As you likely already knew, last year’s King of Prussia District Beerfest Royale went virtual (as many events did) in response to Covid-19. However, I was so happy to hear that the event returned onsite this year for its 10th anniversary. Definitely suburban Philadelphia’s must-attend beer festival of the fall. Apparently, people already figured this out, as over 3,000 people attended this year.

The KOP Beerfest Royale featured unlimited samples of beers across the country including local favorites such as Workhorse, Urban Village, Sly Fox, Stable 12, and more. I attended Thursday night for King’s Plate, with over 25 breweries and inspired dishes and samples from over 20 of the area’s most popular and newest restaurants. Needless to say, I was in heaven.

I absolutely loved the improvements this year, with a beautifully lit entrance, well-landscaped event space – there was a lot of room to stretch out and relax with your favorite beer, as well as some great photo ops throughout.

Over a dozen restaurants and eight food trucks served up some signature dishes, all vying for for the Best of Beerfest popular vote. In the end, it was KOP restaurant bartaco’s pork belly tacos that took the crown, with Bonefish Grill coming in second for their ever-popular bang bang shrimp (I voted for the bang bang shrimp – it was an easy win for me. I had quite a few, it was only fair to vote for them).

My Favorite Beers

Mack IPA

Mack Brewing Company

Mack Brewing Co. is an up and coming Micro Brewery located in West Philadelphia and spearheaded by owner and brewer, who has been brewing for the better part of seven years – Philly Mack.

Their flagship beer is an Imperial IPA simply named Mack IPA. Incredibly light and easy-drinking for 10% ABV. Definitely a highlight, and having had the beer before, it was great to finally meet Philly Mack in person!

Fresh Picked: Stonefruit Sour

Stable 12 Brewing Company

Whether growing their own hops, updating their infrastructure, or testing new recipes, there is always something new on the horizon at Stable 12 Brewing Company – be sure to visit them in Phoenixville!

Fresh Picked: Stonefruit Sour is a kettle soured ale brewed with a touch of lactose, conditioned on peach, plum, and apricot. 4.8% ABV. Smooth, with just the right hit of tart, big on the peach and apricot.

Extra Tickle – DDH NEIPA

Levante Brewing Company

It all started with a 3-gallon homebrew kettle inside a college apartment, now they are one of the most well known local breweries in the area, I am always happy to come across some of their beer.

Thick and hazy yellow body, with mango, apricot, pineapple, citrus and pine on the nose. The taste leads with juicy fruits, resin and pith with a moderate bitterness. Incredibly light and fluffy, and just a wonderfully well-balanced IPA.

Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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