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The Farmers' Cabinet
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 97
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 26 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1113 Walnut St
phone: (215) 923-1113
It should be noted that the house beers, although served exclusively at the Farmer's Cabinet and at the Boilmaker, were in fact brewed for them at a microbrewery they owned in Alexandria, VA, called Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse.
They no longer have house beers brewed for them.
(Place added by: hhkal17 on 03-18-2011)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Since I have not tried the food I cannot comment yet, so on to the beer and other great stuff.
I am on a quest for Italian craft beers and this place is the place for such beer. A lot of beer drinkers may question the reason why Italians are getting into the beer brewing, but it is something we do with passion. A lot of these beers concentrate on beers that are for the Italian palate. Italian craft beer is new so we have yet to see where it will go.
I also love liqueurs from Italy, and this place has a small but beautiful choice.
The wine list is impressive as I see selections I have not seen anywhere else.
I am excited for the Rare Italian Beer night Dec 6. I hope see others there too!
11-05-2011 00:51:47 |
More by Giovannilucano
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was finally able to stop here on a Thursday night during a recent trip to Philadelphia for work.
A: The place is dark and very rustic. The place has an old time colonial feel to it. The place is lit primarily by candle light with a few inset lights behind the bar.
Q: I was very impressed with the quality of beer choices here. Some were so unique, I never even heard of them.
S: Service was superb. Chris, the bartender, was very attentive and even offered reccomendation for beer and food.
S: For the beer choices, I was impressed. A lot of selections you never see on draft or have never heard of. I had a difficuly time deciding on my draft choices because of the selection and uniqueness of the offerings.
F: I was impressed with the food I made. However, I took the food reccomendations from my bartender and did not stray. I have the Pea Tendril Salad, Fried Sweetbreads and Short Rib Burger. All of which were outstanding.
V: For the food, I thought the prices were on par for what I got/expected for Center City Philadelphia. The beer I thought was a bit pricey but I have no basis for a price on some of the selections I had because I have never seen them. A good point is that the beer is offered in "half glasses" which allows for more sampling
All in all, I was impressed and I look forward to going back again. If they ever get to brewing in-house, that would also be another reason to visit.
06-21-2011 17:42:39 |
More by mymrnngjckt
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
You walk into the establishment through some hanging burlap like curtains from the front door. You immediately notice how dark the place is as it is mostly lit with candles in mason jars. There is a smallish bar in the front where the beers are poured. There is another small bar that has the liquors just on the other side. There is a long restaurant section of the back of the bar area, and on one wall is a large beer bottle collection. There are plenty of barrels around, and burlap is hanging too. The music is from the 30's and 40's. The vibe here is very cool.
The beer list is definitely unique for Philly. There are several house beers brewed at a brewery in Alexandria VA. On my two stops in they had the Field Hop Grisette, French Country Ale, and Layover in Berlin. The Field Hop and Country Ale were outstanding. There are about 20 beers on tap from Italy, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and England. The beers we had were fresh and not served too cold. The beers come in small 8-10oz glasses, and the costs range from $7-$10 a glass which is expensive.
Service was very friendly and prompt. Any questions about the house beers were fully answered, and the bartender knew the beers he was serving. Only food we had was the pretzel which was very good.
For me this place is a nice change up from the typical Philly bar scene, but it is very expensive so the number of beers here will be limited in a session. The house beers are worth the trip.
02-03-2012 14:32:28 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
I've been to the Farmer's Cabinet a few times now and have to say that I'm really impressed with it. I haven't eaten there yet but have been for drinks several times and as recently as last night.
The vibe of this place is awesome. I know a lot of people have complained about the atmosphere but for me it's perfect. Sure, it's dark in there but I don't do much drinking in the day time so it's not really a problem for me. Even during the day, the front is open this time of year so there should be plenty of light coming in. Lots of dark wood, two bars(one for beer one for craft cocktails) and a bunch of barrels along the one wall. I haven't spent much time in the dining room but the front bar area is nice. In addition, they have really cool, unique music there, whether live or recorded. During one of my visits there was a folk/jug band playing some great instrumentals. Trumpet, percussion(including washboard!) and something else. The recorded music is mostly all pre-war including delta blues, big band, ragtime and folk. It adds a nice touch to the speakeasy kind of feel. The front area is kind of small so it can get a bit crowded but that's my only complaint.
All of the bartenders here have been friendly and knowledgeable so far and have dealt with larger crowds very well. For the extensive list of mostly rare European beers that they carry, I was surprised at how knowledgeable they were about what they were offering. On slower nights you can actually sit and have a nice conversation with them about the beers and how their house beers will be coming along.
At first glance the selection is good but not terribly impressive but my opinion of this has changed in less than a week. Many of the beers offered are bottles, however, they are rarely seen on draft. They are priced kind of high but you can try a beer at that price point instead of buying a bottle at a store for 3-5 times that amount. Also, they offer half pours for a bit less which allows you to try more beers. Great for tickers/reviewers. In addition, they just put on head brewer Terry Hawbaker's(formerly of BullFrog) beers on tap. When these are at full production this place will be incredible. Everything will be barrel aged and the main focus will probably be on sours/wilds. The last time was there they had 26 beers on tap including three I had never seen anywhere on tap or in bottle as well as Pliny the Elder, four casks including Hanssenns Oude Kriek and '09 JW Lees and a crazy bottle list that rivals any bar in the area except Monk's. They have 100 bottles mostly focusing on beer from Europe. Tons of stuff from Italy, Scandinavia, Germany, Belgian, etc. The lambic selection is also very, very impressive. The bottles are very costly but for a Center City bar there not much more than they would be in a bottle shop if you could find them. My only complaint is the lack f more American craft options. I know that isn't there focus but it would be cool to see a few more.
Overall, I'm really excited that this place is in town. I love the vibe, the service is very good and the selection is great. The prices are a bit high but not crazy considering the cost and quality of the beers they serve. Recommended!
06-15-2011 08:42:40 |
More by corby112
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
The Farmers Cabinet is a great find in Philly.
The interior is clad in old boards, candle-lit mason jars, a cooper-clad bar, antiques, and burlap. A very friendly and knowledgeable barkeep is always a plus especially at a place with such a great tap line-up. Upon our visit they had close to a dozen De Struise beers on tap as well as some of thier house-made brews. Happy hour pricing from 4-6 on thier own beers @$4.00 each. Great deal for Philly.
In the background it would seem there would be some oldster cranking away on the gramaphone as the hits from way WAY back keep the vibe chill. We're talking ragtime favorites, but it really works here.
The place is clean, quite, upscale, and rustic.
Western-Americana-chic? Maybe a bit full of schtick, but very well done and a lot of fun.
04-10-2012 00:08:48 |
More by brewandbbq
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A nice open front throwback bar in the city. This place is dimly lit by candles and has lots of wood inside. The music is what seems to be old time instrumental records. A little too dark inside for me, it kind of feels like using candles when the electricity goes out. A beer bar on the left with a large selection of beers posted on wooden slabs hanging on the wall. There is a large printed beer list, categorized by beer style mostly. Tens of beers available and a variety are hard to come by. Primarily European beer, they offer some every day drinkers as well as rare beers and vintage selections too. This place leans heavily toward higher end beers and pricey selections, mainly in the way of large and aged bottles. The bartenders were always friendly attentive and very knowledgeable about the beer there. I didn't try any of the food yet, but it looks pretty intriguing, mostly game inspired. I need to step up my beer knowledge when I head back here, and try the food as well. A great place for beer lovers.
06-23-2011 22:40:44 |
More by BeerForMuscle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Okay, but what about that spot right there? (pointing). Wait for the red light (break in traffic), jolt out, back up quickly, and park (everything in its right place). Dance the meter man settling up, and a ½ block walk. Yes, it’s that easy...
Off to the left, a dinged, dented, & stained copper sheet panel topped bar of straight, with a plank wood base, phat beam footrest, and seating for a baker’s dozen on stools tightly fit. The barback is a wall of wide old wood planks with 5 alternating height boxes mounted, each box holding 5 taps with non descript handles, and lined atop with bottles, books, candles, jars, pieces, etc. They’re seemingly held by ropes from above, which they are in fact, not, and there are boards riding the ropes affixed along the way up listing tap selections, origin, price, & ABV. A basin runs the length below, and there’s shelved glassware of all sizes & shapes tucked down under. Meat & cheese preppish area concealed up front, with implements of kitchen tooling and pickled things jarred.
Block slate tilings, brown walls, light in this light or lack thereof, and a darker brown ceiling with inlayed spots. Large front windows to both sides of closed off doors curtained; their horizontal windows atop burlap sacked up. Mounted lanterns on the ends of the bar, Alt length drop Bali mason jar lamps that must be a pain in the ass to light above, candle lighting on a strung rope set over the open room area, and wide candles in holders along the bar; the light by which I write.
A single barrel table up front along the windows, a bar counter slab over barrels off the wall behind me, and another barrel table on the end. Behind me in a don’t trip and fall slight step down next room, is another bar, similar to this one but an ‘L’, seating 15 on stools. ‘Mixology 101’ fixings on the bar. And the barback a split of a wallpapered wall and a nook of liquor 4 shelved end to end and tiered below. A pair of barrel tables sit forward the bar and another one to the rear.
Mesh framing divider conceals a room to the rear. A long row of tables in the center pushed together seating 40, a handful more to the left seating another 20, and a single table to the rear past a rack of barrels. Wood beams suspended above with candles, and the walls holding bottles bottles bottles; the length of 6 loooong shelves with more intermittent candlings. Other pieces about include a mounted stuffed grouse, a bison head, antlers, framed mirrorings in places, prints, animal skins, and a piano in the corner. Latice mesh framings hiding more bottled selections.
And up in the far corner, a back room events space, of sorts, I was there once for the ‘Philly Beer Week Session Beer’ event. You know, the one where Don Russell lost his fucking mind and denounced session beer as being “a farce, completely unnecessary, and flying in the face of the good beer we all drank when we first got into craft beer”. Yeah, good times.
23 beers on tap just now, a mix & match collection of mostly imports; Belgian (Dupont Posca Rustica, Kermok Bink Bloesem, a Vapeur Saison de Pipaix), Scandanavian (Nogne O Two Captains, HaandBryggeriet Dark Force, Kissmeyer No. 1 Stockholm Syndrome IPA, Omnipollo Mazarin), German (Gaffel Kolsch, Spezial Rauchbier Lager, Ettaler Kloster Dunkel, Schlenkerla Fastenbier), UK (Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011 & J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011 on calvados, Thornbridge St Petersburg Imperial Stout, Porterhouse An Brain Blasta & Porterhouse Oyster House), and elsewhere (De Molen Vuur & Vlam, Ca L’Arenys Guinen River, Hopfenstark Captain Swing, Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale, Baladin Noel), and the lone American craft beer offering, the Dock Street/Thiriez La Biere Des Amis collab. Say, where are the house beers hiding? Oh, I see, that’s too bad; that Gose I had during PBW was monsterously good. Drafts are served in large & small format, the latter for about $2 less. I drank shortys of the De Molen Vuur & Vlam, Ca L’Arenys Guinen River, & Dock Street/Thiriez La Biere Des Amis.
And a bottle list of 200+, divied by stylings (sour & funky, lovely & bright, malt forward, bold Belgian style beauties, earthy & complex, snifter worthy, distinguished, wildcards, smokey, brutally bitter/bitter/mildly bitter, refreshing, wheat, welcoming & sessionable, spiced and/or fruity), and 2 dozen + wines, a dozen ciders & meads, and cocktails cocktails cocktails; it’s a good list.
All the low lighting & old tyme music got me thinking that it was very reminiscent of the Bookstore Speakeasy, and that was before I ran into the Paultender, who talked of the LoverBeer BeerBrugna (ale with plums in oak barrels), as he does, and so we did (tasty). The place is pricey pricey, although my benchmark Orval runs a cool $9. Good house; Witz fed the meter, so I guess we’re on the hook for another hour…
12-05-2012 22:29:51 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
The girlfriend and I visited The Farmers Cabinet today for their Belgian Beer Geek Brunch as part of Philly Beer Week. Conveniently located in Center City, I was very excited to visit this place who's making a name for themselves since opening in March of this year.
Walking up Walnut Street, you're greeted by an open front to the restaurant with huge barrel tables on the sidewalks, seating patrons. Inside, a "cocktail" specialty bar is on the right, where we ended up sitting as it was completely packed for the event. The left holds the beer bar and fortunately today they were serving beer at both bars.
The bar is copper plated, awesome looking just like the entire interior. It's a Western / Victorian / farm-centric atmosphere and decor. Almost all of the lighting is provided by candles, though there are bulb lights recessed in the ceiling. Overall, it's fairly dimly lit but gives a really cool vibe. Completely unique in Center City, I absolutely loved it.
The barman greeted us promptly and was very attentive throughout, despite being quite busy though they had the necessary staff on today - excellent. I ordered a Shortrib burger and my girlfriend ordered the BBQ Pork, both of which were served with hand-cut and handmade chips on a thick stone slab. Totally cool. Our meals were both out of this world, cooked to perfection. The menu is very game-centric, even during the special brunch menu that included duck among other items.
The prices were in line with most other places for the meals, nothing overpriced, really. The beers on the other hand were a little bit more expensive. Most pours were 7 oz or 11 oz, which is nice to have the choice and save some $ if you want.
Overall, this was a wonderful first impression for a brand new establishment. The beer is a great selection, 25+ taps from all over Europe mainly, food is outstanding, atmosphere was wonderful and the service was good. A must try!
06-05-2011 21:49:55 |
More by ShanePB
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I went to the Farmers Cabinet last night with the intention of hating the place. It is Restaurant Week and that was enough of an excuse for me to visit this place for the first time. I wanted to hate this place because I hated the owners former restaurant Fork and Barrel. The Farmers Cabinet, while very similar to Fork and Barrel in appearance, was for me much improved!
The atmosphere is rustic. Lots of old antiques and worn wood everywhere. Candles light up the bar and tables and are scattered throughout the restaurant, but this is supplemented with artificial light as well. (Huge negative at F&B, which was 100% candle lit...waaaay to dark) Here the lighting adds to the mood instead of hurting my eyes. There was live music as well, something that I hear that Farmers Cabinet does quite often. The musicians were right next to where my table was located but they sang old timey music and I was thrilled to hear these quirky musicians with their old school microphone and odd horns....
The seating arrangement is the same as F&B: communal. The tables are laid out lengthwise down the main hall and you could be sitting on the same bench as a stranger. I like this way...seems European. The one wall is lined with beer bottles from end to end, inch by inch. And the other walls have rustic artwork and taxidermy pieces keeping with the theme.
The waiter we had was very polite and attentive. I only had to correct him once when he said that the sour beers were the best beers that they carried. He knew a lot, and gave a reasonable response when I asked him what a Grisette was. I kept trying to figure out more by asking a lot of questions, and he told me that he would check about my questions. He immediately went to the bar and asked the bartender my questions, only to return with some clarified answers. He also made some very nice suggestions about food pairings and at no point (other than the sour beer comment) was pretentious. THIS is what I was worried was going to happen. But he was just nice and helpful. I tipped him well.
The selection of beer is good. They had 2 house beers available, a Grisette and a Stout. I had both and enjoyed both. The list is definitely pretentious and somewhat snobbish, but less so than F&B. Their saving grace was that they actually had SOME beers on tap that I knew and that were good beers to boot. (Fullers London Pride, Victory Kolsch, Bells Oarsman) A lot of the beers are no name beers that no one has ever had before, and I think that is what makes it pretentious, as they certainly consider themselves a beer bar.
The food was excellent!!! It came out quickly and was just so good, that when I took the first bite (or actually sip, since I started with soup) I was saddened that I was probably really, really going to like this place. I ate the Roasted Corn Soup, Grilled Pork Loin and Vanilla Custard. All were top notch meals!
I will be returning here, and I hope they lighten up a little bit on the no-name beers....
09-24-2011 23:08:11 |
More by MusicaleMike
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
The Farmer's Cabinet is an exquisite establishment. I LOVE the vibe here. Wow. Perfect set-up, perfect lighting...I could sit there all day drinking slowly just in my own thoughts. I really enjoy the separate beer/wine bars. Beers on tap are always excellent, with a good selection. Could be a larger selection, but it's still decent. They always have special events going on as well which can be pretty awesome if you can make it.
Service was spotty the first time I went, but that was during a Beer Week event so it was understandable. The second time I went I had exceptional service from my very beer-knowledgeable bartender.
Food is good, but a bit different from normal "bar food." Be prepared to pay a lot of money...food and drink here is VERY expensive. One of those $8 for a pint sort of places...not outrageous, but still way more than what I would consider reasonable. Still, you are paying partly for the experience, and this place has a lot to offer. Go at least once, and more if you can afford to!
10-29-2011 05:14:14 |
More by MsRif
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