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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: April 27 - April 30

April showers? Who cares when you've got April beer events? They're below along with some key ones to look forward to in May.

And as you review the calendar, 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.

Ambler, Pa.
Sun. 4/30; All day — 5th Anniversary Party at Forest & Main [Join us to celebrate in our usual fashion; special beers on tap, bands on the porch, food on the grill, and lots more.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 5/4; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [Entire proceeds from special cask sales will be donated to The Friends of Johnston.  $PAYG]

Boyertown, Pa.
Fri. 5/5; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Cinco de Dogfish at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at an English Pub.  $PAYG]

Cherry Hill, NJ
Sat. 4/29; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Cake-Over & Craft Bazaar at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company [Featuring Funnel Cake variants and a craft bazaar with unique vendors.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Tue. 5/2; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cigar & Beer Dinner featuring HiJinx at Dog and Bull [You will get three courses, including shared appetizer for the table, buffet style dinner, individual dessert, cigar, HiJinx beers, and a dessert cocktail.  $55]

Downingtown, Pa.
Sat. 5/6; All day — Dual Anniversary Party at Station Taproom and The Bottle Room [Join us as Station Taproom celebrates our seventh birthday and our neighbors at Bottle Room celebrate their first.  $PAYG]

Enola, Pa.
Sat. 4/29; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — McCoole's Beer Festival at Pizza Boy Brewing Company [Enjoy live music, bourbons, vodkas, wines, specialty cocktail tastings, 40+ unique beers.  $10-$60]

Ewing Township, NJ
Sat. 4/29; 7 p.m. — Spring Fling at River Horse Brewing Company [Try some new beers, learn what goes into making a kettle sour, and celebrate spring.  $20]

Exton, Pa.
Sun. 4/30; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — MayDay 1st Anniversary Outdoor Block Party at World Of Beer [An outdoor block party featuring 50 summer beers, live music, and $1 dogs.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/21 through Sat. 4/29; Various — Harrisburg Beer Week at Various places around Harrisburg and nearby [A nine-day, multi-venue series showcasing breweries, restaurants, pubs and more through craft beer-centric events, demonstrations, and education throughout the greater Harrisburg area.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/28; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Party — Party Like It's Firkin 1997 at Appalachian Brewing Company [We’re going to be showcasing two of our original firkins. Don’t even ask which ones, it’s a surprise!  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Thu. 5/4; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — Stoudts Brewing 30th Anniversary Tap Takeover at Bulls Head Public House [oin us in the pub and lounge as we host an 8 tap takeover celebrating Stoudts Brewing Company's 30th Anniversary. Carol Stoudt, the owner, will be on hand for the celebration.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Thu. 5/4; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — May the 4th be with you at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us in celebrating Star Wars Day as we release four unique Star Wars themed beers from Iron Hill and three other NJCB Breweries.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Sat. 5/13; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — The Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers' Festival at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [We will be showcasing live music, great food and the finest handcrafted beers from the region’s best craft breweries—all while raising funds for the local Media Youth Center.  $45]

Mount Holly, NJ
Sat. 4/29; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Peach IPA Can Release at Spellbound Brewing Company [We are excited to annouce we are canning Peach IPA again after a year or two hiatus. We will have a few special firkins tapped as well with a peach theme all around.  $PAYG]

New Hope, Pa.
Sat. 5/6; 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Washington Crossing Brewfest at Washington Crossing Park [More than 130 beers from 60+ breweries in a beautiful wooded setting overlooking the Delaware River. 100% of proceeds benefit Washington Crossing Historic Park.  $45]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 4/27; All day — Dining Out For Life at Good Dog Bar [Good Dog will donate 33% of the cost of your meal to fight against HIV & AIDS throughout the region.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/28; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Bell's Brewing.  $Free]
Fri. 4/28; 5 p.m. — Friday Sixtel at Grey Lodge Pub [Sole Swamp Witch, a cedar fermented Imperial Stout spiced with nutmeg and conditioned on Vermont maple syrup.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/28; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Free tasting samples of beers from Wyndridge Farm.  $Free]
Sat. 4/29; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Manayunk Craft Beer Festival at Manayunk Brewing Company [Tastings of 70+ craft beers made by some of the best craft breweries.  $25-$65]
Sat. 4/29; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — Stiftungsfest at Cannstatter Volkfest Verein [We will have at least six authentic German Schuhplattler groups performing. Oom-Pah by die Spitzbaum of NY. Men wearing lederhosen, women wearing dirndls, everyone wearing smiles. Have a beer, have a bratwurst, have a ball.  $10-$12]
Sat. 4/29 & Sun. 4/30; All day — Camping at Ommegang at Philly Loves Beer [Includes deluxe bus transportation, all the beer, three-course dinner, more beer, bonfire, camping on the brewery grounds, and breakfast.  $140]
Sun. 4/30; 11 a.m. — Coffee Brunch with Oskar Blues at City Tap House–University City [Enjoy breakfast with unique coffee inspired beers by Oskar Blues.  $PAYG]
Sun. 4/30; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Real Ale Invitational at Yards Brewing Company [This will be the last Real Ale Festival at our Delaware Ave. brewery, so we're gonna go out with a bang. This year, there will be over 60 cask-conditioned beers from breweries around the world.  $55-$65]
Mon. 5/1; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Forest & Main's 5th Anniversary Dinner at Southwark [We will be offering a seven course tasting menu paired with seven vintage bottled saisons from the brewery's impressive cellar. The bar will have some extra F&M beers on draft as well.  $90]
Sat. 5/6; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Fest at Cannstatter Volkfest Verein [Cannstatter’s will provide delicious food for sale at the event including a wide variety of German and American cuisine.  $35-$45]
Sat. 5/6; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. — Maifest Festival at Brauhaus Schmitz [A full day of drinking, eating, dancing around a maipole and additional German-themed merriment. VIP for $100 per person.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/13; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Home Brew Competition at Dawson Street Pub [We are looking for amateur brewers to make a light spring/summer beer to enter our first annual home brew competition.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/13; 2 p.m.-8 p.m. — IPA Block Party at Hawthornes Beer Café [The date is set for the hop, hop, hoppiest day of the year featuring dozens of dank beers that may compromise the enamel of your chompers and blast your tastebuds in to oblivion.  $PAYG]
Tue. 5/23; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Philly Beer Scene Awards at World Café Live [Join your favorite local brewers and bar owners and walk down the red carpet to one of the fanciest and most anticipated beer events of the year.  $35]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Sat. 5/13; 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival at Kimberton Fairgrounds [Attendees can sample 80+ craft beers, 30+ wines, meads, ciders, and spirits. Guests can vote for their favorite craft beer and wine.  $10-$65]

Pottstown, Pa.
Sun. 5/7; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Bock Fest & Goat Race at Sly Fox Brewing Company [A wide open, grassy field neighboring the 30,000 square-foot brewery is the annual site for the running of the ruminants and festival fun. Live German Oompah music plays from a stage and there is even coverage of the Goat Races on a jumbotron.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 4/30; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Annual Homebrew Competition at Liberty Taproom [This is a free sampling and you are the judge for this competition.   $Free]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Tue. 5/9; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Meet the Brewer at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Sam and Joe Shorts from Shorts Brewing will be sharing stories and highlights from their day brewing at Dogfish Head.  $PAYG]

Scranton, Pa.
Fri. 4/28 & Sat. 4/29; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. & 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Electric City Craft Brew Festival at Montage Mountain Resorts [Featuring hand selected craft brews from across the nation and some of the finest local establishments in the area.  $29-$59]

Westmont, NJ
Sat. 5/13; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pour-A-Palooza at The Pour House [50+ breweries, plus live music.  $40-$45]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 4/29; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Delaware on the Deck Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us as we open our deck and tap some special beers from Iron Hill and fifteen Delaware breweries.  $PAYG]

Yardley, Pa.
Sat. 5/6; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Yardley Beer Fest at along the bank of the Delaware River [We’re proud to be one of Bucks County’s most well-known and attended events.  $40-$75]





© 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



Friday, April 21, 2017

April 2017: News update, part 2

A variety of brews news, much of which was picked up in just the last few days. The first one, though, might be a bit dated for a few of you. Grab a beer and enjoy. Cheers!

~ If you ever wondered what happened to Patrick Jones, former brewer at Triumph in Philadelphia's Old City neighborhood. [link to Northwest Indiana Times]

~ Just got this e-mail yesterday. I really like the sound of it and will need to look further into it. [link to Artisanal Imports]

~ Philly Beer Scene Awards for 2017 are now open for voting. [link to Philly Beer Scene]

~ Tony Forder from Ale Street News weighs in with astute observations from the annual Craft Brewers Conference. [link to Ale Street News]

~ I can only speak about half of these. I've got some more work to do! [link to Visit Cumberland Valley]

~ Very cool article about Wegmans, Sly Fox, and friend Ned Foley's Two Particular Acres. [link to Wegmans]

~ Something new and shiny in West Philly. [link to Dock Street Brewing Company]

~ Taking in the super-sized NFL Draft spectacle on the Ben Franklin Parkway? Here are some drinking options. [link to Philly.com]

~ Insights to the state of the industry from longtime analyst Peter Cherpack. [link to The Full Pint]

~ And before all this CBC went down in DC, Jim Koch from Boston Beer let this out into the wild for our consideration. [link to New York Times]

~ If I was going to Pittsburgh's Craft Beer Week, I'd definitely be studying up on this from Bob Batz. [link to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]




© 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, April 20, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: April 20 - April 26

Running low on beer? Need a place to socialize over a few beers? Fortunately, our local bars and breweries have you covered.

And as you review the calendar, 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.
Sat. 4/22; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Chocolate Festival at Allentown Brew Works [Chocolate-centric menu, chocolate bar featuring chocolate liqueurs and cordials, chocolate wines, and chocolate beer from local and national breweries.  $30-$35]

Atlantic City, NJ
Sat. 4/22; 1 p.m. — Beer and Bites featuring Dogfish Head at Long Bar in the Borgata [Bites are better with beer..especially when those bites are prepared by Borgata's Executive Chef, Tom Biglan, and the beer pairings are made by the Dogfish Head Brewery.  $39]

Bloomsburg, Pa.
Sat. 4/22; 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — 6th Anniversary Celebration at Turkey Hill Brewing Company [With live entertainment from The Mighty Susquehannas.  $PAYG]

Haddon Heights, NJ
Sat. 4/22; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. — Rhythm & Brews along Station Avenue [The avenue will be filled with food trucks, restaurants, shops, artisans, and a larger beer garden will provide local craft brews.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/21 through Sat. 4/29; Various — Harrisburg Beer Week at Various places around Harrisburg and nearby [A nine-day, multi-venue series showcasing breweries, restaurants, pubs and more through craft beer-centric events, demonstrations, and education throughout the greater Harrisburg area.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/22; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — PA Flavor at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex [PA Flavor showcases Pennsylvania breweries, restaurants and food producers in a unique sampling event.  $20-$75]

King of Prussia, Pa.
Fri. 4/21; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Dogfish Head & Crosley Cruiser at Fox & Hound [Swing by the truck to learn more about the brewing process, listen to a curated selection of vinyl, check out our off-centered ales, and get your hands on some very cool prizes including Dogfish Head x Crosley turntables, Music To Drink Beer To Vol. 3 (our limited edition vinyl release with Sony Legacy) vinyl, and tons of Dogfish swag.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 4/24; 5:30 p.m. — Firestone Walker Beer & Food Pairing at Bulls Head Public House [This month, we will feature four beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and four paired courses from our Chef at the Sutter.  $35]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 4/20; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Conshohocken Night at Pinocchio's [Blood Money Happy Hour.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Wed. 4/19 through Sat. 4/22; Various times — 4 Day Beer Runners’ Summit at Thomas Jefferson University and Frankford Hall [Four days with The Professor — running, lecturing, drinking, and fundraising.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/21; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Stone Tasting at Beer Love [A lineup of beers from Stone Brewing.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/21; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of ciders from Wyndridge Farm.  $Free]
Fri. 4/21; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Magic Hat Wee Heavy Champ Launch Party/Delaware Estuary Benefit at Grey Lodge Pub [Proceeds from Wee Heavy Champ benefit Lake Champlain. For this 2017 launch event, sales from Wee Heavy Champ will benefit the Delaware Estuary here in our backyard.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/21; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Arbrew Day at Frankford Hall, London Grill, The Grey Lodge Pub, Garage Passyunk, and Goat Hollow [Fre Arbrew Day trees are eligible for adoption to Philadelphia residents who own the property in which they'd like to plant the young tree. Each tree adopted comes with a free Yards beer and commemorative t-shirt for those who are 21 or older.   $PAYG]
Sat. 4/22; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Dogfish Head & Crosley Cruiser at Johnny Brenda's [Swing by the truck to learn more about the brewing process, listen to a curated selection of vinyl, check out our off-centered ales, and get your hands on some very cool prizes including Dogfish Head x Crosley turntables, Music To Drink Beer To Vol. 3 (our limited edition vinyl release with Sony Legacy) vinyl, and tons of Dogfish swag.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/22; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Dogfish Head & Crosley Cruiser at Jose Pistola's [Swing by the truck to learn more about the brewing process, listen to a curated selection of vinyl, check out our off-centered ales, and get your hands on some very cool prizes including Dogfish Head x Crosley turntables, Music To Drink Beer To Vol. 3 (our limited edition vinyl release with Sony Legacy) vinyl, and tons of Dogfish swag.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/22; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. — Craft Beer Express at ten quality beer bars around the city [Ten bars participate in a day-long set of events.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/22; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Raise One For The Ladies at Devil's Den [Join us as we tap that beer, along with beers from the women in the industry that brewed it. Raise a pint with proceeds from the sales of the beer going to both Planned Parenthood and Pink Boots.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/22; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — MGK Locals Only Beer Fest at Independence Seaport Museum [WMGK has teamed up with Independence Seaport Museum to bring Pennsylvania and New Jersey's finest breweries into one place to celebrate the tremendous bounty of awesome brew being made in the Philadelphia area.  $20-$45]
Sat. 4/22 & Sun. 4/23; 6 p.m. — Decibel Metal & Beer Fest at The Fillmore [Presented by Unibroue and, in addition, serving beers from TRVE, Burial, Holy Mountain, Atlas, Hoof Hearted, Three Weavers, and more.  $35-$125]
Sat. 4/22; All day — Sour Saturday Birthday Party at Memphis Taproom [We're serving 8 sour beers out in the garden and a few new ones available inside as well.  $PAYG]
Sun. 4/23; 11 a.m. — Sunday Morning Stout Brunch at City Tap House–Logan [Our friends at Weyerbacher have brewed a deliciously boozy bourbon barrel Sunday Morning Stout which we'll be featuring.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/24; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Upland Brewing Launch Party at City Tap House–University City [We're very excited to be the first exclusive launch party for Bloomington, Indiana's brewing powerhouse, Upland Brewing Co., and its wide variety of core, seasonals, and specialties.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/24; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Neshaminy Creek.  $Free]
Tue. 4/25; 7 p.m. — April Showers Bring May Sours with Captain Lawrence at Jose Pistola's [Our friends at Captain Lawrence are coming in to help us shower you with some of the best sours around.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 4/21; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Stop by the Brewhouse & Eatery to see which delicious brews will be on the hand pumps alongside firkins of our stalwart Chester County Bitter.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 4/21 and Sat. 4/22; All day — SRT Spree at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Choose your own trail adventure with the options of organized cleanups, bike rides, and a 50k relay race along the trail, as well as a kayak trip down the river. Everything will culminate with a party in St. Michael Park.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 4/22; 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Reading Craft Beer Festival at Santander Arena [Exclusive beer and complimentary snacks with VIP admission.  $45-$65]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sun. 4/23; 6:30 p.m. — The Last Supper, er... Beer Dinner at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [This will be our very last beer dinner in our original space.  $65]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 4/20; 4:20 p.m. — 4:20 on 4/20 at Levante Brewing Company [We will release a cask conditioned (firkin) and other new beers. We will drink many beers. We will order tacos and burritos from Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen food truck.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/26; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Monk's Night Out Belgian DIPA Can Release at Levante Brewing Company [This unique unfiltered Belgian Double Blonde IPA is brewed with 100% Belgian wheat and barley malt.  $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Thu. 4/20; 4:20 p.m.-10 p.m. — Lagunitas Waldo's 4/20 Tap Takeover at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [Our annual 4/20 Lagunitas Tap Takeover featuring Waldo's Special Ale and lots of other remarkable Lagunitas favorites.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Tue. 4/25; 7 p.m. — Brewers of Delaware Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for five courses from Executive Chief David Foster paired with beers by Head Brewer Moriah Guise and Brick Works Brewing & Eats, Argilla Brewing Company, and Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company.  $65]





© 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, April 13, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: April 13 - April 19

More beer events. Thanks Easter Bunny, bawk-bawk.

And as you review the calendar, 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. 4/15; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Jillie's Chili Social at 2SP Brewing Company [Try all 20 chilis and a pint of a one-time release of ASAP infused with jalapenos. Plus, you get to vote on your favorite. All proceeds from the tickets will be going to the winner of the chili cook-off’s charity of choice.  $10]

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 4/15; All day — Easter Hopfest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual IPA festival.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Sun. 4/16; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. — World of Beer Easter Egg Hunt at World Of Beer [We have secretly marked 5 beers in our coolers. Order one for a chance to win free beer for a month.  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/18; All day — Tax Day Beer Refund at World Of Beer [It's been a tough year, come in and enjoy a cold one on us.  $PAYG]

Horsham, Pa.
Sun. 4/16; 8 a.m. — Hoppy & Sweet Easter Brunch at Iron Abbey [Brunch served with a stellar lineup of IPAs and stouts from Wicked Weed, Pizza Boy, AleSmith, and more.  $PAYG]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Tue. 4/18; All day — Tax Day 2017 at Two Stones Pub [$1, $2, $3 8oz pours all day. Taco Tuesday features at 5 p.m.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 4/15; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Victory Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [join us for a four-course meal featuring unique twists on Isaac's favorites paired perfectly with four special drafts from Victory Brewing Company.  $29.95]
Sat. 4/15; All day — Hoppy Easter at The Fridge [Join us for our hoppiest day of the year.  $PAYG]

Maple Shade, NJ
Tue. 4/18; 7 p.m. — Edgy & Veggie: A Vegan Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for six vegan courses from Head Chief Scot Seher paired with Head Brewer Josh Ervine's Phightin’ Phils Pils, Ziggy Star-Bock, Galaxy Quest, Out the Gate IPA, Trubbel with Monks, and Vanilla Coffee Porter.  $65]

Milton, Del.
Sat. 4/15; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl — Crosley Cruiser Day at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [We're digging into our Vintage Stash and spinning some groovy vinyl for one fantastically awesome day at our Milton brewery. You heard us, vintage beers, vinyl, and a special appearance from the Crosley Cruiser.  $PAYG]

Mount Holly, NJ
Sat. 4/15; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Easter Firkins at Spellbound Brewing Company [In the firkins, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, Raspberry Chocolate Porter, and Coconut Marshmallow Peep Imperial Stout. Plus we will have 16 other brews on tap all day.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Fri. 4/14; All day — Firestone Walker Leo v. Ursus Launch at Two Stones Pub [Join us for a Firestone Walker tap takeover & release of Leo v. Ursus.  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/18; All day — Tax Day Relief at Two Stones Pub [Come enjoy $1, $2, & $3 half pours all day.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 4/14; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from 21st Amendment Brewing.  $Free]
Fri. 4/14; 5 p.m. — Friday Sixtel at Grey Lodge Pub [Southern Tier Thick Mint, a huge stout inspired by the Girl Scout cookie.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/14&Sat. 4/15; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Pairing Up For PAWS at ITV [In the Valley (ITV) is teaming up with Sanctuary Brewing Company (SBC), a one-of-a-kind, advocacy-focused brewery out of Hendersonville, North Carolina, to release two beers to be served alongside an array of vegan dishes by Chef and Owner Nicholas Elmi.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/15; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Split Thy Skull XXII at Tattooed Mom [Philadelphia’s longest running barleywine extravaganza. Sample barleywines from a dozen of the best local and national breweries offered in two curated flights or by the glass individually.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Ballast Point.  $Free]
Tue. 4/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Two Roads.  $Free]
Tue. 4/18; 5 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Beers from Deschutes.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/19; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 [Our friends from Yards will be in the house with four versions of spiked Yards Pale Ale, offering a master class in 'off flavors'.  $Free]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 4/13; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Captain Lawrence & NY Style Hot Dog Pairing at Liberty Taproom [We will have four incredible selectionselections on from Captain Lawrence including: Golden Delicious, Barrel Select Red, Rosso E Marrone, and Hops N Roses.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 4/14; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beer from Dock Street Brewing Company.  $Free]

Wilmington, Del.
Fri. 4/14; All day — Firestone Walker Leo v. Ursus Launch at Two Stones Pub [Join us for a Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Leo v. Ursus Launch and tap takeover.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/15; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live [We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together in unexpected and delicious ways. Bring your vegetarian friends, too — we can accommodate them on all pairings.  $40.05]
Tue. 4/18; All day — Tax Day 2017 at Two Stones Pub [Stop on by for $1, $2, & $3 8oz pours from open to close, and some awesome tacos at 5 p.m.  $PAYG]





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Friday, April 07, 2017

April 2017: News update, part 1

Quite a combination of story themes going on here in this twice-monthly update of beer news you might have missed. This week, some positive, some negative, and some that you'll find interesting either way.

~ Classy send-off to a great guy that left a big mark on the brewery. [link to Otter Creek's website]

~ Philly Beer Scene with a handful of updates covering local breweries including -- Crowded Castle in Phoenixville, Dock Street in Philly, and a new announcement for Aston Abbey.

~ One of the guys most responsible for the excellent Bulls Head Public House in Lititz looks to the future. [link to The Lititz Record Express]

~ An update on Yards' next big move. [link to Philly.com]

~ You don't know how much this one gets my blood boiling. C'mon people, wise up...."100 other people are like, ‘I’ve got to try that beer. With a label and a name like that, that beer has got to be good." [link to Indy Star]

~ Some Speakeasy thoughts from Derrick Peterman. [link to Bay Area Beer Runner]

~ This is the type of thing that doesn't get as much air time as it should. [link to Draft Magazine]




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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: April 6 - April 12

Spring is in the air and the excitement is palpable. Is it the weather, the return of baseball, or the weekly beer calendar? From the calendar of events, you wouldn't know that many brewers and related industry folk are in DC for the annual Craft Brewers Conference.

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.

Ardmore, Pa.
Sat. 4/8; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Ardmore Beer Hall at Ardmore Music Hall [60+ craft beers, live music, and bites.  $40]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 4/6; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [Entire proceeds from special cask sales will be donated to Special Hockey of Lehigh Valley Whalers.  $PAYG]

Cape May, NJ
Fri. 4/7; 5:30 p.m. — Ludlum Island Beer Dinner at Cape May Ferry Terminal [A five-course dinner with a unique menu and unique beer pairings. Brewery representatives will be on-hand to discuss the various beer styles offered.  $59]

Dover, Del.
Fri. 4/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — 11th Sour Release Party at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company [Music by Bohdi Woof. Food by Nothing Better.  $PAYG]

Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Thu. 4/6; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Food and Beer Pairing Dinner at Flat Stone Tavern & Grill [A four-course meal paired with Cape May's Tide Table Pale Ale, Demisemiseptcentennial Pale Ale, Tall, Dark, and Lager, and Honey Porter.  $50]

Exton, Pa.
Wed. 4/12; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Cigar City Hunahpu 2017 Giveaway Exclusive at World Of Beer [Win a bottle of 2017 Cigar City Hunahpu. For every $30 you spend you get a raffle ticket. We will be giving away 4 bottles.  $PAYG]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Sun. 4/9; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — 4 Authors, 4 Beers, 4 Cheeses at Kennett Brewing Company [A flight of beers, samples of four delicious local cheeses, and the opportunity to hear four authors talk about their new novels.  $10]
Sun. 4/9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — East Coast vs. West Coast Sunday Beer Brunch at Two Stones Pub [Deschutes Brewery and Two Roads Brewing Company will go head to head to settle matters for all time.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 4/6; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Captain Lawrence at Hunger N Thirst [Captain Lawrence's Rosso E Morrone, Frost Monster, Barrel Select Green, and American Funk.  $PAYG]
Thu. 4/6 through Thu. 4/13; All day — Sierra Nevada Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse [This event goes until the kegs kick.  $PAYG]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 4/6; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tröegs Tap Attack at Funck's [Meet a brewery rep, grab some free swag and flassware while supplies last.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 4/6; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Evolution Night at Pinocchio's [A lineup of beers from Evolution.  $PAYG]

Mount Holly, NJ
Sat. 4/8; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Rye Whiskey Porter Bottle Release at Spellbound Brewing Company [We aged our signature Porter in a few Buffalo Trace Rye Whiskey barrels creating a delicious, complex brew. The bottles are $10 each.  $PAYG]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 4/6; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bell's Tap Attack at Funck's [Meet a brewery rep, grab some free swag and flassware while supplies last.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 4/6; 3 p.m. — Exclusive Beer Launch: Sly Fox Chest Bockwell at Barcade [The release our latest exclusive beer, the Sly Fox and Barcade collaboration Chest Bockwell, a Dunkel Bock inspired beer, brewed with chestnut flour and Bavarian malt.  $PAYG]
Thu. 4/6; 4 p.m. — Tap That Thursday, New Beer's Eve Edition at Flying Fish Crafthouse [This time, in honor of New Beer's Eve and National Beer Day, we are tapping three new kegs of Flying Fish beer.  $PAYG]
Thu. 4/6; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — New Beer's Eve at Jerry's Bar [Join us for live jazz music, Founder's Brewing beer on tap, Founder's marinated foods, Revivalist Gin House crafted speakeasy cocktails. Prize for best in costume.  $PAYG]
Thu. 4/6; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Pint Night at Revolution House [Join us for our next monthly Pint Night, featuring Philadelphia's own, Evil Genius.  $20]
Fri. 4/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Owl's Brew Tasting at Beer Love [Tea and beer, it shouldn't work, but it does. Come check what Owl's Brew has to offer.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/7; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Tasting at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Boulevard Brewing.  $Free]
Fri. 4/7; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer & Brewing 101 at Philly Beer School [This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history.  $38.98]
Fri. 4/7; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — First Friday at Yards Brewing Company [Join us for an evening of beer, music, and selected artworks.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/8; All day — Saison Day 2017 at City Tap House-Logan [In addition to 20 participating breweries, we will also be welcoming 12 home brewers to join in on the Saison Day fun.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/8; 12 p.m. — Meet & Greet with Youichi of Hitachino Nest at Monk's Café [Youichi is flying from Japan, stopping to visit with us in Philadelphia, then proceeding on to DC to join our friends at Sierra Nevada for a special announcement.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/8; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Caturday at Philadelphia Brewing Company [Join us in our Tasting Room along with some adorable adoptable kitties from the PSCPA.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/8; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Tappin' The Trucks Brews n' Bites Block Party at Tap Room On 19th [We are closing down Ritner Street to bring you a fun filled day of Brews n' Bites. We have lined up the best food trucks in the city. We have secured some awesome local breweries.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/8 & Sun. 4/9; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Unibroue Beer Brunch at El Camino Real [Join us for some great Unibroue beers, BeerMosas, and food specials.  $PAYG]
Sun. 4/9; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Hoppin' Brunch at City Tap House-Logan [Featuring The Bickel Brothers alongside eight deliciously hoppy IPA's.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Fegley's Brew Works.  $Free]
Tue. 4/11; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Pint Night at Birra [Enjoy tasty offerings including Alternative Facts, Rolled Out, St. Seditious, Foeder Brau #5, and the ever popular ASAP.  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/11; 5 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Beers from Two Roads.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/12; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Firestone Walker Release of Fortem (Leo V Ursus) at Kite & Key [Join us as we unveil Firestone Walker’s New Imperial IPA Series—Fortem, an unfiltered Imperial India Pale Ale.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 4/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Session Beer Day With Stoney Creek Homebrewers at Bistro on Bridge [We're pouring free samples of 7 different homebrewed session beers and will also be selling some commercial examples to round out the experience.  $Free + $PAYG]
Fri. 4/7; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Taps & Tapas Event at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come enjoy four tapas paired with four 4oz beers.  $15.95]
Fri. 4/7; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Only on draught the First Friday of every month, a Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 4/7; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Only on draught the First Friday of every month, a Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 4/7; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting at Washington House [Try out four select brews from Long Trail.  $PAYG]

Strasburg, Pa.
Sat. 4/8; 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — Rails & Ales at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania [Join us for this evening of responsible adult fun, featuring breweries, food trucks, and live music.  $15-$50]

Wayne, Pa.
Thu. 4/6; 4 p.m. — Epic Brewing Comes To Wayne at Teresa's Next Door [Come out and drink some very cool stuff from a small independant brewery.  $PAYG]
Sun. 4/9; All day — Hitachino Nest Brings Taste of Japan at Teresa's Next Door [Meet Youichi of Hitachino Nest and sample many of their most special and rare beers.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/10; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Special Monday Night Tasting at Beer Yard [We will be having a rare Monday night sampling to welcome"Leo Vs. Ursus," the first installment of Firestone Walker's "chronology of beers that shift stylistically." all based on the brewery's Fortem DIPA.  $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