However, one delightful addition to the Philly bar scene has been The Farmers Cabinet, which I had a chance to visit during Beer Week. Located at 1113 Walnut Street in Philly, this place has got some major atmosphere. I was fortunate enough to drop by during one of their very first weekends, and I was treated not only to fine European beers (the likes of which you truly do not find elsewhere in the city), but also awesome, old-timey jazz music, and wonderful food served amid an atmosphere of candles, oil lamps, and an oddly sophisticated rustic charm.
This time I went to taste the beers of Nebraska Brewing Company. Having never heard of them or sampled any of their beers, this was a great opportunity. As much as I love Philly local beers and PA regional breweries, it was nice seeing a new face in the crowd. Thankfully, you can order half pints at Farmers Cabinet, which made it easier to taste all of the beers they were offering.
I had some help with this tasting, the unofficial legal counsel to the Ferment Nation, and she is welcome to chime in with additions to this post. I started off with the Black Betty, she with the Barrel Aged Hop God (10% abv!!). The Apricot Au Poivre Saison followed, to be followed up with the Pale Ale and the Wit. Above is a scan of The Farmers Cabinet "Book of Libations." Although nothing really knocked my socks off, these beers were very solid. The Russian imperial stout was bold (but I like my stouts roastier), the IPA tasted like an IPA and was tasty, the Apricot saison tasted like apricot.
Overall, tasty beers done well. It wasn't a symphony in my mouth, but Nebraska Brewing hits all the right notes, and I definitely want to make another round of tasting to get a better idea of what they are about. Beer always tastes better when enjoyed with a friend in a charming atmosphere, so my impression was good. It should be interesting to see if these cornhuskers can barmstorm the Philly beer scene in the coming months.