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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: June 22 - June 30

Back in the weekly calendar posting swing of things around here post-Philly Beer Week. Still plenty to choose from. Did I miss anything?

As you review the listings, don't forget Philly Tap Finder. They host an impressive listing of event draft lists to help better inform your beer event scheduling.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Camden, NJ
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Festival on the Battleship at Battleship New Jersey [Experience a tour of the Battleship, live music by the Cabin Dogs, a souvenir sampling mug, delicious Dietz & Watson hot dogs and sausage sandwiches, and enjoy beer from over 30 breweries throughout the state.  $50-$70]

Cape May, NJ
Sat. 6/24; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cape May Hops Festival at Emlen Physick Estate [Enjoy local breweries, live blues music on the outdoor stage, and food vendors serving up some tasty BBQ and other favorites, plus a crafts and collectibles show and kids activities.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — FWOT 2nd Annual Wing-Off featuring Stone Brewing at Fingers Wings & Other Things [Join the FWOT Gang and Stone Brewing Co. and see who can pound back a dozen wings the fastest.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — La Cabra Brewing Event at Bottle Room [Bottle Room is excited to host our friends from La Cabra Brewing in Berwyn for a tap takeover.  $PAYG]

Easton, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — 22nd Anniversary Bash at Weyerbacher Brewing Company [We’re turning 22 and we’re celebrating with a bash at the brewery.  $10-$30]

Ephrata, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Ephrata Brewfest at Whistle Stop Plaza [16 breweries and featuring Mark DeRose & The Dreadnought Brigade.  $10-$40]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sat. 6/24; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Barre & Beers at River Horse Brewing Company [Come join the Pure Barre Princeton community for a pop up class at River Horse.  $10]

Harleysville, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m. — Avery Night at The Butcher & Barkeep [Tons of aged beers along with beautiful sours to round out the tap lines.  $PAYG]

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 11:30 a.m. — Bacon Beer Brunch in the Beer Garden at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us in the beer garden (weather permitting) for a four course bacon themed brunch from Head Chef Josh Jastrzembski paired with four delicious beers by Lead Brewer Jeff Gundrum.  $35]

Lancaster, Pa.
Tue. 6/20 through Sun. 6/25; All day — PA Brewery Week at The Fridge [There are 252 active breweries in the State of Pennsylvania and we would like to highlight as many as we can in a week.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Red, White, and Brew Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Enjoy summer BBQ inspired features, and wash them down with our crisp and refreshing red, white, and blue sampler.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — New Belgium Brewing Night at Pinocchio's [Juicy Watermelon, Fat Tire, Voodoo Ranger, and Citradelic.  $PAYG]
Wed. 6/28; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Night at Pinocchio's [A variety of beers from Devils Backbone.  $PAYG]

Mont Clare, Pa.
Sun. 6/25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Schuylkill Canal Day at Lock 60 & St. Michael's Park [Join us at Lock 60 in Mont Clare for a day of fun, games, beer, music, and more at the 35th annual Canal Day celebration.  $PAYG]

Perkasie, Pa.
Sun. 6/25; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company [It's been 3 whole months since our last Sour Sunday, and we're so excited to welcome it back.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Ballast Point Tasting at Beer Love [We know you can't get enough of Ballast Point Brewing Company beers.  $PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 2 p.m.-10 p.m. — Trust The Process Crowler Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Allow us to assist you on June 22nd, as we make NBA Draft day a slam dunk by re-releasing our Sixers themed Mosaic & Amarillo IPA: Trust The Process.  $PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Tasting at Beer Love [Come sample some of Devils Backbone Brewing Company's finest beers.  $PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Sam Adams.  $Free]
Sat. 6/24; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Summer Ale Festival at Philadelphia Zoo [Specialty brews, animals, live entertainment, and more.  $35-$75]
Sat. 6/24 & Sun. 6/25; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Game of Thrones Big Brunch at The Industry [Brunchy food and either a beer or a brunch drink.  $10]
Sun. 6/25; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Band of Brewers V at World Cafe Live [Each band will consist solely of brewery employees and there will be tons of great beer from each performing brewery.  $15-$20]
Mon. 6/26; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for 2SP brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from the week's brewery.  $Free]
Tue. 6/27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — 8th Anniversary Party at Brauhaus Schmitz [Includes live music and a traditional German food buffet. Draft beer, cider, and wine $4. All proceeds benefit the South Street Police Mini Station.  $10 + $PAYG]
Tue. 6/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for Victory brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from the week's brewery.  $Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Tasting at Beer Love [What began as a daydream in an avid homebrewer’s head has grown to the craft brewery that you know and love.  $PAYG]
Fri. 6/30; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Yuengling.  $Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Tasting samples of beers from Starr Hill.  $Free]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — 6th Anniversary at Liberty Taproom [Come help us celebrate our sixth anniversary as we welcome the owners, head brewer, head of quality control, and sales team from Hardywood Park for a day of great beer and fun.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Tue. 6/27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill [You will be enjoying four courses of food perfectly paired with Avery's White Rascal, Ellie's Brown Ale, The Real Peel IPA, and Liliko'i Kepolo.  $40]

Smyrna, Del.
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Ales vs Lagers with Dogfish Head at Brick Works Brewing and Eats [This dinner will feature five beers and five courses.  $45]

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Chester County Homebrew Festival at American Helicopter Museum [Join us for our seventh year of good music and food, and vote for your favorite homebrewed beer.  $40]

West Reading, Pa.
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Brewing True Independent Craft Event at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [The beer garden will be in full swing and we'll have some awesome live music as well. There will be giveaways, a flag, and glassware.  $PAYG]
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Pig Roast with Dundore & Heister + Peak Organic Brewing at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [To kick off the summer - Dundore & Heister will be roasting a huge, pasture raised pig in our beer garden. To pair with their supreme meats, we will be teaming up Peak Organic brews.  $20-$25]

Wilmington, Del.
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m. — Patio Picnic Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us on the patio for five courses spotlighting the fresh flavors of summer from Executive Chef David Foster paired with five delicious beers by Head Brewer Moriah Guise.  $65]

York, Pa.
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Inaugural Firkin Fun Saturday at Collusion Tap Works [This event will include a kiwi gose with watermelon for the featured firkin. We will also have a watermelon eating competition as well as a seed spitting competition.  $PAYG]




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

5 favorite beers of last two weeks (June 5-18)

Had a bit of a post-PBW hangover (plus a day job conference) last week, so I never quite got around to sharing with you the best beers I encountered in the previous week. Three were encountered during Philly Beer Week. The other two were featured samplings that I included at my book signing appearance at the Antietam Farmers Market in Reading, Pa. this past weekend.

(Dark as night, drinks easily during the day.)

~ Baby Bob (6%), by 2SP Brewing Company (Aston, Pa.)
    At my book signing in Reading, of the seven beers I took for sampling (perhaps with the exception of the 17.1% Avery Mephistopheles), none other was as captivating as the Baby Bob. People seemed as curious about the name as they were the liquid itself. As an acknowledgement to brewer Bob Barrar's award-winning ways with his Russian Imperial Stout, this smaller Baby Bob is a roasty, easy-drinking American Stout.

(Delivers a Windfall of flavorful enjoyment.)

~ Windfall (6.1%), by Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
    Peaches. Tart. Brett. That's perfect enough description. Encountered during a visit to Tria Taproom from Allagash's owner Rob Tod, this is the second beer of theirs that went overboard in impressing Philly Beer Week-goers earlier this month.

(Can they can the IPA at Dock Street? Golden idea.)

~ Golden IPA, by Dock Street Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    The last day of Philly Beer Week has several usual suspects. Fergie's. Local 44. And Dock Street. In past years at Dock Street, you could count on my Beer Runs. The brewery's Music Festival. This year, they only recently opened the new "Cannery + Lounge" in an adjacent property behind the brewery on 50th Street. They took a quieter route to ending PBW this year. With two canned releases. Summer in Berlin and Golden IPA, both in 16-ounce cans. The IPA hit all the right notes for me. Then again, with the Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo all-star hops with just a touch of haze (not cloudiness, mind you), I wouldn't have expected anything less out of Mark Russell's brewhouse.

(Solid sour from one of Philly's oldest craft/micro brewers.)

~ Cuvée de Yunk (5%), by Manayunk Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    In a Facebook post during Philly Beer Week, I'd mentioned something about "...being honest...should be paying more attention...." To Manayunk Brewery, that is. And, it took this spectacular apricot sour at Strangelove's during a cross-town walk on a 94-degree last day of PBW to remind of that.

(One of the region's best and most consistent pilsners.)

~ Trauger Pilsner (4.8%), by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, Pa.)
    No doubt it's the Hallertau and Tettnanger noble hops in this German-style Pilsner from one of Bucks County's finest that made this another fan favorite at my book signing event....and also after the power-washing project later in the day. In case you wonder how much a favorite this is of my own, as well, look no further than my home kegerator which has seen more than one of these sixtels pushing up beer through the taps.




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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Beer Event Calendar: What To Do in the Remainder of June 2017

As you likely noticed, I shifted gears for the first half of June as Philly Beer Week ramped up and took over most of the beer event calendar in Philly. Now I'm back to "normal" with what you need to know about getting out for a beer and some good times.

This Saturday, my book events keep on with another signing event, this one at the Antietam Farmers Market in Reading, Pa. I'll be there selling the perfect Father's Day gift at a great local market. If you're in or near Berks County on Saturday, come check me out!

If you somehow have still not seen the book or can't get to Reading on Saturday, check it out over at my publisher's site. Or to buy, send a note to me, ping Amazon.com, or drop by your local bookstore such as Barnes & Noble.

As always, if I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.


$20 and under, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here

Philadelphia
Thu. 6/15; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Yards Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 6/16; 5 p.m. — Rheingeist Launch at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — The Cira Green Beer Garden at World Café Live in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m. — June BBQ at Dawson Street Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17 and 6/24 & Sun. 6/18 and 6/25; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Game of Thrones Big Brunch at The Industry in Philadelphia, Pa. [$10]
Sun. 6/18; 11:30 a.m. — Dinks for Dads at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 6/18; All day — Pints For Pop at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; All day — Pints For Pop at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 12 p.m.-9 p.m. — Father's Day at The Lab at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Mon. 6/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 6/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 6/22; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Ballast Point Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 2 p.m.-10 p.m. — Trust The Process Crowler Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/23; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 6/25; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Band of Brewers at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pa. [$15]
Mon. 6/26; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 6/27; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/30; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 6/30; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Complimentary Wine and Beer Tasting at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m. — Wicked Weed Tap Takeover at Hulmeville Inn in Hulmeville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Manayunk Brewing Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Saturday before Fathers Day Special Brews at Spellbound Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. — Father's Day Can Release at Conshohocken Brewing Company in Conshohocken & Bridgeport, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — New Belgium Brewing Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — FWOT 2nd Annual Wing-Off featuring Stone Brewing at Fingers Wings & Other Things in Conshohocken, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 6/28; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Red, White, and Brew Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ [$PAYG]

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 6/14; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Maibock & Brats with Flying Fish at Friendly Greek Bottle Shop in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 11 a.m. — We Turn 10 at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 10 a.m. — 4 Year Anniversary at The Pour House in Exton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting  at Funck's in Palmyra, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 3 p.m. — Modern Times Draft & Package Launch at The Fridge in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting  at Funck's in Leola, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Engine 51 Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m. — Magnify Brewing Tap Takeover at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m. — Neshaminy Creek's 5th Anniversary Party at Ulysses Gastropub in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 6 p.m. — Modern Times Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Meet The Brewer: Howling Henry's at Friendly Greek Bottle Shop in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 6/16; 11:30 a.m. — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Modern Times IPA Take Over at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Father's Day at La Cabra Brewing Company in Berwyn, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/18; 11 a.m. — Father's Day=Free Beer at World Of Beer in Exton, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 6/20; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Diane's Heritage Stock Ale Release Party at Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 6/20 through Sun. 6/25; All day — PA Brewery Week at The Fridge in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 6/21; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 2nd Anniversary Block Party at Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$10]
Wed. 6/21; 11 a.m. — Deli Crowler Release at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m. — Avery Night at The Butcher & Barkeep in Harleysville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/22; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Brewing True Independent Craft Event at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/24; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cape May Hops Festival at Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/24; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Barre & Beers at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing Township, NJ [$10]
Sat. 6/24; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — 6th Anniversary at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Inaugural Firkin Fun Saturday at Collusion Tap Works in York, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/25; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 6/25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Schuylkill Canal Day at Lock 60 & St. Michael's Park in Mont Clare, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — La Cabra Brewing Event at Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 6/29; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Pig Roast with Dundore & Heister + Peak Organic Brewing at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$20-$25]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Thu. 6/15; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Philadelphia Restaurant Festival at Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. [$50-$70]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Camp On Tour at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. [$40-$75]
Sun. 6/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beef, Beer, & Bourbon at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$74.98]
Wed. 6/21; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. — Game of Thrones: Bend The Knee Golden Ale Launch Event at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa. [$65]
Sat. 6/24; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Summer Ale Festival at Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35-$75]

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 6/24; 11:30 a.m. — Bacon Beer Brunch in the Beer Garden at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$35]

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — West Chester Craft Beer Festival at Charles A Melton Arts & Ed Center in West Chester, Pa. [$5-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — Harrisburg Brewers Fest at Locust & Third Streets in Harrisburg, Pa. [$10-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ride The Rails at Boxcar Brewing Company in West Chester, Pa. [$25-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. — Bike & Brew Tour at Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$50]
Sat. 6/17; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Skip The Tie Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Sat. 6/17; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Summerfest at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$40-$60]
Sat. 6/17; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Brews & Bites at Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville, Pa. [$10-$40]
Sun. 6/18; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Father's Day Beef & Beer at Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$35-$50]
Sat. 6/24; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Ephrata Brewfest at Whistle Stop Plaza in Ephrata, Pa. [$10-$40]
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Festival on the Battleship at Battleship New Jersey in Philadelphia, Pa. [$50-$70]
Sat. 6/24; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — 22nd Anniversary Bash at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$10-$30]
Tue. 6/27; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Ales vs Lagers with Dogfish Head at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Smyrna, Del. [$45]
Tue. 6/27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$40]
Wed. 6/28; 7 p.m. — Patio Picnic Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. [$65]






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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Philly Beer Week 2017: Where we (I) stand

(Click above for a full gallery of pictures from the first half of PBW '17)

Some of you (at least those of you that hold me to my word, which is almost always completely dependable) have noticed that I haven't stuck to my original plan. Preview postings, wrap-up postings, full coverage.

Even though, in addition to Opening Tap and the Hammer of Glory Relay, I've stopped in to 14 "events" around PBW during the first six days (while taking Monday "off"). But, for a variety of reasons that I won't waste your time critiquing or psychoanalyzing, I haven't done my typically thorough pre- and post-game analysis.

There are five days remaining in this year's Philly Beer Week. You can expect to see me somewhere, sometime each of these days except for Saturday. My itinerary changes almost on a daily basis, for reasons I may touch on in my post-week wrap-up. What I can suggest is that you could likely see me tonight at the Carton event (Tir Na Nog), Firestone Walker event (Good Dog), Ommegang Game of Thrones event (Misconduct), Captain Lawrence event (Sancho Pistola's), Allagash event (at either Tria Taproom or Jose Pistolas'), and/or post-lunch Two Roads/De La Senne beers (Jose Pistola's).

What I will do is wrap it all up when it's over. Until then, keep calm and try to maintain a healthy schedule of beer events and I'll see you along the way. Cheers!




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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

4 favorite beers of last week (May 29-June 4)

In my continuing series of the best beers I've had in the prior week, you may not be surprised to learn that in the past week, they were all encountered during Philly Beer Week. A couple of them, you may never (or, at least, not soon) see again.

(Pick Your Own was enjoyed at an excellent event with Allagash and Fat Head's at the P.O.P.E. It's very dark inside. Given that, I'm happy enough with this picture, much happier with the beer itself.)

~ Pick Your Own (6.4%), by Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
    Fruit rules this sour ale. Raspberries, Cherries, Strawberries, and Blueberries. It was in an "oak foudre with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus for two years". That worked out very well. A beautiful color and so much flavor. Exactly what you'd expect. Hoping to hit up at least one more event with Allagash during remainder of PBW to have another encounter or two with this beer.

(This beer was only recently completed and shipped over to Philly just in time for Philly Beer Week and, here, at a Monk's Cafe lunch with the owner/brewer.)

~ Simplex (4.5%), by Brouwerij De Ranke (Dottignies, Belgium)
    In essence, this beer gets its name from being a "simpler" XX Bitter. If you're familiar with that 20+ year old standard-bearing beer from De Ranke, I'm betting you'll love this Simplex as well. My hunch is that it's the Hallertau Mittelfrüh and the low alcohol that has me hooked. So far, I'm three glasses into this beer and hoping for many more.

(Had this beer at both Opening Tap and at Varga during the last week. Yet still don't actually have a picture of the beer. Well, though, this one is of Kristen Madgitz from the brewery's sales team about to hand one to me. So that counts.)

~ Lot 215 IPA, by Evolution Craft Brewing Company (Salisbury, Md.)
    According to the description, this begins with the base Lot 3 IPA and then incorporates smoked cedar and spruce tips, smoked dried cherries, and a dry hopping menu of Chinook, Citra, and Columbus. And that's exactly what you get. Very interesting.

(This sturdy, bready, yet easy-going delicious lager was presented at one of the highlight events of PBW thus far. From left, Brian O'Reilly, Bill Moeller, William Reed.)

~ Northern Liberties Lager (5.8%), by Sly Fox Brewing Company (Pottstown, Pa.)
    Brian O'Reilly (Brewmaster, Sly Fox) has collaborated the last ten years with William Reed (proprietor, the hyper-local Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's) and this year they took it to another level. This recipe was sourced from Bill Moeller's (Schmidt's, Ortlieb's, et al) father's beer recipe journal, circa 1910. After making adjustments, based upon modern day measurements (alpha acid, etc.), they crafted the most solid lager I've enjoyed thus far during PBW '17. During the release brunch event at Standard Tap, the 91-year-old Moeller was on hand and captivated the audience with decades of Philadelphia neighborhood and brewing stories. Get this one while you can at the brewery, or at either Standard Tap or Johnny Brenda's.




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Roy-Pitz Barrel House, also now open in Philadelphia

(Looking south across Spring Garden Street at Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

Trusting you saw my short piece (with more pictures than words) yesterday about the new Urban Village Brewing Company. I promised more about what's new on the Philly scene. Here you go.

It's an impressive space between 9th and 10th Streets on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. It's the new home/outpost for Roy-Pitz Brewing Company in Chambersburg, Pa., the county seat of Franklin County southwest of Harrisburg and over 150 miles from its new location.

(Spacious, industrial feel to the new Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

They're calling it the Roy-Pitz Barrel House. I only had time for barely a 30-minute visit on Sunday between PBW event stops, so the details shared here today will be only what I learned from the well-studied server. No press release, no reach out via e-mail, so I've got plenty more to learn. (Not surprisingly, Michael Klein has more details at Philly.com)

(Barrels. A sign of things to come at Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

What I did learn was that while they don't have immediate plans for brewing on-site in Philly, they'll be trucking in fresh beer and they're calling it the Barrel House because unfinished beer/wort will also be transported to finish in barrels and their "sour room".

My past experience has been rather limited with the Roy-Pitz beers, so there'll be much to learn in that regard as well. A draft lineup of 16 beers (14 CO2, 1 nitro, and 1 cask) and an interesting early-days menu of food items (e.g. Shrimp Ceviche, BBQ Pulled Chicken Egg Roll, Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich, and Smoked Brisket Mac & Cheese) will provide plenty of options.

(Beer with a view of the future elevated Reading Viaduct Rail Park.)

Plus, being in the shadow of both the live music venue, Union Transfer, and mere steps from the future elevated Reading Viaduct Rail Park, bodes well for the brewery. Hours look quite friendly, open full days, other than being closed on Mondays.

As I said yesterday similar to Urban Village, until I return for a lengthier visit and fuller review, the ball is now in your court.

("Liquid Art" in the Spring Arts/Callowhill neighborhood.)

(The Sour Room at Roy-Pitz Barrel House.)

(Real-time draft board.)

(Tables crafted in the family.)




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Monday, June 05, 2017

Urban Village Brewing Company now open in Philadelphia

(Co-owners Tom Revelli and Dave Goldman with backdrop of the tasteful and comfortable decor at their Urban Village Brewing.)

Gonna try to rattle off some new activity that has added another level of complexity to covering Philly Beer Week than ever before. Regardless that these new breweries are not officially a part of Philly Beer Week (for the uninitiated, this entails paying sigificant fees to the organizing entity behind PBW), I say "covering Philly Beer Week" because their entries to the scene simply adds more to be checked out at the same time as trying to absorb some of PBW '17. Plus something related I've heard this past weekend is that beer lovers are interested in using the timing of PBW to check out new establishments, whether or not they have any official events going on, part or not of the official PBW. Probably, most would agree, a good thing. And, all a part of "a rising tide"?

Following this entry will be a few words on the Roy-Pitz Barrel House and Crowded Castle, both also having opened in the past week. Reminds me that I need to check the project status on Root Down, Neshaminy Creek, Triple Bottom, Point Breeze and the one-that-may-not-be-quite-yet-public in Downingtown. Not to mention the new announcements of planned outposts for Iron Hill in Rehoboth Beach and Conshohocken Brewing in Phoenixville and Havertown. Thirsty much?

(Well-made beers such as the Space Station Experimental present themselves quite nicely.)

But first up is Urban Village Brewing Company in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. I've only got so much time to get to sharing here during PBW, so I will drop some salient words and a bunch of pictures to get you started, the rest is on you until I make my next visit for a more comprehensive review.

(A wide spectrum of flavors in the beer and food options at Urban Village should keep guests happy.)

On May 31, there was a soft opening (the third, and last, this one included media) prior to the official June 1 unveiling to the public. What I found was an impressive selection of pizzas and other foods that make for a great beer-drinking session in the extremely comfortably appointed bar and dining area. Views into the brewhouse, across the four-sided bar, into the kitchen of Chef Chris Davis, and of streetside activity from the firepit-side outdoor lounge all contribute to the open, airy, and comfortable atmosphere.

(A variety of pizzas, salads, sourdough based sandwiches, mussels, and small plate delicacies comprise the well-conceived menu.)

(Pizza a strong focal point at Urban Village.)

The beers ranged quite friendly in ABV from 3% (Beets by J Berliner Weisse) to 9.7% (Tyson Imperial Stout), where the median ABV settled in at a perfect 6.0%. The Beets by J is a must-try with a noticeable but not offputting flavor (for those that are somehow not fans of this wonderful root vegetable). Be sure also to check out the Space Station Experimental (a Belgian-German mashup pictured above), the tropically-addictive Citra Pale Ale, the smooth Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and the decadent Tyson Imperial Stout. Some of the malt bills are sourced from local malt houses, Deer Creek (Glen Mills) and Double Eagle (Huntingdon Valley).

Co-owner Dave Goldman is nearly a one-man show in the brewhouse for the time being, but that may not last long depending upon the thirst of the crowds as word gets out and the weather continues to improve. If you recognize his name, it's likely because he's also behind Landmark Americana with a four locations around the Philly region. For now, he's enjoying being in the brewhouse and finally getting this new venture up and running. His co-owner partner, Tom Revelli, is the fermentation scientist behind the pizza and bread dough naturally-fermented on site.

If you've fallen behind in ticking off the new Philly-based brewery openings (Brewery Ars, Chestnut Hill, Evil Genius, Second District, Wissahickon...did I miss any?), it's nice to see one in a different neighborhood. Until my next visit, enjoy a few more pictures here and get yourself there to check it out in person.

(At the center of the brewhouse.)

(Making optimal use of not an overly large brewing space, five fermenters and ten brite tanks are pumping out enough to have a dozen beers on tap at once.)

(Stacked brite tanks serve up the bar's draft beer.)

(The fermenters visible from the Piazza at Schmidt's.)

(Yeah, behave!)




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Friday, June 02, 2017

June 2017: News update, part 1

No shortage of news this time around as we stride into summer.

~ All this angst recently in the industry. Here a very worthwhile perspective to read. [link to Paste Magazine]

~ Philly 10th anniversary Beer Week is underway. [link to PBW's website]

~ One of Harrisburg's newest brewers, Brandalynn Armstrong, is interviewed. [link to Central PA Business Journal]

~ Another interview also from CPBJ, you might enjoy this one of Dick Yuengling. [link to Central PA Business Journal]

~ Havertown, I get. But, I'm starting to get a bit concerned for Phoenixville. [link to Philadelphia Business Journal]

~ What a great story that I've buried here in the middle of this list. [link to Porch Drinking]

~ That last link is a perfect segue to news of Peter Bouckaert. [link to Brewbound]

~ Hm, for those of you that enjoy reading about the business of brewing, something's happening at The Bruery. [link to The Bruery's website]

~ It's another list, but a decent one. [link to Men's Health]

~ How does Neshaminy Creek celebrate its 5th anniversary? [link to Borough Brewhouse's FB page]

~ More expansion news, this one from Levante. [link to The Town Dish]

~ And one final expansion announcement (for this update, anyway). [link to Iron Hill's website]

~ Another perspective on the Evil One's behavior. [link to Ramblings Of A Beer Runner]




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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Philly Beer Week 2017: Day 1 & 2 preview



If I'm being honest, I should share with you that I don't have a ton of structure going into this year's PBW and how I plan to consume and cover it. In the past, I've attended 25-35 events during the ten days that is Philly's imperial week long celebration of all that is good beer. That seems to have worked plenty well to support my ability to report fairly upon it.

As in the past, I'll attempt to share with you a day in advance what looks interesting to me on the calendar and what I will be shooting to attend. I'll do my best, then, to wrap up what I've encountered along the way. You can feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken, but I've been the only single independent source of PBW coverage in all ten years. (You could begin with 2008, if you'd care to check.) If I may allow my pride to proceed me just a bit here, yeah, I'm a bit proud of that.

THURSDAY
Moving along, what looks good today? You can bet on seeing me at Monk's Cafe, where Niño Bacelle from Brouwerij De Ranke will be talking beer and sharing some new beers with the prix fixe four-course, six-beer lunch.

Then, I'll be looking to intercept the Hammer of Glory at a few stops along its way, while I meander the city in the general direction of Opening Tap. I'm thinking maybe Varga, Fergie's, Time, Craftsman Row Saloon, and Standard Tap, or some combination thereof.

Opening Tap will close out the day for me. It's typically a great concentration of local beers and local folks, plus the culmination of the day long Hammer of Glory tour. Plus, Casey Parker and his band - Welcome To My Face - will be on stage, along with others, for our audio entertainment.

If I have any gas left in the tank, sauntering over to Sancho Pistola's (Coppertail and special flatbreads), Bottle Bar East (Free Will and other special tappings), Garage (special tappings), or Barcade (special tappings) would seem to be the best way to close out the first day.

FRIDAY
Tomorrow (Friday), day 2 of Philly Beer Week, may be a rest day early in the schedule, sort of like an early bye week, for me. Partly because I'm not a fan of a Thursday start (though, I preferred March as well, but look where that got me) and partly because the weekend of Saturday and Sunday events await.

If I was to venture out, I'd love to stop by Victoria Freehouse (Scotch Egg event), Jose Pistola's (Weyerbacher brunch), or Brü Craft & Wurst (Captain Lawrence and some special food menu items).

More likely what may happen with me is that I'll stick close to home and check out the collaborating brewers from 2SP and De Ranke at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne.

And you?




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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Citizens Bank Park - A Home Run

(click picture for a full gallery of event pictures)


Before the epic distraction of Philly Beer Week descends upon the region for the next week, er 10 days, oops check that, 11 days, a small bit of housekeeping here to clear the deck. Actually, it's a rather large one. The large one that is/was the All Star Craft Beer & Wine Festival at Citizens Bank Park on May 20. I was skeptical at first about this undertaking but pleasantly surprised so much that it deserves sharing here.

For starters, to be quite frank, there aren't many of the standard-format beer festivals that I'm much interested in attending. Opening Tap tomorrow night, that's got a bit of a unique edge to it. The Brewers Plate every March in Philadelphia? A great celebration of food and beer that has sustained its excellence through the years. Count me in.

But a mass market - and what appeared to be a run-of-the-mill - beer festival? I contemplated for a while before accepting the invitation to attend. I'm not disappointed at all that I did. The main draw being the venue. And they made the most of it.

(Pre-gaming the ballpark festival with a South Philly street fest. See what I did there?)

Let's take a step back first and make sure I get a plug in for the pre-game activity, also in South Philly. Finally after all these years of South Philadelphia Tap Room throwing its annual spring time Wheat Beer Fest, I used this opportunity to attend for the first time. It was a quick 45-minute, 2-beer, stop but afforded me the opportunity to have a nicely done Naked Black Currant Rising Wheat for the first time and revisit the very well made St. Benjamin Wit or Wit Out. Also met relatively new team member, Shawn Dulee, at St. Benjy's. Listened to some live music in the street and then proceeded to the ballpark.

Free parking (though not necessary in my case taking a Lyft) was a very nice touch. So was a live viewing on the outfield screen of the Phillies/Pirates game. Plus, access to the home team dugout, the basepath, and homeplate for unique photo opportunities. Live music, vendors, concessions, the Phillie Phanatic, and free future Phillies game tickets all provided a number of other aspects that made it a well-rounded fest.

And, oh yeah, then the beer. Beers were available from nearly 150 wineries and breweries. The festival utilized a significant portion of the concourse space on two levels, including the Hall Of Fame level where so much Phillies memorabilia is on display. All this in a 4-hour (plus one extra for VIP ticketholders) sampling session appeared to be quite the bargain at $49.50 and $70 respectively.

Needless to say, there were breweries and their brewers and reps (attendee friends as well) that were at the ballpark that I never found. That speaks to the scope of the event - one estimate had the attendance near 10,000, but I never confirmed that number. And for all this activity, there was hardly a moment where it felt uncomfortably crowded or that a beer or other beverage was not within easy reach. On the other side of the tasting table, my unscientific surveying of brewery reps also confirmed a well-managed event from intake and setup to rinse water, jockey box maintenance, and crowd control.

Well done to Upcoming Events, Jenna Communications, and everyone behind the massive and successful undertaking. Hope to see it again in 2018.

Now....on to Philly Beer Week 2017.

(Post-gaming the ballpark festival with a full beer at Second District in South Philly.)

(Only to replaced with an empty beer at Second District; that's rather easy to do.)





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Philly Beer Week 2017 set to kickoff tomorrow

(Fergie put on quite a show in 2016 during the HOG tour stop at The Belgian Cafe.)

The first day of Philly Beer Week is upon us. For the first two years, it was on a Friday in March. The following seven, it was a Friday in June. This year, the tenth anniversary of PBW, it's a Thursday. Tomorrow to be precise, if you haven't been following along closely enough.

Leading up to the Opening Tap kickoff again is the Hammer of Glory tour around the city. From the organization behind Philly Beer Week - Philly Loves Beer - here's a bit of background and the precise schedule of HOG movement around town. The weather looks nearly as perfect as could be asked for to kick off the annual celebration of great beer in Philadelphia. I'll be out there checking in around town and at Opening Tap. Will you?


The official mascot of PBW, the Hammer of Glory (HOG) is a custom, hand-forged keg hammer that travels throughout the region and across the United States as an ambassador for Philadelphia beer throughout the year. Starting in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, June 1 the HOG will be passed Olympic torch-style from venue to venue along the HOG Relay, a day-long, beer-fueled carnival that visits various bars, breweries and restaurants. Conveyances have included a festive mix of the weirdly absurd (ziplining from atop Standard Tap, for example, or escorting the HOG to Yards Brewing in a DeLorean) and insanely practical (ascending 51 floors to take in the majestic views from SkyGarten, then leading a cavalcade of motorcycles at TIME). This year’s HOG Relay will be sponsored by SugarHouse Casino and revelers can jump on and off their double-decker bus by purchasing a $10 ticket (click here). The HOG Relay will stop at the following venues:
 *This schedule is subject to change
  • 9:00 a.m., Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Avenue
  • 9:33 a.m., SawTown Tavern, 4717 Princeton Avenue
  • 9:56 a.m., Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Avenue
  • 10:24 a.m., Bonk’s Bar, 3467 Richmond Street
  • 11:02 a.m., Philly Brewing Company, 2439 Amber Street
  • 11:31 a.m., Evil Genius, 1727 North Front Street
  • 12:00 p.m., Saint Benjamin, 1710 North 5th Street
  • 12:33 p.m., London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Avenue
  • 12:52 p.m., The Belgian Café, 601 North 21st Street
  • 1:30 p.m., Billy Penn, 1429 Walnut Street
  • 1:46 p.m., Jose Pistola’s, 263 South 15th Street
  • 2:07 p.m., Garage Passyunk, 1231 East Passyunk Avenue
  • 2:35 p.m., Varga Bar, 941 Spruce Street
  • 3:03 p.m., Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street
  • 3:25 p.m., Opa & Drury Beer Garden, 1311 Sansom Street
  • 3:39 p.m., Tiki, 102 South 13th Street
  • 3:53 p.m., TIME, 1315 Sansom Street
  • 4:16 p.m., Craftsman Row Saloon, 112 South 8th Street
  • 4:59 p.m., El Camino Real, 1030 North 2nd Street
  • 5:13 p.m., Heritage, 914 North 2nd Street
  • 5:27 p.m., Standard Tap, 901 North 2nd Street
  • 5:50 p.m., Yards Brewing, 901 North Delaware Avenue
  • 6:13 p.m., Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
  • 6:27 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
  • 6:41 p.m., Garage Fishtown, 100 East Girard Avenue
  • 6:59 p.m., The Fillmore, 29 East Allen Street




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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

3 favorite beers of last week (May 22-28)

Not for lack of quantity during the last week, these were the lone three that stood out based upon quality. Presented alphabetically by brewery.

(If I don't have a picture of a beer at La Cabra, then the next best thing is the Cabra itself.)

~ Cecilia Saison, by La Cabra Brewing Company (Berwyn, Pa.)
    Had this one a few times now. A very nice classic 5.5% slightly spicy saison which means it goes quite nicely with the jerk chicken tacos. Hope to see this one more often than not this summer. Oh, and on a related note, I'd like to see the Cubano a few more times as well.


(Manor Hill's Grisette perfect for dockside drinking.)

~ Grisette Farmhouse Ale, by Manor Hill Brewing Company (Ellicott City, Md.)
    Like Ruddy Duck below, I'd learned of the young Manor Hill while researching my book back in 2014. The farm-based brewery was in the planning stages and connected to the ambitious family behind the excellent Victoria Gastro Pub in nearby Columbia. Two years later, it looks like they've been doing quite well - brewing up a storm, growing plenty of their own resources, and packaging quite a bit of beer for the market. Like this excellent Grisette (4.7%), which was nice and refreshingly easy after a 4-mile walk to begin our weekend in Solomons. The Mosaic hops might have had something to do with this. It was enjoyed dockside at Kingfishers Seafood Bar & Grill along with a dozen local oysters.


(Ruddy Duck Seafood & Alehouse has both good looking beers and a good looking backdrop.)

~ Dussel Duck Altbier, by Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons, Md.)
    I'd originally discovered Ruddy Duck during my book research in 2014. They've since opened a second location in St. Mary's County, way down south on St. George Island. What a picturesque setting for a plate of seafood and a few beers! Particularly if it's the Altbier (5.2%), with a solid malt profile and ever-a-whisp of smoke. This was a very worthwhile diversion during last weekend's holiday getaway.




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Monday, May 29, 2017

Quick update on the Philly Beer Week 2017 schedule of events

The PBW organization tweeted a very nice compliment my way this past weekend. But I still must point out the perennial issue of event planning deficiencies served up via the website and/or mobile app for the some of us (or from what I've experienced/heard year in and year out...a lot of us) that want/need to plan.

Therefore, as I've done in each of the previous nine years, I've got a spreadsheet-atized version of what's out on the official PBW website. In this case, as of this morning. It will be the last time I update the spreadsheet. Frankly, all events should be planned well in advance of now, but that's a different issue.

I think many of you know me well enough that I don't do this in competition with PBW, rather as a way to supplement. It's proven wildly popular (in one year, being downloaded nearly 15k times). In my experience, people want the best information in an easy-to-use format. I'm just trying to help with that.

After de-duping the master events list and removing brewery entries that duplicate the host bar's entry, there are 552 "events" on the official PBW calendar as of this morning. I've not passed judgement on what I think most will agree barely qualify as a special event and events that have absolutely no description.

Also, I've not attempted to fix incorrect times of events. Did you know that the general admission for Beers Under The Big Top is due to begin at 1:30 a.m.? Or that there are 28 events that begin at Midnight, and one at 4:20 a.m.? My guess is that's not true and only a way to game the calendar and get listed earlier in the results (sort of like putting the event name in all caps to draw yet further attention).

Nevertheless, I've tidied up the list of 552 events into a spreadsheet and I'm happy to share it once again.

Drop a note to me at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com if you're interested in receiving a copy of it.

The daily tally, by the way, as of this morning is as follows:

21 - Thu. 6/1
59 - Fri. 6/2
55 - Sat. 6/3
50 - Sun. 6/4
52 - Mon. 6/5
57 - Tue. 6/6
55 - Wed. 6/7
64 - Thu. 6/8
54 - Fri. 6/9
49 - Sat. 6/10
36 - Sun. 6/11




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