The city's brewing scene picks up a new entrant with Feb. 16's opening of Second District Brewing Co., a South Philadelphia brew pub run by Curt Decker, former owner of Center City's late Nodding Head, with backing from developer John Longacre, whose holdings include South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar.
Named after its City Council district, the brew pub is set up in an old saw-and-tool-sharpening shop at the corner of McKean and Bancroft Streets. (Address for your Uber/Lyft is 1939 S. Bancroft St. - that's at McKean, and Bancroft is a narrow street between 15th and 16th.)
The 7-bbl brew house is upstairs and is visible from the old-fashioned brew pub, made from reclaimed materials, on street level behind roll-up doors.
Brewer Ben Potts, whose resume includes Dock Street, Dogfish Head, and Tired Hands, will have about eight beers on tap from the start. See a partial list here. The house beers will be offered with Pennsylvania wines and cocktails made with Pennsylvania spirits.
Potts' beer is not the Nodding Head that you may remember from its home on Sansom Street. (That brand is being contract-brewed by Philadelphia Brewing Co.)