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Friday, August 18, 2017

Tracking down great beer and beer events: A Brew Lounge free service for 12 years.


Beer Event Calendar Index

I guess it takes something of a determined tenacity to keep this thing here going for now over 12 years. That actually comes rather naturally to me and maybe that can be seen too in my fondness for long distance running, training, and participating in marathons.

Consistency, on the other hand and no matter my best intentions, is not always so easy when it comes to what content and what style gets put out here for your consumption. Maybe that's human nature. Maybe it's also the "fault" or impact of changing communication (read: social media, short attention spans for starters).

The one thing that has remained both consistent here at The Brew Lounge and wildly popular with visitors to the site has been my weekly and monthly event calendar postings. Admittedly does not take a ton of writing talent, rather a whole lot of organizational skill and dogged adherence to a consistent schedule. Monthly lists just prior to the upcoming month and detailed weekly lists each Thursday morning. It didn't take long for me to discover the most likely reason that they're so wildly popular week in and week out is because -- wait for the startling revelation here -- people want to know where they can find and drink great beer. I know, mind blown right?!

Been doing it for the better part of 12 years. No more comprehensive listing of beer events anywhere in the greater Philly region has existed during that time. No question. Period. No charge, no membership, no subscription required to either list events or receive the lists. Never has been, never will be.

You likely didn't know that there's one easy place to go to see evidence of that. Yup, I've been keeping a tidy list of all the past calendars since they first began in late 2005. For some reason, recently been feeling a bit of pride for this so I figured I'd share. Not that you have much reason to go back and sift through old event calendars. But, I must say that even I'm a bit awestruck by the consistent history that I put together in this area.

Beer Event Calendar Index




© 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, August 17, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: August 17 - August 23

Still plenty of August to get your beer gig on. Here are the next seven days.

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.

Bridgeport, Pa.
Thu. 8/17; All day — One Year Anniversary Party at Conshohocken Brewpub [Tons of fun things going on including Type A Glazed Donuts made by the famous Suzy-Jo Donuts and we will also be releasing our special anniversary brew, Over the Bridge Hoppy Belgian. We will also be donating 20% of the days sales back to the Bridgeport Fire Department.  $PAYG]

Coatesville, Pa.
Sun. 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Boxcar's Speakeasy-Inspired Pop-Up Beer Garden at Brandywine Outfitters [Boxcar Beer, PA Wine and Spirits, Food Trucks, Music, Outdoor Lawn Games, and Stillwater Kayaking available.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Thu. 8/17; 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Sterling Pig Tap Takeover at The Bottle Room [One of our favorite reps, Andrew, will be on hand to talk beer, make you laugh and toss some Sterling Pig swag your way.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 8/18; 4 p.m. — Firkin Friday with Levante Brewing at Suburban Restaurant & Beer Garden [Drink specials and pint glass giveaways all night.  $PAYG]

Gettysburg, Pa.
Sat. 8/19; 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m. — Gettysburg Brew Fest at Lutheran Theological Seminary [Features 150+ U.S. craft brews & ciders, produced by 50+ of the best craft breweries from Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic, and across the U.S.  $20-$70]

Mount Holly, NJ
Sun. 8/20; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Remembering Rich Palmay at Village Idiot Brewing Company [We will be releasing a special beer that Rich loved especially for this occasion in Rich's honor.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sat. 8/19; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — BrewBQ 2017 at Victory Brewing Company [The competition is a two-category BBQ cook-off. Each pit master team will compete to see who can make the best chicken and ribs according to our judges. There will also be a restaurant competition for the best pulled pork.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 8/17; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Terrapin Tasting at Beer Love [Beers from Terrapin.  $PAYG]
Thu. 8/17; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Yards Brews Cruise at Yards Brewing Company [WMMR's Jacky Bam Bam and Marisa Magnatta return to keep the boat rocking while Yards' beer experts hang out on deck for samplings and some friendly brew Q & A.  $51.9]
Fri. 8/18; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Empire Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Empire.  $Free]
Sat. 8/19; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Crabfest at City Tap House-University City [Crabfest is a classic all-you-can-eat crab-a-thon. This year we're teaming up with one of our favorite breweries, Yards Brewing Co.  $35]
Sun. 8/20; 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. —  at University of the Sciences [The Pink Boots Society and USciences Brewing Science program are collaborating to present the 1st annual Women in Brewing Symposium for a discussion of key issues and advances for women in the industry.  $15-$20]
Sat. 8/12 through Sun. 8/20; All day — Pucker Up at Devil's Den [We have some new and exciting beers for you along with a few different themed nights as well. Chef Paul will be making a la carte food specials all week that will pair well with the sours on draft.  $PAYG]
Mon. 8/14 through Sun. 8/20; All day — The Pig Days of Summer at Alla Spina [Our week-long celebration will feature a series of nose-to-tail dishes such as whole pig's head, pig head bruschtetta, fried pig tails, and roasted pork sandwiches. On tap will be an incredible line-up of discounted drafts from local Baltimore Pike brewery, Sterling Pig - the perfect pairing for our array of specialty dishes.  $PAYG]
Mon. 8/21; 2:21 p.m. — Sour Eclipse at Cinder [Apparently you've gotta head south of DC to get the best view on the East Coast... but if you're stuck here in Philly with us bums, then what the hell. Let's have a party with a bunch of awesome sour beers.  $PAYG]
Mon. 8/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Duck-Rabbit at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Duck-Rabbit.  $Free]
Tue. 8/22; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Fegley's Brew Works at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Beers from Fegley's Brew Works.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 8/18; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Our stalwart Chester County Bitter pouring along side other special firkins.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 8/18; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Sly Fox Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Sly Fox.  $Free]
Sat. 8/19; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Saint Benjamin Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Saint Benjamin.  $Free]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 8/17 through Sun. 8/20; All day — Beer & BBQ with Oskar Blues and Boulevard at Liberty Taproom [We will be running draft from Oskar Blues to represent our Carolina sauce and from Boulevard to represent our Kansas City sauce.  $PAYG]

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.
Fri. 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25; 6 p.m. — Canoe & Brew at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company [Enjoy a 3-mile canoe trip on the scenic Delaware River followed by a flight of our very our ShawneeCraft Brewing Company brews.  $50]

Skytop, Pa.
Sat. 8/19; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Summer Beer Fest at Skytop Lodge [This outdoor event will feature live entertainment, lawn games, sampling of local and craft breweries, and food stations.  $25-$45]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 8/17; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — Truth Bird IPA Can Release at Levante Brewing Company [Community comes first at Levante, so for this can release, we collaborated with a local artist LivnSol by Brian Hearns who created an aesthetic narrative for the can label, which inspired us to embody his message in liquid form.  $PAYG]
Fri. 8/18; 5 p.m. — La Cabra Brewing Happy Hour at The Side Bar [Side Bar and La Cabra Brewing are getting together for Happy Hour.  $PAYG]

York, Pa.
Sat. 8/19; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Farm to Table: A Late Summer Field Feast at Flinchbaugh's Orchard [Enjoy an al fresco five-course dinner on the grounds of Flinchbaugh’s Orchard featuring locally sourced, sustainably grown, and ethically harvested cuisine and pairings of Nissley Winery and Collusion Tap Works best casks.  $90]




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Friday, August 11, 2017

August 2017: Beer News update, part 1

Had to hold up the publishing of these notes to share with you with the trio of big news events in our small little world of beer that popped up yesterday. Read on to learn more...

~ But first, let's get started with something that pairs well with beer -- baseball. An unfortunate loss. [Link to CSNPhilly.com]

~ Another big fish gobbles up a smaller one. [Link to Brewbound]

~ Best case scenario for all involved and it keeps an important brewery and its good people in San Francisco going. [Link to San Francisco Chronicle]

~ A sudden and unfortunate ending for a landmark in Philly. [Link to Eater Philadelphia]

~ Great spotlight shining on Jon Medlinsky and his destination Martha, just down the block from Phila. Brewing Company. [Link to Philly.com]

~ Casey Parker is a wild and crazy guy. [Link to Foobooz/Philadelphia Magazine]

~ If you need a reason to ignore/dislike/hate the so-called NEIPA, here's a handy list to pick from. [Link to The Full Pint]

~ Time to link to excellent writing from Pete Brown again. This time, topic: IPAs. [Link to Pete Brown's blog]

~ I guess if you need a laugh, here's a good place to start. [Link to Brew Dog's website]

~ And one last bit of acquisition news to close out this update. This from San Francisco as well. [Link to SFGate.com, plus bonus coverage from The Full Pint and Jay Brooks.]





© 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, August 10, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: August 10 - August 16

This is one of my favorite weekly calendars of the summer. Outdoor beer fun, dinners, festivals, and fun tastings can be found in the following nearly three dozen events around the greater Philly/southeastern PA regions during the next seven days. Enjoy!

As you review the listings, don't forget Philly Tap Finder. They host impressive 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.

Ardmore, Pa.
Tue. 8/15; 6:30 p.m. — Summer Lites Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come enjoy four courses of lite fare and lighter beers under summer lights from Head Chef Brittany Jones and Senior Head Brewer Tim Stumpf.  $40]

Berwyn, Pa.
Thu. 8/10; 6:30 p.m. — Dad's Hat and La Cabra Collaboration Dinner at Nectar [Nectar is partnering with our friends at Dad's Hat Distillery and La Cabra Brewing for a multi-course dinner.  $65]

Danville, Pa.
Sun. 8/13; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Knife & Barrel Exclusive Recipe Dinner at Old Forge Brewing Company [A three-course meal paired with the new Dry Hopped Saison, Imperial IPA, and Tripel Cerise. Bottles of each available for sale to go after the dinner.  $65]

Boalsburg, Pa.
Sat. 8/12; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — State College Brew Expo at Tussey Mountain Ski Area [We continue to follow the original motto and add our new slogan "Good Beer, Good Music, Great Cause!" The expo will continue to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer of Penn State.  $45-$60]

Cape May, NJ
Thu. 8/10; All day — Draft Release: Watermelon Wheat at Cape May Brewing Company [Our Watermelon Wheat doesn’t have just a hint of watermelon: we want you to be surrounded by fruity goodness.  $PAYG]

Coatesville, Pa.
Sun. 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Boxcar's Speakeasy-Inspired Pop-Up Beer Garden at Brandywine Outfitters [Boxcar Beer, PA Wine and Spirits, Food Trucks, Music, Outdoor Lawn Games, and Stillwater Kayaking available.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Fri. 8/11; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Evolution Happy Hour at Dog and Bull [Beers from Evolution Craft Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Wed. 8/16; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Wicked Weed Wednesday at World Of Beer [Wicked Weed's Botanica, Brettaberry, Genesis, Pacificmost Gose, and Southern Ambrosia.  $PAYG]

Lahaska, Pa.
Thu. 8/10; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Adjuncts & Infusions at  Free Will Taproom at Peddler's Village [Interactive flights. "Students" will receive a base flight, which they will be able to infuse with spices provided by Savory Spice.  $15]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 8/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Wyndridge Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse [A brewery representative will be present as well with some cool giveaways for anyone who purchases a Wyndridge draft.  $PAYG]
Sat. 8/12; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Patio Party Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [Join us on the patio for a 4-course meal featuring summer party-inspired dishes paired with selections from Moo-Duck, 21st Ammendment, Columbia Kettle Works, and LBC.  $29.95]
Tue. 8/15; 6:30 p.m. — So Long Summer Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come say goodbye to summer with five courses from Sous Chef Matt Axe paired with five delicious beers by Head Brewer Pim “Dutch” Harmsen.  $55]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 8/14; 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — RSB Lancaster Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House [We will have a 4 course meal with 4 beer pairings, music, and fun.  $TBA]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 8/10; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Green Flash Night at Pinocchio's [A lineup of beers from Green Flash.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Wed. 8/16; 7 p.m. — Iron Thrones Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for our 3rd annual Feast of the Iron Thrones. Five courses from Head Chef Jason Thomson paired with five delicious beers by Senior Head Brewer Justin Sproul.  $65]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 8/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — New Belgium Tap Attack at Funck's [Collin will be in house pouring some great liquids, chatting about the crafts, and handing out some awesome swag.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 8/10; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Bell's Tasting at Beer Love [Beers from Bell's.  $PAYG]
Fri. 8/11; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Dominion Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Dominion.  $Free]
Fri. 8/11; 8 p.m. — The Philly Golden Pretzel Award Show at Varga Bar [Details to follow.  $PAYG]
Fri. 8/11 & Sat. 8/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Brooklyn Brewery Mash presents Philly Beer Mansion at The Woodlands Mansion & Cemetery [Part of an eight-city world tour, Beer Mansion is an interactive, multi-room celebration of beer, food, music, more beer, and community.  $55-$65]
Sat. 8/12 through Sun. 8/20; All day — Pucker Up at Devil's Den [We have some new and exciting beers for you along with a few different themed nights as well. Chef Paul will be making a la carte food specials all week that will pair well with the sours on draft.  $PAYG]
Sun. 8/13; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — S.E.E.D. Festival at SugarHouse Casino Event Center [The area’s first fully vegan food and beer festival, an inclusive and sustainable experience that everyone can enjoy — vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.  $35-$65]
Mon. 8/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Stone at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Stone.  $Free]
Mon. 8/14 through Sun. 8/20; All day — The Pig Days of Summer at Alla Spina [Our week-long celebration will feature a series of nose-to-tail dishes such as whole pig's head, pig head bruschtetta, fried pig tails, and roasted pork sandwiches. On tap will be an incredible line-up of discounted drafts from local Baltimore Pike brewery, Sterling Pig - the perfect pairing for our array of specialty dishes.  $PAYG]
Tue. 8/15; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Southern Tier at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Beers from Southern Tier.  $PAYG]
Wed. 8/16; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 [Free samples of each beer we will discuss are offered as our treat to you during the class.  $Free]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 8/11; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Terrapin Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Terrapin.  $Free]

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.
Fri. 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25; 6 p.m. — Canoe & Brew at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company [Enjoy a 3-mile canoe trip on the scenic Delaware River followed by a flight of our very our ShawneeCraft Brewing Company brews.  $50]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 8/10; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Stable 12 Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Stable 12.  $Free]
Thu. 8/10; 5 p.m. — Collaboration Celebration w/ Free Will and Levante Breweries at The Side Bar [Join the teams of Side Bar, Free Will, and Levante for happy hour for a very limited release of Levante and Free Will's collaboration Cloudy Squared on draft.  $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Sat. 8/12; 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — West Reading Craft Beer Fest at Olympian Ballroom [Founded by local people, holding a local beer event, benefiting local breweries and local charity.  $40-$45]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 8/12; 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Wilmington Downtown Brew Fest at Chelsea Tavern [Over 100 brews representing over 40 local breweries, 3 live acts and two local DJs, 11 local restaurants and 2 local food trucks, designated VIP area including "special" brews and beer-friendly finger foods, free Lyft incentives, and Market Street's first Home Brew Competition.  $35-$50]




© 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, August 09, 2017

5 favorite beers of last week (July 31-August 6)

Contrary to my notes below, I did get out of the house last week. But, there was plenty to do around the house and yard, therefore the kegerator's taps were flowing freely. And I wouldn't have these three on tap if they weren't solid. And how about that homebrew from 2010? Still surprising.

(My homebrew in its early development stages.)

~ Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout (~11%), by The Brew Lounge (in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Who knew 53 twelve-ounce bottles could last so long? For starters, it didn't lose its harsh sour cherry edge and show off its rich chocolate characteristic until nearly a year post-bottling. Then, consider it's a roughly 11% ABV beer, bursting with cherry and chocolate flavors; it's more of a sipping sharer than a chugger. This was my second-to-last bottle and I was so impressed by how decently it had held up that I selfishly figured it warranted a place on this list. I don't have a lengthy homebrewing resume, even to the point where I would say it's not fair to other homebrewers to call me a homebrewer, but with results like this one (and the one remaining bottle) I have a decent track record. Now...when will I drink the last bottle?

(Answer to a Jeopardy clue: What are three stellar local beers on tap in my house right now?)

~ Puddlers Row ESB (5.4%), by Conshohocken Brewing Company (Conshohocken, Pa.)
    This sixtel has been on tap at The Brew Lounge twice before. Been a favorite of mine since they opened in 2014 and they've won national recognition for it in competition. A very well-made beer perfect for the segue between the end of a hot summer day and dinnertime.

~ Saison Vos (6.5%), by Sly Fox Brewing Company (Pottstown, Pa.)
    A favorite of mine for longer than the ESB if only for that it's been brewed that much longer than Conshohocken's beers. They're both well-made in their own right. This sixtel has shown up at least a half dozen times, maybe eight or nine times since the kegerator went live on the sunporch. My go-to local Saison, though to be fair, quite a few others are encroaching on that list.

~ Pynk (5.5%), by Yards Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Not too many fruit beers make my best-of lists. Even fewer would ever qualify for a full 5.16 gallons inventory at Chez Kolesar. This one from Yards is a slightly, but refreshingly, tart one and chock full of raspberries and cherries and is also a significant annual fundraiser for the Tyanna Foundation. Time and thirst permitting, there could be a second sixtel on tap before summer's end.


("Levante at The Stables" in Chester Springs, Pa. -- Photo courtesy of Levante Brewing Company)

~ Clean Living Saison (5.5%), by Levante Brewing Company (West Chester, Pa.)
    Did someone say refreshing? That's what this Saison from Levante is serving up, with a nice, but not overwhelming, dose of lemongrass and ginger flavors. Had this at their new outpost for Levante beers, called Levante at The Stables, which is also home to at least two food trucks and a side food operation from Split Rail Tavern. The thing is a bit of a joint venture, one of which details I need to, admittedly, learn more about. Quite a suburban/rural undertaking on this striking, nearly 200-year-old, farm property with plenty of parking, entertainment, and room for the kiddies to roam.


Click back here for an index of all beers that I've covered in the past.




© 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, August 03, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: August 3 - August 9

Did I hear you say that you'll be somewhere in or around the Greater Philly area this next week and are looking to choose from three dozen or more beer events? At your service...

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.

Adamstown, Pa.
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Bark & Beerfest at Stoudts Brewing Company [Live music, 13+ styles of Stoudts beer, alll kinds of hot dogs and toppings (including veggie dog), dog vendors, and a dog misting station in our courtyard.  $10-$12 + $PAYG]

Atlantic City, NJ
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pinelands Tap Take Over at Harry's Oyster Bar [Pouring 6 varieties of delicious Pure as the Pines brews, at the outside bar.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [A craft brewery draws its character and strength from its community, but it can also give back to the community and help create positive change.  $PAYG]

Cape May, NJ
Sat. 8/5;  10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival at Emlen Physick Estate [All-day festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer foods ... steamed crabs, pulled pork, crab cakes, shrimp and hot dogs, as well as food from regional vendors.  $PAYG]

Coatesville, Pa.
Sun. 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Boxcar's Speakeasy-Inspired Pop-Up Beer Garden at Brandywine Outfitters [Boxcar Beer, PA Wine and Spirits, Food Trucks, Music, Outdoor Lawn Games, and Stillwater Kayaking available.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — National IPA Day with Founders Brewing at World Of Beer [Enter to win a swag bag from Founders with every draft purchased.  $PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Happy Hour Firkin at Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden [We'll be tapping a firkin of 3LB IPA loaded with Simcoe & Warrior plus featuring a couple of other beers on tap.  $PAYG]
Tue. 8/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 at World Of Beer [Super limited edition beers.  $PAYG]

Harleysville, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cloudy2 at The Butcher & Barkeep [Join the teams of Free Will, Levante, and The Butcher and Barkeep for a very limited release of Levante & Free Will's Collaboration Cloudy Squared on draft.  $PAYG]

Kutztown, Pa.
Sun. 8/6; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Maple Mistress Release Party at Saucony Creek Brewing Company [Come out and celebrate the release of Maple Mistress. We have Manatawny Creek Ramblers playing tunes.  $5 + $PAYG]

Lahaska, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Beer & Cheese at  Free Will Taproom at Peddler's Village [Learn how best to choose cheeses to enhance your beer selection from Certified Cicerone, Samantha Seltzer. For this class we are teaming up with Fromage Deux to get our hands on some of their amazing cheese selection.  $15]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sun. 8/6; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Home Brew Hang at Hunger N Thirst [An instructive brewing session and a sampling of beers that will last throughout the afternoon.  $10 + $PAYG]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Dogfish Head Tap Attack at Funck's [Beers from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Thu. 8/3; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - National IPA Day at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [We're digging into our Vintage Stash and spinning some groovy Vinyl for one fantastically awesome Happy Hour. For August, we're pouring '07 120 Minute IPA, '09 Squall, '10 Burton Baton, and '13 Hellhound On My Ale.  $PAYG]

Mount Holly, NJ
Sat. 8/5; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Major Nelson Pale Ale Can Release at Spellbound Brewing Company [One of our most popular beers in the tasting room is now making it to the canning line.  $PAYG]
Sun. 8/6; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Opacity Release Party at Village Idiot Brewing Company [Double dry hopped with motueka and wai-iti.  $PAYG]

Newtown, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; All day — National IPA Day 2017 at Isaac Newton's [We always try to purchase some of the world’s greatest IPAs while endeavoring to get the freshest beers possible.  $PAYG]

Pennsauken, NJ
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Pints For Pets at Double Nickel Brewing Company [Join our adoptable dogs for a relaxing afternoon and a portion of proceeds from a special firkin will benefit our pets.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Victory Tasting at Beer Love [Beers from Victory.  $PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — National Watermelon & IPA Day at Devil's Den [We will have IPAs, we will have Watermelon Beers, and we will have a Watermelon Double IPA.  $PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — BeerLOVE and 2SP turn 2 at Beer Love [It's hard to believe we've been here 2 years, and so has 2SP Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 7 p.m. — Goose Island Migration Week at Garage-Fishtown [Come out, drink some cold beers and eat some tasty Chicago classics.  $PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; All day — Beastie Boys’ MCA Birthday Celebration with Two Roads Brewing Company at American Sardine Bar [Join us at American Sardine Bar as we celebrate the life and music of the late great Adam “MCA” Yauch with Beastie Boys-inspired food and drink.  $PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m. — Sour Saturday at City Tap House-University City [Sours are extremely tasty and deserve your absolute attention - which is why we dedicate an entire day and 20+ taps to this stellar style every summer.  $35]
Sun. 8/6; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — The OC on Walnut St: The Bruery Comes to Tria Taproom at Tria Taproom [Welcome Director of Distribution and Operations Jonas Nemura of The Bruery. We'll pour three of his beers at special prices all day and night, and he'll be on hand from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. to chat about these rare and exciting offerings.  $PAYG]
Mon. 8/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Weyerbacher at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Weyerbacher.  $Free]
Tue. 8/8; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Secret Lair Burlesque at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Join us at The Lab for an evening of classic burlesque and serious brews.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 8/4; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 8/4; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Starr Hill Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Starr Hill.  $Free]
Fri. 8/4; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Golden Road Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Golden Road.  $Free]

Reading, Pa.
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at FirstEnergy Stadium [2 ½ hour all-you-can-eat buffet along with a 2 hour beer tasting.  $28]
Sun. 8/6; All day — Summer Hopfest at Liberty Taproom [Come join us once again for a relaxing Sunday aftrernoon with the grill and music going on the patio as well as a killer lineup of hoppy beers from some of our favorite breweries.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m. — Yards Beer Tasting at Washington House [Learn more about Philly’s hometown beer and their mission.  $PAYG]

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.
Fri. 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25; 6 p.m. — Canoe & Brew at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company [Enjoy a 3-mile canoe trip on the scenic Delaware River followed by a flight of our very our ShawneeCraft Brewing Company brews.  $50]

Somerdale, NJ
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — National IPA Day at Flying Fish Brewing Company [We will be introducing our new Jersey Juice IPA.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Dogfish Head Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Dogfish Head.  $Free]




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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

10 favorite beers of last week (July 10-July 30)

If Beer Weeks can define a week as ten days (or eleven this past year in Philly?), then I'm going to take the liberty of defining my last week of favorite beers as covering 21 days! What can I say? Have I been slacking? Not at all.

Been busy on many fronts, including two weeks of travel to Winston-Salem, NC — you'll see below how that turned out to be such a worthy destination. The first week of this three week period did not have much to write home (or to you) about. But the last ten-plus days certainly made up for it. Read on and let me know if you agree.


(Rich, full, and balanced flavors in a big bottle.)

~ Uísque Fumaça (7%), by 2SP Brewing Company (Aston, Pa.)
    The brewery's website lists this under "Special Beers" and it certainly earns that right. Head Brewer Bob Barrar finished this smoked porter in both Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and Rye Whiskey barrels. My personal preference says the quality and the depth of flavor wins with the super smooth and perfectly balanced whiskey version.


(One of the most distinctive looking beers I've had in some time. The color gives this one away.)

~ Ghost Station Berliner Weisse w/ Raspberries (4%), by Crime & Punishment Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    It's all berry, all tart, and all refreshing. Perfect for summertime and perfect at 4% ABV. Had this during the brewery's 2nd anniversary party. It's the only beer I ordered twice. I love the inspiration behind C&P's beers and naming. With Ghost Station, on their website they describe it as being "Named in honor of the secret trains that ran between East and West Germany during the Cold War. Brewed with 126 pounds of red raspberry puree..."

(A work of art, both on paper and in the glass.)

~ Sofiya (6.1%), by Crime & Punishment Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Lot of very good things happening (or shall I say, brewing) at Crime & Punishment on Girard Avenue. The brewery's first foray into bottling coincided with the anniversary and upon bringing a bottle home with me and later diving headfirst into it, I can report that the barrel-aged Saison (in Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) turned out very, very well.

(Comfy and inviting environs in which to enjoy a Dark Mild, ESB, or Dry Stout.)

~ Dark Mild (3.7%), by Hoots Beer Co. (Winston-Salem, NC)
    Once you find Hoots in Winston-Salem's historic West End neighborhood, I challenge you to make it only a short visit. There's no food at the brewery, but the adjacent family-friendly Mexican restaurant - The Porch Kitchen & Cantina - has that covered with ease and you should not miss that either. At Hoots, brewer Dave McClure's (of award-winning brewing history at Foothills and Red Brick) Irish Dry Stout and the ESB are phenomenal, but if I was sessioning the evening away (or the day, for that matter, why not?) the Dark Mild is what you'd find in my hand. Guaranteed, and that's a challenge that I'm willing to take.

(Photogenic bar for a picture perfect beer.)

~ Sorachi Grace Saison (4.8%), by La Cabra Brewing Company (Berwyn, Pa.)
    Been a couple few too many weeks since I'd last been to La Cabra. That was thankfully rectified and I was justly rewarded with a nice herbal and citrus balance in this farmhouse ale.

(A lot to like about this airy brewpub outside of Lancaster.)

~ Frican Saison (6.2%), by Mad Chef Craft Brewing (East Petersburg, Pa.)
    Rounding out my three 2-year anniversary parties in three weekends as Mad Chef in the middle on July 22. Their food, as much as their beer, continues to really impress me. So, do I put up the American IPA (6.3%), the Frican Saison (6.2%), or the F-18 IPA (6.3%) up as my favorite of the week? Tough call, but Saison is unmistakably my favorite year-round go-to style. At Mad Chef, brewer Sean Raney has nailed it. If you're anywhere near Lancaster, Mad Chef should be on your list of three breweries to visit.

(Just your run-of-the-mill Monday draft board at TJ's.)

~ Supplication (7%), by Russian River Brewing Company (Santa Rosa, Ca.)
    We're fortunate in the Philly area to have access to a near year-round supply of beers from the vaunted Russian River from California. When this sour cherry ale, aged in Pinot Noir barrels, can show up on a random Monday at TJ's in the suburban town of Paoli, yeah, you know were fortunate. This, btw, is likely my favorite from the brewery's sour side of the menu, as it sports the trifecta of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus while spending a year in the barrels.

(Solid summer beer to enjoy all day long.)

~ SRT Ale (4.6%), by Sly Fox Brewing Company (Pottstown & Phoenixville, Pa.)
    I recently picked up a sixtel of Saison Vos, the beer that has appeared in my home kegerator more than any other in the seven years of proud kegerator ownership, and while at the brewery also was fortuitous to come home with some canned Hop Project 002 and SRT Ale. The SRT makes an annual appearance in the spring and draws its inspiration from the SRT (Schuylkill River Trail), to which proceeds from this beer's sales are donated. It's a low-alcohol, hop-forward ale that I'm sorry I did get to sooner than mid-summer. The Hop Project is packaged in 16 oz. cans with the removable lid. This version in the series/project is sporting Centennial, Simcoe, and Denali hops and goes down all too easily.

(Two Old Hos hanging out together, one from '05 and the other from '06.)

~ Old Horizontal [2005] (11%), by Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Parkesburg, & Kennett Square, Pa.)
    If you follow me closely on social media (and, duh, why wouldn't you?! I use social media much more responsibly than some people. **handy FB link and Twitter link**), you may have noticed I've been working my way through a whole bunch of vintage beers. Many of which have very little business still being around 10+ years after bottling, much less five. This "Old Ho" from Victory has actually held up rather well after nearly 12 years. Not too much sherry or oxidation notes. Poured carefully to leave behind the sludge (though, surprisingly not too much), this is still a nice rather rich drinking barleywine that has held up similarly to certain Brooklyn Monster and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywines.

(Plenty of both indoor and outdoor space to enjoy excellent beers from Wise Man.)

~ Week's Work English Mild (3.3%), by Wise Man Brewing Company (Winston-Salem, NC)
    Unlike Hoots, Wise Man is very easy to find. Just off the edge of downtown W-S, the 7-month-old brewery is making a strong impression with beers that wander into the extreme. Rebel Funk Brett Saison (6.3%) and Table of Brotherhood Tart Wheat IPA (5.5%) are two such examples. But, similar to Hoots, they really, really (did I say "really"?) caught my attention with their low alcohol offerings -- Week's Work English Mild, Scoop Dogg Cream Ale (5.6%), and Open Confession Scottish Ale (3.6%). The brewery is very kid friendly, very dog friendly, food truck friendly, and well good independent beer-friendly.


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