Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Glassblowing, Victory Beer, and fundraising for PAWS

(A handblown beer glass, quite near perfect)

Hudson Beach Glass has been in the Gilvey family for many years and based out of the Hudson River Valley town of Beacon, approximately 90 minutes north of NYC.

Three years ago, Sean Gilvey and his wife Emily opened a Philadelphia location in Old City. Bonus points for anyone who knows that Strawberry Street also runs parallel between 2nd and 3rd Streets along with Bank Street. Tucked away (behind Amada, to get your bearings) would be a fine way to describe the handblown glass studio's location.

This past Friday evening, the Gilvey's hosted an open house of sorts to showcase their wares, serve some beer and cheese, and raise critical contributions for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

Let this be a gentle reminder to get your deductible charitable contributions in before tax year-end.

The cheese was from DiBruno Bros. and the beer from Victory. The brewery's Regional Sales Manger, Pete Danford, and his wife stopped by on their date night out and an estimated 35 people stopped in to kick off the crisp fall evening in the city.

A beer glass can be perfect for different reasons to different people. With all apologies to Boston Beer Company and its "perfect" beer glass, this take-home gift (see above) from the studio might quickly become a new favorite of mine. It fits quite well in the hand and it is imprinted with a dog paw on the side.

(from left: Victory's Pete Danford and Hudson Beach's Emily Kimelman-Gilvey and Sean Gilvey)

(Sean Gilvey demonstrating at the furnace)

(Volunteers from PAWS poured samples of Victory's Headwaters Pale Ale, Prima Pils, and HopDevil)

("Hand-crafted" cheese near by handcrafted glass)

(A room full of people soon crowded Hudson Beach Glass)

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