Stop by 990 Spring Garden Street to experience Liquid Artists at Roy Pitz Barrel House. Philadelphia’s newest brewpub was built and designed to reflect and showcase the artistry and craftsman behind the beer, food and the space itself. The Barrel House is fitting in the industrial style of the building, built directly into the old truck docks and is the newest fixture in the developing Spring Arts neighborhood.
When entering guests can enjoy a nautical mural depicting a large octopus on the back wall installed by Roy Pitz Brand Artist Will Hemsley. The sprawling bar features Roy-Pitz’s full portfolio of award winning beer in addition to some location specific sour, funk and barrel aged Liquid Art specialties along with Pennsylvania craft spirits and wine. Local wines and ciders include Stone & Key Wines & Ciders, Penns Woods Winery, Big Hill Ciderworks, and Chaddsford Winery. The Roy-Pitz Brewing Company was first founded in May 2008 by Jesse Rotz & Ryan Richards. Their main production and brewpub is located in Chambersburg, PA.
The Barrel House is now serving American Gastropub style food influenced by local products and their Liquid Art. Some local purveyors being highlighted include Martin’s Potato Rolls, Bender’s Potatoes, and The Butcher Shoppe from Chambersburg, PA. As well as Paint Hand Farms and Biser Cheese from St. Thomas, PA. Kegel’s Produce from Lancaster, PA; Terrinettii’s Bakery, from Mercersburg, PA and Liscio’s Bakery from Glassboro, NJ.
Since first starting up, Roy Pitz Brewing has been awarded numerous times including Philly Beer Week Rookie Brewery of the Year in 2009, 2015 Innovators of the Year by the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, and in the World Beer Championships with 6 Golds, 12 Silvers, 2 Bronze medals!
Year round you can sample Roy Pitz’s Best Blonde a German Style Golden Lager; Daddy Fat Sacks an American IPA; and Sour Hound an American Sour Ale. Keep an eye out for new seasonal beers like Gobbler Lager, a
Marzen Lager which will be released for the Fall Season on September 1st and Laydown Stay Down a Belgian Style Strong Ale for the Winter Season released November 11th.
Guests can enjoy a small or large beer in addition to the option of custom Flights of Four Beers. House beers available at select times include Stubborn Prig Porter, an Irish Smoked Porter; Falling Spring Lager, a German Helles Lager; Old Jail Ale, an American Brown Ale; and Ludwig’s Revenge, a German Style Dark Lager.
Diners will enjoy pairing their Liquid Art with a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees on the menu for lunch or dinner. One of the most popular appetizers being the Bavarian Soft Pretzel with old jail beer sauce and Daddy Fat Sacks mustard. Roy Pitz also offers Liquid Art Wings with Irish Prig BBQ or Two Timing Hot Sauce, Smoked Porter BBQ Pulled Chicken Egg Rolls, Cheese and Meat Board, and Shrimp Ceviche with tostones, avocados, and fresh tortilla chips.
We tried both a chilled Butternut Squash Soup and hot Mushroom Bisque which paired excellently with our beers, great for hot Summer days or cool Fall nights. Larger plates include the popular Barrel House Burger with 8 oz. short rib and brisket burger, porter caramelized onions, hot sweet pickle chips, and Liquid Art sauce, Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese with barleywine smoked brisket, roasted mushroom, and heirloom tomatoes, and Pan Seared Half Chicken with jasmine rice, snap pea-pepper slaw, and apricot-madeira pan sauce.
We finished up the evening with a refreshing homemade sorbet made with the exclusive Country Creek Strawberry Kolsch, a German Strawberry Kölsch available in July and it sells out extremely fast! Be sure to make your calendars so that you’ll be able to sample this light fruity brew before its gone. Roy Pitz distributes across PA, MD, DC and WV. Due to peak freshness, and continually changing inventory, availability of Roy-Pitz is continually changing so check with distributor for the latest availability.