“We brew uncompromised quality from unconventional ideas,” says the Second District website. Emphasis on the unconventional. From a Curry IPA brewed with a dash of Madras curry powder to a huitlacoche and sea salt saison, Second District Brewing in Philadelphia, PA punches traditional flavors in the gut. Built into an old South Philly garage, the 7 bbl brewhouse named after the City Council district appears tame — it’s accented with warm wood touches and exposed brick. But, almost like the unassuming rags to riches boxer of Philly fame (Rocky, for those born before the 90s), Second District Brewing’s modest exterior disguises an armada of bold, Willy Wonka-esque creations. Manager Curt Decker and brewer Ben Potts (former stints at Dock Street, Dogfish Head and Tired Hands) push the limits with their beers while Chef Doreen DeMarco infuses ale ingredients throughout her menu: for instance, the IPA Kettle Corn, the Spent Grain Burger with vegan herbed mayo, or the Buffalo Cauliflower served with hopped up vegan Buffalo ranch. – Hop Culture
The third installment of our Co-Worker Brewing Program is now flowing on Bancroft St. Ben teamed up with @xorogerharvey to brew Two Coyotes, an eminently drinkable saison made with huitlacoche and sea salt. Fermented with our house mixed culture, Two Coyotes expresses a gentle acidity and light earthy funk balanced by prominent salinity.