well thought out as well with North America, South America and Europe well represented.
My only complaints are that I'd like to see a broader menu and steady cask offering of a house beer. When the cask is on it has been typically a guest offering.
01-02-2010 10:31:09 |
More by Chinon01
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Already visited a couple times.
I enjoyed the casual atmosphere and the 2 different bars. Nice layout with two levels, and visable wood oven.
The service has been good with a knowledgeable / attentive staff
Not a huge selection of house beer, but the guest beers complete a nice selection. Not a huge amount of beer but I can always find something Ill enjoy. Also enjoyed the option for a 13oz pour (always good to be able to try more beer).
Food is good, not a huge menu but what they do, they do well. The flatbreads are always good
A good value, worth the trip, I will be back.
11-16-2009 23:57:39 |
More by mikedepue
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice brewpub in the Mount Airy/Germantown/Society Hill section of the city.
Upon walking in the door there are stairs that lead to the upstairs bar and dining area. Slightly to the right is the main bar and dining area and the brewing equipment is to the right of the bar.
The food and service are very good. The bartenders and serves are friendly and knowledgeable and often offer suggestions and info on the in house brews. They specialize in flat breads and have several different varieties, all of which that I've tried were excellent.
On to the beer. They have limited space so they often only have three or four of there own beers on tap here. This is my only complaint about this place. I would like to try more of their beers but I understand that they have limited capacity. That being said, their beers range from decent to very good and they always have a great selection of excellent guest craft beers.
The vibe at this place is pretty cool but it is a family friendly neighborhood place so expect a lot of kids and noise. The beers and selection are very good as well are the food and service. A bit of a journey if you're not familiar with the city but well worth the trip. Recommended.
10-15-2009 10:11:36 |
More by corby112
Earth Bread + Brewery in Philadelphia, PA
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