Philadelphia: Standard Tap

February 18th, 2007
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We made it out to Northern Liberties in early afternoon and got brunch at Standard Tap. In fact we’re still here, Tammi’s knitting, I’m writing and drinking beer. Really I like the vibe here, the food was a bit of a miss this time.
Both things I ate were a bit over-fried. The fried oysters had too much breading and the chicken in the fried chicken sandwich was a little dry. The rest of the sandwich was like a really good BLT, so I may actually order one of those after first lunch settles.
Standard Tap is in this big old building with many rooms over 3 floors. The sun pours in from the windows and lights up the place. Wood dominates the space as soon as you walk in, from the bar up front to the wainscotting and wooden benches running along the walls in the back room on the ground floor.
We got in a little after 1pm and it was busy. We found a seat in the back and settled in. The only menus at Standard Tap are posted on the walls. As we were looking, three items were being wiped off the board.
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We’ve been sitting here enjoying the music. All afternoon they’ve been playing 70′s soul. Tammi’s been rocking out to tunes her parents listened to back in the day. It’s been Teddy Pendergrass, The Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan and Marvin Gaye.
As for what I’m drinking, I started out with Yards ESA, a hand drawn cask ale. It is served colder than most cask ales are usually kept, but I actually preferred it. The flavor was mildly hoppy. It’s good but not terribly distinctive.
Next up is the Dogfishhead Brown Ale, a dark brown malty ale. Pretty straightforward, not much to say about it. Standard high quality one expects from Dogfishhead.
After that I ordered a Slyfox Dark Lager. It was amber in color, but not much flavor-wise. In fact, it sort of sucked. Thankfully, the nice lady let me switch it for…
Yards Phllly Pale Ale. I had this yesterday, its hoptastic. Much better. The hop flavor is strong, but not overpoweringly so.
Then I had a small Troegs Hopback, the other hand drawn ale they offered. It had tons of hops, as the name implies, but it was also very sweet. The temperature was warmer than the other, which mellowed out the hops, but the beer was not any sort of subtle. I had a small glass, instead of a whole pint for this one.
You’ll have to pardon my typing this point, as I’m a little buzzed by now. Now Im drinking the Stoudt’s APA, an American stlye pale ale. Full of hops and bubbles and bite.
The best thing about this place has to be the service. Our server has been great. Besides letting me switch my poor beer choice with something better, also turned gave us a preview of the dinner menu when we told her we were going to sticking around for a while and let us move to another seat when I needed to plug in the laptop.
I also want to shout out the bartender who was rocking the hot music the whole time we’ve been here. Right now she’s playing The Roots
One day I’ll make it to philly during the warmer months and get a chance to chill at Standard Tap’s balcony upstairs. This time we ended up staying for about 5 hours. It was exactly what I needed.
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