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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Just a typical night in Phoenixville?-Part I
What more can I say about a night that featured the kind of beers and the kind of people that you'd like to hang out with? Well, there you have it. I said it all. That was the night in a nutshell. Last night at Sly Fox's Phoenixville, PA location was a night of Southampton Publick House's Grand Cru, Saison Deluxe, Biere de Garde, and 10th Anniversary Old Ale. All of these were brewed in conjunction with Brian O'Reilly at the Royersford location of Sly Fox. Don't know where Brian found the capacity, given that volume close to doubled 2005's output! Brian got his brewing start in Connecticut working with Phil Markowski and has stayed in contact over the years. Phil was back last evening to do a book signing and to sell the four previously mentioned brews in 750ml bottles. Oh, and there was a bit of surprise appearance of the Cuvee des Fleurs that Phil generously broke out from his personal stash. Uh, all I can say is WOW! (I feel like I've been blessed with a bevy of WOW! beers lately. Life is good!) This was such a beautiful, floral interpretation of the Saison, bursting with flavor unlike many I've ever had before. If you stumble across any of this, be sure to send some my way...after you've had a chance to try it first of course! Everyone around the table seemed to agree, as well as these people and these people too. Suffice to say that the beers and the company all contributed to a karma that couldn't be beat. I initially figured one hour total time to get there and pick up some to-go beer, get a book, and have a quick brew and perhaps a bite to eat. (It instead turned into 3 hours!) These kind of unplanned nights without too much hype often provide the most satisfaction. Little did I know that I would run into Patrick, Richard, Brian, Matt, Tom, Rick, Jeanne, Phil, Dell, Joe, and others that I couldn't just walk away from so easily. Thanks to all of you for a great night of camaraderie and great beer. I'll be sure to reciprocate soon. And thanks, Dell, for the 11.2 times 2 gift. You'll see it reviewed here soon.