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Friday, December 04, 2009

In the 'My How They've Grown' Category

How many human years does 6 years in the restaurant business equate to? Don't ask Jeff or Teri Miller of TJ's in Paoli (map). They're celebrating six years of business. They haven't been a craft beer "destination" since day one, but they've been trying very hard at it for more than half of it. Real-time website draft lists, beer release events, Philly Beer Week, and now a birthday bash that should be listed among the best beer events of the year in the Philly region. I wonder if the tireless duo ever thought that jumping into the craft beer revolution would come to this. Hopefully they don't mind all of the attention and business. As we close out this year of an ever-brighter light shining on the importance of supporting local businesses and resources, I'd suggest that you stop in at TJs on Saturday (yup, that's tomorrow my friends) and thank Jeff and Teri for all they've done to provide northern Chester County with one of the region's best bar experiences. Have a beer, hang for a little bit, grab a bottle or two to go. If you can't make it Saturday, you could stop in Sunday when there may be some leftovers behind and a bit less of a crowd. That's what I'll be doing since I won't be around on Saturday. If I could only be in two places at once. ***Before we get to the tap lists, please be sure to participate in their annual gift basket for charity raffle as well. I won't go into details other than to say that 100% of the proceeds will be turned over to a very deserving, already-named, individual and his family. You can find out more details at the bar. For $3/raffle ticket, you'll be entered to win a basket full of the following: Ommegang Adoration; Port Brewing; Santa's Little Helper; Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti; The Bruery Rugbrød; De Proef Van Twee; Avery duganA; Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux; Scrumpy's Solstice Cider; Rochefort 6; Brew Works Rude Elf's Reserve; Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor; Poperings Hommel Bier; and Sinebrychoff Porter. Now that's a chance worth taking and a charity worth giving for. Take a look at the draft list schedule below. I really like the idea of staggering tap times to draw the crowd out a bit and perhaps lessen the craze that is sure to overcome the crowd. Nah, I'm sure that not much will diminish enthusiasm. You'll also notice that some of these are already on tap. So if you can't get there this weekend, but see something tasty, I can picture you figuring out a way to get there tonight. Hm, that has me thinking... Have fun and congratulations to Jeff, Teri, and the entire TJs crew! If you'd like to travel back to TJs 5th Anniversary, here's a link to a review that I wrote at the time. It was even distinguishably hung on the restroom wall for about a month or so. Tap Time 12:00PM (Noon) Ballast Point Barrel Aged Sea Monster BrewDog Bashah (Stone Collaboration) Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Dogfish Head 120 Minute Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Great Divide 15th Anniversary Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (Firkin) Lost Abbey 10 Commandments Meantime London Stout Moylan's Double Kiltlifter Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Port Brewing Hop 15 Rogue I2PA Russian River Blind Pig Russian River Pliny the Elder Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Terrapin Gamma Ray Tap Time 5:00PM Ballast Point Sculpin Cigar City Jai Alai IPA Ithaca Brute Life & Limb (Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head collaboration, the "bigger beer") Limb & Life (Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head collaboration, the "smaller beer") Russian River Temptation The Bruery Two Turtle Doves (Firkin)

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