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Friday, June 23, 2017

June 2017: News update, part 2

A smattering of this and that to bring you up-to-speed from the last week or so of interesting news.

~ Betting this will be a better launch than the previous occupant's. [Link to Philly.com]

~ Rather odd, yet somehow not surprising, story. [Link to RateBeer.com]

~ Interesting bit of development in Ardmore. [Link to Philly.com]

~ Been a fan of Scott Smith and his East End brewery in Pittsburgh for quite a while. Here's an interesting story from him. [Link to East End Brewing's website]

~ Wow! Now that didn't take long. [Link to The Town Dish]

~ Lists are lists. This is a decent one and difficult to quibble with. [Link to Food and Wine]

~ Another list. This one an annual list from Zymurgy with a significant change atop it. [Link to the Brewers Assocation]

~ The Pistola's crew is shooting for another success in a third neighborhood. Smart money says this will likewise be a winner. [Link to Philadelphia Magazine]




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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: June 22 - June 30

Back in the weekly calendar posting swing of things around here post-Philly Beer Week. Still plenty to choose from. Did I miss anything?

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.

Camden, NJ
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Festival on the Battleship at Battleship New Jersey [Experience a tour of the Battleship, live music by the Cabin Dogs, a souvenir sampling mug, delicious Dietz & Watson hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, and enjoy beer from over 30 breweries throughout the state.  $50-$70]

Cape May, NJ
Sat. 6/24; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cape May Hops Festival at Emlen Physick Estate [Enjoy local breweries, live blues music on the outdoor stage, and food vendors serving up some tasty BBQ and other favorites, plus a crafts and collectibles show and kids activities.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — FWOT 2nd Annual Wing-Off featuring Stone Brewing at Fingers Wings & Other Things [Join the FWOT Gang and Stone Brewing Co. and see who can pound back a dozen wings the fastest.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — La Cabra Brewing Event at Bottle Room [Bottle Room is excited to host our friends from La Cabra Brewing in Berwyn for a tap takeover.  $PAYG]

Easton, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — 22nd Anniversary Bash at Weyerbacher Brewing Company [We’re turning 22 and we’re celebrating with a bash at the brewery.  $10-$30]

Ephrata, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Ephrata Brewfest at Whistle Stop Plaza [16 breweries and featuring Mark DeRose & The Dreadnought Brigade.  $10-$40]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sat. 6/24; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Barre & Beers at River Horse Brewing Company [Come join the Pure Barre Princeton community for a pop up class at River Horse.  $10]

Harleysville, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m. — Avery Night at The Butcher & Barkeep [Tons of aged beers along with beautiful sours to round out the tap lines.  $PAYG]

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 11:30 a.m. — Bacon Beer Brunch in the Beer Garden at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us in the beer garden (weather permitting) for a four course bacon themed brunch from Head Chef Josh Jastrzembski paired with four delicious beers by Lead Brewer Jeff Gundrum.  $35]

Lancaster, Pa.
Tue. 6/20 through Sun. 6/25; All day — PA Brewery Week at The Fridge [There are 252 active breweries in the State of Pennsylvania and we would like to highlight as many as we can in a week.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Red, White, and Brew Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Enjoy summer BBQ inspired features, and wash them down with our crisp and refreshing red, white, and blue sampler.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — New Belgium Brewing Night at Pinocchio's [Juicy Watermelon, Fat Tire, Voodoo Ranger, and Citradelic.  $PAYG]
Wed. 6/28; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Night at Pinocchio's [A variety of beers from Devils Backbone.  $PAYG]

Mont Clare, Pa.
Sun. 6/25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Schuylkill Canal Day at Lock 60 & St. Michael's Park [Join us at Lock 60 in Mont Clare for a day of fun, games, beer, music, and more at the 35th annual Canal Day celebration.  $PAYG]

Perkasie, Pa.
Sun. 6/25; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company [It's been 3 whole months since our last Sour Sunday, and we're so excited to welcome it back.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Ballast Point Tasting at Beer Love [We know you can't get enough of Ballast Point Brewing Company beers.  $PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 2 p.m.-10 p.m. — Trust The Process Crowler Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Allow us to assist you on June 22nd, as we make NBA Draft day a slam dunk by re-releasing our Sixers themed Mosaic & Amarillo IPA: Trust The Process.  $PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Tasting at Beer Love [Come sample some of Devils Backbone Brewing Company's finest beers.  $PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Sam Adams.  $Free]
Sat. 6/24; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Summer Ale Festival at Philadelphia Zoo [Specialty brews, animals, live entertainment, and more.  $35-$75]
Sat. 6/24 & Sun. 6/25; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Game of Thrones Big Brunch at The Industry [Brunchy food and either a beer or a brunch drink.  $10]
Sun. 6/25; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Band of Brewers V at World Cafe Live [Each band will consist solely of brewery employees and there will be tons of great beer from each performing brewery.  $15-$20]
Mon. 6/26; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for 2SP brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from the week's brewery.  $Free]
Tue. 6/27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — 8th Anniversary Party at Brauhaus Schmitz [Includes live music and a traditional German food buffet. Draft beer, cider, and wine $4. All proceeds benefit the South Street Police Mini Station.  $10 + $PAYG]
Tue. 6/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for Victory brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from the week's brewery.  $Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Tasting at Beer Love [What began as a daydream in an avid homebrewer’s head has grown to the craft brewery that you know and love.  $PAYG]
Fri. 6/30; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Yuengling.  $Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Tasting samples of beers from Starr Hill.  $Free]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — 6th Anniversary at Liberty Taproom [Come help us celebrate our sixth anniversary as we welcome the owners, head brewer, head of quality control, and sales team from Hardywood Park for a day of great beer and fun.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Tue. 6/27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill [You will be enjoying four courses of food perfectly paired with Avery's White Rascal, Ellie's Brown Ale, The Real Peel IPA, and Liliko'i Kepolo.  $40]

Smyrna, Del.
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Ales vs Lagers with Dogfish Head at Brick Works Brewing and Eats [This dinner will feature five beers and five courses.  $45]

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Chester County Homebrew Festival at American Helicopter Museum [Join us for our seventh year of good music and food, and vote for your favorite homebrewed beer.  $40]

West Reading, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Brewing True Independent Craft Event at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [The beer garden will be in full swing and we'll have some awesome live music as well. There will be giveaways, a flag, and glassware.  $PAYG]
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Pig Roast with Dundore & Heister + Peak Organic Brewing at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [To kick off the summer - Dundore & Heister will be roasting a huge, pasture raised pig in our beer garden. To pair with their supreme meats, we will be teaming up Peak Organic brews.  $20-$25]

Wilmington, Del.
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m. — Patio Picnic Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us on the patio for five courses spotlighting the fresh flavors of summer from Executive Chef David Foster paired with five delicious beers by Head Brewer Moriah Guise.  $65]

York, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Inaugural Firkin Fun Saturday at Collusion Tap Works [This event will include a kiwi gose with watermelon for the featured firkin. We will also have a watermelon eating competition as well as a seed spitting competition.  $PAYG]




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

5 favorite beers of last two weeks (June 5-18)

Had a bit of a post-PBW hangover (plus a day job conference) last week, so I never quite got around to sharing with you the best beers I encountered in the previous week. Three were encountered during Philly Beer Week. The other two were featured samplings that I included at my book signing appearance at the Antietam Farmers Market in Reading, Pa. this past weekend.

(Dark as night, drinks easily during the day.)

~ Baby Bob (6%), by 2SP Brewing Company (Aston, Pa.)
    At my book signing in Reading, of the seven beers I took for sampling (perhaps with the exception of the 17.1% Avery Mephistopheles), none other was as captivating as the Baby Bob. People seemed as curious about the name as they were the liquid itself. As an acknowledgement to brewer Bob Barrar's award-winning ways with his Russian Imperial Stout, this smaller Baby Bob is a roasty, easy-drinking American Stout.

(Delivers a Windfall of flavorful enjoyment.)

~ Windfall (6.1%), by Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
    Peaches. Tart. Brett. That's perfect enough description. Encountered during a visit to Tria Taproom from Allagash's owner Rob Tod, this is the second beer of theirs that went overboard in impressing Philly Beer Week-goers earlier this month.

(Can they can the IPA at Dock Street? Golden idea.)

~ Golden IPA, by Dock Street Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    The last day of Philly Beer Week has several usual suspects. Fergie's. Local 44. And Dock Street. In past years at Dock Street, you could count on my Beer Runs. The brewery's Music Festival. This year, they only recently opened the new "Cannery + Lounge" in an adjacent property behind the brewery on 50th Street. They took a quieter route to ending PBW this year. With two canned releases. Summer in Berlin and Golden IPA, both in 16-ounce cans. The IPA hit all the right notes for me. Then again, with the Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo all-star hops with just a touch of haze (not cloudiness, mind you), I wouldn't have expected anything less out of Mark Russell's brewhouse.

(Solid sour from one of Philly's oldest craft/micro brewers.)

~ Cuvée de Yunk (5%), by Manayunk Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    In a Facebook post during Philly Beer Week, I'd mentioned something about "...being honest...should be paying more attention...." To Manayunk Brewery, that is. And, it took this spectacular apricot sour at Strangelove's during a cross-town walk on a 94-degree last day of PBW to remind of that.

(One of the region's best and most consistent pilsners.)

~ Trauger Pilsner (4.8%), by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, Pa.)
    No doubt it's the Hallertau and Tettnanger noble hops in this German-style Pilsner from one of Bucks County's finest that made this another fan favorite at my book signing event....and also after the power-washing project later in the day. In case you wonder how much a favorite this is of my own, as well, look no further than my home kegerator which has seen more than one of these sixtels pushing up beer through the taps.




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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beer Event Calendar: What To Do in the Remainder of June 2017

As you likely noticed, I shifted gears for the first half of June as Philly Beer Week ramped up and took over most of the beer event calendar in Philly. Now I'm back to "normal" with what you need to know about getting out for a beer and some good times.

This Saturday, my book events keep on with another signing event, this one at the Antietam Farmers Market in Reading, Pa. I'll be there selling the perfect Father's Day gift at a great local market. If you're in or near Berks County on Saturday, come check me out!

If you somehow have still not seen the book or can't get to Reading on Saturday, check it out over at my publisher's site. Or to buy, send a note to me, ping Amazon.com, or drop by your local bookstore such as Barnes & Noble.

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
Thu. 6/15; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Yards Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 6/16; 5 p.m. — Rheingeist Launch at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — The Cira Green Beer Garden at World Café Live in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m. — June BBQ at Dawson Street Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17 and 6/24 & Sun. 6/18 and 6/25; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Game of Thrones Big Brunch at The Industry in Philadelphia, Pa. [$10]
Sun. 6/18; 11:30 a.m. — Dinks for Dads at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 6/18; All day — Pints For Pop at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; All day — Pints For Pop at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 12 p.m.-9 p.m. — Father's Day at The Lab at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Mon. 6/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 6/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 6/22; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Ballast Point Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 2 p.m.-10 p.m. — Trust The Process Crowler Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 6/25; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Band of Brewers at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pa. [$15]
Mon. 6/26; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 6/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/30; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Complimentary Wine and Beer Tasting at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m. — Wicked Weed Tap Takeover at Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Manayunk Brewing Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Saturday before Fathers Day Special Brews at Spellbound Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. — Father's Day Can Release at Conshohocken Brewing Company in Conshohocken & Bridgeport, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — New Belgium Brewing Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — FWOT 2nd Annual Wing-Off featuring Stone Brewing at Fingers Wings & Other Things in Conshohocken, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 6/28; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Red, White, and Brew Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ [$PAYG]

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 6/14; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Maibock & Brats with Flying Fish at Friendly Greek Bottle Shop in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 11 a.m. — We Turn 10 at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 10 a.m. — 4 Year Anniversary at The Pour House in Exton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting  at Funck's in Palmyra, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 3 p.m. — Modern Times Draft & Package Launch at The Fridge in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting  at Funck's in Leola, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Engine 51 Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m. — Magnify Brewing Tap Takeover at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m. — Neshaminy Creek's 5th Anniversary Party at Ulysses Gastropub in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 6 p.m. — Modern Times Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Meet The Brewer: Howling Henry's at Friendly Greek Bottle Shop in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 11:30 a.m. — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Modern Times IPA Take Over at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Father's Day at La Cabra Brewing Company in Berwyn, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 11 a.m. — Father's Day=Free Beer at World Of Beer in Exton, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 6/20; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Diane's Heritage Stock Ale Release Party at Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 6/20 through Sun. 6/25; All day — PA Brewery Week at The Fridge in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 6/21; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 2nd Anniversary Block Party at Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$10]
Wed. 6/21; 11 a.m. — Deli Crowler Release at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m. — Avery Night at The Butcher & Barkeep in Harleysville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Brewing True Independent Craft Event at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/24; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cape May Hops Festival at Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/24; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Barre & Beers at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing Township, NJ [$10]
Sat. 6/24; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — 6th Anniversary at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Inaugural Firkin Fun Saturday at Collusion Tap Works in York, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/25; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Schuylkill Canal Day at Lock 60 & St. Michael's Park in Mont Clare, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — La Cabra Brewing Event at Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Pig Roast with Dundore & Heister + Peak Organic Brewing at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$20-$25]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Philadelphia Restaurant Festival at Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. [$50-$70]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Camp On Tour at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. [$40-$75]
Sun. 6/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beef, Beer, & Bourbon at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$74.98]
Wed. 6/21; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. — Game of Thrones: Bend The Knee Golden Ale Launch Event at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa. [$65]
Sat. 6/24; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Summer Ale Festival at Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35-$75]

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 6/24; 11:30 a.m. — Bacon Beer Brunch in the Beer Garden at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$35]

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — West Chester Craft Beer Festival at Charles A Melton Arts & Ed Center in West Chester, Pa. [$5-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — Harrisburg Brewers Fest at Locust & Third Streets in Harrisburg, Pa. [$10-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ride The Rails at Boxcar Brewing Company in West Chester, Pa. [$25-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. — Bike & Brew Tour at Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$50]
Sat. 6/17; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Skip The Tie Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Sat. 6/17; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Summerfest at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$40-$60]
Sat. 6/17; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Brews & Bites at Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville, Pa. [$10-$40]
Sun. 6/18; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Father's Day Beef & Beer at Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$35-$50]
Sat. 6/24; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Ephrata Brewfest at Whistle Stop Plaza in Ephrata, Pa. [$10-$40]
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Festival on the Battleship at Battleship New Jersey in Philadelphia, Pa. [$50-$70]
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — 22nd Anniversary Bash at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$10-$30]
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Ales vs Lagers with Dogfish Head at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Smyrna, Del. [$45]
Tue. 6/27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$40]
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m. — Patio Picnic Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. [$65]






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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Philly Beer Week 2017: Where we (I) stand

(Click above for a full gallery of pictures from the first half of PBW '17)

Some of you (at least those of you that hold me to my word, which is almost always completely dependable) have noticed that I haven't stuck to my original plan. Preview postings, wrap-up postings, full coverage.

Even though, in addition to Opening Tap and the Hammer of Glory Relay, I've stopped in to 14 "events" around PBW during the first six days (while taking Monday "off"). But, for a variety of reasons that I won't waste your time critiquing or psychoanalyzing, I haven't done my typically thorough pre- and post-game analysis.

There are five days remaining in this year's Philly Beer Week. You can expect to see me somewhere, sometime each of these days except for Saturday. My itinerary changes almost on a daily basis, for reasons I may touch on in my post-week wrap-up. What I can suggest is that you could likely see me tonight at the Carton event (Tir Na Nog), Firestone Walker event (Good Dog), Ommegang Game of Thrones event (Misconduct), Captain Lawrence event (Sancho Pistola's), Allagash event (at either Tria Taproom or Jose Pistolas'), and/or post-lunch Two Roads/De La Senne beers (Jose Pistola's).

What I will do is wrap it all up when it's over. Until then, keep calm and try to maintain a healthy schedule of beer events and I'll see you along the way. Cheers!




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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

4 favorite beers of last week (May 29-June 4)

In my continuing series of the best beers I've had in the prior week, you may not be surprised to learn that in the past week, they were all encountered during Philly Beer Week. A couple of them, you may never (or, at least, not soon) see again.

(Pick Your Own was enjoyed at an excellent event with Allagash and Fat Head's at the P.O.P.E. It's very dark inside. Given that, I'm happy enough with this picture, much happier with the beer itself.)

~ Pick Your Own (6.4%), by Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
    Fruit rules this sour ale. Raspberries, Cherries, Strawberries, and Blueberries. It was in an "oak foudre with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus for two years". That worked out very well. A beautiful color and so much flavor. Exactly what you'd expect. Hoping to hit up at least one more event with Allagash during remainder of PBW to have another encounter or two with this beer.

(This beer was only recently completed and shipped over to Philly just in time for Philly Beer Week and, here, at a Monk's Cafe lunch with the owner/brewer.)

~ Simplex (4.5%), by Brouwerij De Ranke (Dottignies, Belgium)
    In essence, this beer gets its name from being a "simpler" XX Bitter. If you're familiar with that 20+ year old standard-bearing beer from De Ranke, I'm betting you'll love this Simplex as well. My hunch is that it's the Hallertau Mittelfrüh and the low alcohol that has me hooked. So far, I'm three glasses into this beer and hoping for many more.

(Had this beer at both Opening Tap and at Varga during the last week. Yet still don't actually have a picture of the beer. Well, though, this one is of Kristen Madgitz from the brewery's sales team about to hand one to me. So that counts.)

~ Lot 215 IPA, by Evolution Craft Brewing Company (Salisbury, Md.)
    According to the description, this begins with the base Lot 3 IPA and then incorporates smoked cedar and spruce tips, smoked dried cherries, and a dry hopping menu of Chinook, Citra, and Columbus. And that's exactly what you get. Very interesting.

(This sturdy, bready, yet easy-going delicious lager was presented at one of the highlight events of PBW thus far. From left, Brian O'Reilly, Bill Moeller, William Reed.)

~ Northern Liberties Lager (5.8%), by Sly Fox Brewing Company (Pottstown, Pa.)
    Brian O'Reilly (Brewmaster, Sly Fox) has collaborated the last ten years with William Reed (proprietor, the hyper-local Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's) and this year they took it to another level. This recipe was sourced from Bill Moeller's (Schmidt's, Ortlieb's, et al) father's beer recipe journal, circa 1910. After making adjustments, based upon modern day measurements (alpha acid, etc.), they crafted the most solid lager I've enjoyed thus far during PBW '17. During the release brunch event at Standard Tap, the 91-year-old Moeller was on hand and captivated the audience with decades of Philadelphia neighborhood and brewing stories. Get this one while you can at the brewery, or at either Standard Tap or Johnny Brenda's.




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Roy-Pitz Barrel House, also now open in Philadelphia

(Looking south across Spring Garden Street at Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

Trusting you saw my short piece (with more pictures than words) yesterday about the new Urban Village Brewing Company. I promised more about what's new on the Philly scene. Here you go.

It's an impressive space between 9th and 10th Streets on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. It's the new home/outpost for Roy-Pitz Brewing Company in Chambersburg, Pa., the county seat of Franklin County southwest of Harrisburg and over 150 miles from its new location.

(Spacious, industrial feel to the new Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

They're calling it the Roy-Pitz Barrel House. I only had time for barely a 30-minute visit on Sunday between PBW event stops, so the details shared here today will be only what I learned from the well-studied server. No press release, no reach out via e-mail, so I've got plenty more to learn. (Not surprisingly, Michael Klein has more details at Philly.com)

(Barrels. A sign of things to come at Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

What I did learn was that while they don't have immediate plans for brewing on-site in Philly, they'll be trucking in fresh beer and they're calling it the Barrel House because unfinished beer/wort will also be transported to finish in barrels and their "sour room".

My past experience has been rather limited with the Roy-Pitz beers, so there'll be much to learn in that regard as well. A draft lineup of 16 beers (14 CO2, 1 nitro, and 1 cask) and an interesting early-days menu of food items (e.g. Shrimp Ceviche, BBQ Pulled Chicken Egg Roll, Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich, and Smoked Brisket Mac & Cheese) will provide plenty of options.

(Beer with a view of the future elevated Reading Viaduct Rail Park.)

Plus, being in the shadow of both the live music venue, Union Transfer, and mere steps from the future elevated Reading Viaduct Rail Park, bodes well for the brewery. Hours look quite friendly, open full days, other than being closed on Mondays.

As I said yesterday similar to Urban Village, until I return for a lengthier visit and fuller review, the ball is now in your court.

("Liquid Art" in the Spring Arts/Callowhill neighborhood.)

(The Sour Room at Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

(Real-time draft board.)

(Tables crafted in the family.)




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Monday, June 05, 2017

Urban Village Brewing Company now open in Philadelphia

(Co-owners Tom Revelli and Dave Goldman with backdrop of the tasteful and comfortable decor at their Urban Village Brewing.)

Gonna try to rattle off some new activity that has added another level of complexity to covering Philly Beer Week than ever before. Regardless that these new breweries are not officially a part of Philly Beer Week (for the uninitiated, this entails paying sigificant fees to the organizing entity behind PBW), I say "covering Philly Beer Week" because their entries to the scene simply adds more to be checked out at the same time as trying to absorb some of PBW '17. Plus something related I've heard this past weekend is that beer lovers are interested in using the timing of PBW to check out new establishments, whether or not they have any official events going on, part or not of the official PBW. Probably, most would agree, a good thing. And, all a part of "a rising tide"?

Following this entry will be a few words on the Roy-Pitz Barrel House and Crowded Castle, both also having opened in the past week. Reminds me that I need to check the project status on Root Down, Neshaminy Creek, Triple Bottom, Point Breeze and the one-that-may-not-be-quite-yet-public in Downingtown. Not to mention the new announcements of planned outposts for Iron Hill in Rehoboth Beach and Conshohocken Brewing in Phoenixville and Havertown. Thirsty much?

(Well-made beers such as the Space Station Experimental present themselves quite nicely.)

But first up is Urban Village Brewing Company in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. I've only got so much time to get to sharing here during PBW, so I will drop some salient words and a bunch of pictures to get you started, the rest is on you until I make my next visit for a more comprehensive review.

(A wide spectrum of flavors in the beer and food options at Urban Village should keep guests happy.)

On May 31, there was a soft opening (the third, and last, this one included media) prior to the official June 1 unveiling to the public. What I found was an impressive selection of pizzas and other foods that make for a great beer-drinking session in the extremely comfortably appointed bar and dining area. Views into the brewhouse, across the four-sided bar, into the kitchen of Chef Chris Davis, and of streetside activity from the firepit-side outdoor lounge all contribute to the open, airy, and comfortable atmosphere.

(A variety of pizzas, salads, sourdough based sandwiches, mussels, and small plate delicacies comprise the well-conceived menu.)

(Pizza a strong focal point at Urban Village.)

The beers ranged quite friendly in ABV from 3% (Beets by J Berliner Weisse) to 9.7% (Tyson Imperial Stout), where the median ABV settled in at a perfect 6.0%. The Beets by J is a must-try with a noticeable but not offputting flavor (for those that are somehow not fans of this wonderful root vegetable). Be sure also to check out the Space Station Experimental (a Belgian-German mashup pictured above), the tropically-addictive Citra Pale Ale, the smooth Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and the decadent Tyson Imperial Stout. Some of the malt bills are sourced from local malt houses, Deer Creek (Glen Mills) and Double Eagle (Huntingdon Valley).

Co-owner Dave Goldman is nearly a one-man show in the brewhouse for the time being, but that may not last long depending upon the thirst of the crowds as word gets out and the weather continues to improve. If you recognize his name, it's likely because he's also behind Landmark Americana with a four locations around the Philly region. For now, he's enjoying being in the brewhouse and finally getting this new venture up and running. His co-owner partner, Tom Revelli, is the fermentation scientist behind the pizza and bread dough naturally-fermented on site.

If you've fallen behind in ticking off the new Philly-based brewery openings (Brewery Ars, Chestnut Hill, Evil Genius, Second District, Wissahickon...did I miss any?), it's nice to see one in a different neighborhood. Until my next visit, enjoy a few more pictures here and get yourself there to check it out in person.

(At the center of the brewhouse.)

(Making optimal use of not an overly large brewing space, five fermenters and ten brite tanks are pumping out enough to have a dozen beers on tap at once.)

(Stacked brite tanks serve up the bar's draft beer.)

(The fermenters visible from the Piazza at Schmidt's.)

(Yeah, behave!)




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