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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: May 25 - May 31

Ready to close out the month of May? Ready for Philly Beer Week?

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. 6/3; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — PBS39 BrewFest at Coca-Cola Park [We expect to feature craft beers from 40 brewers and distributors, local and beyond. And, of course, will include great live music and local vendors. Proceeds from the Seventh Annual PBS39 BrewFest will support PBS39 programming.  $5-$50]

Ardmore, Pa.
Thu. 6/1; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Go Nuts for Doughnuts Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Iron Hill Brewery and Benchwarmer”s Coffee and Doughnuts come together to create four unique doughnuts paired with four unique beers.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 6/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [Entire proceeds from special cask sales will be donated to Center for Animal Health & Welfare.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Sat. 6/10; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — 5th Anniversary at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [More Info about beer lineup, anniversary beer, food trucks, etc, will be announced shortly.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Sat. 5/27; All weekend — BeerFest at ArtsFest at Civic Club Garden [We have partnered with the fine folks at Ever Grain Brewing Co. to bring a beer garden to Artsfest.  $TBD]
Sat. 6/17; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — Harrisburg Brewers Fest at Locust & Third Streets [Sampling of beersfFrom up to or approximately 40 breweries.  $10-$50]

Lancaster, Pa.
Tue. 6/6; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Calypso Caribbean Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us on the patio for five Caribbean themed courses from Head Chef Anthony Beaner paired with five delicious beers by Senior Head Brewer Tim Stumpf.  $65]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 5/25; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Long Trail Tasting at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Long Trail.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Thu. 5/25; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Burgers ‘n’ Brews: Shake Shack x 2SP at Shake Shack [Join us for a guided tasting of 2SP Brewing Company beers expertly paired with four rounds of Shake Shack burgers, event-only specials, and beer milkshakes.  $35]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 5/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer and Bees Fundraiser at Second District Brewing Company [We're hosting an event to educate attendees about protecting our bees and other pollinators, and as a fundraiser for the non-profit environmental group, PennEnvironment and their “Save the Bees” campaign. As part of this effort, we've created a one-time-only, limited time beer brewed with honey sourced from local bees.  $PAYG]
Thu. 5/25; 6 p.m. — Beer Dinner at Bar Hygge [Details to follow.  $TBD]
Fri. 5/26; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Ommegang Tasting at Beer Love [Ommegang will be in house pouring samples of some of their finest beers.  $Free]
Fri. 5/26; 5 p.m. — Friday's Sixtel: North Country Belgian Raspberry Sour Porter at Grey Lodge Pub [We can't find a good description of this beer anywhere online. But who cares, it sounds awesome.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/26; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Free Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Tasting samples of beers from Conshohocken Brewing Company.  $Free]
Sun. 5/28; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — Memorial Day Bash at Garage-South Philly [One of Philly's hottest new restaurants, Res Ispa, will be #indacart and Brooklyn Brewery will be in house with beer, specials, games, and fun. Beach attire is encouraged.  $PAYG]
Thu. 6/1; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Opening Tap for Philly Beer Week at The Fillmore [The official opening event and night for Philly Beer Week's 10th anniversary.  $15-$92]
Fri. 6/2 through Sun. 6/11; All day and night — Philly Beer Week at Hundreds of establishments across the Philadelphia region [Celebrate Philadelphia as America’s Best Beer-Drinking City with a ten-day festival.  $Varies]
Tue. 6/6; 6:30 p.m. — Funk, Sole, and Rock & Roll at World Café Live [Funk Brewing Company and Sole Artisan Ales are two of the top new breweries in Pennsylvania. What better way to enjoy their rare and innovative beer than accompanied by performances from Swift Technique, Johnny Showcase, and The Dead Flowers.  $10 + $PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Camp On Tour at Penn's Landing [This summer, Beer Camp on Tour takes over Penn’s Landing with hundreds of craft beers, the city’s best food trucks, live music and good times.  $40-$75]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 5/25; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Beer & Fish Taco Pairing at Liberty Taproom [With May and summer finally here, we welcome Taproom favorite Stone Brewing company back for a citrusy and hoppy seafood pairing.  $PAYG]

Rio Grande, NJ
Thu. 6/1; 5 p.m. — Weyerbacher & Cape May Brewing Co. Collaboration Takeover at Rio Station [We are happy to have both Weyerbacher and Cape May Brewing Co. taking 7 of our taps. They are bringing together their awsome brewers to make a collaboration brew, Paradise 160 India Pale Lager.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Tue. 5/30; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill [Four courses of food perfectly paired with four great beers.  $40]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 5/26; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — La Trappe and Teresa's Pay It Forward at Teresa's Next Door [Five La Trappe beers wil be pouring with all of the proceeds going to the Kyle Ambrogi Foundation, a local charity.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 6/10; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ride The Rails at Boxcar Brewing Company [Come out for an event to remember as we board 1930’s style train cars and head down the historical West Chester Railroad to Glen Mills picnic park. We provide the food (a rockstar spread), Boxcar beer (all of our best brews), and live music.  $25-$50]
Sat. 6/10; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — H.O.P. Party at Levante Brewing Company [Bring five non-perishable food items or more and we'll hook you up with a free pour for helping other people in need.  $10-$45]
Sat. 6/17; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ride The Rails at Boxcar Brewing Company [Come out for an event to remember as we board 1930’s style train cars and head down the historical West Chester Railroad to Glen Mills picnic park. We provide the food (a rockstar spread), Boxcar beer (all of our best brews), and live music.  $25-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — West Chester Craft Beer Festival at Charles A Melton Arts & Ed Center [We're going to have an amazing line up of breweries and beers. Food trucks, artisan vendors and beer. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Charles A Melton Arts & Ed Center.  $5-$50]




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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pictures from my book signing appearance last week

The Wyomissing Public Library sent along a few pictures from my event there last week. In case you missed it, here's a link back to some wrap-up notes and a picture of my beer "menu".

Anyone else want to do an event like this? You know where to find me.








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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5 favorite beers of last week (May 15-21)

Alrighty, I enjoyed doing this last week so much, I'm gonna keep it going. As many of you know, "favorite" beers are often found in the context of people and place. This past week, for me, was no exception.

Again, in alphabetical order by brewery:

(SeaQuench takes center stage at Jose Pistola's.)

~ SeaQuench Ale, by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Del.)
    A few weeks back, brewery sales rep Wendy Domurat tossed a couple of these at me. Lime and sea salt dominate this refreshing "session sour" (4.9%). Since then, a couple more six-packs have found their way into my cooler. In the past week, Men's Health, for what it's worth, gave it their nod of approval. This was a weekend pleaser too (see Free Will, next) during/after plenty of vigorous outdoor work. Plus, I took this one to my book signing too (see Spoonwood, further below) and the attendees were likewise pleased. Seems like this one will be around for a while.

(Don't overlook gems such as the Kölsch.)

~ Community Kölsch, by Free Will Brewing Company (Perkasie, PA)
    So much outdoor work got done this last weekend and early Sunday evening made it all worth it with this really nice and clean Kölsch (4.8%) with mild fruit notes from a brewery that gets plenty of attention for its sours.

(The best meal of the day...and pleased to have finally made my first visit to the SPTR Wheat Beer Fest.)

~ Wit Or Wit Out, by St. Benjamin Brewing Company (Philadelphia)
    Before heading off to the festival at Citizens Bank Park, my pal Greg and I stopped for a couple beers at South Philly Tap Room's annual Wheat Beer Fest. Only had time for two beers and some live music so I made one of them the St. Benjamin Wit or Witout. Gave me a chance to meet a new crew member at St. Ben, Shawn, and toss back a beer that I haven't had in a while. It's a solid and refreshing Belgian Golden (4.6%) with extra, but subtle, spicing.

(This is how good it was.)

~ Meta Shepherd, by Second District Brewing Company (Philadelphia)
    And after the festival at the ballpark, it was time for some South Philly neighborhood action. Only my second time at Second District, but both visits have been home runs. Any idea what goes extremely well with the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese on the menu? This "smoked porter conditioned on juicy pineapple puree" (6%). Say what? "Weird and wonderful", perfectly described by the brewery. Really wonderful.

(A picture of Cold Drip Doppio before leaving Pittsburgh.)

~ Cold Drip Doppio (Wigle Whiskey barrel-aged), by Spoonwood Brewing Company (Bethel Park, PA)
    Did you see the beers I was serving during my book signing last week? There was this one that really stood to both the attendees and me. It was this wonderfully layered strong coffee beer (8%) with whiskey barrel notes, all so well balanced and nothing overpowering. So smooth, so nice.




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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Taste of Philly Beer Week 2017 (June 1-11)

Photo credit: Philly Loves Beer

According to the official website, we're told that Philly Beer Week 2017 is only ten days away. Yes, you read correctly. This year it begins yet a day earlier to further imperialize our Beer Week. Thought it about time to check out the schedule and see what's a-happening this year and whether it's worth, as they suggest, taking any time off from the ol' day job.

An undertaking the size of Philly Beer Week and the required organizational skills - coordinating many establishments and their hundreds of events across 10 er 11 days - is not for the faint of heart. Communicating everything the PBW-going consumer needs to know should be of paramount importance. Without them (well, both the consumers, and the details), what is there?

The calls have already come in to the Brew Lounge hotline and I'm happy to report back that I'm here again, for the tenth year, to spreadsheetatize your PBW schedule to supplement, complement, improve upon the official website calendar of events.

I took an early look and, as of earlier this morning, Mon. May 22, here's a quick recap of what can be found out there for our beer-going ways. Remember, this schedule, as it does every year, will change right up until the opening bell, er Opening Tap, and then somewhat bewilderingly throughout almost every day of PBW. Your best bet is to depend upon the official PBW website, app (when it arrives, and failing all else, checking with the establishment. (p.s. no spreadsheet to share quite yet, just some keen observations)

- 406 unique "event" listings
- 70 unique establishments

Number of events currently listed by day
   Thursday, 6/1 - 14
   Friday, 6/2 - 40
   Saturday, 6/3 - 46
   Sunday, 6/4 - 37
   Monday, 6/5 - 36
   Tuesday, 6/6 - 42
   Wednesday, 6/7 - 41
   Thursday, 6/8 - 44
   Friday, 6/9 - 36
   Saturday, 6/10 - 42
   Sunday, 6/11 - 28


Regarding the establishments
   ~ 62 of the events are at a Uno location
   ~ 23 of the events are at one of the "beer gardens"
   ~ 22 of the events are at a Whole Foods store/pub location
   ~ 4 of the events listed are related to the Hammer of Glory tour
   ~ 2 of the events listed are for the Beer Under The Big Top event
   ~ 1 of the events is the Opening Tap
   ~ Of the remaining 292 events
      ~ 15 are at Jose Pistola's
      ~ 12 are at The P.O.P.E.
      ~ 12 are at Teresa's Next Door
      ~ 11 are at Grey Lodge Pub
      ~ 11 are at Lucky's Last Chance in Queen Village
      ~ 10 are at Bait & Switch Seafood
      ~ 10 are at Eulogy Belgian Tavern
      ~ 10 are at Good Dog Bar
      ~ 10 are at Hop Angel Brauhaus
      ~ 10 are at Johnny Brenda's
      ~ 10 are at El Camino Real
      ~ 10 are at The Victoria Freehouse
      ~ 10 are at Lucky's Last Chance in Manayunk

Regarding the events
With only 10 days to go, even though much may still be added to the calendar, if forced to pick an event each day, here's what looks good to me (in case you were asking!)
   Thursday, 6/1 - Niño Bacelle of Brouwerij De Ranke at Monk's for lunch followed by the Hammer of Glory Tour and capped off with Opening Tap at The Fillmore
   Friday, 6/2 - Official PBW Uptown Beer Garden
   Saturday, 6/3 - It's A Firkin Riot! at Johnny Brenda's
   Sunday, 6/4 - A Devil's Den version of Free Will Sour Sunday
   Monday, 6/5 - Omme-gash, it's All-gang at Good Dog
   Tuesday, 6/6 - New Kids On The Block at Standard Tap
   Wednesday, 6/7 - Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beers at Clarkville
   Thursday, 6/8 - 2SP and Bagby Beers at Cinder
   Friday, 6/9 - Modern Times & Hermit Thrush featured tappings at Jose Pistola's
   Saturday, 6/10 - Wayne Music Fest with Teresa's Next Door, Tröegs, La Cabra, Rusted Root, Huffamoose, Mason Porter, Ben Arnold, and more
   Sunday, 6/11 - A Nodding Head, Curt Decker, Coppertail brunch at Memphis Taproom

Welcome Newcomers
And unless my eyes (and memory) deceive me, here's a list of newcomers to this year's roster that may be worth checking out during PBW. (not passing judgement, just listing 'em)
   ~ Bait & Switch Seafood
   ~ Chick's
   ~ La Cabra Brewing Company
   ~ Pizzeria Stella
   ~ Tiki

How's that to kickstart your thirst for great beer and Philly Beer Week 2017, the tenth edition?




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Friday, May 19, 2017

Success again last night with my Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic book



Really pleased with a turnout of 25 last night at the Wyomissing Public Library. Part presentation and a whole lot of beer tasting. Guests were invited to bring their own and here's a picture of what I brought. Big thanks again to the library for a great facility in which to host the event and promote my book. May have yet a couple more opportunities spinning off as a result.

You didn't know this is how my book signing events work, now did you?!





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May 2017: News update, part 2

Just a few things to share with you this week.

~ This is one way to think about recent big beer, little beer battles. [link to The Full Pint]

~ Wonderful news for Baltimore. [link to Union Craft's website]

~ Lots of al fresco beers this summer in Philly. [link to Parks On Tap]

~ And, lastly, a plug for my favorite beers encountered last week. [link right back here to The Brew Lounge]




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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: May 18 - May 24

Is this what you call the calm before the Philly Beer Week storm? Whatever you call it, there's plenty of it to soak up. Cheers!

And....I trust you know all about my Book Signing tonight in Wyomissing?

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.

Cape May, NJ
Thu. 5/18; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Scientists On Tap at Cape May Brewing Company [Try some CMBC brews while learning about our ocean's animals from the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center.  $10+$PAYG]

Collingswood, NJ
Sat. 5/20; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. — 1-year Anniversary Party at Devil's Creek Brewery [We’ll be tapping our exclusive Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged beers.  $PAYG]

Doylestown, Pa.
Sat. 5/20; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — Hopfest at Penn Taproom [Hops, hops, and more hops, including Russian River's Pliny The Elder.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 5/20; All day — 4th Year Anniversary Party at Hunger N Thirst [We have been hording some rare and delicious kegs to celebrate with all of you to mark the occasion.  $PAYG]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Goose Island Sampling at Funck's [Meet a brewery rep, grab some free swag and glassware while supplies last.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Two Roads Tasting at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Two Roads Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Tue. 5/16 through Fri. 5/19; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. — American Craft Beer Week at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [American Craft Beer Week brings together a nation of craft beer fanatics and honors everything our industry has come to represent.  $PAYG]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tattered Flag Sampling at Funck's [Meet The guys from Tattered Flag and grab some great craft beers from our neck of the woods.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sun. 5/21; 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Braumeister with the Brewmasters at Victory Brewing Company [Includes a welcome beer, a tour of our Parkesburg facility led by one of our Brewmasters, a Braumeister tasting session led by our Brewmasters, 1 take-home crowler, a Q&A session, plus small bites, and a chance to chat with our Brewmasters following the tasting session.  $50]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 3 p.m. — Yards Beer Night at Barcade [We’ll have all their usual favorites as well as a couple rare beers straight from the brewery.  $PAYG]
Thu. 5/18; 10 p.m. — Smuttynose Presents: Storytellers at Heritage [Come out, drink some great Smuttynose beers on draft, then take the stage and tell us a good story.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/19; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Sly Fox Tasting at Beer Love [After cutting his teeth in sales for 15 years, Pete Giannopoulos opened the Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery.  $Free]
Fri. 5/19; 5 p.m. — Friday's Sixtel: Avery Perzik Peach Saison at Grey Lodge Pub [A classic saison—dry, crisp, fruity, spicy and refreshing—with a dose of summer—peaches.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/20; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Wheat Beer Fest at South Philadelphia Tap Room [Over 30+ drafts will bring you a sparkling array of witbier goodness to choose from- we’ll have a bunch of other styles too: super fresh IPAs, cool sours, pilsners, ciders… and much much more.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/20; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Citizens Bank Park [Guests will be treated to hundreds of amazing craft beer and wine samples from around the world showcased throughout the entire concourse, enjoy great live band and DJ entertainment, free parking, 2 tickets to a Phillies game at CBP during the 2017 season, free admission to the official after party, and sample multiple spirits, bacon, jerky, and other all-star product vendors.  $25-$70]
Sat. 5/20; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Preakness with Stillwater & Evolution Brewing at Devil's Den [Join us for the Preakness, with a draft list form two Maryland breweries, Stillwater and Evolution.  $PAYG]
Sun. 5/21; All day — Firestone Walker — Sour Sunday at Kite & Key [Firestone Walker want to get Sour on the Kite & Key with a sampling of a great lineup from the Barrel Works Series.  $PAYG]
Tue. 5/23; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Magic Hat Circus/Zirkus Boy Night at Grey Lodge Pub [Magic Hat's Circus Boy, a beer Scoats really loves, is a tasty lemongrass wheat ale fermented with American wheat beer yeast. Magic Hat has made a special version, Zirkus Boy, that has been brewed with German hefeweizen yeast.  $PAYG]
Tue. 5/23; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Philly Beer Scene Awards at World Café Live [Join your favorite local brewers and bar owners and walk down the red carpet to one of the fanciest and most anticipated beer events of the year.  $35]
Wed. 5/24; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Pint Night at Revolution House [A selection of Yards brews.  $20]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 5/19; 11:30 a.m. — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Stop by the Brewhouse & Eatery to see which delicious brews will be on the hand pumps.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Wed. 5/24; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Meet the Brewer at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Sam and Augie Carton of Carton Brewing will be swapping stories and highlights of their brew day, as well as details about Deli, a beer that evokes the aspects of the archetypal pastrami sandwich: bitter, salty, sweet, sour, and umami.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Sat. 5/20; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — KBS Beer Tapping at The Horse Tavern & Grill [Founders Imperial Stout from '15 and '14 will also be on tap.  $PAYG]

Voorhees, NJ
Sat. 5/20; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Taste of Summer Patio Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Party outside on the patio to celebrate warmer weather and summer beers, featuring the release of Creamsicle Wit and Blueberry Mahalo, Apollo!  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 5/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Stoudts Brewing 30th Anniversary at Teresa's Next Door [Join Carol Stoudt for their 30th anniversary party here at Teresa's. We'll be pouring some great beer from one of the breweries that has been a foundation of the local beer market.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 5/19; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from River Horse Brewing Company.  $Free]

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 5/18; All day — Founders Brewing Co. Launch Party at Two Stones Pub [Help us welcome Founders Brewing Co. to Delaware with a launch party at your local 2SP.  $PAYG]




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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6 favorite beers of last week (May 8-14)

Remember how, if we throwback to the ancient days of yesterday, I mentioned getting some better content besides event calendars out here in this wondrous Brew Lounge space? How about we try a second consecutive posting day?

Out there in the strange social media world, I'll frequently put out snapshots of beers enjoyed at any given moment. A few astute, naturally, but brief comments. How about I share them with a bit more context here? Let's give this a try in a weekly format. The number of beers will vary from week to week, depending upon circumstances. But the idea will hold that I share some good and interesting beers and a few notes about the liquid or the people behind them.

Last week, I was in San Francisco for work with my day job's clients. Think I found some great beers along the way? Indeed I did.

In alphabetical order by brewery:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, by 21st Amendment Brewing (San Francisco/San Leandro)
    I've long maintained that this is one of very few beers that makes perfect sense to be served with a piece of fruit on the rim. Take a bite of the sweet watermelon and then chase it with the beer that has a touch of refreshing tang from the the rind. And, it should go without saying, that it tastes even better at the airy 2nd Street brewpub. Next up for me - a long overdue first visit to the new production brewery across the Bay in San Leandro.

(The poster beer for 21st Amendment Brewery just a few blocks from the home of another city icon, the San Francisco Giants.)

Imperial Coffee & Cigarettes, by Cellarmaker Brewing (San Francisco)
    Another batch of Taco Hands (collaboration with Philly-area Tired Hands) was on tap, so was the excellent Dank Williams. Better still, though, was the imperialized version of a the coffee beer original at Cellarmaker. Seems everyone is trying to find their way here, but a Thursday evening was near capacity yet comfortable with quick, attentive service.

(Cellarmaker, one of the city's youngest and most sought-after breweries. Plus, just around the corner from City Beer Store.)

Citraison, by Faction Brewing (Alameda)
    I'd heard enough of the great views and unique location of Faction Brewing. It's Rodger Davis' place of his own, who has a long history in brewing, most recently at Triple Rock in Berkeley. A two-hour "session" on Alameda Island (just south of Oakland) had me enthralled with the Pils, the Stomper Pale, and the Anomaly (pale) Milk Stout. Not to mention the entrancing views look back west toward the skyline of San Francisco. But the one I had two of was the perfect Citraison - with Citra hops, rose hips, and oh yeah, it benefits those with breast cancer.

(A view of great beer and a great city from Faction Brewing Company in Alameda, Calif.)

Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia aged in Red Wine Barrels, by Kiuchi Brewery (Japan)
    The new Hitachino Nest location on Post Street a few blocks from Union Square pretty much lived up to exactly what I was hoping it would be. Small plates of enticing food. The seductive cuts of Wagyu beef; I had Beef Tongue on a skewer. Plus, the usual suspects from the brewery in addition to some more special-than-average ones, such as Espresso Stout. But, I'm betting if you like the Nipponia Ale that, like me, you'll really love the red wine barrel-aged version.

(Hitachino Nest, from Kiuchi Brewery, has its first home outside of Japan.)

Ashbury Alt, by Magnolia Brewing (San Francisco)
    I was recently having a conversation back home in Philly about classic styles, Altbier being one of them that I love to find. Düsseldorf is the home of this wonderfully malt-forward style. Domestically, though, here in the States, there aren't many noteworthy ones of which to speak. The Ashbury Alt is certainly one that appreciators of the style should search out. And, if you're at the home of Magnolia beers at Smokestack, pair this with some ribs and brisket and you'll be quick to thank me.

(A comfortable space in the Dogpatch neighborhood is home to Smokestack barbecue and Magnolia beers from owner/brewmaster Dave McLean.)

The 49er, by Thirsty Bear Brewing (San Francisco)
    One of my last visits during this San Francisco trip was at the invitation of the good people of Thirsty Bear, who have been doing their Spanish tapas-and-beer thing on Howard Street very close to the Moscone Center for over twenty years. Brenden Dobel has been brewing there since 2002 and they went organic in 2007. This year for American Craft Beer Week (May 15-21), they're paying homage to the California Common indigenous yeast strain in three new beers. Dobel shared with me the California Common (already on tap) and the Cable Car IPC (still in the brite tank at the time and released this week). Both very, very well done and deserving of multiple glassfuls, but the one that caught my attention was the crisp, clean, and refreshing The 49er - showing a solid Pale and CaraPils malt bill with a tasteful hop kick from Magnum and Perle. Still want something more, something more unique? Check them out on Sunday evenings for live Flamenco dancing.

(Head Brewer Brenden Dobel showing off the brewery and some Berliner Weisse barrel-aging at the 20+ year-old Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in downtown San Francisco.)




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