Thursday, April 21, 2011

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 21 - April 27

The day before Easter is always a big day around Philadelphia in the world of beer. Witness Split Thy Skull in Center City and Hopfest all the way out in Boyertown as two big examples. This year, we have a Memphis Taproom grand opening, a Station Taproom anniversary party, and Yards sensory analysis session thrown in for good measure. Plus, a handful of others that are sure to mess with your Easter Sunday.

Check out the entire April 2011 calendar over here.

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

Tastings, samplings, and brewery promos
@Beer Yard, Wayne, PA--- Fri. 4/22 - Friday Night Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; Free tasting samples from Lagunitas)

@Bell's Beverage, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 4/22 - Friday Night Tasting (4:00pm-6:00pm; Free tasting samples of rye beers)

@Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, PA--- Thu. 4/21 - Charity Cask Night (5:00pm-10:00pm; PAYG for Giant Torpedo of Truth, "India Red Ale", to benefit KidsPeace)

@Capone's, Norristown, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - Hill Farmstead Ephraim limited release (11:30am; PAYG for the only keg of Ephraim to make it into Pennsylvania in 2011)

@Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 4/22 - Earth Day with Long Trail (6:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG to be among the first 24 people to purchase a pint of Long Trail and get a free glass with a flower or eco-Bulb.)

@Exton Beverage, Exton, PA--- Fri. 4/22 - Spring Tasting (4:00pm-7:00pm; Free for tastings of up to 10 breweries, snacks, and live music from Bill Hake)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Tue. 4/26 - Tuesday Morning Tappings (11:30am; PAYG as the final firkin of Tröegs Nugget Nectar will be tapped on the bar)

@The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - St. George's Day (5:00pm-11:00pm; PAYG for a bunch of English specials, bangin' Fish and Chips, and Kane Bitter on tap. Bottles from Samuel Smith and Wells, too)

Gatherings just a bit larger in scope
@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA--- Thu. 4/21 - Stone 10-tap Event (7:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG for one beer on gravity cask and the remaining nine on tap, including this year's highly-rated Stone Imperial Russian Stout)

@Station Taproom, Downingtown, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - 1st Anniversary Party (12:00pm; PAYG for Allagash Vrienden, Bells Hopslam, Brasserie Dieu de Ciel Peche Mortel, Ithaca White Gold, Jolly Pumpkin, Pliny the Elder, Port Older Viscosity, Rodenbach Vintage 2008, Russian River Consecration, and more)

@Sugar Mom's, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - Split Thy Skull (1:00pm-6:00pm; PAYG at the 16th anniversary of this Barleywine and Strong Ale Festival)

@Union Jack's on the Manatawny, Boyertown, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - Easter Hopfest (PAYG for Avery Maharajah, Ballast Point Dorado, Ballast Point Sculpin, Bells Hopslam, Boulder Mojo Risin', Brew Works Hop'solutely, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Founders Double Trouble, Green Flash Imperial, Ithaca Flower Power, Mission Shipwrecked, Moylan's Hopsickle, Ottos Double D, Port Hop 15, Port Mongo, Rogue I2PA, Russian River Blind Pig, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Sierra Nevada Hoptimum, and Tröegs Nugget Nectar)

Science does not take Spring Break?
@Triumph Brewing Co., Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 4/27 - All Things Fermented: The Science of Beer and Cheese (6:30pm-8:30pm; $49 for 7 drafts, 4 cheeses, and the tutored tasting and smelling of both)

@Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - From Hops to Table: The Science of Beer (7:00pm; $20 for a special tutored session with experts from the Monell Center in Philadelphia on sensory analysis)

Only two Beer Dinners (and a "picnic") could be tracked down in the next 7 days
**RESCHEDULED TO 6/10/11** @Iron Hill Brewery, West Chester, PA--- Fri. 4/22 - Spring Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $65 for a five-course dinner paired with Abbey Dubbel, American Brown Ale, Saison, Vienna Lager, Russian Imperial Stout)

@James, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 4/27 - Stillwater Artisan Ales Beer Dinner (6:00pm; $88 for a five-course meal paired with Saison de James, Of Love & Regret, Jaded, Saison Darkly, and Twenty Five to One)

@N. 3rd, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 4/27 - Yards Beer Dinner (6:00pm-11:00pm; $30 for three courses paired with IPA, Saison, and George Washington Porter)

@The Institute, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - Brew Works Fried Chicken Picnic (4:00pm-11:00pm; PAYG for buttermilk fried chicken, all the fixins, and Brew Works beers like Amber Lager, Hope Explosion, Hop'Solutly Triple IPA, Monkey Wrench Saison, Space Monkey Raspberry Saison, and Steel Garden Wit)

Don't call these events "miscellaneous"
@Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - 495th Anniversary of the German Beer Purity Law, Reinheitsgebot (11:30am-2:30pm; PAYG for specials related to the celebration of the German Beer Purity Law of 1516)

@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/23 - Beer Garden Grand Opening (12:00pm; PAYG for a ribbon cutting ceremony, the maiden 'voyage' of the Memphis Taproom Hot Dog Truck and lots of general 3rd Anniversary merriment, including a super special draft list on inside the bar all day long)

@Yards Brewing, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 4/22 - Earth Day Empty Case Extravaganza (12:00pm-7:00pm; PAYG and save $1/six-pack, $3/case for Mother Earth by bringing your own empty six-pack or case cardboard box)

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