Monday, July 17, 2017

Roy Pitz Barrel House

990 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 995-6792
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I stopped by Roy Pitz for an after work drink with some friends. While I was not initially thrilled with the menu options, as they were rather run of the mill, I was pleasantly surprised by the execution.


The large interior space and proximity to Union Transfer makes it convenient for pre/post show drinks.


Roy Pitz started in Chambersburg, PA and then moved to Philly as an expansion. The focus is on barrel aged and sour beer, with other local spirits and wines available as well.


The Bavarian soft pretzel was quite a sleeper (I ordered a second after quickly polishing off the first), and the house mustard paired with Old Jail beer cheese sauce made for buttery carb-dipping bliss.


Golden brown, airy and with a generous salting, I enjoyed this much more than I had thought I might.


The Barrel House wings were another highlight, fried crispy and rendered down quite nicely, the Dutch Honey IPA Hot Sauce was a tasty play on traditional wing sauce, and the chunky blue cheese was a very welcome and chunky complement.


You can see the rendering of the skin, and the ample sauce. Very nice wings.


The Barrel House Burger boasts a blend of short rib and brisket burger with porter caramelized onions, pickles, sharp cheddar and Liquid Art sauce.


The burger was solid, with just enough bacon, cheese and grease.



I liked the thick pickles, and although past my requested medium rare, there was still pink in the middle.


The fries were fresh, crisp, and well seasoned.


To keep things light, I went with the Barleywine smoked brisket mac and cheese on the side. The roasted mushrooms were a nice touch. There was a significant amount of sauce on this mac, making for maximum cheesiness.


I liked all of the food options, and it was good, hearty beer drinking fare. I would certainly not hesitate to return.


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