Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: December 14 - December 20

"Is it the complete list of all beer events happening? No, but no one has a more complete list."

It's beginning to look a lot like.....BEER. Now, go and get one. Here are some ideas of where to do just that.

As you review the listings, don't forget Philly Tap Finder. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

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

Croydon, Pa.
Sat. 12/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Delaware Valley Homebrew Community Pro-Am Beerfest at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Come join us for the inagural Delaware Valley Homebrew Community Pro-Am Beerfest. With more than 20 homebrew clubs in the area, the next great brewers could be out there waiting to share their talents.  $5 + $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Thu. 12/14; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company [Our annual holiday beer dinner featuring seasonal food and beer pairings.  $65]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sun. 12/17; 1 p.m.-7 p.m. — Winter Wonderland Artisan Market at River Horse Brewing Company [Come out to see our hand-picked artisans and pick up some amazing original creations of the highest quality for your holiday needs. We'll also be offering brewery tours and tastings, pints and flights, and River Horse beer and merchandise to go.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Thu. 12/14; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Local Beer Dinner Series featuring Levante Brewing at World Of Beer [Five local beers paired with five courses consisting of local ingredients.  $35]

Georgetown, Del.
Sat. 12/16; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Winter Brew Fest at 16 Mile Brewing Company [Get ready to experience samples of our prized brews as well as unique beers brewed specifically for the Holiday Ale Festival. Artisan vendors, local food trucks, and more.  $25-$35]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 12/16; All day — Beer Geek Christmas at Hunger N Thirst [We are rolling out some rare kegs once again to celebrate all things craft beer, and of course the Holidays.  $PAYG]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 12/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack at Funck's [Special lineup of beers from Founders.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Tue. 12/12 through Sat. 12/23; All day — 12 Days of Randall the Enamel Animal at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [Every day we'll be featuring a different Randall offering inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 12/14; 5 p.m. — Maine Beer Company Woods & Waters Fundraiser at Monk's Cafe [Philadelphia's only keg of Woods & Waters, a special IPA brewed with Maine-grown barley and wheat. A portion of proceeds from Maine Beer Company beers will benefit the Delaware Valley chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and their work supporting conservation in our region.  $PAYG]
Thu. 12/14; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — World Atlas of Beer at Philly Beer School [Starting in Philadelphia we head to Belgium, to the United Kingdom, to Germany and then onwards to the furthest reaches of this awesome beer-drenched world.  $42-$87]
Fri. 12/15; 3 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Flying Fish.  $Free]
Sat. 12/16; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Barrel Out with Allagash at Memphis Taproom [Come down to hang with Allagash's Katie Tella and talk Barrel Aging and how it affects the nose and flavor profile of your new favorite beer from our dear friends in Portland Maine.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/18; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Wiseacre Happy Hour at Grey Lodge Pub [Help us welcome Memphis's Wisecacre Brewing to Philly.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Ommegang and Boulevard.  $Free]
Wed. 12/20; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 [We'll be sampling from our nice little stash of Gale's Prize Old Ale (2001 and 1999), JW Lees (2011), Aventinus (2008), and more.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/20; 6 p.m. — The Feast Of The Seven Fishes at Seven bars in Fishtown [Join us as we eat and drink our way through Fishtown. Each bar will have a $7 fish dish and a featured beer.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 12/15; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — 2SP Brewing Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from 2SP.  $Free]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Tue. 12/12 through Sat. 12/23; All day — 12 Days of Cask at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Every other day we'll be releasing a new dry-hopped cask of 60 Minute IPA.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 12/15; 6:30 p.m. — Firestone Charity/Russian River Fire Charity Event at Teresa's Next Door [$1 dollar from every pour of Stivo, plus several Russian River and Firestone Walker rarities will go to support the California fire victims.  $PAYG]





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



Friday, December 08, 2017

December 2017: Beer News update, part 1

More news of the sudsy sort.

~ Update on Guinness in the U.S. [Link to Draft Magazine]

~ Suburban Station has forever needed more food and drink, particularly drink. [Link to Foobooz/Philadelphia Magazine]

~ Stirring the cloudy, mirky pot. Kudos Mr. Oliver. [Link to The Morning Advertiser]

~ Left Hand's response. [Link to Courthouse News Service]

~ Hey look, another list. This one, though, a solid one if for no other reason than it's backed up with fully thought-out sentences as justification for each brewery's inclusion. [Link to Paste Magazine]





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



Thursday, December 07, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: December 7 - December 13

"Is it the complete list of all beer events happening? No, but no one has a more complete list."

Forget the 12 days of Christmas, we have 12 months of beer. Here's one week's worth.

As you review the listings, don't forget Philly Tap Finder. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

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

Downingtown, Pa.
Tue. 12/12; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Allagash Brewing What About Barrels? at The Bottle Room [What About Barrels? features three different barrel aged beers and one unaged beer to showcase what different barrels does to different beers. Meet with the rep, Katie, to grab some swag and chat about the barrel aging process.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Thu. 12/7; 4 p.m. — Vintage Stout Raffle at World Of Beer [We will be raffling off the following: '15 Goose Island Bourbon County Grand Stout (3 Bottles); '16 Goose Island Bourbon County Grand Stout (3 Bottles); '1' Founders KBS (2 Bottles); '17 Cigar City Hunaphu (2 Bottles); and '15 Avery The Czar (1 Bottle).  $10+$PAYG]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sat. 12/9; 7 p.m. — Out Of The Cellar at River Horse Brewing Company [Come join us and celebrate our one off beers and rare brews from this year.  $PAYG]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 12/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack at Funck's [Special lineup of beers from New Belgium.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Sat. 12/9; All day — Beer Garden 8th Anniversary at Pinocchio's [The Beer Garden is turning eight. Come celebrate with us.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Tue. 12/12 through Sat. 12/23; All day — 12 Days of Randall the Enamel Animal at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [Every day we'll be featuring a different Randall offering inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Sat. 12/9; 10 a.m. — Goose Island Draft and Raffle Event at Capone's [Must be present to win and be able to purchase a bottle of the following beers: Bourbon County Barleywine, Coffee, and North Woods.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 12/7; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Christmas Extravaganza at Kite & Key [Taps will be lined with holiday cheer and of course Santa will be here. Donations for Cradles to Crayons organization get you $1 off beer.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/8; 3 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Lancaster Brewing.  $Free]
Sun. 12/10; 7 p.m. — 14th Anniversary Party at Good Dog Bar [Plus the announcement of the annual dog photo contest winner.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Dogfish Head.  $Free]
Tue. 12/12; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping - Peak Organic at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Special lineup of beers from Peak Organic.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/12; 6 p.m. — Christmas Beer Dinner at Sancho Pistola's [7 delicious courses, paired with 9 amazing beers.  $80]
Tue. 12/12; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping - Peak Organic at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) [Special lineup of beers from Peak Organic.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/13; 6 p.m. — 30 Years of Stoudts Brewery at London Grill [Come hang with Carol Stoudt and celebrate 30 years of craft brewing. First microbrewery in PA and has led the way. New Brewer, some new beer and the flagships will be on draft.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 12/8; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Rivertowne Brewing Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Rivertowne.  $Free]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Tue. 12/12 through Sat. 12/23; All day — 12 Days of Cask at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Every other day we'll be releasing a new dry-hopped cask of 60 Minute IPA.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Wed. 12/13; 6:30 p.m. — 10th Annual Mad Elf Day at Teresa's Next Door [Mad Elf graces our tap lines and reindeer stew is on your plate. A few scratch beers, some of the Tröegs classics and at least two beers you won’t find anywhere except here at Teresa’s.  $PAYG]





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



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: November 30 - December 6

"Is it the complete list of all beer events happening? No, but no one has a more complete list."

And down the stretch we come with December opening up to close down 2017.

As you review the listings, don't forget Philly Tap Finder. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

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

Allentown, Pa.
Sat. 12/2; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. & 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival at Allentown Brew Works [Featuring more than 50 craft beers to sample from dozens of the best local and national craft breweries. The event will be held on 4 full floors and again featuring live music from our returning friend, Tim Harakal.  $10-$45]

Ardmore, Pa.
Tue. 12/5; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — December to Remember Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for four hearty winter courses from Head Chef Brittany Jones perfectly paired with four dark beers from Senior Head Brewer Tim Stumpf.  $45]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Fri. 12/1; 11 a.m. — Founders CBS and Other Things at Fingers Wings and Other Things [We will be tapping a Founders CBS along with some other wonderful beers from Founders.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Sat. 12/2; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market Wreck The Halls at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Over 100 different, unique, hand-picked vendors accounting for over 175 tables, food trucks, live music, and a full line of Neshaminy Creek beers on tap w/drink specials all day.  $5 + $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Thu. 11/30; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Great Lakes & Toys For Tots at The Bottle Room [Bring an unopened toy (or $15 donation) for Toys For Tots or buy a pint of Great Lakes Christmas Ale and get a raffle ticket to win one of three great prizes.  $PAYG]

Hockessin, Del.
Mon. 12/4; 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. — Beats & Barrels Beer Dinner at Two Stones Pub [Six courses paired with five incredible barrel-aged beers.  $49.95]

Kutztown, Pa.
Fri. 12/1; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — First Friday, Firkin, & Flatbread Night at Saucony Creek Brewing Company [We celebrate the First Friday of each month with a feature of a specialty cask conditioned Firkin from our brewing team led by head brewer Nick Micio, and some tasty Flatbreads from Chef Alice.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 12/2; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Winter Wonderland Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [The release of Winter Warmer and Bourbon Winter Warmer, along with 6 local breweries and the Cartoon Christmas Trio.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Wed. 12/6; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer and Cookies with Santa at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [A holiday ugly sweater party to celebrate our Winter Warmer and Scrooge IPA beer releases.  $PAYG]

Mount Holly, NJ
Sat. 12/2; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Lighting of the Leg & Notafingah! Release at Village Idiot Brewing Company [Our winter warmer beer release, appropriately named "Notafingah"! All are encouraged to dress-up as your favorite “A Christmas Story” character.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Fri. 12/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Kick off the holiday season by digging out those ugly sweaters. Santa's Little Helper is coming to the taps to fill you with cheer.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Sat. 12/2; 9:30 a.m. — CBS & KBS Draft Event at Capone's [Also on sale will be Founders KBS and Blushing Monk Bottles too.  $PAYG]

Paoli, Pa.
Thu. 11/30; 11:30 a.m. — 14th Anniversary Celebration at TJ's [All that crazy stuff at the bottom of their website will be tapped beginning Thursday 11/30.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Stickman Storebought Release at TJ's [Featuring Store Bought is Fine.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 11/30; 12 p.m. — Bell's Night at Barcade [Join us as we welcome our good friends from Bell’s Brewery as we tap some classic favorites as well as some rare beers that we don’t often see.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/1; 3 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of Christmas-themed beers.  $Free]
Fri. 12/1; 7 p.m. — Annual Fireplace Lighting Party at Devil's Den [Look for Dogfish Head Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout, Wicked Weed Devilwood, Weyerbacher D'Tango, Cascade Manhattan, and Kentucky Rye Barrel Ale.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/2; 10 a.m. — Stickman Brews Pop-up Shop at Herman's Coffee [Our friends from Stickman Brews in Royersford will be setting up shop at Herman's all weekend. We partnered with them to roast a special coffee for an Imperial Stout that will be releasing in early December and they'll be on hand sampling and selling cans of this limited batch.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/2; 12 p.m. — Sonoma Pride Fundraiser at Monk's Cafe [We have elected to use our allocated sixtel of STiVO Pils, as well as 24 other rare and fascinating beers on draft, to raise money for victims of the California wildfires, with 100% of all listed prices benefiting the King Ridge Foundation. Cash only.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/2; 12 p.m. — Melvin Brewing Launch at Brü Craft & Wurst [We are stoked to welcome an exciting new brewery to our market, as we launch Melvin Brewing in good ol' PHL.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/2; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Stickman Miracle Can Release at Cinder Copper & Lace [We'll be pouring Miracle, plus an assortment of specialty ales, and the folks from the brewery will be present to sell 4 packs of Miracle on 10th Ave and Double Deuce DIPA in cans to-go.  $PAYG]
Sun. 12/3; 5 p.m. — Christmas Goose Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz [Three-course dinner Includes a glass of Gluhwein.  $50]
Sun. 12/3; 12 p.m. — Winner, Winner! at Brü Craft & Wurst [Come on out and sink your teeth into the first of our seasonal series of Founders Brewing Co. beer feasts, as we kick it off with locally sourced, buttermilk fried chicken, seafood, sides, and the triumphant return of Canadian Breakfast Stout.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/4; 4 p.m. — Mad Elf/Christmas Season Kickoff at Interstate Drafthouse [We'll be pouring 3 year verticals of Tröegs Mad Elf (2015, 2016, and 2017), available in flights and full pours of the 16 and 17. We will also have Mad Elf mixtures as well, featuring Tröegs Dream Weaver and their Nitro Chocolate Stout.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/4; 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. — Council Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at Bainbridge Street Barrel House [Meet, greet, and mingle with the peeps behind the magic in San Diego.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/5; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping - Evolution at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Special lineup of beers from Evolution.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/5; 6 p.m. — Sonoma Pride at Jose Pistola's [$1 from every Russian River Brewing Company and Firestone Walker Brewing Co. beer sold will go to Sonoma Pride-wildfire relief.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/5; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping - Evolution at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) [Special lineup of beers from Evolution.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 12/1; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 12/1; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 11/30; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Dogfish Head Stout & Godiva Pairing at Liberty Taproom [We here at Liberty are proud to be teaming up with two companies that are known worldwide for both dark beer and chocolate respectively.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Thu. 11/30; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Heavy Seas Beer Tasting at J.T. Bankers [Beer tasting with Heavy Seas.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/1; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Holiday Brews at Washington House [Our holiday beer tasting is always a customer favorite.  $PAYG]

Somerdale, NJ
Sun. 12/3; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Hoppy Holiday Bazaar at Flying Fish Brewing Company [Enjoy a variety of Flying Fish beers while perusing the many fine craft items for sale by local vendors at the Hoppy Holiday Bazaar.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Tue. 12/5; 6:30 p.m. — Curtis Chisim of Council Brewing is in Town at Teresa's Next Door [Come out and meet the owner of Council brewing all the way from San Diego, California.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 11/30; 3 p.m. — Tickle Parts IPA Can Release at Levante Brewing Company [An exceptionally dry-hopped New England IPA, with low bitterness, rising hop aroma and a feathery-soft mouthfeel.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/1; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Sampling with Wyndridge at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Wyndridge.  $Free]

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 11/30; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Game Of Thrones Happy Hour at Ernest & Scott [Ommegang's Winter Is Here, Seven Kingdoms, and season 7 episodes on all TVs.  $PAYG]






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



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: November 23 - November 29

"Is it the complete list of all beer events happening? No, but no one has a more complete list."

Gonna get this out there just in case you're a bit busy tomorrow to see what's brewing on the events scene in and around Philly beginning tomorrow. What are you thankful for? Beer? Well, here you go.

As you review the listings, don't forget Philly Tap Finder. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

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

Aston, Pa.
Fri. 11/24; 12 p.m. — The Russians Black Friday at 2SP Brewing Company [We’re celebrating the release with a special Black Friday tap takeover.  $PAYG]

Berwyn, Pa.
Fri. 11/24; 4 p.m. — Double Can Release at La Cabra Brewing Company [Can 1: Hipster Catnip - American IPA and Can 2: Feelin' Thankful, Double IPA.  $PAYG]

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 11/25; All day — Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual fest featuring the dark stuff.  $PAYG]

Camp Hill, Pa.
Sun. 11/26; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Brunch & Brews at Ever Grain Brewing Company [A portion of all food and drinks will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association. There will be a designer purse as well as gift cards and other raffle items. The Anchormen will be performing as well.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 11/24; 9 a.m. — BCBS 2017 Release at Exton Beverage [Goose Island will provide coffee and donuts for folks who plan on being in line long before we open.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Sat. 11/25; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — The Odd Ones Holiday Bizarre at The Millworks [In addition to the 17 artists studios, gallery, gift show, and bottle shop we will have over 25 makers and artists set up throughout the building selling their handcrafted wares.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 11/24; All day — Black Friday Stout Invasion at Hunger N Thirst [We will have a variety of "black as night" beers available for consumption.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Fri. 11/24; 7 a.m. — Black Friday Draft Event at Capone's [A spectacular draft list split into a morning version and an afternoon version.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 11/24; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Everything's Gone Black Friday at Memphis Taproom [Including Founders, KBS, Avery Mephistopheles, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Free Will Brown Beard, Founders 2015 Curmadgeon, De Dolle Oerbier.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/24; 12 p.m. — Fade To Black Friday V at Brü Craft & Wurst [Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and Left Hand Brewing Company will once again collaborate to take over our taps, returning with a full list of specialty stouts, saison, IPA's, and 'black' sours.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/24; 12 p.m. — Black Friday with Goose Island Brewery at Alla Spina [Come enjoy an incredible line-up of brews by Goose Island, including some of their rare and highly sought after Bourbon County Stouts.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/24; 2 p.m.-10 p.m. — Black Friday Give Back at Beer Love [BeerLOVE will donate a portion of all draft and beer-cocktail sales to SREHUP. Additionally, we will have an assortment of awesome raffle prizes, with all proceeds from the raffle benefiting SREHUP.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/24; 3 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Cigar City.  $Free]
Fri. 11/24; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Free Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Manager's choice.  $Free]
Fri. 11/24; All day — Black Friday "Into The Black" at City Tap House-University City [We're also featuring bottle sharing for the day. Be sure to bring any rare or unique stouts along with you to share with fellow stout lovers.  $PAYG]
Sat. 11/25; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Annual Open House at Philadelphia Brewing Company [With your help we will be raising money for Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, Four the Paws, Inc. Rescue, and City of Elderly Love: Save a Senior Pet Rescue. Suggested donation at door is $20 for this open house with open bar.  $20 and/or $PAYG]
Sun. 11/26 through Thu. 11/30; All day — Cans For Cans at Garage-Fishtown [Join Philabundance , The Preston & Steve Show, and 93.3 WMMR for the Philadelphia Camp Out For Hunger 2017. You bring in a can of food and we will give you a free can of beer.  $PAYG]
Sun. 11/26 through Thu. 11/30; All day — Cans For Cans at Garage-South Philly [Join Philabundance , The Preston & Steve Show, and 93.3 WMMR for the Philadelphia Camp Out For Hunger 2017. You bring in a can of food and we will give you a free can of beer.  $PAYG]
Mon. 11/27; 4 p.m.-12 a.m. — 23rd Anniversary Party at Fergie's [The occasion will be marked with a new happy hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., a performance by jazz saxophonist Victor North and Three Blind Mice (the pub’s traditional birthday celebration booking) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., and live band karaoke starting at 10 p.m.  $PAYG]
Mon. 11/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Starr Hill.  $Free]
Mon. 11/27; All day — Beer Season Opens at Grey Lodge Pub [Beer Season, our longest running promotion, runs for 13 weeks. Bag all 13 beers of the week, one per week, to receive a free limited-edition T-shirt. There's a new design every year.  $PAYG]
Tue. 11/28; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping - Saison Dupont at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Special lineup of beers from Saison Dupont.  $PAYG]
Tue. 11/28; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping - Saison Dupont at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) [Special lineup of beers from Saison Dupont.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Tue. 11/28; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Ommegang Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill [You will be enjoying four courses of food perfectly paired with four great beers.  $40]

York, Pa.
Sat. 11/25; 12 p.m. — Oysterfest at Collusion Tap Works [We'll be shucking oysters until they're gone as well as pouring our very own oyster stout, Spindrifter.  $PAYG]




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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thankful for special beer releases this week: Philadelphia area

You say you like getting beer as fresh as it gets, sometimes standing in line for special bottle/can/crowler/draft releases? Well, then, this is for you.

I began noticing a flurry of special releases around the Philly area this week, so let's get to a simple summary of where you want to be, and when, to catch some hot releases as early as this afternoon. As you'll see, many breweries are double-dipping and releasing two special beers to further entice you to visit them.

Tue. Nov. 21
  ~ at 4 p.m., Saint Benjamin Brewing in Philadelphia is releasing Electric DIPA in cans.


Wed. Nov. 22
  ~ at 10 a.m., Victory Brewing in Downingtown is releasing Wisdom's Hour Barrel-aged American Sour and a "surprise" bottle during its annual Dark Wednesday event.

  ~ at 11 a.m., Saucony Creek in Kutztown is releasing (pre-sale only) its first crowler offering — Thorondor On A Stick NEIPA.

  ~ at 12 p.m., Weyerbacher in Easton is releasing its Quad.

  ~ at 12 p.m., Capone's in Norristown is featuring a lineup of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand vintages.

  ~ at 2 p.m., Evil Genius in Philadelphia is releasing both Trust The Process Oat IPA and Run By Fruiting IPA.

  ~ at 3 p.m., Locust Lane Brewing in Malvern is releasing their first canned offerings — Locust Lane Kolsch and Three Tun Citra IPA.

  ~ at 5 p.m., Bistro On Bridge in Phoenixville is hosting Hidden River and Levante breweries for a dinner where they'll feature their newly, and collaboratively, released Genetically Modified Visual Stimuli NEIPA.


Fri. Nov. 24
  ~ at 9 a.m., Exton Beverage in Exton will be selling bottles....; at 12 p.m., Alla Spina in Philly will have draft....; and at 11 a.m., Boathouse in Conshohocken will be selling bottles. The Boathouse, fyi, will have draft beginning at 11 a.m on Wednesday.....of.....2017 (and vintages in some cases, check individual event details for specifics, plus special raffles) Goose Island Bourbon County Brand beers.

  ~ at 12 p.m., Free Will Brewing in Perkasie and Lahaska (Peddler's Village) is releasing its big (both the beer, and the bottle) Ralphius Russian Imperial Stout and Ella.

  ~ at 12 p.m., 2SP Brewing in Aston is releasing Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout and Best Wishes Imperial Saison.

  ~ at 12 p.m., Spellbound Brewing in Mt. Holly is releasing a canned version of its Porter aged in Palo Santo wood.

  ~ at 12 p.m., Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing in Cherry Hill is releasing Lifeguard Off Duty Saison and Sword Juggler Belgian Lambic-inspired.

  ~ at 4 p.m., La Cabra Brewing in Berwyn is releasing Hipster Catnip American IPA and Feelin Thankful Double IPA.


Is this enough to be thankful for? Any I've missed?




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Friday, November 17, 2017

November 2017: Beer News update, part 2

Just a couple bits and sips to get you caught up.

~ News of one of suburban Philadelphia's first "better beer bars". [Link to The Daily Local]

~ If you missed last month announcement of GABF awards, here's a quick list of area breweries that took home some new jewelry. [Link to The Beer Yard]





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