Monday, April 21, 2014

I'm writing a book

It will be entitled Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. And it will go part of the way to describe why I've been seemingly more quiet than usual thus far in 2014.

I think I was supposed to have told you about this quite some time ago. Or, maybe not. There was no way I wanted to jinx things by talking about a deal that was not officially done at that point.

While all of the fun legalese was being hammered out, I was putting together the plans for how I would cover all the good stuff happening across the 4-state "mid-Atlantic" region of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Good stuff meaning beer, of course. And, by beer, it means it will cover not just the breweries and brewpubs making the stuff, but the bars and restaurants that are serving it well, too. Plus, a section for some homebrew shops and recipes from them as well. It'll be close to 400 pages by the time all is said and done.

No small undertaking for sure. Not to mention, on a very short timeline. However, it's a job that must be done. It's been a while since a regional "guide book" has been published to tell of the tasty happenings in the beer world around these parts. Though, don't envy me. How many times have you heard about "all the new places opening nearly every day"? Yup, that'll be me trying to figure out who's in and who's out of the book, amidst the constant change in the landscape. Fortunately, I'll be able to add a small chapter/appendix right before publishing that basically will serve as a simple listing of all close-to-completion or should-be-open establishments by the time the book hits the retail shelves.

So I've been at it for around 8 weeks or so now and have covered off much of Delaware, a good half or so of New Jersey, and pieces of western and northeastern Pennsylvania. Maryland is upcoming up this weekend and then plenty of remaining gaps to be filled in over the next couple of months.

The requisite Facebook and Twitter pages dedicated to the book should be up any day so that I can do a better job of publicizing and whatnots along the way. It's definitely been an exercise in organization as much as anything so far.

That's probably enough to say for now. I figure it's probably a bit of a shock just to see words here that aren't event calendar listing-related.

Here's a link to Amazon if you should care to pre-order. You'll see it's due to publish in January. I'll do what I can - which might mean, not much :( - to see this on bookshelves prior to the holidays, but there's a lot I can't control in the project timeline once the manuscript leaves my hands.

Nonetheless, it'll be a tasty yet crazy ride along the way. Have a place that you think I might not be familiar with that is an absolute, must-do somewhere in the great wide world of PA/NJ/MD/DE? Drop a note to me and let me know.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 17 - April 23

You didn't think because it's Easter weekend that the beer events calendar would take a break, now did you? And, miss the annual Split Thy Skull and take the chance of missing Easter dinner the following day?

Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.


Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa.--- Thu. 4/17 - Liquid Hero Sampling (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Liquid Hero, one of York's newest breweries.)
@Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa.--- Fri. 4/18 - Friday Night Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Ithaca's popular "Box of Belgians," which includes Hopbloem, Fleur de Belgique, Obscurite, and Laissez Faire.)

@Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 4/23 - Local 44 Collaboration Beer ($PAYG for the launch of our newest collaboration beer, Unity, a Kölsch-style brewed with Hersbrucker Hops for us by Victory Brewing Company.)
@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 4/21 - Happy Hour (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for Tröegs brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections.)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 4/23 - Resurrection Ale House Collaboration Beer ($PAYG for the launch of our newest collaboration beer, Unity, a Kölsch-style brewed with Hersbrucker Hops for us by Victory Brewing Company.)

@The Greeks Next Door, Narberth, Pa.--- Fri. 4/18 - Friday Beer Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Ithaca.)


Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 4/18 - Quacky Easter/Hoppy Easter from Duck-Rabbit (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for Duck Rabbit's Milk Stout, Hoppy Bunny, and Doppelbock on tap and prizes for the best dressed man and best dressed woman.)
@Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 4/20 - Everyone Must Drink Stone (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for a bunch of extra interesting Stone beers on tap, and Stone's rep, Lee, has Stone gear for sale at discount prices.)

@High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ--- Thu. 4/17 - Nugget Nectar Release Party (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for a Nugget Nectar release party with Cherry Grove cheeses and other beer & bite combos.)

@Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 4/19 - Great Lakes Earth Day Clean Up in Clark Park ($PAYG to help clean up Clark Park and then reap some cool Great Lakes rewards on tap throughout the day.)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 4/18 - Third Friday Firkin Fest (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG to see which delicious brews will be on the hand pumps next to our year-round Chester County Bitter.)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Thu. 4/17 - Liquid Hero (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG as one of York's newest breweries makes its Main Line debut.)

@The Trestle Inn, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 4/23 - Bella Vista Beer Night (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for new drafts coming from Bella Vista and j the audiophile spinning cool mixes.)


Anniversaries/Parties, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 4/19 - 6th Anniversary Beer Bash (12 p.m.; $PAYG for a day full of frivolity, inside and out.)

@Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 4/23 - Strangelove's Is Turning One ($PAYG for an extra special draft line up plus the debut of Strangelove's t-shirts for sale to the shirtless masses.)

@Tattooed Mom's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 4/19 - Split Thy Skull XIX (1 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for a dozen regional and national barelywines to delight the senses in big, bold, and beautiful ways.)

@Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del.--- Thu. 4/17 - Wild'n Out in Newark (12 p.m.; $PAYG for all the sour and puckering beers we can get into your mouth.)
@Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del.--- Fri. 4/18 - Happy Bday Brookside (12 p.m.; $PAYG for a great party with awesome beers.)


Food and Beer events
@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 4/22 - Teresa's Travels ($PAYG for beers and foods from Spain.)


Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Victory Brewing Company, Parkesburg, Pa.--- Saturdays in April - Parkesburg Brewery Tour (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $58 for a chartered bus trip to the new Parkesburg brewery, including a behind the scenes look at the brewery, as well as a food and beer component.)



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 10 - April 16

The tax man cometh. Best to have your malted barley remedies at the ready. Unless you're getting a refund. Then, by all means, celebrate by buying even more beer!

Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.


Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ--- Tue. 4/15 - Full Nelson Beer Release (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of this single-hopped American IPA.)
@Iron Hill, Newark, Del.--- Thu. 4/10 - Elvis’s Sideburns Beer Release (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for an American-style double IPA and a special live performance from The King himself.)

@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 4/14 - Happy Hour (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for Summit brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections.)

@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 4/11 - Beer Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Ithaca.)

@The Greeks Next Door, Narberth, Pa.--- Fri. 4/11 - Friday Beer Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Heavy Seas.)

@Tröegs, Hershey, Pa.--- Tue. 4/15 - Full Moon Firkin (11 a.m.; $PAYG for a bartop firkin of fun.)


Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 4/10 - Saucony Creek Night (4 p.m.; $PAYG for a draft list coming soon.)

@Hops Fogelsville Hotel, Fogelsville, Pa.--- Thu. 4/10 - Tröegs Tap Takeover (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for a variety of Tröegs beers.)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Thu. 4/10 - Tap Take-over with Ithaca Brewing Company (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for all of the beers in the Box of Belgians series on draft including Hopbloem, Fleur de Belgique, Obscurite, and Laissez Faire along with the crowd-pleasing Flower Power IPA, brand new Green Trail Easy-Drinking IPA, and the Ground Break American-Style Saison.)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 4/10 - Duck Rabbit Night (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG for a lineup of beers from Duck Rabbit.)

@TJ's, Paoli, Pa.--- Thu. 4/10 - Allagash Happy Hour (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for Allagash's Interlude, Curieux, Red Howes, Saison, Odyssey, White Ale, and more TBA.)

@Ulysses Gastropub, Wilmington, Del.--- Wed. 4/16 - Brooklyn Tap Takeover (5 p.m.; $PAYG for vintage and rarities from Brooklyn Brewery.)


Anniversaries/Parties, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Cottman Beverages, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 4/12 - Craft Beer Expo (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $Free tasting samples, giveaways, and discounts on many craft beers.)

@Forest & Main, Ambler, Pa.--- Sun. 4/13 - 2nd Anniversary Party ($PAYG for bottled beers & heavy hitters on tap for one day only, live bands, festivities, and as always- a few surprises will be in store.)

@Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pa.--- Sat. 4/12 - Beer Geek Festival (3 p.m.-7 p.m.; $40 for over 100 specialty craft brews for your tasting pleasure and cuisine from the best restaurants in our region. Portions of festival proceeds will benefit Marley’s Mission.)


Food and Beer events
@Brü Craft & Wurst, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 4/11 - Saison Launch (4 p.m.; $PAYG to try our newly-released Saison along with some other Yards favorites.)

@Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Thu. 4/10 and Fri. 4/11 - Chef & Brewmaster Pairing Menu (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $50 for three courses of food served with ESB, Nut Brown Ale, and Pig Iron Porter.)

@Isaac's Pickle Bar, Lancaster, Pa.--- Sat. 4/12 - Saturday Brew Review (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25 for a four-course meal featuring Isaac's favorites paired with four brewmaster picks from Ithaca Beer Company.)

@Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Tue. 4/15 - Minnesotan Comfort Food with Summit Brewery (7 p.m.; $TBA with more details to come.)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 4/15 - Teresa's Travels ($PAYG for beers and foods from Switzerland.)

@Tex Mex Connection, North Wales, Pa.--- Sun. 4/13 - Prism Beer Tasting Event (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $TBA for four awesome beers from Prism Brewery and four unique tapas style plates from Tex Mex.)

@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.--- Tue. 4/15 - Girls Just Wanna Have Suds (6:30 p.m.; $35 for some of our seasonal favorites like Summer Love, Swing Session Saison, White Monkey, and more, all delightfully paired with some exceptional cheeses.)


Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg, Pa.--- Sat. 4/12 - The Taming Of The Brew (7 p.m.-11 p.m.; $75 for an annual fundraising event that helps BTE continue to offer excellent live theatre and educational programs at affordable prices.)

@Keg & Kitchen, Westmont, NJ--- Mon. 4/14 - Beer School (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $25-$30 for a class led by Carol Stoudt and her family talking about their fermenting of beer, cheese, and bread.)

@Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 4/16 - Beer School (5 p.m.; $PAYG to learn a little something about the beer we love to serve and where 100% of your Beer School donation goes directly to Share Our Strength.)

@Philly Beer School, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 4/11 - Beer School UK (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $47.97 to taste and learn about the essential beer styles of the UK.)

@Victory Brewing Company, Parkesburg, Pa.--- Saturdays in April - Parkesburg Brewery Tour (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $58 for a chartered bus trip to the new Parkesburg brewery, including a behind the scenes look at the brewery, as well as a food and beer component.)



Thursday, April 03, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 3 - April 9

April's off to a blazing start here with the following sampling of beer events for your pleasure. Baseball's back and depending upon your rooting interests, that could be a very good thing. For the Phillies fans (sorry, I won't do "Phans". Oops, just did.), there are a few scattered events around the region that'll give you perfect opportunities to see what the Phillies have in store for you this year while putting back a few great local beers.

Check out the entire April 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.


Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@all ten Iron Hill locations in Del., NJ, and Pa.--- Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release (11 a.m.; $PAYG for a pint of our newly released Phightin’ Phils Pils with one of our specially prepared “Phillies-inspired” hot dogs.)

@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 4/7 - Happy Hour (6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for Samuel Smith's brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections.)

@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 4/4 - Beer Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Otter Creek.)

@The Greeks Next Door, Narberth, Pa.--- Fri. 4/4 - Friday Beer Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Yards.)

@Washington House, Sellersville, Pa.--- Fri. 4/4 - Erie Beer Tasting (5 p.m.; $PAYG for each of their distinctive brews which is named after a real-life, historical figure from Erie's past.)


Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Brü Craft & Wurst, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 4/3 - Tröegin It Up (12 p.m.; $PAYG)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa.--- Fri. 4/4 - Incubus Friday (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for the Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.)

@TJ's, Paoli, Pa.--- Thu. 4/3 - Otter Creek Happy Hour (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for Otter Creek's Fresh Slice White IPA, Kind Ryed IPA, and Citra Mantra IPL.)

@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.--- Fri. 4/4 - First Friday Firkin (5 p.m.; $PAYG for a firkin of double dry-hopped DirtWolf Double IPA.)


Anniversaries/Parties, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, Pa.--- Sat. 4/5 - Boone's Beerfest (2 p.m.-6 p.m.; $10-$40 for this fundraiser featuring beer, food, live music, and history.)

@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 4/5 and Sun. 4/6 - 6th Anniversary Party ($PAYG for some of our staff's favorite beers along with some special kegs we have been saving to toast the day.)

@Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 4/4 - Quad Day ($PAYG to work your quads with Sam Adams Tetravis, Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad, Sly Fox Ichor, and Weyerbacher Quad.)

@Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 4/6 - Real Ale Invitational (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $20-$65 for a variety of unique flavors from our nation's finest cask ale producers (with a wee bit of help from our friends across the pond) and complementary food and music aplenty.)


Food and Beer events
@Spninerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, Pa.--- Wed. 4/9 - Meet The Brewery (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG to celebrate the new release of Summer Wheat with Jennifer Yuengling, along with Yuengling Light vs Premium, Lord Chesterfield, Traditional Black & Tan, and Porter paired with five courses of food.)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 4/8 - Teresa's Travels ($PAYG for beers and foods from Germany.)


Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa.--- Thu. 4/3 - Charity Cask Night (5 p.m.; $PAYG as 100% of cask proceeds will be given to Northampton Community College Alumni.)

@Victory Brewing Company, Parkesburg, Pa.--- Saturdays in April - Parkesburg Brewery Tour (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $58 for a chartered bus trip to the new Parkesburg brewery, including a behind the scenes look at the brewery, as well as a food and beer component.)



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beer Calendar: What To Do in April 2014

The Philly area beer calendar knows no seasons. However, it does feel like this month's calendar is turned up just a notch and that seems to fit nicely with our improving spring weather and matching attitudes. Am I wrong?

As always, if I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.


$20 and under, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here

Philadelphia
throughout April 2014 - Brewery of the Month (Summit) @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 4/1 - Happy Hour (Bell's) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 4/1 - Beer School @Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/2 - Beer School @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/2 - Tröegs Brewery Tap Takeover @Growlers, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/2 - Sunshine Pils Release Party @Bourbon and Branch, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/3 - Tröegin It Up @Brü Craft & Wurst, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Beer Tasting (Otter Creek) @The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 4/4 - Quad Day @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 4/5 - 6th Anniverary Party @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Mon. 4/7 - Happy Hour (Samuel Smith) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/10 - Saucony Creek Night @Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/11 - Saison Launch @Brü Craft & Wurst, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/11 - Beer Tasting (Ithaca) @The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 4/12 - Craft Beer Expo @Cottman Beverages, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $Free)
Mon. 4/14 - Happy Hour (Summit) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/16 - Beer School @Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/18 - Quacky Easter/Hoppy Easter from Duck-Rabbit @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 4/19 - 6th Anniversary Beer Bash @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 4/19 - Split Thy Skull XIX @Tattooed Mom's, Philadelphia, Pa. (1 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 4/20 - Everyone Must Drink Stone @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 4/21 - Happy Hour (Tröegs) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 4/22 - Earth Day @London Grill, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 4/23 - Bella Vista Beer Night @The Trestle Inn, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/23 - Local 44 Collaboration Beer @Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 4/23 - Resurrection Ale House Collaboration Beer @Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 4/23 - Strangelove's Is Turning One @Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 4/24 - Spring House Brewery Promo @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/24 - Beer Tasting (Clown Shoes) @The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 4/25 - Local Farmhouse Ales @Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/25 - Meet The Brew Crew from Stone Brewing Co. @Perch Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 4/26 - Stiftugsfest @Cannstatter, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-11 p.m.; $10-$12)
Sun. 4/27 - West Philly Homebrew Competition @Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $10)
Mon. 4/28 - Happy Hour (Deschutes) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 4/1 - Teresa's Travels (Netherlands) @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 4/2 - Ommegang/Game of Thrones Event @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Media, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Friday Beer Tasting (Yards) @The Greeks Next Door, Narberth, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 4/8 - Teresa's Travels (Germany) @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 4/10 - Duck Rabbit Night @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/11 - Friday Beer Tasting (Heavy Seas) @The Greeks Next Door, Narberth, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Sun. 4/13 - 2nd Anniversary Party @Forest & Main, Ambler, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 4/15 - Full Nelson Beer Release @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 4/15 - Teresa's Travels (Switzerland) @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 4/17 - Liquid Hero Sampling @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 4/17 - Liquid Hero @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/17 - Nuggest Nectar Release Party @High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/18 - Friday Beer Tasting (Ithaca) @The Greeks Next Door, Narberth, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 4/22 - Teresa's Travels (Spain) @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 4/29 - Teresa's Travels (Canada) @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)



Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 4/1 - Summer Love Happy Hour @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/2 - Charity Cask Night (“Shooting for the Cure” of Relay for Life of Lower Carbon County) @Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/2 - Belgian Wit Release @Iron Hill, Wilmington, Del. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/3 - Otter Creek Happy Hour @TJ's, Paoli, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/3 - Charity Cask Night (NCC Alumni) @Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Newark, Del. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Voorhees, NJ (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Phightin’ Phils Pils Release @Iron Hill, Wilmington, Del. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Incubus Friday @Sly Fox, Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - First Friday Firkin @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 - Erie Beer Tasting @Washington House, Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/4 through Sun. 4/6 and Fri. 4/11 through Sun. 4/13 - Susquehanna Ale Trail @nine establishments in the lower Susquehanna Valley, Pa. (See website for all the establishment and event details.)
Tue. 4/8 - Happy Hour with DC Brau and Bella Vista Distributors @Side Bar, West Chester, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 4/9 - Meet The Brewery (Yuengling) @Spninerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/10 - Allagash Happy Hour @TJ's, Paoli, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/10 - Elvis’s Sideburns Beer Release @Iron Hill, Newark, Del. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/10 - Tröegs Tap Takeover @Hops Fogelsville Hotel, Fogelsville, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 4/15 - Full Moon Firkin @ Tröegs, Hershey, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 4/16 - Brooklyn Tap Takeover @Ulysses Gastropub, Wilmington, Del. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 4/17 - Wild'n Out in Newark @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/18 - Third Friday Firkin Fest @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/18 - Happy Bday Brookside @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/18 - Ithaca Tap Takeover @Isaac's Pickle Bar, Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 4/18 - Deschutes Brewery Draft Launch Party @The Fridge, Lancaster, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 4/19 - Hoppy Easter @The Fridge, Lancaster, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 4/19 - Easter Hopfest @Union Jack's on the Manatawny, Boyertown, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 4/26 - Rock & Hops @Deer Lake Pub and Restaurant, Orwigsburg, Pa. (3 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Wed. 4/2 - Sly Fox Beer Dinner @White Dog Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $45)
Fri. 4/4 - A World History of Curds and Suds @Tria Fermentation School, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $68)
Fri. 4/11 - Beer School UK @Philly Beer School, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $47.97)
Sat. 4/26 - Beer and Brewing 101 @Philly Beer School, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; $39.98)
Mon. 4/28 - Where's The Beef, A Vegan Beer Dinner @World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $45)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sun. 4/13 - Prism Beer Tasting Event @Tex Mex Connection, North Wales, Pa. (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $TBA)
Mon. 4/14 - Beer School @Keg & Kitchen, Westmont, NJ (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $25-$30)
Sun. 4/27 - Prism Beer Tasting Event @Tex Mex Connection, North Wales, Pa. (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $TBA)
Sun. 4/27 - Fare Festival @The Fuge, Warminster, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $70)



Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Saturdays in April - Parkesburg Brewery Tour @Victory Brewing Company, Parkesburg, Pa. (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $58)
Sat. 4/5 - Boone's Beerfest @Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro, Pa. (2 p.m.-6 p.m.; $10-$40)
Sun. 4/6 - Real Ale Invitational @Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $20-$65)
Thu. 4/10 and Fri. 4/11 - Chef & Brewmaster Pairing Menu @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $50)
Sat. 4/12 - Beer Geek Festival @Montage Mountain, Scranton, Pa. (3 p.m.-7 p.m.; $40)
Sat. 4/12 - Saturday Brew Review (Ithaca) @Isaac's Pickle Bar, Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25)
Sat. 4/12 - The Taming Of The Brew @Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg, Pa. (7 p.m.-11 p.m.; $75)
Tue. 4/15 - Girls Just Wanna Have Suds @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $35)
Tue. 4/15 - Minnesotan Comfort Food with Summit Brewery @Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, Pa. (7 p.m.; $40)
Thu. 4/24 - Lancaster Brewing Beer Dinner @The Yardley Inn, Yardley, Pa. (7 p.m.; $55)
Sat. 4/26 - McCoole's Beer Festival @McCoole's Arts & Events, Quakertown, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $10-$75)
Sat. 4/26 - 16th Annual Brew Fest @Manayunk Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $20-$45)
Sat. 4/26 - PA Flavor @Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $20-$75)
Sat. 4/26 - Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting @World Café Live, Wilmington, Del. (3 p.m.; $40)
Sat. 4/26 - Big Brew PA Beer Festival @Valley Forge Casino & Resort, Valley Forge, Pa. (4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $15-$80)
Sat. 4/26 - Microfest: IPA Fest @Stoudt's Brewing Company, Adamstown, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $TBA)

Mon. 4/28 - Newark Beer Dinner @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (6:30 p.m.; $TBA)
Tue. 4/29 - Springtime in Belgium Beer Dinner @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Newark, Del. (6:30 p.m.; $65)
Wed. 4/30 - Brewer's Dinner @Stewart's Brewing Company, Bear, Del. (6 p.m.; $40)




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 27 - March 31

Rest up, my thirsty friends, as you consider the last five days of beer events here in March and this modest list, by Philly standards. I can promise you as I work on the next monthly calendar as we speak, April will be a doozy.

Check out the entire March 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.


Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@Cooper's Seafood House, Scranton, Pa.--- Fri. 3/28 - Firkin Friday (4 p.m.; $PAYG for a one-of-a-kind firkin of Yards Philly Pale Ale with fresh grapefruit added directly to the firkin — brewed just for Cooper’s.)

@Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 3/30 - Dock Street Walker Beer Release (7 p.m.; $PAYG for live music from acoustic funky filth band Face and the Filthies, goblets of this never before done brew, and a screening of The Walking Dead Season Finale.)

@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 3/28 - Friday Night Tasting (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Sierra Nevada.)

@The Churchville Inn, Churchville, Pa.--- Fri. 3/28 - Imports ($PAYG for a special event draft list posted at PhillyTapFinder.com.)


Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@American Sardine, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 3/27 - Founders Night (6:30 p.m.; $25, or $PAYG, for special event draft list posted at PhillyTapFinder.com.)

@Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 3/27 - Spring House Brewing Night (4 p.m.; $PAYG for a special event draft list posted at PhillyTapFinder.com.)

@Bistro On Bridge, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Thu. 3/27 - Goose Island Takeover (7 p.m.; $25 for a flight of Lolita, Juliet, Halia, Gillian or $50 for a five-course pairing menu featuring '13 Sofie Paradisi, '13 Matilda Lambicus, '13 Lolita, '13 Bourbon County, and '12 Big John.)

@Brew, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 3/27 - Free Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Stillwater Ales.)

@Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/28 - Allagash Spins Your Right Round, Right Round (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG as Beer Lass Suzy Woods will be on hand to spin you right round with Allagash's Saison, White, Hugh Malone, Confluence, and Fluxus.)

@Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa.-- Sat. 3/29 - Hop Rampage Multi-Tap Event (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG for this tapped-out event featuring six hoppy beers.)
@Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa.-- Sat. 3/29 - British Invasion (1 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for a traditional British-inspired menu and seven beers on tap, plus a cask-conditioned ESB.)


Food and Beer events
@Braddock's, Medford, NJ--- Thu. 3/27 - Unibroue Beer Dinner (6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $65 for a five-course meal served with Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly, Don de Dieu, Ephemere Apple, Maudite, and Grande Reserve 17.)

@High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ--- Sun. 3/30 - Beer & Cheese Pairing (1 p.m.-3 p.m.; $30 for an educational and delicious beer and cheese pairing featuring Unibroue and Cherry Grove Farm.)

@Philly Beer School, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 3/27 - Italian Beer School (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $47.98 to get an education in the fastest growing high-quality beer region in the world with beers rarely seen outside of Italy.)

@The Loft at the Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Thu. 3/27 - Beer and Chocolate (7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Dock Street's Sexy Beast Chocolate Stout.)

@Two Stones Pub, Kennett Square, Pa.--- Mon. 3/31 - Kennett Beer Dinner #2 (6:30 p.m.; $75 for a six-course, six-beer dinner.)

@World Café Live, Wilmington, Del.--- Sat. 3/29 - Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (3 p.m.; $40 for two of the best things on Earth paired together in unexpected and delicious ways. Bring your vegetarian friends, too – we can accommodate them on all pairings.)


Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 3/29 - 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition (12 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; $PAYG as the winning beer will be brewed at Earth. Additional prizes too.)

@Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pa.--- Thu. 3/27 - Brewer's Summit: Meeting Of The Malts (5 p.m.-11 p.m.; $35-$125 to choose from three events that range from light appetizers and beers, to a small plates dinner, to a "post-summit" party. The Brewer's Summit will be attended by Dick Yuengling, Jim Koch, and Sam Calagione.)

@Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa.--- Fri. 3/28 - Hippie vs. Punk Beer Release (5 p.m.- 9 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of this year’s Homebrew Contest winning beer, an Imperial Black IPA.)



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 20 - March 26

Fat Tuesday and St. Patrick's Day are both behind us and Spring Breaks are lingering. But, we don't need special holidays or excuses to drink great beer. With that, here's how you can go about doing just that during the next seven days.

Check out the entire March 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.


Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Friday Night Tasting (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Widmer.)

@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Beer Release (5 p.m.-11 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of the new Allagash Saison, plus on tap with suggested pairings, and in four-packs to take home.)
@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - Game Of Thrones Pre-release Party (5 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG for a special night of staff in Game of Thrones-inspired costumes, live music, games, prizes, fire spinner, and of course, the new Fire and Blood Red Ale available on draft.)

@Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Breakfast Stout Beer Release (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of this full-bodied Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout with flavors of roast coffee and chocolate.)
@Iron Hill, Newark, Del.--- Thu. 3/20 - Spring Saison Beer Release (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG to celebrate the start of spring with the release of Saison and a featured cheese plate pairing.)

@Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)
@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)
@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)
@Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Third Friday Firkin Fest (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for a choice of two specially selected beers on the handpump in addition to the year-round Chester County Bitter.)

@The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Evolution Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Evolution.)


Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Bainbridge Street Barrel House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - DuClaw Night (7 p.m.; $PAYG for 13 DuClaw beers on tap plus a firkin of Sweet Baby Jesus with snickers.)

@Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - Wells and Young's Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG as James Chapnick will be here from the UK pouring Wells Banana Bread Beer, Wells Bombardier ESB, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, and their newest release, Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale.)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Tap Takeover with Great Lakes (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for a night with beers from Great Lakes in Cleveland, OH. including Commodore Perry IPA, Burning River Pale Ale, Belgian Tripel Dog Dare, Chillwave Double IPA, and Dortmunder Gold.)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Dominion Tasting (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout, Cherry Blossom Lager, Hop Mountain, and a firkin of Double D DIPA.)

@TJ's, Paoli, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Ithaca Happy Hour (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for Ithaca's Laissez-Faire, Hopbloem, Obscurite, Fleur de Belgique, White Gold, Apricot Wheat, Flower Power, Ground Break, and Green Trail IPA.)

@Tavern On The Lake, Hightstown, NJ--- Tue. 3/25 - Victory Brewing In The House (6 p.m.; $PAYG for Victory's Swing Saison, DirtWolf DIPA, Storm King Stout, Headwaters Pale Ale, Prima Pils, and Golden Monkey along with a special menu for the night utilizing Victory beer and pairing them with other exceptional food items.)


Food and Beer events
@Federal Taphouse, Lancaster, Pa.--- Sat. 3/22 - Craft Beer and Bacon Bash (2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25 for eight different craft beers paired with eight different bacon dishes. All proceeds benefit The Central PA Foodbank.)

@Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa.--- Sun. 3/23 - Bacon Beer Brunch (12 p.m.; $40 for four courses of bacon-themed goodness paired with Rosemary Hefeweizen, Valentinus IPA, Citra IPA, and Russian Imperial Stout.)

@Reading Terminal Market (Rick Nichols Room), Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 3/23 - Farm School: Raising Pastured Pork and Creating Charcuterie with Stryker Farm and Rooster St. Provisions (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $50 to learn what sets pastured, heritage breed pork apart with a lecture, Q&A session, and tasting with farmer Nolan Thevenet of Stryker Farm. Then get the scoop on charcuterie and learn how to make your own at home with a demo and tasting from chef/butcher Tony Page of Elizabethtown, Pa.'s Rooster St. Provisions. Attendees can also enjoy local snacks from the Fair Food Farmstand and complimentary beverages from Philadelphia Brewing Co. and Commonwealth Cider.)

@Standard Tap, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - A Hop Eclipse Now (6:30 p.m.; $TBA for pairings still to come.)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 3/25 - Teresa's Travels ($PAYG for unusual English drafts and traditional casks.)

@World Café Live, Wilmington, Del.--- Wed. 3/26 - Bourbon and Burgers (and other fine spirits) (6 p.m.; $45 for four burger courses each paired with a delicious bourbon.)


Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Hawthornes (across the street), Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 3/23 - Hawthornes Family Fundraiser (1 p.m.-6 p.m.; $20 for unlimited beer cup, raffles, bake sale, and live music to help support a speedy and beautiful rebuild of Hawthornes in the wake of the recent building fire.)

@Rino's, Exton, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Otter Creek Beer School 101 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $29.95 to learn about Otter Creek beers and paired with food from Rino's kitchen.)

@River Horse Brewing Company, Ewing, NJ--- Sun. 3/23 - Ewing Disaster Relief Event (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $20 + $PAYG to help out those affected by the recent explosion in Ewing. Food donations of equivalent or greater value can get you an extra drink ticket at the door.)