3/18/2013 09:20:00 AM

First Beer: William Reed of Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's

We’re asking top Philly food folk where they’d take a visitor for their first meal in Philadelphia. This week, we have William Reed of Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s. In a nod to his position as co-chairman of Philly Beer Week and status as all-around beer geek, we added a twist to our regular question, asking him to focus on brew instead of food.

Zagat: You have friend visiting from Belgium who's never been to Philadelphia before. Where do you take them for their first beer in Philly (other than your own spots), and what do you suggest they try there?

William Reed: My first stop would be 700 for a cask beer. The place is packed at night with the DJ scene kids, but during the late afternoon, it's all contractors and film crew locals. A pint of Yards ESA never tasted better.

Next stop would be the Khyber. Maybe some delicious Bells Two Hearted or a Dogfish Head 60 Minute to slake our thirst. Might grab a six pack of SlyFox Pils to go. The beer is delicious and the cans look exactly like orange soda. We can drink them as we do a little sight seeing around Independence Hall and work our way down to Kennett for another thoughtful beer list and some great pizza.

I will add that when we do head back to my bars, we’ll be in luck, because just about every spot on Second Street is a great beer destination.


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