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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: February 23 - February 28

And so the time comes to close out yet another month. Say goodbye to one of winter's cruel months with a beer event or five.

And as you review the calendar, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Allentown, Pa.
Sat. 3/11; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. — 2017 Cask Beer Festival at Allentown Brew Works [Numerous one-of-a-kind cask creations and craft beer from more than a dozen craft breweries. Tickets include Celtic entertainment and St. Patrick’s Day inspired food buffet.  $15-$50]

Ardmore, Pa.
Thu. 2/23; 5 p.m. — LeBruce Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [In memory of our beloved server, Terrell Bruce we will be releasing ”LeBruce“ a beer he created with help from our brew team a few years ago.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 3/2; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [The entire proceeds of a special cask sales will be donated to a local non-profit organization.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Sun. 2/26; 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. & 12 p.m.-2 p.m. — Bristol Borough Pub Tap Room Brunch Buffet at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Two drink tickets and a full buffet.  $25-$30]
Sat. 3/4; 12 p.m. — The TPRFM Invades NCBC at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Beer, food trucks, live side shows, live music, and over 100 unique vendors.  $5]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Sat. 2/25; 11:15 a.m.-4 p.m. — Kennett Winterfest at Downtown [Bundle up and enjoy winter brews from at least 50 unique craft breweries — live music with Shady Groove.  $15-$100]

Kutztown, Pa.
Sat. 2/25; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — FriendFest at Kutztown Fairgrounds [Featuring beer and wine tasting, live music, delicious food, and various vendors, with all proceeds going to help fund the Optimist Club of Kutztown's children's programs in Local Communities, as well as a donation to assist Friend, Inc. end poverty in rural Northeastern Berks County.  $10-$35]
Sat. 3/4; All day — 4th Birthday Bash at Saucony Creek Brewing Company [Join us for a day of music, games, fine food, fresh craft beers incuding guest taps from other local breweries, and local wines and craft cocktails.  $PAYG]

Lahaska, Pa.
Fri. 2/24; 7 p.m. — Free Will Beer Dinner at Earl's New American [A four-course meal served with Free Will Brewing's The Pomisher, Destiny’s Wit, Blood and Guts, and C.O.B.  $75]

Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Sat. 2/18 through Sat. 2/25; Varies — Lehigh Valley Beer Week at Dozens of establishments around the [Celebrating the Lehigh Valley's love of craft beer.  $Varies]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 2/27; 5:30 p.m. — Founders Beer & Food Tasting at Bulls Head Public House [Four course meal paired with beers from Founders.  $38]
Wed. 3/1; 5 p.m. — Yards Tap Takeover at Bulls Head Public House [We will have their Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, a cask of Golden Hop IPA, Yards Love Stout on Nitro, and a rare appearance of their Russian Imperial Stout.   $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Thu. 2/23; 5 p.m. — LeBruce Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [In memory of our beloved server, Terrell Bruce we will be releasing ”LeBruce“ a beer he created with help from our brew team a few years ago.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Sat. 2/25; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Girl Scout Cookie Pairing Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [In celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, we’ll be teaming up with the scouts for a one-of-a-kind sampler featuring 8 Iron Hill beers and 8 Girl Scout cookies.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Sat. 3/4; 10 a.m. — Russian River Pliny The Younger at Capone's [Our annual event.  $PAYG]

North Wales, Pa.
Thu. 2/23; 5 p.m. — LeBruce Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [In memory of our beloved server, Terrell Bruce we will be releasing ”LeBruce“ a beer he created with help from our brew team a few years ago.  $PAYG]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 2/23; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Victory Tap Attack at Funck's [It’s our 21st birthday and we’re breaking out the stops including the new 21st Birthday IPA and lots of new brews.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 2/23; 7 p.m. — Karneval Kostume Party at Brauhaus Schmitz [Germans also have their “Mummer-like” celebration known as Fasching.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/23; 5 p.m. — LeBruce Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [In memory of our beloved server, Terrell Bruce we will be releasing ”LeBruce“ a beer he created with help from our brew team a few years ago.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/24; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Weyerbacher at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Weyerbacher.  $Free]
Fri. 2/24; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Friday Sixtel at Grey Lodge Pub [Dogfish Head Chocolate Lobster.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/24; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Free Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Tasting samples of beers from St. Benjamin.  $Free]
Sat. 2/25; 11 a.m. — Hops & Malt at Brü Craft & Wurst [We are tapping sixteen of our favorites, highlighted by the draft premiere of the special collab we made with our Delco cuzzins at 2SP.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/25; 4 p.m. — Die Brüder Shelton at Brü Craft & Wurst [In tandem with the The German Society of Pennsylvania's fabulous Bierfest, we are turning all of our traditional lager taps over to our friends from Shelton Brothers Importers.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/25; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beats, Brews, & BBQ at World Café Live [Sample the offerings of over 30 local and regional breweries.  $50-$60]
Sat. 2/25; 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Philly Bierfest at The German Society of Pennsylvania [Come Celebrate Pennsylvania's German Brewing Heritage with the Brewers of PA, the German Society of PA, and Philly Roller Derby.  $20-$78]
Sun. 2/26; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Band Of Brewers: Volume 5 at World Café Live [Two opening rounds will be held at World Cafe Live on February 26th and June 25th. Each round will feature different local breweries and the judges and you, the audience, will pick the top three from each round to move on to the finals on September 24th at The TLA.  $15]
Mon. 2/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Two Roads.  $Free]
Tue. 2/28; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Bourbon County Night at Beer Love [Get your Bourbon County by the glass or in a flight, which will include other Goose Island beers.  $Free]
Tue. 2/28; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Devils Backbone Brand Launch at City Tap House-University City [Devils Backbone is bringing a button bar, photo booth, and awesome give away prizes to celebrate.  $PAYG]
Tue. 2/28; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Fat Tuesday at Hop Angel Brauhaus [Beer, beads, fastnachts, and more.  $PAYG]
Tue. 2/28; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Ithaca.  $PAYG]
Fri. 3/3; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Friday Sixtel at Grey Lodge Pub [Smuttynose Double IPA Batch #1.  $PAYG]
Sat. 3/4; 12 p.m. — Coffee Beer Brunch at Bainbridge Barrel House [We have about 26 beers to pour from breweries like Shorts, Bruery, Ballast Point, Saltwater, and Carton. Something for every one's taste buds.  $PAYG]
Sun. 3/5; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — The Brewer's Plate at Kimmel Center [Bringing together our region's outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers for the benefit of the most discerning critics, bloggers, and guests.  $77-$130]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Wednesdays through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings and your stamped ID card will earn you 10 additional raffle tickets and a limited edition Boot Camp t-shirt when it becomes available. On St. Patrick's Day a lucky Sly Fox patron will win a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Thursdays through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings and your stamped ID card will earn you 10 additional raffle tickets and a limited edition Boot Camp t-shirt when it becomes available. On St. Patrick's Day a lucky Sly Fox patron will win a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sun. 2/26; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Aphrodisiac Beer Dinner at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Five courses paired with Dogfish Head's SeaQuench Ale, Noble Rot, Olde School Barleywine, Saison Du BUFF, Zero Dark Thirsty, & a kettle sour exclusive.  $65]

Sellersville, Pa.
Thu. 2/23; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer Tasting at J.T. Bankers [Brewery TBD.  $PAYG]
Tue. 2/28; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — River Horse Brewery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill [You will be enjoying four courses of food perfectly paired with four great beers.  $35]

Southampton, Pa.
Thu. 2/23; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Devils Backbone Beer Dinner at Steam Pub [A special five-course meal with senior brewer Josh French and served with Devils Backbone's Vienna Lager, Eight Point IPA, Pear Lager, Black Lager, and Cocoa Bear.  $50]

Tuckerton, NJ
Tue. 2/28; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pour It Forward Brew Days at Pinelands Brewing Company, NJ [10% of all sales in the Tap Room will be donated to the NJ Clean Energy.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Sun. 2/26; 12 p.m. — A Milk and Cookies Brunch with Firestone Walker at Teresa's Next Door [Join Kate McCreight here at Teresa's for Velvet Merlin Milk Stout on Nitro and some tasty cookies from Brown Butter Cookie Company out of California.  $PAYG]
Sat. 3/4; 12 p.m. — Canwood Derby with Sly Fox at Teresa's Next Door [Show up, drink some Sly Fox and race your car. Winner takes home some Sly Fox goodies. One dollar from every car sold and every pint of Sly Fox sold on the event day will be donated to local scouting troops.  $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Sun. 2/26; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 3rd Anniversary Celebration at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [Three years! Details to follow.  $PAYG]




© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2017. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com



Friday, February 17, 2017

February 2017: News update, part 2

Plenty more this week to fill up your beer news mail bag. I don't cover it all, so I link to it for your convenience.

~ Looks like cat is finally out of the bag. [link to BillyPenn.com]

~ Nice news for the future of Bell's Brewery. [link to The Full Pint]

~ Iron Hill is about to climb yet another. [link to The Brew Lounge]

~ Interesting story out of Reading, Pa. [link to WFMZ]

~ Excellent news for beer lovers in Pittsburgh. [link to Post-Gazette]

~ Absolutely NFW. Please stop ruining beer. [link to New York Times]

~ Guppy's is cool. This might be a decent replacement for Growlers. [link to Philly.com]

~ Great background on a sappy Super Bowl ad. [link to Yours For Good Fermentables]

~ Great to hear the news developing out in Boyertown. Wish I lived closer. [link to Other Farm's FB page]

~ Charitable beer drinking. [link to Draft Magazine]

~ You know I'm a numbers guy; these are interesting numbers. [link to Appellation Beer]

~ Perhaps even more so, I a coffee and beer guy. [link to Joe Sixpack]

~ For some reason, I was wondering if I was missing out on not following Beer Advocate forums. Then I went down this rabbit hole and reconfirmed why I never have. [one and only time link to BeerAdvocate.com]

~ Chalk this interesting talk about Neshaminy Creek up to something worth following. [link to Philly.com]




© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2017. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: February 16 - February 22

Fortunately there are 365 days of beer love in a year and fortunately the events calendar has them all covered.

And as you review the calendar, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 2/18; 11 a.m. — Wood? at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual barrel aged beer fest.  $PAYG]

Douglassville, Pa.
Thu. 2/16; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Meet The Cheesemakers at Hidden River Brewing Company [Meet and chat with the cheese makers from Valley Milkhouse and Birchrun Hills Farm while casually tasting and pairing their delicious cheese with some Hidden River beers.  $PAYG]

Drexel Hill, Pa.
Thu. 2/16; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — 2SP Brewing at Station Tap [Come down and welcome Bob and his crew for a night of fun and great beer.  $PAYG]

Easton, Pa.
Sun. 2/19; 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Sunday Morning Sweat: Morning Workout at Weyerbacher Brewing Company [Registration includes a pint and light fare snacks after your workout.  $30]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 2/18; All day — Rollin' Out The Barrels at The Fridge [Join us as we tap some exceptional, rare barrel-aged gems.  $PAYG]

Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Sat. 2/18 through Sat. 2/25; Varies — Lehigh Valley Beer Week at Dozens of establishments around the [Celebrating the Lehigh Valley's love of craft beer.  $Varies]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 2/16; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Victory Night at Pinocchio's [Special event with Victory.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/20; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Lagunitas Ben's Birthday at Pinocchio's [Special event with Lagunitas.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Thu. 2/16; 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. — Innis & Gunn at Capone's [Meet the sales representative from Innis & Gunn and on draft for the event, Whiskey Cask and Irish Stout Cask.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 2/16; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Starr Hill Brewery Share the Love Pint Night at Revolution House [Benefitting Mended Little Hearts, a charity that provides hope and support for children, patients, and families affected by congenital heart disease. For $20 you'll receive a Starr Hill Brewery Pint Glass and unlimited pints of Reviver Red IPA, The Love Hefeweizen, and Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/17; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Hop JuJu Lunch with Fat Head's at Jose Pistola's [The newest batch of the award winning brew will be out and we will be one of the first to get our hands on it.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/17; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Double Nickel at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Double Nickel.  $Free]
Fri. 2/17; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Friday Sixtel at Grey Lodge Pub [River Horse Stouty Stout.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/17; 6 p.m. — Hopslam Happy Hour at Pitchers Pub [We will be tapping Bell's Hopslam, Smitten, and Two Hearted. Our chef will be making a Michigan Patsy with his twist.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/19; 6 p.m. — Flannel Animal: An All-Male Review at Heritage [Join Philly Loves Beer and cheer on the "flanntily-clad" gentlemen of the Philadelphia beer scene as they strut their stuff down the catwalk at the first annual fundraiser.  $5 + $PAYG]
Mon. 2/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Great Lakes  $Free]
Tue. 2/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Tröegs.  $Free]
Tue. 2/21; 6 p.m. — Mikkeller From The Cellar at Jose Pistola's [Join us for this event as the crew at Shelton Brothers and Stockertown dig deep in their cellars for some of the rarest Mikkellers around.  $PAYG]
Tue. 2/21; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Fat Head's.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/22; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Chocolate Beer Dinner Lite at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for a six perfect beer and chocolate pairings from Master Chocolatier Christopher Curtain of Éclat Chocolate and Head Brewer Doug Marchakitus.  $45]
Wed. 2/22; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Devils Backbone Beer Dinner at Heritage [A five-course meal paired with Vienna Lager, Pear Lager, Black Lager, Eight Point IPA, and Cocoa Bear. With senior brewer Josh French, live music, and preceded by a beer cocktail to get things started.  $75]
Wed. 2/22; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — You Buy The Glass Night at The Abbaye [Beer from Evil Genius, plus keepsake glass, raffles, prizes, and giveaways.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 2/17; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Our stalwart Chester County Bitter will be pouring alongside two classic British style beers on the hand pumps.  $PAYG]
Wednesdays through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings and your stamped ID card will earn you 10 additional raffle tickets and a limited edition Boot Camp t-shirt when it becomes available. On St. Patrick's Day a lucky Sly Fox patron will win a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Thursdays through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings and your stamped ID card will earn you 10 additional raffle tickets and a limited edition Boot Camp t-shirt when it becomes available. On St. Patrick's Day a lucky Sly Fox patron will win a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Sat. 2/18; 5 p.m. — 13th Anniversary Party at The Horse Tavern & Grill [As a thank you we're giving the first drink away for free.  $PAYG]

Tuckerton, NJ
Tue. 2/21; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pour It Forward Brew Days at Pinelands Brewing Company, NJ [10% of all sales in the Tap Room will be donated to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 2/17; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Sample Friday at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Down East Ciders.  $Free]

West Reading, Pa.
Thu. 2/16; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Two Roads Tap Takeover at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [Join us for a fun night with Two Roads Brewing.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/22; 6 p.m. — Big Lebowski & White Russian Stout Release at Oakbrook Brewing Company ["The Dude" loves his white russians and Oakbrook Brewing has made one heck of a White Russian Stout.  $PAYG]

York, Pa.
Sat. 2/18; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Hibrewnation at Memorial Hall East [Tucked within our 80 hand-selected craft and local brews, you'll find a healthy portion of rare and hard to find beers.  $20-$55]




© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2017. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com



Thursday, February 09, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: February 9 - February 15

This beer list has it all covered in merely a few dozen events.

And as you review the calendar, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Ardmore, Pa.
Fri. 2/10; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Dr. Chockenstein Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come join us for a chocolate themed beer release while we celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend.  $PAYG]

Aston, Pa.
Sun. 2/12; 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — 2SP & Yoga at 2SP Brewing Company [Come stretch it out in the brewery. And after the session, enjoy a beer with your instructor and classmates in the tasting room.  $20]

Bristol, Pa.
Sat. 2/11; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Tea-Cision 2017 at Broken Goblet Brewery [TEACision is a voting event not to miss. Just like last two years, we put the selection of this year's version of Bubba's Tea Bag, our most iconic brew, in your hands.  $PAYG]

Cape May, NJ
Sat. 2/11; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer Me Valentine Party at Cape May Brewing Company [Love is on tap as we’ll have sweets for our sweets, valentine-themed games and puzzles, and special pint glasses for sale. In addition, our One-Off Wednesday brew features our Demisemiseptcentennial Ale, aka our Villanova brew, conditioned with cherries and almonds.  $PAYG]

Collingswood, NJ
Tue. 2/14; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Valentine’s Night at Devil's Creek Brewery [Paint A Pilsner and Chocolate Cherry Stout paired with chocolates.  $25]

Croydon, Pa.
Fri. 2/10; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Movie Night: The Jerk at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [This month we will be continuing our love for Steve Martin and showing the 1979 classic The Jerk. This month's charity is American Heart Association of Delaware Valley.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/12; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Adoption Event with Lucky You Animal Rescue at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Lucky You Animal Rescue will be here with different kitties you can adopt for your loving household. They also have a Wish List of items you can bring to help with care for the pets.  $PAYG]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sat. 2/11; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — The New Years REBELution Cookie and Beer Pairing at River Horse Brewing Company [Includes entrance to the event, a River Horse tasting glass, a variety of 8 Girl Scout cookies, and 8 four ounce samples with pairing recommendations.  $45]

Georgetown, Del.
Fri. 2/10; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Soul Cake Bottle Release at 16 Mile Brewing Company [Come join us as we release Soul Cake in bottles. We will also have a commemorative glass for the first 116 people. Music by Scrapple Duo and Kurbside Kuisine Food Truck.  $PAYG]

Harleysville, Pa.
Thu. 2/9; 5 p.m. — Breckenridge Brewery Snowboard Party Giveaway at The Butcher & Barkeep [Breckenridge beers and giveaways.  $PAYG]

Horsham, Pa.
Fri. 2/10  7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Flemish Friday at Iron Abbey [Complimentary tastings of three Belgian beers on draft and four from the bottle.  $Free]
Sat. 2/11 & Tue. 2/14; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Wine vs Beer Valentine's Prix Fixe Menu at Iron Abbey [4 courses, 4 wines, and 4 beers.  $65]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 2/9; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Chocolate Seduction Beer Dinner Lite at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for a five perfect beer and chocolate pairings from Craft Tastings and Head Brewer Pim Harmsen.  $30]
Wed. 2/15; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — In Case You Didn't Get Any Yesterday — Oysters and Stout Event at Wacker Brewing Company [We will have our Double Chocolate Stout on draft with fresh oysters.  $PAYG]

Lansdale, Pa.
Wed. 2/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — I Love You — and Beer. Valentine's Day Dinner at Round Guys Brewing Company [Let's share the love, spread the love, and lay it out over a tasty three course dinner.  $45]

Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 2/11; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — I ♥ Cookies and Beer Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [A true romance blossoms with the marriage of homemade baked goods from Tiaras On a Cupcake and exclusive Iron Hill seasonal beers for an enchanting mini multi tap event.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Fri. 2/10; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Love is Bitter, Love is Sweet Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the two sides of love this Valentine’s Day weekend as we feature our bitter Valentinus IPA and our sweet Shokolad Stout.  $PAYG]

Milford, Del.
Fri. 2/10; All day — Valentines Beer Release at Mispillion River Brewing Company [In honor of Valentine's Day, we are pleased to release Mars, a Strawberry Imperial Stout, and Venus, a Chocolate Blonde Ale.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sun. 2/12; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Chilli Challenge at Victory Brewing Company [This year enjoy live music from the local band Mason Porter and chow down on all types of chili for all taste buds.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 2/9; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Levante Brewing: Beef and Beer Event at South Philadelphia Tap Room [We’ll have 6 different Levante drafts available, including a cask pin of a new South Pacific Hop Cartel IPA on the bar top. Chef Drew and the team will be turning out classic beef and beer inspired plates, sandwiches, and snacks.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/10; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — New Belgium Voo-Doo Series at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from New Belgium.  $Free]
Fri. 2/10; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Friday Sixtel at Grey Lodge Pub [Evolution Southern Pecan Pie.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/10; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pizza's "Smitten" for Beer at Pizzeria Vetri-Chancellor Street [Come and celebrate these two lovebirds with a very special tap takeover from Bell's Brewery. To share the love we will be donatining $1 from every Smitten and Hopslam to the William Way LGBT Community Center.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/11; 9 p.m. — Bob Marley's Birthday Bash at City Tap House-University City [Live music by Ear Me Now Band, and delicious Firestone Walker beer on special.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/11 & Sun. 2/12; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Second Saturday/Sunday Beer Brunch at El Camino Real [Celebrate the majesty of beer and brunch with Dogfish Head. Great food specials and a wide verity of DFH Beer to choose from.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/11 & Sun. 2/12; All day — TsarPower at Khyber Pass Pub [Imperial stouts all weekend long.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/11 through Tue. 2/14; All day — Valentine's Aphrodisiac Weekend at Devil's Den [Valentine's Day, the holiday for romance, love and sex and what better way to celebrate then a special food and drink menus prepared with aphrodisiacs.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/13; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Celebrate Liberty USO #HugAHero at Flying Fish Crafthouse [Includes two drink tickets as well as complimentary light fare, beer garden experience, games, prizes, and raffles.  $20]
Mon. 2/13; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Wyndridge Farm.  $Free]
Tue. 2/14; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Smuttynose.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/15; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Weyerbacher Wednesday: Insanity & Pretzel Combo at Hop Angel Brauhaus [8-oz. Weyerbacher Insanity and Fresh Pretzel with Brie Dip combo.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/15; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 [We'll pair Collective Creamery cheeses with some of our favorite cheese-friendly beers from the shop.  $Free]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Wednesdays through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings and your stamped ID card will earn you 10 additional raffle tickets and a limited edition Boot Camp t-shirt when it becomes available. On St. Patrick's Day a lucky Sly Fox patron will win a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Thursdays through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings and your stamped ID card will earn you 10 additional raffle tickets and a limited edition Boot Camp t-shirt when it becomes available. On St. Patrick's Day a lucky Sly Fox patron will win a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 2/12; All day — Dark Beer Day IV at Liberty Taproom [Certainly one of our favorite days each year, DBD highlights some of the best porters and stouts we can offer including many vintage and barrel aged beers.  $PAYG]

Tuckerton, NJ
Tue. 2/14; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pour It Forward Brew Days at Pinelands Brewing Company, NJ [10% of all sales in the Tap Room will be donated to the National Park Service.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 2/10; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Sample Friday at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Two Roads.  $Free]

West Reading, Pa.
Sat. 2/11; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Velvet Merlin + Cupcakes Pairing at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [We'll be tapping Firestone Walker's Velvet Merlin on nitro which will be paired with a flight of mini cupcakes for you to decide which pairs best.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 2/9; 5 p.m. — Victory 21st Anniversary Party at Ulysses Gastropub [Come help us celebrate Victory Brewing Company's 21st anniversary with some cool brews.  $PAYG]




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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Super weekend of beer in Chester County

If you follow the beer events calendar that I put up here each month and week, you likely noticed that this last weekend was stuffed with reasons to get out and great drink beer. The weekend was capped with the Super Bowl and throughout was filled with great weather.

Whittling the list down was no easy feat. If traipsing around the city was my thing, I likely would have stopped in at Bar Hygge for its first anniversary, or Devil's Den for brunch, puppies, and football, or Kite & Key for a Firestone Walker event with cookie pairings.

But I chose to stay home in Chester County and hit up two events on Saturday and one on Sunday. And before you sharpen the first dagger, yes, I'm including Teresa's Next Door in Wayne under my Chester County umbrella. What? Doesn't make sense? When I need it to fit the narrative, then #AlternativeGeography is what works best. It's less than a mile from the county line. It's a rounding error. Big deal, right? Everyone does it these days. End snark.

(Two gravity poured beers from the bartop.)

(Scotch Ale, Wee Heavy, Porter, Brown Ale, Amber Ale, and more.)

(Solid lineup of appropriate fare for Iron Hill's "British Invasion" event.)

(Scotch Egg.)

(Sticky Toffee Pudding for the incredible win.)

(Two of the most solid canned offerings from Iron Hill.)

As Iron Hill has continued to grow (see yesterday's news event if you're not yet familiar with their just-announced planned thirteenth location), I've continued to frequently comment about the consistent company culture fostered by the brewery and the restaurant ownership and management. It's evident talking with staff and observing the numerous events of a shapes, sizes, and stripes throughout the year.

I'd been to the "British Invasion" event at Iron Hill's Phoenixville location before. Each time, I was one of just a few at the bar in the early hours until more would slowly trickle in. This time, I parked the car in the ever-more-difficult-to-find-a-parking-space downtown Phoenixville and walked in to a nearly packed Iron Hill. All but one bar seat was taken and nearly all barroom tables were likewise occupied.

The brewers (Matt Gundrum and Will Mink) were joined by regional brewing manager, Kevin Walter and senior head brewer Tim Stumpf. Together with the service staff they put on a smooth and well-run, tasty event — even in the face of many dozens of flights being passed nearly nonstop across the bar. I've always gravitated to classic styles from the other side of the pond including well-made English and German beers. So this event speaks to me not only for my selfish satisfaction but also in gratifyingly that there are plenty others out there enjoying these beer styles as well. And trusting that events like this continue to open eyes in the mass market that there are plenty of great beers and styles apart of the latest fad beer.

Back on topic — For this event, the brewery rolled out eight beers including English-style IPA, Amber, Brown in addition to Wee Heavy, Russian Imperial Stout, Chocolate Stout, and the beautiful Pig Iron Porter and McMaster Scotch ale from bartop pins.

The kitchen stepped up its game as well going with the obvious Scotch Egg but then also throwing Welsh Rarebit, Fish 'n' Chips, Banger and Mash, Cottage Pie, and an amazing looking Lamb Stew. I found the strength to resist the latter and instead moved without pause to the Sticky Toffee Pudding. An incredible plate to finish off the event. If only I had some ABVs to spare, the Bedotter would have been the perfect pairing. But it was time to head over to Wayne and the Super Saturday event at Teresa's Next Door.

(Half of the goodies available at Teresa's Next Door's annual Super Saturday event.)

(Spot your favorite.)

(Always fun when bars "find" vintage verticals in their basements.)

(Excellent Nitro Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker.)

Well-traveled and well-informed beer lovers (obviously any of you reading these words, no doubt!) know of Teresa's Next Door along the "Main Line" of Philly's western suburbs. Co-owner Andy Dickerson and bar manager Chris Peters have worked tirelessly to create relationships around the world that result in some of the most interesting and sought-after beers landing on the tap and bottle menus.

Each year, on the day before the Super Bowl, the bar puts on Super Saturday, an event that features big flavors of hops, sour, and barrel-aging. This past weekend, therefore, it was no surprise to find eight beers from Russian River, one from Cantillon, and several more from geek drool-inducing Founders and Firestone Walker. Not to mention, an favorite all-timer of mine, Captain Lawrence Rosso e Marrone.

After nearly ten years in business, the TND crew still pours plenty of care and love into the details of each special event, which typically include special food items to complement the beers on CO2, nitro, handpump, and from the bottle. When I arrived mid-afternoon, it was no surprise to find the Classic Gueuze from Cantillon already off the draft tower. However, plenty more remained as the initial crowd surged had mellowed into a steady buzz for the remainder of the day. Good thing I employed the car service option.

(Food trucks served Levante's Kegs & Eggs brunch event on Sunday.)

(Always good to have plenty of backup beers for the Super Bowl.)

Sunday morning came down at West Chester's youngest brewery, Levante Brewing Company. After a decadent Saturday and with a Super Bowl on the nighttime docket, it only made sense to refuel with a couple beers, tacos, burritos, and empanadas.

Similar to the joy of watching a veteran like Iron Hill continue to grow, it's just as gratifying to watch the bumper crop of young breweries that exhibit strong markings of those that should "make it" - such as Levante. Here at the beginning of its third year, the brewery has really its stride and is showing it in the quality beers, the passionate fans, and welcoming staff and comfortable atmosphere in the taproom.

Parents of children and dogs alike find Levante welcoming and the brewery's location off a busy road on the outskirts of West Chester in a low-rise industrial park makes it a perfect location for weekend beer events. No stranger to food trucks, nearly a permanent fixture adjacent to the taproom's rollup garage door, for the Kegs 'n' Eggs event, Levante had an enclosed outdoor tent for plenty of extra seating as well as not one but two food trucks.

Levante has been doing a house Saison for Split Rail Tavern in downtown West Chester for quite some time, so that was an obvious go to in crowlers for late night football viewing. They also do a Rye Saison — Reminiscent — which given my style proclivity I immediately checked out as well. Just a touch spicier and bit less sweet than the Split Rail, but both fantastic in their own right. Then, throwing ABV caution to the wind, the Coffee Shoppe Terminology called to me as the perfect brunch beer, regardless of clocking a solid 10.3% ABV inside the local coffee roasty and chocolatey imperial stout. So, yeah, that made its way into a crowler to go as well.

If Saturday had not been so decadent and if it was not still barely 2 p.m., I would have made my way further into the IPAs and sours currently on Levante's menu. And I would have asked more questions about expanding into available space in their building and timetable(s) for that. Plenty of good stuff happening on both sides of the bar at Levante. No wonder it's one of the regions most talked about young breweries. Oh, on that note, I should link you to Ale Street News' most recent issue where I wrote even more about what they have been up to in West Chester.




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Monday, February 06, 2017

Iron Hill's lucky #13 coming to Philadelphia

(artist rendering courtesy of Iron Hill)

I'm not usually in the practice of merely copying and pasting press releases, but for the sake of expediency in sharing today's news, it'll have to do. I was at Iron Hill's location in Phoenixville this past Saturday (more on that to follow in tomorrow's post) and the topic came up. Didn't get the impression that "the big announcement would be made really soon" comment actually meant in two days.

Hopefully you all, like I, continue to be pleased to see our hometown small brewpub circa 1996 grow into a thirteen location, perennial award-winning family of brewpubs. Number fourteen won't be much farther behind, but that's all I can say for now, sorry.


Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Announces 13th Location at East Market in Center City Philadelphia
This marks Iron Hill’s much-anticipated first downtown brewery, in an area with few other breweries

Philadelphia – February 06, 2017 – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant today announced that it has leased 8,450 square feet, becoming the newest tenant to join the transformative East Market project located in Center City Philadelphia owned by National Real Estate Development. Founded in 1996 by Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies, Iron Hill is the Mid-Atlantic region’s most awarded and fastest growing collection of brewpubs. Scheduled to open in spring 2018, Iron Hill Center City (1150 Market Street) will mark the company’s highly-anticipated debut in a major metropolitan hub, setting the stage for further brand expansion along the East Coast.

The addition of Iron Hill to East Market will bring one of the most enduringly successful craft brewers in the United States just steps from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Reading Terminal Market. It will also serve as one of only a handful of full-scale breweries within the city limits of Philadelphia.

“We’ve long wanted to join Center City’s exciting and diverse restaurant scene, but we wanted to be part of something from the ground up,” said Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant President and Founder Kevin Finn. “There has been tremendous population growth as places like East Market draw new residents to Center City. We take great pride in embracing the communities we serve, and that is especially true in Philadelphia. We look forward to opening our doors and raising a pint with our new neighbors and friends in spring 2018."

To create the comfortable dining areas, open kitchen and exposed microbrewery that have become the hallmarks of Iron Hill, it has enlisted Street Sense, a design firm with offices in Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC. Street Sense has created a vibrant, sleek design allowing for all-access views of the brewery, which is highly visible behind the bar and enclosed in glass.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant currently operates 12 locations throughout Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2016 Iron Hill received an investment from A&M Capital, which positioned the company to continue its 20-year expansion from one brewpub to now its 13th location at East Market.

East Market, the pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use development that is comprised of an entire city block (Market to Chestnut Streets; 11th to 12th Streets), combines shopping and dining experiences with contemporary work and living spaces. The Ludlow, East Market’s first residential tower, will feature 322 rental units with innovative floor plans complemented by a host of modern amenities. 1100 Ludlow, East Market’s collaborative, contemporary office space, will serve as home to MOM’s Organic Market, The Design Center and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

“With the arrival of Iron Hill, East Market continues to create a dynamic urban environment,” said Daniel Killinger, Managing Director of Development – National Development. “Iron Hill will be a great addition to this burgeoning neighborhood, helping to activate the street life of the East Market development. We are excited and proud that East Market has been chosen as the home of Iron Hill’s first urban brewpub.”



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Friday, February 03, 2017

February 2017: News update, part 1

Nobody can cover all the news and you guys seem to really be digging these news updates. I'll keep doing 'em until you say stop...or there's no more news to report.

~ Those of you that have been to Hawaii or are daydreaming about an upcoming vacation, you'll be glad to know this. [link to Maui Brewing Company]

~ He's one of ours, you know? [link to New York Post]

~ Like what these guys have done in Manayunk; nice to see them pop up in Queen Village. [link to Passyunk Post]

~ Great first hand look at Philly Goes To Belgium with 2SP for Philly Beer Week 2017. [link to Draft Magazine]

~ Seems like a pretty nice score for Baltimore County. [link to Baltimore Sun]

~ This is, imo, one of the less controversial, and more welcome, lists. Nicely done. [link to Food And Wine]

~ Interesting times at Green Flash, as I think about visiting Virginia Beach. [link to The Full Pint]

~ Been a fan, as many are, of Mitch Steele for quite some time. Here's what he's up in an attempt to make 'Lanta hotter. [link to Hop Tripper]

~ Huh. Color me surprised...again. [link to The Town Dish]

~ Will put this on my list for when I'm in Pittsburgh later this month. [link to The Full Pint]

~ Haven't known quite what to make of Red Star in Exton. Here's something new they've got going on. [link to The Town Dish]

~ Great story of a collaboration to make a grabbable beer. [link to Denver Post]

~ And here's what happens when you mix your politics with your business. [link to Sacramento Bee]

~ Speaking of the government, while we likely won't see any homebrewed beer at 1600 Pennsylvania, beer is on the mind of the Smithsonian and it will be fun to track this project. [link to Brewers Association]




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