Thursday, April 30, 2009

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 30-May 6

I'm going to give something a try and see how it goes. The monthly calendar is great if I do say so myself. I get compliments from many of you who refer to, rely on, and link to it. A poll way, way back indicated that it was one of the top 3 things that you like about The Brew Lounge. As much as I enjoy the writing part, I'm glad to provide what basically turns out to be a free service for you in an easy-to-reference and read calendar of noteworthy events around the Philadelphia region, and sometimes beyond. I use it quite a bit myself (cuz I just can't memorize it all...did you really think?) Anyway, let's give this calendar a weekly spin and see if I can keep up on it and if you find it valuable. Anymore it seems that the calendar bursts at the seams every month and, unless it's a major event, you/we just aren't planning more than a week or two out in advance. While I publish the calendar at the end of each month for the upcoming month, you may not even realize that I continue to update the calendar as proprietors, public relations staff, and event organizers continue during the month to drop notes and advertisements to me for inclusion on the calendar. So let's say that every Thursday, I'll pull together the upcoming week's worth of interesting looking beer events around the Philadelphia region, and in special cases--beyond, to share with you. Let me know if this works for you and if you like it better than monthly updates alone. For a complete look at May's Calendar, follow this link Beginning tonight, 4/30, and on through 5/6 there are a whole slew of free and pay as you go (PAYG) events going on. First let's look at the tastings slash brewery promotions. >> @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA--- Fri. 5/1 - Friday Night Tasting (Fuller's) (5:00pm-7:00pm; free sample tastings) >> @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA--- Mon. 5/4 - Monday Night Tasting (Duck-Rabbit) (5:00pm-7:00pm; free sample tastings) >> @Capone's, Norristown, PA--- Sat. 5/2 - Bourbon Barrel Event (11:00am; PAYG for 6 different brands) >> @Capone's, Norristown, PA--- Tue. 5/5 - Duck-Rabbit Draft Promo (11:30am; PAYG for 9 different Duck-Rabbit drafts) >> @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 5/6 - Boulder Brewery Night (7:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG) >> @Exton Beverage, Exton, PA--- Fri. 5/1 - Friday Night Tasting (Flying Dog) (4:00pm-6:00pm; free sample tastings) >> @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 5/6 - Duck Duck Bunny Rat Duck-Rabbit Night (5:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG for 3 different Duck-Rabbit drafts) >> @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA--- Thu. 4/30 - Thursday Night Tasting (Weyerbacher) (7pm-9pm; free sample tastings) >> @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, PA--- Mon. 5/4 - Philly Debut of Duck-Rabbit brewery (5:30pm-7:00pm; PAYG for 5 different Duck-Rabbit drafts) >> @Philadelphia Brewing, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 5/2 - The Breweries of Northern Liberties (2:00pm; free for lecture and PBC beer samples) >> @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Mon. 5/4 - Duck-Rabbit Brewery Premiere (6:00pm-8:00pm; PAYG for 6 different Duck-Rabbit brands on tap) >> @The Drafting Room, Exton, PA--- Thu. 4/30 - Pint Night with Founders Brewing (6:00pm; PAYG for 6 Founders drafts) >> @TJs, Paoli, PA--- Tue. 5/5 - Tröegs Sunshine Pils Seasonal Debut (6:00pm-8:00pm; PAYG for taking a ride down the sunshine highway) >> @Triumph, New Hope, PA--- Fri. 5/1 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (May's selection: Jewish Rye Beer) (6pm; PAYG) >> @Triumph, Princeton, NJ--- Wed. 5/6 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (May's selection: Übermensch Pilsner) (6pm; PAYG) >> @Union Jack's, Boyertown, PA--- Tue. 5/5 - Cinco de Dogfish (3:00pm; PAYG for 7 different DFH brands on tap) Now about some outright fun and games? >> @Local 44, Philadelphia, PA --- Sun. 5/3 - Bike Race Sundays (4pm; watch the Tour de Romandie and PAYG for any of their 20 rotating drafts or their one house bottle, Orval) >> @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA--- Sun. 5/3 - Bock Fest & Goat Race (11:00am-6:00pm; PAYG for a "must be seen to be understood and appreciated family-style event") >> @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Tue. 5/5 - Cinco de Maio Fiesta (5:30pm; PAYG for beer, tequila, Mexican food, and Piñatas) Sit-down dinners, of course! >> @Alison two, Fort Washington, PA--- Wed. 5/6 - Sly Fox Beer Dinner (6:30pm; $56 for 5 courses of food and beer pairings) And, then there are the slightly bigger events (bigger in beer size and/or bigger in cost and/or bigger in perception) >> @Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY--- Tue.5/5-Wed. 5/6 - Rogue's Annual Pacific Northwest Beer and Oyster Festival (12pm; PAYG for something like 31 different Rogue brands plus oysters) >> @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA--- Fri. 5/1 - Incubus Friday (2007 & 2008 Vintages) (12:00pm 'til they kick; PAYG for these tripels that are sure to go fast) >> @Stewart's Brewing Company, Bear, DE--- Sat. 5/2 - Delaware Barleywine Expo (12pm; PAYG for something crazy like 15 different barleywines from both Stewart's and guests for the day) >> @The Brazen Head, New York, NY--- Fri. 5/1-Sun. 5/3 - 'Cask Head' Cask Ale Festival (12pm; PAYG for 30 different cask conditioned beers; 12 tapped at any given time) For a complete look at May's Calendar, follow this link

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