Thursday, January 18, 2018

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: January 18 - January 24

You keep drinking beer. They keep throwing events. Keep the circle unbroken my friends. Enjoy.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region and over here for a look at Philly Tap Finder's event draft lists.

Bridgeport, Pa.
Sat. 1/20; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pittsburgh Invades Philly Tap Takeover at Conshohocken Brewing Company [The following breweries will be pouring: Fury Brewing Company; Grist House Craft Brewery; Dancing Gnome Brewery; Full Pint Brewing; Voodoo Brewery; Roundabout Brewery. And of course, Conshohocken Brewing's beers and full food menu will be available all day.  $PAYG]

Drexel Hill, Pa.
Thu. 1/18; 6 p.m. — Nugget Nectar First Squeeze at Station Tap [Nugget will be served three ways once again.  $PAYG]

Mount Holly Springs, Pa.
Fri. 1/19; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Bell's Tap Takeover at Cassell's Grille [We are very excited to welcome Bell's and their award-winning beers.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 1/18; 4 p.m. — California Dreamin' at American Sardine [Beat the winter doldrums and get into a sunnier, more beatific state of mind with over 10 different drafts from the Golden State.  $PAYG]
Thu. 1/18; 4 p.m. — These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty Release Party at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Based off a traditional German Roggenbier (Rye beer) recipe, we decided to up the malt profile by dumping in over 50lbs.of Philly soft pretzels into the mash, then finished it with just a hint of sea salt and mustard seed.  $PAYG]
Thu. 1/18; 9 p.m. — 2018 Pin-Up Girl Calendar Release Party at Varga Bar [Come meet the calendar girls and a portion of drink special proceeds goes to the U.S.O.  $PAYG]
Thu. 1/18; All day — Winter Beer Night at Barcade [Join us as we warm things up with a selection of our favorite winter beers.  $PAYG]
Sat. 1/20; All day — 120 on 1/20 at Grey Lodge Pub [We tap a sixtel of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA every January 20.  $PAYG]
Mon. 1/22; 4 p.m. — Crime & Punishment at Martha [Featuring beers from Crime & Punishment.  $PAYG]
Tue. 1/23; 5 p.m. — Bell's 18 of 18 at City Tap House-Logan [With the release of the always sought after Hopslam, we're going with 18 beers to celebrate. More beer is never a bad thing for the record.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Thu. 1/18; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Taste Of Phoenixville at Phoenixville Foundry [Great local food at a great price for an even better local cause.  $100]
Sat. 1/20; 5:30 p.m. — Robert Burns Night at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale and Burns Scottish Ale will be pouring, the bagpipes will be piping, and the arrival of the Haggis will be marked by a spirited reading of Burns' Ode to a Haggis.  $PAYG]
Wed. 1/24 and each Wednesday through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings over the course of the 10-week program, then bring your stamped ID card to the finale on St. Patrick's Day for entry into the drawing to win fun prizes including the grand prize of a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Thu. 1/18 and each Thursday through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings over the course of the 10-week program, then bring your stamped ID card to the finale on St. Patrick's Day for entry into the drawing to win fun prizes including the grand prize of a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 1/18; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Terrapin Stout & Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pairing at Liberty Taproom [We will be pairing three really exciting Terrapin variant stouts with delicious chocolate covered pretzels.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Wed. 1/24; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Benevolence Night at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Dogfish will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Lewes–Rehoboth Meals on Wheels to support the awesome work that they do.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Sat. 1/20; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Winter Brewfest at The Horse Tavern & Grill [75 Beers, 25 Breweries, 25 Bar Taps.  $45-$65]

Stroudsburg, Pa.
Sat. 1/20; 12 p.m. — Pocono Winter Beerfest at Sherman Theater [Featuring over 100 different beers from your favorite breweries and more.  $35-$55]

Swarthmore, Pa.
Fri. 1/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tröegs Nugget Nectar First Squeeze at 320 Market Cafe [First tapping of Nugget Nectar, featuring free prints from our favorite artists.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 1/18; 4 p.m. — Glitter Parts, Tickle Parts, & Fruit Fetish — Can Releases at Levante Brewing Company [Taproom opens at 4; Wristband pick-up at 4; Can sales at 6. After the wristband line ends, we immediately start selling the remaining cases for those without a wristband.  $PAYG]
Fri. 1/19; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples from Downeast Brewing.  $Free]




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: January 11 - January 17

Off to a strong start, as expected, here in the new year. How are your beer resolutions looking thus far? Let some of these events help.

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.

Dover, Del.
Fri. 1/12; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Release Party — Millenium Ale at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company [Music, food truck, and the release of Millenium Ale.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Fri. 1/12; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Tröegs Nugget Nectar First Squeeze at The Bottle Room [We'll be featuring one of Tröegs most popular beers, Nugget Nectar, in three different ways: on draft, on nitro, and in a firkin.  $PAYG]

Easton, Pa.
Fri. 1/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Rare Taps and Tapas at The Tap Room at Weyerbacher [We're partnering with Local Mama Catering to bring you four courses, each paired with a 5 oz. Weyerbacher beer.  $55]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sat. 1/13; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cask Fest at River Horse Brewing Company [We'll be tapping over 20 specialty casks — some traditional favorites, like Oatmeal Milk Stout with mint and vanilla, and Special Ale with chocolate and chillies. But also so many new creations that we've never tried before.  $20+$PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Sat. 1/13; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Barrel-aged Beer Party at Sturges Speakeasy [We're pulling some of the best barrel-aged beers out to warm you up on a wintry day.  $PAYG]

Horsham, Pa.
Wed. 1/17; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Russian River Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey [Four-course dinner served with Russian River's Pliny The Elder, Salvation, Blind Pig, and Consecration.  $65]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 1/12; 6 p.m. — Free Will Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse [On tap we will be featuring Ella, C.O.B., Cloudy With A Chance Of Charcuterie, The Kragle IPA, Biere'ded Phantom, Stay Tuned, Whit, and Raptor's Delight.  $PAYG]
Sat. 1/13; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Ring In The New Year Craft Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [We'll be pairing up four delicious Isaac's-inspired dishes with four great crafts from our favorite breweries.  $29.95]

Milton, Del.
Fri. 1/12; All day — Wooden It Be Nice? Wood-Aged Bitches Brew Release at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [We are bringing Bitches Brew back, but this time we will be aging this bold, dark, Imperial stout in our oak and Palo tanks.  $PAYG]

Mount Holly Springs, Pa.
Fri. 1/12; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Yards Tap Takeover at Cassell's Grille [Welcome our friends from Philadelphia.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Fri. 1/12; 6:30 p.m. — Bacon & Beer Dinner at Caffé Gelato [A five-course meal served with six beers and one cider.  $79]
Tue. 1/16; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer Soap Making Class at Argilla Brewing Company [We will make soap from scratch, learn how to make a recipe, blend Essential Oils, and the in-and-outs of soap making. You take home one pound of beer soap that we make.  $45]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 1/12; 12 p.m. — Sly Fox Mudlust Launch at City Tap House-Logan [What do you get when you combine the dark robust malts of Sly Fox Brewing with espresso beans from South Philly's Herman's Coffee?  $PAYG]
Fri. 1/12 & Sat. 1/13  — Big Philly Beerfest at Pennsylvania Convention Center [Join us as we celebrate great craft beer from down the street and around the country.  $45-$80]
Tue. 1/16; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping-Goose Island at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Featuring beers from Goose Island.  $PAYG]
Wed. 1/17; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Happy Birthday Ben Franklin at Kite & Key [We will have the taps lined with some of Ben’s favorite suds.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Wed. 1/17 and each Wednesday through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings over the course of the 10-week program, then bring your stamped ID card to the finale on St. Patrick's Day for entry into the drawing to win fun prizes including the grand prize of a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Pittston, Pa.
Thu. 1/11 through Sun. 1/14; All weekend — Triple Limited Release Weekend at Susquehanna Brewing Company [This weekend we will be releasing not one, but three specialty brews. Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am, Southern Rye IPA, and Toes Up Salted Caramel will be available on draft in our Tasting Room.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Thu. 1/11 and each Thursday through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings over the course of the 10-week program, then bring your stamped ID card to the finale on St. Patrick's Day for entry into the drawing to win fun prizes including the grand prize of a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]




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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: January 4 - January 10

Here we go my beer folk brethren — the first weekly calendar of the new year. Hope you're staying warm out there with hot beer.

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

Croydon, Pa.
Wed. 1/10; 7 p.m. — Cigar & Beer Dinner with Tröegs at Dog and Bull [Come see why customers have forced us to add another night of this great event.  $55]

Milton, Del.
Thu. 1/4; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - The Bitches (Brew) is Back at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [12 Bitches Brew, '13 Bitches Brew, '14 Bitches Brew, '15 Bitches Brew, and a special guest DJ.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 1/4; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Fly Like An Eagle Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Wooder ice is a staple street snack in Philadelphia, and we’ve decided to craft a hazy, dank, fuzzed out beer in it’s honor.  $PAYG]
Thu. 1/4; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Sly Fox Tap Takeover  at St. Stephen's Green [Live music, giveaways, raffles, and more.  $PAYG]
Fri. 1/5; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. — Dart Shooting for Victory at Grey Lodge Pub [Luck of the draw darts. Prizes from Victory. $4 pints of Victory Home Grown.  $PAYG]
Sat. 1/6; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer 101 at Philly Beer School [This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history. Eight different brews will be sampled.  $40-$79]
Wed. 1/10; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tröegs First Squeeze Nugget Nectar Release at Kite & Key [The folks from Tröegs have a special surprise for us.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Mon. 1/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Guest Beertender Monday ~ Ann's Heart for Code Blue at Stable 12 Brewing Company [Come out and support this great cause that serves our local residents and neighbors.  $PAYG]
Wed. 1/10 and each Wednesday through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Complete 8 Boot Camp evenings over the course of the 10-week program, then bring your stamped ID card to the finale on St. Patrick's Day for entry into the drawing to win fun prizes including the grand prize of a trip to Ireland.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Wed. 1/10; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Benevolence Night at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Dogfish will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Surfrider Foundation — Delaware Chapter to support the awesome work that they do.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 1/5; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Free Will at Washington House [Join us this Friday for our beer tasting to sample some of these super-local brews.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 1/5; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples from Sterling Pig.  $Free]




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Friday, December 29, 2017

Beer Event Calendar: Philadelphia & beyond: What To Do in January 2018

New Year. More Beer. Happy, happy. Don't let this shorter-than-usual monthly list throw you off. The first posting of the January calendar each year looks like this. I'll keep up with it in the coming weeks as brewers and bar owners shake off their 2017 dust and hangover and get more events together for you. Hang tight, grab a beer, and until then check some of these out.

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
Mon. 1/1; 12 p.m. — 9th Anniversary at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; All day — Pliny, KBS, & CBS at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; All day — New Years Day Good Luck Pork & Sauerkraut Special at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; All day — New Year's Day at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 1/4; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Fly Like An Eagle Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 1/4; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Sly Fox Tap Takeover  at St. Stephen's Green in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/5; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. — Dart Shooting for Victory at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 1/10; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tröegs First Squeeze Nugget Nectar Release at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/12; 12 p.m. — Sly Fox Mudlust Launch at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 1/16; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping-Goose Island at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 1/17; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Happy Birthday Ben Franklin at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/20; All day — 120 on 1/20 at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/22; 4 p.m. — Crime & Punishment at Martha in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 1/25; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Cape May Tap Takeover at St. Stephen's Green in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/27; 12 p.m. — Cuvée Day at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 1/28; All day — Sour Bowl IV at Brü Craft & Wurst in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 1/1; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Recovery Brunch & Parade of Beers at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout Release at The Greeks Next Door in Narberth, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/20; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pittsburgh Invades Philly Tap Takeover at Conshohocken Brewing Company in Bridgeport, Pa. [$PAYG]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 1/1; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — New Year's Day Pork & Sauerkraut Ride at Oakbrook Brewing Company in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — New Year's Day at Spring House Brewing Company in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; All day — Who Cares About New Year's Resolutions? Drink High Calorie, High Alcohol Stouts Instead! at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 1/4; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - The Bitches (Brew) is Back at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/5; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 1/5; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Free Will at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 1/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Guest Beertender Monday ~ Ann's Heart for Code Blue at Stable 12 Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 1/10; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Benevolence Night at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Wed. 1/10 and each Wednesday through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 1/11 and each Thursday through 3/17; All day — St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/12; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 1/12; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Yards Tap Takeover at Cassell's Grille in Mount Holly Springs, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/12; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Release Party — Millenium Ale at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company in Dover, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/12; 6 p.m. — Free Will Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/12; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Tröegs Nugget Nectar First Squeeze at The Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/12; All day — Wooden It Be Nice? Wood-Aged Bitches Brew Release at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/13; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Barrel-aged Beer Party at Sturges Speakeasy in Harrisburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/13; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cask Fest at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing Township, NJ [$20+$PAYG]
Thu. 1/18; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Terrapin Stout & Chocolate Covered Pretzel Pairing at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 1/19; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Bell's Tap Takeover at Cassell's Grille in Mount Holly Springs, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/20; 5:30 p.m. — Robert Burns Night at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 1/24; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Benevolence Night at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/27; 12 p.m. — Belgium Comes to West Chester at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 1/27; All day — Russian River at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 1/28; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, Pa. [$PAYG]


after January in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Sat. 2/3; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Free Will Flight Night at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 2/10; All day — Winterfest 2018 at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sat. 1/6; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer 101 at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$40-$79]
Fri. 1/12 & Sat. 1/13;  — Big Philly Beerfest at Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa. [$45-$80]

after January in Philadelphia
Fri. 2/2; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — 8 Beers To Try Before You Die at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$60-$99]
Tue. 2/6; 7 p.m. — Lost Abbey Dinner with Tomme Arthur at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. [$115]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 1/10; 7 p.m. — Cigar & Beer Dinner with Tröegs at Dog and Bull in Croydon, Pa. [$55]
Wed. 1/17; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Russian River Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$65]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 1/12; 6:30 p.m. — Bacon & Beer Dinner at Caffé Gelato in Newark, Del. [$79]
Fri. 1/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Rare Taps and Tapas at The Tap Room at Weyerbacher in Easton, Pa. [$55]
Sat. 1/13; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Ring In The New Year Craft Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Tue. 1/16; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer Soap Making Class at Argilla Brewing Company in Newark, Del. [$45]
Thu. 1/18; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Taste Of Phoenixville at Phoenixville Foundry in Phoenixville, Pa. [$100]
Sat. 1/20; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Winter Brewfest at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$45-$65]
Sat. 1/20; 12 p.m. — Pocono Winter Beerfest at Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pa. [$35-$55]
Thu. 1/25; 6 p.m. — January Beer Dinner at The Millworks in Harrisburg, Pa. [$60]
Sat. 1/27 & Sun. 1/28; 12 p.m.-3 p.m.; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Super Barrel Weekend 2018 at The Tap Room at Weyerbacher in Easton, Pa. [$25-30]
Tue. 1/30; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Evil Genius Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$40]




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



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Rest in Peace 2017 -- Thanks for all the beers

As I do each year, it's time to look back on those individuals and their significant contributions to the industry that we lost in 2017. Many thanks to additional feedback from Brian Yaeger, Tara Nurin, and Don Russell.

9/8/17, Tom Draper, 76, bicycle accident
  ~ Father and father-in-law to Mariah and Sam Calagione, Draper's passing was a sudden blow to the media world as well as the Calagione family. Sam referred to him as his "greatest business mentor" in a statement following the accident. [link to DelMarVaNow.com]

August '17, Trent Dolyniuk, cancer
  ~ A big personality and talented chef whose name Brian Yaeger passed along to me, Dolyniuk had a hand in Columbia County Brewing in St. Helens, Ore. so he, too, gets included here. [link to Portland Mercury and a profile that Yaeger wrote just prior to Dolyniuk's passing]

7/26/17, Tony Knipling, 63, heart attack
  ~ A major force behind craft beer over the last twenty years in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Vecenie Distributing. [several links here: link to his obituary; one from Chris Dilla of Bocktown link to Bocktown Beer & Grill; another from Bob Batz at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; and my piece that was published in Ale Street News]

4/28/17, Curt Plants, 33, blood infection
  ~ Trained in both brewing school and under John Maier at Rogue, Plants opened GoodLife Brewing in Bend, Ore. in 2011. His sudden loss was a shock to his family and the beer community. His Sweet As! Pacific Ale won a gold medal at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. [link to The Bend Bulletin]

3/19/17, Pierre Zuber, undisclosed
  ~ Information was difficult to come by regarding Pierre's passing. A sad loss for the Belgian beer drinking community. My hope is that if you'd been to Brussels prior to his passing, you had a chance to meet and drink with this incredibly friendly, hospitable, and knowledgable personality who ran the Délices et Caprices beer shop. [link to a profile of Zuber at Brussels Life]

3/5/17, Zach Ziegler, 32, undisclosed
  ~ A founding partner in Molly Pitcher Brewing Company, Ziegler helped bring better beer at this still growing brewery in downtown Carlisle, Pa. [link to The Sentinel's website]

March '17, Ben Flerchinger, undisclosed
  ~ A long time brewer at Lucky Lab in Portland, Ore., Ben passed unexpectedly in March after a brief stay in the hospital. More recently he spent time at Gigantic Brewing and across the Columbia River in Washougal, Wash. at 54’40° Brewing. He was a significant presence on the Portland-area brewing scene including the Lucky Lab Barleywine Festival, Cheers to Belgian Beers Festival, and BenFest. [link to a video tribute at Lucky Lab's website]

2/4/17, Wajih Abed, 71, cancer
  ~ Abed and Fergus Carey were the two that opened and grew Fergie's Pub into one of Philadelphia's most must-visit bars over the last 22 years. [link to Philly.com and link to Philadelphia Weekly and a column by Don Russell]

If you care to look back on the previous ten years that I've been doing this year-end wrap, consult the links here for: 2016, 2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010,  2009,  2008,  and 2007.

As in past years, I'll repeat a soothing message: Be still sad heart and cease repining; Behind the clouds the sun is shining, Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life a little rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary. ~ Longfellow




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Friday, December 22, 2017

December 2017: Beer News update, part 2

Some brews bits and bytes here to close out your year in beer news in Philly and beyond.


~ Good thing it was only a one-year contract for Flying Fish. [Link to Foobooz/Philadelphia Magazine]

~ An ending of a different type in Philadelphia. [Link to Philly Voice]

~ Some new stuff coming out of Sly Fox. [Link to Brewbound]

~ Still going. [Link to BeerPulse]





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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: December 21 - December 31

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

Choose from the following to close out 2017 the best way you know possible — with Great Beer! Hope you've been having a great holiday season, a rewarding upcoming Christmas, and a bright outlook for a new year.

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.

Berwyn, Pa.
Fri. 12/22; 4 p.m. — Double Can Release at La Cabra Brewing [Clement DIPA and Hipster Catnip IPA pounder 4-packs.  $PAYG]

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 12/30; All day — Hoppy Holidays at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Nothing spreads good cheer like a dozen over hopped beers.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Tue. 12/26; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Founder's CBS Can Drive at The Bottle Room [We are pairing up with Founders Brewing Company for a canned food drive and featuring the coveted Canadian Breakfast Stout on draft. To purchase a draft of CBS we request that you bring 2 canned goods or a $5 donation. Canned goods and monetary donations will go to Philabundance charity.  $PAYG]

Harleysville, Pa.
Sun. 12/24; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Christmas Eve Bottle Bazaar at Butcher & Barkeep [Hook up your friends and family with seriously good big bottles of sours, stouts, and other oddities.  $PAYG]

Horsham, Pa.
Thu. 12/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Complimentary Wine & Beer Tasting at Iron Abbey [Beer tastings from Neshaminy Creek.  $Free]

King of Prussia, Pa.
Thu. 12/21; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Thursday Tasting — Vintage Aventinus at King of Prussia Beer Outlet [We will be sampling different vintages of Schneider Weiss Aventinus, a world renowned weizenbock. Vinatges from as far back as 2008.  $Free]

Lansdale, Pa.
Sun. 12/31; 9 p.m. — NYE Block Party at Round Guys [12oz special RGBC branded glass, unlimited draft beer fills all night until midnight, and ring in the New Year with our keg drop.  $35]

Lititz, Pa.
Thu. 12/28; 5:30 p.m. — Barrel-aged Beer & Food Tasting at Bulls Head Public House [Five-course menu with a couple Pennsylvania Barrel-Aged beers that will be tapped in the pub after the dinner for a post-dinner reception.  $69]

Malvern, Pa.
Fri. 12/22; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. — Holiday Party & Food Drive at Locust Lane Craft Brewery [Come out with your family and friends to enjoy an evening of drinks, food, music, and giveaways while supporting the People's Pantry at Church Road in Frazer.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/30; 4 p.m. — PSU v Washington: Fiesta Bowl at Locust Lane Craft Brewery [We will be tapping into your Penn State Philanthropic Spirit by raising money for THON while we enjoy the game. We'll be canning all day as well as donating a portion of the day's proceeds.  $PAYG]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 12/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack at Funck's [Special lineup of beers from Bell's.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 12/21; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Dark Dank Night at The Cambridge [Join us as we ring in the holidays with a night of exclusive dark beers, winter cocktails, live jazz music, and raffles.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/22; 3 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of Belgian and Belgian-style beers.  $Free]
Fri. 12/22; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sonoma Pride Fundraiser with Russian River and Firestone Walker at Memphis Taproom [100% of your donations made through the Sonoma Pride fundraising initiative will be used locally in Sonoma County, and be distributed directly to the victims of the current wildfire outbreak. Sponsored by Russian River, Firestone Walker, and Memphis Taproom.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Holiday Happy Hour Fundraiser at Devil's Den [There will be drink specials and a 50/50 raffle to support our animal rescue efforts.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/23; 7 p.m. — Festivus at Grey Lodge Pub [We celebrate Festivus the traditional, old fashioned way with all the trimmings including the beautiful unadorned aluminum pole, a meatloaf dinner, and Feats of Strength. And it wouldn't be a Grey Lodge event without great beer. We will have a greatest hits of Christmas seasonals. The draft list will be updated as we get closer to Festivus.  $PAYG]
Sun. 12/24; 8 p.m. — Christmas Eve Party at Varga Bar [We crack open some of our personal stashed beers. We share them with everyone. We have some draft/can specials. Richard cooks up some specials. Patrick will be behind the bar. Everyone can save time by just wearing their pajamas (preferably onesies) to the party.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/26; 11 a.m. — Boxing Day at Memphis Taproom [Get festive with Dupont, Jolly Pumpkin, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, S0le, De Ranke, Brasserie De La Senne, Young’s, Ridgeway, De Struise, and many more.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/26; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Winter Beer Fest at World Cafe Live [We will be pouring over 50 beers (winter seasonals, double IPAs, all kinds of stouts & porters, as well as special one-offs and rarities). Food is also included as well as two sets from the beloved Whiskeyhickon Boys.  $50]
Thu. 12/28; 8 p.m. — Choice Tasters 10th Anniversary Bash at P.O.P.E. [Featuring six beers from Pizza Boy.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/29; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Ballast Point Victory at Sea – Peanut Butter at Grey Lodge Pub [Ballast Point released a few special variations of Victory at Sea, their 10.5% imperial porter. We went with the peanut butter one. This beer is already full of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Peanut butter should take it right over the top.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/29; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing at Philly Beer School [This class combines the talent of one of Philadelphia’s top beer geeks and beloved cheesemongers for the ultimate class on beer and cheese pairings.  $52-$99]
Sat. 12/30; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Free Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Manager's choice.  $Free]
Sun. 12/31; 9 p.m. — New Years Eve Firkin' Good Time at Brauhaus Schmitz [it's going to be a firkin good time, hint hint.  $PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; All day — New Years Day Good Luck Pork & Sauerkraut Special at Brauhaus Schmitz [On your way out to see the Mummers Parade, get your Good Luck Pork and Sauerkraut Special over mashed potatoes.  $PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; All day — New Year's Day at Devil's Den [We will be celebrating all day with some of our favorite Pennsylvania Breweries, plus a special brunch.  $PAYG]
Mon. 1/1; 12 p.m. — 9th Anniversary at Local 44 [Not sure what to do with that holiday hangover on New Years Day? Look no further. We're throwing your hangover a party.  $PAYG]
Thu. 1/4; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Fly Like An Eagle at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Wooder ice is a staple street snack in Philadelphia, and we’ve decided to craft a hazy, dank, fuzzed out beer in its honor.  $PAYG]
Sat. 1/20; 10 a.m. — 120 on 1/20 at Grey Lodge Pub [We tap a sixtel of Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA every January 20.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 12/29; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — River Horse Brewing Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from River Horse.  $Free]

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 12/31; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — NYE Beer Dinner With The Bruery at Liberty Taproom [A fantastic lineup of beers from The Bruery paired with five courses of amazing dishes created by Chef Trevor Fake and the rest of our culinary crew.  $65]
Mon. 1/1; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — New Year's Day Pork & Sauerkraut Ride at Oakbrook Brewing Company [Start out the New Year right with some bikes, Neversink Mountain, good people, and local brew.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Mon. 1/1; 11:30 a.m. — Who Cares About New Year's Resolutions? Drink High Calorie, High Alcohol Stouts Instead at Teresa's Next Door [A bunch of big, black, bold beers to help you recover from the hangover you deservedly have. De Molen, Firestone, Weyerbacher, and a bunch of others to make New Year's Day just as insane as 2017 has been.  $PAYG]




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