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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

(click picture for a full gallery of event pictures)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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Philly Beer Week 2017 set to kickoff tomorrow

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

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

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


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




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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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




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Monday, May 29, 2017

Quick update on the Philly Beer Week 2017 schedule of events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: May 25 - May 31

Ready to close out the month of May? Ready for Philly Beer Week?

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.
Sat. 6/3; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — PBS39 BrewFest at Coca-Cola Park [We expect to feature craft beers from 40 brewers and distributors, local and beyond. And, of course, will include great live music and local vendors. Proceeds from the Seventh Annual PBS39 BrewFest will support PBS39 programming.  $5-$50]

Ardmore, Pa.
Thu. 6/1; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Go Nuts for Doughnuts Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Iron Hill Brewery and Benchwarmer”s Coffee and Doughnuts come together to create four unique doughnuts paired with four unique beers.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 6/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [Entire proceeds from special cask sales will be donated to Center for Animal Health & Welfare.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Sat. 6/10; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — 5th Anniversary at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [More Info about beer lineup, anniversary beer, food trucks, etc, will be announced shortly.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Sat. 5/27; All weekend — BeerFest at ArtsFest at Civic Club Garden [We have partnered with the fine folks at Ever Grain Brewing Co. to bring a beer garden to Artsfest.  $TBD]
Sat. 6/17; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — Harrisburg Brewers Fest at Locust & Third Streets [Sampling of beersfFrom up to or approximately 40 breweries.  $10-$50]

Lancaster, Pa.
Tue. 6/6; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Calypso Caribbean Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us on the patio for five Caribbean themed courses from Head Chef Anthony Beaner paired with five delicious beers by Senior Head Brewer Tim Stumpf.  $65]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 5/25; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Long Trail Tasting at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Long Trail.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Thu. 5/25; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Burgers ‘n’ Brews: Shake Shack x 2SP at Shake Shack [Join us for a guided tasting of 2SP Brewing Company beers expertly paired with four rounds of Shake Shack burgers, event-only specials, and beer milkshakes.  $35]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 5/25; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer and Bees Fundraiser at Second District Brewing Company [We're hosting an event to educate attendees about protecting our bees and other pollinators, and as a fundraiser for the non-profit environmental group, PennEnvironment and their “Save the Bees” campaign. As part of this effort, we've created a one-time-only, limited time beer brewed with honey sourced from local bees.  $PAYG]
Thu. 5/25; 6 p.m. — Beer Dinner at Bar Hygge [Details to follow.  $TBD]
Fri. 5/26; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Ommegang Tasting at Beer Love [Ommegang will be in house pouring samples of some of their finest beers.  $Free]
Fri. 5/26; 5 p.m. — Friday's Sixtel: North Country Belgian Raspberry Sour Porter at Grey Lodge Pub [We can't find a good description of this beer anywhere online. But who cares, it sounds awesome.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/26; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Free Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Tasting samples of beers from Conshohocken Brewing Company.  $Free]
Sun. 5/28; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — Memorial Day Bash at Garage-South Philly [One of Philly's hottest new restaurants, Res Ispa, will be #indacart and Brooklyn Brewery will be in house with beer, specials, games, and fun. Beach attire is encouraged.  $PAYG]
Thu. 6/1; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Opening Tap for Philly Beer Week at The Fillmore [The official opening event and night for Philly Beer Week's 10th anniversary.  $15-$92]
Fri. 6/2 through Sun. 6/11; All day and night — Philly Beer Week at Hundreds of establishments across the Philadelphia region [Celebrate Philadelphia as America’s Best Beer-Drinking City with a ten-day festival.  $Varies]
Tue. 6/6; 6:30 p.m. — Funk, Sole, and Rock & Roll at World Café Live [Funk Brewing Company and Sole Artisan Ales are two of the top new breweries in Pennsylvania. What better way to enjoy their rare and innovative beer than accompanied by performances from Swift Technique, Johnny Showcase, and The Dead Flowers.  $10 + $PAYG]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Camp On Tour at Penn's Landing [This summer, Beer Camp on Tour takes over Penn’s Landing with hundreds of craft beers, the city’s best food trucks, live music and good times.  $40-$75]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 5/25; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Beer & Fish Taco Pairing at Liberty Taproom [With May and summer finally here, we welcome Taproom favorite Stone Brewing company back for a citrusy and hoppy seafood pairing.  $PAYG]

Rio Grande, NJ
Thu. 6/1; 5 p.m. — Weyerbacher & Cape May Brewing Co. Collaboration Takeover at Rio Station [We are happy to have both Weyerbacher and Cape May Brewing Co. taking 7 of our taps. They are bringing together their awsome brewers to make a collaboration brew, Paradise 160 India Pale Lager.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Tue. 5/30; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Stone Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill [Four courses of food perfectly paired with four great beers.  $40]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 5/26; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — La Trappe and Teresa's Pay It Forward at Teresa's Next Door [Five La Trappe beers wil be pouring with all of the proceeds going to the Kyle Ambrogi Foundation, a local charity.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 6/10; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ride The Rails at Boxcar Brewing Company [Come out for an event to remember as we board 1930’s style train cars and head down the historical West Chester Railroad to Glen Mills picnic park. We provide the food (a rockstar spread), Boxcar beer (all of our best brews), and live music.  $25-$50]
Sat. 6/10; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — H.O.P. Party at Levante Brewing Company [Bring five non-perishable food items or more and we'll hook you up with a free pour for helping other people in need.  $10-$45]
Sat. 6/17; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ride The Rails at Boxcar Brewing Company [Come out for an event to remember as we board 1930’s style train cars and head down the historical West Chester Railroad to Glen Mills picnic park. We provide the food (a rockstar spread), Boxcar beer (all of our best brews), and live music.  $25-$50]
Sat. 6/17; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — West Chester Craft Beer Festival at Charles A Melton Arts & Ed Center [We're going to have an amazing line up of breweries and beers. Food trucks, artisan vendors and beer. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Charles A Melton Arts & Ed Center.  $5-$50]




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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pictures from my book signing appearance last week

The Wyomissing Public Library sent along a few pictures from my event there last week. In case you missed it, here's a link back to some wrap-up notes and a picture of my beer "menu".

Anyone else want to do an event like this? You know where to find me.








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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5 favorite beers of last week (May 15-21)

Alrighty, I enjoyed doing this last week so much, I'm gonna keep it going. As many of you know, "favorite" beers are often found in the context of people and place. This past week, for me, was no exception.

Again, in alphabetical order by brewery:

(SeaQuench takes center stage at Jose Pistola's.)

~ SeaQuench Ale, by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Del.)
    A few weeks back, brewery sales rep Wendy Domurat tossed a couple of these at me. Lime and sea salt dominate this refreshing "session sour" (4.9%). Since then, a couple more six-packs have found their way into my cooler. In the past week, Men's Health, for what it's worth, gave it their nod of approval. This was a weekend pleaser too (see Free Will, next) during/after plenty of vigorous outdoor work. Plus, I took this one to my book signing too (see Spoonwood, further below) and the attendees were likewise pleased. Seems like this one will be around for a while.

(Don't overlook gems such as the Kölsch.)

~ Community Kölsch, by Free Will Brewing Company (Perkasie, PA)
    So much outdoor work got done this last weekend and early Sunday evening made it all worth it with this really nice and clean Kölsch (4.8%) with mild fruit notes from a brewery that gets plenty of attention for its sours.

(The best meal of the day...and pleased to have finally made my first visit to the SPTR Wheat Beer Fest.)

~ Wit Or Wit Out, by St. Benjamin Brewing Company (Philadelphia)
    Before heading off to the festival at Citizens Bank Park, my pal Greg and I stopped for a couple beers at South Philly Tap Room's annual Wheat Beer Fest. Only had time for two beers and some live music so I made one of them the St. Benjamin Wit or Witout. Gave me a chance to meet a new crew member at St. Ben, Shawn, and toss back a beer that I haven't had in a while. It's a solid and refreshing Belgian Golden (4.6%) with extra, but subtle, spicing.

(This is how good it was.)

~ Meta Shepherd, by Second District Brewing Company (Philadelphia)
    And after the festival at the ballpark, it was time for some South Philly neighborhood action. Only my second time at Second District, but both visits have been home runs. Any idea what goes extremely well with the Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese on the menu? This "smoked porter conditioned on juicy pineapple puree" (6%). Say what? "Weird and wonderful", perfectly described by the brewery. Really wonderful.

(A picture of Cold Drip Doppio before leaving Pittsburgh.)

~ Cold Drip Doppio (Wigle Whiskey barrel-aged), by Spoonwood Brewing Company (Bethel Park, PA)
    Did you see the beers I was serving during my book signing last week? There was this one that really stood to both the attendees and me. It was this wonderfully layered strong coffee beer (8%) with whiskey barrel notes, all so well balanced and nothing overpowering. So smooth, so nice.




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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Taste of Philly Beer Week 2017 (June 1-11)

Photo credit: Philly Loves Beer

According to the official website, we're told that Philly Beer Week 2017 is only ten days away. Yes, you read correctly. This year it begins yet a day earlier to further imperialize our Beer Week. Thought it about time to check out the schedule and see what's a-happening this year and whether it's worth, as they suggest, taking any time off from the ol' day job.

An undertaking the size of Philly Beer Week and the required organizational skills - coordinating many establishments and their hundreds of events across 10 er 11 days - is not for the faint of heart. Communicating everything the PBW-going consumer needs to know should be of paramount importance. Without them (well, both the consumers, and the details), what is there?

The calls have already come in to the Brew Lounge hotline and I'm happy to report back that I'm here again, for the tenth year, to spreadsheetatize your PBW schedule to supplement, complement, improve upon the official website calendar of events.

I took an early look and, as of earlier this morning, Mon. May 22, here's a quick recap of what can be found out there for our beer-going ways. Remember, this schedule, as it does every year, will change right up until the opening bell, er Opening Tap, and then somewhat bewilderingly throughout almost every day of PBW. Your best bet is to depend upon the official PBW website, app (when it arrives, and failing all else, checking with the establishment. (p.s. no spreadsheet to share quite yet, just some keen observations)

- 406 unique "event" listings
- 70 unique establishments

Number of events currently listed by day
   Thursday, 6/1 - 14
   Friday, 6/2 - 40
   Saturday, 6/3 - 46
   Sunday, 6/4 - 37
   Monday, 6/5 - 36
   Tuesday, 6/6 - 42
   Wednesday, 6/7 - 41
   Thursday, 6/8 - 44
   Friday, 6/9 - 36
   Saturday, 6/10 - 42
   Sunday, 6/11 - 28


Regarding the establishments
   ~ 62 of the events are at a Uno location
   ~ 23 of the events are at one of the "beer gardens"
   ~ 22 of the events are at a Whole Foods store/pub location
   ~ 4 of the events listed are related to the Hammer of Glory tour
   ~ 2 of the events listed are for the Beer Under The Big Top event
   ~ 1 of the events is the Opening Tap
   ~ Of the remaining 292 events
      ~ 15 are at Jose Pistola's
      ~ 12 are at The P.O.P.E.
      ~ 12 are at Teresa's Next Door
      ~ 11 are at Grey Lodge Pub
      ~ 11 are at Lucky's Last Chance in Queen Village
      ~ 10 are at Bait & Switch Seafood
      ~ 10 are at Eulogy Belgian Tavern
      ~ 10 are at Good Dog Bar
      ~ 10 are at Hop Angel Brauhaus
      ~ 10 are at Johnny Brenda's
      ~ 10 are at El Camino Real
      ~ 10 are at The Victoria Freehouse
      ~ 10 are at Lucky's Last Chance in Manayunk

Regarding the events
With only 10 days to go, even though much may still be added to the calendar, if forced to pick an event each day, here's what looks good to me (in case you were asking!)
   Thursday, 6/1 - Niño Bacelle of Brouwerij De Ranke at Monk's for lunch followed by the Hammer of Glory Tour and capped off with Opening Tap at The Fillmore
   Friday, 6/2 - Official PBW Uptown Beer Garden
   Saturday, 6/3 - It's A Firkin Riot! at Johnny Brenda's
   Sunday, 6/4 - A Devil's Den version of Free Will Sour Sunday
   Monday, 6/5 - Omme-gash, it's All-gang at Good Dog
   Tuesday, 6/6 - New Kids On The Block at Standard Tap
   Wednesday, 6/7 - Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beers at Clarkville
   Thursday, 6/8 - 2SP and Bagby Beers at Cinder
   Friday, 6/9 - Modern Times & Hermit Thrush featured tappings at Jose Pistola's
   Saturday, 6/10 - Wayne Music Fest with Teresa's Next Door, Tröegs, La Cabra, Rusted Root, Huffamoose, Mason Porter, Ben Arnold, and more
   Sunday, 6/11 - A Nodding Head, Curt Decker, Coppertail brunch at Memphis Taproom

Welcome Newcomers
And unless my eyes (and memory) deceive me, here's a list of newcomers to this year's roster that may be worth checking out during PBW. (not passing judgement, just listing 'em)
   ~ Bait & Switch Seafood
   ~ Chick's
   ~ La Cabra Brewing Company
   ~ Pizzeria Stella
   ~ Tiki

How's that to kickstart your thirst for great beer and Philly Beer Week 2017, the tenth edition?




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Friday, May 19, 2017

Success again last night with my Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic book



Really pleased with a turnout of 25 last night at the Wyomissing Public Library. Part presentation and a whole lot of beer tasting. Guests were invited to bring their own and here's a picture of what I brought. Big thanks again to the library for a great facility in which to host the event and promote my book. May have yet a couple more opportunities spinning off as a result.

You didn't know this is how my book signing events work, now did you?!





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May 2017: News update, part 2

Just a few things to share with you this week.

~ This is one way to think about recent big beer, little beer battles. [link to The Full Pint]

~ Wonderful news for Baltimore. [link to Union Craft's website]

~ Lots of al fresco beers this summer in Philly. [link to Parks On Tap]

~ And, lastly, a plug for my favorite beers encountered last week. [link right back here to The Brew Lounge]




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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: May 18 - May 24

Is this what you call the calm before the Philly Beer Week storm? Whatever you call it, there's plenty of it to soak up. Cheers!

And....I trust you know all about my Book Signing tonight in Wyomissing?

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.

Cape May, NJ
Thu. 5/18; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Scientists On Tap at Cape May Brewing Company [Try some CMBC brews while learning about our ocean's animals from the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center.  $10+$PAYG]

Collingswood, NJ
Sat. 5/20; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. — 1-year Anniversary Party at Devil's Creek Brewery [We’ll be tapping our exclusive Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged beers.  $PAYG]

Doylestown, Pa.
Sat. 5/20; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — Hopfest at Penn Taproom [Hops, hops, and more hops, including Russian River's Pliny The Elder.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 5/20; All day — 4th Year Anniversary Party at Hunger N Thirst [We have been hording some rare and delicious kegs to celebrate with all of you to mark the occasion.  $PAYG]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Goose Island Sampling at Funck's [Meet a brewery rep, grab some free swag and glassware while supplies last.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Two Roads Tasting at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Two Roads Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Tue. 5/16 through Fri. 5/19; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. — American Craft Beer Week at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [American Craft Beer Week brings together a nation of craft beer fanatics and honors everything our industry has come to represent.  $PAYG]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tattered Flag Sampling at Funck's [Meet The guys from Tattered Flag and grab some great craft beers from our neck of the woods.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sun. 5/21; 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Braumeister with the Brewmasters at Victory Brewing Company [Includes a welcome beer, a tour of our Parkesburg facility led by one of our Brewmasters, a Braumeister tasting session led by our Brewmasters, 1 take-home crowler, a Q&A session, plus small bites, and a chance to chat with our Brewmasters following the tasting session.  $50]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 5/18; 3 p.m. — Yards Beer Night at Barcade [We’ll have all their usual favorites as well as a couple rare beers straight from the brewery.  $PAYG]
Thu. 5/18; 10 p.m. — Smuttynose Presents: Storytellers at Heritage [Come out, drink some great Smuttynose beers on draft, then take the stage and tell us a good story.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/19; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Sly Fox Tasting at Beer Love [After cutting his teeth in sales for 15 years, Pete Giannopoulos opened the Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery.  $Free]
Fri. 5/19; 5 p.m. — Friday's Sixtel: Avery Perzik Peach Saison at Grey Lodge Pub [A classic saison—dry, crisp, fruity, spicy and refreshing—with a dose of summer—peaches.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/20; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Wheat Beer Fest at South Philadelphia Tap Room [Over 30+ drafts will bring you a sparkling array of witbier goodness to choose from- we’ll have a bunch of other styles too: super fresh IPAs, cool sours, pilsners, ciders… and much much more.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/20; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival at Citizens Bank Park [Guests will be treated to hundreds of amazing craft beer and wine samples from around the world showcased throughout the entire concourse, enjoy great live band and DJ entertainment, free parking, 2 tickets to a Phillies game at CBP during the 2017 season, free admission to the official after party, and sample multiple spirits, bacon, jerky, and other all-star product vendors.  $25-$70]
Sat. 5/20; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Preakness with Stillwater & Evolution Brewing at Devil's Den [Join us for the Preakness, with a draft list form two Maryland breweries, Stillwater and Evolution.  $PAYG]
Sun. 5/21; All day — Firestone Walker — Sour Sunday at Kite & Key [Firestone Walker want to get Sour on the Kite & Key with a sampling of a great lineup from the Barrel Works Series.  $PAYG]
Tue. 5/23; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Magic Hat Circus/Zirkus Boy Night at Grey Lodge Pub [Magic Hat's Circus Boy, a beer Scoats really loves, is a tasty lemongrass wheat ale fermented with American wheat beer yeast. Magic Hat has made a special version, Zirkus Boy, that has been brewed with German hefeweizen yeast.  $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]
Wed. 5/24; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Pint Night at Revolution House [A selection of Yards brews.  $20]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 5/19; 11:30 a.m. — 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.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Wed. 5/24; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Meet the Brewer at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Sam and Augie Carton of Carton Brewing will be swapping stories and highlights of their brew day, as well as details about Deli, a beer that evokes the aspects of the archetypal pastrami sandwich: bitter, salty, sweet, sour, and umami.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Sat. 5/20; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — KBS Beer Tapping at The Horse Tavern & Grill [Founders Imperial Stout from '15 and '14 will also be on tap.  $PAYG]

Voorhees, NJ
Sat. 5/20; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Taste of Summer Patio Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Party outside on the patio to celebrate warmer weather and summer beers, featuring the release of Creamsicle Wit and Blueberry Mahalo, Apollo!  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 5/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Stoudts Brewing 30th Anniversary at Teresa's Next Door [Join Carol Stoudt for their 30th anniversary party here at Teresa's. We'll be pouring some great beer from one of the breweries that has been a foundation of the local beer market.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 5/19; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from River Horse Brewing Company.  $Free]

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 5/18; All day — Founders Brewing Co. Launch Party at Two Stones Pub [Help us welcome Founders Brewing Co. to Delaware with a launch party at your local 2SP.  $PAYG]




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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6 favorite beers of last week (May 8-14)

Remember how, if we throwback to the ancient days of yesterday, I mentioned getting some better content besides event calendars out here in this wondrous Brew Lounge space? How about we try a second consecutive posting day?

Out there in the strange social media world, I'll frequently put out snapshots of beers enjoyed at any given moment. A few astute, naturally, but brief comments. How about I share them with a bit more context here? Let's give this a try in a weekly format. The number of beers will vary from week to week, depending upon circumstances. But the idea will hold that I share some good and interesting beers and a few notes about the liquid or the people behind them.

Last week, I was in San Francisco for work with my day job's clients. Think I found some great beers along the way? Indeed I did.

In alphabetical order by brewery:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, by 21st Amendment Brewing (San Francisco/San Leandro)
    I've long maintained that this is one of very few beers that makes perfect sense to be served with a piece of fruit on the rim. Take a bite of the sweet watermelon and then chase it with the beer that has a touch of refreshing tang from the the rind. And, it should go without saying, that it tastes even better at the airy 2nd Street brewpub. Next up for me - a long overdue first visit to the new production brewery across the Bay in San Leandro.

(The poster beer for 21st Amendment Brewery just a few blocks from the home of another city icon, the San Francisco Giants.)

Imperial Coffee & Cigarettes, by Cellarmaker Brewing (San Francisco)
    Another batch of Taco Hands (collaboration with Philly-area Tired Hands) was on tap, so was the excellent Dank Williams. Better still, though, was the imperialized version of a the coffee beer original at Cellarmaker. Seems everyone is trying to find their way here, but a Thursday evening was near capacity yet comfortable with quick, attentive service.

(Cellarmaker, one of the city's youngest and most sought-after breweries. Plus, just around the corner from City Beer Store.)

Citraison, by Faction Brewing (Alameda)
    I'd heard enough of the great views and unique location of Faction Brewing. It's Rodger Davis' place of his own, who has a long history in brewing, most recently at Triple Rock in Berkeley. A two-hour "session" on Alameda Island (just south of Oakland) had me enthralled with the Pils, the Stomper Pale, and the Anomaly (pale) Milk Stout. Not to mention the entrancing views look back west toward the skyline of San Francisco. But the one I had two of was the perfect Citraison - with Citra hops, rose hips, and oh yeah, it benefits those with breast cancer.

(A view of great beer and a great city from Faction Brewing Company in Alameda, Calif.)

Hitachino Nest Ancient Nipponia aged in Red Wine Barrels, by Kiuchi Brewery (Japan)
    The new Hitachino Nest location on Post Street a few blocks from Union Square pretty much lived up to exactly what I was hoping it would be. Small plates of enticing food. The seductive cuts of Wagyu beef; I had Beef Tongue on a skewer. Plus, the usual suspects from the brewery in addition to some more special-than-average ones, such as Espresso Stout. But, I'm betting if you like the Nipponia Ale that, like me, you'll really love the red wine barrel-aged version.

(Hitachino Nest, from Kiuchi Brewery, has its first home outside of Japan.)

Ashbury Alt, by Magnolia Brewing (San Francisco)
    I was recently having a conversation back home in Philly about classic styles, Altbier being one of them that I love to find. Düsseldorf is the home of this wonderfully malt-forward style. Domestically, though, here in the States, there aren't many noteworthy ones of which to speak. The Ashbury Alt is certainly one that appreciators of the style should search out. And, if you're at the home of Magnolia beers at Smokestack, pair this with some ribs and brisket and you'll be quick to thank me.

(A comfortable space in the Dogpatch neighborhood is home to Smokestack barbecue and Magnolia beers from owner/brewmaster Dave McLean.)

The 49er, by Thirsty Bear Brewing (San Francisco)
    One of my last visits during this San Francisco trip was at the invitation of the good people of Thirsty Bear, who have been doing their Spanish tapas-and-beer thing on Howard Street very close to the Moscone Center for over twenty years. Brenden Dobel has been brewing there since 2002 and they went organic in 2007. This year for American Craft Beer Week (May 15-21), they're paying homage to the California Common indigenous yeast strain in three new beers. Dobel shared with me the California Common (already on tap) and the Cable Car IPC (still in the brite tank at the time and released this week). Both very, very well done and deserving of multiple glassfuls, but the one that caught my attention was the crisp, clean, and refreshing The 49er - showing a solid Pale and CaraPils malt bill with a tasteful hop kick from Magnum and Perle. Still want something more, something more unique? Check them out on Sunday evenings for live Flamenco dancing.

(Head Brewer Brenden Dobel showing off the brewery and some Berliner Weisse barrel-aging at the 20+ year-old Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in downtown San Francisco.)




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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'll be selling/signing books (and giving free samples of beer) on Thursday, May 18


It's about time to get some content here beyond the weekly and monthly calendars. They're wildly popular, but still, with Philly Beer Week quickly approaching, I've got to get the habit back here in these pages. Plus, the social media landscape certainly ain't what it used to be.

In that spirit, here's a softball. If you're anywhere in the ballpark of Berks County, Pa. in two days (Thu. 5/18), stop by and check me out at the Wyomissing Public Library. From 7 p.m.-9 p.m. It's been a while since my last signing event and I'm looking forward to this one, partly because it'll be just a few miles from where I grew up.

Of course, the idea is for me to sell my book - Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic - but I'll also help to prime the pump and loosen your wallet by sharing a bunch of beers from breweries covered in the book. Maybe even a couple special other ones. But you'll need to attend to find out.




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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: May 11 - May 17

Buy your mum a beer; she deserves it. According to this calendar, it can be any day, including Sunday, at a special event in the area. Cheers to the Moms!

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.

Croydon, Pa.
Wed. 5/17; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Four Kings IPA Pack at Dog and Bull [Featuring four variants from Starr Hill.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Tue. 5/16; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Beef & Beer at Victory Brewing Company [Includes hot roast beef sandwich, salads, and two beer tokens.  $40]

Horsham, Pa.
Wed. 5/17; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — SingleCut Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey [Four courses with four beers from SingleCut Beersmiths.  $60]

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Thu. 5/11; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Engine 9 Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of this traditional German lager brewed in conjunction with the Rockledge Fire Company.  $PAYG]

Kulpsville, Pa.
Sat. 5/13; 1 p.m.-9 p.m. — KBS and Bespoke Bacon at CJ's Doghouse [We will be tapping our 2017 Founders KBS along side of a Bespoke Bacon Tasting Flight all Saturday long.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 5/12; 6 p.m. — Bell's Tap Takeover at Federal Taphouse [A Bell's rep will be on hand with cool stuff for anyone who buys a Bell's beer, or to answer any of your craft beer questions.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/13; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Most Craftacular Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [A special four-course dinner featuring twists on Isaac's dishes paired up with four of our favorite breweries including Stone, Dogfish Head, Sea Dog, and Tröegs.  $29.95]

Leola, Pa.
Thu. 5/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — 2SP Sampling at Funck's [Meet a brewery rep, grab some free swag and glassware while supplies last.  $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]

Newtown, Pa.
Thu. 5/11; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Mini Tap Takeover at Isaac Newton's [Sole's Super Silk, So High, and Eureka Nerd.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 5/11; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — A Taste Of The Brewvitational at Reading Terminal Market [It's your chance to taste Philly's best craft beers and help Inquirer critic Craig LaBan pick the best flagship selection for his annual Brewvitational competition.  $45-$60]
Thu. 5/11; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Pint Night at Revolution House [A selection of Long Trail brews.  $20]
Thu. 5/11; 10 p.m. — Can You Pass The Acid Test? at Heritage [We're pouring a heady lineup of six Captain Lawrence IPAs, so you can taste your way through a wide range of IBUs and ABVs.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/12; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Build A Little Birdhouse In Your Soul with Sixpoint at Grey Lodge Pub [We like to do an Earthy event with Jon from Sixpoint every year around Arbor Day/Earth Day. This year it's for the birds.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/12; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer Wars: Belgium vs America at Philly Beer School [In this beer tasting class, we pit two of our favorite beer countries against each other.  $48.98]
Sat. 5/13; 1 p.m.-8 p.m. — IPA, Champagne, & Rosé Block Party at The Cambridge [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...and you wouldn't want it any other way.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/13; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — 1st Annual 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.-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. 5/16; 5 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) [Beers from Great Divide.  $PAYG]
Wed. 5/17; 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]
Wed. 5/17; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — You Buy the Glass Night at The Abbaye [Keepsake glass, raffles, prizes, and giveaways with 2SP Brewing.  $PAYG]

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]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 5/11; 5:35 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at First Energy Stadium [2 ½ hour all-you-can-eat buffet along with a 2 hour beer tasting.  $26]
Sun. 5/14; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Mother's Day with Tröegs at Liberty Taproom [Tröegs recently hired a brand new rep Tyler Baver who has roots and family right here in Reading. We thought there was no better way to welcome him back home to PA than to invite him and his mother to help tap 12 kegs of killer PA craft beer.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Thu. 5/11; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Founders Release Party at Pickled Pig Pub [Don't miss the first time Founders Brewing Company will be available in Delaware.  $PAYG]

Scranton, Pa.
Sat. 5/13; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Starr Hill Hop On Tour Tap Takeover at Backyard Ale House [Eight Starr Hill IPAs on tap, Spegiealu IPA Glasses, and other awesome brewery swag.  $PAYG]

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]




© 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, May 05, 2017

May 2017: News update, part 1

Thought this would be a light update until....

~ ....this news came along to crush so many of you. [link to Brewbound]

~ .... and this very measured response from Jester King. [link to The Full Pint]

~ and another response, this one from The Rare Barrel and commentary around values. [link to The Full Pint, again]

~ aaannnnnnnnd, yesterday's news from Lagunitas land. [link to Chicago Tribune]

~ Further, in the intensifying war between macro, micro, and independent. [link yet again to The Full Pint]

~ An interesting viewpoint on the future. [link to Draft Magazine]

~ Well documented highlights from the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC last month. [link to Brewers Association]

~ A story worth reading about Duvel Moortgat. [link one more time to The Full Pint]

~ Are you keeping up with Yards' construction progress? They can help you with that. [link to Yards Brewing Company's website]

~ Very good news for Delaware and, more specifically, Dogfish Head. [link to DelawareOnline]

~ And even more good news. This for the Aloha Spirit on Maui. [link to The Maui News]

~ Finally, in a completely self-serving fashion, here are links to my recent articles at The Town Dish. Please check them out, "like", and share. One about a variety of drinking reasons in Pittsburgh, one about Spoonwood Brewing Company, and one about Root Down Brewing Company's progress in Phoenixville.




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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: May 4 - May 10

You want Cinco de Mayo? You want race horses? Race goats? How about beer pairing dinners? Star Wars? Anniversary Parties? Homebrew? Festivals? Free tastings? All that...and, somehow, more. Have at it kids!

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.

Berwyn, Pa.
Mon. 5/8; 6:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner with Bullfrog Brewery at Nectar [Dinner with Owner Steve Koch and Brewer Nate Saar.  $65]

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. — Cinco de Dogfish at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Featuring Dogfish Head Brewing beers World Wide Stout, Beer to Drink Music To 2016, Beer to Drink Music To 2017, Namaste, Olde School Barleywine, 90 Minute IPA, and 120 Minute IPA.  $PAYG]

Cape May, NJ
Thu. 5/4; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — May the 4th Be With Brew: Return of The Bog at Cape May Brewing Company [We’ve got special one-offs, Star Wars-themed activities, and a special soda for all you Yodas out there.  $PAYG]

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

Lititz, Pa.
Thu. 5/4; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — Stoudts Brewing 30th Anniversary Tap Takeover at Bulls Head Public House [Join 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.
Thu. 5/4; 5 p.m. — May the 4th be with you Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us in celebrating Star Wars Day as we release four unique Star Wars themed beers.  $PAYG]

Milford, Del.
Mon. 5/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — A Pop-Up Dinner at Mispillion River Brewing Company [In conjunction with Crust & Craft.  $45]

Montgomeryville, Pa.
Sat. 5/6; 10 a.m. — National Homebrew Day at Keystone Homebrew Supply [Take a break from that peanut farm and celebrate the great art of homebrewing with us. We're rolling out the prize wheel, and running raffles all day, giving you the chance to go for the gold and win big.  $Free]

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]

Newark, Del.
Fri. 5/5; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo Lemon Lime Wheat Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of our refreshing wheat beer aged with lemon and lime zest. Perfectly paired with some of our favorite Mexican treats, made by Chefs Jason Thomson and Joe Pryor.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/6; 1 p.m. — Springfest at Argilla Brewing Company [Music, family fun, and tasty brews.  $PAYG]

North Wales, Pa.
Fri. 5/5; 6 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo Lemon Cerveza Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of “Lemon Cerveza” in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. A Mexican-style lager brewed with lemon peel and lemon juice.  $PAYG]

Palmyra, Pa.
Thu. 5/4; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Spring House Sampling at Funck's [Meet Erik the brewery rep from Spring House, grab some free swag and glassware while supplies last.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sat. 5/6; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Summer Love Fest at Victory Brewing Company [This will be the biggest Summer Love bash imaginable including beer, food, games, prizes, live music, horseshoes, and more.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 5/4; 4 p.m. — Happy Star Wars Day! at St. Benjamin Brewing Company [We'll have $4 Star Wars Drinks (yes, there will be Bantha Milk) and Rogue One at 9 p.m.  $PAYG]
Thu. 5/4; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Release Party at The Institute [We will be taking 40 lucky patrons to the late night showing of the movie.  $PAYG]
Thu. 5/4; 5 p.m. — Tröegs Crimson Pistil IPA Release Party at Good Dog Bar [Tröegs is releasing their newest beer, Crimson Pistil IPA, and you need to get some of that straight out of the firkin. There will also be some kind of nerf gun/light saber battle so be there for all the debauchery and May The Fourth Be With You.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/5; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Jose Pistola's [Hot kabobs and burritos outside and a chance to try our kcik ass collaboration brew with Yards Brewing Co.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/5; 5 p.m. — Friday Sixtel: Flying Fish Tequila Farmhouse at Grey Lodge Pub [In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we are breaking out a very special sixtel, Flying Farmhouse that has been aged in a tequila barrel.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/5; 6 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with this 6 beer multi-tap lineup featuring fresh and festive summer flavors paired with Mexican-American fare.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/5; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo with Ballast Point at Devil's Den [Join Ballast Point to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We will be pouring 3 different Sculp-ber-ritas.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/6; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Big Brew Day at Devil's Den [Bring your equipment and brew a batch of beer at the Den. We will supply, space to brew, water, 1st draft beer from our draft list, 20% discount on food & drink purchases for the day.  $PAYG]
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. 5/6; 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; 1 p.m.-7 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level Two at Philly Beer School [The Level Two Brewing Program is the critical step toward becoming a master homebrewer.  $175]
Sat. 5/6; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Kentucky Derby with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel at Devil's Den [Join us to celebrate the Kentucky Derby with Alltech Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ales.  $PAYG]
Sat. 5/6; All day — Kentucky Derby Party at The Cambridge [Look for several yars of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout on drafts and bottles plus special bourbon cocktails for the day: Mint Julip, Kentucky Mule and Bourbon Sage Smash.  $PAYG]
Sun. 5/7; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Taproom Birthday Pig Roast at St. Benjamin Brewing Company [Stop by for some roast pork and a beer as we celebrate our first successful year.  $PAYG]
Tue. 5/9; 5 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance-Manayunk [Beers from Mispillion River.  $PAYG]
Wed. 5/10; 7 p.m. — The Kentucky Experience at Heritage [Come party with the gang from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. This event will also feature live music by Three Blind Mice.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 5/5; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]
Fri. 5/5; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Taps & Tapas at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Four tapas paired with four 4oz beers and an additional pairing for all King of the Hill members.  $15.95]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 5/5; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]
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]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sun. 5/7; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Last Call at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [Join us for Last Call at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats! We'll be showcasing our new space with limited tours, the beer will be flowing, and the good times are most certainly going to be rolling.  $PAYG]
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]
Wed. 5/10; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Mispillion River Beer Dinner at Pickled Pig Pub [Join us as we host with our friends from Mispillion River Brewing for a night of five courses of amazing food and even better beer.  $49.95]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 5/5; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: South Of The Border Tastings at Washington House [Party in Sellersville, Cinco de Mayo style.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 5/5; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from New Belgium Brewing Company.  $Free]

Wilmington, Del.
Tue. 5/9; 5 p.m. — Founders Release Party at Ulysses Gastropub [Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. The brand that needs no introduction.  $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]

York, Pa.
Fri. 5/5; All day — Bottle Release : Ben and Jared's Nifty Neapolitan Milk Stout at Collusion Tap Works [The first in a series of dessert beers, Nifty Neapolitan imperial milk stout is brewed with copious amounts of oats and lactose sugar, and conditioned on chocolate, strawberries, and vanilla beans, creating a delectible after dinner drink.  $PAYG]




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