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Monday, July 31, 2017

July 2017: Beer News update, part 2

Catching up on some news around here on the last day of July, basically just so I can uphold my promise to deliver two news round-ups per month.

~ This time, nothing controversial. [Link to Home Brewers Association]

~ Very pleased to see history not be forgot. [Link to Philly Voice]

~ Nice story about gypsies settling down. [Link to New York Times]

~ In this month's acquisition/investment news. [Link to Brewbound]

~ Hold that thought; one more. [Link to Beer Street Journal]

~ Guess this explains why my media credentials never arrived. [Link to CNN]

~ This answers my question about what a Fishtown Brewpub is. [Link to Foobooz/Philly Mag]

~ And, finally, if you like beer and you like the Philadelphia Eagles....[Link to The 700 Level/Comcast Sportsnet]




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

Time to say bye to July. Dog days of August mean beer festival days of August. Plenty to choose from here.

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


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

Philadelphia
Tue. 8/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Stone Brewing Happy Hour at Grace Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 8/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Flying Dog at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 8/1; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Flying Dog Summer Rental at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 8/2; 7 p.m. — Migration Week: Kickoff Party at Garage-South Philly in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Victory Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — National Watermelon & IPA Day at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — BeerLOVE and 2SP turn 2 at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 7 p.m. — Goose Island Migration Week at Garage-Fishtown in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; All day — Beastie Boys’ MCA Birthday Celebration with Two Roads Brewing Company at American Sardine Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 8/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Weyerbacher at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 8/8; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Secret Lair Burlesque at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/10; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Bell's Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/11; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Dominion Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 8/11; 8 p.m. — The Philly Golden Pretzel Award Show at Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/12 through Sun. 8/20; All day — Pucker Up at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 8/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Stone at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Mon. 8/14 through Sun. 8/20; All day — The Pig Days of Summer at Alla Spina in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 8/15; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Southern Tier at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 8/16; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 8/17; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Terrapin Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/18; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Empire Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 8/20; 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. —  at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. [$15-$20]
Mon. 8/21; 2:21 p.m. — Sour Eclipse at Cinder in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 8/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Duck-Rabbit at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 8/22; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Fegley's Brew Works at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/24; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Taste Of Lehigh Valley at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/25; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Yards Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 8/25; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday at Trolley Car Diner in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Mon. 8/28; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour: Neshaminy Creek at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 8/29; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: 2SP at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/31; 12 p.m. — Victory Exclusive Beer Release: Rye Score at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/31; 3 p.m.-11 p.m. — 10 Years at The Firehouse at Dock Street Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]

after August in Philadelphia
Tue. 9/12 through Sat. 9/16; Various times — South Street Oktoberfest & A Week's Worth of Events at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Varies]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — National IPA Day at Flying Fish Brewing Company in Somerdale, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Pints For Pets at Double Nickel Brewing Company in Pennsauken, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Major Nelson Pale Ale Can Release at Spellbound Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 8/6; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Opacity Release Party at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/10; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Green Flash Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/11; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Evolution Happy Hour at Dog and Bull in Croydon, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 8/16; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Fat Head's Trail Head at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/17; All day — One Year Anniversary Party at Conshohocken Brewpub in Bridgeport, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 8/20; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Remembering Rich Palmay at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/24; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Founders Mosaic Promise at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/26; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Beer Muscles 2017 at 2SP Brewing Company in Aston, Pa. [$50-$65 to compete; $PAYG for beer]

after August in Philadelphia's close suburbs
N/A


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 8/1; 6 p.m. — Evil Genius Beer Release at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 8/2; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Cape May Tap Takeover at Harpoons On The Bay in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Wed. 8/2; 5 p.m. — Oskar Blues Tap Takeover at Ulysses Gastropub in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - National IPA Day at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Dogfish Head Tap Attack at Funck's in Leola, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Dogfish Head Free Samples at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 8/3; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Stable 12 Free Samples at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 8/3; All day — National IPA Day 2017 at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Cloudy2 at The Butcher & Barkeep in Harleysville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/3; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — National IPA Day with Founders Brewing at World Of Beer in Exton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Starr Hill Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pinelands Tap Take Over at Harry's Oyster Bar in Atlantic City, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; All day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Happy Hour Firkin at Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden in Exton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m. — Yards Beer Tasting at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/5;  10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival at Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Golden Road Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Bark & Beerfest at Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. [$10-$12 + $PAYG]
Sun. 8/6; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Home Brew Hang at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$10 + $PAYG]
Sun. 8/6; All day — Summer Hopfest at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 8/6; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Maple Mistress Release Party at Saucony Creek Brewing Company in Kutztown, Pa. [$5 + $PAYG]
Sun. 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Boxcar's Speakeasy-Inspired Pop-Up Beer Garden at Brandywine Outfitters in Coatesville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 8/8; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 at World Of Beer in Exton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/10; All day — Draft Release: Watermelon Wheat at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — New Belgium Tap Attack at Funck's in Palmyra, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/10; 5 p.m. — Collaboration Celebration w/ Free Will and Levante Breweries at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/10; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Adjuncts & Infusions at Free Will Taproom at Peddler's Village in Lahaska, Pa. [$15]
Fri. 8/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Wyndridge Tap Invasion at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/11; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Terrapin Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Wed. 8/16; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Wicked Weed Wednesday at World Of Beer in Exton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/17 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Sterling Pig Tap Takeover at The Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/17 through Sun. 8/20; All day — Beer & BBQ with Oskar Blues and Boulevard at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/18; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Sly Fox Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 8/18; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/18; 4 p.m. — La Cabra Happy Hour at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/18; 5 p.m. — La Cabra Brewing Happy Hour at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 8/19; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Saint Benjamin Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 8/19; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — BrewBQ 2017 at Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 8/24; All day — Draft Release: Mop Water at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 8/25; 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Southern Tier Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 8/25; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Evolution Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 8/27; All day — Sour Sunday at Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, Pa. [$PAYG]

after August in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Thu. 9/7; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl - World Wide Stout Vertical at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 9/7; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Dark Beers at Free Will Taproom at Peddler's Village in Lahaska, Pa. [$15]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m. — Sour Saturday at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35]
Fri. 8/11 & Sat. 8/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Brooklyn Brewery Mash presents Philly Beer Mansion at The Woodlands Mansion & Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa. [$55-$65]
Sun. 8/13; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — S.E.E.D. Festival at SugarHouse Casino Event Center in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35-$65]
Thu. 8/17; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Yards Brews Cruise at Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$51.9]
Sat. 8/19; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Crabfest at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35]

after August in Philadelphia
N/A


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 8/2; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Paw It Forward at Devil's Creek Brewery in Collingswood, NJ [$25]
Tue. 8/15; 6:30 p.m. — Summer Lites Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Pa. [$40]
Tue. 8/29; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — The Brew Run Series at Death Of The Fox Brewing Company in Clarksboro, NJ [$22]

after August in Philadelphia's close suburbs
Sat. 9/9; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pints In The Square at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square, Pa. [$10-$65]
Sat. 9/9; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — MGK Brew Blast at Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ [$20-$45]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 8/2; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer Pairing Dinner at Locust Lane Craft Brewery in Malvern, Pa. [$40]
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa. [$28]
Fri. 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25; 6 p.m. — Canoe & Brew at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. [$50]
Thu. 8/10; 6:30 p.m. — Dad's Hat and La Cabra Collaboration Dinner at Nectar in Berwyn, Pa. [$65]
Sat. 8/12; 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Wilmington Downtown Brew Fest at Chelsea Tavern in Wilmington, Del. [$35-$50]
Sat. 8/12; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Patio Party Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Sat. 8/12; 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — West Reading Craft Beer Fest at Olympian Ballroom in West Reading, Pa. [$40-$45]
Sat. 8/12; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — State College Brew Expo at Tussey Mountain Ski Area in Boalsburg, Pa. [$45-$60]
Mon. 8/14; 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — RSB Lancaster Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$TBA]
Tue. 8/15; 6:30 p.m. — So Long Summer Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, Pa. [$55]
Wed. 8/16; 7 p.m. — Iron Thrones Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$65]
Sat. 8/19; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Farm to Table: A Late Summer Field Feast at Flinchbaugh's Orchard in York, Pa. [$90]
Sat. 8/19; 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m. — Gettysburg Brew Fest at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa. [$20-$70]
Sat. 8/19; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Summer Beer Fest at Skytop Lodge in Skytop, Pa. [$25-$45]
Fri. 8/25; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Beer Pairing Dinner at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. [$49]
Sat. 8/26; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Fonthill Castle Beer Fest at Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, Pa. [$25-$100]
Sat. 8/26; 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Lancaster Craft Beerfest at Lancaster Square and Binns Park in Lancaster, Pa. [$12-$55]
Sun. 8/27; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. — Shaggy-Dog 100k at Oakbrook Brewing Company in Reading, Pa. [$35-$45]
Tue. 8/29; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Bell's Brewery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$40]
Wed. 8/30; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Grains, Malt, & Whiskey Dinner with Deer Creek Malthouse at Terrain in Glen Mills, Pa. [$75]

after August in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Sat. 9/16; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — 20th Annual Capital City Invitational Beerfest at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, Pa. [$10-$35]







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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: July 27 - July 31

Time to close out the month of July's beer event calendar and bring this one home for Jerome.

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.

Adamstown, Pa.
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Bark + Beerfest at Stoudts Brewing Company [Celebrating the dog days of summer with your best friend, live music, beer, hot dogs, hot dog vendors, and a misting station.  $10-$12]

Aston, Pa.
Sat. 7/29; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. — 2 Year Anniversary at 2SP Brewing Company [The party will kick-off with cake cutting, live music from local band, Chorduroy, and the release of the 2nd Anniversary Ale (6% ABV), a big, citrusy, all-Cascade IPA with 200 lbs of hops. Guests can enjoy the special brew on draft all night and in cans to go.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 8/3; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [A craft brewery draws its character and strength from its community, but it can also give back to the community and help create positive change.  $PAYG]

Doylestown, Pa.
Sat. 7/29; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beers for a Cure Craft Beer Fest at Maxwell's On Main [Craft beer from top breweries, MOMs buffet, Ice Cream from OWOWCOW Creamery, Giveaways-Raffles, and more. Proceeds will benefit the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation.  $50]

Lahaska, Pa.
Thu. 7/27; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Thursday Night Beer School: Barrel-aged and Sour Beers at Free Will Brewing Company [Ticket price includes class, flight, and take-home gift.  $15]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 7/28; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Fat Tire Friday: Funk & Resin Edition at Federal Taphouse [Enjoy a New Belgium brew on draft and receive a New Belgium Globe Glass.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 7/31; 5:30 p.m. — Merchant du Vin Beer & Food Tasting  at Bulls Head Public House [A four-course meal paired with Brasserie d'Orval Trappist Belgian Pale Ale, Lindeman's Cuvee Rene Gueuze, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, and Ayinger Brau-Weisse.  $37.50]

Malvern, Pa.
Wed. 8/2; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer Pairing Dinner at Locust Lane Craft Brewery [We have partnered with Baby Blues BBQ to create a unique, three course pairing menu utilizing three of our brews. We are also including a 16 oz pint of your favorite Locust Lane beer and one of our new Locust Lane "LL & Keystone" logo Pint glasses.  $40]

Media, Pa.
Fri. 7/28; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Firestone Walker Night at Pinocchio's [Firestone Walker's LvU Adversus, West Side Beavo, SLOambic, Luponic Distortion 6, StickeeMonkee, PGW, and BrettaWeisse.  $PAYG]

Pennsauken, NJ
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Pints for Pets at Double Nickel Brewing Company [Take a load off and join our adoptable dogs for a relaxing afternoon. A portion of proceeds from a special firkin will benefit our pets  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 7/28; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of Starr Hill.  $Free]
Fri. 7/28; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beef & Beer Besties with Fat Head's at City Tap House-University City [Sign up for our Bumbleberry Pie Eating Contest, enjoy live entertainment from Soul DJ, backyard games, and homemade barbeque.  $PAYG]
Sat. 7/29; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — SmörgåsBeer at American Swedish Historical Museum [Spend a summer evening sampling local Philly lagers, ales, stouts and more paired alongside a spread of savories like Swedish meatballs, cheeses, and sausages.  $10-$35]
Mon. 7/31; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Double Nickel.  $Free]
Sat. 8/5; 1 p.m. — Sour Saturday at City Tap House-University City [Sours are extremely tasty and deserve your absolute attention - which is why we dedicate an entire day and 20+ taps to this stellar style every summer.  $35]
Fri. 8/11 & Sat. 8/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Brooklyn Brewery Mash presents Philly Beer Mansion at The Woodlands Mansion & Cemetery [Part of an eight-city world tour, Beer Mansion is an interactive, multi-room celebration of beer, food, music, more beer, and community.  $55-$65]
Sat. 8/19; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Crabfest at City Tap House-University City [Crabfest is a classic all-you-can-eat crab-a-thon. This year we're teaming up with one of our favorite breweries, Yards Brewing Co.  $35]

Reading, Pa.
Fri. 8/4; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting Festival at FirstEnergy Stadium [2 ½ hour all-you-can-eat buffet along with a 2 hour beer tasting.  $28]

West Reading, Pa.
Fri. 7/28; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. — Avery's 3rd Birthday Tap Takeover at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [Come celebrate Avery's 3rd birthday with a fantastic Avery Brewing Tap Takeover. Bring your pups! We'll have treats for them to celebrate Avery.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 8/12; 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Wilmington Downtown Brew Fest at Chelsea Tavern [Over 100 brews representing over 40 local breweries, 3 live acts and two local DJs, 11 local restaurants and 2 local food trucks, designated VIP area including "special" brews and beer-friendly finger foods, free Lyft incentives, and Market Street's first Home Brew Competition.  $35-$50]




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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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Friday, July 14, 2017

July 2017: Beer News update, part 1

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

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

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

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

~ News from Santa Rosa. [Link to Brewbound]

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





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Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

Dog days? Bring on the beer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: July 6 - July 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

(Continued German goodness from this western PA stalwart.)

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

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

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


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