Three miles outside the Philadelphia city limits, in the industrial suburb of Conshohoken, the eponymous brewery opened last April. The old bicycle in their logo reflects their immediate propinquity to the Schuykill River Trail, a jog&pedal path stretching from the city center out to Valley Forge, 23 miles away.
My sampling began with the definitely drinkable ESB (5.2% abv), called "Puddler's Row" for reasons unknown to the servers, and then the seasonal Frosty's Nightmare, a fine alt brewed to 10.2%. The Frosty's, pictured at the left, in the convivial taproom, has an aroma of complex splendour, malts and florals dancing around. The toffee and chocolate notes the menu claims come mostly in the taste and the aftertaste; the mouthfeel recalls that of a great chocolate cake.
The cans (16-oz. 4-packs) are sold in the taproom and will eventually show up in the taverns and deli licensees that can sell beer at less than full case quantities, the most common way in Pennsylvania. Seasonals like the Frosty's will only be available by growler fills or pints at a tavern.