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Saturday, September 30, 2017

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

Think September's beer event calendar was over-the-top? Welcome to October. Many of your favorite brewers and bar folk may be in Colorado here at the beginning of October for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), but that won't keep the parties from raging back home. Read on for all the evidence you need.

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
Fri. 9/29 through Sun. 10/1; All weekend — Oktoberfest at Alla Spina in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/1; 8 p.m. — Can Release: Wubbalubbadubdub Double IPA at Dock Street Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/1; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — German Day Parade & After Party at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/1; TBA — Throwdown In Franklintown at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/2; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 10/3; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — An Empire (Brewing) State of Mind at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 10/3; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Heavy Seas at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 10/3; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Heavy Seas at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/4; 4 p.m. — Stickman at ASB at American Sardine Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 12 p.m. — 6th Anniversary Party at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 5 p.m. — Hardywood Hootenany at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer and Bones at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; All day — Franconian Lager Gravity Kegs in October at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/6; 3 p.m. — Oktoberfest Beers at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 10/6; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Long Trail Blazing Night at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/7; All day — Dock Street Tap Takeover at Fishtown Hops in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/7; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Midtown Village Fall Festival at 13th & Sansom Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/8; All day — Pumpkin Smash at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/9; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 10/10; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Dock Street at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 10/10; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Dock Street at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/11; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Heretic Brewing: It's Sacrilicious! at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Free Samples: Andechs Fest & Kronenbourg Blanc at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 10/12; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — 10 Yards with Tom Kehoe at Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/13; 3 p.m. — Wyndridge Farms at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 10/13; 12:05 p.m. — Friday the Firkenteenth #35 at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/14; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Barktoberfest with Pups 'n' Pints at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/15; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Weir'd Sunday Brunch at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/16; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 10/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 10/17; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Weyerbacher at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 10/17; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Weyerbacher at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/18; 4 p.m. — Trust The Process at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/18; 5 p.m. — Potions and Pumpkins Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/18; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/18; 7 p.m. — Hinkie's Sweet Revenge at Misconduct Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/18; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — U Buy The Glass at The Abbaye in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/19; 7 p.m. — The De-BREW-Tante Ball: A Neo Revue with a Brand New Brew at St. Benjamin Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$10 + $PAYG]
Fri. 10/20; 3 p.m. — Pumpkin Beers at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 10/20; 7 p.m. — They Came From the 90's: Ommegang's 20th Anniversary at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/20; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Stone Pint Night at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/21; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Chestnut Hill's Harry Potter Festival at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/21; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Halloween Block Party at St. Benjamin Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/22; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. — Backyard BBQ at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/22; 7 p.m. — Pumpkin Carving Contest at St. Benjamin Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$5 + $PAYG]
Mon. 10/23; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — D9 Brewing Company at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/23; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 10/24; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Great Lakes at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 10/24; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Great Lakes at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/25; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Fulton Brewing Launch: Featuring Purple Rain at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/26; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Rivertowne Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 10/27; 3 p.m. — Terrapin Beers at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 10/27; 8 p.m. — Zombie Prom at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/27; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday at Trolley Car Diner in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 10/28;  8 p.m. — Monster Mash at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/30; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 10/31; 4 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Ithaca at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 10/31; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping: Ithaca at Lucky's Last Chance (Queen Village) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]

after October in Philadelphia
Fri. 11/3; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Novemberfest at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 11/4; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival at Hawthornes in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 10/7; All day — Oktoberfest at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/7; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — The Great Media Craft Beer & Restaurant Stroll at State Street in Media, Pa. [$5-$15]
Tue. 10/10; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Hook and Lager beer release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Evolution Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/14; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Oktoberfest Bash at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/14; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — The BarrarBQ at 2SP Brewing Company in Aston, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/14; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Spellbound Turns 3 at Spellbound Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/15; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bark & Brews at Conshohocken Brewing Company in Bridgeport, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/15; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Ales & Tails SPCA Adoption Event at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/19; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Bell's Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/28; All day — Three Year Extravaganza & Costume Party at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company in Cherry Hill, NJ [$PAYG]

after October in Philadelphia's close suburbs
Thu. 11/2; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Conshohocken Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 11/4 & Sun. 11/5; All weekend — All Stout Weekend at Third State Brewing Company in Burlington, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 11/18; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. — 25th Anniversary Party at Keystone Homebrew Supply in Montgomeryville, Pa. [$PAYG]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sun. 10/1; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Biergarten Fest at Excelsior in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/1; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Pumpkins in the Parking Lot at Keg & Kitchen in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/1; All day — Founders KBS Vertical Event at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/2; 7 p.m. — Physical Graffiti Yoga at Round Guys Brewing Company/The Underground in Lansdale, Pa. [$15]
Tue. 10/3; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. — Mystery Box Trivia Night w/ Sterling Pig Brewing at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/4; 5 p.m. — Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/4; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tatatart Cherry Wit release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Fundraiser for a Friend at The Butcher & Barkeep in Harleysville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl — Woody Guthrie at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer Class: Modern Brewers & Classic Styles at The Foodery-Phoenixville in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/5; 5 p.m. — Fat Heads Night at Paradise by the Slice in Wernersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/6; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Southern Tier Night at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/6; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Firestone Walker Sampling at Frank Smith Beverages in Pottstown, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 10/6; 5 p.m. — Oktoberfest Beers at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/6 through Sun. 10/8; All weekend — Fall Fest at Backyard Ale House in Scranton, Pa. [$20 + $PAYG]
Sat. 10/7; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Boxtoberfest & Boxcar Beer Games at Brandywine Outfitters in Coatesville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/7; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Twice As Nice can release at Mispillion River Brewing Company in Milford, Del. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/7; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Fall Festivus Multi-tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/11; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Benevolence Night at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/12; 5 p.m. — Avery Night at Paradise by the Slice in Wernersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/13; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Oktoberfest at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing Township, NJ [$20 + $PAYG]
Fri. 10/13; All day — Two Roads Brewing Tap Take Over at Two Stones Pub in Hockessin, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/13; All day — Liquid Truth Serum release at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/13; All day — Liquid Truth Serum release at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/13; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — 2SP Brings the Brews and the Screws at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/14; 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. — HarvestFest at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/14; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Brews for Bassetts at Stable 12 Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/15; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. — Sour Fest at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/15; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — When The Birds Aren't Playing, the Hippos Are at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/15; All day — Allagash Brewing Beer Event at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/18; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Tattered Flag Tap Take-over at Hershey Biergarten in Hershey, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/19; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Vault Brewing Night at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Victory Tap Attack at Funck's in Leola, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/19; 6 p.m.10 p.m. — Tap Takeover: Avery Brewing Botanical Series at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Dogfish Head Tap Attack at Funck's in Palmyra, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/20; All day — Pennsylvania Tuxedo and Sixty One are back at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/20; All day — Pennsylvania Tuxedo and Sixty One are back at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/21; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — PA Craft Patio Party at Penn Taproom in Doylestown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/21; 4 p.m. — Fall "Brewers Pizza Night" Festival at Argilla Brewing Company in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]
Sat. 10/21 & Sun. 10/22; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Boxcar Pop-up Beer Garden Benefit at Brandywine Outfitters in Coatesville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/22; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — The Boy Who Brunched at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/22; All day — Great Divide Brewing Beer Event at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/23; All day — Last Alarm IPA release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]
Mon. 10/23; All day — Last Alarm IPA release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Tue. 10/24; 6 p.m. — Local Beers and Pumpkin Carving at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/25; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Benevolence Night at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Wed. 10/25; 6 p.m. — Halloween Parade Cookies & "Milk" Night at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/26; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Doughnut Pairing at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/26; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — B.United Rare Beer Takeover at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/26; 5 p.m. — Two Roads Night at Paradise by the Slice in Wernersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 10/26; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — 2SP Dark Side of the Mow-n at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 10/27; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. — Halloween Spooktacular at Zeroday Brewing Company in Harrisburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/29; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Bark and Brew Howloween at Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. [$10]
Sun. 10/29; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing Township, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 10/29; All day — Dogfish Head Brewing Beer Event at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]

after October in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Thu. 11/2; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl — Woody Guthrie at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 11/10 & Sat. 11/11; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. & 11 a.m.-10 p.m. — Cask Ale Festival at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$PAYG]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sun. 10/1; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Sippin' By The River at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. [$10-$45]
Sun. 10/1; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Bikes And Beers Philadelphia at Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$50]
Fri. 10/6; 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — Drink Beer, Save Cats at Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$40-$50]
Fri. Oct. 6 through Sun. Oct. 8; Various times — 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, Pa. [$35-$85]
Sat. 10/7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Charlie Brown Pumpkin Beer Festival at The Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. [$40]
Sun. 10/8; 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. — 5,000 Yards Dash at Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$49]
Sun. 10/15; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Bands and Brews Festival at Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia, Pa. [$15-$25]
Mon. 10/16; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Sampling at For Pete's Sake Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$30]
Fri. 10/20; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer America: The Great Craft Beer Tour at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$39.98]
Sat. 10/21; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level One at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$150]

after October in Philadelphia
N/A

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 10/3; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$65]
Thu. 10/5; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — King of Prussia Beerfest Royale: Donnerstag Happy Hour at King of Prussia Mall parking lot in King of Prussia, PA [$60-$75]
Sat. 10/7; 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — King of Prussia Beerfest Royale: Saturday Sessions at King of Prussia Mall parking lot in King of Prussia, PA [$15-$50]
Sat. 10/7; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival at Buchanan Park in Lancaster, Pa. [$12-$40]
Sun. 10/8; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Eagles Tailgate at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. [$25]
Sat. 10/14; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Conshohocken Beer Festival at A.A. Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken, Pa. [$15-$50]
Thu. 10/19; 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Five-course Beer Pairing Dinner at Scoogi's Italian Kitchen & Bar in Flourtown, Pa. [$65]
Sat. 10/21; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Booz and Brews at Naked Brewing Company in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$25-$30]
Sun. 10/29; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Taproom Brunch with Neshaminy Creek at Irish Rover Station House in Langhorne, Pa. [$25]

after October in Philadelphia's close suburbs
Sat. 11/4; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Beer Barons to Homebrewers Festival at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. [$45]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sun. 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, & 10/22; 1 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. [$10-$30]
Thu. 10/5; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Victory Beer Dinner at Uno Chicago Grill in Exton, Pa. [$55]
Sat. 10/7; 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — Cheesetoberfest at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company in Dover, Del. [$20-$60]
Sat. 10/7 & Sun. 10/8; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Cape May Wine & Music Fest at Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery in Rio Grande, NJ [$10-$75]
Mon. 10/9; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Painting with a Twist at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$35]
Wed. 10/11; 6:30 p.m. — Sly Fox and Jameson Collab Dinner at Kildare's Irish Pub in West Chester, Pa. [$55]
Wed. 10/11; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Brewing Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn in Yardley, Pa. [$TBD]
Sat. 10/14; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Fare Festival at The Fuge in Warminster, Pa. [$20-$50]
Sat. 10/14; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Yorktoberfest at The York Fairgrounds in York, Pa. [$15-$40]
Sat. 10/14; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Stickman Beer Brewing Class at A Culture Factory in Phoenixville, Pa. [$25]
Sat. 10/14; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Carsonia Craft Beer & Wine Amusement at Historic Carsonia Park in Reading, Pa. [$35-$60]
Sat. 10/14; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Central Jersey Beer Fest at Mercer County Park Festival Grounds in West Windsor, NJ [$10-$85]
Mon. 10/16;  7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Weyerbacher Beer Tasting at Fries Rebellion Scratch Kitchen & Taphouse in Quakertown, Pa. [$55]
Fri. 10/20; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Brewery Room Beer Pairing Dinner at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. [$49]
Sat. 10/21; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Oktoberfest Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Sun. 10/22; 12 p.m. — Bacon and Brew HaHa Fundraiser at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, Pa. [$25-$30]
Tue. 10/24 through Thu. 10/26; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Elizabethtown Rotary Pints for Polio at Funk, Cox, and Moo-Duck breweries in Elizabethtown, Pa. [$20-$50 + $PAYG]
Sat. 10/28; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. — Halloween Bash at Hidden River Brewing Company in Douglassville, Pa. [$40]
Sat. 10/28; 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Pottstown Brew Fest at NorCo Fire Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$10-$75]
Sat. 10/28; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ride The Rails at Boxcar Brewing Company in West Chester, Pa. [$25-$50]

after October in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Sat. 11/4; 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Valley Forge Beer & Cider Fest at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. [$10-$55]




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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

6 favorite beers from September 18 - September 24

Vacation always brings out the best in my beer drinking ways. A chance to get caught up on bottles/cans brought from home and a chance to discover new ones. Last week was our annual trip to the remote island of Ocracoke, NC in the state's Outer Banks. The destination truly epitomizes remote and relaxing. Now, for the beers.

(1718 Ocracoke on display at many bars on Ocracoke Island and select other bars across the Outer Banks of NC.)

~ Brunch Coffee Kolsch (5%), by 1718 Ocracoke Brewing (Ocracoke, NC)
    The brewery's physical location may not yet be open to the public, but beginning this past June, owner/brewer Garrick Kalna's beers began showing up around the island on tap at a handful of accounts. The approach is rather genius in putting different styles on tap at different locations. My records show that I had the Brunch Coffee Kölsch and Pepperberry Saison at Zillie's, an absolute island must-visit. At SmacNally's dockside bar, it was the Summer Session IPA that hit the spot. When hanging out with a great crowd over brick oven pizza and Ring Toss, a couple pints of East Most West Coast IPA found their way to me. And over at Gaffer's, with its excellent sports pub and live music atmosphere, 1718's take on a NE IPA, Good Bones IPA, showed itself quite nicely. For me, the best of the bunch was the Brunch Coffee Kölsch. Big coffee aroma that was rather mellow and nicely balanced in the delicate beer. Can't wait to visit when the long-waited brewery and tasting room opens it doors. If quality and likability is measured in whether you'd order a second, let's just say I lost count after three of 'em!


(Mike, Tasty, McDole and his Tasty IPA from 21st Amendment — an American Beauty for sure!)

~ Tasty IPA (6.8%), by 21st Amendment (San Leandro & San Francisco, Calif.)
    Very happy to see good guy, friend, and former winner of Samuel Adams' Longshot homebrew competition, Mike "Tasty" McDole, now partnered with 21st Amendment where his beer and his image have wound up on the cans and in the marketing material. He's even out on "tour" promoting the the beer at events. They made a 700-barrel batch, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find across the 21A entire distribution footprint in the coming weeks. Oh, and this IPA will remind you what a very good IPA should look and taste like.

(Fruit. Sour. Brooklyn Brewery. Three elements that make a great beer.)

~ Kiwi's Playhouse (8.1%), by Brooklyn Brewery (New York, NY)
    If you follow this series of my "best beers" closely enough, you might call me out for featuring this beer from the brewery's "Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment" a couple of months ago when its Beer Mansion traveling event tour was in Philly. True enough. But that was draft and now some bottles made their way to my fridge and I can confirm it's just as darn good as the draft. Sweet kiwi, slightly sour profile. Infinitely drinkable if you like those sorts of things.

(Black Label like a black belt.)

~ Oude Geuze Boon Black Label (7%), by Brouwerij Boon (Lambeek, Belgium)
    Very nice and dry, crisp, grapefruit citrus, refreshing, and almost poundable. Very wow. So much so, I need to find my way into another few bottles or cases of this. Very glad this came along on vacation and...did I say "very"?

(I enjoyed the beer so much and too quickly that I forgot to take a picture for myself. photo: duckrabbitbrewery.com)

~ Märzen (4.6%), by Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery (Farmville, NC)
    Duck-Rabbit is nearing its 15th anniversary, but it feels like its excellent beers have been around and winning awards for much longer. This one, in fact, accounts for several including GABF Bronze in 2015 and GABF Silver in 2014. Happy to report this excellent malt-forward fest beer worked very well as an interlude between a couple coffee Kölschs (see above).

(America's Team. Maybe in Dallas. Everywhere else, I'm sure, can get on board with this beer.)

~ Dallas Sucks Pale Ale (4.5%), by Weyerbacher Brewing Company (Easton, Pa.)
    If you know anything about the Pistola's family of bars, their staffs, and particularly their POS terminals, you know they have a special disdain for Dallas. Maybe not necessarily for Dallas, the city, (or maybe so) but more specifically for the Cowboys of how-'bout-them-Cowboys NFL fame. Now they've got a partner in Weyerbacher which is helping them express this disdain with a very good pale ale. At 4.5% and nicely balanced and not overdone with hops, you should easily be able to session away a six-pack of this during a three-hour football game.


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




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Friday, September 22, 2017

September 2017: Beer News update, part 1

September's been a busy month for me and I've dropped the ball on the news sharing. Here's the first installment for the month of brewsy, newsy tidbits that you might have missed and find interesting.

~ Hm, cutbacks you say? Difficult to say this couldn't be seen coming. [Link to Brewbound]

~ And, more on macro beer and macro craft. [Link to Food &amp Wine]

~ Since attending a soft opening late last year, I've found it somewhat amazing that nearly no one that I would mention the Flying Fish Crafthouse in the city's Brewerytown neighborhood to had heard of it. [Link to Foobooz/Philadelphia Magazine]

~ This is the story that, decades later, continues to give. Nice to see. [Link to Akron Beacon Journal and to Draft Magazine]

~ Here's another story that, for a different reason, never seems to go away. [Link to Boston Globe]

~ I really like the Broad Street Market. I hope this relationship works out well. [Link to The Town Dish]

~ I don't like this story one bit. Petulance and giving the finger to all future potential customers? Maybe that approach can work, you think? [Link to Your For Good Fermentables]





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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: September 21 - September 30

"Is it the complete list of all beer events happening? No, but no one has a more complete list."

And just like that, it's time to close out the month of September. But the great Philly area beer events calendar will NOT go quietly into that cold, dark night. Allow these nearly 60 events to testify!

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. 9/23; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Founder's Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company [Carol is putting together a 30th anniversary brewfest with live music, beer drinker's buffet, and fantastic craft beer.  $30-$40]
Sun. 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, & 10/22; 1 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Stoudts Brewing Company [A fun-filled family event held every Sunday in October, featuring live German music, dancing, Stoudts award winning lagers and ales, Hand-rolled soft pretzels from our Wonderful Good market, locally produced German-style sausages, and other delicious German food.  $10-$30]

Allentown, Pa.
Wed. 10/4; 5 p.m. — Brewer's Choice For Charity at Allentown Brew Works [Entire firkin proceeds donated to Bradbury–Sullivan LGBT Community Center.  $PAYG]

Berwyn, Pa.
Sat. 9/30; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. — Oktoberfest Celebration at La Cabra Brewing Company [We will be hosting an outdoor biergarden featuring authentic German styles of beer, live music and delicious German fare for all to enjoy.  $PAYG]

Bethany Beach, Del.
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Brews By The Bay at Big Chill Beach Club [The breweries will be bringing special, one-of-a-kind beers that have never left the brewery before. A firkin tent will feature cask conditioned ales that are tapped every 15 minutes, with over 16 unique beers being tapped over the course of the day.  $10-$50]

Croydon, Pa.
Sat. 9/30; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Our annual Oktoberfest event featuring music by the Philadelphia German Brass Band and food sold by The Flying Deutschman.  $PAYG]

Dover, Del.
Fri. 9/22; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Release Party at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company [New beer release and live music.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Sun. 9/24; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Downingtown Fall Fest at Green Street and E. Pennsylvania Avenue [Downingtown FallFest is a Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce event, in partnership with Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown Public Library, and the Borough of Downingtown.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Thu. 9/21 through Sat. 9/23; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Oktoberfest at The Drafting Room [Enjoy an Oktoberfest inspired food menu including Pork Schnitzel and Strudel paired with your favorite Oktoberfest beers from Hacker-Pschorr, Weihenstephaner, and Paulaner.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden [We will be offering over 40 draft beers from 12 local craft breweries. Live music from Tim Celfo & the Celfonics.  $50-$65]

Glassboro, NJ
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival at College Avenue and Center Street [In addition to all the breweries there will be a variety of food and craft vendors.  $5-$50]

Hockessin, Del.
Mon. 9/25; 6:30 p.m. — 2SP Brewing Beer Dinner at Two Stones Pub [We will have five courses of delicious food paird with five amazingly crafted brews.  $49.95]

Horsham, Pa.
Sat. 9/23; All day — Sour Saturday at Iron Abbey [Join us as we celebrate where the wild things live.  $PAYG]

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Pumpkin Prost Multi Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Love some pumpkin? Don’t miss out on this multi-tap devoted to our favorite German and pumpkin beers.  $PAYG]
Tue. 10/3; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for a seven course German cuisine dinner from Head Chef Josh Jastrzembski paired with seven German style beers by Lead Brewer Jeff Gundrum.  $65]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Sat. 9/30; 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Kennett Brewfest at South Broad Street [The 20th anniversary of the festival, an opportunity to sample some of the best regional and national craft beers accompanied by great food, great music, and great people.  $15-$85]

King of Prussia, PA
Thu. 10/5; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — King of Prussia Beerfest Royale: Donnerstag Happy Hour at King of Prussia Mall parking lot [Includes inspired dishes from King of Prussia restaurants, craft and international brewers, a cocktail lounge, complimentary cigar, live music, and a keepsake tasting mug.  $60-$75]
Sat. 10/7; 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — King of Prussia Beerfest Royale: Saturday Sessions at King of Prussia Mall parking lot [The biggest party in the 'burbs features 100+ craft and international beers to sample, inspired dishes from KOP's favorite restaurants, live music on two stages, a cigar lounge and so much more.  $15-$50]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sun. 10/1; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Biergarten Fest at Excelsior [We're throwing a festive beer garden style party with authentic German style beers crafted by Wacker complete with plenty of live entertainment by the Lancaster Liederkranz Hobby Chor and delicious German foods by Jimmy Duffy's Catering served in the beautiful Courtyard, Terrace, and Catacombs at Excelsior.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Sun. 9/24; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Lititz Craft Beer Fest at Main Street between the Square and Church Avenue [We continue to raise funds to help children of all abilities play in a fun and safe environment in Lititz’s Linear Park.  $40]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 9/21; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Empire Night at Pinocchio's [Beers from Empire.  $PAYG]
Wed. 9/27; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Sterling Pig Night at Pinocchio's [Beers from Sterling Pig.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Sat. 9/30; 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Beer & Yoga at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Yoga class taught by Iron Hill's own Tori Tilley, with beer and healthy snacks to follow.  $25]
Sat. 10/21; 4 p.m. — Fall "Brewers Pizza Night" Festival at Argilla Brewing Company [Each brewery creates a pizza based off of ingredients we have in house plus, a few special ingredients can be added. They choose one of their beer that pairs or just a beer they want to showcase, we tap it, and people drink it. As for the pizza, we hand out ballots and customers vote. Whoever's pizza wins, that brewery gets a pizza crown, bragging rights, and the winning pie gets featured on our menu as the “brewers guild pie”.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Throughout September; All day — Oktoberfest at McGillin's Old Ale House [This year we’ve joining forces with Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company to launch our own Oktoberfest beer! Plus Oktoberfest beers from Sly Fox, Lancaster, Stoudt’s, Beck’s and Warsteiner Brewing. Plus Pumpkin beers. Plus, rotating Oktoberfest beers and German food specials.  $PAYG]
Thu. 9/21; 4 p.m. — Last Day of Summer with Cape May Brewing at South Philadelphia Taproom [We’ll be pouring five drafts perfect to usher your transition through the autumnal equinox.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/22; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from New Holland.  $Free]
Fri. 9/22; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — The Art of Magic Hat: Beer, Drawing, Coloring at Grey Lodge Pub [We will be combining Art Hop Ale with DIY art. We will have drawing supplies and Elspeth will have adult coloring book pages and colored pencils. Magic Hat beers, Art Hop Ale & TFG IPA.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/22 & Sat. 9/23; 6:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. — Philly Music and Arts Fest at World Café Live [In addition to music, the Festival will highlight the food, beer and arts of Philadelphia. Food trucks and local chefs will provide edibles, while all beer taps will be pouring only local craft beer. Local distilleries will handle cocktails. Local artists will display visual arts. The experience is an immersion in Philadelphia culture.  $30-$125]
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m. — Cantillon Zwanze Day at Monk's Café [Monk's Cafe is honored to participate again in Cantillon Zwanze Day. We will be pouring a jaw-dropping variety of the finest beer in the world, from Brasserie Cantillon, Russian River Brewing Company, and a host of others with 100% of all purchase prices donated to a nonprofit partner TBA.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; 12 p.m. — Uptoberfest Oktoberfest at Uptown Beer Garden [We are firing up the grill to put together a menu of favorites from 'The Fatherland,' and will be pouring a full slate of traditional German and specialty local craft drafts - including the debut of an exclusive Oktoberfest collaboration from us and Captain Lawrence.  $PAYG or $20 VIP option]
Sat. 9/23; 1 p.m. — Bell's Arts & Crafts at City Tap House–Logan [Sip on 10 of Bell's delicious beers while your kids enjoy decorating koozies and t-shirts.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/23; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing at Philly Beer School [This class combines the talent of one of Philadelphia’s top beer geeks and beloved cheesemongers for the ultimate class on beer and cheese pairings.  $49.98]
Sat. 9/23; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Annual Beer-BQ at Trolley Car Diner [10+ brewers, grilled food specials, and music from our DJs.  $PAYG]
Mon. 9/25; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour – St. Benjamin at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from St. Benjamin.  $Free]
Tue. 9/26; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping – Sly Fox at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Featuring beers from Sly Fox.  $PAYG]
Wed. 9/27; 8 p.m.-10 p.m. — The Simpsons Quizzo at Grey Lodge Pub [A special all The Simpsons Quizzo.  $PAYG]
Thu. 9/28; All day — Brooklyn Defender Pint Night at Barcade [Join us for one of the first tastes of the new Brooklyn Defender IPA.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/29; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from St. Benjamin.  $Free]
Fri. 9/29; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Unibroue: Baby Got Quebec at Grey Lodge Pub [Yes baby got Quebec with smoked meat sandwiches, poutine, and of course lots of Unibroue beer.   $PAYG]
Fri. 9/29; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Final-ly Friday Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Sampling of beers from Flying Fish.  $Free]
Fri. 9/29 through Sun. 10/1; All weekend — Oktoberfest at Alla Spina [A kick-off happy hour and stein hoisting competition on Friday, a street festival on Saturday, and a Victory tap takeover and traditional German food specials all weekend long.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/30; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — CiderFest at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park at Fairmount Park [Spend a sparkling autumn afternoon on the grounds of six historic houses in Fairmount Park sipping on cider samples from some of the best cideries around. Enjoy live music and pay as you go food trucks to complement your tastings.  $40-$50]
Sat. 9/30; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Goose Island Tap Takeover at Bridget Foy's [Featuring Bourbon County Stout, plus Sophie, IPA, and 312 Wheat. Prizes and giveaways including bluetooth speakers and beer basket of cheer.  $PAYG]
Sun. 10/1; TBA — Throwdown In Franklintown at Kite & Key [It all started nine years ago in a back alley on Callowhill Street and the fight for Philly bragging rights continues.  $PAYG]
Sun. 10/1; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Sippin' By The River at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant [The area's favorite and longest running Fall Harvest Festival for wine & beer lovers has moved on the banks of the Schuylkill River at The Manayunk Brewery.  $10-$45]
Thu. 10/5; 12 p.m. — 6th Anniversary Party at Barcade [Join us as we celebrate six wonderful years in Fishtown.  $PAYG]
Fri. Oct. 6 through Sun. Oct. 8; Various times — 23rd Street Armory Oktoberfest at 23rd Street Armory [The most authentic German dancing, food, entertainment, beer, and more this new festival is sure to be a hit.  $35-$85]
Sat. 10/7; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Charlie Brown Pumpkin Beer Festival at The Institute [Largest selection of pumpkin beer, pumpkin cider, and pumpkin sours available.  $40]
Sun. 10/8; All day — Pumpkin Smash at City Tap House-University City [Kick off October in the best way possible by enjoying over 25 pumpkin beers on tap and mouthwatering pumpkin inspired brunch dishes.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Sat. 9/23; All day — Out Of The Cellar 8th Anniversary Party at Bistro on Bridge [Featuring over 20 taps of rare and local craft beers, a specialty food menu, and live music.  $PAYG]
Tue. 9/26; 5 p.m. — Tower 61 Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Brewed by the Kimberton Fire Company and our own fire fighter and friend, Eric Kiley. We will be donating $1 per pint sold, which will benefit the Kimberton Fire Company.  $PAYG]
Fri. 9/29 & Sat. 9/30; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. & 4 p.m.-11 p.m. — Philadelphia Microbrew & Music Festival at Festival Pier [Led by Philly’s local craft beers, notable Philly chefs, and musicians; get ready for a never before seen festival in America’s Best Beer Drinking City. Proceeds from this festival will support Hurricane Harvey victims and clean-up efforts in the Houston and hardest hit Irma areas via the Houston Food Bank, Houston Humane Society.  $45-$175]
Sat. 9/30; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Harvest at the Hill Multi-tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Multi-tap featuring local guest breweries: Root Down Brewing Company; Stable 12 Brewing Company; Crowded Castle Brewing Company; Sly Fox Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Sat. 9/30; 12 p.m. — Can Jam Music Festival at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Can Jam is a free day of amazing music in the beautiful fields adjoining the brewery, accentuated by the largest KanJam tournament in the universe.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 10/15; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. — Sour Fest at Liberty Taproom [We're introducing our new fall classic and are lucky to be storing quite a few exceptional kegs.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 9/29; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Fishing For A Coppertail at Teresa's Next Door [Join us on the veranda for a once in a lifetime opportunity to go fishing on North Wayne Avenue.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 9/22; 6 p.m. — Evil Genius Happy Hour Tap Takeover at Kildare's Irish Pub [Join Evil Genius owner Luke Bowen as he strums out a few tunes as well as hosts a great Happy Hour featuring beer from this great local brewery.  $PAYG]
Sat. 9/23 & 9/30; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Pop-up Beer Garden at Boxcar Brewery [Craft beers, great food, live music, and brewery tours.  $PAYG]
Wed. 9/27; 5 p.m. — Heavenly Indulgence Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Heavenly Indulgence, a German Altbier brewed in collaboration with West Chester's Cavalry Lutheran Church celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  $PAYG]

Westmont, NJ
Sat. 9/30; All day — Oktoberfest On The Square at Haddon Square Pop-up Beer Garden [We will be building a huge tent and decorating it in Bavarian blue and white to bring our authentic feel of Oktoberfest to Haddon Ave. Imported tables and benches paired with giant steins of beer will transport you to Munich for this fun filled German festival.  $PAYG or $25]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 9/23; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Great Pumpkin Debate at Peco's Liquor Store [Enjoy a hayride, bonfire, and of course pumpkin beer. Vote for your favorite and help us crown the best Pumpkin Beer of 2017. Proceeds from the 2017 Great Pumpkin Debate benefit Delaware Humane Association.  $10-$25 + $PAYG]





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



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2 favorite beers from September 4 - September 17

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

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

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


(Fun bottle label, delicious beer.)

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


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



Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

The September party continues. Grab a beer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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