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The Hop Stops: Resurrection Ale House, Sidecar Bar & Grille, Ten Stone Restaurant & Bar

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There's delicious beer and great pubs all over this city—you just need to know where to look! This week, The Hop Stops takes you to three bars out in Southwest Center City near the Graduate Hospital area. Resurrection Ale House

Resurrection Ale House

2425 Grays Ferry Ave.

(215) 735-2202

Situated on the corner of Catherine and Grays Ferry Avenue, the Resurrection Ale House bills itself as a neighborhood beer bistro. And it's a fitting description. The fairly new place -- less than two years old -- is located right across the street from the huge Naval Square condo compound.

The inside has a new, yet homey and clean feeling to it, with dark-tiled floors and the bar taking up most of the small corner pub's space. There's about 14 bar seats with one flat screen to watch, a few two-tops by the window and a raised seating area behind the bar.

While the draft list isn't huge with 12 beers to chose from and also a cask engine, it’s all about the selection. Just after the holidays that list included Stone Smoked Porter, St. Bernard's Christmas, Yards Brawler, Troegs Mad Elf, and Weissenoher Bonator to name just a few.

The bottled selection is even larger with some 40 beers to choose from. And just like the beer selection, the food is a step above as well. Lunch, dinner and brunch choices are available, with selections like a Monte Cristo sandwich, Balsamic braised beef shank, omelet with chorizo, and also starters such as mussels puttanesca and homemade pickles. The apps hover around six to seven bucks while sandwiches range from nine to 12 dollars and the entrees, while there's not a huge selection, aren't too pricey -- not more than 15 dollars.

Lots of bars love to offer gimmicks for happy hours, whether it’s a Taco Tuesday or Movie Monday. This Ale House takes it a step further— a Mommy and Me drinking/networking slot on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. Yes, they are in fact encouraging moms to bring their kids to the bar with them. Dollar off drinks and a chance for neighborhood moms to meet other moms. They also combine beer and movie matinees on Wednesdays, and offer three dollar local draughts every Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. The Sidecar Bar & Grille

 

The Sidecar Bar & Grille

2201 Christian Street

(215) 732-3429

This corner bar is tucked away in a more residential area laden with old rowhomes, but seems to do both beer and food just right. While the space isn't large, they sure know how to fill the seats. The interior has a funky industrial feel to it with light green/gray colored walls, chrome lighting, exposed air ducts, and a dark black bar top that stretches the length of the place. There's about 16 or so bar stools with not more than 10 high top and low top tables behind them.

A big chalk board displays the beers on tap when you walk in. It's nice not to have to lean over other peoples shoulders to peer at the tap handles. The recent draft list included PBR, Stoudt's Double IPA, Founders Wheat Wine, Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale, Stone Double Bastard, Dogfish Head 60 Min IPA, Flying Dog In Heat Wheat, and Lefthand Fade to Black Stout.

The bottled list is also extensive, with about four or five choices in all the standard categories: Russian River Damnation, Southern Tier for pales, Bear Republic Racer 5 and Bell's Two hearted for IPAs, Sly Fox, Stoudt and Victory pilsners, and the list goes on and on...

Lunch, brunch, dinner - they have it all! Ginger calamari, pretzel crusted chicken fingers, veggie risotto, seafood potpie, crabs over eggs benedict, egg burritos, omelets, and always rotating specials on the board. Drink specials are offered every night of the week, like dollar off drafts on both the early and late night happy hours, half price on some apps, "Bitter Mondays' when all IPAs and pale ales are one dollar off, and "Pork Me" Sundays when anything that contains Lil' miss piggy -Carnitas, nachos and pulled pork sandwiches -- are half off. Ten Stone Restaurant & Bar

 

Ten Stone Restaurant & Bar

2063 South Street

(215) 735-9939

When you head into a place that's more of a restaurant than it is a bar, there's always a chance that the food is the focus. But when the beer list is as good as the food, you've made the right stop.

Ten Stone definitely focuses on both. There's dozens of tables in this South Street restaurant, some in front of the bar, others in a room off to the side. The U-shaped bar offers plenty of seats for those who just want to enjoy a drink. The place has a bright, cheerful feel to it with big windows, texture-painted orange and yellow walls, wooden floors, and an exposed brick wall. In that wall, the large chalkboard sign displays a lengthy list of both bottled and draft beers.

On draft the choices included Port Brewing Co.'s Wipeout IPA, Palm Belgian Ale, Big Black Voodoo Daddy, Leffe Brown, and Victory Limited, Elysian Bifrost Winter, Kasteel Sour Cherry, Allagash Dubbel and Weyerbacher Hotel Ale to name just a few.

For grub, the menu includes many of the standard staples like hot wings, nachos and quesadillas as starters, but also three cheese risotto fritters, roasted red pepper hummus and brie and bleu cheese fondue. Heartier options include mostly sandwiches like a chicken brie melt, filet mignon cheese steak, Italian panini and a Ten stone burger.