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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: July 20 - July 26

Don't let the dog days make a dog's breakfast for you. There's plenty of beer out there to keep you cool.

National Belgian Beer Week continues through this Sunday and here's a nice, clean, concise, and comprehensive list of events from Nima Hadian and his crew at Shangy's.

So instead of a lot of copying and pasting, I'll simply point you over there. Plenty out there for your enjoyment; go get 'em.

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.

Harrisburg, Pa.
Thu. 7/20; 6:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner at The Millworks [Welcome beer with hors d’oeuvres in the brewery, four food courses paired with different Millworks brews in our private events room, and explanation of food and beer pairings from our Executive Chef and Master Brewer.  $60]

Horsham, Pa.
Thu. 7/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Complimentary Beer and Wine Tasting at Iron Abbey [Including Avery's Coconut Porter aged in rum barrels, The Real Peel IPA, and Maharaja IPA.  $Free]

Lahaska, Pa.
Thu. 7/20; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Dark Beers at Free Will Brewing Company [Ticket price includes class, flight, and take-home gift.  $15]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 7/21; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Belgian Independence Day Celebration at Hunger N Thirst [The day will feature loads of mussels, frites, chocolate and waffles....and oh yeah a bunch of Belgian beers on draft.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Tue. 7/25; 7 p.m. — Hawaiian Luau Christmas Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrate Christmas in July with a five course Hawaiian Luau beer dinner from Head Chef Scot Seher paired with five delicious beers by Head Brewer Josh Ervine.  $65]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 7/20; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Night at Pinocchio's [Beers from Weyerbacher.  $PAYG]
Fri. 7/21; All day — Belgian Independence Day at Pinocchio's [Chimay White will be on tap for it.  $PAYG]

Milford, Del.
Sat. 7/22; 12 p.m. — Christmas In July at Mispillion River Brewing Company [We will be celebrating Christmas in July this year by bringing back our fan favorite "Breakfast with Santa" and by releasing Threat Level Purple and Chipped Teeth.  $PAYG]

Montgomeryville, Pa.
Sat. 7/22; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. — Club Barrel Brew Day 2017 at Keystone Homebrew Supply [Beers must be brewed at Keystone Homebrew Supply on Saturday, July 22 and be either fermented or aged in the designated club barrel. This year, each participating homebrew club will be given a FREE 15 gallon Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey barrel, courtesy of Dad’s Hat.  $Free]

Muhlenberg, Pa.
Sat. 7/22; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pints For Pups at Jim Dietrich Park [Dog and family friendly beer festival that features delicious food, loads of beer for the tasting, and live music. All proceeds from this beer tasting event go directly to veterinary services, shelter operations and adoption programs for animals at Humane League of Lancaster County and Humane Society of Berks County.  $20-$75]

Newark, Del.
Sat. 7/22; 11:30 a.m. — Brewmaster’s Beer Brunch at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Three courses from Head Chef Jason Thomson paired with three delicious beers by Senior Head Brewer Justin Sproul.  $35]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 7/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's [A linedup of beers from New Belgium.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Mon. 7/24; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Starr Hill.  $Free]
Tue. 7/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Bell's Oberon and Quininnon Lager on tap, Two Hearted and Amber Ale available in cans & bottles.  $PAYG]
Tue. 7/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Welcome, Von Trapp at Tria Taproom [To celebrate von Trapp Brewing's Philadelphia debut, we'll welcome Sam with a live rendition of some of the film's greatest hits by members of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, plus special pricing on his Austrian-inspired beers and cheeses.  $PAYG]
Tue. 7/25; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — PLB presents: Under the Boardwalk! (we mean the EL) at Evil Genius Beer Garden [We went through our most recent inventory and boy - do we have some delicious, rare, and never to be seen again beer to share. So let's #drinkitnow. Beer-in-a-Bag, Duck Dunk, Spin & Win, and more boardwalk games. Food provided by: Devil's Den.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 7/21; 11:30 a.m. — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Stop by to see which delicious brews will be on the hand pumps next to our stalwart Chester County Bitter.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Fri. 7/21; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at FirstEnergy Stadium [2 ½ hour all-you-can-eat buffet along with a 2 hour beer tasting.  $28]

Voorhees, NJ
Tue. 7/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Krampus in July Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for Krampus in July as we tap some of your cold weather favorites like Coffee Bedotter, Figgy Warmer, and Vanilla Russian.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 7/20; 6 p.m. — Can Release - ¡Going Guava! IPA at Levante Brewing Company [We wanted to create the ideal beer to crack open on a blistering summer day, so we added the refreshing blend of guava and fruit-forward hops, Galaxy, Motueka, and Mosiac to be exact.  $PAYG]





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Friday, July 14, 2017

July 2017: Beer News update, part 1

Time to check in on the beer news wire to see what you might have missed over the last couple of weeks.

~ Transparency is very important in much of life. If this helps, then I'm all for it. I'll reserve judgment, but am initially skeptical about the net proposed benefits. [Link to Brewers Association]

~ Speaking of transparency. It's a complicated world of beer out there these days. [Link to Beer Scribe]

~ Challenges like this are nothing a new business can plan for. [Link to 6abc.com]

~ News from Santa Rosa. [Link to Brewbound]

~ And, one last bit of politics for this beer news update. [Link to Beervana]





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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: July 13 - July 19

With Belgian Independence Day upcoming next Friday, July 21, I've already got a few related events listed on the monthly/weekly calendar.

Then I came across this nice, clean, concise, and comprehensive list of events from Nima Hadian and his Shangy's crew that they're behind during "National Belgian Beer Week". Looks like it begins today and lasts through Sun. July 23 (hey, sounds kind of like how PBW defines a "week"!)

So instead of a lot of copying and pasting, I'll simply point you over there. Plenty out there for your enjoyment; go get 'em.

Dog days? Bring on the 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.

Bristol, Pa.
Sat. 7/15; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. — Gobletstock 3 at Broken Goblet Brewery [We are celebrating our 3rd Anniversary with a giant party to thank you all for another year of peace, hops, and music.  $PAYG]

Cape May, NJ
Thu. 7/13; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Pop-Up Beer Garden at World War II Lookout Tower [Take in the sights, sounds, and sips that Cape May is famous for while enjoying music, yard games, and gourmet summertime eats.  $PAYG]

Cherry Hill, NJ
Sat. 7/15; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 101 Years Later: The Shark Attack IPA Event at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company [An event to commemorate the infamous attacks featuring many different India Pale Ales.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Wed. 7/19; 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Firestone Walker Limited Release tasting at The Bottle Room [Come in and sample some limited release beers of Firestone Walker including: 10oz West Side Beavo (collaboration with Beavertown); 5oz Bretta Rose; 5oz Krieky Bones; 5oz Lil Opal; and 5oz Agrestic.  $30]

Easton, Pa.
Tue. 7/18; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Fredo's Pilsner Release Party at Two Rivers Brewing Company [Join us as we release Fredo's Pilsner, named in honor of Fredo the Cat, who was the house cat at Connexions Art Gallery for 10 years.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 7/14 through Sun. 7/16; All weekend — Brewery Ommegang and Game of Thrones Tap Takeover at The Drafting Room [Celebrate the return of Game of Thrones with an Ommegang Tap Takeover featuring Game of Thrones inspired beer and food.  $PAYG]

Lahaska, Pa.
Thu. 7/13; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Beers of Germany at Free Will Brewing Company [Ticket price includes class, flight, and take-home gift.  $15]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 7/13; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's [A lineup of beers from Rubber Soul.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Sun. 7/16; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — North of the Wall Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come to Iron Hill before the start of the season 7 premiere. Dress as your favorite character and talk to other Watcher’s on the Wall.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 7/13; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Golden Goat IPL Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Brewed in collaboration with Tyler Arboretum. This part IPA, part lager bursts with tropical fruit, pine and citrus hop flavors balanced by a crisp, clean lager finish.  $PAYG]
Thu. 7/13; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Blue Moon Paint The Glass at Pinocchio's [Beers from Blue Moon.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Sun. 7/16; 11 a.m. — Hops 'n' Honey Brunch at Argilla Brewing Company [Two forces collide and a great brunch is born. Argilla and Liquid Alchemy are pairing up to offer incredible brunch options to pair with craft beer, craft mead, and craft cider.  $PAYG]

Perkasie, Pa.
Thu. 7/13; 3 p.m. — Service to the Liquid Can Release: Cloudy2 at Free Will Brewing Company [A collaboration with Levante Brewing, this New England-style IPA is an intricate medley of herbal, earthy and juicy flavors, due to magnanimous amounts of Calypso, Idaho 7, and Mosaic hops. 16 oz. cans. 4-packs available.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 7/14; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Allagash.  $Free]
Sat. 7/15; 12 p.m. — 2nd Anniversary at Crime & Punishment Brewing Company [We will be releasing our first bottled Saison, Sofya, as well as hosting a yard party over in the lot on 27th and Girard, full with games, art, crafts, and a big ol' pig roast.  $PAYG]
Sun. 7/16; 11:30 a.m. — Brunch of Thrones Quizzo at City Tap House-Logan [With some of Ommegang's limited edition 'Game of Thrones' beers on tap and a Big Chick on your plate, you're set for a memorable GoT season kickoff.  $PAYG]
Sun. 7/16; 12 p.m. — Game of Thrones Premier Party with Ommegang at The Institute [As always we will be showing the previous season all day leading up to the premier and pour a shit load of Ommegang Beers on tap. The 2nd floor will also be open and we will be showing it on our 10ft projection wall.  $PAYG]
Mon. 7/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Heavy Seas.  $Free]
Tue. 7/18; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. — Secret Lair Burlesque at Evil Genius Brewing Company [This all new monthly show features top performers sharing their most dazzling routines.  $PAYG]
Tue. 7/18; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Watermelon Gose and Hi-5 on tap, Hopsecutioner IPA and Maggie's Peach Saison available in cans.  $PAYG]
Wed. 7/19; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Weyerbacher Wednesday at Hop Angel Brauhaus [Buy a pint of Weyerbacher, keep the glass. Sean from Weyerbacher will have other goodies too.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 7/14; 5 p.m. — Cherry Blob Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for Blob Fest in Phoenixville as we honor this classic movie with a special beer release. Cherry Blob — our award-winning Tripel with the addition of tart, Michigan Montmorency cherries.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 7/13; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Vault Brewing & Kebab Pairing at Liberty Taproom [On draft that day we will have three excellent selections from Vault paired with some killer kebabs.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 7/14; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Tasting at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Devils Backbone.  $Free]

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 7/13; 11 a.m. — Collaboration Nation at Two Stones Pub [We'll have 16 collaborations coming your way with the help of 25 different breweries.  $PAYG]




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

2 favorite beers of last week (July 3-July 9)

Looking back, I really didn't get out much last week. And much of July appears to be shaping up the same. Could be a good thing, or not. I considered holding off but figured it's supposed to be a weekly series and I did, in fact, have two really enjoyable beers last week. One just so happened to be around 12 years old and the other one around 6 weeks.

(Patience, they say, is a virtue and sometimes even pays off.)

~ Monster Ale [2005] (10.1%), by Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
    A few nights later, I had a bottle dated 2009 and it came across as lighter and lacking the depth of flavor in the 2005 version. A richness, a slight sweetness, and just a slight sherry-like presence made this a great post-lawn mowing, pre-dinner beer on the back deck. I have one left of each bottle and look forward to performing this test once more.

(Crowlers make both an excellent transportation and storing package.)

~ Rye Bread (7.7%), by Urban Village Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    It wasn't intentional to hold on to this crowler for so long, but the avalanche and aftermath of Philly Beer Week delayed my consumption. No matter. Crowlers are proven to keep out the light, the air, and when kept cold can still be very good weeks later. If this very good IPA was a percent or percent-and-a-half lower in ABV, I'd drink this all night long. I don't have an Urban Village piece of glassware (do they exist?), so hopefully I get a point for keeping it local in my choice of Yards glassware instead.


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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: July 6 - July 12

A rather nice smattering of events across the region in these next seven days - from dinners to sampling, special themed events to even a bicycling event. Get out there and enjoy!

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.

Camp Hill, Pa.
Wed. 7/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Summer Celebration Dinner & Beer Pairing Under The Stars at Red Sky Café [Summer is finally here and we’re partnering with Ever Grain Brewery to create the perfect summer celebration combo: amazing food accompanied by delicious craft brews, served under starlight.  $65]

Cape May, NJ
Fri. 7/7; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Good Libations: CMBC's 6th Year Anniversary Bash at Cape May Brewing Company [Great beer flowing and summer breezes blowing.  $PAYG]

Columbia, Pa.
Fri. 7/7; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Hops 'n' Clocks at National Watch & Clock Museum [“The People’s Choice” will be awarded at the conclusion of the evening after everyone has visited all the breweries and restaurants and voted by ballot for his or her favorite.  $15-$30]

Croydon, Pa.
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Happy Hour at Dog and Bull [A night of beers from Devils Backbone.  $PAYG]
Mon. 7/10; 7 p.m. — Cigar & Beer Dinner at Dog and Bull [Cigars paired with beers from Ballast Point.  $55]

Downingtown, Pa.
Wed. 7/12; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Rare Beer Tasting at Victory Brewing Company [Join Victory Brewing Company Co-Founder, Bil Covaleski, for a Rare Beer Tasting event for a great cause that's near and dear to our hearts.  $100]

Lahaska, Pa.
Thu. 7/6; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Farmhouse Ales at Free Will Brewing Company [Ticket price includes class, flight, and take-home gift.  $15]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 7/6; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — SingleCut Tap Take Over at Hunger N Thirst [They make some of the best IPA's and sours on the East Coast.  $PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Lagunitas Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse [A representative from the brewery will also be present with some cool stuff to give away.  $PAYG]
Sat. 7/8; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Craft Beer Picnic Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [Picnic favorites paired with the best craft drafts for the Summer. We'll be dining al fresco on our covered patio.  $29.95]
Sun. 7/9; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. — Sour & Stinky Fest at The Fridge [A total sour beer tap take-over & stinky cheeses provided by Lancaster's own Mandros Imported Foods.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 7/6; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Duck-Rabbit Night at Pinocchio's [Duck-Rabbit's Brown Ale, Duck-Rabbator Dopplebock, and Milk Stout.  $PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Web Slinger IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for a super hero and villain themed beer release.  $PAYG]
Sun. 7/9; 11 a.m. — Second Anniversary Party at Sterling Pig [Special beer release, Pig Roast, Live music, Cornhole game, etc.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Fri. 7/7; 4:30 p.m. — Lupu-Luau Launch Event at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [Put on your Hawaiian shirt and hula skirt and swing by the Milton brewery to say Aloha to your off-centered buds over a pint of our newest coconut IPA.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 7/6; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Coppertail Tasting at Beer Love [A lineup of beers from Coppertail Brewing.  $PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Lagunitas.  $Free]
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Xmas In July at Grey Lodge Pub [A little Santa crap, mostly just great beer. Free Christmas dessert with any dinner purchase. And a visit from Scoatsa Claus who will have goodies in his bag.  $PAYG]
Sun. 7/9; 12 p.m. — Harpoon Sriracha Blonde: The Return at Barcade [This hot beer last warmed our hearts (and mouths) back in 2013, and we’ve missed it so much we had to make another batch.  $PAYG]
Mon. 7/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Allagash.  $Free]
Tue. 7/11; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Chockocherry Saison, Introvert Session IPA, and Extrovert IPA on tap. Good Juju and Nitro Milk Stout available in bottles.  $PAYG]
Tue. 7/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Dogfish Head.  $Free]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 7/7; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 7/7; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Fri. 7/7; 4:30 p.m. — Lupu-Luau Launch Event at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [A juicy, coconut-centric lupulin party, this IPA is brewed with a tropical trifecta of toasted organic coconut, experimental hops and dehydrated coconut water. Chefs will be serving up yummy Hawaiian-themed pizzas and desserts.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting at Washington House [Try beers from Lancaster Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Somerdale, NJ
Sat. 7/8; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Bike and Beers at Flying Fish Brewing Company [Features a 15 mile and a 30 mile ride departing from Flying Fish Brewery and traveling through the beautiful region of Somerdale, NJ. Both rides will feature a half-way rest stop with refreshments.  $45-$50]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Tasting at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Boulevard.  $Free]




© 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



Wednesday, July 05, 2017

3 favorite beers of last week (June 26-July 2)

It wasn't for lack of trying last week. Yet, only three rose to the top of my tasting list during the last seven days. Check 'em out, because they were truly worthy.

Also worthy is the list of eight beers that was passed along to me by the Brewers of PA organization, asking if I could find a way to share. I figured here, in this case of a shorter-than-usual list, I could find fit to pass along their recommendations for your summer consumption decision-making.

(Great hop profile in this San Francisco treat from one the newest breweries there.)

~ Galaxy Dust IPA (6.4%), by Barebottle Brewing Company (San Francisco, Calif.)
    My buddy Kevin quickly dispelled any thinking I had that there may be no bottles of local beer making their way back east with me from my most recent trip to the Bay Area. He and I stopped at City Beer Store (when in SF, there's no reason you shouldn't find yourself here, either for the bottle selection, the draft selection, or the fact they're a mere block from Cellarmaker) and he enthusiastically pointed out one of the city's newest — Barebottle located in the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood. Good move on my part; though, I probably should've grabbed more than one. Wonderful Galaxy hop profile in this "northeast" IPA and for bonus points, the label includes the beer's recipe scaled down to a homebrewer's five-gallon version. Pretty cool.

(Continued German goodness from this western PA stalwart.)

~ Oktoberfest Elchland (5.7%), by Straub Brewery (St. Marys, Pa.)
    In the most recent Peter Straub Signature Brews Adventure Series sampler pack, you'll find some solid beers, none more so for my liking than this enjoyable Märzen. Nice nod to the brewery's founder, now six generations removed. If you miss it now, there'll be more coming in the late summer, early fall.

(Tastes just like the name suggests, but fortunately not in an overdone way.)

~ Key Lime Pie Gose (4%), by Westbrook Brewing Company (Mount Pleasant, SC)
    This made its way north courtesy of my step-brother. He was bragging on it quite a bit and now I know why. Perfect summer beer with exactly the flavors you'd expect in a beer named Key Lime Pie Gose. But they didn't overdo it and it turned out to be one that I wouldn't have minded having a few more of.


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




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Friday, June 30, 2017

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

Ready for the second half of 2017? Your brewers and bar owners are. Here's what they've got lined up for us thus far. Little light by our standards, but as the dog days of summer approach, perhaps not too surprising. More to come on the weekly calendar updates.

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
Sat. 7/1; 1 p.m.-8 p.m. — IPA, Champagne & Rosé Block Party at Hawthornes Café in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 7/3; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 7/6; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Coppertail Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Xmas In July at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 7/9; 12 p.m. — Harpoon Sriracha Blonde: The Return at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 7/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 7/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 7/11; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/14; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 7/15; 12 p.m. — 2nd Anniversary at Crime & Punishment Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 7/16; 11:30 a.m. — Brunch of Thrones Quizzo at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 7/16; 12 p.m. — Game of Thrones Premier Party with Ommegang at The Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 7/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 7/18; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. — Secret Lair Burlesque at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 7/18; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 7/19; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Weyerbacher Wednesday at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 7/24; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 7/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 7/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Welcome, Von Trapp at Tria Taproom in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/28; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Mon. 7/31; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]

after July in Philadelphia
N/A


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 7/6; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Duck-Rabbit Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Devils Backbone Happy Hour at Dog and Bull in Croydon, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Web Slinger IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 7/9; 11 a.m. — Second Anniversary Party at Sterling Pig in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/13; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Golden Goat IPL Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/13; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Blue Moon Paint The Glass at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 7/15; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. — Gobletstock 3 at Broken Goblet Brewery in Bristol, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 7/15; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 101 Years Later: The Shark Attack IPA Event at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company in Cherry Hill, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 7/16; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — North of the Wall Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Complimentary Beer and Wine Tasting at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 7/20; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/21; All day — Belgian Independence Day at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 7/22; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. — Club Barrel Brew Day 2017 at Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 7/28; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Firestone Walker Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]

after July in Philadelphia's close suburbs
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Pints for Pets at Double Nickel Brewing Company in Pennsauken, NJ [$PAYG]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 7/1; 12 p.m.-9 p.m. — Hopfoolery #1 DIPA Release at Hijinx Brewing Company in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 7/1; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Day of 1000 Beers at La Cabra Brewing Company in Berwyn, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 7/1; 12 p.m. — Saturday Morning Cartoons with Evil Genius at Molly Pitcher Brewing Company in Carlisle, PA [$PAYG]
Tue. 7/4; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Red, White, and Brew Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/6; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — SingleCut Tap Take Over at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/6; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Farmhouse Ales at Free Will Brewing Company in Lahaska, Pa. [$15]
Fri. 7/7; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Good Libations: CMBC's 6th Year Anniversary Bash at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Lagunitas Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 4:30 p.m. — Lupu-Luau Launch Event at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 4:30 p.m. — Lupu-Luau Launch Event at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Tasting at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 7/9; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. — Sour & Stinky Fest at The Fridge in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/13; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Pop-Up Beer Garden at World War II Lookout Tower in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/13; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's in Leola, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/13; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Beers of Germany at Free Will Brewing Company in Lahaska, Pa. [$15]
Thu. 7/13; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Vault Brewing & Kebab Pairing at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/13; 11 a.m. — Collaboration Nation at Two Stones Pub in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/14; 5 p.m. — Cherry Blob Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/14; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Tasting at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 7/16; 11 a.m. — Hops 'n' Honey Brunch at Argilla Brewing Company in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]
Tue. 7/18; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Fredo's Pilsner Release Party at Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Tap Attack and Tasting at Funck's in Palmyra, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/20; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Dark Beers at Free Will Brewing Company in Lahaska, Pa. [$15]
Fri. 7/21; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Belgian Independence Day Celebration at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/21; 11:30 a.m. — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 7/22; 12 p.m. — Christmas In July at Mispillion River Brewing Company in Milford, Del. [$PAYG]
Tue. 7/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Krampus in July Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 7/27; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Barrel-aged and Sour Beers at Free Will Brewing Company in Lahaska, Pa. [$15]
Fri. 7/28; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Fat Tire Friday: Funk & Resin Edition at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 7/28; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. — Avery's 3rd Birthday Tap Takeover at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]

after July in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Bark + Beerfest at Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. [$10-$12]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sat. 7/29; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — SmörgåsBeer at American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, Pa. [$10-$35]

after July in Philadelphia
Fri. 8/11 & Sat. 8/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Brooklyn Brewery Mash presents Philly Beer Mansion at The Woodlands Mansion & Cemetery  in Philadelphia, Pa. [$55-$65]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 7/8; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Bike and Beers at Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, NJ [$45-$50]
Mon. 7/10; 7 p.m. — Cigar & Beer Dinner at Dog and Bull in Croydon, Pa. [$55]
Tue. 7/25; 7 p.m. — Hawaiian Luau Christmas Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ [$65]

after July in Philadelphia's close suburbs
N/A


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 7/1; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa. [$28]
Fri. 7/7; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Hops 'n' Clocks at National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, Pa. [$15-$30]
Sat. 7/8; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Craft Beer Picnic Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Wed. 7/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Summer Celebration Dinner & Beer Pairing Under The Stars at Red Sky Café in Camp Hill, Pa. [$65]
Wed. 7/12; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Rare Beer Tasting at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. [$100]
Wed. 7/19; 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Firestone Walker Limited Release tasting at The Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$30]
Thu. 7/20; 6:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner at The Millworks in Harrisburg, Pa. [$60]
Fri. 7/21; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa. [$28]
Sat. 7/22; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pints For Pups at Jim Dietrich Park in Muhlenberg, Pa. [$20-$75]
Sat. 7/22; 11:30 a.m. — Brewmaster’s Beer Brunch at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$35]
Sat. 7/29; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beers for a Cure Craft Beer Fest at Maxwell's On Main in Doylestown, Pa. [$50]
Mon. 7/31; 5:30 p.m. — Merchant du Vin Beer & Food Tasting  at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$37.5]

after July in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other

Wed. 8/2; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer Pairing Dinner at Locust Lane Craft Brewery in Malvern, Pa. [$40]

Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa. [$28]
Sat. 8/12; 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Wilmington Downtown Brew Fest at Chelsea Tavern in Wilmington, Del. [$35-$50]






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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

4 favorite beers of last week (June 19-25)

The much-anticipated Root Down is now open in Phoenixville and things are looking (and tasting) so good that they landed two beers on last week's best-of list. Here's an index of all beers that I've covered in the past on these weekly hit lists.

(While I know absolutely nothing about HBO series, Game Of Thrones, I know this beer well enough now to know it deserves a place on this list.)

~ Game of Thrones Bend The Knee Golden Ale (9%), by Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
    I've no shame that I don't know one single thing about Game of Thrones (no hater, though). What I do know is that from my recall, this may be the best (or at least my personal favorite) in the series of GoT-themed beers put out by Brewery Ommegang since Take The Black Stout. This one is a fine sipper that drinks like a Belgian Tripel (sweet and a touch of hop bitterness) and, at 9%, is probably better suited for easy-chair drinking rather than walking around Eastern State Penitentiary. That's where the picture above was taken during the wildly-popular, and smartly conceived and located, event in Philadelphia to mark the release of the new beer. The prison is a magnificent backdrop for many such events, and it played particularly well here for the brewery and the show.


(You'll be hard-pressed to find a bad beer on this list at Root Down; 3LR rises to the top.)

~ 3LR-Three-legged Rabbit Altbier (5.2%), by Root Down Brewing Company (Phoenixville, Pa.)
    This is an unapologetically beer low on hops. So much so that they named it Three-legged Rabbit. Why, you ask? Well, what does a three-legged rabbit not do? Hop, duh. This is a beautiful showcase of a wonderful style indigenous to Düsseldorf, Germany and how a malt-forward beer should drink and one that I hope to see on Root Down's menu more often than not — and, hopefully, on an increasing number of other brewery lists as well.


(Stay Gold tastes just as good a couple days later from the crowler as it does on tap at the source.)

~ Stay Gold Saison (5.2%), by Root Down Brewing Company (Phoenixville, Pa.)
    My second visit to Root Down was after a three-hour lawn mowing session and I made a nice little session out of this refreshing Saison at the brewery. Crisp, dry, spicy and just a tick over 5% makes this another beer that I hope to see more often than not at this new Phoenixville brewery and its ultra-comfortable taproom.


(HopBack a rock star in the year-round lineup at Tröegs.)

~ HopBack Amber Ale (6%), by Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pa.)
    I went to the Pour House in Exton last week when the Tröegs team was debuting its Nimble Giant DIPA. Know where I got detoured along the way? It was the first Tröegs beer on the draft list and one that I'm fearing is losing space on the shelf with absolutely no just cause. Such a perfect and tasty balance of malt (yeah, some Crystal, what's wrong with that?) and enough Cascade, Nugget, Willamette hops to get your attention. Don't take this beer for granted.


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




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Monday, June 26, 2017

Some of the best beers opened at The Brew Lounge

It's turned out to be a Tuesday thing. So tomorrow morning I'll again share a weekly review of the beers I enjoyed most in the previous week. Looks like roughly 4-5 get the nod each week thus far. I'm enjoying it as a way to look back on just how productive (and enjoyable) was the prior week. Also, a peek in to where I'd been and what I found along the way.

Hopefully, you're getting something out of them as well. Because I guarantee you will not be finding these anywhere on Untappd...or Untapped...or however you misspell it.

I'll keep a running index here of all beers that have made my honor roll (if this continues to go well, maybe I should come with an official name for it). Maybe it's my own Brew Lounge Taps. I'm not terribly creative, so that aspect my take some time.

July 3-July 9, 2017
    Monster Ale [2005], by Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
    Rye Bread, by Urban Village Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)

June 26-July 2, 2017
    Galaxy Dust IPA, by Barebottle Brewing Company (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Oktoberfest Elchland, by Straub Brewery (St. Marys, Pa.)
    Key Lime Pie Gose, by Westbrook Brewing Company (Mount Pleasant, SC)

June 19-25, 2017
    Game of Thrones Bend The Knee Golden Ale, by Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
    3LR-Three-legged Rabbit Altbier, by Root Down Brewing Company (Phoenixville, Pa.)
    Stay Gold Saison, by Root Down Brewing Company (Phoenixville, Pa.)
    HopBack Amber Ale, by Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pa.)

June 5-18, 2017
    Baby Bob, by 2SP Brewing Company (Aston, Pa.)
    Windfall, by Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
    Golden IPA, by Dock Street Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Cuvée de Yunk, by Manayunk Brewing Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Trauger Pilsner, by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, Pa.)

May 29-June 4, 2017
    Pick Your Own, by Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine)
    Simplex, by Brouwerij De Ranke (Dottignies, Belgium)
    Lot 215 IPA, by Evolution Craft Brewing Company (Salisbury, Md.)
    Northern Liberties Lager, by Sly Fox Brewing Company (Pottstown, Pa.)

May 22-28, 2017
    Cecilia Saison, by La Cabra Brewing Company (Berwyn, Pa.)
    Grisette Farmhouse Ale, by Manor Hill Brewing Company (Ellicott City, Md.)
    Dussel Duck Altbier, by Ruddy Duck Brewery (Solomons, Md.)

May 15-21, 2017
    SeaQuench Ale, by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Del.)
    Community Kölsch, by Free Will Brewing Company (Perkasie, PA)
    Wit Or Wit Out, by St. Benjamin Brewing Company (Philadelphia)
    Meta Shepherd, by Second District Brewing Company (Philadelphia)
    Cold Drip Doppio (Wigle Whiskey barrel-aged), by Spoonwood Brewing Company (Bethel Park, PA)

May 8-14, 2017
    Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, by 21st Amendment Brewing (San Francisco/San Leandro)
    Imperial Coffee & Cigarettes, by Cellarmaker Brewing (San Francisco)
    Citraison, by Faction Brewing (Alameda)
    Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia aged in Red Wine Barrels, by Kiuchi Brewery (Japan)
    Ashbury Alt, by Magnolia Brewing (San Francisco)
    The 49er, by Thirsty Bear Brewing (San Francisco)




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Friday, June 23, 2017

June 2017: News update, part 2

A smattering of this and that to bring you up-to-speed from the last week or so of interesting news.

~ Betting this will be a better launch than the previous occupant's. [Link to Philly.com]

~ Rather odd, yet somehow not surprising, story. [Link to RateBeer.com]

~ Interesting bit of development in Ardmore. [Link to Philly.com]

~ Been a fan of Scott Smith and his East End brewery in Pittsburgh for quite a while. Here's an interesting story from him. [Link to East End Brewing's website]

~ Wow! Now that didn't take long. [Link to The Town Dish]

~ Lists are lists. This is a decent one and difficult to quibble with. [Link to Food and Wine]

~ Another list. This one an annual list from Zymurgy with a significant change atop it. [Link to the Brewers Assocation]

~ The Pistola's crew is shooting for another success in a third neighborhood. Smart money says this will likewise be a winner. [Link to Philadelphia Magazine]




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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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