| In Between Rivers |

The next time you and your crew are in dire need of some grub, craving your next refreshing pint, or looking for a trendy, relaxed open atmosphere, look no further than Urban Village Brewing Company. This Northern Liberties brewpub, brainchild of co-owners Tom Revelli and Dave Goldman, is rapidly working its way toward becoming a community staple.

Urban Village’s beer menu alone is a demonstration of the high level of planning and attention to detail that goes into this impressive up and coming No-Libs hotspot. The menu reads in order of light to dark, outlining the specific ABV (alcohol content), IBU (sourness) and SRM (color scale) of each carefully brewed craft beer. To top it off, there’s no pre-designated flight size, meaning patrons are empowered to experiment and sample any beer they want, as many or as few as they want.

Looking for a sweet yet savory brew? Try the ever-creative “Beets by J,” a Berliner weisse soured from the spiked juice of over 300 pounds of roasted beets. Playing on the sweetness of the beets, this purplish beer has a tart, earthy taste. Graduate of the University of the Sciences Brewing Certificate Program, head brewer and co-owner Dave Goldman eagerly experiments with styles, flavor profiles, and color scale. In Between River also recommends the Oatis - named for one of the top 5 cutest dogs in the world, this dark stout brindles with roasted and malt chocolate tones.

Not to be forgotten are the delightfully innovative brick-oven pizzas at Urban Village. Former Barbuzzo chef Chris Davis pieces together a well-balanced variety of za’s ranging from traditional to innovative concepts. You can tell how much fun they have experimenting with new ideas by the names they use. Each house-made pie is made from naturally fermented yeast dough and named after a girl’s name starting with the first letter of the main ingredient, giving you warm yet whimsical names like Rose (red sauce and roasted garlic) and Mable (mushroom).

IBR tried the “Celeste” specialty pizza, made with sweet cream corn, lomo, and shishito peppers. This nostalgic, mouthwatering recipe is just one example of the creative rotating specials available at Urban Village. For those of you who might not want to be picking delicious cream corn out of your teeth for the next hour, In Between Rivers recommends the Penelope which features house-made pepperoni, fresh house ricotta, and basil pesto.

And since one of the best reasons to make sure you don’t have food stuck in your teeth is a date, let’s just talk about the incredibly diverse ambiance Urban Village offers. The 5,500 sq. foot interior is massive and expansive while nonetheless inviting. White-washed bricks highlight a beautiful firing brick-oven while the cozy wooden interior perfectly complements the urban-chic feel of the glass-encased brewery. Outdoor patio seating includes picnic benches, fire pits, and heat lamps offering a year-round reason to drink cleverly crafted beers. This means UV perfectly translates to just about any outing – be it romantic and intimate or large and boisterous, you and your party have an inviting, spacious home at Urban Village.

Justin Moreno