Monday, January 09, 2012

Weekly Brew Bits Update: 1/9/12

If you thought things in the beer world slowed down around the holidays, then you must have missed the following over the past week or so.

~ Lew Bryson has a potential production show brewing (get it?! er, never mind) with Green Leaf Productions and he's taken to the road to help drum up support. Well, and drink some good beer and talk about it along the way. Tonight he's at Devil's Den in South Philly.

~ Speaking of the big guy, Lew was on Beer Sessions Radio back in November along with the Vanberg & DeWulf duo Wendy Littlefield and Don Feinberg talking Belgian beer and the 30th anniversary of the V&D's business of bringing Belgians (the beer, not the people, well unless it was for a beer event) to America.

~ And now speaking of NYC-based Beer Sessions Radio vintage and Belgian beers were discussed the following week with Tom Peters. Both 45 minute long podcasts are worth the listen, even two months later. I only just got around to listening to them myself.

~ I've made some past reference to the Tröegs/Fegley's pending trademark dispute. During the holidays, Tröegs withdrew potential legal action. Lehigh Valley Live had the story.

~ Ben Potts recently relocated mash paddles from Philly (Dock Street) to Delaware (Dogfish Head, the pub). Here's a link to Food Informants at The Huffington Post where Ben provides a diary style peek at a week-in-his-life-at-DFH. I still haven't finished the article yet, but I trust you'll enjoy.

~ I wrapped up my three-part Top 10 list set in The Washington Times Communities section. The last one was the highly-anticipated, or debated, Top 10 Craft Beers. Check it out and weigh in.

~ Slowly, bit-by-bit, over time, things have been changing in Pennsylvania. Beginning yesterday, beer distributors are now permitted to open on Sundays for beer sales from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Additionally, restaurants serving Sunday brunch may begin serving alcohol at 9 a.m. Many distributors will not choose to stay open for the full twelve hours, citing not nearly enough incremental business to cover expenses (or aggravation) in the early and late hours of a Sunday. Around Philadelphia, Craft Beer Outlet has changed its Sunday hours to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Exton Beverage and Goshen Beverage to 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

~ Nicole Erny recently became only the fourth certified Master Cicerone. The Cicerone exam will be hosted on March 15 by Hunterdon Distributors in Phillipsburg, NJ.

~ One of the most eagerly-anticipated beer festivals of the year on the East Coast takes place in Baltimore, Md. where Max's pulls together a reported 100+ draft and 175+ Belgian and Belgian-inspired beers for three days. February 17-19 from 11 a.m. 'til closing with no entrance fee is just about all you need to know. Their website has a running list of beers as they procure them.

~ Hot Specials. If you Like/Fan The Drafting Room on Facebook and show them proof in person at their Exton, Pa. location by 1/12/12 (this coming Thursday), you'll get a free appetizer.

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