Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 20 - November 30

Let's get this month of November closed out with a solid 11 days of beer events to be thankful for.

When you plan for beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to 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.

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 11/29; 11:30 a.m. - Thanksgiving Strong Ale Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny ($PAYG for a dozen or so ales to cloud your mind and your judgement, so give thanks.)

Ewing, NJ
Fri. 11/21; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - Oatmeal Milk Stout Special Release at River Horse Brewing Company ($15 for the Oatmeal Milk Stout aged with oak chips, vanilla beans, and raspberries — not available anywhere else.)

Lake Harmony, Pa.
Fri. 11/21; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Great Brews Classic Beer Fest - Beer Pairing Dinner at Split Rock Resort ($60 for a five-course dinner with five different beer pairings hand-selected to complement a specially crafted menu.)
Sat. 11/22; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. - Great Brews Classic Beer Fest at Split Rock Resort ($10-$60 for the annual beer festival in the Poconos.)

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 11/24; 5:30 p.m. - Beer School with Ithaca Brewing at Bulls Head Public House ($27.50 for four courses paired with Ithaca's Flower Power IPA, Apricot Wheat, Cascazilla Red Ale, and Embrr Rye Porter.)

Newtown, Pa.
Sun. 11/30; 11:30 a.m. - Kick Off To Christmas (Beers!) at Isaac Newton's ($PAYG for some of the best holiday beers available.)

Oxford, Pa.
Thu. 11/20; 6 p.m. - Keep The Pint Night at The Ugly Mutt ($PAYG for Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale, Philadelphia Pale Ale, and Brawler on hand.)

Paoli, Pa.
Thu. 11/20; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bell's Happy Hour at TJ's ($PAYG for a lineup of special beers from Bell's Brewing in Michigan.)
Sat. 11/29 - Small Business Saturday at TJ's ($PAYG for beers from Goose Island.)

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 11/21; 11:30 a.m. - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG for a couple of firkins joining the mainstay Bitter on the handpump.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 11/20; 4 p.m. - Evil Twin Night at Barcade ($PAYG for 20 beers from Evil Twin.)
Thu. 11/20; 5 p.m. - Friendsgiving at City Tap House ($PAYG for a night of prizes, giveaways, special food, and beers from Allagash and Harpoon. Benefits PAYSA, the Philadelphia Athletic Youth Sports Association.)
Thu. 11/20; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - Raise A Pint For North Light at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant ($50-$75 to taste beers from 12 breweries and enjoy food from 12 area restaurants to benefit kids and the North Light Community Center.)
Fri. 11/21; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Captain Lawrence and a guest appearance from Joe Sixpack.)
Sat. 11/22; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. - Sam Adams Limited Release Presents the Great Gingerbread Race at Kite & Key ($PAYG for a few pints of limited release Sam Adams and have your team (2-3 people) build the most creative gingerbread house.)
Sat. 11/22; 2 p.m.-8 p.m. - Stoked for Stone at The Institute ($PAYG for a tap takeover featuring Stone Brewing and smoked pork products for some sick pairings.)
Sat. 11/22; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Sixpoint Lounge at City Tap House ($PAYG to celebrate Jersey Dan's birthday with an incredible lineup from our friends at Sixpoint Brewery.)
Mon. 11/24; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free tasting samples of beer from Firestone Walker.)
Wed. 11/26; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Beer Tasting at Craft Beer Outlet ($Free tasting samples of beers from Philadelphia Brewing.)
Wed. 11/26; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Firkin Wednesday at Standard Tap ($PAYG for a firkin each of GABF medal winning beers, RedFish and HopFish.)
Wed. 11/26; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - U Buy The Glass Event at The Abbaye ($PAYG to drink the beer and keep the glass from Weyerbacher.)
Fri. 11/28; 11 a.m. - Dogfish Head Barroom Blitz at Johnny Brenda's ($PAYG for a dozen tasty beers from Dogfish Head on draft.)
Fri. 11/28; 11:30 a.m. - Everything Went Black Friday at Memphis Taproom ($PAYG brunch until 3 p.m. and dark beers all day and night.)
Fri. 11/28; 1 p.m. - Into The Black at City Tap House ($35 for a keepsake tasting glass and 10 tokens for 10 five-ounce tastes.)
Fri. 11/28; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Magic Hat.)
Sat. 11/29; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. - Winter Beer Fest at 23rd Street Armory ($10-$50 for more than 100 beers from around the world)

Reading, Pa.
Tue. 11/25 - Meet the Brewer featuring Armstrong Ales at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. ($PAYG for flights of beer and a visit from Steve Armstrong of Phoenixville's Armstrong Ales.)

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 11/21 - Friday Night Sampling at Beer Yard (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Sierra Nevada.)
Tue. 11/25 - Ithaca Bash at Teresa's Next Door ($PAYG for Ithaca's White Gold, Green Trails, Embrrr Rye Porter, Flower Power, Dark Vine, Rustic Harvest, Creeker, and a firkin of Flower Power.)

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/21; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Beer Sampling at Goshen Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beer from Long Trail.)



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 13 - November 19

The drumbeat of beer events continues even as the year-end holidays are bearing down on us. Check out the following list and take time to find a new favorite beer that you can add to your best-of 2014 list.

When you plan for beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to 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.

Allentown, Pa.
Sat. 11/15; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - Fall Chocolate Festival at Allentown Brew Works ($25-$30 for all things chocolate including beer, wine, liqueur, chocolate foods, specialties, and wares.)

Chadds Ford, Pa.
Sun. 11/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Funk'n Sour at The Gables at Chadds Ford ($20-$70 for sour and wild ales from some amazingly talented professional and home brewers. There will be live music by Mason Porter, food and beverage samplings by local/regional vendors, and excellent food provided by The Gables at Chadds Ford.)

Diamond Beach, NJ
Sat. 11/15; 6 p.m. - Tap Takeover at Coastal Blue ($PAYG to meet the staff, brewers, and five beers from Cape May Brewing Company.)

Downingtown/Parkesburg, Pa.
Sat. 11/15; 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. - Parkesburg Brewery Tour at Victory Brewing Company ($58 for a chartered bus trip, tour, and Victory beer experience in our Parkesburg brewery.)

Horsham, Pa.
Thu. 11/13; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Complimentary Beer Tasting at Iron Abbey ($Free tasting samples of beers from Round Guys.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 11/14 - Dave Wilson and Dogfish at Federal Taphouse ($PAYG for live music from acoustic musician Dave Wilson and a tap takeover from Dogfish Head featuring cool giveaways and a simultaneous tapping of the 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 11/13; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Starr Hill Event at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for Starr Hill's Boxcar Pumpkin Porter, Northern Lights, Grateful Pale, and Jomo Lager.)

Newark, Del.
Mon. 11/17; 6:30 p.m. - Beer Dinner at Two Stones Pub ($TBD for a beer dinner pairing event.)

Norristown, Pa.
Thu. 11/13; 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Ithaca Beer Draft Event at Capone's ($PAYG for a night of beers from Ithaca in New York and a special featured firkin of Flower Power dry-hopped with Citra hops.)

North Wales, Pa.
Fri. 11/14; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Grudge Match Beer Release at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($PAYG as Pearway to Heaven and Blame the Dog go head-to-head.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 11/14; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Fegley's and a guest appearance from Joe Sixpack.)
Fri. 11/14; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Mad Elf/Happy You Night at Grey Lodge ($PAYG as Jolly ol' St. Nick Johnson will have Mad Elf gear for sale and Tröegs' Mad Elf [2014], Mad Elf [2013], Dreamweaver, and Perptual IPA on tap.)
Sat. 11/15; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. - Kildare's Manayunk Craft Beer and Irish Whiskey Festival at Kildare's Irish Pub ($15-$40 for unlimited samples of 40+ incredible craft beers and 10+ Irish Whiskeys along with music and food.)
Mon. 11/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free tasting samples of beer from Tröegs.)
Wed. 11/19; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Brew & Chew at Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse ($20-$25 for a two-hour, four-course pairing of Starr Hill beers with appetizers.)

Princeton, NJ
Thu. 11/13; 6:30 p.m. - Dogfish Dinner at Ruth's Chris ($80 for five courses paired with Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA, Indian Brown Ale, Punkin Ale, Sixty-One, and 120 Minute IPA.)

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 11/15; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. - Brewphoria at Canal Street Pub & Restaurant ($40 for live music, all-session-buffet, and exceptional craft beers.)

Voorhees, NJ
Fri. 11/14; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - Winter Warmer Beer Release at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($PAYG for the release of our most popular spiced beer, a medium-bodied dark ale finished with classic winter spices and served in a cinnamon rimmed glass.)

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 11/14 - Friday Night Sampling at Beer Yard (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Goose Island.)

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/14; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Beer Sampling at Goshen Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beer from Penn Brewing Company.)



Thursday, November 06, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 6 - November 12

Did you vote for another term of good beer on Election Day this week? Well, here you go. Another week's worth of events around the greater Philadelphia region. Enjoy!

When you plan for beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to 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.
Thu. 11/6; 5 p.m. - Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works($PAYG as 100% of cask-conditioned sales will be donated to The Seed Farm.)

Conshohocken, Pa.
Tue. 11/11; 7 p.m. - Round Guys Tap Takeover at Guppy's ($PAYG for Round Guys' Amateur Hour, Dead Souls, Kiss Off IPA, and Fear of a Brett Planet.)

Croydon, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. - Movie Night at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company ($PAYG for a night of beer and a movie with a charitable tie-in to Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, Inc.)

Downingtown, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 5 p.m. - Happy Firkin Birthday, DirtWolf! at Victory Brewing Company ($PAYG for the tapping of several firkins of DirtWolf to celebrate its first birthday.)

Ewing, NJ
Fri. 11/7; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. - Hipp-O-Lantern Firkin Tapping at The Firkin Tavern ($PAYG for a specialty Hipp-O-Lantern firkin aged with bourbon oak chips and Madagascar Vanilla beans.)

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 7 p.m. - Firkin Friday at Federal Taphouse ($PAYG a freshly-tapped firking of Tröegs Blizzard Of Hops.)

Hershey, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. - Autos & Ales at AACA Museum ($15-$45 for beers, cigars, and magaritas served amongst antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, memorabilia, and live music.)

Horsham, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 12 p.m. - Abbatia Octo 8 Tapping at Iron Abbey ($PAYG for a limited time tapping of the Iron Abbey Octo 8.)
Fri. 11/7; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Complimentary Beer Tasting at Iron Abbey ($Free tasting samples of Heavy Seas' Loose Cannon, Small Craft Warning, Peg Leg, Great'er Pumpkin, and Winter Storm.)
Wed. 11/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Russian River Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey ($70 for a five-course meal served with Russian River's Temptation, Supplication, Sanctification, Blind Pig IPA, and Consecration.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Sun. 11/9; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. - Wacker Brewing Launch at Pour ($30 for Wacker Kölsch and Dunkel on tap, sausages to munch on, historic photos, and live entertainment. A portion of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to LancasterHistory.org.)
Tue. 11/11; 6 p.m. - Fall Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($65 for a five-course meal paired with Munich Helles, Orchard Hill Apple Ale, Hefeweizen, Rauchtoberfest, and Cowabunga Porter.)

Maple Shade, NJ
Wed. 11/12; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Cerberus II Beer Release at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($PAYG for a collaboration brewed by our General Manager, Head Chef, and Head Brewer, a dark, rich oatmeal stout brewed with New Jersey oyster shells. A portion of the sales will benefit The Animal Orphanage of Voorhees.)

Medford, NJ
Mon. 11/10; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - East Meets West Beer Dinner at Ott's ($55 for four courses paired with four beers each from Dogfish Head and Stone breweries.)

Newark, Del.
Thu. 11/6; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Embrace the Darkness Beer Release at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($PAYG to get a taste of the darkness with this dual dark beer release and a special feature menu with enlightened food pairings.)

Paoli, Pa.
Thu. 11/6; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Ithaca Box of Hops Happy Hour at TJ's ($PAYG for a lineup of special beers from Ithaca Brewing in New York.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 11/6; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - American Craft Brews at Philly Beer School ($47.98 to sample the extraordinary beers that highlight the differences between East Coast and West Coast brewing styles.)
Thu. 11/6; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Om Nom Nom Beer Release at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($PAYG for an "oatmeal cookie in a glass", brewed with oats, cinnamon, whole vanilla beans, and 5 pounds per barrel of pureed raisins. Bourbon Barrel Om Nom Nom also on tap.)
Fri. 11/7; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Bell's.)
Fri. 11/7; 7 p.m. - First Friday at The Institute ($PAYG for some Lancaster brews early on Friday in anticipation of the CBX the following day. On the 2nd floor, King Julian will be stomping with the rest of his Bluegrass minions.)
Sat. 11/8; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. - Craft Beer Express at 12 beer destinations ($10 for the bus and $PAYG at each location. See website for all the event details.)
Sun. 11/9; 2 p.m. - Chili Cook Off at The Cambridge ($PAYG for prizes, pumpkin beers, and tons of chili.)
Sun. 11/9 - The DuClaw Big A$@ Brunch at City Tap House ($PAYG for four High Gravity BIG beers on tap complimented by GIANT-sized brunch items.)
Tue. 11/11; 11 a.m. - 4th Anniversary at Khyber Pass Pub ($PAYG to celebrate the rebirth/makeover of a Philadelphia landmark.)
Wed. 11/12; 7 p.m. - Port Brewing & Lost Abbey Night at Local 44 ($PAYG for beer from two of our favorite Left Coast breweries and awesome SoCal food specials whipped up by Chef Justin Bennett.)
Wed. 11/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Flavas at Han Dynasty-Old City ($55 for 20 courses, 16 beers, 36 flavas, and free doo-rags.)

Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 11:30 a.m. - Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG for the Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.)

Pottstown, Pa.
Sun. 11/9; 7 a.m. - Sly Fox Cyclocross Race at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG as the course wraps around an outdoor Sly Fox beer garden, spectators can heckle racers at the top of the run up out of the Fox Hole, and then run across the beer garden to catch them going across the Sly Fox keg barriers. Sly Fox will be providing their regular food menu so you can make a day out of it.)

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 5 p.m. - Friday Night Beer Tasting at Washington House ($PAYG for a night of beers from Evolution Brewing.)

Wayne, Pa.
Thu. 11/6 - Lew Bryson Book Signing at Teresa's Next Door ($PAYG for a big night of whiskey, Lew, his new whiskey tasting book, and likely the requisite pairing menu from Teresa's Next Door.)
Fri. 11/7 - Friday Night Sampling at Beer Yard (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Long Trail.)

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/7; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. - Marzipan Beer Release at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($PAYG for the first ever release of this decadent oatmeal brown ale brewed with toasted almonds and honey.)
Fri. 11/7; 6 p.m. - Beer Sampling at Goshen Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beer from Tröegs.)

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 11/1 through Sat. 11/8 - Wilmington Beer Week at quality beer destinations (See website for complete and up-to-date listing of events.)
Fri. 11/7; 6 p.m. - Night of the Czar at Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery ($PAYG for the release of four Russian Stouts and a special guest beer from North Coast Brewing Company.)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Beer News You Can Use, 10/31/2014




















For your consumption, here's a mashup of what I've read, what I've heard, and what I've tasted in the past week. As I mentioned last week as I began to revitalize this feature, the primary focus will be on the greater Philadelphia region first, extending outward as it seems interesting or necessary.

Beer "of the week"
Another canned option of a beer in the 5% ABV range has presented itself to me as a potential yearly occupant of my cooler. Not only does the Otter Creek Overgrown Pale Ale come packaged in a can bearing an image of old friend (from Dogfish Head days) Mike Gerhart, the liquid inside is quite perfect for everything that the fall brings: bonfires; tailgating; post-yard work sessions; post-exercise rehydration; and end of season picnics.

In fact, the first can of the case I purchased helped chase down some crack-and-eat crabs spread across the table a few weeks ago. It's hop-forward but in a citrus, sweet, and only slightly bitter way. This can be a crowd-pleaser for seasoned beer lovers and newbies alike (my test case confirms this).

Openings
I've enjoyed the Mad Mex's in Pittsburgh, State College, and University City (Philly). In the hoopla of finishing the manuscript a few months ago, I must've missed the opening in Wynnewood, just across Philly's western city line. [Mad Mex]

Closures
If you read this when it "publishes" around 1 p.m. today (Friday Oct. 31), you should likely find me at Nodding Head for a long lunch helping them drain some kegs prior to shutting down business on Sansom Street later tonight. This condition is only expected to be temporary as the brewpub begins its relocation efforts elsewhere in the city.

It's been a great run in Center City, but I think I speak for many that look forward to owner Curt Decker, brewer Gordon Grubb, and the entire crew establishing something new and even better in one of the city's lauded neighborhoods. Here's a link to a trip down memory lane at Nodding Head with some words, pictures, and videos.

Coming Soon
A bit more current is the opening this coming week of City Tap House near Logan Circle in the former home Dock Street. [City Tap House]

And coming a bit further down the pike is the SawTown Tavern, part ownership coming from Mike "Scoats" Scotese of The Grey Lodge and Hop Angel Brauhaus. [Jack Curtin]

Interesting reading
This is just as germane, if not more so, today as it was over three years ago. The only one I can't really get behind is number ten. [Ding's Beer Blog]

I can vouch, as I think many can, for Calagione's continued relentless and passionate hands-on pursuit of great beer at Dogfish Head. [Dogfish Head]

Major Announcements
The arrival of the brewhouse in Ardmore means that Iron Hill is creeping toward opening its eleventh location in the next couple of months. [Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant]

Upcoming Events
This weekend sees a bunch of beer events around the region. A couple of big ones stick out. One in the city at Bishop's Collar (Sun.) and one just outside the city in Hulmeville at the Hulmeville Inn (Sat.)



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beer Calendar: What To Do in November 2014

Seems like it's right around this point each year where I comment something to the effect of how difficult it is to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. Beer festivals are ebbing, Beer Weeks have come and gone, and you're either cheering or bemoaning the segue from pumpkin beers to "Christmas beers".

By past monthly standards, this list feels just a bit light. 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. Oct. 30 through Sat. 11/1 - Halloween Weekend @Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 11/1 - Day of the Dead Brunch @The Cambridge in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 11/1 - Oktoberfest @Cannstatter Volksvest Verein in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-11 p.m.; $10-$12)
Sun. 11/2 - Day Of The Dead Brunch @Sancho Pistolas in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 11/2 - Founders and Bear Republic @Bishop's Collar in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 11/5 - Keep The Pint Night (Yards) @Mad Mex in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 11/6 - Om Nom Nom Beer Release @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Friday Night Tasting (Bell's) @Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 11/7 - First Friday (Lancaster Brewing) @The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 11/8 - Craft Beer Express @12 beer destinations in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $10 for the bus and $PAYG at each location.)
Sun. 11/9 - Chili Cook Off @The Cambridge in Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 11/9 - The DuClaw Big A$@ Brunch @City Tap House in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 11/11 - 4th Anniversary @Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 11/12 - Port Brewing & Lost Abbey Night @Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/14 - Friday Night Tasting (Fegley's) @Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 11/14 - Mad Elf/Happy You Night @Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 11/17 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Tröegs) @Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 11/21 - Friday Night Tasting (Captain Lawrence) @Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 11/22 - Sam Adams Limited Release Presents the Great Gingerbread Race @Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 11/24 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Firestone Walker) @Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Wed. 11/26 - Beer Tasting (Philadelphia Brewing) @Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Wed. 11/26 - Firkin Wednesday (Flying Fish) @Standard Tap in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 11/26 - U Buy The Glass Event (Weyerbacher) @The Abbaye in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/28 - Everything Went Black Friday @Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/28 - Friday Night Tasting (Magic Hat) @Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 11/1 - Punish Thy Liver Fest @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 11/6 - Lew Bryson Book Signing @Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Friday Night Sampling (Long Trail) @Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 11/7 - Movie Night @Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pa. (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 11/11 - Round Guys Tap Takeover @Guppy's in Conshohocken, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 11/12 - Cerberus II Beer Release @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Maple Shade, NJ (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 11/13 - Starr Hill Event @Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 11/13 - Ithaca Beer Draft Event @Capone's in Norristown, Pa. (6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/14 - Winter Warmer Beer Release @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Voorhees, NJ (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/14 - Friday Night Sampling (Goose Island) @Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 11/14 - Grudge Match Beer Release @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in North Wales, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/21 - Friday Night Sampling (Sierra Nevada) @Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 11/1 through Sat. 11/8 - Wilmington Beer Week @quality beer destinations around Wilmington, Del. (See website for complete and up-to-date listing of events.)
Sat. 11/1 - No Tricks Just Treats Pumpkin Multi-tap @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Lancaster, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 11/1 - Zombie Hopocalypse @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Phoenixville, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 11/2 - Stoudts Cyclocross Race @Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. (9 a.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 11/5 - Charity Cask Night (November's beer: TBA) @Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 11/6 - Embrace the Darkness Beer Release @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Newark, Del. (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 11/6 - Charity Cask Night (November's beer: TBA) @Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Incubus Friday @Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Marzipan Beer Release @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in West Chester, Pa. (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Hipp-O-Lantern Firkin Tapping @The Firkin Tavern in Ewing, NJ (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Happy Firkin Birthday, DirtWolf! @Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Friday Night Beer Tasting (Evolution) @Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Night of the Czar @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Wilmington, Del. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/7 - Beer Sampling (Tröegs) @Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 11/7 - Firkin Friday (Tröegs) @Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 11/9 - Sly Fox Cyclocross Race @Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. (7 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/14 - Dave Wilson and Dogfish @Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 11/15 - Tap Takeover @Coastal Blue in Diamond Beach, NJ (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 11/20 - Keep The Pint Night (Yards) @The Ugly Mutt in Oxford, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/21 - Third Friday Firkin Fest @Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 11/21 - Oatmeal Milk Stout Special Release @River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $15)
Sat. 11/29 - Thanksgiving Strong Ale Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for a dozen or so ales to cloud your mind and your judgement, so give thanks.)
Sun. 11/30 - Kick Off To Christmas (Beers!) @Isaac Newton's in Newtown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Thu. 11/6 - American Craft Brews @Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $47.98)
Wed. 11/12 - Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Flavas @Han Dynasty (Old City) in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $55)
Sat. 11/15 - Kildare's Manayunk Craft Beer and Irish Whiskey Festival @Kildare's Irish Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.-6 p.m.; $15-$40)
Wed. 11/19 - Brew & Chew @Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $20-$25)
Thu. 11/20 - Raise A Pint For North Light @Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $50-$75)
Sat. 11/29 - Winter Beer Fest @23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $10-$50)


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


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 11/1 - Battle of the Saisons @PA Renaissance Faire in Manheim, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25-$30)
Sat. 11/1 - Oktoberfest (In November!) @Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $50)
Wed. 11/5 - Beer Dinner @Rino's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Exton, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $39.95)
Fri. 11/7 - Autos & Ales @AACA Museum in Hershey, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $15-$45)
Sun. 11/9 - Wacker Brewing Launch @Pour in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-6 p.m.; $30)
Mon. 11/10 - East Meets West Beer Dinner @Ott's in Medford, NJ (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $55)
Tue. 11/11 - Fall Beer Dinner @Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Lancaster, Pa. (6 p.m.; $65)
Thu. 11/13 - Dogfish Dinner @Ruth's Chris in Princeton, NJ (6:30 p.m.; $80)
Sat. 11/15 - Parkesburg Brewery Tour @Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown/Parkesburg, Pa. (2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; $58)
Sat. 11/15 - Fall Chocolate Festival @Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $25-$30)
Sat. 11/15 - Brewphoria @Canal Street Pub & Restaurant in Reading, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $40)
Sun. 11/16 - Funk'n Sour @The Gables at Chadds Ford in Chadds Ford, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $20-$70)
Mon. 11/17 - Beer Dinner @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (6:30 p.m.; $TBD)
Fri. 11/21 - Great Brews Classic Beer Fest - Beer Pairing Dinner @Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $60)
Sat. 11/22 - Great Brews Classic Beer Fest @Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pa. (11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $10-$60)
Sat. 11/22 - A Taste Of Beer @Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (2 p.m.-6 p.m.; $40)
Mon. 11/24 - Beer School with Ithaca Brewing @Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. (5:30 p.m.; $27.50)




Friday, October 24, 2014

Beer News You Can Use, 10/24/2014




For your consumption, here's a mashup of what I've read, what I've heard, and what I've tasted in the past week. As I mentioned last week as I began to revitalize this feature, the primary focus will be on the greater Philadelphia region first, extending outward as it seems interesting or necessary.

Beer "of the week"
Sierra Nevada Tumbler. I don't recall how many years it's been now that Tumbler has been distributed to Pennsylvania, but after several years of thoroughly enjoying this beer, I'm pleased to see it continue to be sent within the variety case of fall-themed beers, including also the Oktoberfest, Lager, and Pale, each excellent in their own right.

This brown ale resists getting "all Americanized" with a big hop presence. Instead, it packs wonderful flavors of roasted and chocolate malts and is yet easy-drinking at 5.5% ABV with a moderate body weight. Solid brown ales, especially those leaning toward the classic English style, can be tough to come by in today's craft drinking US. Sierra Nevada flies in the face of the west coast hop-centric stereotype and delivers an enjoyable one.

Openings
2nd Story Brewing Company opened on this last Monday, October 21 in the former home of Triumph in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood. Had wondered if Patrick Jones had been spotted lately and Joe Sixpack reported that he consulted with John Wible at 2nd Story in getting thing up and running.

And, Devil's Pocket Food & Spirits opened in the split-level space that used to house Resurrection Ale House.

Coming Soon
On the heels of closing Resurrection Ale House, the owners are eyeing up a new place just blocks from Local 44. [Philly.com]

Closures
Joe Sixpack also reports that Crabby Larry's in Chalfont has closed. Not that much press coming from that neck of the woods in quite some time, so it will be interesting to see how the next project there — Tower Hill Brewery — fares. [JoeSixpack.net]

Interesting reading
I think beer geeks are expected to be so conditioned to respond with acrimonious vitriol. I don't think that's necessary. Sure, Chang says some things that don't necessarily sync with his role in food and beverage and I can't tell if he's more put off my "tasty beer" or the snobbery that surrounds it. What are your thoughts? [GQ.com]

Major Announcements
Green Flash finally broke ground on its planned 100,000-barrel production facility in Virginia Beach. [WAVY.com]

Significant Releases
Moving Parts 02 — "the ever-evolving IPA' — has just dropped from Victory. I should have some tasting notes in the near future. [VictoryBeer.com]

Upcoming Events
The annual fundraiser at Monk's Café tomorrow will have tongues wagging once again for a very good cause. Note that it's a cash-only event. [Monk's Café]

If tomorrow, instead, you're west of Philly, the Pick Fest in Boyertown sounds like a very, very good time — with an after-party at The Other Farm Brewing Company.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: October 23 - October 31

Let's close out this month with an eight-day calendar of rollicking beer events around the greater Philadelphia region.

When you plan for beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to 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.

Adamstown, Pa.
Sun. 10/26; 12 p.m. - Okotberfest @Stoudts Brewing Company ($8 admission + $PAYG for beer, live German music, dancing, and authentic German food.)

Ambler, Pa.
Sun. 10/26; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. - Sunday Supper: A Classic British Roast @Forest & Main ($25 for a family-style local, seasonal meal and optional special beer pairing.)
Fri. 10/31; 10 p.m. - Halloween @Forest & Main ($PAYG for fun and games, a costume contest judged by our brewers, and Halloween treats for everyone.)

Ardmore, Pa.
Fri. 10/31; 6:30 p.m. - All Hallow's Eve Beer Supper @Tired Hands ($100 for a five-course dinner served with Manananggl, GrassMan, Dobhar-chú, Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, Pope Lick Monster, Chupacabra, and Ahool, a Spooky Halloween Wine Barrel Fermented Dark Saison.)

Bear, Del.
Thu. 10/30; 5 p.m. - Tapping of the Great Pumpkin @Stewart's Brewing Company ($PAYG for a mischief night full of pumpkin beer.)

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 10/25; 7:30 p.m. - Boyertown Pickfest After Party @Other Farm Brewing Company ($5-$10 for the Pickfest's after party with American Roots music from West Chester to St. Louis.)

Bristol, Pa.
Sat. 10/25; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. - Hoppy Halloween Beer Fest @Broken Goblet Brewing Company ($5-$20 for beer from new and local breweries, food trucks, live music, Halloween-themed games, and costume contests.)

Downingtown, Pa.
Thu. 10/23; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. - Hop Ticket Harvest Ale Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Company ($65 for a dinner served with the release of wet-hopped Hop Ticket Harvest Ale.)

Hamilton, NJ
Sat. 10/25; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Central Jersey Beer Festival @Blend Bar & Bistro ($15-$55 for beer, a pig roast, live music, and more.)

Kennett Square, Pa., Newark, Del., and Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 10/23; 6 p.m. - Victory Triple Takeover @all three Two Stones Pubs ($PAYG for eight Victory beers at each location, including two limited beers. Candy and giveaways too.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 10/24; 1 p.m. - Diplomat Dunkel Beer Release @Iron Hill ($PAYG to celebrate Franklin & Marshall's homecoming with the release of this German dark lager.)
Sun. 10/26; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. - Barks & Beers @Pour ($PAYG for a dog buffet, dog ice bowls, and a specialty (people) food menu where a portion of sales will be donated to the Humane League of Lancaster County. Well-behaved and leashed pups welcome.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 10/23; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Free Will Night @Pinocchio's ($PAYG for beers from Free Will Brewing including Saison de Rose.)
Thu. 10/30; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Firestone Walker Night @Pinocchio's ($PAYG for beers from Firestone Walker.)

Newark, Del.
Sat. 10/25; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. - Hallowed Pumpkin Hill Multi-tap @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for eight pumpkin beers, three guest breweries, and one crazy pumpkin pie eating contest.)

North Wales, Pa.
Sat. 10/25; 4 p.m. - Bruce-Camp Ale Beer Release @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG as in conjunction with Life is Good tapping of the Great Pumpkin 8K Run, we are releasing our Belgian-style pumpkin ale.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays in October - Brewery of the Month @Old Eagle Tavern ($PAYG to enjoy month-long specials on beers from Free Will.)
Thu. 10/23; 4 p.m. - Pumpkin Head @Standard Tap ($PAYG for a huge variety of pumpkin beer on draft and for $10 you can drink them out of a hollowed-out, pint sized pumpkin. Refills are only $2.)
Thu. 10/23; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - Samuel Adams Limited Release Great Pumpkin Carving Competition @Kite & Key ($PAYG for various Pumpkin-flavored suds as well as several Samuel Adams limited release ales for this competition. Prizes will be awarded for top 3 carved pumpkins and of course we will be smashing the worst.)
Thu. 10/23; 9 p.m. - Joketoberfest @Kennett ($PAYG for a lineup of Allagash beers including White, Black, and Hugh Malone. The jokes are free.)
Fri. 10/24; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting @Bell Beverage ($Free tasting samples of winning beers from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival and Joe Sixpack helping to pour.)
Fri. 10/24; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Beer Sampling @Bottles Packs and Growlers ($Free tasting samples of beers from Victory.)
Sat. 10/25; 12 p.m. - Russian River Framboise For The Cure Fundraiser @Monk's Café ($PAYG for this cash-only event featuring Russian River Brewing Company's "Framboise for the Cure". 100% of the sales of the draft and bottles of this special beer goes directly to charity. We'll also have additional beers from Russian River pouring for this event.)
Sun. 10/26; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. - Ladies Brunch @McCrossen's Tavern ($TBD and more details to come.)
Mon. 10/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour @Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free samples of beer from Susquehanna Brewing.)
Wed. 10/29; 7 p.m. - Farm to Bar Harvest Edition @Jerry's Bar ($65 for a four-course event as a celebration of local businesses, especially local fruits, vegetables, and beers.)
Thu. 10/30; 5 p.m. - Mischief Night with Lost Abbey and Port Brewing @American Sardine ($PAYG for a diabolical line-up of Lost Abbey and Port Brewing brews including Lost Abbey's first-ever pumpkin beer, Avante Gourde, crazy-rare, brewery-only Framboise de Amorosa, wet-hopped Port Brewing High Tide, and Older Viscosity among many others. Costumes will be welcomed and rewarded, and we'll be TPing the backyard.)
Thu. 10/30 through Sat. 11/1 - Halloween Pumpkin Bash @Devil's Den ($PAYG for all things Halloween, fall, and pumpkin.)
Fri. 10/31; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting @Bell Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Saucony Creek.)
Fri. 10/31; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Round Guys Halloween Party @Grey Lodge ($PAYG with Dead Souls Pumpkin Porter on tap and prizes for costumes.)
Fri. 10/31 - Scott Wasabi's Phlavortown @South Philadelphia Tap Room ($PAYG for a full menu of really cold craft beers and mixologist-created kraft kocktails. Jack-O-Lantern winners announced at 9 p.m.)

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 10/31; 5 p.m. - Friday Night Beer Tasting @Washington House ($PAYG for an assortment of this year's best pumpkin beers.)

Voorhees, NJ
Fri. 10/24; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - Undead Black IPA Beer Release @Iron Hill ($PAYG for an IPA that is lightly roasty and toasty with moderate bitterness. In conjunction with Voorhees Town Center's Thriller Night.)

Westmont, NJ
Thu. 10/30; 6 p.m. - Neshaminy Creek Mischief Night @The Pour House ($PAYG for Neshaminy Creek's CIPA, Shape of Hops, Tribute Tripel, Churchville, Trauger, Punkless Dunkel, and a firkin of Punkless Dunkel with Maple Syrup and Coffee Beans.)

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 10/23; 6 p.m. - Yards Tap Takeover @Ulysses Gastropub ($PAYG for some of our most recent and perhaps more delicious brews.)