Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A prelude to Philly Beer Week 2016 - t minus 9 days


Let's keep the 2016 spirit of Philly Beer Week alive by going back to the first one in 2008. Some pictures, if you please. Of the many hundreds squirreled away in my electronic cardboard boxes, here are a few that stood out.

First up, a couple of gentlemen you may have seen during Philly Beer Week 2008 that are no longer with us - Ray Deter from dba in NYC and New Orleans and Jay Misson of Triumph Brewing Company.



Then, a man who has only graced a few beer events in Philly through the years. Armand Debelder talking about his 3 Fonteinen beers from Beersel, Belgium during a beer dinner at Monk's Cafe. Legendary stuff indeed.


Lastly, a flashback to my first Philly Beer Week organized run. I called it Philly Beer Run and followed a short route and longer route from the Art Museum to Dock Street in West Philly, which was rather new at that point. Thanks to the temperamental Mother Nature and a nor'easter, the run was postponed from the first Saturday to the second Saturday of PBW. In the early years, PBW was held in March, hence the warmer-looking running clothes.




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A prelude to Philly Beer Week 2016 - t minus 10 days


Honestly, I'm still working on building a PBW 2016 Playbook to which I'll attempt to adhere from June 3 - June 12. While I do, however, I'll be delivering to you some goodies, call them blasts from the past. I've got boxes - both literal stacked boxes as well as electronic boxes - full of documents and images from the last 25 years or so of beer around Philly and the mid-Atlantic region. Each day leading up to the Hammer of Glory Relay and Opening Tap on June 3, I'll share something with you. Could be from a previous PBW or just some random nugget from the past related to beer in and around the city.

Today, I'll begin with what I just unearthed yesterday - a Bastille Day Menu from Cuvee Notredame. Food, beer, bubbles, dogs, al fresco, sabering at the corner of 17th & Green Streets was an annual occurrence. The year this menu is from, 2000, I recall Michel Notredame telling me he believed he did nearly 250 canine covers that night! St. Stephen's Green now sits at this Spring Garden neighborhood corner, and Notredame had left the country in 2003 and passed away in 2011. For a time, however, it was one of the city's destinations for good food and beverage and a good time.

Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) and World Beer Cup (WBC) came to Philly

For a full slideshow of CBC/WBC pictures, click here.

If you follow me on social media, then you know I was wrapped up in the CBC/WBC crush that took over Philly for five days earlier this month. But no one quite knows if it was five days, four, three, six, or.... Point is, there was a lot happening and I found my way into the midst of both with media credentials and as interested consumer.

If you only read my stuff exclusively on here, you'd likely have no idea. If I could explain the madness of the last six weeks for me both personally and professionally, you might begin to understand my tardiness on this subject. Or you might not care that much. Suffice to say, I've been incredibly busy.

Enough with the excuses though. Let's see if I can deal with a wrap-up of CBC/WBC in an expedient fashion so we can move on to the topic of Philly Beer Week and an assortment of other tasty goodies.

In a city overrun with thousands of beer industry professionals, hundreds of quality beer venues, and dozens of both public and private events, it was near impossible to see everyone I thought I might. One thing I learned quite quickly is that CBC is much easier to cover/follow and be a part of when it's not occurring in your hometown. Here following is my meager attempt to absorb and regurgitate the tiniest fraction of what transpired during CBC/WBC.


Allow me first to bring attention to the medal winners of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.

DE - Silver - Iron Hill (Wilmington) - Double Red Ale - Valentinus IPA
   -always a favorite location of mine for being by the water and the ballpark.
NJ - Gold - Kane (Ocean) - Wood & Barrel-aged Strong Stout - A Night To End All Dawns
   -one of NJ's finest; a must-visit (and a must-find beer if you can) when near the central NJ shore points.
NJ - Bronze - Departed Soles (Jersey City) - Gluten-Free Beer - A Dark Night
   -these guys were just coming on line when my book was released, so they're in the appendix. honestly didn't know how the gluten-free beers would play. looks like they're off to a good start.
PA - Gold - Iron Hill (Lancaster) - Belgian-style Tripel - Bedotter
   -this gold follows up a 2014 GABF silver medal for Bedotter.
PA - Gold - Lancaster Brewing (Lancaster) - American-style Black Lager - Jump Seat Black Lager
   -love seeing the "old-timers" still taking the stage, esp. for lager brewing for which the region is so well-regarded.
PA - Gold - Stoudts (Adamstown) - German-style Bock or Maibock - Maibock
   -suppose I can simply ditto the last comment. such a solid and deserving beer.
PA - Gold - Susquehanna (Pittston) - Fruit Beer - Shady Spot
   -they've got some classics going on outside of Scranton. they took a bronze at GABF in 2015 for their Goldencold Lager and now this.
PA - Silver - Conshohocken Brewing (Conshohocken) - Classic English-style Pale Ale - Puddler's Row ESB.
   -not long after discovering this a couple years ago, became a regular and a top 5 beer in the region in my playbook. also, amongst the 20 beers to try when in Philly for CBC, just sayin'.
PA - Silver - Iron Hill (Media) - Aged Beer - Solzhenitsyn
   -I don't know what a Solzhenitsyn is, but it's now one of two WBC silver medal winning beers for Media location of this perennial powerhouse.
PA - Silver - Iron Hill (Media) - British-style Imperial Stout - Russian Imperial Stout
   -speaking of perennial, this beer keeps on winning. maybe it will make America great again. depending which location actually put its name on the submitted beer, if my count is accurate, this is the tenth award (GABF or WBC) for this beer at the Media location in the past ten years and the fourth WBC in a row (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016).
PA - Silver - Iron Hill (West Chester) - Coffee Beer - Overload Stout
   -Tim Stumpf has moved over to West Chester from Phoenixville and, while I'm not sure if his stamp was on this beer, I wouldn't be surprised. This makes five awards for the Iron Hill Family at WBC 2016.
PA - Silver - Roundabout (Pittsburgh) - Old Ale or Strong Ale - Heini's Good Cheer
   -just stopped here in April. my third visit over the past couple years. really like what they're doing here and apparently the judges agree.
PA - Bronze - Straub (St. Mary) - German-Style Koelsch - Straub Kolsch
   -one of my favorite visits while researching my book. hopefully this is on the Eternal Tap.
PA - Bronze - Spring House (Lancaster) - Chocolate Beer - Kerplunk! Imperial Chocolate Stout
   -this might be considered one of Spring House's more "normal" beers. that makes three medals for Lancaster-area breweries.


- Monday, 5/2 - Local breweries Free Will (John Stemler) and McKenzie Brew House (Nate Walter) teamed up with Trinity Brewing (Jason Yester) from Colorado on a base beer that they all treated a bit differently. "Saison Delivery" was unveiled at Khyber Pass and all three breweries were in attendance. Probably should have read that the three ABVs were all in the 9-11% ballpark before having one of each.

Nonetheless, a solid plate of food (as is always expected at the Khyber) helped mitigate the impact. Loaded up the car with visiting judges from France and Belgium and headed across town Kite & Key where New Belgium had just wrapped up its night where its Beer Rangers all met up along with 14 beers from the Fort Collins, CO industry-leading brewery.

After a couple of tasties - including Eric's Ale, Love Felix, and Le Terroir - we headed off to Alla Spina, which played host each night of CBC to a pairing of a local brewery and out-of-town brewery. This night, it was Yards and Weyerbacher (old-timers) hooking up with 2SP (newcomer) for a "Local Jawns" night to kick things off. If the first night was any indication, Alla Spina pulled off a really nice after hours base camp throughout the week.


- Tuesday, 5/3 - On my way to pick up my media credentials at the Convention Center, it seemed prudent to duck into Kite & Key once more to see the Firestone Walker crew and check out this Krieky Bones beer (Flanders Red) that I'd heard plenty of good stuff about. True to the madness of CBC week, however, no one seemed to stay in any one place for too long, often double- or triple-booked throughout the days/nights.

The FW crew was already gone from its scheduled lunch event, but that allowed me to make new friends with their neighbors in San Luis Obispo, Central Coast and its owner George Peterson. This was a nice introduction, given that they later won a gold medal for its Lucky Day IPA out of 118 entries in the category for American-Style Strong Pale Ale.

The Krieky Bones beer from FW? An out-of-the-park WOW beer and so glad that I made the 20 minute stop. Off to get credentials, bump into a few friendly faces, and then on to Johnny Brenda's where the Brotherly Suds official CBC beer was being unveiled to the media. All the brewers involved (Sly Fox, Iron Hill, Yards, Flying Fish, Victory, Stoudts, and Tröegs) were all on stage for a 15-minute press conference discussing the beer and their take on the current state of the industry.

One more quick stop at City Tap House by Logan Circle for the Bell's Eccentric Cafe makeover event and I was off to the Opening Reception at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Other than a fantastic lineup of Bell's beers and a few menu items from their Kalamazoo-based cafe, not much to say about the event except there was no doubt word had gotten out about the event. Fortunately, old friends (and I say that in the most appreciative way) Bill and Rebecca had a table and I was able to share it for 30 minutes and a couple beers.

The Art Museum, however, is where the most fantastic event of the day was held. What a great job they did in showcasing one of the city's - and world's - gems. Not only did conference-goers get to drink and eat with spectacular views of the city, they were able to explore the museum which was open for wandering, complete with beer stations that could be found in some of the remote corners of the museum.

If you wandered, you were likely to find some of our local breweries pouring beers in addition to random conversations between, say, Tom Baker (Earth Bread + Brewery; Bar Hygghe/Brewery Techne) and Peter Bouckaert (New Belgium). Because enough just is never enough, one last stop took me to Bishop's Collar, a very easy few blocks of walking from the front steps of the Art Museum. Let's see - Dogfish Head drafts for $3; a packed house; Jimmy Meirs (ex-Origlio) on guitar; Corey Reid (Sly Fox) on drums; and Joanna Manzo (ex-Smuttynose, new to Austin Eastciders) channeling her inner Prince on the microphone. Twas a great day and a better night.


- Wednesday, 5/4 - This was the only full day I took off from the day job to attend. Really wanted to hear the industry remarks from the Brewers Association as well as the keynote address from Billy Beane. Nothing like intersecting three of my passions - baseball, statistics, and beer.

Some key takeaways/quotes worth sharing here with you include:
  -"2,000 attendees in 2006. 13,000+ in 2016. 40,000 sq. ft. of exhibiting space then. 500,000+ sq. ft. this year with 835 vendors. Now more than 4,400 breweries and 120,000 employed by the 'craft segment'. " (Bob Pease, President & CEO at Brewers Association)
  -"State of the Union of Beer is strong...but." (Pease)
  -"Can not. Must not rest on laurels. Landscape is changing rapidly. Storm clouds are out there." (Pease)
  -"The big guys are disrupting the original disrupters...limiting access to the market." (Pease)
  -"The TTB is underfunded...needs to modernize and be able to better meet small brewer needs" (Pease)
  -"Early on, the challenges were ignorance and inertia. Now, challenge is to call out those that blur the lines between large multinational and small/independent. Must continue to educate the consumer" (Pease)
  -"Three major initiatives at Brewers Association: #1 remind the market meriting more consideration is cold storage, menu placement, food pairing #2 American Craft Beer Week and #3 the new National Museum of American History Brewing Program" (Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director at Brewers Association)
  -"What we all do is bigger than any one's effort...it's collective" (Herz)
  -"BA doesn't define what a craft beer is, just what a craft brewer is" (Rob Tod, Chairman of the Board at Brewers Association)
  -"If you fall outside the BA definition of small, independent, then you are different" (Tod)
  -"You have access to raw ingredients, access to distribution in retail, to capacity, to economies of scale that small independent do not" (Tod)
  -"Even if a few dozen breweries leave the BA because of ownership change, etc. they'll be fine with their ability to survive and does not change the BA" (Tod)
  -"Ranks are swelling; it is important it is to stick together; we "own" the term craft" (Tod)
  -"The definition matters, it matters more than ever" (Tod)
  -"One of smallest teams, just like small beer...is limited by marketplace and revenue streams like small beer..is challenged to innovate to survive....but must thrive like small beer" (Billy Beane, EVP of Oakland A's)
  -"Sometimes need to change traditional business models. Sometimes outsiders, fresh eyes can bring new approaches....new ideas, no secrets, just reusing common knowledge" (Beane)
  -"Need to properly price the right skills. Don't just analyze the outcome of an event, but the dynamics of the event in motion" (Beane)
  -"Innovate by taking advantage of the gap between traditional approach and new ways" (Beane)

Then it was off to exploring the trade show, full of vendors showcasing everything you could fit into 500,000 square feet of convention hall space - gaskets, coasters, kettles, labels, software, grain, hops, etc. etc. etc. And if the endless aisles of demos and exhibitors was not enough, there were plenty of beverage stops sprinkled amongst the booths. A full inventory was not possible on my limited time, but that didn't stop me from enjoying Two Rivers Bankers Brown (local to the Lehigh Valley), Russian River Supplication (on the other coast in Santa Rosa, Calif.), and beers from Yards to Noble Ale Works to Dogfish Head and Surly.

I needed to make fast work of the Exhibition Hall if I was going to make it to the unveiling of the Beer Camp beers for 2016 from Sierra Nevada a few blocks away at Time Restaurant. Here was a chance to meet up with other beer journalists including longtime friend and Berks County escapee Jay Brooks as well as many of the brewers and reps involved in this year's Beer Camp beers - Devils Backbone (Jason Oliver, Jennie Hatton-Baver, Scott Baver); Maui Brewing (Garrett Marrero); Sierra Nevada (Ken Grossman, Brian Grossman, and Terence Sullivan); Magnolia (Dave McLean); and Stoudts (Carol Stoudt).

One more stop took me clear across town to West Philly where Dock Street was holding a reunion brewing day and invited me to stop by. For the brewing of Dunkel Lager (a throwback beer, if you will, to the brewpub's early days on 18th Street), current brewers Vince Desrosiers, Mark Russell, and Sasha Ware-Certo played host to former Dock Street brewers including Will Kemper, Chris LaPierre, and Victor Novak. Pizza and beers at one of my favorite Philly brewing establishments was the perfect way to close out my abbreviated day in Philly. Well, that and a quick Conshohocken Brewing Rye Porter at Bridgewater's Pub in 30th Street Station prior to catching the train - my typical M.O.


- Thursday, 5/5 - At first, this was to be a day/night to take care of household chores, yardwork, and preparing for a weekend that would take me to Texas at the end of it. But instead I was invited by Fishtown Beer Runners and Philadelphia Brewing Company to setup shop and sell some books as three running clubs of more than 150 runners ran through the city and wound up at the landmark Kensington brewery.

It turned out to be a beautiful night to be outdoors and the beers from Philly Brewing (plus, Commonwealth Ciders, also made on site) in addition to the guest Mikkeller and Sawdust City beers from Denmark and Canada, respectively, plus food trucks Mom-Mom's and Sum Pig knocking out solid plates of food made it all the better.

Relative newcomer, Martha, sits just at the end of the block from PBC, so in 45 seconds from packing up at PBC (and grabbing a growler of a longtime favorite - Fleur de Lehigh, a springtime harbinger), I was checking out the acclaimed newcomer to the neighborhood and Philly bar scene. Jester King, Tired Hands, and Green Bench were pouring their highly sought-after geek-droolworthy beers and the crowd certainly came out for them.

Finally for the first time during CBC, I bumped into Jared from PhillyTapFinder.com as well as Kevin Brooks from Shelton Brothers. This was pretty much the typical path through CBC - pick a place to go that either you're interested in for place, beer, or people or that you know at least one or more others will be at, see you else you meet along the way, and then see where the night takes you next.

Case in point. Once a couple of these expensive beers were consumed, it was a chance bump-in with Arthur Etchells (Philly Mag/Foobooz) that had me giving him a ride to Sancho Pistola's on my way to Industry for the Iron Hill event. Except there was the rare spotting of a parking spot directly in front of Sancho's front door, so obviously that's a sign. We pop out of the car, in through the front door, to find seats magically open up before us at the crowded bar. Needless to say, I wasn't going anywhere else as there turned out to be beers from 21st Amendment on special and Brussels Sprouts Tacos coming from the kitchen. Boom! Night made.


- Friday, 5/6 - All I really had on my mind for the last official night of CBC was getting to the presentation of the World Beer Cup awards to take as many photographs as possible. And I did. Plus had the opportunity to sample a few of the many dozen "leftover" beers from judging that were being poured outside the convention hall space where the awards were being presented.

Across the stage, I was able to witness (and for change, do a pretty decent job at photographing) the dozens of breweries from both my own backyard to breweries around the world such as in China and Vietnam. The looks of joy, however, were universal and you can never be happy enough to see joy and satisfaction that getting recognized for your work brings.

Before the ceremony, though, I had time for a quick hour or so at U-Bahn, the subterranean bar beneath Brü Craft & Wurst where the Tröegs family was hosting one last soiree. Gave me a chance to get some complimentary vittles in addition to the new Double Blizzard of Hops (Scratch #233), Gose (Scratch #235), and Barrel-aged Troegenator (from the Splinter Series) before embarking on the rest of the evening.

The Brothers Trogners then departed for home in central PA, perhaps foreshadowing of a rare no-show on the awards stage. But, with a four-beer limit per brewing establishment allowed in the judging competition and, in 2016, 1,907 breweries entering 6,596 beers in 96 categories, winning an award has never been more difficult.

After the ceremony, only by chance I finally bumped into longtime beer writing friends Gail Williams and Steve Shapiro (Celebrator Magazine, Beer by BART, and other outlets) from San Francisco. They asked where to go next, so I hailed a car and pointed us in the direction of Devil's Den - home to the Sour Beer Invitational event.

Lots pouring including our consensus favorites Free Will Sour Cherry Powered Rocket and others from Wicked Weed, Trinity, and Epic. Just as the crowd began to swell with conference-goers finally getting out on the town, we picked up another car ride to The Cambridge. This was a perfect ending to my evening as we met up with some other longtime friends, California brewers Arne Johnson (Marin) and James Costa (Half Moon Bay).

Without the overwhelming crush of an official event going on, we were able to enjoy some post-CBC/WBC rehash (congrats to Arne and his Airporter Chocolate Porter for a silver medal out of 80 entries in Chocolate Beer category), a few more beers, and some shared plates of food. What a perfect ending to a whirlwind night.


- Saturday, 5/7 - How to decompress and come down from a great showing that the city, the Brewers Association, and the conference attendees put on in Philly (too bad Mother Nature didn't play along by putting her own best foot forward)? Naturally, with a beer and cereal pairing.

As the early part of my week began with Joanna Manzo at beer event on Tuesday, so it ended on Saturday at McCrossen's with what I later learned would be her last beer event with Smuttynose. She has since gone on to step into the role of PA/NJ District Manager for Austin Eastciders.

Coincidences of all coincidences, I had on the following week when I was in Plano, TX. Back to McCrossen's in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philly - my old stomping grounds 15-20 years ago. They were always a nice destination, a bit of a throwback, but now with an updated kitchen, menu, and bar it's all the more reason to check them out again.

I love my beer and I love my cereal, the way Jerry Seinfeld loves his cereal. So this was a natural combination for me to check out. I've had beer 99 different ways and paired with everything from sushi to hula hoops. This was a first with cereal.

For the record, the Cocoa Puffs and The Stallion American Imperial Stout stole the show. Otherwise, it was a steady crowd of post-CBC/WBC reveling, shaking off the cobwebs with an ol' bit of the hair of the dog.

Then, once again, because enough is never enough, I made the last stop one of opportunity. Found a spot directly outside Crime & Punishment and finally checked them out in person for the first time. They're in the appendix of my book as an up-and-coming brewery.


Now I can say I've been there and tasted the good stuff first hand. Their stock has been growing and I believe that part of that value is in the location. A nice and comfortable 7-barrel brewery on Girard Avenue. And they serve Little Baby’s Ice Cream Sandwiches which happen to go quite nicely with the Gulag Uprising. The flagship The Grod Inquisitor is pretty darn good too. So for a recap, that's beer, cereal, beer, ice cream, beer. Not bad for a Saturday. Plus, got to play local tour guide one last time during the random bump-in to the good people from Binghamton Brewing Company, who just happened to be hitting up Crime & Punishment as their one last Philly stop before heading back to New York.

And on Sunday, I rested. Well, I busted out two yards worth of mowing and prepared to leave for Dallas. And, rested. Sort of.

You could ask a few dozen of your friends in the industry and I bet you'd get almost as many versions of how they took in CBC/WBC. From Kensington to South Philly, I heard nothing but praise for Philly and its presentation from both sides of the bar. Owners, brewers, bartenders marveled at the throngs and how they got out beyond the core convention center area. Out-of-town visitors were glassy-eyed both from the beer and their impression of Philly's rich beer and bar culture.

Well done Philly, well done indeed. See you for Philly Beer Week I presume.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Local beers to drink this week during Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia


With nearly 150 events confirmed to take place during the next week during Craft Brewers Conference/World Beer Cup in Philly, there's no shortage of places to go and things to drink around town. Industry professionals will be hunkered down at the Convention Center (unless of course they have a good excuse to sneak away) and consumers will be chasing them and their beers at bars all around the city.

I've been keeping a running list of confirmed events over here via this link.

But, what about the local brewing scene? I haven't done an exact calculation for how many of these events are focused exclusively on out-of-state - some licensed just for the week - but my unscientific calculation shows a very large percentage.

So what about our local breweries? I put together a list. I know, I know. Another list. But this one I believe will help you more than the average internet list of things.

Check out the list of Top 20 beers for visiting conference-goers to find when in Philly during the next week. And, if you're here already, you're in luck and have a head-start on everyone else. Remember, too, to use PhillyTapFinder.com for up-to-date draft lists.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 28 - April 30

Just a few things (!) on the calendar here around Philly as we close out the month of April with these last three days of events. After Saturday, all eyes, ears, and beers will turn to the nearly 15,000 industry professionals that will descend upon the city for the annual Craft Brewers Conference. I'll need to get a list of open-to-the-public events to share with you. Should be quite a scene.

I'll continue to stick a quick plug here pointing you to: a) my publisher; b) Amazon.com; c) BarnesAndNoble.com. As always, I thank you for your continued support.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. 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.


Adamstown, Pa.
Sat. 4/30; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — IPA Brew Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company [Kick off your spring with live music from The Octavia Blues Band, a fresh buffet, and fantastic craft beer.  $35-$40]

Cherry Hill, NJ
Sat. 4/30; 12 p.m. — Cake-Over & Craft Bazaar at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company [Featuring Funnel Cake variants and a craft bazaar with unique vendors.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; 6:30 p.m. — Best of the Locals Beer Dinner at The Drafting Room [Five-course dinner paired with beers from Crowded Castle, Tired Hands, Sole Artisan Ales, Free Will Brewing, Fegley's Brew Works, and 2SP.  $59]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/22-Sat. 4/30; All day — Harrisburg Beer Week at Harrisburg Beer Week [A nine-day, multi-venue series showcasing breweries, restaurants, pubs, and more through craft beer-centric events, demonstrations, and education. See website for up-to-date calendar of official events.  $Varies]
Sat. 4/30; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Little Big Beer Fest at Appalachian Brewing Company [30+ beers to sample. 100% of proceeds go to Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services.  $30]

Kulpsville, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; All day — Starr Hill King of Hops Flights at CJ's Doghouse [Enjoy the taste of some great variants of King of Hops.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Green Flash Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Green Flash.  $PAYG]

Merchantville, NJ Sat. 4/30; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Spring Fest at Blue Monkey Tavern [List of beers will be posted once we have it finalized.  $35]

Norristown, Pa. Thu. 4/28; 5:30 p.m. — Deschutes Draft Event at Capone's [Abyss variation pours.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; 3 p.m. — PA Breweries Night at Barcade [An evening of the Finest Brews from The Keystone State.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/29; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — British Ales with Joe Sixpack at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from the UK served up with an appearance by Joe Sixpack.  $Free]
Fri. 4/29; 5 p.m. — Ommegang / Blvd Tasting at Bottle Bar East [Beers from Ommegang and Boulevard.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/29; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Finally Friday Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Sample some of our favorite varieties from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company.  $Free]
Sat. 4/30; 3 p.m. — PA Breweries Night at Barcade [Please join us for an evening of the finest brews from The Keystone State.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/30; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Belgian Beer Experience at Philly Beer School [We’ll taste through the famous, and not-so-famous, beer styles of Belgium, including Strong Golden Ales, Wild Fermented Lambics, Monk brews, and more.  $49.98]

Pottstown, Pa.
Sat. 4/30; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pottstown Firkin Festival at Manatawny Park [The Pottstown Firkin Fest offers an impressive array of 42 firkins, crafted by 24 of the top local and regional breweries in the craft brewing world. This all-VIP event is limited to 500 VIP sampling guests.  $25-$75]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 4/30; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — S.I.P. Fest at Canal Street Pub [SIP Fest breweries provide a cask conditioned beer AND a draft beer. Canal Street Pub will create a food pairing for each of the cask offerings that will be available for the first hour of SIP Fest.  $45]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 4/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Meet Yvan De Baets from Brasserie De la Senne at Teresa's Next Door [We will have a few of his elegant brews on tap for you to try.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 4/30; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Delaware on the Deck Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us as we open our deck and tap some special beers from Iron Hill and twelve Delaware breweries.  $PAYG]



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 21 - April 27

Let's skip the superlatives this week and just let the calendar below speak for itself.

I'll continue to stick a quick plug here pointing you to: a) my publisher; b) Amazon.com; c) BarnesAndNoble.com. As always, I thank you for your continued support.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. 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.


Chambersburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Tap Takeover at Good Ta Go [Join Brewery Rep Kevin as he takes over the taps. There will be a special Makers Mark Barrel of Exit 4.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa. 
Wed. 4/27; 6 p.m. — Chicken & Waffles with Founders Brewing at Fingers Wings & Other Things [Special drafts and bottles of KBS. $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 4/22; All weekend — Game of Thrones Weekend at The Drafting Room [Featuring beers from Ommegang's Game of Thrones series.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/22-Sat. 4/30; All day — Harrisburg Beer Week at better beer venues all around the Harrisburg region [A nine-day, multi-venue series showcasing breweries, restaurants, pubs, and more through craft beer-centric events, demonstrations, and education. See website for up-to-date calendar of official events.  $Varies]
Sat. 4/23; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — PA Flavor at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex [This event brings together up to 40 Pennsylvania breweries along with 20 PA Preferred food producers and 20 PA Preferred restaurants in a unique sampling event.  $20-$75]

Horsham, Pa.
Wed. 4/27; 7 p.m. — St. Bernardus Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey [A four-course meal served with St. Bernardus' Abt 12, Blanche, Prior, Tripel, and Oak-aged Abt 12.  $65]

Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Sat. 4/23; 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Tap into Spring with Team WMMR at Barren Hill Brewing Company [Join Team WMMR and Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery and get ready to Tap into Spring — a fun 25-30 mile ride for all levels, benefitting the American Cancer Society, starting and ending at Barren Hill. Includes the ride, buffet and select beverages.  $25]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 5 p.m. — Half Acre Night at Hunger N Thirst [Amazing beers from Half Acre Beer Company.   $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 4/25; 5:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner with Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company at Bulls Head Public House [Four beers from Neshaminy Creek served with four courses of food.  $35]

Newtown, Pa.
Sat. 4/23; All day — Ballast Point Brewing Event at Isaac Newton's [Save the date.  $PAYG]

Newtown Square, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ship Bottom Tap Takeover and DelCo Debut of Blueberry Bikini Bottom Wheat at Double Edge Sports Grille [Meet the Brewer, Rob, who will be here to talk beer with you and to tell you all about his new brewery opening this June in Beach Haven, NJ.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Boaks Retirement Draft Party at Capone's [Beers to commemorate the end of the run for Boaks Beer from NJ.  $PAYG]

Paoli, Pa.
Fri. 4/22; All weekend — Game of Thrones Weekend at Redhound Grille [There will be dinner and drink specials inspired by Westeros and its Inhabitants and the very special Ommegang Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat on tap.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Two Roads: 500 Years of Reinheitsgebot — Beer Purity Party at Hop Angel Brauhaus [On tap will be all of Two Roads's German style beers, all* of which conform to the Reinheitsgebot (or else we would have to call this event something else).   $PAYG]
Thu. 4/21-Sun. 4/24; All weekend — St George's Day — A Weekend Celebration of English Beers at Devil's Den [More details to come.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/22; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Leinenkugel Brewing Company at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Leinenkugel Brewing Company.  $Free]
Fri. 4/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Capt. Lawrence Tasting at Bottle Bar East [Tasting the Grapefruit cans.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/23; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon, and Blues Craft Beer Fest at Manayunk Brewing Company [4+ hours of tastings of craft beers and bourbons. We'll also have whole pig pulled pork, and lively blues to keep the day going.  $20-$60]
Sat. 4/23; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Fruit Beer and Cider Festival at The Institute [Sampling of some of the best fruit beers and ciders around.  $45]
Sat. 4/23; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — Stiftungsfest at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein [Music, beer, dancing, food, and prizes on the 500th anniversary of the Bayrische Reinheitsgebot. $10-$12]
Sun. 4/24; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. — Game Of Thrones Season 6 Premiere at The Institute [We will start the day off with season 5 and show all the episodes leading up to the premier of season 6. This event wouldn't be complete without an Ommegang Brewing Tap Takeover.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/25; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Happy Hour with Captain Lawrence at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Captain Lawrence.  $Free]
Tue. 4/26; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tappings at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Bear Republic Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/27; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Shake Shack “In Da Cart" at Garage [For one night only, Garage is serving up the limited-edition Super Fry Frickle Dog and served alongside ice-cold pints of Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister Ale made available by Brooklyn Brewery and Garage.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa. Fri. 4/22-Sun. 4/24; All weekend — SRT Spreekend at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Celebrating the Schuylkill River Trail and the release of SRT Ale. See website for list of events around the region focused on the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 5 p.m. — Mikkeller Flight Night at Liberty Taproom [Come join us at the Taproom for a flight of four incredible beers from one of our favorite gypsy brewers.  $PAYG]

Southampton, Pa.
Tue. 4/26; 6:30 p.m. — Doylestown Brewing Beer Dinner at Steam [Five-course meal paired with five beers from Doylestown Brewing Company.  $45]

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 4/23; 3 p.m. — Smile For The Camera! at Levante Brewing Company [We want you to mass with us and our entire team in our parking lot, we'll give you a free beer from a special, limited release beer that day and have you look up at the sky, smile, raise your glass and say, "Elevate Your Craft!"...or maybe just say "Cheese!"  $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Sun. 4/24; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. — Craft Beer & Yoga at Chatty Monks [A 1 hour yoga class followed by a glass of beer or cider of your choice. Includes a light continental breakfast.  $30]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 4/23; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live [Featuring 3rd Wave Brewing Company. Two of the best things on earth paired together in unexpected and delicious ways. Bring your vegetarian friends, too — we can accommodate them on all pairings.  $40]
Tue. 4/26; 7 p.m. — Brewers of Delaware Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Head Chef David Foster and Head Brewer Justin Sproul invite you to try five courses paired with beers from five different Delaware brewers.  $65]
Wed. 4/27; 7 p.m. — Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Hotel du Pont [An elegant evening of food and beer pairings in the opulent Christina Room.  $60]



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Craft Brewers Conference/World Beer Cup 2016: Where To Drink/What To Do in Philadelphia


NOTE: My original commentary from 4/20/16 has been moved to the bottom to get you to the event listings faster.

Our local breweries and bars are not rookies in putting together events throughout the year. Here's what's on tap thus far and open to the public from May 2-7. It's where you'll get to drink some of the area's and country's finest beers and rub elbows with some of the industry's brightest. Of course, as usual, please let me know if I'm missing anything.

(Find my top recommendations, as of 4/22, over at this link)

Alla Spina
  Wed. May 4Happy Hour with Goose Island
  Thu. May 5Sour Happy Hour with Almanac Beer Co.

American Sardine Bar
  Wed. May 4Coronado
  Thu. May 5Cinco de Mayo w/ Ballast Point

Bainbridge Street Barrel House
  Mon. May 2Hosting Saltwater Brewery
  Tue. May 3Hosting Shelton Brothers Importers and their UK brewers and beers
  Thu. May 5Hosting Lakefront Brewery and Sprecher Brewing
  Thu. May 5Hosting Bruery and Bruery Terreux
  Fri. May 6Hosting Bunker Brewing and Finback
  Sat. May 7Hosting Voodoo Brewery

BarLy
  Mon. May 2St. Benjamin Event
  Tue. May 3Stone Brewery Event
  Wed. May 4Dominion Pinup Girl Event
  Thu. May 5Lancaster Brewing Company Event

Bottle Bar East
  Tue. May 3Hardywood Park
  Wed. May 4Destihl
  Thu. May 5Stone
  Fri. May 6Burial Beer
  Sat. May 7Wicked Weed

Brick and Mortar
  Mon. May 2-Sat. May 7Ballast Point Tap Takeover

Brü
  Tue. May 3CBC '16, Take 1: Almanac and Forest & Main
  Tue. May 3CBC '16, Take 2: Surly and Gigantic
  Wed. May 4CBC '16, Take 3: Jolly Pumpkin
  Wed. May 4CBC '16, Take 4: Maine Beer Company
  Wed. May 4CBC '16, Take 5: Green Bench and Wicked Week
  Thu. May 5CBC '16, Take 6: Fat Head's
  Thu. May 5CBC '16, Take 7: Prairie and Grimm
  Thu. May 5CBC '16, Take 8: Cascade
  Fri. May 6CBC '16, Take 9: Shelton Imports

City Tap House-Logan Circle
  Tue. May 3Bell's Brewery Eccentric Cafe Experience
  Thu. May 5Cinco de Sunlight at Collaboration Station

City Tap House-University City
  Tue. May 3New Belgium & Friends
  Wed. May 4Charlie Bravo Charlie; $100

Clarkville
  Thu. May 5JDub's Brewing Night

Coeur
  Tue. May 32SP + Bagby Brewing
  Wed. May 4The Montreal Express Brasserie Dunham + Trou du Diable + Dieu du Ciel + Les Trois Mousquetaires

Devil's Den
  Mon. May 2Ballast Point Tap Takeover
  Tue. May 3Terrapin Brewing Tap Takeover
  Wed. May 4Ommegang, Boulevard, & Duvel
  Thu. May 5Michigan Brewer's Guild
  Thu. May 5Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
  Fri. May 6Sour Beer Invitational

Electric Factory
  Thu. May 5Mastodon presented by Surly Brewing Co., Champion Brewing Co. and BSG Craft Brewing; $32.50

Fado Irish Pub
  Wed. May 4Craft Beer Pub Quiz

Fergie's Pub
  Tue. May 3Firestone Walker Beers, Bonney, Sweets, and Dice

Field House
  Thu. May 5Yards Comedy Night After Party

Fox & Hound
  Wed. May 4Craft Malt Tap Takeover; $Free

Good Dog Bar
  Mon. May 2Two Roads & Sly Fox Event
  Tue. May 3Firestone Walker Event
  Wed. May 4Brooklyn Beer Event
  Thu. May 5Green Flash & Alpine Beer Event
  Fri. May 6Yards Beer Event

Han Dynasty
  Tue. May 3Happy Hour with New Belgium

Hawthornes
  Mon. May 2Sole Artisan Ales and Bunker Brewing
  Wed. May 4Surly and Friends Rare Beer House Party
  Thu. May 5Kings of Queens
  Fri. May 6Who Doesn't Like A Threesome

Heritage
  Wed. May 4Hop Trüb Lime Machine 80's Bash

Johnny Brenda's
  Tue. May 3Introduction of Brotherly Suds

Jose Pistola's
  Tue. May 3Late Night with Joe Gunn: CBC Edition
  Wed. May 4Late Night with Joe Gunn: CBC Edition
  Wed. May 4Brasserie De La Senne & Bagby Beer Company
  Thu. May 5Cinco de Mayo Block Party Featuring Yards Brewing

Kite & Key
  Mon. May 2New Belgium
  Tue. May 3Firestone Walker Lunch
  Wed. May 4Green Flash

Local 44
  Wed. May 4Tired Hands + Bluejacket

Lucky's Last Chance
  Tue. May 3Tuesday Tapping with Mispillion River
  Tue. May 3Late Night with Green Flash/Alpine
  Wed. May 4Great Divide Joins Us on Whiskey Wednesday
  Fri. May 6Happy Hour with Stone Brewing

Martha
  Wed. May 4A Barrel-Aged Symposium with Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence
  Thu. May 5Great Minds Think Alike: Jester King, Green Bench, and Tired Hands
  Fri. May 6Martha Goes to Space! with Other Half Brewing, Oxbow and Monkish

McCrossen's Tavern
  Tue. May 3Hop Till You Drop with Evolution and Fat Head's
  Thu. May 5Sour Showcase with Free Will Brewing Company
  Fri. May 6Get Goose'd
  Sat. May 7Honey Bunches of Hall and Oats

Memphis Taproom
  Wed. May 4The Mighty Memphis Taproom Welcome Wagon: Sly Fox welcomes Stone and Draai Laag
  Thu. May 5The Mighty Memphis Taproom Welcome Wagon: SØLE and Forest & Main invite Burial Beer Company and Other Half
  Fri. May 6The Mighty Memphis Taproom Welcome Wagon: 2SP hosts Half Acre and Wiseacre

MilkBoy
  Tue. May 3CBC After Party with Ship Bottom Brewery

Monk's Cafe
  Tue. May 3Wicked Weed
  Wed. May 4New Belgium class; $45

Moriarity's Irish Pub
  Mon. May 2Green Flash & Alpine CBC Welcome Party

National Museum of American Jewish History
  Thu. May 5Amber Waves; $35

Philadelphia Brewing Company
  Thu. May 5International Beer Run

Prohibition Taproom
  Tue. May 3Goose Island CBC Tap Takeover
  Wed. May 4DMV does Philly

St. Benjamin Brewing Company
  Wed. May 4Kumpelbier Firkin Tapping

Smokin' Betty's
  Tue. May 3Food Pairing with Green Flash and Alpine

Standard Tap
  Wed. May 4May the 4th Galactic Pageant
  Fri. May 6Tired Hands, Stone, and Other Half
  Sat. May 7Sour Brunch

Strangelove's
  Mon. May 2Pink Boots Society / CBC Kick Off
  Tue. May 3Victory Brewing + Australian Hop Growers Association
  Wed. May 4Brewery Pile Up (Perennial + Half Acre + JDub's + Free Will)
  Thu. May 5Brewery Pile Up (Neshaminy Creek + Night Shift Brewing + Against The Grain)

The Abbaye
  Tue. May 3U Buy The Glass: Taste of the Carolinas
  Wed. May 4U Buy The Glass: Weyerbacher

The Bishop's Collar
  Tue. May 3Jimmy Meiers & The Beers
  Wed. May 410 Barrel & More Event
  Fri. May 6Meet New Belgium's Head Brewer

The Cambridge
  Mon. May 2CBC Trio: Almanac, Half Acre, and Wiseacre
  Tue. May 3Short's 24 Tap Takeover
  Wed. May 4Lakefront Brewery Happy Hour
  Thu. May 5Funky Buddha, 3 Ways of Speedway, and more

The Industry Bar
  Mon. May 2Brooklyn Beer Pairing
  Tue. May 3Stone Brewing Late Night Snack & Beer Pairing Event
  Wed. May 4Fat Head's Rare Beer Event
  Thu. May 5Iron Hill World Beer Cup Event
  Fri. May 6Ballast Point Hawaiian Friday Beer Event

The Institute
  Mon. May 2I want Can-dy!
  Tue. May 3Slinging Suds with Southern Tier
  Wed. May 4Fun with Flying Dog and Play Doh!
  Thu. May 5Fun with Flying Dog and Play Doh!

The Khyber Pass Pub
  Tue. May 3Founders Takeover
  Wed. May 4Baird Beer Event
  Thu. May 5Epic & Elevation Event

The P.O.P.E.
  Tue. May 3Surly Tap Takeover

Tio Flores
  Wed. May 410 Barrel and Tacos

Tria Taproom
  Tue. May 34 Countries, 4 Brewers, 4 Beers: Shelton Brothers Showcase
  Wed. May 4A Romantic Evening with Dr. Bill and Rare Barrel-Aged Beers from Stone Brewing Company
  Thu. May 5The Wonderful World of B. United International

Tria Cafe-Fitler Square
  Wed. May 4Nebraska - Not Just A Bruce Springsteen Album

Tria Cafe-Rittenhouse Square
  Wed. May 4We Lost Our Opening Staff to El Segundo - a Tria Alumni Reunion

Tria Cafe-Washington Square
  Thu. May 5No Attitudes, Just Beer: Happy Hour with Surly Brewing Co.

Trocadero Theatre
  Thu. May 5Yards Comedy Night

U-Bahn
  Tue. May 3CBC Underground #1: Founders
  Wed. May 4CBC Underground #2: Hwy. 128 Happy Hour
  Wed. May 4CBC Underground #3: New Holland Jamboree
  Thu. May 5CBC Underground #4: Firestone Walker
  Thu. May 5Beer-lesque: Vixens, Vintages, & Variety; $20
  Fri. May 6CBC Underground #5: Tröegs

Union Transfer
  Wed. May 4We CAN Jam

Varga Bar
  Thu. May 5Moscow Mule and Greyhound Lunch
  Thu. May 5The American Cinco De Mayo Party of the Year
  Fri. May 6The Officially Unofficial Award Show After Party Award Show

Xfinity Live! — CANCELLED
  Wed. May 4Philadelphia Craft Beer Invitational; $35

Yards Brewing Company
  All WeekCBC Week

In case you weren't aware, roughly 13,000 industry professionals will be in Philadelphia from May 2-May 6. While their conference doings are closed to the public — as is typical at this sort of convention — parties and events of all shapes and sizes will be taking place all around town and many will be open to all.

I couldn't wait to finish mowing last night because I was stewing up a rant about the variety of events that I'd become aware of in recent weeks surrounding the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) and biennial World Beer Cup (WBC).

Lacking a centralized promotional vehicle for the city's bars and breweries (and I'll be pleased to be corrected if I'm wrong), during the past couple weeks I've gathered what I've found in PR e-mails, FB postings, and random tweets and whispers in the wind. And until later last night, I sensed a real lack of focus on local breweries in these scheduled events.

After a couple more hours of sifting through yet more leads (which I imagine will continue right up until May 2), I now have a list of over 75 events in the first week of May coinciding with CBC/WBC. Quite a few bar events that I see are on the list now have a more proper focus on the breweries of the immediate Philly city and suburbs.

Still missing, however, is an event or events that focus on what we are often fond to say that we're proud of, but maybe haven't done the best job of representing to the broader market. Yes, I know the market is irrationally fixated on IPAs and beers masquerading as IPAs in name but aren't really IPAs. But we've always talked a big game in the lager world.

We trot out Dock Street's Royal Bohemian Pilsner, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Stoudts Pils, Tröegs Sunshine Pils and Troegnator Double Bock, and Victory Helles and Prima Pils as beers that have stood the test of time. They're joined by newer guys on the scene such as 2SP's DelCo Lager, Philadelphia Brewing's Kenzinger, and Neshaminy Creek's Trauger Pils and Churchville Lager.

While the rest of the country has slowly caught up with their own lager brewing, the greater Philadelphia region has excelled in this area for quite some time. So hey bar event organizers, let's recognize that. You say that a lager-ish, session-ish type of beer event is a tough sell for bars? Remember that these 13,000-ish brewers, owners, reps, and other industry personnel are not your typical customers.

It was Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head that was recently quoted: "At CBC, you’ll learn about your own business. At Philly Beer Week, you’ll learn about Philadelphia consumers." And Tomme Arthur echoed similar sentiments in the same article with "The two events reach totally different audiences, which is why I’m coming back for both. Any brewery that thinks they’re going to reach consumers at CBC is crazy."

Sure, they want the sours, the double IPAs, the barrel-aged stouts, and the oddly spiced one-offs. But there are already plenty of those events around this year's CBC and, quite frankly, available in many other parts of the country where these attendees call home. They're coming to Philly and they've heard that we've got a great pub culture and a spectacular lager-based history (have you told them where they can find the John Wagner historical plaque in Northern Liberties — have you seen it?). Let's show them.

Well, that wasn't quite the rant I initially imagined. There are still gaps to be filled on the CBC/WBC off-site events calendar. And hopefully I'm still to be pleased as the coming weeks unfold.



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 14 - April 20

Tonight, I'm so pleased to be joining the Fishtown Beer Runners and their post-run Toast To The Professor at The Druid's Keep, which is featured in my Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. I think the Druid's Keep has been a Philly treasure for quite some time, and a somewhat well-guarded treasure, and am so happy to be doing an event there. This FBR/Book event joins the Boots, Brews, & BBQ event that I'm part of on April 30 in Wayne, NJ and the Meet The Author at Books-A-Million in the Exton Square Mall on June 14.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. 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.


Allentown, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Fegley's Chocolate Festival at Allentown Brew Works [Sample all things chocolate including beer, wine, and liqueur. Chocolate from some of the Lehigh Valley’s, and beyond, premier chocolatiers.  $30-$35]

Chambersburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; All day — 6th Anniversary Celebration at Good Ta Go [We will be dishing out $1 hot dogs as well as $3 discounts on any 64oz growler fill all day long.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Goose Island Bourbon County Rare Event at Flanigan's Boathouse [We will have five different Goose Island beers pouring and we'll be raffling off ten chances to purchase a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand rare stout.  $PAYG]

Doylestown, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Chimay Tasting at Pag's Pub [A special tasting with Chimay, featuring Doree, Grand Reserve, and Cinq Cent.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Exton Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Terrapin.  $Free]
Wed. 4/20; 5 p.m. — Dank Beer Tap Takeover at The Drafting Room [Join us for some super "Dank" beers and munchies on 4/20.  $PAYG]

Kutztown, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Detox & Retox: Brew Yoga Series at Saucony Creek Brewing Company [Twisting will help detox the body and encourage healthy digestion before enjoying the second half of the event…the retox.  $30-$35]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 5 p.m. — Founders KBS Stout Night at Hunger N Thirst [A tapping of Founders KBS and a bunch of other amazing stouts.   $PAYG]
Fri. 4/15; 5 p.m. — Yards Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar [All taps will be from Yards Brewing Company, April's featured brewery.  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/19; 6:30 p.m. — Grilled Cheese Paradise Beer Dinner Lite at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Head Chef Anthony Beaner and Head Brewer Pim Harmsen invite you to try four amazing beer and grilled cheese pairings.  $45]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tröegs Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers, plus hopefully a bunch of Scratch beers, from Tröegs.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ship Bottom Mini Tap Takeover at Pinocchio's [Come out and meet our new Beer Rep Jenna and find out about our brewery expansion.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Lagunitas Happy Hour at Pinocchio's [Beers from Lagunitas to get the night started right at happy hour.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Iron Lady Porter Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Iron Lady Porter, an Imperial Porter. This beer is brewed in collaboration with the Media Beer Ladies.  $PAYG]

North Wales, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Evolution Night at The Pour House [A night of beers from Evolution.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — 21st Amendment with Joe Sixpack at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from 21st Amendment Brewing Company served up with an appearance by Joe Sixpack.  $Free]
Fri. 4/15; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — NCBC Tasting at Bottle Bar East [Details coming soon.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/15; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — 8 Beers To Try Before You Die at Philly Beer School [Come and enjoy the Philly Beer School’s bucket list of beers.  $59.98]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level One at Philly Beer School [A brewer-instructor will guide you through the process step by step: from brew to boil to bottle.  $149.98]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Tappin' The Trucks- Brews n' Bites Block Party at Tap Room On 19th [Come out and support your local food trucks and breweries.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m. — Beer Garden Opening at Memphis Taproom [We open the beer garden at the crack of noon to grill some dogs and blow out some candles as we celebrate canned beer, hot dogs, and our 8th anniversary.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m. — Record Store Day at City Tap House-Logan [Dogfish Head party involving beer, music, food, and vinyl.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/16; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. — Road Jam with Two Roads at City Tap House-University City [Two Roads beer and local original music.  $PAYG]
Sun. 4/17; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Feast Of The Seven Kingdoms at Red Owl Tavern [A family-style feast featuring Brewery Ommegang.  $99]
Mon. 4/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Happy Hour with Lagunitas at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Lagunitas.  $Free]
Tue. 4/19; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Bach & Beer at Dock Street Brewing Company [Three of Bach's Cello Suites will be paired with three of our craft brews.   $PAYG]
Tue. 4/19; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tappings at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Smuttynose Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 4 p.m. — High Gravity at The Sidecar Bar & Grille [Unreal lineup of "big beers".  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 5 p.m. — Game of Thrones Quizzo at Bottle Bar East [Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale, the newest beer in the Game of Thrones series.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. — Universal Funk featuring Bella Vista Beer Night at The Trestle Inn [$1 Boulder Beer flights.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Our stalwart Chester County Bitter will be pouring through the beer engines alongside at least one other firkin.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Reading Craft Beer Festival at Santander Arena [Unlimited sampling of over 150 fresh beers of all colors, styles, and tastes.  $10-$65]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m. — Dogfish Head Record Day Celebration at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [See website for all the day's details.  $PAYG]

Strasburg, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Rails & Ales at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania [Held among the world-class collection of historic trains inside the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 100,000 square foot Rolling Stock Hall, featuring breweries, food trucks, and live music.  $15-$50]

Voorhees, NJ
Sat. 4/16; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Putting Away Capone Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Tax day has come so pay homage to his favorite drink, Rye Whiskey with Iron Hill's Capone Rye IPA.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Wed. 4/20; 4:20 p.m.-8 p.m. — 4:20 on 4/20 at Levante Brewing Company [We will release a cask conditioned (firkin) of "Dank Chief" IPA.  $PAYG]

Westmont, NJ
Sun. 4/10-Sat. 4/16; All night — What The Funk? Fest 3 at Keg & Kitchen [For seven days, Keg & Kitchen will feature rare American and European beers ranging from sour, barrel-aged beers to the simply strange and unique. See website for all each day's event details.  $PAYG]

Yardley, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 7 p.m. — Allagash Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn [A five-course meal served with Allagash's White, Dubbel, Nancy, Tripel, and St. Klippenstein. $75]