Thursday, May 02, 2013

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: May 2 - May 8

Your friendly brewers and bar owners have wasted no time getting the month of May off to a strong start with a beer calendar full of over 40 events in the next seven days. And, it's not even Philly Beer Week, or American Craft Beer Week for that matter, yet.

Check out the entire May 2013 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.

@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Free Samples (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Deschutes in Oregon.)

@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Friday Night Sampling (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Kona in Hawaii.)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Wed. 5/8 - Wednesday Keg Tapping (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for a specialty keg tapping of Left Hand Ambidextrous.)

@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 5/6 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beer from Left Hand in Colorado.)

@Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - First Thursday Beer Tasting (6 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples throughout the store.)

@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Thursday Beer Sampling (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beer from Oskar Blues in Colorado.)
@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Thursday Beer Sampling (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Founders' year-round brews and seasonals.)

Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Harpoon Brewing Night (4 p.m.; $PAYG for a lineup of at least fifteen beers from Harpoon Brewery in Boston.)

@Bistro on Bridge, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Neshaminy Creek Tap Takeover (7 p.m.; $PAYG for Trauger Pilsner, Tribute Tripel, Neshaminator, Leon Russian Imperial Stout, Croydon Cream Ale, County Line IPA, and Dry-hopped cask-conditioned County Line IPA.)

@Capone's, Norristown, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Keep the Pint and Raffle (6:30 p.m.; $PAYG for night of Summit beers plus purchase any "craft draft" and get a raffle ticket (only one ticket per patron) to win the right to purchase a very limited bottle of Founders Doom.)

@Fingers Wings and Other Things, Conshohocken, Pa.--- Wed. 5/8 - Nautical Puppies ($PAYG for some brewhouse rarities from Flying Dog (Pumpernickel IPA, Big Black Wit, Gonzo Imperial Porter, and Raging Bitch) along with other favorites and we'll have some Flying Fish Exit Series and more (Exit 4, Exit 16, and Farmhouse Summer Ale). As always there will be some tasty treats from the FWOT kitchen to complement the beers.)

@Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Dogfish Head Shittel Load of Sixtels (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for Dogfish Head's 2012 Worldwide Stout, Namaste, Robert Johnson Hellhound on My Ale, My Antonia, Bitches Brew, Immort Ale, and more.)

@Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 5/5 - Cinco De Mayo (3 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for many Mexican beers on tap that remain very true to the original German styles (surprisingly so). Mexican food specials. Live music with the Rhythm Rockers.)

@Johnny & Hons Smokehouse, Robesonia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Tröegs Tap Takeover (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for a variety of Tröegs beers.)

@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 5/1 through Fri. 5/31 - Brewery Of The Month ($PAYG for daily specials on beers from breweries in the great State of Pennsylvania.)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Ithaca Brewing (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG for Flower Power, Apricot Wheat, Cascazilla, Nut Brown, White Gold, 15th Anniversary Ale, and Groundbreak Saison. We will also have a rare firkin of Flower Power specially dry-hopped with Citra variety hops.)

@Rams Head Bar and Grill, West Chester, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Yards Brewing Night (7 p.m.; $PAYG for Love Stout, Brawler, Philly Pale Ale, and a Firkin of Yards IPA. We will have glassware and a representative of the brewery will be here that night.)

@Sly Fox, both Phoenixville & Pottstown, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Incubus Friday (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for their incredible Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks.)

@Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Hitachino Brewing Night (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG to meet Toshiyuki Kiuchi, the owner of Hitachino Brewing Co, and drink White, Ancient Nipponia, Real Ginger Brew, Red Rice Ale, Commemorative Ale 2013, Commemorative Ale 2011, Future Miikan.)

@Union Jack's on the Manatawny, Boyertown, Pa.--- Sun. 5/5 - Cinco de Smutty (1 p.m.; $PAYG for Smuttynose's Big A Double IPA, "Finest Kind" IPA, Gravitation Quad, Noonan Black IPA, Star Island Single, Bloom, Really Old Brown Dog, Baltic Porter, Robust Porter, Shoals Pale Ale, and Summer Weizen. Local favorite Frecons Early Man Cider will be on tap as well. Live music from Frog Holler.)

@Washington House, Sellersville, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Beer Tasting (5 p.m.; $PAYG to come out and support one of our local PA breweries.)

Special One-offs or Debuts, Anniversaries/Parties, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Alla Spina, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 5/7 - Meet the Brewer with Valter Loverier of Loverbeer (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; $PAYG for an evening highlighting the incredible Loverbeer beers. Produced in tiny quantities and rarely available on draft, don't miss this chance to taste some of Italy's most exciting beers side by side: "Madamin" a Flemish red style fermented with wine yeasts and "D'Uvabeer" brewed with Freisa grape must.)

@Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 5/7 - A Barrel-aged Night featuring Death's Door Spirits (4 p.m.; $PAYG for our Oak Barrel-aged Death's Door Whisky. We've been aging their whisky in a Death's Door Oak Barrel for the past four months, and we're now ready to pour it for your pleasure. In celebration, we're also tapping several barrel-aged beers including Flying Dog Bourbon Gonzo, John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale, Laughing Dog The Dogfather, New Holland Dragon's Milk, and Weyerbacher Insanity. Look for an amazing shot and beer special for any of you gluttons for punishment.)

@Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 5/4 - Maifest Street Festival-VIP Access (12 p.m.-8 p.m.; $100 for VIP tickets at Brauhaus Schmitz which get you a VIP Pass in and Out of the VIP Brauer Bund, with special release imports and drafts. Full wait staff and bar staff, with five private bathrooms. Complimentary appetizers courtesy of Chef Jeremy Nolen. Eight tickets good for beer from our VIP list or food stands. Commemorative Beer Stein and other Brauhaus Schwag.)
@Eight blocks of South Street (and in front of Brauhaus Schmitz), Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 5/4 - Maifest Street Festival (12 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free Admission to the street festival featuring food, music, shopping, art, and a kids zone. Plus, an option to buy a $100 VIP ticket to Brauhaus Schmitz.)

@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 5/1 through Fri. 5/10 - 10 day 10th Anniversary Celebration ($PAYG as we kick off our 10th Anniversary celebration. The traditional 10th Anniversary gift is tin or aluminum so we will be offering $1 off all canned beers for 10 days.)
@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 5/5 - Ten day 10th Anniversary Celebration (12 p.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG for a 10th Anniversary Party with $1 off all drafts & canned beers along with a complimentary brunch buffet. We have some special, limited, and rare beers saved. Look for a 2011 Lost Abbey Deliverance along with a special pin from Yards Brewing. Our homebrew club, YTM Homebrew, will be on hand for a big brew day, to celebrate National Home Brew Day. Get to see how beer is made at home and meet some of our most enthusiastic craft beer advocates.)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Sun. 5/5 - Bock Fest and Goat Races (11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for a family-friendly festival with authentic German food and oompah music with more Bock beers flowing than ever before.)

Food and Beer events
@Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Chocolate and Beer Pairing (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $20 to try six different beers paired with six different chocolates. We are bringing in a chocolate expert to educate us, and we are handling the beer end. Fruit, cheeses, and crackers will also be served.)

@Dock Street, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 5/5 - Cinco de Mayo Brunch with Guest Chef (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG as Chef Robert Legget of Guerrilla Ultima Truck prepares a Latin-inspired brunch to be served with a special beer cocktail menu featuring our Brewdriver, Bloody Maria, and Pom-Pom made with pomegranate wheat beer.)

@John Henry's Pub, Ardmore, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Tröegs Beer Dinner (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $TBA for a seven-course meal paired with beers from Tröegs in Hershey.)

@Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa.--- Sat. 5/4 - PA Flavor (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $20-$75 for an event that brings together up to 40 Pennsylvania breweries along with 20 "PA Preferred" food producers and 20 "PA Preferred" restaurants.)

@The Churchville Inn, Churchville, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Ballast Point Beer Dinner (7 p.m.; $45 for a five-course meal served with Sculpin, Indra Kunindra, Victory at Sea, Wahoo Wheat, and Habanero Sculpin.)

@Zama, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Hitachino Omakase Beer Dinner (5 p.m.; $80 for a seven-course meal served with Nippona Pilsner, Red Rice Ale, White Ale, Japanese Classic Ale, IPA, Ginger Ale, and Celebration Ale.)

Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Fegley's Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa.--- Thu. 5/2 - Charity Cask Night (5 p.m.; $PAYG for cask-conditioned beer where 100% of cask sales benefit PBS39.)

@Philly Homebrew Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 5/4 - Spring Craft Beer and Sausage Fest (12 p.m.-6 p.m.; $20-$25 as Yards Brewing Co. and the Philadelphia Homebrew Club will be providing unlimited, generous tastings of the freshest handcrafted ales you can find. And in honor of National Homebrew Day, homebrewers will be demonstrating how to brew a Lambic and Imperial India Pale Ale. This family friendly party will be bursting with food, games, activities, and live music.)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 5/8 - Beer School (4 p.m.; $Free to get some in depth beer schooling along with our staff.)

Iron Hill is at it again, so let's give 'em their own category
@Iron Hill, Newark, Del.--- Thu. 5/2 - Belgian White Beer Release (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG to join Head Brewer, Justin Sproul, for the release of his 2013 batch of Belgian White, brewed with orange and coriander.)
@Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa.--- Sat. 5/4 - Bitter Rivalry (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG as ten IPAs from Iron Hill and five guest breweries go head-to-head. Feature menu available for the evening.)
@Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 5/5 - Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG as we celebrate the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival. We will have two special Beers on tap and a BBQ Pork and Chicken Salad Slider for you to enjoy.)
@Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 5/6 - Gluten Free Feature Week (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for specials that are gluten-free in partnership with celiac awareness month.)
@Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - First Friday Firkin (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for Full Nelson IPA cask-conditioned beer release.)
@Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 5/3 - Mahalo, Apollo! Beer Release (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for Mahalo, Apollo!, Flyin’ Hawaiian, and cask-conditioned Chocolate Coconut Porter on tap. Grab two Hawaiian Pizzas and a Growler of Mahalo, Apollo! to go for $25.)
@Iron Hill, Wilmington, Del.--- Sat. 5/4 - Kentucky Derby (4 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of Bourbon Tripel and prizes awarded for the most fabulous hat.)

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