Friday, June 01, 2012

Philly Beer Week 2012: Day 3 Preview

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At least a day prior to each day of Philly Beer Week 2012, I'll be posting up a small look into what to expect both in terms of the day's calendar of events as well as key/significant/interesting events as well as where you might likely spot me during the day and/or night.

Here's a look into the third day, June 3.

For the ravenous beer geeks
~ Where the geeks are today? Well, Capone's near Norristown, for starters, I'm sure. 50/50's Todd Ashman will be there as well as several of his highly sought after beers. If you miss him in the 'burbs, be sure to catch him later in the afternoon at the new Trestle Inn.

~ Bell's 9000 at The Boilermaker (Farmers' Cabinet's latest venture) is sure to draw a crowd as well.

~ I'd be surprised if De Molen, from the Netherlands, doesn't draw a packed house as well at The Belgian Café. It should.

For the hungry
~ Iron Hill is getting together with Good Dog Bar again this year (last year's version was awesome) for a Sunday night dinner.

~ Here comes another recommendation for, just off Rittenhouse Square. This time it's a Sunday brunch with Weyerbacher.

~ I like For Pete's Sake Pub, south of South Street and in the shadows of I-95. They're doing a fine-looking brunch with some interesting beers from Sam Adams that look worth checking out.

~ Speaking of "south of south street", Kennett Restaurant is hosting an Allagash brunch.

~ Score another one for the 'burbs, where The Drafting Room is doing a Russian River brunch.

For the wild and wacky and downright different
~ Varga's After Dark party (with Left Hand Brewing) and P.O.P.E.'s Breaking Bad-themed quizzo with Johnny Goodtimes is about as wacky as I can seem to dig up for this Sunday's to-do list.

Possibly under the radar
~ Session beers. Do you love 'em? Do you think it's a fad? Do you care? Most people are hip to the notion that it takes a high level of talent to make a high-quality, flavorful, low-alcohol beer. Perch Pub is having a Session Beer Tap Takeover and featuring a collaborative beer done with Old Forge Brewing.

~ Talking session beers probably have you thinking about the big guy, Lew Bryson. Well he and fellow writer Jack Curtin went off (individually) to Tröegs in Hershey, Pa. to brew their own Scratch beers. Standard Tap is hosting the "showdown" where the best will be determined.

~ I might not typically recommend Fox & Hound, but with the lineup of cask-conditioned beer that they're advertising, it might be the right day to check it out.

Learn something
~ Learning how to make your own sour beer is on the agenda at Keystone Homebrew in Montgomeryville.

~ A beer chemist is coming to The Grey Lodge. Looks like an event that aspiring brewers should attend without question.

And for The Brew Lounge
~ Starting off on E. Passyunk Ave. seems like as good of a place as any to begin. Lots of local brews, particularly newer ones like Round Guys, Evil Genius, Prism, Brewvolution, etc. will be found amongst the fine bar scene that this side of Broad Street has seen develop over the past several years.

~ Walking north should probably take me to Tapestry, where they'll be serving up 20 or more saisons.

~ And then Woody's. Why not? Not that there's anything wrong with that. Heather and Charlie, from The Institute, have been involved here with the beer program for over a year and, in addition to a "cuban-inspired" brunch, there'll be beers from St. Somewhere, Cigar City, and the new Funky Buddha.

~ Maybe, then, my first visit to The Boilermaker for a bit of Bell's. After that, probably gonna call it a weekend and work on a plan for attacking five weekdays worth of PBW events.

If you survive the weekend, congratulations. You'll need to be even stronger for the next five days of Philly Beer Week!

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