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Culture Earth Bread and BreweryWith its light wood exterior and floor-to-ceiling windows, Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy stands out on its busy stretch of Germantown Ave.

Turns out “Earth” is more than just a name.  As one might expect from Mount Airy’s first brewpub, Earth is a green-minded, community-oriented establishment that uses reclaimed and sustainable materials throughout the building and local products in the food and beer.  When I visited, the beer menu even included a Non-Profit Porter, the sales of which are partially donated to local not-for-profit organizations.

All of that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, but what is Earth really like? Before my visit, I’d heard mixed reviews.  Nay-sayers complain that the food and beer menus are too limited, the service is slow and unhelpful, and the place is overrun by kids (some people are particularly nasty about this).  The yay-sayers like the tasty flatbreads and house microbrews, the reasonable prices, and the family-friendly-meets-brewpub atmosphere (yes, those people have kids). 

Let me disclose here and now that I went to Earth with my husband and 10-month-old son.  If you’re one of those people who hates kids in restaurants (as I read in one online review), you will probably be irritated at Earth.  (Then again, you should have thought of that before you decided to go out to dinner in Mount Airy, but maybe that’s me).  From what I could tell, the restaurant has decided to be family friendly without being dumbed down.  The menu, which is limited, includes a children’s appetizer.  They brought us a highchair immediately, and the staff was very friendly with my son the entire time.  About halfway through our meal, a family sat down at the table next to us with two little boys, and they were received just as warmly as we were.

As for the menu: yes, it is limited, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  The menu isn’t bloated with the standard fried options that you could get in any other brewpub.  There are six house flatbreads (pizzas), plus unlimited possibilities if you build your own.  There’s also a smattering of appetizers, including edamame or a cheese plate, and salads. Earth also offers a good selection of desserts, some house made and some from neighborhood bakeries.  We had the pesto flatbread and a daily special that was kind of like the mexican with chicken.  The pesto was light and flavorful, though I thought the potato chunks could have been a bit bigger and more substantial.  The mexican was also very tasty – tangy, without being too spicy – though I was disappointed at the absence of black beans.

The beer menu is also small, about four different house drafts, which are brewed on site, and four or five “guest” brews. We were there during the Bocktacular, so all of the guests were bocks. We had bocks from Sly Fox and Victory, which were smooth and full bodied, before realizing that we coulda, shoulda, woulda tried the house brews. 

This leads to my few complaints:  First, the chalkboard beer menus are small and don’t offer much explanation. And second: our waiter was pleasant but not entirely helpful.  The service was well-paced--not too slow, not too fast.  He was knowledgeable about the menu.  He just didn’t have that something extra that answers the questions you didn’t know you had.

We ended our meal with a banana bread pudding and a cookie bowl.  The bread pudding, which was made on site, was a tad dry but delicious, with pecans, cherries, and whipped cream topping.  The cookies, which came from two local bakers, were blah at best. 

All in all, I like the relaxed atmosphere, the simple, good food, and the modest prices at Earth Bread + Brewery.  I’ll definitely be going back, and I’ll be taking my little guy with me. 

Address: 

7136 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119    Directions

215.242.MOON(6666)

www.earthbreadbrewery.com

Hours: 

Closed Mondays
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
Friday: 4:30pm - 1:00am
Saturday: 11:30am - 1:00am
Sunday: 4:30pm - 12:00am