Wedged between Center City and Fairmount, in an area sometimes referred to as Franklintown, Kite & Key has been making an impact on the local beer scene since 2008. Serving as both a destination and a neighborhood bar, Kite & Key has become a favorite spot for many in the city. From the beer to the food to the atmosphere, it’s a bar that can please most.
At the forefront of it all is their impressive beer list. It is so impressive that it was actually the fourth most searched beer list on PhillyTapFinder as of late. Not a small feat when you consider the quality and quantity of bars in the area. The beer list is comprised of sixteen drafts and one hand pump. Part of the beauty of the draft list is the attention to local, as you can always find at least one option from both Yards and Tröegs and typically a few others. You’re also sure to find something from Allagash, Bear Republic, Founders, Firestone Walker, and many more from some of the best breweries in the country. This is coupled with a selection of about forty bottles. But with a draft list like theirs, there really seems to be no reason to have to order a bottle.
What really makes the beer at Kite & Key special though, are the events. Regular events featuring all of the rarities from some of the most impressive breweries occur throughout the year.
It’s when Philly Beer Week rolls around that owners Jim Kirk and Jake Hampson take their events to the next level and really think outside the box. Whether it’s their annual Throwdown in Franklintown, featuring such competitions as gladiator battles, chariot races, or boxing; tricycle racing with Stone Brewing Co. (they actually stop traffic and race tricycles down the street); or their over- the-top creations for the Hammer of Glory relay, they are truly one of the best stops of Philly Beer Week.
Kite & Key also has a great food menu to absorb all of the beer. An array of sandwiches, pub food and what they believe to be some of the best mussels in the city, make-up a menu that solidifies Kite & Key as a worthy destination, even if you’re not looking for a beer. A list of daily specials and a Sunday brunch option only add to the reasons this place is a must-try.
A favorite among many in the beer business, Kite & Key is truly a worthy stop for any beer lover. They also happen to be conveniently located to the Barnes Foundation and not far from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, adding to their destination value. Any beer lover should do themselves a favor and attend at least one of their Beer Week events. It’ll most likely be one of your most memorable experiences of the week. Kite & Key is located at 1836 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130.