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BEERS! (updated 02/23/24)

Bancroft Beer

Our daily drinker, named after the street our humble brewery rests on. Brewed with 2-row and Maris Otter malt. Singularly hopped with Mosaic. Punchy notes of Satsuma orange rind, lychee flesh, and fresh blueberry muffin with a clean and crisp finish. 4.20% abv

Available on draft and in 32 oz crowlers to go

Bancroft Buzz

Typically for our anniversary we take Bancroft Beer, our beloved lil’ all-Mosaic house beer, and switch up the hop for a unique twist. When Chris from Greenstreet Coffee Roasters reached out to do a collab, we weren’t really sure what we wanted to do. But then we tried some of their Rwanda Cyesha, and 💡… Bancroft Buzz was born! Buzz is our standard recipe for Bancroft Beer, conditioned on Rwanda Cyesha beans. From Greenstreet: “This lot comes to us from Muraho Trading Company’s Cyesha Coffee Washing Station in Nyamasheke, Rwanda. Muraho was founded by two brothers, Karthick & Gaudam Anbalagan. Cyesha is their newest washing station, acquired in December 2021. Coffee from Cyesha is extra special because of the volcanic soil and high altitude, up to 1800 meters above sea level, of the farm. The washing station is also near one of the majestic African Great Lakes, Lake Kivu. The wind flow from the lake through the surrounding hills is ideal for drying coffees.” The result is a delightful little pale coffee beer brimming with fresh roasty notes, bright stone fruit and bold blueberry from the Mosaic. Creamy like a Bancroft Beer coffee ice cream float, sans the ice cream! 4.20% abv

Available on draft and in 32 oz crowlers to go

Simple Simcoe

We originally brewed this beer back in 2018 or ’19, but have reworked it and brought it back as a nice lil’ baby hazy IPA instead of a Pale Ale. This batch was brewed from a multigrain protein heavy base of 2-row, white wheat, flaked oats, and flaked barley.  Fermented with our house yeast strain, and hopped entirely with Almighty Simcoe. Delightfully light notes of peach rings and passionfruit, a structured bready middle, and a custardy finish with just enough bite. Ultra quaffable at 4% abv.
 

Available on draft and in 32 oz crowlers to go

Entwife

Entwife season is here! This beer has a special place in our hearts as one of the “original six” made for our opening in 2017. Entwife is a Rye Dark Mild built with English Maris Otter, crystal rye, and Chocolate malts. Hopped delicately with East Kent Goldings in the boil and then fermented with a classic English yeast strain. Pint fulls of toasted hazelnut and toffee with hints of hearth baked bread and a spicy rye finish. The perfect beer to accompany a night full of good food and great company. Poured on the nitro line for the first time! 3.4% abv

Available on draft. Sorry, no to go on nitro beer!

Seven

Our Seventh Anniversary blend perhaps exemplifies what we do here at Second District more than any other project we’ve ever worked on. A blend of old world techniques with a nod to modern experimentation, and a little whimsy thrown in for good measure. Seven began as a blend of several releases from the late summer of 2022. We took some kegs of Wee Buddy, an English Summer Ale; Apricot Helix, an apricot-tangerine hard seltzer; Zestimated Antler, a lime zest conditioned version of our Nelson Pale Ale; and Future Rustic, a Bière de Coupage, and blended them all into one of our RAF tanks and allowed them to mingle for awhile. Once refermentation was complete (from the mixed culture inoculation provided by Future Rustic), we racked it into oak white wine barrels that had previously held our 5th anniversary blend for a lengthy two year slumber. The transformation of the liquid over that time is somewhere along the lines of a citrusy barrel aged saison, if we had to put our finger on a “style”; A melange of trifoliate orange skins, rubbed sage, classic barnyard, with a dry zesty finish. Most importantly, it’s just a really fun sip. Naturally carbonated in both bottle and keg. 6% abv. Cheers to Seven Years!

Available on draft and in 750mL bottles to go

Tractor Beer

Hoppy American Pale Lager brewed exclusively for the Second District Brew Farm. Built off of domestic Pilsner and Vienna malts. Brightly golden hued with a light toasty malt profile and a snappy bite in the finish contributed by Amarillo and Tettnang hops. Perfect for that late Summer afternoon tractor ride. 5% abv.

Available in 16oz 4-packs and single cans for in-house

Silk Upholstered Chair

One of our all time favorite winter warmers. Vienna lager brewed with German pilsner and vienna malts married with chamomile and local honey – a few gallons of beautiful light amber hued Fall Harvest honey from our dear friends Greg and Kara Jo of Kara Jo Bee Farm/Mind Your Hives, sourced from mindfully kept hives just outside the city. And as always, dried chamomile flowers from the spice treasure trove over at Penn Herb Co. in NoLibs. 16oz of liquid Honey Nut Cheerios, persimmon, and hearth baked bread, with our typical lean mineral finish. 5.2% abv

Available on draft and in 32 oz crowlers to go

Amarillo Slim

American Wheat Beer brewed with domestic 2-row and white wheat malts, then hopped exclusively with one of the classics, Amarillo. Don’t let the “W” word scare you, American wheat beers are characterized by their hop forward character and clean malt profile, much like common American Pale Ales, as opposed to the yeast driven wheat beeer styles of Europe which many find far too fruit forward. Inspired by one of our favorite OG beers out of the Midwest, and full of nostalgic pine, citrus, and floral grassy notes with a beautiful crown of white foam contributed by the wheat. 5% abv

Available on draft and in 32oz crowlers to go

Pět Pils

Pět, meaning “five” in Czech, honors the first batch of Pilsner ever brewed by Josef Groll on October 5th, 1842, in the town of Pilsen. The original beer that gave way to what has become the most popular and highly engineered beer style in the world. Brewed entirely with Czech Saaz and true Czech pilsner malt to make this unabashed, unfiltered, and unrefined rustic Bohemian Pils. Lagered for many moons, Pět is brimming with classic crackery malt under layers of grassy spice, herbal tea, and a hint of lemon. 5% abv

GO BIRD

Available on draft and in 32 oz crowlers to go

Oude Pêche

Mixed fermentation sour ale brewed with pilsner and wheat malts along with a little bit of Czech Saaz in the kettle. Fermented with our house RAF culture and allowed to condition in stainless for five months before adding 20 pounds per barrel of juicy ripe PA grown white freestone peaches from our friends at Green Meadow Farm. Pink Jolly Ranchers, old vine Chardonnay, vibrant acidity, clean mineral finish. 7.8% abv
 

Available on draft and in 750mL bottles to go

Cave Aged Six

Cave Aged Sixth Anniversary blend (2023) of three barrels of Saison Ambre brewed in late 2020 from a simple base of German Pilsner malt with a dash of English chocolate malt. Hopped intently with aged Old World varietals. Fermented with our RAF mixed culture and aged in stainless for 9 months before being transferred over to oak wine barrels which previously held our PA Framboise, and then aged for another 18 months. The resulting blend is deep and complex, an almost gueuze-like aroma filled with persimmon and over ripe stone fruit. The flavor follows suite with layers of Autumnal petrichor and damp forest floor, antique wooden spice cubbards, tart cherries and apricots, followed up by a classic clean 2D minerality in the finish. 6.5% abv.
 

Available on draft and in 750mL bottles to go *LIMITED*

The Glass is Always Greener

This lovely little grisette is brewed from a simple base of European pilsner malt and a little white wheat, with a blend of aged and fresh old world hop varietals. It then gets fermented with our favorite saison monoculture in one of our mixed fermentation tanks before being dry hopped with East Kent Goldings. Conditioned properly in the bottle to 3 volumes of c02. TGIAG is our ode to the classic green glass Saisons of Belgium. It begins with a delicate floral malt base followed by layers of jasmine blossom, green tea, and lemon balm before a bone dry prickly mineral finish. It is dangerously quaffable. 5% abv.

Available in 750ml bottles for onsite or to go

About Our Brewer:

Ben Potts has been brewing in the Philadelphia region for over 16 years, working with some of the areas most well known breweries. With a background focused heavily on experimentation and pushing the boundaries of what we know as ‘beer’, Ben has done it all - from working with exotic fruits and spices, barrel aging, mixed fermentation techniques, to some of the most unconventional brewing ingredients possible. With that in mind, Ben brings all of his experience to Second District, creating both off-the-wall flavors and classically inspired styles, along with everything in between.

“When the former owner of Nodding Head teams up with a former Dogfish Head brewer, you get some really fantastic beer. Most of it is in classic, non-crazy styles, but with slight variations that make them interesting — this is a brewpub, so all batches are small.” –BillyPenn

“Head brewer Ben Potts’ seasoned background features three local mainstays in Dock Street, Dogfish Head and Tired Hands, so rest assured the beer will be great. The taplist features a diverse blend of mostly sessionable, straightforward and good, honest beers that everyone is sure to enjoy” –Breweries In PA

Amazing atmosphere and really good vegan food and non-vegan as well. I tried two different kinds of craft beer and I was very impressed. The staff was very friendly and even though the place was crowded the service was awesome. I am definitely coming back very soon to this hidden gem in South Philly.” -Google Review

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