Thursday, August 27, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: August 27 - August 31

Not too shabby for the last five days of August, eh?

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. Labor Day weekend will find me at The Beer Yard in Wayne, Pa. with a table full of books along side of some great beers from Troegs and foods on the grill all in their annual effort to raise money for the Delaware County SPCA.

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

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

Cape May, NJ & Lewes, Del.
Sat. 8/29; 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Brews By The Bay at Cape May-Lewes Ferry ($5-$70 for live music, local foods, craft brews, yard games, and BYO-Chair.)

Downingtown, Pa.
Sat. 8/29; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods ($Free samples of Victory Ice Cream, Hobo Ed’s cold brewed coffee, and a selection of other local products.)

Egg Harbor City, NJ
Fri. 8/28; 6:30 p.m. - Craft Beer Dinner with Forgotten Boardwalk at Renault Winery ($45 for five courses of food served with Forgotten Boardwalk's Morro Castle Smoked Porter, On The Waterfront Session IPA, What The Butler Saw, 1916 Shore Shriver IPA, and Funnel Cake.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 8/29; 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - Lancaster Craft Beerfest at Lancaster Square and Binns Park ($12-$55 for dozens of options from some of the best breweries, including those right in our neighborhood and from across the country. There will be great food and live music to enjoy as well.)

Manahawkin, NJ
Sat. 8/29; 1 p.m.-7 p.m. - Manahopkin at Manahawkin Lake Park ($8-$40 for music, food, vendors, and beer tasting.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 8/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Long Trail Promo Night at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a night of beers from Long Trail.)

Norristown, Pa.
Mon. 8/31; 8 p.m.-10 p.m. - New Belgium Beer Company Draft Event at Capone's ($PAYG to meet with the folk from New Belgium Brewery, draft beers on tap, and bottles in the bottle shop.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Sat. 8/29; 3 p.m. - Anniversary Party at Jose Pistola's ($PAYG for complimentary tacos of delicious, slow-roasted pig. Beer tba, but they will be the best damn beers you've ever seen.)
Sat. 8/29; 5 p.m. - Battle of the Breweries at Bottle Bar East ($PAYG for one beer from one brewery...Winner Takes All. Featuring Round Guys, Free Will, Naked, Doylestown, and Conshohocken.)
Mon. 8/31; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. - New Belgium Brewing Philly Launch at Kite & Key ($PAYG with plenty of folks from the brewery as well as a solid lineup on tap including Fat Tire, Snapshot, Pumpkick, Slow Ride, Ranger, La Folie, Peach Oscar, Apple Felix, Eric’s Ale, and Cocoa Mole.)
Mon. 8/31; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free tasting samples of beers from Evolution.)

Quakertown, Pa.
Sat. 8/29; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. - Upper Bucks Brewfest at Quakertown Alive ($10-$70 for beer and wine samples, live music by local performers, food for purchase from various local restaurants, local vendors, and a souvenir tasting glass.)

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 8/28; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Friday Night Sampling at Beer Yard ($Free tasting samples of beers from Yards and an appearance from founding owner, Tom Kehoe.)



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: August 20 - August 26

Trust you're staying cool and hydrated here in the dog days of summer. As you're thinking end of summer vacations and back to school, know that your beer events calendar is still chock full for you with plenty of pleasant distraction available.

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. This afternoon, I kick off four days in and around Pittsburgh with plenty of books available to go with all your beers. Hope to see some of you along the way in the next few days.

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

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

Ardmore, Pa.
Tue. 8/25; 5 p.m. - Summer of Seafood Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($75 for a six-course meal paired with Cucumber Berliner Weisse, German Pilsner, K├Âlsch, Sorachi Saison, Biere Blanc, and Lex Luthor IPA.)

Exton, Pa.
Wed. 8/26; 5 p.m. - Special Chef Tasting Menu at The Drafting Room ($PAYG or $45 for Port Wipeout IPA, Port Hop Concept, and Lost Abbey Red Barn Saison paired optionally with a special chef tasting menu.)

Gettysburg, Pa.
Sat. 8/22; 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m. - Gettysburg Brew Fest at Lutheran Theological Seminary on Seminary Ridge ($20-$70 for an unlimited sampling experience for craft beer (and hard cider) aficionados.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 8/21; 5 p.m. - Peak Organic Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar ($PAYG for all Peak Organic taps, all night long. Plus, live music from Cindy & Art.)

Limerick, Pa.
Thu. 8/20; 6 p.m. - Russian River Tasting at Craft Ale House ($PAYG for featured beers from Russian River Brewing Company including Pliny The Elder, Blind Pig, Damnation, and Consecration.)

Malvern, Pa.
Sat. 8/22; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods ($Free samples of Victory Ice Cream, Hobo Ed’s cold brewed coffee, and a selection of other local products.)

Newark, Pa.
Sat. 8/22; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. - Frozen Four Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the pairing of four beers with their frozen counterparts.)

Palmerton, Pa.
Sat. 8/22; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Beer Bourbon BBQ Fest at Blue Mountain ($5-$50 for an unlimited sampling of over 100 beers, bourbon tastings, and delicious BBQ favorites on top of Blue Mountain's Summit Terrace.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 8/20; 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Yards Brews Cruises at Penn's Landing ($44.90-$69.90 for a dinner buffet and open beer bar featuring beers from Yards including their tart raspberry ale, Pynk. Ice cream pairings from Franklin Fountain.)
Sat. 8/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - World Atlas of Beer at Philly Beer School ($39.98 for an overview of the entire world of beer today.)
Mon. 8/24; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free tasting samples of beers from Conshohocken Brewing Company.)

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 8/21; 11:30 a.m. - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG for two handpumped beers and our stalwart Chester County Bitter.)

Yardley, Pa.
Thu. 8/20; 7 p.m. - Free Will Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn ($TBA for a dinner paired with Free Will's COB, MangoWheat, Saison de Rose, Kolsch, Cuvee Aigre, and Hop Geek/Techno.)



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: August 13 - August 19

And the beat goes on. Another nice weekly array of beer events in and around Philadelphia.

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. I've got four days coming up in the Pittsburgh area and whole bunch of events where you can find me talking, drinking beer, and signing books. Some of you have already mentioned that you'll be meeting up with me. Hope more of you can as well!

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

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

Blue Bell, Pa.
Thu. 8/13; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Beer & BBQ at The Farmer's Daughter at Normandy Farm ($39.95-$45.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet plus unlimited beer and wine. Featuring Victory beers and live music by Wiskeyhickon Boys.)

Boalsburg, Pa.
Sat. 8/15; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. - State College Brew Expo at Tussey Mountain Ski Area ($45-$60 for a festival that benefits Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer.)

Churchville, Pa.
Thu. 8/13; 6 p.m. - Hill Farmstead at Churchville Inn ($PAYG for Hill Farmstead's Mary, Society & Solitude #5, Excursions #3, Works of Love #1, and Dorothy.)

Kulpsville, Pa.
Sat. 8/15; 3 p.m. - Evil Genius at CJ's Doghouse ($PAYG for some of Andrew's favorite beers from Evil Genius.)

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 8/15; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. - Saturday Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar ($25 for a four-course meal paired with four brewmaster picks from Peak Organic.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 8/13; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Uinta Promo Night at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a night of beers from Uinta.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 8/13; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - 19th Anniversary Luau at Grey Lodge Pub ($PAYG for special Hawaiian-inspired beers from local breweries, pulled pork specials, Hawaiian shirt contest, and great door prizes.)
Thu. 8/13; 9 p.m. - Can I Kick It? at Jose Pistola's ($PAYG for an all canned craft beer event with DJ Fabian Brown.)
Sat. 8/15; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. - Crabfest at City Tap House-University City ($35 for all-you-can-eat Maryland Blue Crabs, live music, and Boulevard beer draughts and our famous White Peach Sangria Cocktails.)
Sat. 8/15 through Fri. 8/22 - Sour Fest at Devil's Den ($PAYG for 17 funky, sour, tart beers on draft the 15th & 16th then an entire draft tower of sour (8 lines) pouring the rest of the week. We have some new and exciting beers for you along with a ticketed educational event during the week.)
Mon. 8/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free tasting samples of beers from Free Will.)
Tue. 8/18; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. - Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance ($PAYG for a night of beers from Free Will.)
Wed. 8/19; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Spirit of Wednesday at The Trestle Inn ($PAYG for complimentary tastings and $3 draft specials from Funk Brewing.)

Pottstown, Pa.
Sat. 8/15; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. - Pints for Pups at Sunnybrook Ballroom ($20-$75 for a dog-friendly beer tasting benefitting animals and people in need.)

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 8/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Cigars & Stilletos at Liberty Taproom ($PAYG for a special event with beers from Dominion.)

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 8/13; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Beer and Wine of Italy at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen ($65 for the classic and unknown beers of Italy as well as the classic and unknown wine of Italy.)
Fri. 8/14; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Craft Beer Series: Summer Grilling & Beer at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen ($70 for a summer grill menu with local grown ingredients and paired with craft beers.)

Westmont, NJ
Tue. 8/18; 5 p.m. - The Bruery Tap Takeover at The Pour House ($PAYG for The Bruery's Jardinier, Trade Winds, Hottenroth, Mischief, and Sour In The Rye.)
Wed. 8/19; 5 p.m. - Maine Tap Takeover at The Pour House ($PAYG for multiple Maine beers.)

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 8/15; 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. - America On Tap at Tubman-Garrett Park ($35-$55 for over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries.)



Thursday, August 06, 2015

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: August 6 - August 12

A full calendar follows below with at least one beer-y thing to do each of the next seven days. And nicely spread across the region to boot. No excuses; get out there and drink it up!

Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going. 4 days of Pittsburgh-region events are coming up in a couple of weeks for any of you out that way.

Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic.

As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

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

Ardmore, Pa.
Thu. 8/6; 5 p.m. - Lex Luthor IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for a big, bad triple IPA brewed with Pilsner malt and over 50 pounds of American and Australian hops.)
Fri. 8/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Free Will Tasting at The Beer Shoppe ($PAYG for beers from Free Will.)

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 8/6; 5 p.m. - Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works ($PAYG where 100% of cask proceeds will be donated to "Judith’s Reading Room" in memory of our friend and colleague Kelly Stoops.)

Downingtown, Pa.
Thu. 8/6; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Victory Cruise Night at Victory Brewing Company ($20 for an evening filled with delicious food and beer pairings, combined with extravagant vacation and getaway opportunities provided by Getaways Done Your Way.)
Sat. 8/8; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods ($Free samples of Victory Ice Cream, Hobo Ed’s cold brewed coffee, and a selection of other local products.)

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 8/7; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Speakeasy Brewing Tasting at Exton Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Speakeasy.)
Sun. 8/9; 9 a.m. - Gears Before Beers Ride to Yards Brewery at Exton Beverage (Approximately 45 mile ride with stops at Valley Forge, the Art Museum, and Conshohocken Brewing Company.)

Lewisburg, Pa.
Sat. 8/8; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - BrewBQue at downtown Lewisburg ($35-$40 for unlimited beer, wine, and distilled beverage sampling, barbeque wings, water, and live music in two beer gardens.)

Media, Pa.
Thu. 8/6; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a night of beers from Sierra Nevada.)

Newtown, Pa.
Thu. 8/6 - IPA Day at Isaac Newtons ($PAYG for special IPA-themed tappings throughout the day.)

Newark, Del.
Thu. 8/6; 4 p.m. - IPA Day at Argilla Brewing Company ($PAYG as they bring they hops and you bring the hoverboard.)
Thu. 8/6; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Hops & Hog Wings at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for spicy wings and an IPA Beer Release in celebration of National IPA Day.)

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 8/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - G’Day IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for Australian-inspired fare and an American-style India Pale Ale brewed with Australian hops.)
Fri. 8/7; 5 p.m. - First Friday at Bottle Bar East ($PAYG for beers from River Horse including Cranberry Sour and Jack Daniels Aged Oatmeal Milk Stout.)
Mon. 8/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free tasting samples of beers from Left Hand.)
Tue. 8/11; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. - Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance ($PAYG for a night of beers from Green Flash.)
Wed. 8/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Spirit of Wednesday at The Trestle Inn ($PAYG for complimentary tastings and $3 draft specials from Free Will.)

Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 8/7; 11:30 a.m. - Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG for the Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.)

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 8/7; 5 p.m. - Friday Night Beer Tasting at Washington House ($10-$12 for flights of beer from Allagash.)
Tue. 8/11; 5 p.m. - Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Washington House ($59 as Dominic Capece of Free Will Brewing and Rob Reese of Vintage Wine and Spirits reprise their very popular contest of pairing one wine and one beer with each of Chef Dusty's four courses during this entertaining and informative dinner.)

Voorhees, NJ
Thu. 8/6; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - Take Flight at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for a 3-beer flight and wing sampler in celebration of National IPA Day.)

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 8/7 and Sat. 8/8 - Belgium comes to Cooperstown-We really mean to Teresa’s at Teresa's Next Door ($PAYG in honor of the famous BCTC we’ve decided to pour a few of Ommegang Brewing's very tasty beers.)

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 8/8; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. - Grand Opening at Levante Brewing Company ($PAYG for our normal line up of delicious beers and some limited release ales for this special occasion.)



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday: Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic



I'm in a bit of a lull between book events. Unless something pops up in the next couple of weeks (which I'm not actively searching for), my next appearance will be at Bocktown Beer & Grill just outside Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 20. East End Brewing Company is hosting me on Friday the 21st and I'm working on a couple others that I can mention quite yet.

The complete list is always maintained over at the book's Facebook page.

As I sit here attempting to put some final details into a pub crawl along Carson Street for Saturday, August 22, I can't help but think of, with overwhelming thanks and gratitude, those that have hosted events for me thus far and those that have come out to meet me and purchase the book. While I don't have official figures for online sales yet, I've been very pleased with my in-person direct sales — the sales that I have a bit more control over.

So for just a bit of record-keeping, as well as for the record, here's a full list of where my book sales travels have taken me to-date. If you're not familiar with them, please click the links to show them that you support me supporting them who in turn support me and proving the whole internet circle of life works.

And if you've not yet seen me in person, please do keep an eye open for events popping up near you. In addition to western PA later in August, there'll eventually be events in Baltimore, Jersey City, Lancaster, Rehoboth Beach, and who knows where else. Would love to see as many of you in person as possible.

Oh...and if you've already purchased the book and thumbed through it enough to leave a review over at Amazon or at Barnes & Noble, please do so and know that I am thankful for that as well!

1) TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery - Paoli, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
2) Opening Tap festival for Philly Beer Week - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
3) Flying Fish Brewing Company - Somerdale, NJ [website - facebook - twitter]
4) Devil's Den - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
5) PHS Pop-Up Garden - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook]
6) Grey Lodge Pub - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
7) Home Sweet Homebrew - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
8) Pub On Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.) - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
9) Eulogy Belgian Tavern - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
10) Bierstube German Tavern - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
11) The Brewfest at The Farm for Frederick Beer Week - Mt. Airy, Md. [website - facebook - twitter]
12) Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant - Ardmore, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
13) Local 44 Bottle Shop - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
14) Barren Hill Brewing Company - Lafayette Hill, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
15) Free Will Brewing Company - Perkasie, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
16) Keystone Homebrew Supply - Montgomeryville, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
17) Yards Brewing Company [website - facebook - twitter]
18) Round Guys Brewing Company - Lansdale, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
19) The Drafting Room - Exton, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
20) Earth Bread + Brewery - Philadelphia, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
21) Stewart's Brewing Company 20th Anniversary Festival - Bear, Del. [website - facebook]
22) *8/20* Bocktown Beer & Grill - Pittsburgh, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
23) *8/21* East End Brewing Company - Pittsburgh, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
24) *8/22* East End Growler Shop in the Pittsburgh Public Market - Pittsburgh, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]
25) *8/22* Carson Street Pub Crawl in Pittsburgh, Pa. (7 stops)
26) *9/5* Beer Yard - Wayne, Pa. [website - facebook - twitter]



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beer Calendar: What To Do in August 2015

After an odd, apparent lull in the events calendar in July, we're back here in August with a tick back up into the slightly more normal range...at least in terms of shear number of events. Pumpkin beers are starting to trickle out, but while you'll see them on the store shelves, I don't believe we see any events yet being thrown around this theme. At least we have that going for us!

Sales of my new book Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic is continue to hum along quite nicely. My own events calendar is building out in August, September, and October. Not long after that, I'll be reminding you that it would make a swell Christmas and Hanukkah gift!

For now, head on over to the publisher's website where you can find a series of links to online sites, such as Amazon, where you can find the book for sale. Brick-and-mortar stores, too, will be carrying the book.

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. 8/3 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Penn) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 8/4 - Tuesday Tapping (Two Roads) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Allagash's 20th Anniversary Party at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Spirit of Wednesday (Yards) at The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - G’Day IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - First Friday (River Horse) at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 8/10 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Left Hand) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 8/11 - Tuesday Tapping (Green Flash) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/12 - Spirit of Wednesday (Free Will) at The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/13 - 19th Anniversary Luau at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/15 through Fri. 8/22 - Sour Fest at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Mon. 8/17 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Free Will) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 8/18 - Tuesday Tapping (Free Will) at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 8/19 - Spirit of Wednesday (Funk) at The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 8/24 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Conshohocken) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/29 - Battle of the Breweries at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 8/31 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (Evolution) at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 8/1 - A Day of Victory at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. (1 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/1 - Lambic Lovers Do We Have a Wine for You at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Watermelon Wit Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Lex Luthor IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - Free Will Tasting at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 and Sat. 8/8 - Belgium comes to Cooperstown-We really mean to Teresa’s at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 8/13 - Uinta Promo Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/27 - Long Trail Promo Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 8/1 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Phoenixville, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/1 - BrewBQ at Plantation Field in Unionville, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $Free to attend, $PAYG)
Sun. 8/2 - Summer Hopfest at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 8/5 - Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Take Flight at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - IPA Day at Argilla Brewing Company in Newark, Del. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Hops & Hog Wings at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - Victory Cruise Night at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $20)
Thu. 8/6 - Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/6 - IPA Day at Isaac Newtons in Newtown, Pa. ($PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/7 - Speakeasy Brewing Tasting at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 8/7 - Friday Night Beer Tasting (Allagash) at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $10-$12)
Sat. 8/8 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Downingtown, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/8 - Grand Opening at Levante Brewing Company in West Chester, Pa. (11 a.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 8/9 - Gears Before Beers Ride to Yards Brewery at Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (9 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 8/16 - Cigars & Stilletos at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 8/20 - Russian River Tasting at Craft Ale House in Limerick, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/21 - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 8/21 - Peak Organic Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/22 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Malvern, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 8/22 - Frozen Four Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 8/29 - Victory Ice Cream Sampling at Kimberton Whole Foods in Downingtown, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Tue. 8/4 - Burgers 'n' Brews at Shake Shack in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $33)
Thu. 8/20 - Yards Brews Cruises at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $44.90-$69.90)
Sat. 8/22 - World Atlas of Beer at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $39.98)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 8/25 - Summer of Seafood Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Pa. (5 p.m.; $75)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 8/5 - Beer and Food Pairings featuring Great Lakes at Spinnerstown Hotel in Spinnerstown, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $55)
Sat. 8/8 - BrewBQue at downtown Lewisburg, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $35-$40)
Tue. 8/11 - Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $59)
Thu. 8/13 - Beer & BBQ at The Farmer's Daughter at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $39.95-$45.95)
Thu. 8/13 - Beer and Wine of Italy at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $65)
Fri. 8/14 - Craft Beer Series: Summer Grilling & Beer at The Inn Keeper's Kitchen in West Chester, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $70)
Sat. 8/15 - America On Tap at Tubman-Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del. (2:30 p.m.-6 p.m.; $35-$55)
Sat. 8/15 - Saturday Brew Review (Peak Organic) at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25)
Sat. 8/15 - Pints for Pups at Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, Pa. (3 p.m.-7 p.m.; $20-$75)
Sat. 8/15 - State College Brew Expo at Tussey Mountain Ski Area in Boalsburg, Pa. (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $45-$60)
Thu. 8/20 - Free Will Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn in Yardley, Pa. (7 p.m.; $TBA)
Sat. 8/22 - Beer Bourbon BBQ Fest at Blue Mountain in Palmerton, Pa. (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $5-$50)
Sat. 8/22 - Gettysburg Brew Fest at Lutheran Theological Seminary on Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, Pa. (3:30 p.m.-8 p.m.; $20-$70)
Fri. 8/28 - Craft Beer Dinner with Forgotten Boardwalk at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City, NJ (6:30 p.m.; $45)
Sat. 8/29 - Brews By The Bay at Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Cape May, NJ and Lewes, Del. (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $5-$70)
Sat. 8/29 - Upper Bucks Brewfest at Quakertown Alive in Quakertown, Pa. (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $10-$70)
Sat. 8/29 - Manahopkin at Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin, NJ (1 p.m.-7 p.m.; $8-$40)
Sat. 8/29 - Lancaster Craft Beerfest at Lancaster Square and Binns Park in Lancaster, Pa. (3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $12-$55)




Friday, July 24, 2015

Stewart's Big Blowout Festival is tomorrow - so here's a fun look back

Here on the eve of the 20th Anniversary Festival at Stewart's Brewing Company in Bear, Del. my tunneling around the archives of The Brew Lounge uncovered these goodies that will help get you in the proper state of mind for the party.

First up, circa 2008, an interview with Ric Hoffman - brewer of roughly 15 years at Stewart's - one of the self-determined better interviews that I did over the years. Maybe not; but you be the judge.

Then, let's take a short musical interlude courtesy, once again, of Mr. Hoffman. Trust me, this doesn't disappoint.

Lastly, let's check back a mere five years ago to see how Stewart's celebrated the big 1-5.