Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic



I'm in a bit of a lull between book events. Unless something pops up in the next couple of weeks (which I'm not actively searching for), my next appearance will be at Bocktown Beer & Grill just outside Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 20. East End Brewing Company is hosting me on Friday the 21st and I'm working on a couple others that I can mention quite yet.

The complete list is always maintained over at the book's Facebook page.

As I sit here attempting to put some final details into a pub crawl along Carson Street for Saturday, August 22, I can't help but think of, with overwhelming thanks and gratitude, those that have hosted events for me thus far and those that have come out to meet me and purchase the book. While I don't have official figures for online sales yet, I've been very pleased with my in-person direct sales — the sales that I have a bit more control over.

So for just a bit of record-keeping, as well as for the record, here's a full list of where my book sales travels have taken me to-date. If you're not familiar with them, please click the links to show them that you support me supporting them who in turn support me and proving the whole internet circle of life works.

And if you've not yet seen me in person, please do keep an eye open for events popping up near you. In addition to western PA later in August, there'll eventually be events in Baltimore, Jersey City, Lancaster, Rehoboth Beach, and who knows where else. Would love to see as many of you in person as possible.

Oh...and if you've already purchased the book and thumbed through it enough to leave a review over at Amazon or at Barnes & Noble, please do so and know that I am thankful for that as well!

1) TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery - Paoli, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
2) Opening Tap festival for Philly Beer Week - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
3) Flying Fish Brewing Company - Somerdale, NJ [website - facebook - twitter]
4) Devil's Den - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
5) PHS Pop-Up Garden - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook]
6) Grey Lodge Pub - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
7) Home Sweet Homebrew - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
8) Pub On Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.) - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
9) Eulogy Belgian Tavern - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
10) Bierstube German Tavern - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
11) The Brewfest at The Farm for Frederick Beer Week - Mt. Airy, Md. [website - facebook - twitter]
12) Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Ardmore, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
13) Local 44 Bottle Shop - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
14) Barren Hill Brewing Company - Lafayette Hill, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
15) Free Will Brewing Company - Perkasie, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
16) Keystone Homebrew Supply - Montgomeryville, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
17) Yards Brewing Company [website - facebook - twitter]
18) Round Guys Brewing Company - Lansdale, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
19) The Drafting Room - Exton, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
20) Earth Bread + Brewery - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
21) Stewart's Brewing Company 20th Anniversary Festival - Bear, Del. [website - facebook]
22) *8/20* Bocktown Beer & Grill - Pittsburgh, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
23) *8/21* East End Brewing Company - Pittsburgh, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
24) *8/22* East End Growler Shop in the Pittsburgh Public Market - Pittsburgh, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
25) *8/22* Carson Street Pub Crawl in Pittsburgh, Pa. (7 stops)
26) *9/5* Beer Yard - Wayne, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beer Calendar: What To Do in August 2015

After an odd, apparent lull in the events calendar in July, we're back here in August with a tick back up into the slightly more normal range...at least in terms of shear number of events. Pumpkin beers are starting to trickle out, but while you'll see them on the store shelves, I don't believe we see any events yet being thrown around this theme. At least we have that going for us!

Sales of my new book Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic is continue to hum along quite nicely. My own events calendar is building out in August, September, and October. Not long after that, I'll be reminding you that it would make a swell Christmas and Hanukkah gift!

For now, head on over to the publisher's website where you can find a series of links to online sites, such as Amazon, where you can find the book for sale. Brick-and-mortar stores, too, will be carrying the book.

As always, if I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.


$20 and under, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here

Philadelphia
Mon. 8/3 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Penn) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 8/4 - Tuesday Tapping (Two Roads) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Allagash's 20th Anniversary Party at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Spirit of Wednesday (Yards) at The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - G’Day IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - First Friday (River Horse) at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 8/10 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Left Hand) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 8/11 - Tuesday Tapping (Green Flash) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/12 - Spirit of Wednesday (Free Will) at The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/13 - 19th Anniversary Luau at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/15 through Fri. 8/22 - Sour Fest at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Mon. 8/17 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Free Will) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 8/18 - Tuesday Tapping (Free Will) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/19 - Spirit of Wednesday (Funk) at The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 8/24 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Conshohocken) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/29 - Battle of the Breweries at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 8/31 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Evolution) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 8/1 - A Day of Victory at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. (1 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/1 - Lambic Lovers Do We Have a Wine for You at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Watermelon Wit Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Lex Luthor IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - Free Will Tasting at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 and Sat. 8/8 - Belgium comes to Cooperstown-We really mean to Teresa’s at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 8/13 - Uinta Promo Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/27 - Long Trail Promo Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 8/1 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Phoenixville, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/1 - BrewBQ at Plantation Field in Unionville, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $Free to attend, $PAYG)
Sun. 8/2 - Summer Hopfest at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Take Flight at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - IPA Day at Argilla Brewing Company in Newark, Del. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Hops & Hog Wings at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Victory Cruise Night at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $20)
Thu. 8/6 - Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - IPA Day at Isaac Newtons in Newtown, Pa. ($PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - Speakeasy Brewing Tasting at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 8/7 - Friday Night Beer Tasting (Allagash) at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $10-$12)
Sat. 8/8 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Downingtown, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/8 - Grand Opening at Levante Brewing Company in West Chester, Pa. (11 a.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 8/9 - Gears Before Beers Ride to Yards Brewery at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (9 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 8/16 - Cigars & Stilletos at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/21 - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/21 - Peak Organic Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/22 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Malvern, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/22 - Frozen Four Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/29 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Downingtown, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Tue. 8/4 - Burgers 'n' Brews at Shake Shack in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $33)
Thu. 8/20 - Yards Brews Cruises at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $44.90-$69.90)
Sat. 8/22 - World Atlas of Beer at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $39.98)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 8/25 - Summer of Seafood Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Pa. (5 p.m.; $75)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 8/5 - Beer and Food Pairings featuring Great Lakes at Spinnerstown Hotel in Spinnerstown, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $55)
Sat. 8/8 - BrewBQue at downtown Lewisburg, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $35-$40)
Tue. 8/11 - Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $59)
Thu. 8/13 - Beer & BBQ at The Farmer's Daughter at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $39.95-$45.95)
Thu. 8/13 - Beer and Wine of Italy at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $65)
Fri. 8/14 - Craft Beer Series: Summer Grilling & Beer at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $70)
Sat. 8/15 - America On Tap at Tubman-Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del. (2:30 p.m.-6 p.m.; $35-$55)
Sat. 8/15 - Saturday Brew Review (Peak Organic) at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25)
Sat. 8/15 - Pints for Pups at Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, Pa. (3 p.m.-7 p.m.; $20-$75)
Sat. 8/15 - State College Brew Expo at Tussey Mountain Ski Area in Boalsburg, Pa. (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $45-$60)
Thu. 8/20 - Free Will Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn in Yardley, Pa. (7 p.m.; $TBA)
Sat. 8/22 - Beer Bourbon BBQ Fest at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, Pa. (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5-$50)
Sat. 8/22 - Gettysburg Brew Fest at Lutheran Theological Seminary on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, Pa. (3:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $20-$70)
Fri. 8/28 - Craft Beer Dinner with Forgotten Boardwalk at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City, NJ (6:30 p.m.; $45)
Sat. 8/29 - Brews By The Bay at Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Cape May, NJ and Lewes, Del. (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $5-$70)
Sat. 8/29 - Upper Bucks Brewfest at Quakertown Alive in Quakertown, Pa. (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $10-$70)
Sat. 8/29 - Manahopkin at Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin, NJ (1 p.m.-7 p.m.; $8-$40)
Sat. 8/29 - Lancaster Craft Beerfest at Lancaster Square and Binns Park in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $12-$55)




Friday, July 24, 2015

Stewart's Big Blowout Festival is tomorrow - so here's a fun look back

Here on the eve of the 20th Anniversary Festival at Stewart's Brewing Company in Bear, Del. my tunneling around the archives of The Brew Lounge uncovered these goodies that will help get you in the proper state of mind for the party.

First up, circa 2008, an interview with Ric Hoffman - brewer of roughly 15 years at Stewart's - one of the self-determined better interviews that I did over the years. Maybe not; but you be the judge.

Then, let's take a short musical interlude courtesy, once again, of Mr. Hoffman. Trust me, this doesn't disappoint.

Lastly, let's check back a mere five years ago to see how Stewart's celebrated the big 1-5.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: July 23 - July 31

Here we go again. Closing out another month in 2015 with a solid list of events. Have at it!

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. I've got one tonight with Earth Bread + Brewery where a book purchase gets a you sweet deal on flatbreads.

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

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

Bear, Del.
Sat. 7/25; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - 20th Anniversary Outdoor Beer Fest at Stewart's Brewing Company ($10-$40 to celebrate the brewery's anniversary with their beers plus Iron Hill, Dogfish, Fordham/Old Dominion, Flying Fish, 3rd Wave, 16 Mile, Mispillion, Argilla, Twin Lakes, Sly Fox, and Yards. Fun food on our smoker grill and live Irish Music with 7 Rings Band.)

Kulpsville, Pa.
Sat. 7/25 - Tröegs vs. Victory Face Off at CJ's Doghouse ($PAYG as both sides will be bringing six beers to the table for you to enjoy.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 7/24; 5 p.m. - Beer Geek Christmas in July at Hunger N Thirst ($PAYG for a lineup of world class beers to make beer geeks think Christmas came early.)

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 7/27; 5:30 p.m. - Lost Abbey Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House ($35 for four courses served with four beers from Lost Abbey.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 7/23; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Evolution Promo Night at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a lineup of beers from Evolution Brewing Company.)

Newark, Del.
Sat. 7/25; 2 p.m.-9 p.m. - Newark Food & Brew Fest at downtown Newark ($PAYG as you wander around downtown Newark with events showcasing more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with creative food offerings from 17 of Newark's restaurants.)

Perkasie, Pa.
Sun. 7/26; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. - Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company ($PAYG for the monthly tapping of many sours.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 7/23; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Book signing and flatbread deal with the author of Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic at Earth Bread + Brewery ($PAYG as Bryan Kolesar stops by to sell and sign his book paired with a special flatbread offer.)
Sat. 7/25; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. - Summer Ale Festival at The Philadelphia Zoo ($25-$90 for admission to the Zoo, unlimited beer samples from the region’s top breweries, a live band, DJ, games, and more.)
Mon. 7/27; 8 p.m. - Crabbie's Quizzo Monday at London Grill ($PAYG for complimentary samplings, featured cocktails, and Crabbie’s prizes as part of Crabbie's Week Philadelphia.)
Tue. 7/28; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Crabbie's Sampling at Moriarity's ($PAYG for Original, Spiced Orange, and Cloudy Alcoholic Lemonade. Crabbie’s gifts, too, as part of Crabbie's Week Philadelphia.)
Tue. 7/28; 8 p.m. - Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance ($PAYG for a night of beers from Founders.)
Wed. 7/29; 8 p.m.-10 p.m. - Crabbie's Sampling at Boxer's ($PAYG for Original, Spiced Orange, and Cloudy Alcoholic Lemonade. Crabbie’s gifts, too, as part of Crabbie's Week Philadelphia.)
Thu. 7/30; 7 p.m. - Paint Nite at Slainte ($PAYG for a Paint Nite along with Crabbie's beers and cocktails as part of Crabbie's Week Philadelphia.)
Fri. 7/31; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Beer Tasting at Craft Beer Outlet ($Free tasting samples of beers from Philadelphia Brewing Company.)
Fri. 7/31; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Crabbie's Night at all 10 Chickie's & Pete's ($PAYG for Crabbie’s cocktails and complimentary samplings. J.C. the elephant will be at the Packer avenue location for photos and special Crabbie’s gifts.)

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 7/25; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. - Pints For Pups at Reading Liederkranz ($20-$75 for delicious food, loads of beer for the tasting, and live music where all proceeds from this dog-friendly beer tasting event will go directly to veterinary and pet care programs for people and animals in some of our most under-served and impoverished areas.)

Telford, Pa.
Sat. 7/25; 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Indian Valley Beer Fest at Indian Valley Public Library ($10-$65 to sample some of the best craft beers from across the country and from right here in our own backyard. Also, a homebrewing competition.)

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 7/24 through Sun. 7/26 - Proper Kölsch from Cologne at Teresa's Next Door ($PAYG for Gaffel, Reisdorff, Sünner, and Früh all served the proper way all weekend.)
Fri. 7/31; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Friday Night Sampling at Beer Yard ($Free tasting samples of beers from Flying Fish.)

Yardley, Pa.
Thu. 7/23 - Off Color Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn ($TBA for a night of American fair matched with great brews from Off Color.)



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ten years of serving at The Brew Lounge, Part 6 - The People

Forward to: "TBL at 10": Part 7 — Beer Weeks Galore


It always tweaks me just a bit the wrong way when I hear, "it's just beer". Fine, making beer is not curing cancer. However, to dismiss any argument away with the scapegoat of "it's just beer" is to minimize the impact - the much growing impact - that the beer world is having on individual lives through the jobs it creates. Let's not get bogged down in the flat-line-ish trend of overall beer sales; we all know that we're talking about the non-macro side of the fence here. The non-macro segment continues to grow like gangbusters, creating jobs both direct and indirect along the way. Jobs that provide income to those involved.

So with that, along with the topic of "place" that I last discussed in this ten-year-retrospective, I find the topic of "people" to be of equal importance when discussing the wide world of great beer. Whenever possible, I've focused on the people and the places that are central to the brewing establishments cranking out the great beer and the beer bars and restaurants that serve it well.

The examples are way too numerous to list out here. However, I might point you to some memorable projects that made their way out in various bits and bytes throughout the years.

Perhaps oddly enough, the year-end obituaries that I post are some of the best examples I can think of. At each year-end, I like to bring attention to those in the industry that passed away during the past year after leaving a long-lasting mark on the industry. It's something that I've rarely seen done in other beer forums and find that it's my small way of bringing some lasting attention to the good work that individuals have contributed to the betterment of the beer world. Check out the yearly wrap-ups that I'm referring to.

While I haven't dipped into full-blown brewer and brewery profiles in quite some time, that may change soon. Though you could argue my just-released book was exactly that. Check out one of the profiles I assembled in advance of Philly Beer Week 2008 to help bring awareness of those brewing establishment participants. I did one for each local brewery and I guess, yes, could have been seen as a precursor of the book to come 7 years later.

There've been other profile, interviews, etc. through the years. I seem to reminisce back to a couple a bit more than others. One was with Ric Hoffman of Stewart's in Delaware (timely with their 20th anniversary party this coming weekend.) And another was with Sean McGettigan during his anniversary of opening Station Taproom in Downingtown, Pa. Plus, it's video and how exciting is that?!

There have also been interesting interviews (if I do say so myself) of folks like an epic one put together with both Jose Garces and Garrett Oliver on the eve of their beer dinner at Chifa.

Got to be a people person in this business. Beer and people keep this might engine humming and I've been honored to meet some fine conductors along the way.

Forward to: "TBL at 10": Part 7 — Beer Weeks Galore



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: July 16 - July 22

Here in the Philly region, the rains continue to fall from the sky keeping most things growing quite nicely which is unlike some summers. Never failing, though, is the continual pouring of great beers at events all around the region. Get out there and drink 'em up. I'd mention that it'll help keep you growing, but that my suggest health benefits from drinking beer, so I'll stop now ;-)

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. This coming Sunday I'll be at Round Guys, Wednesday at The Drafting Room, and Thursday at Earth Bread + Brewery. Busy week for all of us!

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

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

Blue Bell, Pa.
Thu. 7/16; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - The Summer of Local Love at Normandy Farm ($39.95-$45.95 for all-you-can-eat clam bake and buffet, plus beer from Sly Fox, wine from Black Walnut, and music from Soul City Shakedown.)

Churchville, Pa.
Fri. 7/17; 5 p.m. - James Wallace Memorial Beer Event at Churchville Inn ($PAYG. So a man that helped me learn everything I know about the restaurant industry died Monday so in my mind there is only one thing left to do and throw a kick ass beer event.)

Downingtown, Pa.
Thu. 7/16; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. - All American Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company ($65 for a five-course meal paired with Whirlwind Whitbier, St. Boisterous, Moving Parts IPA 04, Liberty Bell Ringer, and Kuhl Kölsch.)

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 7/17; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Manayunk Brewing Tasting at Exton Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Manayunk Brewing Company.)
Wed. 7/22; 5 p.m. - Two Roads Keep the Pint Night at The Drafting Room (5 p.m.; $PAYG for Two Roads' Road to Ruin DIPA, Lil' Heaven Session IPA, Worker's Comp Saison, No Limits Hefeweizen on draft and Conntucky Lightnin' in the bottle. We will have a special guest with us, the author of Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic, Bryan J. Kolesar. He will be having a free book signing, you can buy the book, or just stop and chat with him.)
Wed. 7/22; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Beer School 101 at Rino's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria ($39.95 for an Italian meal paired with bees from Weyerbacher.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 7/17; 5 p.m. - Tröegs Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar ($PAYG for Tröegs taps all night long plus live music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Lansdale, Pa.
Sat. 7/18; 2 p.m. - Rides & Ales at Round Guys Brewing Company ($PAYG for a casual 20 mile ride around town. All are welcome, regardless of age, height, or cycling abilities. After you’re done, stop in the brewery for a bite to eat and a drink.)
Sun. 7/19; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. - Book Signing and Free Beer at Round Guys Brewing Company ($PAYG as each purchase of Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic comes with a complimentary 12 oz. beer of your choice.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 7/16; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Smokin Blond Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of this classic Belgian-style blonde ale with biscuit-like character and a subtle sweet smoke flavor.)
Thu. 7/16; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Lancaster Promo Night at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for Boss Hogg and Kolsch from Lancaster Brewing Company.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 7/16; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Yards Brews Cruise at Spirit of Philadelphia ($44.90 for a Brews Cruise dinner buffet menu and open beer bar with Yards Brewing Company.)
Thu. 7/16; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Belgian Beer Experience at Philly Beer School ($47.98 to taste through the famous, and not-so-famous, beer styles of Belgium, including Strong Golden Ales, Wild Fermented Lambics, Monk brews, and more.)
Fri. 7/17; 4 p.m. - Ben Franklin's Half Birthday with Two Roads at Brü Craft and Wurst ($PAYG to celebrate our Founding Father's 309th half-birthday with a special Two Roads Brewing Company tap takeover.)
Sat. 7/18; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. - Beer and Cheese Tour at The Foodery-10th Street ($PAYG for Ommegang's brand new Belgian Independence Day 2015 Dry Hopped Tripel, Duvel Golden, and Duvel's brand new Duvel Tripel Hop 2015. Also featuring cheese from DiBruno Bros.)
Sun. 7/19; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. - Belgian Independence Day Party at PHS Pop-Up Garden-South Street ($PAYG for Belgian and special Belgian-style beers from Duvel and Ommegang, including the limited-release Ommegang Belgian Independence Day. Live music from Blackbird Society Orchestra and Bearded Ladies Cabaret Co.)
Sun. 7/19; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. - Beer and Cheese Tour at The Foodery-2nd Street ($PAYG for Ommegang's brand new Belgian Independence Day 2015 Dry Hopped Tripel, Duvel Golden, and Duvel's brand new Duvel Tripel Hop 2015. Also featuring cheese from DiBruno Bros.)
Mon. 7/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Beer and Cheese Tour at The Foodery-Roxborough ($PAYG for Ommegang's brand new Belgian Independence Day 2015 Dry Hopped Tripel, Duvel Golden, and Duvel's brand new Duvel Tripel Hop 2015. Also featuring cheese from DiBruno Bros.)
Tue. 7/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Beer and Cheese Tour at The Foodery-Rittenhouse ($PAYG for Ommegang's brand new Belgian Independence Day 2015 Dry Hopped Tripel, Duvel Golden, and Duvel's brand new Duvel Tripel Hop 2015. Also featuring cheese from DiBruno Bros.)
Tue. 7/21; 8 p.m. - Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance ($PAYG for a night of beers from Otter Creek.)

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 7/17; 11:30 a.m. - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG to see which other beers take their place alongside the stalwart Chester County Bitter.)

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 7/17; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Friday Night Sampling at The Beer Yard ($Free tasting samples of beers from Deschutes.)
Fri. 7/17 - KBS and Double Trouble at Teresa's Next Door ($PAYG for Founders KBS and Double Trouble plus a few of their always delicious core beers.)

Westmont, NJ
Sat. 7/18; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. - Pour-A-Palooza at The Pour House ($40-$45 for 44 breweries and live music.)

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 7/16; 6 p.m. - East vs. West at Side Bar ($PAYG for a showcase of Victory and Stone beers.)
Wed. 7/22; 6:30 p.m. - Beer Pairing with Brewmaster at Boxcar Brewpub ($50 for a five-course meal paired with Mango Ginger Pale Ale, New IPA, 1492 APA, Passenger Pale Ale, and a choice of Coal Runner Stout or Belgian Third R'ale Tripel.)



Thursday, July 09, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: July 9 - July 15

Another week upcoming with a diverse list of beer events around the greater Philadelphia region. Remember to stay cool this summer; drink more beer!

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. I have one upcoming at Round Guys and another that I'm about to announce any day now.

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

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

Bristol, Pa.
Sat. 7/11; 2 p.m.-8 p.m. - Gobletstock 1 Year Anniversary Party at Broken Goblet Brewing Company ($PAYG for free admission, live music, food trucks, 15+ beers on draft, and special surprises.)

Cherry Hill, NJ
Sun. 7/12; 11 a.m. - 99 Years Later - The Shark Attack Event at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company ($PAYG with eight different IPAs and other fun and games to commemorate the great shark attack with proceeds benefiting the Shark Research Institute.)

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 7/10; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Moosehead and Hop City Brewing Tasting at Exton Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from both Moosehead and Hop City.)
Fri. 7/10; 5 p.m. - Keep The Pint Night at The Drafting Room ($PAYG for a night of Free Will beers plus a few other hop-forward specialties like Alpine Duet, Pizza Boy West Shore, Port Anniversary, and others.)

Kulpsville, Pa.
Thu. 7/9 - Ladies Night with Pizza Boy at CJ's Doghouse ($PAYG for six limited drafts from Pizza Boy Brewing Company.)
Sat. 7/11; 2 p.m. - Allagash Benefit at CJ's Doghouse ($PAYG for six special beers from Allagash and a free hot dog for donations made to the Laurel House.)

Lambertville, NJ
Tue. 7/14; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - Weyerbacher Beer Dinner at Inn of the Hawke ($50 for a five-course meal served with Weyerbacher's Tarte Nouveau, Wit, Last Chance IPA, Blithering Idiot, and Sunday Morning Stout.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 7/11; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. - Saturday Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar ($25 for four courses of food paired with four brewmaster's picks from Tröegs.)

Limerick, Pa.
Thu. 7/9; 6 p.m. - Ginger Be Gone at Craft Ale House ($PAYG to help say goodbye to Justin, the CAH manager who is leaving for Colorado, with a lineup of some Avery's best beers from Boulder, Colo.)

Marietta, Pa.
Fri. 7/10; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Victory On The Patio at Shank's Tavern ($PAYG for a Victory Brewing promotion of Summer Love, Headwaters, and Helles Lager with live music and glass giveaways.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 7/9; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Starr Hill Firkin at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a special beer from Starr Hill in a firkin.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 7/9; 7 p.m. - Anniversary Party at P.O.P.E. ($PAYG for an all-star lineup of beers to celebrate the P.O.P.E.'s 9th anniversary.)
Fri. 7/10; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Xmas In July at Grey Lodge ($PAYG for Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Tröegs Mad Elf, and more.)
Fri. 7/10; 7 p.m. - The Shape of Hops to Come release at Bottle Bar East ($PAYG for this double IPA from Neshaminy Creek on tap and in cans.)
Sat. 7/11; Noon until Midnight - Grand Opening at Crime & Punishment Brewing Company (See website for all the special event details scheduled for the day as well as normal business hours beginning Thursday, July 16.)
Sat. 7/11; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Beer & Brewing 101 at Philly Beer School ($39.98 for an introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history.)
Tue. 7/14; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Super Rare Farmhouse Funk at Tria Fitler Square ($PAYG for lobster fritters and two rare drafts and a few rare bottles from Oxbow Brewery in Maine.)
Tue. 7/14; 8 p.m. - Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance ($PAYG for a night of beers from Evil Genius.)

Phoenixville, Pa.
Sat. 7/11; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Blob Fest 2015 at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG during Blob Fest in Phoenixville as we honor this classic movie with a special release of Cherry Blob, our award-winning Tripel with the addition of tart, Michigan Montmorency cherries.)

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 7/10; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Friday Night Sampling at Beer Yard ($Free tasting samples of beers from Founders.)

Wildwood Crest, NJ
Sat. 7/11; 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. - Barefoot Beer Fest at The Pavilion at Icona Resorts ($10-$60 for over forty breweries, food, and an educational program on the beach.)