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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2 favorite beers from September 4 - September 17

What can I say? It's not for lack of drinking beers these last two weeks. Just lack of finding ones that *really* jumped out at me. Here are a couple just from the last few days.

(Wonderful to have this beauty in 15-pack cans.)

~ Mosaic Promise (5.5%), by Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
    Focused on Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. Such a simple approach, such an easy beer to enjoy. Depending upon your dogmatism (or lack of it), this could certainly be thrown around in the session ballpark. Being available in the 15-pack "suitcase" is another appealing aspect.


(Fun bottle label, delicious beer.)

~ Impromptu Dance Party, Vol.1 (6.7%), by Free Will Brewing Company (Perkasie, Pa.)
    Not sure what "Volume 1" implies, but I can guess. This is an exquisitely refreshing and delicious blend of cranberries, cherries, peaches, and grapefruit. Which, in my book, makes this a very nice breakfast beer. Not that I advocate or have tested this concept myself. Or have I?


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: September 14 - September 20

The September party continues. Grab a beer.

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.

Atlantic City, NJ
Sat. 9/16; 4 p.m. — Craft Beerfest at Resorts Casino Ballroom [The 5th Annual Craft Beerfest will feature more than 65 different craft beers from around the country and feature local and regional breweries.  $30]

Chambersburg, Pa.
Sat. 9/16;  11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em at Roy Pitz Brewing Company [Join us for our annual festival featuring BBQ from Shack's Q BBQ Team and live music from The Flat Wheels.  $12-$17]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Thu. 9/14; 6 p.m. — Tröegs and Big Hill Ciderworks Collaboration Party at Sturges Speakeasy [Big Hill Ciderworks are pressing the best local apples, straight from their orchards to create an amazing collaboration with Tröegs Independent Brewing.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — 20th Annual Capital City Invitational Beerfest at Appalachian Brewing Company [Enjoy some of the season’s best craft beers from the region’s top craft breweries all in the Abbey Ba and a free appetizer buffet and fun food and snack vendors.  $10-$35]

Hellertown, Pa.
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Lehigh Valley Brewer's Guild Beer Festival at Lost Tavern Brewing Company [The Lehigh Valley continues to raise the bar with amazing beer, cider, and mead being produced right in your back yard and the men and women behind the local operations look forward to bringing the best of the LV to you,  $10-$40]

Jennersville, Pa.
Sun. 9/17; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Victory Beer Brunch at Two Stones Pub [We will be featuring delicious brunch with Victory Beer pairings, and fun.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 9/14; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Lager Festival at Hunger N Thirst [We will tap a bunch of amazing lagers in anticipation of the fall season.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/15; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pups, Pints, and Painting at Federal Taphouse [From 4-6, the Federal Taphouse is donating 10% of all sales to KPETS and from 6-8, KPETS will be hosting a "paint a wine (or pint) glass party" with SqueezeSpot.  $20]
Sat. 9/16; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Back 2 School Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [Learn the "Hows" and "Whys" of food and beer pairing. We'll take four of our favorite dishes and pair them with the perfect craft drafts.  $29.95]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 9/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's [Pumpkin-themed beers.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Thu. 9/14; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Firestone Walker Tap Takeover at Bulls Head Public House [Firestone Walker's Generation 1, West Side Beavo, Bretta Weisse, and Velvet Merlin on tap, along with the several bottles for sale.  $PAYG]
Mon. 9/18; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Bell's Brewery Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House [Bell's Lager of the Lakes, Oktoberfest, Two Hearted Ale, and Roundhouse Imperial Red Ale will be on tap for the dinner, with a special beer being tapped in the pub afterwards.  $35]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 9/14; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Otter Creek Night at Pinocchio's [Beers from Otter Creek.  $PAYG]

Montgomeryville, Pa.
Mon. 9/18; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Commercial Wood Symposium & Restaurant Industry Night at Keystone Fermentation Supply [Join us for an evening dedicated to wood aging.  $Free for industry members.]

New Cumberland, Pa.
Sat. 9/16; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Nose-to-Tail Beer Dinner at The Garlic Poet Restaurant & Bar [Indulge in your favorite parts of a carefully and wonderfully raised pig and great beer for an end of summer bash.  $70.6]

Newtown, Pa.
Sat. 9/16; 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Newtown Beerfest at The Stocking Works [Beer tasting, live music, food, and fun to benfit the Newtown Fire Association.  $10-$75]

North Wales, Pa.
Tue. 9/19; 6:30 p.m. — Winner’s Circle Beer Dinner Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for a five course dinner featuring five beers from our 20 year medal winning streak at the Great American Beer Festival from Head Chef Ed Lavish and Lead Brewer Pete Corbett.  $65]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 9/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's [Pumpkin-themed beers.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Throughout September; All day — Oktoberfest at McGillin's Old Ale House [This year we’ve joining forces with Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company to launch our own Oktoberfest beer! Plus Oktoberfest beers from Sly Fox, Lancaster, Stoudt’s, Beck’s and Warsteiner Brewing. Plus Pumpkin beers. Plus, rotating Oktoberfest beers and German food specials.  $PAYG]
Tue. 9/12 through Sat. 9/16; Various times — South Street Oktoberfest & A Week's Worth of Events at Brauhaus Schmitz [See website for the full schedule of events and details.  $Varies]
Thu. 9/14; 12 p.m. — Jawntoberfest at Barcade [Join us as we tap a whole bunch of delicious German-inspired beers.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/15; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Flying Fish.  $Free]
Fri. 9/15 through Thu. 9/21; All day — Sausage Fest at Standard Tap [We'll be pouring local festbier and German style drafts to complement your sausage feast.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; All day — Pumpkinfest Part 1 & 2 at Hop Angel Brauhaus [From to 4 to 8pm, it's all ages fun. From 8 to midnight, the focus is 21+.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Oktobearfest at Philadelphia Zoo [100+ beers, a night at the zoo, ten food trucks, live music, yard games, trivia, and relay races.  $35-$55]
Sat. 9/16; 5 p.m. — The Ultimate Golden Road Experience at City Tap House–University City [Join us for tasty brews and a live art competition.  $PAYG]
Sun. 9/17; All day — Dark Horse Brewing Sixtel Sunday at Kite & Key [Bourbon Scotty Karate, Crooked Tree IPA, Amber, Smells Like a Safety Meeting 2xIPA, Smells Like a Double Michigan Safety Meeting Dbl IPA, and Boffo Brown Ale.  $PAYG]
Mon. 9/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – Conshohocken at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Conshohocken.  $Free]
Tue. 9/19; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping – Vault at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Featuring beers from Vault.  $PAYG]
Wed. 9/20; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 ["Pay what you wish." Free samples of each beer we will discuss are offered as our treat to you during the class.  $Free]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 9/15; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [A firkin of our stalwart Chester County Bitter pouring alongside others TBA.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; 12 p.m. — Phlight of the Phoenix at Six "Craft Establishments" [This is your chance to visit historic downtown Phoenixville and earn yourself a stylishly chic t-shirt and bragging rights to say you completed the Phlight of the Phoenix.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Sat. 9/16; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Tavern Night at Pottsgrove Manor at Pottsgrove Manor [Attendees get to sample beer, wine, cider, and distilled spirits from local vendors. Visitors can chat with the modern makers about their trade, learn about the types of alcohol that the Potts family made and bought in the 18th century and enjoy colonial entertainments.  $10-$35]

Swiftwater, Pa.
Fri. 9/15; 2 p.m. — Grand Opening Celebration Weekend at Pocono Brewery Company [The weekend will be fun filled with our giveaways, feature specials, brewery tours, tastings, and lots of craft beer will be enjoyed.  $PAYG]

Voorhees, NJ
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Gourd of Thrones Multi Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [On tap: Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Coffee Stout, Cinderella’s Carriage, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Punkified, and Pumpkinweiss.  $PAYG]
Tue. 9/19; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Noshing on the 90’s Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us outside on the patio to enjoy a 90s themed five course beer dinner, paired by Executive Chef Tiffany Giove and Lead Brewer Rob Fox with Das Boot, Peter Dunkelage, Rosemary Bedotter, Rauch ‘N Rye, and Coffee aged Russian Imperial Stout.  $65]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 9/14; 3 p.m. — South Pacific Hop Cartel Can Release at Levante Brewing Company [A double IPA that showcases the "New World flavors and aromas of white grape, lime zest, passionfruit, and gooseberry from a very special blend of New Zealand and Australia hop varieties.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pop-up Beer Garden at Boxcar Brewery [Craft beers, great food, live music, and brewery tours.  $PAYG]
Sun. 9/17; 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Beer Garden for Restaurant Festival at Side Bar [We will be having a beer garden on Church Street B/W Gay and Market with local beer, food, and live music.  $3 + $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Sat. 9/16; All day — Fall Festival Beer Garden at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [We will have our large beer garden on Penn Avenue with four seasonal beers to choose from and ten taps inside of our shop and ten taps in our amazing beer garden in the rear of our shop.  $PAYG]

York, Pa.
Sat. 9/16; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Collusion Tap Works [We will be transforming our parking lot into makeshift beirgarten complete with food available for purchase from our friends at York City Pretzel, Roost, Busy Bee, or a plate of German grub from our very own kitchen.  $PAYG]





© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2017. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com



Thursday, September 07, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: September 7 - September 13

You ready for this? It's September which means back to school and back to beer. Well, truth told, you never really took a vacation from it, did you/

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.

Allentown, Pa.
Thu. 9/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — National Beer Lover's Day at Counter Culture [Hijinx and Counter Culture are coming together to give you a night of sampling beer.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Allentown Beer Festival at Hamilton Street between 5th and 6th Streets [Specialty food, live music, and samples of craft beers from local breweries.  $34]

Camden, NJ
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — MGK Brew Blast at Battleship New Jersey [Over 50 beers and live classic rock (MGK House Band) on the tented deck of America's most decorated battleship. All tickets include a free tour of the Battleship New Jersey.  $20-$45]

Downingtown, Pa.
Tue. 9/12; 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Kick It Root Down at Bottle Room [The good folks from Phoenixville's finest brewery will be taking over some of our taps to share some delicious beer with you.  $PAYG]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sat. 9/9; All day — To Protect and Serve Fall Feast at River Horse Brewing Company [Join us for a celebration of the men and women who protect and serve our township with proceeds benefiting the Ewing Township PBA #111.  $PAYG]

Georgetown, Del.
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Oyster Stout Release Party at 16 Mile Brewing Company [Semi-Formal, JD Shuckers oysters, Frozen Farmer ice cream, beer shooters, live music, games, pictures-taking backdrop, and prizes.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 9/8; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Oktoberfest Beer Release at The Millworks [This beer is available for Happy Hour and you can also enjoy a large stein of Oktoberfest on our roof top biergarten.  $PAYG]

Kulpsville, Pa.
Thu. 9/7; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Perennial Tap Invasion Weekend at CJ's Doghouse [We will have Sump, Abraxus, and 17 on as well as some Hommel Bier, and Meriwether to calm things down a bit.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 9/7; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — End of Summer Clam Bake at Hunger N Thirst [Enjoy the last clam bake of the season with shrimp, clams, mussels, corn, potatoes, and sausage.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Firestone Walker Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse [Come enjoy some core and rare beers and receive a branded glass with the purchase of a Firestone Walker draft.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Tapping of the Great Pumpkin Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the big pumpkin tapping outside on patio to enjoy the early fall weather.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; All day — Customer Appreciation Celebration at The Fridge [Join us to celebrate six years of fresh craft beer and great local food.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Not Your Ordinary Pumpkin Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for seven pumpkin beers, quizzo, and the Cartoon Christmas Trio.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 9/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Oskar Blues/Cigar City Night at Pinocchio's [Beers from Oskar Blues and Cigar City.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Beer & Yoga at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Includes the yoga class, a beer of your choice, and a spread of healthy snacks.  $25]

Milton, Del.
Thu. 9/7; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - World Wide Stout Vertical at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [We're digging into our Vintage Stash and spinning some groovy Vinyl for one fantastically awesome Happy Hour. For September, we're pouring ‘10 World Wide Stout, '13 World Wide Stout, ’16 World Wide Stout, and ’17 Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.  $PAYG]

Newtown Square, Pa.
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pints In The Square at Ellis Preserve [Access to unlimited tastings of 60+ beers, live music, and local food vendors.   $10-$65]

Odessa, Del.
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Odessa Brewfest at Wilson-Warner House [Samples of beer from local and regional brewers and great live music from four bands on two stages.  $15-$70]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Throughout September; All day — Oktoberfest at McGillin's Old Ale House [This year we’ve joining forces with Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company to launch our own Oktoberfest beer! Plus Oktoberfest beers from Sly Fox, Lancaster, Stoudt’s, Beck’s and Warsteiner Brewing. Plus Pumpkin beers. Plus, rotating Oktoberfest beers and German food specials.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/8; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Tröegs.  $Free]
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Heavy Seas Four Cannon Salute at Grey Lodge Pub [All four Heavy Season Cannon beers on tap. Plus air cannon fun — Shoot stuff, win prizes.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m. — Happy 6th Birthday Block Party at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Come hang with us and enjoy some food, booze, games, and live music.  $PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; 1 p.m. — Kicking Off This Year's First Eagles Kickoff at City Tap House-Logan [This season during all Eagles games, we will be televising each game on our 15 foot television. From whistle to whistle, make yourself at 'home' and enjoy $5 Victory 'Home Grown' lager draughts.  $PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Monsters Of The Midwest at City Tap House-University City [Celebrate the new NFL season with some of the most monstrously delicious midwestern brews.  $PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; All day — Dallas Sucks! Beer Release at Jose Pistola's [For the first two weeks - Dallas Sucks will only be available on draft at our three locations.  $PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; All day — Dallas Sucks! Beer Release at Sancho Pistola's [For the first two weeks - Dallas Sucks will only be available on draft at our three locations.  $PAYG]
Mon. 9/11; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Off Flavor Beer Tasting Course at Devil's Den [Join the Philadelphia Pink Boots Chapter for a Beer Off Flavor Tasting Course. Learn how to detect 6 common off flavors along with how they are created.  $30-$35]
Mon. 9/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – Lagunitas at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Lagunitas.  $Free]
Tue. 9/12; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Le Cat Happy Hour at Dock Street Brewing Company [Dock Street is creating a signature pizza for the evening and giving $2 to Le Cat Cafe for every large order. Better yet, we're donating $1 to Le Cat Cafe if you order one of two special beers.  $PAYG]
Tue. 9/12; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping – Allagash at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Featuring beers from Allagash.  $PAYG]
Tue. 9/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Summer Harvest Beer Dinner at Urban Village Brewing Company [Our first monthly all-inclusive six-course beer dinner paired with six of our beers.  $65]
Tue. 9/12 through Sat. 9/16; Various times — South Street Oktoberfest & A Week's Worth of Events at Brauhaus Schmitz [See website for the full schedule of events and details.  $Varies]
Wed. 9/13; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — U Buy The Glass Night at The Abbaye [Otter Creek Brewing keepsake pint glass, raffle prizes, and giveaways.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Corn Hole Tournament at Stable 12 Brewing Company [Join us for a day of corn hole, beers and friendly competition in the beer garden.  $40]

Pottstown, Pa.
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Sly Fox Flight with Appalachian Air Canines at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Stop by and check out these skilled dogs and grab a pint of our beer to enjoy with the entertainment. Competition events include Growlers of the Gridiron, AAC Fetch, the Rings of Accuracy, and Paws Freestyle.  $PAYG]

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Farm to Fork Beer Pairing Dinner at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company [Join us for a culinary experience blending food and beer both grown right here at Shawnee.  $49]

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pop-up Beer Garden at Boxcar Brewery [Craft beers, great food, live music, and brewery tours.  $PAYG]

Wildwood, NJ
Thu. 9/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cape May Tap Takeover at Goodnight Irene's [The release of Cape May's Oktoberfest and tappings of 5+ other brews.  $PAYG]





© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2017. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com



Tuesday, September 05, 2017

2 favorite beers from August 28 - September 3

All honors from this past week go to Dock Street, a Philly original still doing it and doing it well more than 25 years since first opening on 18th Street.

(Rosemarie Certo, owner, surrounded by the Dock Street team celebrating their 10th anniversary on 50th Street.)

~ Common Sense Lager (4.9%), by Dock Street Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Where has this California Common Lager been? Or maybe where have I been? This toasted malt lager starts strong and cleans up nicely, making it one heckuva easy drinker. Very well done, this one deserves to make a regular return to the draft list at Dock Street.


(A winner both on tap and in the 16 oz. can. Hope to see this one-off somewhere down the road again.)

~ nicethings IPA (6.4%), by Dock Street Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    It wasn't until I was told that this was a collaboration beer that I recalled being introduced to the local rap star behind this beer, Chill Moody, by Dock Street's Marilyn Candeloro during Philly Beer Week. Thing about this IPA is that it is, indeed, very nice. Straight ahead IPA that 1) proves IPAs don't need to be (overly) hazy to be very good and 2) the Mosaic hop is a mighty tasty hop. Had it on tap with a Flammenkuche (because, well, you know) and then thanks to Certo for sending a can home with me for further inspection.


Click back here for an index of all beers that I've covered in the past.




© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2017. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beer Event Calendar: Philadelphia & beyond: What To Do in September 2017

I watch these things pretty closely and this month of September looks to be one of the busiest for beer events of all stripes in many months. Plenty to choose from. Back to school; back to beer. Cheers!

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
Throughout September; All day — Oktoberfest at McGillin's Old Ale House in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/1; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 9/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beef & Beer Besties at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 9/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Russian River Happy Hour at Grace Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 9/5; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – AleSmith at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 9/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping – Funk at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 9/6; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – Big Hill Ciderworks at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Wed. 9/6; 5 p.m. — Black Hog Brewing Event at South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/8; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Heavy Seas Four Cannon Salute at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m. — Happy 6th Birthday Block Party at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; 1 p.m. — Kicking Off This Year's First Eagles Kickoff at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Monsters Of The Midwest at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; All day — Dallas Sucks! Beer Release at Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/10; All day — Dallas Sucks! Beer Release at Sancho Pistola's in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 9/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – Lagunitas at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 9/12; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Le Cat Happy Hour at Dock Street Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 9/12; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping – Allagash at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 9/12 through Sat. 9/16; Various times — South Street Oktoberfest & A Week's Worth of Events at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Varies]
Wed. 9/13; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — U Buy The Glass Night at The Abbaye in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/14; 12 p.m. — Jawntoberfest at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/15; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 9/15 through Thu. 9/21; All day — Sausage Fest at Standard Tap in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; All day — Pumpkinfest Part 1 & 2 at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/17; All day — Firestone Walker Sixtel Sunday at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 9/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – Conshohocken at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 9/19; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping – Vault at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 9/20; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 9/22; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 9/22; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — The Art of Magic Hat: Beer, Drawing, Coloring at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m. — Cantillon Zwanze Day at Monk's Café in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Annual Beer-BQ at Trolley Car Diner in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 9/25; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – St. Benjamin at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 9/26; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping – Sly Fox at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 9/27; 8 p.m.-10 p.m. — The Simpsons Quizzo at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/28; All day — Brooklyn Defender Pint Night at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/29; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 9/29; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Unibroue: Baby Got Quebec at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/29; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Tasting at Trolley Car Diner in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 9/29 through Sun. 10/1; All weekend — Oktoberfest at Alla Spina in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]

after September in Philadelphia
Sun. 10/1; TBA — Throwdown In Franklintown at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 12 p.m. — 6th Anniversary Party at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/8; All day — Pumpkin Smash at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 9/2; 11 a.m. — MC5 DDH IPA Can & Draft Release at Conshohocken Brewing Company in Conshohocken, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/3; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Punk o' Lantern Release Party at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Oskar Blues/Cigar City Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Not Your Ordinary Pumpkin Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/14; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Otter Creek Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/21; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Empire Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; All day — Sour Saturday at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Pumpkin Prost Multi Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 9/27; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Sterling Pig Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/30; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pa. [$PAYG]

after September in Philadelphia's close suburbs
N/A


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 9/1; 3 p.m.-11 p.m. — Mollly Cross Release & Firkin at Molly Pitcher Brewing Company in Carlisle, PA [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/1; All day — Punkin Celebration at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/1; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/1; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/1; All day — Punkin Celebration at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/1; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: St. Bernardus at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/2; All day — Anniversary Party at 7 Mile Brewery in Rio Grande, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/2; All day — 1 Year Anniversary Party at Collusion Tap Works in York, Pa. [$PAYG or $50]
Sat. 9/2 through Mon. 9/4; 12 p.m. — Sessions, Sours, & Saisons at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 9/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Freeman's Pub Ale Release Party at Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 9/6; 5 p.m. — Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 9/6; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Firkins For Films at Root Down Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$Free +$PAYG]
Thu. 9/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — National Beer Lover's Day at Counter Culture in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/7; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Perennial Tap Invasion Weekend at CJ's Doghouse in Kulpsville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/7; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Dark Beers at Free Will Taproom at Peddler's Village in Lahaska, Pa. [$15]
Thu. 9/7; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — End of Summer Clam Bake at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/7; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - World Wide Stout Vertical at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cape May Tap Takeover at Goodnight Irene's in Wildwood, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Oyster Stout Release Party at 16 Mile Brewing Company in Georgetown, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/8; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Oktoberfest Beer Release at The Millworks in Harrisburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Firestone Walker Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; All day — To Protect and Serve Fall Feast at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing Township, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Tapping of the Great Pumpkin Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; All day — Customer Appreciation Celebration at The Fridge in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Sly Fox Flight with Appalachian Air Canines at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pop-up Beer Garden at Boxcar Brewery in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 9/12; 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Kick It Root Down at Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/14; 6 p.m. — Tröegs and Big Hill Ciderworks Collaboration Party at Sturges Speakeasy in Harrisburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/14; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Lager Festival at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's in Leola, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/14; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Firestone Walker Tap Takeover at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's in Palmyra, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/15; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pups, Pints, and Painting at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$20]
Fri. 9/15; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/16;  11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em at Roy Pitz Brewing Company in Chambersburg, Pa. [$12-$17]
Sat. 9/16; 12 p.m. — Phlight of the Phoenix at Six "Craft Establishments" in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Gourd of Thrones Multi Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; All day — Fall Festival Beer Garden at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/16; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Collusion Tap Works in York, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pop-up Beer Garden at Boxcar Brewery in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/17; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Victory Beer Brunch at Two Stones Pub in Jennersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/17; 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Beer Garden for Restaurant Festival at Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$3 + $PAYG]
Fri. 9/22; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Release Party at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company in Dover, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/22; 6 p.m. — Evil Genius Happy Hour Tap Takeover at Kildare's Irish Pub in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; All day — Out Of The Cellar 8th Anniversary Party at Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pop-up Beer Garden at Boxcar Brewery in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 9/24; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Downingtown Fall Fest at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 9/29; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Fishing For A Coppertail at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/30; 12 p.m. — Can Jam Music Festival at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 9/30; All day — Oktoberfest On The Square at Haddon Square Pop-up Beer Garden in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG or $25]
Sat. 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pop-up Beer Garden at Boxcar Brewery in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]

after September in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Sun. 10/1; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Biergarten Fest at Excelsior in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/4; 5 p.m. — Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/15; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. — Sour Fest at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/21; 4 p.m. — Fall "Brewers Pizza Night" Festival at Argilla Brewing Company in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Mon. 9/11; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Off Flavor Beer Tasting Course at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$30-$35]
Tue. 9/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Summer Harvest Beer Dinner at Urban Village Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$65]
Sat. 9/16; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Oktobearfest at Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35-$55]
Fri. 9/22 & Sat. 9/23; 6:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. — Philly Music and Arts Fest at World Café Live in Philadelphia, Pa. [$30-$125]
Sat. 9/23; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$49.98]

after September in Philadelphia
Sun. 10/1; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Sippin' By The River at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. [$10-$45]
Fri. Oct. 6 through Sun. Oct. 8; Various times — 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35-$85]
Sat. 10/7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Charlie Brown Pumpkin Beer Festival at The Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. [$40]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 9/4; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. — BBQ & Brews Labor Day at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$25]
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — MGK Brew Blast at Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ [$20-$45]
Sat. 9/9; 10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Beer & Yoga at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. [$25]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pints In The Square at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square, Pa. [$10-$65]
Tue. 9/19; 6:30 p.m. — Winner’s Circle Beer Dinner Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales, Pa. [$65]

after September in Philadelphia's close suburbs
Thu. 10/5; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — King of Prussia Beerfest Royale: Donnerstag Happy Hour at King of Prussia Mall parking lot in King of Prussia, PA [$60-$75]
Sat. 10/7; 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — King of Prussia Beerfest Royale: Saturday Sessions at King of Prussia Mall parking lot in King of Prussia, PA [$15-$50]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 9/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Farm to Fork Beer Pairing Dinner at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. [$49]
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Allentown Beer Festival at Hamilton Street between 5th and 6th Streets in Allentown, Pa. [$34]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Odessa Brewfest at Wilson-Warner House in Odessa, Del. [$15-$70]
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Corn Hole Tournament at Stable 12 Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$40]
Sat. 9/16; 4 p.m. — Craft Beerfest at Resorts Casino Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ [$30]
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — 20th Annual Capital City Invitational Beerfest at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, Pa. [$10-$35]
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Lehigh Valley Brewer's Guild Beer Festival at Lost Tavern Brewing Company in Hellertown, Pa. [$10-$40]
Sat. 9/16; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Back 2 School Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Sat. 9/16; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Nose-to-Tail Beer Dinner at The Garlic Poet Restaurant & Bar in New Cumberland, Pa. [$70.6]
Sat. 9/16; 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Newtown Beerfest at The Stocking Works in Newtown, Pa. [$10-$75]
Sat. 9/16; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Tavern Night at Pottsgrove Manor at Pottsgrove Manor in Pottstown, Pa. [$10-$35]
Mon. 9/18; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Bell's Brewery Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$35]
Tue. 9/19; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Noshing on the 90’s Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ [$65]
Sat. 9/23; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Founder's Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. [$30-$40]
Sat. 9/23; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden in Exton, Pa. [$50-$65]
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival at College Avenue and Center Street in Glassboro, NJ [$5-$50]
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Brews By The Bay at Big Chill Beach Club in Bethany Beach, Del. [$10-$50]
Sat. 9/23; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Great Pumpkin Debate at Peco's Liquor Store in Wilmington, Del. [$10-$25 + $PAYG]
Sun. 9/24; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Lititz Craft Beer Fest at Main Street between the Square and Church Avenue in Lititz, Pa. [$40]
Mon. 9/25; 6:30 p.m. — 2SP Brewing Beer Dinner at Two Stones Pub in Hockessin, Del. [$49.95]
Sat. 9/30; 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Kennett Brewfest at South Broad Street in Kennett Square, Pa. [$15-$85]
Sat. 9/30; 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Beer & Yoga at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$25]

after September in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Sun. 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, & 10/22; 1 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. [$10-$30]






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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

3 favorite beers from August 21 - August 27

Gonna make things easy on you this week and put just three very good beers out there for you to consider.


(I like the branded glassware almost as much as I like the beer.)

~ Apex Special IPA (8.25%), by Bear Republic Brewing Company (Cloverdale, Calif.)
    Call it a special IPA, an imperial IPA, a strong IPA, a double IPA, or whatever you like. In my case, I call it one of the best examples of a strong, clean, and very well-balanced hop forward beer. Melon fruit, assertive but palatable bitterness, with a solid bready malt base. I've never visited them in person in all my visits to the brewery's home state. I may change that in October.

(Live music, pig roast, bottle release, beautiful weather made a perfect Saturday in Berwyn.)

~ Hipster Catnip (7.2%), by La Cabra Brewing (Berwyn, Pa.)
    Even if I was a hipster before the word was invented (and, hopefully, I wasn't), I don't believe I'd drink a beer that called attention to my hipsterdom. But, here and now, not drinking Hipster Catnip would indeed be dumb. Citra hops. Mosaic hops. Package this up in a cat toy and I'd chase it around all afternoon. They did a very nice job opening their parking lot to an afternoon festival last Saturday and I hope to see many more such events in the future (Something about Oktoberfest was mentioned; watch the calendar.)

Also catching my attention at La Cabra during the event was Zettle. I'm not typically attracted to many a Hefeweizen, but this one's a refreshing balance of clean, not muddied, hallmark spices and its easy finish made this a winner.


Click back here for an index of all beers that I've covered in the past.




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Friday, August 25, 2017

August 2017: Beer News update, part 2

Little bit of this and that to share with you from the last couple of weeks. Some interesting, some thought-provoking. Enjoy.

~ I recently did a malt-focused article. Bay Area friend, Derrick Peterman, recently wrote his view from California. [Link to Edible East Bay]

~ Some front line observations from those that didn't make it. [Link to Draft Magazine]

~ A viewpoint from one that went to the macro side. [Link to MarketWatch]

~ I recently talked with the folks behind Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy for some blurbs in upcoming Ale Street News. Here is much longer piece into the location's fascinating history. [Link to LancasterOnline]

~ Fresh out of yesterday's news. [Link to Charlotte Observer]





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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: August 24 - August 31

Even though it didn't really feel like the dog days, it's time to close out the month of August with at least a couple dozen more beer events, plus a peek out into September.

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.

Aston, Pa.
Sat. 8/26; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Beer Muscles 2017 at 2SP Brewing Company [This event promises a winning combination of lifting heavy things and drinking craft beer (though not at the same time).   $50-$65 to compete; $PAYG for beer]

Berwyn, Pa.
Sat. 8/26; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Summer Send Off (Pig Roast & Bottle Release) at La Cabra Brewing Company [The dog days of summer are coming to an end and La Cabra Brewing wants to send Summer off the best way we know how, with an all you can eat Colombian Pig Roast, plus the release of Aleatory #3, a strawberry wild in 750 ml bottles.  $25 and/or $PAYG for beer]

Camden, NJ
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — MGK Brew Blast at Battleship New Jersey [Over 50 beers and live classic rock (MGK House Band) on the tented deck of America's most decorated battleship. All tickets include a free tour of the Battleship New Jersey.  $20-$45]

Cape May, NJ
Thu. 8/24; All day — Draft Release: Mop Water at Cape May Brewing Company [CMBC’s Chief Mop Man mandated a beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and a s-load of whole-bean vanilla.  $PAYG]

Clarksboro, NJ
Tue. 8/29; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — The Brew Run Series at Death Of The Fox Brewing Company [Post run enjoyment includes a brewery tour, beer, raffles, and fun with fellow runners. Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County.  $22]

Coatesville, Pa.
Sun. 8/27; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Boxcar's Speakeasy-Inspired Pop-Up Beer Garden at Brandywine Outfitters [Boxcar Beer, PA Wine and Spirits, Food Trucks, Music, Outdoor Lawn Games, and Stillwater Kayaking available.  $PAYG]

Doylestown, Pa.
Sat. 8/26; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Fonthill Castle Beer Fest at Fonthill Castle [Enjoy a summertime beer tasting in the spectacular outdoor setting of Fonthill Castle. Sample local and regional brews paired with light fare and music.  $25-$100]

Glen Mills, Pa.
Wed. 8/30; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Grains, Malt, & Whiskey Dinner with Deer Creek Malthouse at Terrain [Includes three-course malt-inspired dinner. Complimentary beer and whiskey education and tasting will be provided.  $75]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — 20th Annual Capital City Invitational Beerfest at Appalachian Brewing Company [Enjoy some of the season’s best craft beers from the region’s top craft breweries all in the Abbey Ba and a free appetizer buffet and fun food and snack vendors.  $10-$35]

Lahaska, Pa.
Thu. 9/7; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Dark Beers at Free Will Taproom at Peddler's Village [Includes class, flight, and take-home gift.  $15]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 8/26; 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Lancaster Craft Beerfest at Lancaster Square and Binns Park [Our goal is to provide craft beer drinkers with an amazing selection of unique beers so they can discover new and old favorites. There will be great food and live music to enjoy as well.  $12-$55]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 8/24; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Founders Mosaic Promise at Pinocchio's [Mosaic Promise and others from Founders.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Thu. 9/7; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - World Wide Stout Vertical at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [We're digging into our Vintage Stash and spinning some groovy Vinyl for one fantastically awesome Happy Hour. For September, we're pouring ‘10 World Wide Stout, '13 World Wide Stout, ’16 World Wide Stout, and ’17 Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout.  $PAYG]

Newtown Square, Pa.
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pints In The Square at Ellis Preserve [Access to unlimited tastings of 60+ beers, live music, and local food vendors.   $10-$65]

Perkasie, Pa.
Sun. 8/27; All day — Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company [We fill our tap lines with sours, saisons, and wild ales from our Sour Cellar, and share with you our love of everything funky. For this installment of Sour Sunday, we will have 2 food trucks: Ollie's Food Truck and Surf and Turf Truck.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 8/24; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Taste Of Lehigh Valley at Kite & Key [Featuring a mix of beers from HiJinx, Saucony Creek, Soul, Funk, and Fegley's.  $PAYG]
Fri. 8/25; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Yards Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Yards.  $Free]
Fri. 8/25; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday at Trolley Car Diner [Tasting samples of beers from Neshaminy Creek.  $Free]
Mon. 8/28; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Neshaminy Creek at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Neshaminy Creek.  $Free]
Tue. 8/29; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: 2SP at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Beers from 2SP.  $PAYG]
Thu. 8/31; 12 p.m. — Victory Exclusive Beer Release: Rye Score at Barcade [We celebrate the release of our Victory Brewing collaboration, Rye Score. We’ll also be tapping plenty of other Victory beers.  $PAYG]
Thu. 8/31; 3 p.m.-11 p.m. — 10 Years at The Firehouse at Dock Street Brewing Company [We're ready to celebrate with our neighbors with a lil shindig and the release of a special Anniversary can of one of the 'hoods favorite beers.  $PAYG]
Tue. 9/12 through Sat. 9/16; Various times — South Street Oktoberfest & A Week's Worth of Events at Brauhaus Schmitz [See website for the full schedule of events and details.  $Varies]
Sun. 9/17; All day — Firestone Walker Sixtel Sunday at Kite & Key [As always we have set aside a great assortment of brews to highlight the event.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Cornhole Tournament at Stable 12 Brewing Company [Join us for a day of corn hole, beers and friendly competition in the beer garden.  $40]
Sat. 9/16; All day — Phlight Of The Phoenix at Six "Craft Establishments" in Phoenixville [This is your chance to visit historic downtown Phoenixville and earn yourself a stylishly chic t-shirt and bragging rights to say you completed the Phlight of the Phoenix.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 8/25; 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Southern Tier Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Southern Tier.  $Free]
Fri. 8/25; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Evolution Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages [Tasting samples of beers from Evolution.  $Free]

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 8/27; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. — Shaggy-Dog 100k at Oakbrook Brewing Company [We are excited to kickoff the innuagural Shaggy Dog bike ride, in support of our friends over at The Friends of The Reading Police K-9 Unit. Three distances, so we have a route to offer for everyone.  $35-$45]

Sellersville, Pa.
Tue. 8/29; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Bell's Brewery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill [You will be enjoying four courses of food perfectly paired with four great beers.  $40]

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.
Fri. 8/25; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Beer Pairing Dinner at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company [Hosted on Shawnee Island Farm, this 5 course meal prepared by Chef Mike Abate pairs each course with a unique ShawneeCraft beer.  $49]
Fri. 8/25; 6 p.m. — Canoe & Brew at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company [Enjoy a 3-mile canoe trip on the scenic Delaware River followed by a flight of our very our ShawneeCraft Brewing Company brews.  $50]




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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Six favorite beers from August 7-August 20

Since my track record is getting a bit spotty with being able to keep this on a weekly schedule, I've gone and removed "of the week" from the title of this recurring post. Another week spent in Winston-Salem last week afforded me the opportunity to finally check out Natty Greene's in person. Only previously have enjoyed many of their beers off-premises. They'd just recently opened their third location, Kitchen + Market, so the timing worked out well. Read on below for more about beers in both my travels and at home.


(Allagash White great by itself, even better with dinner.)

~ White (5.1%), by Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
    I've been very fond of , and as loyal as possible to, the Kimpton family of hotels. They usually feature very good food and beverage as well. On the last night of my trip to Winston-Salem last week, dinner was at The Kimpton Cardinal. It's inside the former RJ Reynolds building, which interesting to note was the building that served as inspiration for NYC's Empire State Building. Inside it is a French-themed restaurant where I had an excellent Rockfish that sat on top of a sweet carrot emulsion and went perfectly with an Allagash White.


(Samichlaus - Still a smooth classic from Austria.)

~ Samichlaus (14%), by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg (Graz, Austria)
    Virtually no carbonation but it's from 2005, so what did you expect? Still, very tasty with surprisingly minimal notes of oxidation and a pleasant booziness that, on the other hand, is not surprising given it's 14% ABV!


(Fun play on words, the name, and great tasting beer.)

~ Kiwi's Playhouse (8.1%), by Brooklyn Brewery (New York, NY)
    Had this sour ale that was aged on fresh kiwis in red wine barrels during the Beer Mansion event in Philadelphia on August 11. It's a truly remarkable event and this beer in particular, for my palate, stole the show.


(Couple of years on this beer have not hurt it.)

~ Bloody Butcher Appalachian Grisette (5.2%), by Fonta Flora Brewery (Morganton, NC)
    Finally got around to this; why it took so long is a mystery. But I couldn't detect any suffering from the passing of time. They made it with local corn and local malt. It was a refreshing and mildly tart easy-drinker. This brewery, halfway between Charlotte and Asheville, routinely gets high marks.


(Desperate times in hotel room call for plastic beer drinking vessel.)

~ Hitchpost Gueuze (6.5%), by Natty Greene's Brewing Company (Greensboro, NC)
    The brewery says that they make "sessionable ales and sours". I'd say that this one, aged 18 months in French Oak barrels, falls into both categories. If 6.5% can be considered sessionable. Go ahead, give it to me.


(Proper glassware at Natty Greene's impressive and comfortable new Kitchen + Market location.)

~ Center Cut Robust Porter (5.9%), by Natty Greene's Brewing Company (Greensboro, NC)
    Solid roasty and lightly smoky porter. Excellent way to enjoy the comfy environs of the upstairs lounge at Natty Greene's new Kitchen + Market north of downtown Greensboro.


Click back here for an index of all beers that I've covered in the past.




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