Chow recently made a post on the "best" places to drink beer in the city:
Any "best of" list is going to be missing some people's favorites, especially since we have such a wealth of beer bars in our fair city. It's pretty hard to argue that places like Monk's and Tria and not good places to drink a beer, even if I like some neighborhood spots better, but a few of the bars on the list made me raise an eyebrow.
Kraftwork opened like two weeks ago and suddenly makes a national "best of" list? The PR rep for that bar seriously earned her money on this one. I'm sure it is/will be a good gastropub but it seems a bit irresponsible to put a brand new establishment on a list like this, as it's hard to say how a bar or restaurant will turn out after the dust settles--especially since this is the owner's first attempt at expanding beyond one location.
Nodding Head -- seriously? I like the atmosphere but the beers are far from great. I cringe at the thought of beer tourists trying the brews Nodding Head--they have some decent ones but I have not once had a great beer there. If pro brewers hang out here, maybe I am just personally missing something or trying the wrong beers.
Jose Pistola's does have a good beer selection but is off the radar for me. I had a really traumatic experience here once, so I haven't been back for a while (no coffee at brunch??). Maybe the food has improved, but I think Cantina (both locations) does good beer + Mexican food better. It's a good beer bar but would be pretty low on my personal Best Of list.
I understand that Center City is the most tourist-friendly neighborhood and NoLibs/Fishtown is the hippest, but it would have been nice to see at least one of the elite neighborhood beer bars make the list--Devil's Den, POPE, Resurrection and Local 44 all have a better selection than at least Tria and Standard Tap. Eulogy, Irish Pol, and National Mechanics are also interesting omissions as they are downtown and have very serious beer programs.