Day 3 Report
|The Brewer's Plate 2008|
Background: Beautiful crisp winter day with plenty of sun. But, stayed mostly indoors reading, catching up (trying to stay one step ahead of everything else not related to PBW!), and watching a pretty decent movie, Into The Wild, that brings pause and reflection into our usually self-absorbed lives. How's that for preparation going into The Brewer's Plate?
Where to: The Brewer's Plate at the Independence Visitor Center
Why: In case you haven't heard me go on (and on and on) in the past about how this is one of Philadelphia's finest conceived and executed beer events, then go here for a review of 2006's installment and over here for last year's.
What to drink: I didn't conquer nearly as many of the tables as I thought I might; the space was just a bit too tight for ease in comfortably moving from table to table. Plus, the signage was not always as prominent as its been in past years. And, while there were not too many beers that I have not had the pleasure of in the past, there were a few one off beers and beer/food pairings that impressed me to seconds.
Other beers and foods of note:
Who to share a drink with: Tipped and talked beers with Brian O'Reilly, Suzanne Woods, Don Russell, Carol Stoudt, the Iron Hill & Yards brew crews, Garrett Oliver, Woody Chandler, Dell "a true walking beer geek" Massey (and Samantha, too), the Johnstons, davide169 (and Sarah) of beeradvocate & Google PBW calendar fame, Judy Wicks, and Scott Morrison (and Daria).
Didn't get much "dirt" to share with you. I did get the word that River Horse's new Double White is about a week away from bottling and being made available to the public. From my taste, if you're a fan of the style I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Reaction: This event continues to impress as one of Philly's Best. Though, I'll be anxious for the event to (hopefully) return to its natural and rightful home at the Reading Terminal Market. Plans are still being discussed, though not yet finalized, for what we'll hopefully be able to call an autumn redux of The Brewer's Plate 2008.