Sunday, June 28, 2015

Beer Calendar: What To Do in July 2015

Must be hitting some sort of record beer event slump here in the Philly area. Don't believe I've ever started a month with a calendar that is this small. Course, we've been spoiled around these parts for quite a while. Plus, I'm sure that as the month progresses, more will become known to me.

In the meantime, my new book Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic is hitting its stride quite nicely. My own events calendar around this will be ramping up again here in July and August and farther abroad 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
Thu. 7/2 - Raise a Toast to a Hero at Lo Spiedo in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 7/2 - Neshaminy Creek Shape Of Hops To Come Release Party at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/3 through Sun. 7/5 - Pork of July at Standard Tap in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 7/7 - Tuesday Tapping (Summit) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/10 - Xmas In July at Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/10 - The Shape of Hops to Come release at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 7/14 - Tuesday Tapping (Evil Genius) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 7/21 - Tuesday Tapping (Otter Creek) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 7/28 - Tuesday Tapping (Founders) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/31 - Beer Tasting (Philadelphia Brewing) at Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 7/1 - Shape Of Hops To Come release at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pa. (4 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 7/2 - Special Thursday Night Sampling (Lagunitas) at Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 7/3 - Fourth of July Special Friday Night Sampling (Stoudts) at Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. (3 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 7/9 - Starr Hill Firkin at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/10 - Friday Night Sampling (Founders) at Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 7/16 - Smokin Blond Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 7/16 - Lancaster Promo Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 7/23 - Evolution Promo Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/31 - Friday Night Sampling (Flying Fish) at Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 7/1 - Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 7/2 - Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 7/2 - Free Will Sour Tap Takeover at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/3 - Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/3 - First Friday Firkin at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/3 - Friday Night Beer Tasting (Wyndridge Farm) at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $10-$12)
Sat. 7/4 - Bella Vista's Annual Independence Day at TJ's in Paoli, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 7/9 - Ladies Night with Pizza Boy at CJ's Doghouse in Kulpsville, Pa. ($PAYG)
Fri. 7/10 - Moosehead and Hop City Brewing Tasting at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 7/10 - Victory On The Patio at Shank's Tavern in Marietta, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 7/11 - Blob Fest 2015 at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 7/11 - Gobletstock 1 Year Anniversary Party at Broken Goblet Brewing Company in Bristol, Pa. (2 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 7/11 - Allagash Benefit at CJ's Doghouse in Kulpsville, Pa. (2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 7/12 - 99 Years Later - The Shark Attack Event at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company in Cherry Hill, NJ (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/17 - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/17 - Manayunk Brewing Tasting at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 7/17 - Tröegs Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 7/18 - Rides & Ales at Round Guys Brewing Company in Lansdale, Pa. (2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 7/24 - Beer Geek Christmas in July at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 7/25 - Tröegs vs. Victory Face Off at CJ's Doghouse in Kulpsville, Pa. ($PAYG)



Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sat. 7/11 - Beer & Brewing 101 at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $39.98)
Thu. 7/16 - Yards Brews Cruise at Spirit of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $44.90)
Thu. 7/16 - Belgian Beer Experience at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $47.98)
Sat. 7/18 - Pour-A-Palooza at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $40-$45)
Sat. 7/25 - Summer Ale Festival at The Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; $25-$90)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 7/3 - Eastern vs Western Pennsylvania Craft Beer Challenge at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $70)
Tue. 7/7 - Summer House Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, Pa. (6 p.m.; $60)
Sat. 7/11 - Barefoot Beer Fest at The Pavilion at Icona Resorts in Diamond Beach/Wildwood Crest, NJ (12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $10-$60)
Sat. 7/11 - Saturday Brew Review (Tröegs) at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25)
Tue. 7/14 - Weyerbacher Beer Dinner at Inn of the Hawke in Lambertville, NJ (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $50)
Thu. 7/16 - All American Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; $65)
Wed. 7/22 - Beer School 101 at Rino's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Exton, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $39.95)
Thu. 7/23 - Off Color Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn in Yardley, Pa. ($TBA)
Sat. 7/25 - Newark Food & Brew Fest at downtown Newark, Del. (2 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 7/25 - Pints For Pups at Reading Liederkranz in Reading, Pa. (3 p.m.-7 p.m.; $20-$75)
Sat. 7/25 - 20th Anniversary Outdoor Beer Fest at Stewart's Brewing Company in Bear, Del. (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $10-$40)
Sat. 7/25 - Indian Valley Beer Fest at Indian Valley Public Library in Telford, Pa. (4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $10-$65)
Mon. 7/27 - Lost Abbey Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. (5:30 p.m.; $35)




Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: June 25 - June 30

Let's finish off June with a healthy dose of interesting-looking beer events. There are festivals in the streets, on a ship, and even in the buff. Check 'em out and stay cool.

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.

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.

Bethlehem, Pa.
Sat. 6/27; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. - Lehigh Valley Hopsfest at Main & Lehigh Streets ($10-$65 for a fundraiser featuring 67+ breweries that has been created to help us grow our mission of promoting and preserving the Celtic culture.)

Camden, NJ
Sat. 6/27; 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. - Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival on the Battleship New Jersey ($45-$55 to experience a tour of the ship, live music from the Cabin Dogs, and craft brews from over 20 NJ breweries.)

Chadds Ford, Pa.
Sat. 6/27; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. - Chill The Firk Out at The Gables ($20-$65 for firkins from regional breweries, live music, and food.)

Easton, Pa.
Sat. 6/27; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. - 20th Anniversary Picnic at Weyerbacher Brewing Company ($7 plus $PAYG for beer, food trucks, live music, and other fun and games to celebrate 20 years of Weyerbacher.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 6/27; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. - Pints For Pups at Buchanan Park ($20-$75 as all proceeds from the event will go directly to veterinary and pet care programs for people and animals in some of our most under-served and impoverished areas.)

Lansdale, Pa.
Fri. 6/26 and Sat. 6/27; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. - Lansdale Beer Festival ($10-$130 for a Brewmasters Series event on Friday and local food, live music, and a beer tasting festival on Saturday.)

Limerick, Pa.
Thu. 6/25; 6 p.m. - Tröegs Christmas in June at Craft Ale House ($PAYG for several scratch beers, usual suspects, and some aged Mad Elf.)

Palmerton, Pa.
Sat. 6/27; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Beer Festival at Sunny Rest Resort (See website for details.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 6/25; 6 p.m. - Happy Hour Picnic at Valley Green Inn ($PAYG for some Yards beers and finger food by the river.)
Thu. 6/25; 7 p.m.-8 p.m. - Theology On Tap at Hop Angel Brauhaus ($PAYG for drinks, community, and conversation.)
Mon. 6/29; 7 p.m. - 6th Anniversary Fundraiser Party at Brauhaus Schmitz ($20 minimum donation for beer and wine open bar, Whetstone Tavern menu preview buffet, and all proceeds going to The Friends of South Street Police Mini Station.)

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 6/26; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - Boxcar Brewing Grand Opening VIP Party at Boxcar Brewpub ($25 for butlered hors d'oeuvres, mouthwatering local craft beers, multiple prizes, and a live performance by 1920-30’s Jazz band Blackbird Society Orchestra.)
Sat. 6/27; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. - Chester County Homebrew Festival at American Helicopter Museum ($35 for an evening of good music and food, with an opportunity to vote for your favorite home-brewed beer.)



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ten years of serving at The Brew Lounge, Part 4 - Let's Make a Date of it

Forward to: "TBL at 10": Part 5 — The People


After much too time between installments here, I've returned with another in the series that looks back on the ten years of my writing here at The Brew Lounge. So far I've taken a look at my early days and the importance of place in parts 1 through 3. Check 'em out using the little navigation front and back links I put up top and at the bottom here. I've got another 9 scheduled so let's see how that goes! For now....

What's more important in the beer industry than events? Of course I realize that it's not that simple and that events are merely an important part of the equation to winning the game. But, without events, the ability to reach consumers drops in the ever-competitive landscape of beer marketing.

Consumers really are the end game, that probably goes without saying. With consumption typically meant as a fun and social endeavor, it stands to reason that establishments that put their best foot forward with beer events will prosper more than those that do not.

Of course, it's not a golden rule. But it certainly explains the overwhelming popularity of weekly and monthly beer events that I have listed here at The Brew Lounge since late in 2005.

Here's a link to the master view since "the beginning of time".

Once I saw the intense interest from beer lovers wanting to know where to find their favorite beverage, I ramped up my efforts for what resulted in the most comprehensive beer events calendar in the region. So much so that Mid-Atlantic Brewing News took notice and asked me to assist with their Hop Tips, a bi-monthly beer events calendar for PA, NJ, DE, MD, WV, VA, and DC blasted out via e-mail. They, too, were a big hit when I was writing in the Communities section of the Washington Times. Even Philly Beer Week, this year, asked me to lend a hand with the events calendar.

As my "traditional" writing here in the pages of The Brew Lounge as slumped in the last couple of years, I've vowed to always keep the beer event listings going. The stats show that it's been worth my while. As do the occasional beers and shout-outs that I get along the way at bars and festivals. From my perspective, it's crucial to the industry for both consumers as well as producers and proprietors. It really is the key to the world of beer from a consumer's point-of-view.

As a final note, if it wasn't abundantly clear, I don't quibble about what is or what is not an event. And there is no price for listing. If an establishment makes the effort to create a named event - anything from a free sampling to a full-blown festival or dinner - it gets listed. I never hit 100% of all events conducted in the region - that would be nothing but impossible - but plenty of folks help out by sending notes, texts, etc. in order to keep me in the loop.

In turn, I keep you in the loop.

Forward to: "TBL at 10": Part 5 — The People



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: June 18 - June 24

Big beer wheels keep on turnin'. Can't say there's not a little of everything scattered everywhere on this week's calendar of events. Festivals, dinners, tastings, and book signings from the PA state capital to Philly and back again.

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'll be talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. These events during Philly Beer Week (and Frederick Beer Week) were successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going.

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.

Downingtown, Pa.
Sun. 6/21; 10 a.m. - Pints for Pops at Victory Brewing Company ($PAYG as all dads will receive a free pint glass with the purchase of a .5L beer.)

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 6/19; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Evolution Sampling at Exton Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Evolution.)

Harrisburg, Pa.
Sat. 6/20; 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - Harrisburg Brewersfest at 2nd and Locust Streets ($10-$50 to enjoy and sample 70+ products from some of the region's finest breweries.)

Kulpsville, Pa.
Sat. 6/20 - Cigar & Beer Pairing at CJ's Doghouse (Details TBA.)

Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Thu. 6/18; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Book Signing with Bryan Kolesar at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery ($PAYG as beers featured in the book are put on special as the author makes an appearance to talk beer and sign/sell books.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 6/19; 5 p.m. - Otter Creek Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar ($PAYG for all taps dedicated to Otter Creek, plus live music from 6 p.m.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 6/18; 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - Prism in the House at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a spotlight on Prism Brewing Company.)

Montgomeryville, Pa.
Sat. 6/20; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Book Signing & Free Will Beer Tasting at Keystone Homebrew Supply ($PAYG for tastes of Free Will beers and your favorite new author, that's me right?, with Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic in tow.)

Morrisville, Pa.
Sat. 6/20; 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m. - Brews & Bites at Pennsbury Manor ($10-$75 to join us along the river on the 43-acre country estate of William Penn and enjoy the tastings of regional craft beer.)

Perkasie, Pa.
Fri. 6/19; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Book Signing with the One and Only Bryan Kolesar at Free Will Brewing Company ($PAYG for an event that they named, not me. But, I'm honored no matter what they call it. We'll talk beer, drink beer, and hopefully some of you will go home with a shiny new book.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 6/18; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Yards Brews Cruise at Penn's Landing ($56.90 for a dinner buffet and Open Beer Bar with Yards Brewing Company products.)

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 6/19; 11:30 a.m. - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG as our stalwart Chester County Bitter will be pouring through the beer engines that day alongside Jake's ESB and a special firkin of Phoenix Pale Ale dry-hopped with an experimental German hop variety.)

Wayne, Pa.
Mon. 6/22; 7 p.m. - Beer Dinner at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza ($30 for a beer dinner with Yards.)




Thursday, June 11, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: June 11 - June 17

As you get your post-Philly Beer Week legs under you, here are some suggested approaches. Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'll be talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. These events during Philly Beer Week (and Frederick Beer Week) were successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going.

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling my just-released 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.

Ardmore, Pa.
Sat. 6/13; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Summer Session Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of six easy-drinking session beers from Iron Hill and four guest breweries. Also, I'll be making a book release appearance and likewise sipping on some easy-drinking session beers.)

Exeter, Pa.
Wed. 6/17; 11 a.m. - Founders Day at Sabatini's ($PAYG for nine beers from Founders and two special selections from the kitchen.)

Exton, Pa.
Thu. 6/11; 4 p.m. - 2 Year Anniversary Party at The Pour House ($PAYG for a celebration and rare beer on tap.)
Fri. 6/12; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Weyerbacher Sampling at Exton Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Weyerbacher.)

Glen Mills, Pa.
Wed. 6/17; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Summer Beer Dinner at Terrain ($58 for a four-course seasonal dinner paired with beers from Victory Brewing Company.)

Harleysville, Pa.
Thu. 6/11; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Victory Night at Butcher & Barkeep ($PAYG for Victory beers including the new Sour Monkey.)

Kulpsville, Pa.
Sat. 6/13 - Cigar & Beer Pairing at CJ's Doghouse ($PAYG for a pairing of some fabulous beers with Drew estate cigars.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 6/13; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. - Saturday Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar ($25 for a four-course meal paired with four brewmaster picks from Otter Creek.)
Sun. 6/14; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. - Lancaster Brew Festival at Clipper Magazine Stadium ($12-$60 to sample different craft beers during the Barnstormers game.)
Sun. 6/14; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - 31st Birthday at Quips ($PAYG for a backyard cookout, live music, and giveaways from Victory Brewing Company.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 6/11; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Manayunk Grapefruit Dreamin' at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a spotlight on Manayunk Brewing Company.)
Sat. 6/13; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Sweet Fifteen Mult-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for a special multi-tap celebrating our 15th Anniversary.)

New Hope, Pa.
Sat. 6/13; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. - New Hope Beer Fest at Eagle Fire Company ($19-$70 for unlimited beers from craft breweries in Philadelphia, Mercer, Lancaster, Bucks, and surrounding counties.)

Newark, Del.
Fri. 6/12; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Summer Session Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for three easy-drinking session beers and enticing small plate pairings.)

North Wales, Pa.
Fri. 6/12; 5 p.m. - The Grand Inquisitor Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG the release of Grand Inquisitor, our award-winning Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
through Sat. 6/27 (weekly on Saturdays); 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Brewing Program at Philly Beer School ($549.99)
Thu. 6/11; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Abita's Jaime Jurado — "Our Next Big Challenge in Craft Brewing: Environmental Sustainability" at Hop Angel Brauhaus ($PAYG for Jaime's presentation. He will also be around to talk (and drink) beer. We will have a bunch of Abita's German style beers on tap including Amber, Golden, and Seersucker Summer Pils.)
Fri. 6/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Dark Horse Brewing Tasting at Bottle Bar East ($Free tasting samples of beers from Dark Horse.)
Fri. 6/12; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Abita Louisiana Crawfish Boil at Grey Lodge Pub ($PAYG as Abita's Jaime Jurado will be in town and we'll be having a Louisiana Crawfish Boil to welcome him back to PA.)
Wed. 6/17; 4 p.m. - High Gravity at The Sidecar Bar & Grille ($PAYG for a killer lineup of high gravity beers from around the world.)

Phoenixville, Pa.
Thu. 6/11; 7 p.m. - Baltimore Beer Bash at Bistro on Bridge ($PAYG for beers from DuClaw and Heavy Seas, including custom firkins from Heavy Seas.)

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 6/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Craft Beer Series: Colorado Challenge at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen ($70 for five courses of food served with beers from a half dozen Colorado-based breweries.)




Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Beer Calendar: What To Do in June 2015

Philly Beer Week holds court here in the first week of June. Head over to their website for a full list of events.

In the meantime, my book Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic has finally taken flight after more than a year in waiting. There'll be events and lots of me trumpeting its arrival. Check out the Facebook events page for the book to see where I've already been and where I'll be in coming days, weeks, and months. 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.

Apologies for the lateness of this calendar posting. Between book release and Philly Beer Week - and, oh yeah, life in general - it's been just a touch chaotic. Did my best to pull together what I could here. Probably a bit light, especially as establishments are particularly concerned with Philly Beer Week. Check back here in the next week or two for what will sure to be a changing June calendar.

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
Thu. 6/11 - Abita's Jaime Jurado — "Our Next Big Challenge in Craft Brewing: Environmental Sustainability" at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG.)
Fri. 6/12 - Dark Horse Brewing Tasting at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 6/12 - Abita Louisiana Crawfish Boil at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 6/25 - Happy Hour Picnic at Valley Green Inn in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 6/25 - Theology On Tap at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 6/11 - Manayunk Grapefruit Dreamin' at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 6/18 - Prism in the House at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; $PAYG)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 6/3 - Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 6/4 - Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 6/5 - Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 6/5 - Lancaster Brewing Sampling at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 6/5 - Prism Sampling at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 6/5 - Friday Night Beer Tasting (Beachy Beers) at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $10-$12)
Fri. 6/5 - First Friday Firkin at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
through Sat. 6/6 - Spinny Beer Days at Spinnerstown Hotel in Spinnerstown, Pa. (See full schedule of daily events at website.)
Thu. 6/11 - Victory Night at Butcher & Barkeep in Harleysville, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 6/11 - Baltimore Beer Bash at Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 6/12 - Weyerbacher Sampling at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 6/19 - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 6/19 - Evolution Sampling at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 6/19 - Otter Creek Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 6/20 - Cigar & Beer Pairing at CJ's Doghouse in Kulpsville, Pa. (Details TBA.)
Sun. 6/21 - Pints for Pops at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (10 a.m.; $PAYG)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
through Sat. 6/27 (weekly on Saturdays) - Brewing Program at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.-1 p.m.; $549.99)
Thu. 6/18 - Yards Brews Cruise at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $56.90)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 6/22 - Beer Dinner at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza in Wayne, Pa. (7 p.m.; $30)
Sat. 6/27 - Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ (12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; $45-$55)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 6/4 - Craft Beer Series: Oregon Beer vs. Washington State Wine at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $70)
Fri. 6/12 - Craft Beer Series: Colorado Challenge at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $70)
Sat. 6/13 - New Hope Beer Fest at Eagle Fire Company in New Hope, Pa. (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $19-$70)
Sat. 6/13 - Saturday Brew Review (Otter Creek) at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25)
Sun. 6/14 - Lancaster Brew Festival at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $12-$60)
Sat. 6/20 - Harrisburg Brewersfest at 2nd and Locust Streets in Harrisburg, Pa. (12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $10-$50)
Sat. 6/20 - Brews & Bites at Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville, Pa. (3:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $10-$75)
Fri. 6/26 - Boxcar Brewing Grand Opening VIP Party at Boxcar Brewpub in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $25)
Fri. 6/26 and Sat. 6/27 - Lansdale Beer Festival at downtown Lansdale, Pa. (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $10-$130)
Sat. 6/27 - Lehigh Valley Hopsfest at Main & Lehigh Streets in downtown Bethlehem, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $10-$65)
Sat. 6/27 - Beer Festival at Sunny Rest Resort in Palmerton, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; See website for details.)
Sat. 6/27 - Pints For Pups at Buchanan Park in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-7 p.m.; $20-$75)
Sat. 6/27 - Chill The Firk Out at The Gables in Chadds Ford, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $20-$65)




Friday, May 22, 2015

Philly Beer Week 2015 - A review at the 7-day Countdown

Just one week to go and we're all still Leuven On A Prayer! Last Friday, I promised you another update a week later and lo and behold here we are.

Before I get into the event schedule of May 29 to June 7, in case you haven't heard, the official Belgian collaboration beer of Philly Beer Week 2015 is called Leuven On A Prayer. I was honored to be a part of the traveling PBW contingent that paired up Free Will Brewing Company's John Stemler with Jef Janssens at Hof ten Dormaal (HtD) just outside Leuven, Belgium. The brew day went down on February 5 at the honest-to-goodness Belgian Farmhouse Brewery roughly twenty miles east of Brussels.

If you'd like to get caught up on more of the backstory, please check my excellent (humbly submitted) wrap-up from a few months ago. Plenty of pictures to go with the words as well.

Now on to the business the ten-day Philly Beer Week. Or, as I like to call it, an Imperial Philly Beer Week — because in Philly there could be no other kind. Last Friday, the official calendar of events at PhillyBeerWeek.org counted 501 events, which was up 170 events from the week prior. Today, it lists 755. And changing by the hour.

Let's again take a look this week at the delta. This past week saw 67 establishments listing new events. Here's a quick summary and then a rundown of what jumps out at me as the best new events listed on the official website, PhillyBeerWeek.org, since last Friday.

Cheer-ee-o, yo.

Number of listed events as of May 22
67 (+22) - Friday, 5/29
85 (+25) - Saturday, 5/30
91 (+32) - Sunday, 5/31
73 (+24) - Monday, 6/1
82 (+29) - Tuesday, 6/2
83 (+26) - Wednesday, 6/3
86 (+30) - Thursday, 6/4
75 (+28) - Friday, 6/5
69 (+24) - Saturday, 6/6
40 (+14) - Sunday, 6/7

Number of city-based events - 581
Number of non city-based events - 170

Number of unique establishments/locations - 116
Number of events at a brewery - 20
Number of events at a bar - 679
Number of events with "takeover" in the event name - 44

Number of events featuring Free Will and Hof ten Dormaal - 4
Number of Leuven On A Prayer kegs arriving from Belgium - Roughly 35 (to be confirmed)

Number of listed events at the Uno Family - 46
Number of listed events at Whole Foods - 38

Number of events listed as "free" - 6
Number of events listed as pay-as-you-go - 639
Most expensive event - $125 for "The Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen With Beer Dinner" at Sancho Pistola's

My personal Best Of List from new event listings between May 15 and May 22
Best way to meet some goats - Meet The Goats and check out the Sly Fox Penny Maibock at Bar on May 30, 5 p.m.

Best haul of new events - 24 new events at Varga and a mere 14 new events at Bru (and accompanying 11 downstairs at U-Bahn). Seems that if you're stuck at any point during the week, head to one of these places where it seems that there might always be something happening.

Best new crazed geek events on the list - Churchville Inn in Southampton doing events with Prairie, Jester King, Green Bench, Jolly Pumpkin, St. Somewhere, Hill Farmstead, Neshaminy Creek, Founders, Funky Buddha, Cascade, Cantillon, and more. Wipe that drool.

Best Brupper - Will Pumphrey is going to Bell's from DuClaw. City Tap House in University City is throwing a dinner, or a brunch, or a brupper in honor of him.

Best incorporation of catnip into an event - At Doobie's but of course. The Feline 500 with Philly Brewing on 6/2 at 6 p.m. will figure it all out.

Best mixer of drinking and religion - They're doing it again at Fergie's. A Rabbi, a Priest, and a Minister walk in to a bar again and again. Go in peace on 5/31 at 4 p.m.

Best mixer of uppers and downers - Also at Fergie's with Danya Henninger playing hostess to Coffee in the Beer Garden of Good and Evil on 6/3 at 4 p.m.

Best Locals - Big hit last year at Field House, this year on 5/30 at 8 p.m.

Best unveiling of the scene's longest best kept secret - Fiume. Just go read the list, then prepare for 45th/Locust to never be the same.

Best way to drink free beers from me - At Home Sweet Home Brew's extended hours tasting on 6/3 at 5 p.m. when I'll bring books to sell/sign as well as some interesting complimentary beers from my travels.

Best reunion tour - The group from the Free Will/Hof ten Dormaal collaboration brew gather at Jose Pistola's on 5/30 at 6 p.m. trying to recreate the madness of Brussels.

Best new brunch - Another Firestone Walker event with Jenny Hobbs, this one a good-looking barrel-aged brunch at Khyber Pass on 5/30 at 12 p.m.

Best throwdown - The original, the one and only in the 1900 block of Callowhill in front of Kite & Key on 5/31 at 2 p.m.

Best bitches - Their language, not mine. McCrossen's lining up a bunch of stuff including "Oysters Bitches and Fishes" with oysters and beers from Flying Dog and Flying Fish.

Best reason not to go Down The Shore - Cape May comes to Perch Pub on 6/5 at 8 p.m.

Best reason not to go to Lancaster County - Not that there's anything wrong with a lovely trip to LancCo, but Stoudts famed bread and cheese at The Greeks in Narberth on 6/5 at 5 p.m.

Best reason to go to my college dive bar where I watched Eagles games - Pitchers Pub in Manayunk never served these beers back in those days. PBW '15 has an event every day there featuring the likes of Alvinne, DFH, Maine, Hardywood, Terrapin, Cape May, and more.

Best ice cream (tie) - St. Benjamin's and Little Baby's on 6/5 at 5 p.m. at Little Baby's in Fishtown.

Best ice cream (tie) - Foodery is bringing in Victory's new flavors on 5/31 at 1 p.m. for free at all three locations.

Best event farthest from Philly - Sly Fox Taps Tunes & Trucks with food, music, and beer at the brewery on 5/30 at 11 a.m.

Best competition - Kingpin is a riotous piece of action at Standard Tap each year with 12 breweries via to be Kingpin....kicking their pin of beer first. Don't arrive late. 6/2 at 6 p.m.

Best play-doh event - Because every Beer Week needs one of these just like at The Institute with Brew Works beer on 6/4 at 7 p.m.

Best hide and seek - Irish Pol has moved locations but is taking all its events, every day, to the Market Street location.

Best Street Pub - the Deschutes Street Pub all day on 5/30

Best event revitalization - Don't see as many events as Tria used to put on throughout the year. Their new Taproom at 20th/Walnut is turning that around with a slew of tempting events all week.

Check back mid-next week as this best-of list will attempt to keep up with the master calendar of events as the Hammer of Glory's day in the sun draws ever nearer.