Dock Street: All the details

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Two brewpubs: Dock Street Brasserie, 18th & Cherry streets, Logan Circle; and Dock Street Terminal, 1150 Filbert St., Reading Terminal. The company also runs Dock Street Airport, a pub at Philadelphia International Airport.

Brewers: Eric Savage started as an assistant in 1993 under brewing legend Nick Funnell, then became chief in 1995. He’s joined by brewers Josh Ervine at the Brasserie and Tim Roberts at the Terminal.

Namesake: Eric also brews Savage Beer, a draft brown ale that’s available in local bars. (A lighter, blonde variety is also available. ) Look for the very ominous mace-head tap handle. A bottled version is brewed and packaged at Yards Brewing in Manayunk.

Lure of the fries: In 1996, newly appointed chef Olivier De Saint Martin removed the brewpub’s famous trio fries from the menu. Within a year, public outcry forced him to return the munchies.

Brewing history: First brew in 1990 was a dunkel. No. 1,000 was a Rodenbach-like grand cru, aged in oak wine casks from Chadds Ford winery. Currently brewing No. 1,380.

Coming this winter: Russian imperial stout and an anxiously awaited 12-percent alcohol barleywine. Both receive four stars from beer critic Michael Jackson.

Believe it or not: Eric’s an accomplished violinist and ex-rock ‘n’ roll guitarist.


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