Eastern PA Day One

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Eastern PA Day One

Postby Laurie » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:16 am

With an unplanned week available - what else to do, but a trip to explore some more Views and Brews! We left NY on Tuesday morning and headed for downtown Philly to get in some hiking and some history while we waited for some pubs to open. All credit for driving goes to Tom - downtown Philly driving is a challenge with the traffic, construction, and sorry you can't turn here signs. We finally found a parking garage and emptied our pockets of all cash - plan to pay heavily to park in this city!

We explored and hiked around various venues in the city, including visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall where we took a great tour and took a history lesson or two. Do be prepared to stand in line a bit for security, but we had lovely weather and enjoyed the sights while doing so. The architecture, the gardens, the visions of our forefathers were all worth the time. From there, we walked to our first pub stop of the day, Triumph - closed! Not a good beginning. We were then saved by moving over to Nodding Head, but paid dearly for the privilege of driving and parking there! Our reward was a great Block Party Pale Ale and very friendly service! From there, we ventured to Dock (no parking fees) - caught this place just before the evening rush and it was very quiet, beer was good - the PIMP my Rye IPA was outstanding for we hop heads!

Next up, was a trip to Manayunk - I put a star on my paper next to both the Hefeweizen and the IPA and the friendly staff told us of a lot of great hiking nearby. His suggestions were to check out the towpath right along the river or if we felt more adventurous to take Forbidden Drive to the Valley Green trails. We have not had a chance to check on all of this yet, but will do so soon. Thanks for the suggestions!

Our last stop of the day goes into the top 3 picks of the week: Tired Hands. These guys came highly recommended from several people, including some Troegs employees we met while hiking in the Catskills. We were not disappointed. We found their creativity, their beers, their food and employees to all be excellent! They follow the locally sourced, home grown connection for their foods - had a delicious cheese plate with local honey and a great grilled cheese. The beers were amazing - and the descriptions fabulous: There was Hop Hands with notes of lush citrus, fresh cut grass, under ripe kiwi and hints of pineapple; There was Mt Stark IPA with lemon grass, fresh pine needles and dank stuff; Safe and Sound Crushable IPA with notes of intense pine, dank grass, grapefruit and earth! We were in heaven with all of the hops floating around as well as the fun and creativity! The staff gave us several suggestions for hikes including Mt Stark! If you are anywhere in eastern PA - this is a must stop!
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