Monday, June 06, 2016

Philly Beer Week 2016. And on the third day, a two-fer of two-fers

2016 Philly Beer Week Day 3

As I mentioned in Saturday's notes, some unfortunate family business has come up to deal with this week and that began yesterday. Undeterred, however, there was some time for Philly Beer Week. Here's where I found Day 3 events along the way. Four stops at three places, two sets of two of them related. Doesn't make sense, does it?

- it began with an excellent brunch in Wayne at Teresa's Next Door, which is really a must-stop for visiting Belgian brewers as well as Belgian beer fans. Here they were pouring 1 Kaapse beers and 6 De Molen beers, including the PBW '16 collaboration brew done with Yards Brewing Company - Fire Flood & Plague. Paired up with a tasty menu of brunch items with fun names inspired by all the principals involved in the event, it was a great, if not boozy, way to begin the day. Also nice to see Kevin Brooks from Shelton Brothers Importers once again and Larry Porter from Porters' Pub in Easton, Pa. for the first time ever.

- after the family stuff in northeast Philly, it made sense to pop into Grey Lodge for a couple beers to debrief. They were preparing for a night of Brewer Olympics that brought together St. Benjamin, Heavy Seas, Manayunk, and Evolution breweries. Naturally, all their beers were already on tap so, for me, that meant a St. Benjamin's Inca Cream Ale (have had several times in past and really enjoy) and St. Benjamin's Bayside Saison (new to me and one I'll look for again). Good practice, I suppose, for my event on Friday at the brewery selling and signing books while sipping on their special firkin of the week.

- torrential rains were approaching and we slipped into the sister establishment to Grey Lodge - Hop Angel Brauhaus - for the second day of their annual Lobster Bake and Wheat Beer Weekend. Plenty of lobster-themed dishes and German-themed glasses of beer to make waiting out the passing thunderstorms nicely tolerable.

- then, because one visit a day is not enough, for an event as big as the De Molen beers, there was just enough time for a one-last-once at Teresa's Next Door to grab a little something that was not earlier in the day. Plus a random spotting of Mr. Suburban Beer Distributor of the Year, Matt Guyer, led to some Monday night planning of events. We shall see; until then.....

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