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Friday, July 27, 2012

Weekly Brew Bits Update: July 2012 catch-up, installment #4

With this update, this clears out my notebook of interesting tidbits of brewing news (or at least most of them) going on around Philadelphia and beyond. Beginning this weekend and heading into next week, let's try to get things humming around here again.

~ The day that Foobooz reported a tearing down of the Brauhaus Schmitz wall was the same day that I received an invitation from the restaurant which was also the same day as my third day in San Francisco which was also the last time that I thought about it. Regrettably, the invitation was to a sneak preview of the new space, called Brauers Bund, last week. The new bar opened to the public last night and I'm already anxious to follow up soon at Philadelphia's favorite German restaurant/bar.

~ The Porch has received some favorable reviews since its opening last fall on the southern apron of 30th Street Station in Philly. The Daily Pennsylvanian talked a bit about its popularity and growth, which included a beer garden and miniature golf earlier in July.

~ Some tasty details from farther down the mid-Atlantic as New Belgium Brewery talks about the big design plans it has on North Carolina.

~ And, back up north, Tod Mott discusses his plans for his new brewery (and famed Kate The Great) now that Portsmouth is fading into his past.

~ uh-oh. Here comes my grump/cynic side again. Growth is good. Some of the numbers I've seen bandied about lately, though, should begin to prompt questions of "why?" and "is too much ever enough?"

~ Here's a fun story come from the good folks at Vanberg & DeWulf and the recent annual release of their Lambickx and Lambrucha.

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