Thursday, December 13, 2018

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

In the last two weeks until Christmas, I know exactly what you need — Beer! Here's how...

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region and over here for a look at Philly Tap Finder's event draft lists.

Bristol, Pa.
Sat. 12/15; 12 p.m. — Kili Bottle Release at Broken Goblet Brewery [Join us for bottle 5 in our 15 year quest to solidify our nerdom (and try to stay open for 15 years) - we present KILI, a Black IPA, hopped with Idaho 7, Wakatu, & Apollo, and generously dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Sun. 12/16; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Holiday Taproom Brunch at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and our Jenkintown location, The Borough Brewhouse, are coming together for a Holiday Taproom Brunch in Croydon that is sure to make you very merry, and very full.  $25-$30]

Downingtown, Pa.
Sat. 12/15; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Beers With Santa at Bottle Room [Come out and have a beer with Santa! Feel free to bring the kids so they can tell Santa what they want for Christmas this year. Sarascript Designs and Kottmeyer's Reclaimed Carpentry, LLC will be on hand selling custom locally made Christmas ornaments and Dan Wilson of Watchfuleye will be taking fun photos of you and Santa.  $PAYG]

Doylestown, Pa.
Wed. 12/19; 4 p.m. — Christmas Party with Sly Fox & Jameson at Penn Taproom [Special tapping of the Sly Fox/Jameson Collaboration, Jameson Barrel-Aged Imperial IPA, part of the Jameson Caskmates program.  $PAYG]

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Sat. 12/15; All day — A Festivus For The Rest Of Us at Naked Brewing Company [Featuring all your favorite Festivus staples - we've got the Feats of Strength! And don't forget everyone's favorite, The Airing of Grievances! Come and observe our Festivus pole in all her glory.  $PAYG]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Thu. 12/13; All day — The Russians Are Coming at Two Stones Pub [Our taps are being taken over by loads of tasty imperial stouts from Two Roads Brewing Company, The Brooklyn Brewery, & 2SP Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 12/15; All day — Beer Geek Christmas at Hunger N Thirst [We will be rolling out some rare kegs to celebrate the holiday season with everyone and will be pouring these treats all day long.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 12/17; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Firestone Walker Beer Dinner In The Ballroom at Bulls Head Public House [This special event includes four courses and four perfectly paired beers from the California-based brewery.  $39]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 12/13; 6 p.m. — Oskar Blues/Cigar City at Pinocchio's [Beers from Oskar Blues and Cigar City.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 12/13; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — December Can Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company [Run By Fruiting (6.5%) Tropical Fruit NEIPA and Complete The Process (9%) Double IPA.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/14; 3 p.m. — Featured Sampling at Bell Beverage [Sampling of beers from Tröegs.  $Free]
Fri. 12/14; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Christmas Extravaganza to Benefit Cradles to Crayons at Kite & Key [Santa is back and ready to get his final bender going before he takes to the sleigh. Taps will be lined with holiday cheer and of course Santa will be here. This event is not for the kids! Bring a donation and receive $1 off drafts.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/14 & Sat. 12/15; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. & 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Crime & Punishmas at Crime & Punishment Brewing Company [We will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar where we will be featuring for sale the arts and crafts of 30 local artists and makers. There will be music and beer and on Saturday in addition to the Bazaar, we will be hosting our annual fundraiser benefitting Give & Go Athletics and The Village of Arts and Humanities.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — Excelling At Your Craft Brewing Symposium at University of the Sciences [The symposium will consist of a series of presentations, panel discussion, and a happy hour where guests will have an opportunity to mingle with the panelists and to sample their beer. The University and the Pink Boots Society have brought together a group of women brewers and industry leaders who excel at their positions to share their experiences with you—Carol Stoudt; Julie Foster; and Jen Adams.  $20]
Sat. 12/15; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — West of Broad Holiday Pub Crawl at Six Stops at some of South Philly's Finest [Throw on your silly holiday hat and join your neighbors for the 6th Annual West of Broad Holiday Pub Crawl.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 6:45 p.m.-8 p.m. — The Chairman Dances / Brewery ARS Anniversary at Brewery ARS [The Chairman Dances performs at this event celebrating another year of the existence of the great Brewery ARS in South Philly.  $PAYG]
Sun. 12/16; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. — A Very Metal Holiday Event wtih Copper & Kings Brandy, 2SP, and Yards at Butcher Bar [Drink specials, food specials, metal, and ugly sweaters.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Ommegang.  $Free]
Tue. 12/18; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Beer and Bonsai at Love City Brewing Company [n this fun and educational workshop, attendees will plant and create their own bonsai display to enjoy for years to come. Workshop fee will include: a healthy juniper, landscape with decorative rocks, one six inch ceramic pot as well as a beer flight from Love City.  $53]
Tue. 12/18; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Trivia on Tap with Stateside & Yards Brewing Co. at Pizzeria Vetri-Chancellor Street [Come meet the brewers from Yards Brewing Co. and enjoy their beers plus special cocktails from Stateside Vodka.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 12/14; All day — 23rd Anniversary Party and Hop Project No. 009 Release at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Holt 45 will be busting out the tunes from 8-11pm, we're dropping fresh cans of Hop Project No. 009: Double IPA, Chef Jim Trainer is whipping up some awesome food specials, and we'll have some special kegs on tap for your sipping pleasure.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Puppy. Yoga. Beer. at Stable 12 Brewing Company [Brewery Yoga with Samm and Liz, Stable 12 Brewing Company and To Love A Canine Rescue, Inc have teamed up to put together another rescue puppy yoga class. TLC will stay in brew house having a Meet & Greet and Giveback so you can socialize with the rescue pups, drop of donations and maybe even find your furever match.  $30]

Swarthmore, Pa.
Sat. 12/15; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — A Holiday Evening With Allagash at 320 Market Café [The Belgian via Maine brewery will be in the house and taking over the taps. In addition to the always perfect Allagash White and Allagash Tripel, we will be tapping a very special reserve keg of their 2015 St. Klippenstien.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Thu. 12/13; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Day with Nick Johnson at Teresa's Next Door [The lineup will include Naked Elf, Mad Elf, and Wild Elf. We’ll also have some one offs and classics from Tröegs pouring as well.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/19; 5 p.m. — A Vintage Beer Lineup at Teresa's Next Door [We’re going to pick six different kegs that have been sitting in our cellar for at least two years and throw them on tap. Some of the selections include 2015 Abbey Saint Bon Chien, 2015 Dogfish Head 120 Minute, 2016 Russian River Supplication and 2015 Rodenbach Vintage.  $PAYG]

Wernersville, Pa.
Thu. 12/13; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Holiday Beer Night at Paradise by the Slice [Join us for six holiday beers on tap including beers from Tröegs, Fat Heads, Southern Tier, and more. From Stouts to Spiced Ales, there will something for everyone. Free glasses with sampler and other giveaways during the night.  $PAYG]

Westmont, NJ
Thu. 12/13; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Elf Fell Off The Shelf at Keg & Kitchen [We'll have Christmas movies and music to add to the fun. Christmas beers include Sly Fox Christmas, Bells Christmas Ale, and Fegley’s Rude Elf with other Christmas cocktails and creations to be featured.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 12/15; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — The Dark Side Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Our annual Star Wars themed beer event with a new spin! Featuring both dark side and light side beers for a total of 16 beers on tap... choose wisely. Costumes are encouraged.  $PAYG]



© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2018. 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, December 06, 2018

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: Philadelphia & beyond: December 6 - December 12

This December holiday season, if either you're a) bored with nothing to do or b) running around crazed out of your mind with too much to do, there's a beer event on here for you in the next week either in the city or in the sticks to give you a break from your reality. No excuses not to drink great beer this week!

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region and over here for a look at Philly Tap Finder's event draft lists.


Ardmore, Pa.
Wed. 12/12; 6:30 p.m. — December To Remember Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate the holiday season with five courses of hearty scratch beer and craft food combinations, featuring Scrooge IPA, Marzen, Foles Gold, Abbey Dubbel, and Russian Imperial Stout.  $65]

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 12/8; All day — Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual celebration of the dark stuff.  $PAYG]

Cape May, NJ
Wed. 12/12; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — One off: Cranberry Orange Devil’s Reach at Cape May Brewing Company [One-off new release at the Tasting Room.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Great Lakes Toy Drive at Bottle Room [Buy a pint of Christmas Ale, bring in an unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots or a cash donation for Chester County Food Bank and get a raffle ticket to win a red Christmas Ale mini fridge or a Great Lakes gift pack.  $PAYG]
Sun. 12/9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch With Santa at Victory Brewing Company [We’ll be celebrating the season with our family and yours, including an amazing brunch buffet and the opportunity to have your picture taken with our Santa.  $Free-$28]

Easton, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Easton Assassinator Release Party at Two Rivers Brewing Company [Join us for the re-release of our Easton Assassinator Doppelbock. Doppelbocks traditionally have that end in "-ator", so when we first brewed a doppelbock, it seemed only right to name it the Easton Assasinator in honor of Easton's favorite son Larry Holmes, former heavyweight boxing champion. We will be donating $1 per beer sold to Larry's Heart Of A Legend Foundation.  $PAYG]

Emmaus, Pa.
Wed. 12/12; 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Dinner at Trapp Door [We are raiding our beer cellar for this monumentous occasion and we are consulting with our wine specialist to pair some unique wines. 4 courses. 4 beers and wines.  $60]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Fat Head's Christmas Bash at Sturges Speakeasy [Featuring “Pimp My Sleigh” Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and more. Pimp out grandma’s favorite Christmas sweater and spread the holiday cheer.  $PAYG]

Horsham, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Imperial Stout v3 Release at Iron Abbey [Join us and Free Will Brewing for a limited bottle release and tapping of the third version of our Double Barrel-Aged Iron Abbey Imperial Stout using our Knob Creek Single Barrel.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/10 & Tue. 12/11; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — 12 Beers Of Christmas at Iron Abbey [6 courses and 12 beers.  $75]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Sun. 12/9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch With Santa at Victory Brewing Company [We’ll be celebrating the season with our family and yours, including an amazing a la carte brunch menu and the opportunity to have your picture taken with our Santa.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 6 p.m. — Beer & Cookie Pairing at Friendly Greek Bottle Shop [Today we are thankful to have the greatest cookie baker on the planet as one of our good friends. She provides the cookies, we provide the beer.   $PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; 4 p.m. — Santa Stumble With New Belgium Brewing Co. at Federal Taphouse [On tap we will be featuring New Belgium's Juicy Haze IPA, Brut IPA, Fat Tire, Fat Tire White, Imperial Frambozen, and Hemperor.  $PAYG]

Lewisberry, Pa.
Sat. 12/8; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Roundtop + Tröegs present Ullr Fest at Roundtop Mountain Resort [Our third annual ULLR Fest, our annual bonfire event featuring great food, Tröegs seasonals, music from Riff Mountain, and more. New this year: zip line through the night on our new Dual Zips.   $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Allagash Resurgam at Pinocchio's [Half price drafts and $4.99 apps.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrate the holiday season with some great beer and Christmas cheer. Don't forget to wear your best ugly sweater.  $PAYG]

Merchantville, NJ
Thu. 12/6; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Firestone Walker Tap Takeover at Blue Monkey Tavern [We will be pouring 12 (and maybe even more) of Firestone Walker's best beers from big barrel aged and boozy beers to refreshing wild ales there will be something from Firestone Walker for each one of you.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Thu. 12/6; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl: The Immortal Grapes Of Wrath at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [What we're pouring 12/6 …'10 Wrath of Pecant; '12 Immort Ale; '13 Noble Rot; and '14 Red & White.  $PAYG]

Montgomeryville, Pa.
Sat. 12/8; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. — Intro To Brewing Class at Keystone Homebrew Supply [We will go over all of the equipment necessary to get started homebrewing, and how they all function. Sanitation, ingredients, brewing, and bottling will all be covered with a live demonstration of each.  $30]

Newark, Del.
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for our annual Ugly Sweater Party with the release of Winter Warmer. Also, every 2 cans or dry goods donated to the Food Bank of Delaware will earn you a raffle ticket and chance to win all kinds of great prizes.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sun. 12/9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch With Santa at Victory Brewing Company [We’ll be celebrating the season with our family and yours, including an amazing brunch buffet and the opportunity to have your picture taken with our Santa.  $Free-$28]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Mad Elf Night with Tröegs at Interstate Drafthouse [For this event, we'll be tapping 2016 and 2017 versions of this high octane delight. Also on tap that night will be Tröegs Dream Weaver and Nitro Chocolate Stout, so we'll be able to create the delicious blends "Mad Dreams" and "Chocolate Elf".  $PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Tired Hands/Half Acre Tap Takeover at Memphis Taproom [Details TBA.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m. — Lawson's Finest at Bainbridge Street Barrel House [Featuring beers from Lawson's Finest Liquids.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 3 p.m. — Featured Sampling at Bell Beverage [Sampling of beers from Dogfish Head.  $Free]
Fri. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — First Friday Art Show w/ Founders at Bottle Bar East [Featured Artists: Jake Rhoda; John Corry; Chris Dowling. Featured Beer: Founders CBS and more.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; All day — 15th Anniversary Party at Good Dog Bar [We’ll have amazing beers, booze, food, and raffle prizes for you to win with 10% of the proceeds and 100% of the raffle goes to Monster Milers who do great things for dogs.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level One at Philly Beer School [This program includes brewing with specialty grains, extracts, and hops. Topics covered in class include Intro to Brewing, Fermentation 101 and Principles of Beer Styles. This two-day program is the homebrewer’s bible: everything you need to know to brew beer at home from start to finish, including trade secrets to fermentation.  $150-$200]
Sat. 12/8; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Second Street Sessions: Holiday Crawl at 7+ stops along North 2nd Street [The inspiration for Second Street Sessions comes from the famous New Orleans Frenchman Street. The idea of music in the air wherever you walk. Second Street Sessions is a monthly event that brings you music, drink specials, arts & crafts and street performers.  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Join us for brewery representative led complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Conshohocken.  $Free]
Tue. 12/11; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. — Christmas Movie Quizzo & Ugly Sweater Competition at Roy-Pitz Barrel House [Test your Holiday movie knowledge at Roy-Pitz and show off your ugliest sweater. Tom from Press Play DJ will be your Quizzo Master and we’ll be screening holiday movies beginning at 4 p.m. Happy Hour.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/11; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) [Beers from Narragansett featuring Autocrat.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/11; 7 p.m. — Annual Holiday Beer Dinner at Monk's Café [Six courses paired with seven beers — Mikkeller Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Dupont Avec Les Bon Vieux, Mikkeller Red White Christmas, Corsendonk Christmas Ale, Struise t’sjeeses Reserva, and Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper.  $75]
Wed. 12/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Mad Elf Night at Hop Angel Brauhaus [It's OK to get a little Mad around the holidays... as long as it's Mad Elf.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — You Buy The Glass at The Abbaye [Keepsake glass from Tröegs, raffle prizes, and giveaways.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Cookies With Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for cookies with Santa Claus, and the release of Om Nom Nom, otherwise known as oatmeal cookie in a glass, as we celebrate Phoenixville's Christmas Parade.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; All day — Phoenix Rising Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us as we celebrate the Firebird Festival with the release of Phoenix Rising, a sour cherry Belgian Ale. We’ll also be featuring a Firebird Flight with Phoenix Rising, Russian Imperial Stout, Scrooge IPA, and Cranberry Santa’s Little Helper.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 12/8; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Buy Local, Drink Local. A Celebration of Berks County Breweries at The Loft at 505 [A select group of brewers from Berks and surrounding counties will be pouring some amazing ales, lagers and other craft brews. Dundore and Heister will have some of their amazingly delicious hot sandwiches for sale. Live bluegrass music by The Mountain Folk Trio. Proceeds benefit the Reading Science Center.  $30]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Holiday Brews at Washington House [‘Tis the season of warming, hearty brews. Our holiday beer tasting is always a customer favorite.  $PAYG]

Wernersville, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Dogfish Head Night at Paradise by the Slice [Join us for six of Delaware's finest beers on tap from Dogfish. Look for old favorites along with limited beers.  $PAYG]

West Lawn, Pa.
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Neshaminy Creek Tap Invasion at The Tavern on Penn [Featured brews include Ecomis DIPA, Maximum Mocha Porter, Tribute Tripel, Keep it on the DL Session IPA, and The Shape of Hops to Come DIPA. Brewery Staff will be present with giveaways.  $PAYG]



© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2018. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Beer Event Calendar: Philadelphia & beyond: What To Do in December 2018

File under I'm Not Dead Yet. Or, maybe, The Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. So, too, that of Beer Blogging. Maybe. Or maybe not. Time will tell in this world of perfect pix on Instagram and ill-informed ratings on Untappd. I mean, who needs anything else in this age of beer communication and information sharing?

Well, I'll try to keep my cynicism at bay and get back to (six months later, really?! it's been that long?!) my publication of monthly and weekly calendar of beer events. Yeah, those things still happen. And they're not just pop-up releases of, regrettably more often than not, mediocre and unmemorable liquid. There's plenty of negativity, hand-wringing, pessimism, and whatnot, but we can save that for another day.

Plus, more than reading about history and profiles and facts and figures and other related stuff, you guys seem to want to know where to drink the good stuff. The calendar postings I put up here have long been some of the most popular material I share with you all. Yeah, since 2005; how about that?

Not to mention the singular most comprehensive calendar of beer events available in the greater Philadelphia region, for no cost or judgement passed. And some of you have let me know that you've missed them since May.

So let's get back to it, get out there, and enjoy the best that Philly has to offer in breweries, bars, and events......

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

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

Philadelphia
Sat. 12/1; All day — Annual Fireplace Lighting Party at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/3; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 12/4; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer Season Brewery Meet & Greet: Week 2 Eight & Sand at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/4; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/4; 5 p.m. — Cantillon 20 Ans d'Amitié Bottle Release at Monk's Café in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/5; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Sly Fox & Jameson Caskmates at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/5; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Lawson's Finest Liquids Philly Launch at Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Mad Elf Night with Tröegs at Interstate Drafthouse in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Tired Hands/Half Acre Tap Takeover at Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m. — Lawson's Finest at Bainbridge Street Barrel House in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 3 p.m. — Featured Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — First Friday Art Show w/ Founders at Bottle Bar East in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; All day — 15th Anniversary Party at Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Second Street Sessions: Holiday Crawl at 7+ stops along North 2nd Street in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 12/11; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance (Manayunk) in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Mad Elf Night at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/12; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — You Buy The Glass at The Abbaye in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/13; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — December Can Release at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/14; 3 p.m. — Featured Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 12/14; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Christmas Extravaganza to Benefit Cradles to Crayons at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/14 & Sat. 12/15; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. & 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Crime & Punishmas at Crime & Punishment Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — Excelling At Your Craft Brewing Symposium at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pa. [$20]
Sat. 12/15; 6:45 p.m.-8 p.m. — The Chairman Dances / Brewery ARS Anniversary at Brewery ARS in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — West of Broad Holiday Pub Crawl at Six Stops at some of South Philly's Finest in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/16; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. — A Very Metal Holiday Event wtih Copper & Kings Brandy, 2SP, and Yards at Butcher Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 12/18; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Trivia on Tap with Stateside & Yards Brewing Co. at Pizzeria Vetri-Chancellor Street in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/21; 3 p.m. — Featured Sampling at Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sun. 12/23; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Festivus at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 12/1; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Snowflakes and Suds Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/1; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Lighting of the Leg & Notafingah! Release at Village Idiot Brewing Company in Mount Holly, NJ [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/5; All day — Give Back Day at Conshohocken Brewing Company in Bridgeport, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Imperial Stout v3 Release at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Allagash Resurgam at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Firestone Walker Tap Takeover at Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/13; 6 p.m. — Oskar Blues/Cigar City at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/13; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Day with Nick Johnson at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/13; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Elf Fell Off The Shelf at Keg & Kitchen in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 12 p.m. — Kili Bottle Release at Broken Goblet Brewery in Bristol, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; All day — A Festivus For The Rest Of Us at Naked Brewing Company in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — A Holiday Evening With Allagash at 320 Market Café in Swarthmore, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/20; 8 p.m.-10 p.m. — Deck The Halls With Ugly Sweaters & Holiday Gift Wrapping Party at Keg & Kitchen in Westmont, NJ [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/26; 7 a.m. — Boxing Day at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/29; 12 p.m. — Fire And Ice Fest at Moss Mill Brewing Company in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$PAYG]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 12/1; 4 p.m. — Toys for Tots with Great Lakes at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/1; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Beer Release: Snitches Get Stitches & Hagrid at Mispillion River Brewing Company in Milford, Del. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/2; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Christkindlemart Holiday Shopping at Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/2; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Trail Clean Up Day at Fork & Ale in Douglassville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/2; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Beats & Brunch at Two Stones Pub in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/2; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Neighbors Helping Neighbors at Locust Lane Craft Brewery in Malvern, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/3; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Monday Night Football Beer & Buffalo Wing Pairing at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. [$20]
Wed. 12/5; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — One off: Cherry Vanilla Honey Porter at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Cigar City/ Oskar Blues Tap Take Over at Home Grown Café in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Neshaminy Creek Tap Invasion at The Tavern on Penn in West Lawn, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Great Lakes Toy Drive at Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Easton Assassinator Release Party at Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 6 p.m. — Beer & Cookie Pairing at Friendly Greek Bottle Shop in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl: The Immortal Grapes Of Wrath at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/6; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Dogfish Head Night at Paradise by the Slice in Wernersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Fat Head's Christmas Bash at Sturges Speakeasy in Harrisburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Cookies With Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/7; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Holiday Brews at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; All day — Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; 4 p.m. — Santa Stumble With New Belgium Brewing Co. at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Roundtop + Tröegs present Ullr Fest at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/8; All day — Phoenix Rising Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch With Santa at Victory Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/11; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. — Christmas Movie Quizzo & Ugly Sweater Competition at Roy-Pitz Barrel House in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/12; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — One off: Cranberry Orange Devil’s Reach at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/13; All day — The Russians Are Coming at Two Stones Pub in Kennett Square, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/13; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Holiday Beer Night at Paradise by the Slice in Wernersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/14; All day — 23rd Anniversary Party and Hop Project No. 009 Release at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Beers With Santa at Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; All day — Beer Geek Christmas at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/15; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — The Dark Side Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/19; 4 p.m. — Christmas Party with Sly Fox & Jameson at Penn Taproom in Doylestown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/21; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Exton Beverage Company in Exton, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 12/22; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party at The Tap Room at Weyerbacher in Easton, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/22; 7 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party at Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/29; All day — Hoppy Holidays at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. [$PAYG]


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sat. 12/8; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level One at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$150-$200]
Tue. 12/11; 7 p.m. — Annual Holiday Beer Dinner at Monk's Café in Philadelphia, Pa. [$75]
Tue. 12/18; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Beer and Bonsai at Love City Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$53]
Sat. 12/22; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer America at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$51-$89]


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 12/10 & Tue. 12/11; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — 12 Beers Of Christmas at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$75]
Wed. 12/12; 6:30 p.m. — December To Remember Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Pa. [$65]
Sun. 12/16; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Holiday Taproom Brunch at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pa. [$25-$30]
Sat. 1/12; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Winter Beer Festival at Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pa. [$15-$5]


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 12/1; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival 2018 at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$10-$45]
Sat. 12/1; 6:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m. — Holiday Craft Beer Dinner at Mad Chef Brewing Company in East Petersburg, Pa. [$TBA]
Sat. 12/1; 6:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner Series: Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales at Cape May Ferry Terminal in Cape May, NJ [$66]
Sat. 12/8; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Buy Local, Drink Local. A Celebration of Berks County Breweries at The Loft at 505 in Reading, Pa. [$30]
Sun. 12/9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch With Santa at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. [$Free-$28]
Sun. 12/9; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch With Santa at Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg, Pa. [$Free-$28]
Wed. 12/12; 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Dinner at Trapp Door in Emmaus, Pa. [$60]
Sat. 12/15; 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Puppy. Yoga. Beer. at Stable 12 Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$30]
Mon. 12/17; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Firestone Walker Beer Dinner In The Ballroom at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$39]




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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Who's brewing today, and why, on #GivingTuesday


I can't think of a better reason to awaken this dusty beer blog than for a topic quite befitting of #GivingTuesday.

I have long ties to Northern California - personal, professional, and beer/wine/food. Beginning in October of last year and through August of this year, I visited for the first time or revisited nearly all of the breweries in the Bay Area and north that for long have set the baseline for today's surging American beer scene (take it easy there Asheville, Denver, Philly, Portland, San Diego, and Seattle, I've got plenty of love for you too). Sierra Nevada was one of them.

My first ever (finally, I know right?!) visit to Chico was an incomparable holy grail type of visit and so it should be of no surprise that the news of the devastating Camp Fire during the last month caught me off guard when I mapped Paradise, Calif. to discover it only approximately 15 minutes from Chico. It should come with even less surprise that even while the fire was still in the process of being contained, a beer industry leader and pioneer that is Sierra Nevada stepped up to coordinate relief efforts.

Sierra Nevada said that they would brew a special beer and donate 100% of gross sales, yes, folks, gross sales, to the newly-established Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund. (I'll save my opinion for another day about organizations that donate a dollar of every beer sold during a two-hour period or, worse yet from my perspective, 10% of net proceeds instead of sales.) Doesn't sound like enough? They seeded the fund with $100,000.

The beer? They're calling it Resilience Butte County Proud IPA. Further, Sierra Nevada asked breweries across the country to do the same. And asked malt, hops, and yeast vendors to "provide raw ingredient donations" (I hope that's true and would certainly symbolize the industry coming together for this cause.)

Today is brew day and by the looks of social media, brewers are doing their job so that, later in December and into January, we'll be able to do our job and purchase/drink/repeat this beer. As this country nears 7,000 brewing establishments, it's impressive to see in the ballpark of 1,000 brewers (according to the SN website) commit to the effort. Here's hoping it's even more than that. No doubt this shows the bedrock camaraderie is still alive that once defined, almost without question, this micro segment of the industry.

I did a quick skim on the list for breweries in Philly and the wider SEPA, NJ, DE brewing region. Hoping I didn't miss any, here are the ones that jumped out to me as our locals that we can be proud of in their support of this worthy endeavor on #GivingTuesday.

P.S. Do you want to make a homebrewed version of Resilience? The AHA provided the recipe supplied by Sierra Nevada and scaled it for homebrewers. Here it is.

Aston Abbey
Brewery Techne
Broken Goblet
Brothers Kershner
Death of the Fox
Dogfish Head
Earth Bread + Brewery
East Branch
Eight & Sand
Ever Grain
Fetish Brewing Company
Flying Fish
Goose Island Brewhouse-Philadelphia
Imprint
Iron Hill
La Cabra
Love City
Mad Chef
Pizza Boy
Round Guys
Second District
St. Boniface
Stoudts
Tired Hands
Tröegs
Two Rivers
Urban Village
Wacker
Wallenpaupack
Zeroday




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Friday, August 10, 2018

Mid-2018 report: The craft segment is either growing or maintaining or Who Moved My Beer?

The beer glass is either half full and getting fuller or at least not getting more empty. Hm, let's think about that for a second. Basically there's a lot of breweries out there. Plenty more in the making. Plenty more beer being made and lots of people still interested in getting to know beer. But maybe not as many there used to be. Thing about statistical forecasting is that it takes quite a few data points to make conclusive statements about both current state and future trends.

Here's the Brewers Association's press release regarding its mid-year report on the state of the industry.



Brewers Association Reports Mid-Year Growth Pace Remains Stable for Small and Independent Brewers

Boulder, Colo. • July 31, 2018 — Growth for small and independent craft brewers remained stable for the first half of 2018, according to new mid-year metrics released by the Brewers Association (BA) — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. Production volume for the craft segment increased five percent during the first half of 2018.

“While more mature, the market continues to show demand for small and independent craft brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “There are certainly industry headwinds, but this stabilized growth rate is reflective of the market realities that exist for brewers today.”

As of June 30, there were 6,655 active breweries, up from 5,562 during a comparable timeframe last year. An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 breweries are in planning, based on active Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) licenses.

“The data demonstrate that 2018 is on pace to have the highest number of brewery openings and closings to date. However, even as breweries close, openings continue to far outpace the number that shutter,” added Watson. “New players looking to enter the space should be aware of the constructs of the current landscape, work to differentiate themselves and will need to make quality beer to succeed.”

Craft brewer definition: An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately three percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,800-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVORTM: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew ConTM, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers PublicationsTM is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Heading back to Cali. Here's what I/you need to know about two brewing fixtures - Bear Republic and Speakeasy


I'll be in the Bay Area in a few weeks with an intention to focus my beer efforts on some of northern California's oldest craft brewers. So, it was good timing to see these two press releases pop into my mailbox. One for Bear Republic, which is marking its first anniversary at a second brewpub location in addition to its production facility. The second press release below is for the re-energized Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, which has emerged from the financial brink with new owners just in time to celebrate 21 years of brewing. I've been to Speakeasy's location before and while it's not the most convenient for public transit, once there, the people and the beers make it worth the effort.

Bear Republic? Oddly enough, I've never been there. Been to at least a brewer's dozen (how many's that? dunno. but definitely more than 12 if a Beer Week can be called 10 days!) breweries in the North Bay and beyond. Actually, maybe close to two dozen, come to think of it. But, yet, somehow, never Bear Republic. No matter the crazy amounts of praise I heap upon the Racer 5 .

Ok, here you go. Both press releases in one post. Oh, and one more piece of news about what has become an SF establishment over the last 11 years. It looks like City Beer Store will have completed its move two blocks closer to Market Street (albeit missing the mid-block cut through street to Cellarmaker) and reopening by the time I arrive. In its early years, was a destination bottle shop in the city's SOMA neighborhood. Then became a destination to buy said bottles, but only after getting distracted for an hour or more by one of the city's most drool-worthy draft lists.


Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Celebrates 21 Years of Brewing in San Francisco

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Releases Gilded Ale (Golden Stout with Gold Glitter) and Syndicate Series No. 04 (Barrel-Aged Vintage Ale) at 21st Anniversary Event

San Francisco, Calif. — Wednesday, August 1, 2018Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has been in the craft beer game for more than two decades brewing exceptional small batch beers at their San Francisco Bayview-Hunters Point brewery. On Saturday, August 25, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers celebrates the gilded era of craft beer with a 21st Anniversary event inviting beer aficionados to join the Speakeasy staff inside the taproom with exclusive VIP access (VIP ticket packages range in price), in addition to the General Admission experience for only $5. Whether you book the Godfather's Office or Scarface's Lounge for you and your closest friends or simply join the party for tastings of up to 17 draft beers, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers hosts one of the summer's most anticipated Bay Area craft beer events with an array of their favorite San Francisco businesses.

Achieving 21 years in the beer business is certainly a milestone, and with their upcoming anniversary summer bash Speakeasy & Lagers also hoists a pint in celebration of being open for almost a year under its new ownership. Marking such a momentous occasion is the special draft-only release of Gilded Ale, a Golden Stout with Gold Glitter paying homage to the golden era of Speakeasy. The 21st Anniversary event also serves as the annual 22 oz. bottle release of Syndicate Series No. 04. A unique blend of Speakeasy beers that have been aged for no less than one year in bourbon barrels, Syndicate Series No. 04 includes Scarface Imperial Stout (Aged 22 Months), Fixed Fight Old Ale (Aged 20 Months), Scarface Imperial Stout (Aged 23 Months), Betrayal (Aged 50 Months), and Old Godfather (Aged 48 Months). Syndicate No. 04 pours dark with heavy tobacco, leather, chocolate, and vanilla notes along with hints of dark fruit and coffee. Syndicate No. 04 clocks in at over 10% ABV, but is smoothed over by its extensive aging time.

Many of San Francisco's revered local businesses will join Speakeasy Ales & Lagers' epic anniversary party, including Philz Coffee, Dandelion Chocolate, Humphry Slocombe, Etta+Billie, Glass Coat Photo Booth, Regrained, El Taquero, Samara Southern Creations, and Long Bridge Pizza. Live music by The Helltones, Mad Mama and the Bona Fide Few, and Sweetwater Black.

VIP tickets ($50) include access to the taproom, a Speakeasy 5 oz. glass with unlimited tastings, a Syndicate Series Vertical Flight, and early entry at 1 pm. Speakeasy Taster Glass tickets ($30) include unlimited tastings and early access at 1pm. Pre-sale General Admission tickets ($5) include one beer, and GA tickets ($5) at the door allows entrance only.

Tickets are now on sale at https://speakeasybeer.ticketsauce.com/e/speakeasy-ales-lagers-anniversary-2018/tickets

About Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has been defiantly brewing small batch beers in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood since 1997. The brewery started with a single iconic beer, still made today, Prohibition Ale. The hoppy amber beer embodies the spirit of bootleggers and gangsters who persevered when America's taps ran dry. Speakeasy quickly gained a loyal following with its bold, complex beers, and striking 1920s imagery. Speakeasy's kingpin Big Daddy IPA is the brewery's highest seller among its wide array of celebrated beers, from session ales to bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts. In 2013, the Speakeasy Taproom opened serving thousands of local craft beer lovers with fresh draft beer to be enjoyed onsite or to-go in growlers and crowlers.

Speakeasy's original 15 barrel brewing system was replaced in 2015 during a major expansion, which included a 60 barrel brewhouse, centrifuge, malt handling system, canning line, and an additional 1,200 barrels of fermentation capacity.

Hunters Point Brewery LLC, a company founded by former owner of Horizon Beverage Company, Ces Butner, acquired the Speakeasy beer brands and brewing equipment in 2017. Under new ownership, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will grow by leaps and bounds. The brewery's trademark eyes, ubiquitous and cryptic, beckon you to join our mob, no password required.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers' taproom is located at 1195 Evans Avenue, San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit: https://www.goodbeer.com



Bear Republic Brewing Company Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Rohnert Park Location

SONOMA COUNTY, CALIF. (August 1, 2018)Bear Republic Brewing Company (BRBC), a Sonoma County, California based brewer, celebrates the one year anniversary of Bear Republic Brewing Company Lakeside on Tuesday, August 21 with a luau themed party.

Bear Republic Brewing Company Lakeside One Year Anniversary Luau features a roasted pig, aloha welcome cocktail hour, full buffet dinner, fire dancers and authentic Tahitian and Hawaiian dance performances. VIP tickets for the event have sold out, General Admission tickets are still available on brownpapertickets.com or bearrepublic.com. Located at 5000 Roberts Lake Road in Rohnert Park, BRBC Lakeside offers award winning craft beers and delicious pub fare with a twist.

“We’re thrilled the Rohnert Park community has welcomed our Lakeside location with open arms. This luau celebration marks a successful year of crafting nationally recognized ales and serving mouthwatering dishes in a family-friendly environment,” said Tami Norgrove, Bear Republic Brewing Company Co-founder and Owner. “We look forward in continuing to deliver experiences worth celebrating with our latest craft brews, evolving menu and live events.”

BRBC Lakeside opened in August 21, 2017, the location includes a 10-barrel brewing system, a full bar offering house and beer cocktails, a stage, a kids play area, and an adult games area. A large outdoor dining area overlooks Roberts Lake flanked by palm trees. The kitchen serves pizzas along with classic Bear Republic dishes.

Established over twenty years ago, Bear Republic Brewing Company has expanded from a small brewery in downtown Healdsburg, CA into distribution markets all over the country. Bear Republic is the 42nd largest craft brewery in the United States and employs more than 220 people. The company operates two brewpub locations, a production brewery, and shipping warehouse. Bear Republic maintains a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by with a constantly growing portfolio of craft beers.


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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Happening at Yards. Beer. Party. Run. Drink. Run. Jam. Beer.


This isn't so much a press release as it is a forwarding of an e-mail I received since I'm signed up to run the 5000 Yards Dash on Sunday, October 14. I did it two years ago for the inaugural race when it was held on the flat and fast Delaware Avenue.


With Yards Brewery now located on Spring Garden Street and the race course going through Northern Liberties, I'm expecting just a touch slower with the introduction of some slight inclines along the way. Nonetheless, I'm confident it will be another fun event, this time hopefully minus the Nor'easter swirling, pounding rains and 20+mph sustained winds.

Here's the e-mail they sent.


Great news. In the next two weeks, there are two big parties for you at the Brewery.

1. Thursday Night, August 9 - In case you have not heard, Yards has been named Best Local Brewery in Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly® 2018.

To celebrate, Yards is throwing a big, free party on Thursday at 6pm. First beer is on the house. Enjoy drink specials, live music in the warehouse from TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Hardwork Movement, and Marah, a limited edition lager on tap, and surprises throughout the night.

2. Save the date for the All City Summer Beer Run on August 16. (next week). Two of the best things about summer are getting outside to run and chilling over a beer with friends. So, we are teaming up again with Philly's running clubs to get together and celebrate this amazing running community. Best of all, $1 from every beer sold goes to Achilles!

We cannot wait to see you in October. Sign up now before it is too late.

Carl & Jon
* tag us in your social media #5000yardsdash


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Pottstown United Brewing breathing more life into High Street


My formative years were spent being raised in Berks County with numerous activities (church, community events, music lessons, etc.) and both parents working in Pottstown, which was only ten minutes down the road from home. As a late-years teenager with a driver's license, I was known to "cruise High Street" on occasion, though that was never really my thing, more of a curiosity thing (honest, Mom!)

With exiting industry over the years, the city's condition of the 80s, 90s, and its future outlook was bleak. But there have been new signs that point to a gradual turnaround. Pottstown United Brewing has joined Henry's and Lily's as excellent food and drink destinations along High Street.

Steel River Playhouse, just a few doors down from PUB, hosts stage performances year-round. Nearby Memorial Park is home to the Trilogy BMX Park and also hosts the annual Pottstown Rumble, proclaimed the world's largest double's grass volleyball tournament. The Carousel at Pottstown is adjacent to the park.

And, the Schuylkill River Trail has a parking lot just a couple blocks south of High Street. If you follow the industry closely enough, you know that brewpubs are often on the leading edge of identifying neighborhoods poised for turnaround and growth.

PUB opened on June 6 as co-owner Steve Armstrong's follow-up to Armstrong Ales in Phoenixville. His partner, Adam Burke, owns Lily's Grill just a few blocks away and runs the PUB kitchen. I was engaged in non-beer business that evening (I know, right? how can that be during Philly Beer Week?!) and finally had a chance to visit PUB this past weekend for a quick one hour. But that was enough time to find some solid samples of Bitter, Kolsch, blueberry Berliner Weisse, Grisette, and West Coast IPA. Ah, a West Coast IPA. How recent was it that you'd never imagine having to encourage brewers to keep West Coast IPAs around?! Nice range of styles and ABVs.

Then, the food. Wish I could speak now to the food, but was on my way to a party. Spying the menu as well as fellow barstool jockey's plates, that was a mistake I'll need to rectify in the near-term. From the sandwiches to the platters to the fries, there seems to be something interesting, and just enough off the beaten path of usual brewpub selections (how about, e.g., poutine or scallops?), on the menu to satisfy most customer preferences, including the occasional vegan/veg option.

Atmosphere is comfortable with, rough guessing here, 15-20 bar seats and 25-30 table seats. Small stage for live music in the front and a fondness for soccer on the television above the bar, hence the name Pottstown United. On that, stay tuned for what Armstrong says could be future early morning events tied to live games overseas. Looking forward to more from these guys and tracking their success as they reach their steady state.






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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Iron Hill in Center City Philadelphia scheduled to open in September 2018



Won't be long, I suppose, before the count of Iron Hill (IH) locations outnumbers the brewery's age in years. The 22-year-old Brewery & Restaurant is due to open #15 in September (exact date still TBA) with #16 hot on its heels at the center of everything in Hershey, Pa. (If you don't know everything going on in this part of Pennsylvania (and I mean beyond the brewing activity), you should really catch up during a few days in Hershey sometime soon.

But this is about Center City Philadelphia and its ambitious remaking of East Market Street. Iron Hill is putting its second city location (the other being in the northwestern neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, opened in 2012) on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets facing the historic Reading Terminal Headhouse (where today's SEPTA Jefferson train station operates below ground; take note train-going beer seekers).

The full city block from Market to Chestnut Streets has been redeveloped over the past few years and, when finished, will include residential, hotel, and retail. Cutting between the buildings fronting Market Street and adjacent to Iron Hill's outdoor seating is a smartly placed pedestrian walkway which management says they will have access to for special events. Oh, that sounds ideal, does it not?


Inside, the restaurant and brewery will be one of the company's smaller footprints, given the location and physical constraints amongst the mixed-use development. The restaurant plans to present the same type of "scratch kitchen menu" available at other locations and the brewery (10-bbl) will be cranking out mostly seasonal and specialty beers with the house beers typically being produced and delivered from other larger IH locations. Josh Jastrzembski has command of the kitchen and Ben Schamberg will be taking on the brewing operations and falls under the regional brewing management of respected IH veteran Chris LaPierre. Jastrzembski has worked nearby at the Loews restaurants and Schamber comes from local brewing roots at Philadelphia Brewing and Nodding Head.

At the preview event held last week, familiar founding faces of IH ownership -- Kevin Davies, Mark Edelson, Kevin Finn -- introduced a new face, that of Kim Boerema. He comes to Iron Hill with a long career in the restaurant industry, opening more than 200 restaurants in over 30 years. He will hold the role of CEO, while Kevin Finn is taking the position of Chairman of the Board. Seems that they've positioned themselves, as they've continued to carefully through the years, to reach their goal of 20 locations by the year 2020.

I'll have more to share in early September as they begin to put the final polishing touches and do more previews and soft openings.


By the way, calling this Iron Hill's 15th location got me to thinking that it's been a while since I took an actual tally on brewing establishments within the city proper. When I wrote my book in 2014 and as it was published in 2015, there were between 5-8 breweries. Now, unless I'm missing any below, the city stands (for a few seconds, anyway) at 20 breweries. Iron Hill should be number 21 next month. Triple Bottom is due at some point in Love City's neighborhood and Don Russell recently reported in his e-mail newsletter two new breweries on the horizon for the Roxborough neighborhood -- one unnamed and one to be named Twisted Gingers -- plus one in South Philly for 2019 going by the name Cartesian Brewing. Have I missed any others? Oh, and unless I'm unaware that they've begun brewing, Roy-Pitz and Goose Island only count as taprooms/brewpub extensions of their production facilities located elsewhere outside the city.

  • Brewery ARS
  • Brewery Techne
  • Chestnut Hill
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Dock Street
  • Earth Bread + Brewery
  • Evil Genius
  • Fermentery Form
  • Fishtown Brewpub
  • Iron Hill (Chestnut Hill)
  • Love City
  • Manayunk
  • Philadelphia Brewing
  • Point Breeze
  • Saint Benjamin
  • Second District
  • 2nd Story
  • Urban Village
  • Wissahickon
  • Yards


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