Thursday, November 15, 2007

One Question Remains...What's On Tap This Weekend?

I have a whole lot of interesting analysis of diversity of beer available here in the PA/NJ/DE region and various ratios of award-winning brews as compared to other regions of the country. That will have to wait for another day.

Today, I'm going to focus on just a sliver of this beer-rich region and present what is expected to be on tap here in northern Chester County this weekend. Basically, I drew a line across the county, following route 322 (convenient, so that it would still include Iron Hill & Victory).

With the cooperation of 15 brewers and proprietors, I've collected the expected tap lists for Friday (tomorrow) at their respective locations.

If you can live with the fact that they are as accurate as possible but, of course, subject to change, then I think you should find this very interesting. Obviously, more interesting if you live in the vicinity and can stop by one of these establishments this weekend.

Go ahead and open the spreadsheet now by clicking here.

Here are some quick tips for looking at the spreadsheet. When you click the link above, you should choose to either 'Open' it immediately or 'Save' it off to a location on your computer. You'll be able to modify it to your heart's content, print it, or whatever and continue to save it locally to your computer.

The addresses in row 2 can be clicked to see a map of the bar's location. In row 4, you can do the same thing with the bar's website address. Click the cell to go directly to their website.

Lastly, there are two spreadsheets here. The first comes up by default and is the one with all of the tap lists ('Establishments'). The second is a list of the unique beers and their style, state, and country ('Beer Styles'). You'll find those tabs near the bottom of the window.

When tallying the numbers, here's what draft beer we're looking at this weekend in northern Chester County, Pennsylvania. More insightful analysis to come tomorrow.

- 15 locations
- 185 beers (121 unique)
- 57 unique styles
- 14 styles show up on more than 3 tap handles (totaling 59 beers)
- the most frequently found beer: Victory HopDevil (8 times)
- the most common style: American Pale Ale (8 times)
- this weekend, Ales outnumber Lagers: 88-33


Adam said...

57 Unique styles eh? That's pretty amazing :-) Makes me want to go on a beer tour! Thanks for putting this all together.

Anonymous said...

Bryan....Victory just tapped ESB on Tuesday night.....expect it to last about one month.

Anonymous said...


That is an amazing amount of detail to pull together. It is going to make me mad looking at it each week and not being able to hit any of those bars in the near future. Keep up the good work.


Anonymous said...

Nice work Bryan. Really well put together!

Unknown said...

Look at you! Very impressive...
Thanks for the legwork...I put up a link to it.



Bryan Kolesar said...

Thanks, Suzanne, for the note. It made me realize I haven't linked to your site. By the time you read this, it will already have been taken care of :)

Now get out there and help these fine folks drain some of their fine kegs!

Anonymous said...


With all of this information you have now provided, I can't decide which place to hit first.

Seriously though, this will be very helpful for when we get back. There are 3 places on your last that we could walk to from home so that is nice.


Bryan Kolesar said...

Greg, are you homesick for Paoli already?! Seriously, when are you going to put up a What's On Tap List for Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Belgium? ;-)

Anonymous said...

I could tell you what is on tap in most of or two Luxembourgish beers and then there is a 99% chance that Leffe blonde or bruin is on tap and then a few Belgians in bottle. So there is no chance that if I put together a draft list like you did that I would find as much variety as you have found. It is great.

I am going to setup a list of all Luxembourgish breweries and beers and I will make a plan to get to all of them in the next few months or so. In the mean time, I am going to get together a tasting of all the Luxembourgish beers I can find and then I will review them all.