Fallser Field Trip: Spring Arts

Grab your bike for a brewery tour with bonus burritos — just a quick ride from NW Philly.  

You know what’s fun about Love City’s brewery/tasting room? It’s right off Spring Garden – where designated bike lanes provide a fun ride from the Falls. Just take the Schuylkill River trail (or MLK on weekends when it’s closed) to the Art Museum where you can easily cut onto Spring Garden’s bike lanes  that practically lead right to Love City’s doorstep. About six miles, total, one-way. Like a half hour, nice ‘n flat. (CLICK ON MAP BELOW FOR TURN-BY-TURN DIRECTIONS)

Self-Guided Brewery Tour

Grab your favorite beer lover(s) for a day exploring this lively, growing neighborhood. TIP: Start on a full stomach, with a big breakfast at the Trolley Car Cafe, an SRT trailhead. Ride Kelly Drive then cut through around the Joan of Arc statue to Spring Garden.

Start strong at 11:00am when Roy Pitz Barrel House opens. Try their award-winning “Liquid Art” barrel-aged and sour beers. A dizzying array of other imaginative brews, too. Pace yourselves. (990 Spring Garden St)

Onto good old Yards Brewing for palate-cleansing Pale Ale or Brawler. A Bavarian pretzel, some spiced nuts or fries feels just about right, or dig in for a full meal — no none’s judging. Yards has a kitchen here, so you’ve got options. With 20+ taps, yet, you could be here awhile.  (500 Spring Garden St)

Grab a killer burrito to go from El Purepecha (469 N. 10th St), a nearby authentic “hole in the wall” Mexican joint with big portions and low prices. People rave from all over the city about this place, including the crew at Love City who’ve been regular customers since they started construction on the brewery (Mo highly recommends their carnitas burrito).

Carry that bad boy to Love City’s “byof” tasting room (1023 Hamilton St) where their easy-going beers will wash your feast down beautifully. BTW, be sure to make a potty stop — you gotta see these bathrooms! Seriously — they have 11 gender-neutral bathrooms and each one has been painted by a different local artist.

Finish up with some rolled ice cream at Ice Land nearby (224 N. 10th St) — it’s Thai and super trendy. PS: The neighborhood is considered “Chinatown North,” and has a laid-back, diverse, eclectic, and scrappy vibe. Ideal streets for strolling and window shopping. Maybe catch a show at Union Transfer or Silk City?

Once you’re back in the Falls, do you dare stop for cocktails at LeBus? Like I said, no judging here…

PS  Bike ride from EF to Love City opening weekend (see how easy it is?!):

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