Thursday, February 25, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: February 25 - February 29

February is always a short month, but 2016 gives us one extra leap day. The beer events calendar takes full advantage of this special scenario and does anything but come up short. Some states don't have this many beer events in a full month, let alone five days. Yeah, we're spoiled like that.

Plus, Lehigh Valley Beer Week wraps up, so don't forget to check in and see what's going on around the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area.

While I don't envision any book events for at least the next month, I'll continue to stick a quick plug here pointing you to: a) my publisher; b); c) As always, I thank you for your continued support.

As you review beer events, don't forget They host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Adamstown, Pa.
Sat. 2/27; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Mardi Gras Brew Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company [We've booked Pete Gumbo & Zydeco-a-Go-Go to play some New Orleans-style jazz so you can jam all night and enjoy brews from as many as 14 breweries! Chef Josh is crafting a cajun buffet to complement the evening, as well.  $35-$40]

Chambersburg, Pa.
Sat. 2/27; All day — Cham-Beers-Burg Homebrew Competition at Good Ta Go [We will be teaming up with Roy Pitz Brewing Co. for the first ever Cham-Beers-Burg Homebrew Competition and we need brewers.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Fri. 2/26; 5 p.m. — Fat Head's Hop JuJu Event at Flanigan's Boathouse [Fat Head's Hop JuJu is a highly anticipated 9% Imperial IPA that is released only one time a year in very limited quantities.  $PAYG]

Georgetown, Del.
Sat. 2/27; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. — Girl Scout Beer & Cookie Event at 16 Mile Brewing Company [4- 2 oz. servings of beer paired with the cookie that best matches it and appetizers.  $20]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Sat. 2/27; 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. — Kennett Winterfest at Downtown [a tasting mug, unlimited tastings from 50 craft beers and warm food. This is an all-weather outdoor event and includes a heated tent. Live music provided by the Shady Groove Trio.  $20-$100]

Kutztown, Pa.
Sat. 2/27; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Friend Fest at Beltzner Hall at Kutztown Fairgrounds [An annual benefit beer or wine festival featuring live music, delicious food, and various vendors, with all proceeds going to help fund the Optimist Club of Kutztown's children's programs in Local Communities, as well as a donation to assist Friend, Inc. end poverty in rural Northeastern Berks County.  $10-$35]

Lansdale, Pa.
Fri. 2/26; 6 p.m. — Bell's Tap Takeover at CJ's Doghouse [Bell's will be taking over our draft lines with some great beers.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; All day — Deschutes Abyss Raffle at CJ's Doghouse [All week long we will be pouring Deschutes beers, February 29-March 4, and for every pint, crowler, or growler, you will earn yourself a raffle ticket to get a chance to buy Abyss Cognac or Rye.  $PAYG]

Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Sat. 2/20-Sat. 2/27; All week — Lehigh Valley Beer Week at numerous establishments around the Lehigh Valley [See website for an up-to-date calendar and event details.  $Varies]

Linfield, Pa.
Thu. 2/25; 6 p.m. — Hop JuJu at Railroad Street Bar & Grill [Fat Head's Hop JuJu Imperial IPA on tap.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Thu. 2/25; 5 p.m. — Wooden Cask Night at Bulls Head Public House [This time we have it filled with an excellent Chocolate MaiBock from the wonderful Stoudts Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 5:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House [A four-course, four-beer dinner featuring Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.  $35]

Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 2/27; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer and Cookies Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [This year's Iron Brewer award winning beer and Tiaras on a Cupcake's homemade cookies.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 2/25; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Victory Event w/Java Cask at Pinocchio's [We're celebrating Victory's 20th Anniversary with some cool beers from Victory: Java Cask, Freigeist collaboration, Yakima, and more.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Barrels, Big Beers and a Polar Bear Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrating the release of the Polar Bear Golden Stout with 7 other big beers. Come enjoy brewery tours and the fire pit outside.  $PAYG]

Newtown, Pa.
Thu. 2/25; 7 p.m. — Firestone Brewing Event at Isaac Newton's [A night of beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Sat. 2/27; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Girl Scout Cookie Pairing Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [In celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, we’ll be teaming up with the scouts for a one-of-a-kind sampler featuring 6 Iron Hill beers and 6 Girl Scout cookies.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Sat. 2/27; 11 a.m. — Fat Head's Draft Event at Capone's [Featuring Hop JuJu IPA.  $PAYG]

Perkasie, Pa.
Sun. 2/28; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Screw Winter Clambake: Beer, BBQ, & Bonfire at Free Will Brewing Company [1 entree, 2 sides, and 2 beers plus bum-style bonfires in the rear parking lot.  $30-$35]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 2/25; 11:30 a.m. — Pliny The Younger and Other Hoppy Friends at Eulogy Belgian Tavern [First come-first serve basis, with $1 of each glass sold going to the School District of Philadelphia.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 4 p.m. — Maine Happy Hour at Brü Craft & Wurst [Favorites from Maine, Allagash, and Oxbow.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 5 p.m. — Fat Head's Hop JuJu Tapping at City Tap House-Logan [Super limited amount of this award winning goodness.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Insanity & Riserva Vertical Tastings at Devil's Den [We will be pouring two vertical tastings: The first will be four beers, including the unoaked Blithering Idiot and the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Insanity. The second will be the Riserva Raspberry Sour Ale from 2012, 2014, and 2015.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 7 p.m. — Sweet & Salty at McCrossen's Tavern [Evolution and Tröegs bring you a night of sweet and salty goodness.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. — Bell's HopSlam Karaoke at City Tap House-University City [Here's your chance - especially you children of the 90s - to have a world class beer and show us what you got.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/26; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Weyerbacher  $Free]
Fri. 2/26; 5 p.m. — Dogfish Head Presents: Long Live Johnny Cash at City Tap House-University City [Johnny may be gone, but his music lives on - and we're happy to celebrate with superb selections from Dogfish Head Beer (including an exclusive 75 Minute IPA Cask) and live music from rockers Cask & Co.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Winter's Warmers 2016: A Homebrew and Chili Competition at Skybox Event Center [Ample chili tastings, pours from local breweries, and attendees are welcome to free homebrew samples. A portion of the proceeds will go to help PAWS take care Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals.  $30-$40]
Sat. 2/27; 12 p.m. — German Tarts at Brü Craft & Wurst [In accord with the fifth annual German Society of Pennsylvania Bierfest, we are tapping a slate of atypical German lagers and ales from Freigeist Bierkultur, one of The Fatherland's most creative brewers.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Bierfest at German Society of Pennsylvania [Come Celebrate Pennsylvania's German Brewing Heritage with the Brewers of PA, the German Society of PA and Philly Roller Derby.  $20-$78]
Sat. 2/27; 12 p.m. — Peche Mortel Day at Monk's Café [They are sending down 6 iterations of this coffee infused Imperial Stout. One of them was aged in a bourbon barrel, but we have to wait to find out the other versions.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 11:30 a.m. — HopSlam, Leap Beer at City Tap House-Logan [We only have one when it's gone, it's gone.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 2 p.m. — Get Younger-It Ain't March Yet at Brü Craft & Wurst [For those partaking in the bacchanalia, and might happen our way, we're unleashing the hops with 15+ IPAs on draft with a list focused on our favorites- Pennsylvania and California.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Flying Fish Brewing Company.  $Free]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Thu. 2/25; 4 p.m. — Fat Head's Brewery Hop JuJu Release at Bistro On Bridge [We threw a Fat Heads Release Party last month. Well, we are going for Round 2, but this time, featuring special guest, Gold Medal Imperial IPA 2013 and 2015 Great American Beer Fest winner, Hop JuJu.  $PAYG]

Warminster, Pa.
Sat. 2/27; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Fare at The Fuge [A unique festival that brings together craft beer, small batch spirits, local wines, and some of the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.  $20-$50]

Wayne, Pa.
Thu. 2/25; All Day — Free Will Brewing Unleashes their Cool Stuff at Teresa's Next Door [We will be pouring a bunch of cool sours, big beers, and rarities from a local brewery that has really become one of the premier producers of sour ales in Pennsylvania.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 2/26; 11 a.m. — Toss Back the Taps Happy Hour at The Side Bar [We will be bringing some of our taps back to the roots of what got craft beer started for many of us next to what some of these beers have given birth to.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/28; 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. — Stretch and Sip at Levante Brewing Company [Join us at Levante Brewing for a yoga class taught in our brewhouse then enjoy the company and atmosphere while you sip on a flight of refreshing Levante brews and chow down on a light brunch.  $25]
Sun. 2/28; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Coffee with a Kick Brunch at Side Bar [We will be serving some coffee beers that will be sure to wake you up and make you smile even more then your normal Sunday morning smile.  $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Sun. 2/28; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 2nd Anniversary Celebration at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [Come celebrate with us.  $PAYG]

Friday, February 19, 2016

Where there's a Will there's Iron Hill and Free Will

(Thirty, plus three, on tap for Iron Hill's annual Belgium Comes to West Chester)

The last Saturday of January gave the rabid lovers of Belgian beer and sour beer a double-dip opportunity to indulge in the heart of Chester County and Bucks County. If you've not well-familiarized yourself yet with the beer scenes of the Philly suburbs-borderline-exurbs, allow me to point you in the right direction.

The Saturday one week before the Super Bowl each year is when Iron Hill in West Chester, Chester County, shows off at least 30 regional breweries and their respective takes on the broad "category" of Belgian-style beers. The styles typically run the gamut from low-alcohol, wild-fermented/sour beers to over-the-top flavor-popping Trappist Tripels and decadent Quadrupels plus all sorts of tasty twists and turns in between.

(The Iron Hill family, with both past and present brewers in attendance, at Belgium Comes to West Chester)

They call the event Belgium Comes to West Chester and brewers from participating breweries not only send beer but often show up themselves to take part in the wildly popular casual tasting event. Though, don't take the event too casually because once the crowds pack the dining room and bar room areas, it's not long before the kegs starting running dry. Always interesting to see which ones kick first and this year it was somewhat predictable with the Forest & Main Melange De Jour going first and followed not too far behind by the slightly more surprising Levante Twin Spires. Nice to see this as Levante is growing quite well into their spot on the local West Chester brewing scene since opening last February.

The last couple of years have seen quite a few brewers move on from the Iron Hill family as countless opportunities have continued to present themselves in the constantly-expanding industry. But, true to the family feel and well-run human resources at Iron Hill, a number of alumni either showed up in person or had their beers sent to be poured at the event. I may have missed one or two, but the five that I can quickly point to are: Bob Barrar (2SP Brewing Company); John Panasiewicz (3rd Wave); Jeff Ramirez (Denizens); Vince Desrosiers (Dock Street); and Jean Broillet (Tired Hands). By 5 p.m., all 30 kegs were drained and the after party gatherings were being planned.

(Feeling sour? Tasting sour at Free Will's Sour Sunday)

Clear across the region to central Bucks County is where you'll find Free Will Brewing Company doing their not-quite-regular Sour Sunday in Perkasie. Prior to January 31, I might have said, "sure, they can afford to do a Sour Sunday once a month". After what I witnessed, I may reconsider that opinion. Did the capacity crowd that descended upon the no-longer-relatively-unknown brewery in Perkasie show up because the crippling blizzard that kept everyone either shut in or sore from shoveling the week before and were stir crazy for a beer event? Or was it the draft list dominated by sour beers (the "regulars" rounded out by some new ones) that drew the crowd? Both, I'm sure.

If you wonder where Perkasie is, you're likely in good company. Think north of Lansdale and west of Doylestown and, if you draw a clock's circle around Philadelphia, at roughly 11 o'clock-ish (a.m. or p.m., doesn't matter). Free Will grew out of its original basement dwellings in 2014-2015 into the upstairs, street-facing space when it became available the prior year. The basement's former brewing space and tasting room is now dedicated to the wild and crazy critter beers that have certainly put the four-year-old brewery on the map. Upstairs, a modest-sized tasting room overlooks the new and spacious (though, getting less so by the month, it seems) brewing space which can also accommodate guests at picnic tables set up amongst the tanks.

On this particular day, both the tasting room and brewing floor were filled with fans of the brewery anxious to taste the usual sour suspects - Grape Sour, Pomegranate Sour, Key Lime Sour, and Kriek Sour - in addition to some new kids on the block like Sour Cherry Powered Rocket (quite perhaps my new favorite?) and DC Provisional Funk (a dry and funky saison fueled by local maltster Deer Creek Malthouse).

If you missed Sour Sunday, the last Sunday of February looks like another great excuse for you to find what Free Will is up to in Bucks County. The brewery is throwing a Clam Bake event - an event with all the fixins from food to beer to tours and even some "bum-style bonfires".

(Capacity crowd in the tasting room for Free Will's Sour Sunday)

(Capacity crowd in the brewery at Free Will's Sour Sunday)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: February 18 - February 24

The February calendar of beer events keeps humming along with another cool couple dozen ways to enjoy beer in the next week to keep you warm as spring looms just around the corner. Plus, Lehigh Valley Beer Week promises plenty of ways each day to celebrate great beers and bars from Allentown to Easton and Bethlehem to Emmaus and everywhere in between.

While I don't envision any book events for at least the next month, I'll continue to stick a quick plug here pointing you to: a) my publisher; b); c) As always, I thank you for your continued support.

As you review beer events, don't forget They host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 2/20; 11 a.m. — Wood? at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual barrel-aged ale fiasco. $PAYG]

Bristol, Pa.
Thu. 2/18; 5 p.m. — Beer & Food Pairings at Crooked Eye Brewery [Chef Norbert will be preparing dishes to enjoy with Crooked Eye ales.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Wed. 2/24; All day — One-off The Dock with Ballast Point at Fingers Wings & Other Things [Be the first to try all the new one-off beers Ballast Point is releasing.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 2/19; 5 p.m. — Introducing Shorts Brewing at The Drafting Room [Huma Lupa Licious IPA, Soft Parade, and Space Rock Pale from this Michigan brewery new to PA. $PAYG]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Sat. 2/20; 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Beer & Yoga at Victory Brewing Company [Join us for a morning of yoga followed by food & beer pairing stations.  $35]

Kutztown, Pa.
Sat. 2/20; 11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Detox & Retox: Brew Yoga Series at Saucony Creek Brewing Company [Twisting will help detox the body and encourage healthy digestion before enjoying the second half of the event…the retox.  $30-$35]

Lansdale, Pa.
Fri. 2/19; 5 p.m. — Bear Republic Rarities Celebration at Blue Dog Pub [Blue Dog has acquired a cache of Bear Republic Beer that you will not see anywhere else. $PAYG]

Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Sat. 2/20-Sat. 2/27; All week — Lehigh Valley Beer Week at numerous establishments around the Lehigh Valley [See website for an up-to-date calendar and event details.  $Varies]

Malvern, Pa.
Sat. 2/20; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Bottoms Up For Prostate Cancer at The Desmond [Featuring local breweries including Victory, wine tasting with food stations, games of chance, auction items, comedian Toogie Jackson, and live music with The MC Band.  $60-$209]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 2/18; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Magic Hat Night at Pinocchio's [Try some Magic Hat bottles.  $PAYG]

Milford, Del.
Thu. 2/18; 12 p.m. — Queen of Wands Bottle Release at Mispillion River Brewing Company [Queen of Wands is a 10% ABV Belgian Quad.  $PAYG]

Perkasie, Pa.
Sun. 2/21; 10:30 a.m. — BrewAsana Beer & Yoga at Free Will Brewing Company [This 45 minute introductory yoga session will be lead by Beth Howard of Younger Thru Yoga+, LLC., and will be followed by a private beer tasting consisting of a 4 beer flight, hosted by Free Will Brewing Co.  $27.37]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 2/18; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Destihl Happy Hour at American Sardine [ASB loves sour beer and ASB loves it in a can, therefore, ASB loves wild canners Destihl Brewery from Illinois.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/18; 4 p.m. — Midwest Beer Night at Barcade [A lineup of beers from the midwest US.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/18; 4 p.m. — Ballast Point Fruit & Hops Happy Hour at Brü Craft & Wurst [We're tapping a lineup of the new fruited hoppy beers from Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, as well as one old faithful.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/18; 7 p.m. — In The Garden Beer Night at Jerry's Bar [All night long, we'll be featuring special drafts made with these natural ingredients.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/18; All day — Galentine's Day at City Tap House-Logan [$10 donation for beer specials and raffle prizes benefitting the American Heart Association.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/19; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Great Lakes.  $Free]
Fri. 2/19; 5 p.m. — River Horse Brewing Taps and Tasting at Bottle Bar East [List of beers from River Horse Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/19; 7 p.m. — Firestone Nitro Merlin & Cookies Night at Devil's Den [We will be taping a keg of Firestone's Nitro Velvet Merlin Milk Stout and pairing it with plates of delicious homemade cookies.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/20; 12 p.m. — Beats, Brews, and BBQ at World Café Live [The opportunity to sample the offerings of over 30 local and regional breweries.  $45-$60]
Sun. 2/21; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Band of Brewers at World Café Live [We will once again be raising money for charity as well, as part of the proceeds will go to the charity of choice of the winning band. Each brewery will be represented by draft beers of their choice, so expect a pretty awesome lineup of local craft beer.  $20+$PAYG]
Mon. 2/22; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.  $Free]
Wed. 2/24; 12 p.m. — Sour Beer Event at Bainbridge Street Barrel House [Calling all Sour Beer enthusiasts, this is an event you do not want to miss.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/24; 4 p.m. — Pizza Boy and Bullfrog Tap Takeover at The Cambridge [More than a dozen beers combined from these two central PA brewing powerhouses.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/24; 7:24 p.m. — Everybody Get Hoppy at The Belgian Cafe [Join us as we feature a selection of stellar and seasonally appropriate hoppy brews.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 2/19; 11:30 a.m. — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Stop by to see which delicious brews will be on the hand pumps next to our stalwart Chester County Bitter.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 2/21; 11 a.m. — Dark Beer Day at Liberty Taproom [Expect some dark and decadent food specials that day as well and an afternoon unplugged DJ set from QBall of the Bloodhound Gang.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 2/18; 5 p.m. — Shorts Brewing Release at Side Bar [We will be welcoming in another great brewery to PA, Shorts Brewing, from Michigan.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/18; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Faithful and Fearless Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Engine 51, a traditional German lager which was brewed in collaboration with the First West Chester Fire Company.  $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Thu. 2/18; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Ballast Point Victory at Sea Day at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [We will be tapping Ballast Point Victory at Sea Variants - Toasted Coconut, Peanut Butter, and Peppermint. Plus, a firkin of Oak-aged Victory at Sea.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/21; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. — Craft Beer & Yoga at Chatty Monks [A 45 minute yoga class followed by a glass of beer or cider of your choice. Includes a light continental breakfast.  $30]

Wilmington, Del.
Fri. 2/19; 5 p.m. — Night of the Czar Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us as we release 4 Russian Stouts and a special guest beer from Stewart’s Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

York, Pa.
Sat. 2/20; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Hibrewnation at York Expo Center [Enjoy nearly limitless samples of over 90 hand-selected regional and international brews from our ever-growing list in your souvenir glass.  $20-$55]

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

20 is the new...thing. Victory and Sly Fox the latest to celebrate the milestone.

Victory Parkesburg

When I promised earlier last month that 2016 would be all about me getting back on the regular posting horse around here, I didn't necessarily say it would all be breaking news. For example, here in the Philly area, we have a couple of newly-minted 20-year-olds. Victory is turning twenty this month and it got me thinking back to November and the media luncheon/tour that I was invited to at the brewery's new, shiny massive brewing facility in Parkesburg, Pa. Then, in December I shared a dinner and few beers with the good folks at Sly Fox in their Phoenixville location as they celebrated twenty years on the Philadelphia region's brewing scene.

For the industry, twenty years has certainly its share of mostly ups, but also some downs, as what was mostly a fledgling niche segment of the industry at the time of Sly Fox's and Victory's openings, went through a "regrouping" set of years, before embarking on the last ten years of prosperity. This boom time for what has been typically referred to as the craft segment of the beer industry has seen dozens of breweries such as these two grow into regional powerhouses and to the point where many (including myself) argue that the term "craft" has outlived its usefulness.

Here's where I should attempt to awkwardly insert into this previously-written material that Victory today embarked on a "joint venture" with Southern Tier to be owned under an umbrella holding company run by a private equity holding company. Instead of mucking up the rest of this piece with the acquisition news, I'll simply link to an article over at instead.

Back to November, after many months of planning, digging, building, and fine-tuning, Victory was finally ready to unveil to the public what is promised to eventually nearly triple their previous brewing output capacity. Founding brewers, Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski, along with VP of Retail Operations Matt Krueger, hosted a media luncheon and tour that showcased the new facility and food menu along with nearly 30 Victory beers that have become the norm both at the original Downingtown location as well as the newer brewpub location in Kennett Square, Pa. which opened in Spring 2015.

The self-guided tour allows for guests to eat, drink, and meander at their own pace through the brewery with oversized windows looking into the brewing operations. Perhaps one of the most unique and fun aspects of the tour - complete with narration from locally-based beer and whiskey scribe Lew Bryson and story boards along the way - is the hop "exhaust" fan, or HopSniff if you will, which pipes whole leaf hop aroma into the tour hall corridor from inside the cooler.

See the demonstration of how to use the fan from Covaleksi himself in my picture gallery. Plenty of other peeks from inside the brewery in this gallery so grab a beer and check it out. Better yet, get yourself to Parkesburg to see firsthand what these two schoolbus-riding best friends turned homebrewers turned leaders of the brewing industry have put together in western Chester County.

On the northern end of Chester County, Sly Fox celebrated its own 20th anniversary with a weekend-long party back in December. They've been doing their own take on unique annual events for quite some time now.

Think: Robert Burns Night; St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp; and the more recent Can Jam Music Festival. The Bock Fest & Goat Races is the annual event that put them on the map as a special event destination all the way back in 2000. And, since opening the full-scale production brewery in Pottstown (along with well-regarded Manatawny Still Works across the street in the same corporate park), the possibilities for large-scale events have significantly increased. Bike races and road running races are just two examples.

Each year, the brewery hosts an anniversary party back in Phoenixville, across the street from where the original brewpub launched the last 20 years of brewing success. The 20th anniversary party rivaled the 15th with a breakfast, an overflowing list of beers throughout the weekend, live music, and contests/giveaways.

Dogfish Head, Yards, and Stewart's in Delaware hit 20 years in 2015 as well. Next up in 2016: Iron Hill and Flying Fish. The party keeps on....

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: February 11 - February 17

Ah, it's the week of love. However you express your love around Valentine's Day, plenty of opportunity to bring some beer front and center. Enjoy!

While I don't envision any book events for at least the next month, I'll continue to stick a quick plug here pointing you to: a) my publisher; b); c) As always, I thank you for your continued support.

As you review beer events, don't forget They host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.

Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Ardmore, Pa.
Thu. 2/11; 6 p.m. — Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [The release of Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout while we celebrate Valentine’s Day Weekend.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Flying Fish Tasting at The Beer Shoppe [Sampling of beers from Flying Fish.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/13; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Half Acre Tasting at The Beer Shoppe [Sampling of beers from Half Acre.  $PAYG]

Bear, Del.
Fri. 2/12-Sun. 2/14; All weekend — Valentine's Weekend at Stewart's Brewing Company [Filet Medallions, Lobster Ravioli, Tobasco & Garlic Chicken, Baked Oysters, and more. Monkey Love (Raspberry infused Stumblin’ Monk Abbey Tripel). Chocolate & Vanilla Stout on cask.  $PAYG]

Boyertown, Pa.
Fri. 2/12; 5 p.m. — When Ballast Point Gives You Lemons at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Join us as we tap a firkin of Meyer Lemon Sculpin IPA plus other outstanding Ballast Point brews on tap. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/13; 7 p.m. — A Chocolat Pairing Party at The Other Farm Brewing Company [A pairing of fine chocolates and craft beer and cider. $10]

Chalfont, Pa.
Fri. 2/12; 5 p.m. — Victory's 20th Birthday Celebration at Blue Dog Tavern [Help us celebrate the birthdays of the greats — George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Victory Brewing Company. $PAYG]

Churchville, Pa.
Fri. 2/12; 6 p.m. — Welcome Shorts Brewing to PA at The Churchville Inn [Awesome draft and bottle list. TVs will be playing Salute your Shorts because this is a boring time of year.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Thu. 2/11; 6 p.m. — Bell's HopSlam at Flanigan's Boathouse [The highly anticipated Double IPA will be tapped at 6 p.m. and cans will go on sale in our Below Deck Bottle Shop at the same time. $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Mon. 2/15; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Anniversary Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company [Join us as we celebrate 20 years of Victory with a special five-course beer dinner paired with Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner, Freigeist Collaboration Lichtenhainer, Blackboard Agave IPA, Ten Years Alt, and Hop Ranch Imperial IPA.  $65]

Easton, Pa.
Sun. 2/14; 11 a.m. — Sunday Morning Sex at Porters' Pub [Weyerbacher Brewing Sunday Morning Stout 2016 Brunch Release Party.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Sat. 2/13; 1 p.m. — HopSlam at The Drafting Room [A Valentine's Day treat for all our beer drinking friends along with several other awesome beers you won't want to miss.  $PAYG]

Kennett Square, Pa.
Mon. 2/15; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Anniversary Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company [Join us as we celebrate 20 years of Victory with a special six-course beer dinner paired with Victory Helles Lager, Golden Monkey, Blackboard Agave IPA, Ten Years Alt, Anniversary XX Imperial Porter, and Java Cask.  $65]

Kulpsville, Pa.
Sat. 2/13; 4 p.m. — Beer and Chocolate at CJ's Doghouse [This year we have some incredible sought after beers that are paired specially together.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 2/12; 5 p.m. — Starr Hill Brewery Hearts and Hops Night at Federal Taphouse [A rep from Starr Hill will be out and about sampling some of these great beers.  $PAYG]

Limerick, Pa.
Thu. 2/11; 5 p.m. — A Firkin of Nugget Nectar at Craft Ale House [We will be tapping a firkin of Tröegs Nugget Nectar.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Thu. 2/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Victory 20th Anniversary Celebration/Tap Takeover at Bulls Head Public House [Java Cask Imperial Coffee Stout, V-Twelve, Zigga Zagga Maibock, DirtWolf Imperial IPA, Anniversary 20 IPA, Storm King Imperial Stout [Nitro], and a bartop firkin of Anniversary XX Imperial Pils.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Sun. 2/14; 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. — Love is Bitter, Love is Sweet Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Featuring Valentinus IPA, a full-bodied American-style double IPA and Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout, our English Sweet Stout.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sun. 2/14; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Chili Challenge at Victory Brewing Company [Come to our brand new Parkesburg brewpub to taste a variety of chilis and vote for your favorite. Your vote will help crown the winner of The People’s Pepper.  $Free Admission & $PAYG]
Mon. 2/15; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Anniversary Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company [Join us as we celebrate 20 years of Victory with a special five-course beer dinner paired with Freigeist Collaboration Lichtenhainer, Anniversary 20 Experimental IPA, Ten Years Alt, Blackboard Agave IPA, Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner, and Storm King Stout.  $65]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 2/11; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — 2SP Brewing Meet & Greet at Old Eagle Tavern [Meet and greet the Brewers, owners, and sales reps from 2SP Brewing Company.   $PAYG]
Thu. 2/11; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — River Horse Keep the Pint Night at Hop Angel Brauhaus [Buy a pint of River Horse Special Ale or Oatmeal Milk Stout, keep the glass.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/11; 7 p.m. — Two Roads Rye 95 Release Party and Tap Takeover at Interstate Drafthouse [Two Roads Brewery is releasing their Rye 95 tripel blonde ale elusively at the Interstate Drafthouse.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/12; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of Chocolate beers with Joe Sixpack.  $Free]
Fri. 2/12; 5 p.m. — Victory Brewing 20th Anniversary at City Tap House-University City [City Tap House is proud to invite our friends from Victory Brewing Co into the city for the night and share a beer....or 20 in their honor. Expect brewmasters, reps, and enthusiasts. And an anniversary cake.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/12; 6 p.m. — Shorts Brewing Beer Night at Jerry's Bar [This is the first time that this Michigan brewery will be serving brews anywhere outside of Michigan.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/12; 7 p.m. — Speak Easy Takeover Valentine's Day Event at Bottle Bar East [Syndicate #3 draft release.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/12-Sun. 2/14; All weekend — Anti-Valentine's Weekend at Devil's Den [We will be celebrating all the ex-lovers in our lives with a lineup inspired by all the people we have left behind with Anti-Valentine's Day themed beers.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/13; 12 p.m. — Terrapin Wake 'n' Bake Off at City Tap House-Logan [Contestants must create a sweet or savory baked good that incorporates Terrapin beer into the recipe.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/13; 5 p.m. — Cupid is Stupid, Suds for our Buds at City Tap House-University City [We're experimenting with sweet beers- lambic and stouts- and working on true love with craft beer. Single welcome, flings encouraged.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/14; 5 p.m. — Valentine's Day at Bottle Bar East [2 Appetizers, 2 Entrees, and Dessert with a Big Bottle of Beer to enjoy with your dinner. All for one price.  $TBD]
Sun. 2/14; 5 p.m. — OrValentines Day at Monk's Café [We will once again offer a romantic Valentines Day menu featuring Orval.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/14; 6 p.m. — Oxbow Shares The Love at Memphis Taproom [Owners, brewers, and sales staff from Oxbow Brewing Company in Maine descend for a quick two-day visit with plenty of great beer.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/14; 10 p.m. — Oxbow Shares The Love at Martha [Owners, brewers, and sales staff from Oxbow Brewing Company in Maine descend for a quick two-day visit with plenty of great beer.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/14; All day — Valentines Day Savage Sixtel Sunday at Kite & Key [Bring in your love for beer.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/15; 5 p.m. — Oxbow Shares The Love at Fountain Porter [Owners, brewers, and sales staff from Oxbow Brewing Company in Maine descend for a quick two-day visit with plenty of great beer.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Yards Brewing Company.  $Free]
Mon. 2/15; 7 p.m. — Oxbow Shares The Love at South Philadelphia Tap Room [Owners, brewers, and sales staff from Oxbow Brewing Company in Maine descend for a quick two-day visit with plenty of great beer.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 2/12; 5 p.m. — Rose Tripel & Chocolate Stout Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrating the dual release of Rose Tripel, our traditional Belgian-style golden ale and Chocolate Stout, an English-style Russian Imperial Stout just in time for Valentine's Day.  $PAYG]

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa.
Sun. 2/14; 12 p.m. — Anti-Valentine's Day at ShawneeCraft Brewing Company [Food will be available from noon to 4 p.m. and Public Displays Of Rejection will take the stage from 4 to 7 p.m.  $PAYG]

Voorhees, NJ
Tue. 2/16; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beer and Chocolate Pairing Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for a pairing of Iron Hill beer and Éclat chocolate.  $25]

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 2/11; All Day — Nugget Nectar Event at Ulysses Gastropub [We will be featuring Tröegs Nugget Nectar of course as well as other limited release beers.  $PAYG]

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: February 4 - February 10

And just like that, it appears that the beer events calendar has gone from good to great. It's as if the post-holiday, post-blizzard schedulers have come roaring alive here in the beginning of February. Here below are almost 50 ways to find great beer all around the greater Philly region in the next 7 days and nights.

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Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 2/4; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [100% of cask proceeds will be donated to Miller-Keystone Blood Center.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Wed. 2/10; All day — Stone Brewing Rare Gems at Fingers Wings & Other Things [Serving an assortment of limited releases from Stone.  $PAYG]

Dover, Del.
Fri. 2/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Not Your Daughter's Thin Mint Release Party at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company [Join us for the 14 barrel release of Not Your Daughter's Thin Mint, a milk stout brewed using fresh mint and cocoa nibs. We'll have music from Emily Moses and food from The Wandering Chef.  $PAYG]

Kulpsville, Pa.
Fri. 2/5; 6 p.m. — Stable 12 Tap Takeover at CJ's Doghouse [We will have over 5 beers from Stable 12 on draft.  $PAYG]

Kutztown, Pa.
Fri. 2/5; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — First Friday, Firkin, & Flatbread Night at Saucony Creek Brewing Company [We celebrate the First Friday of each month with a feature of a local artist, a specialty cask conditioned Firkin from our brewing team led by head brewer Nick Micio, and some tasty Flatbreads from Chef Tim Howells.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 2/4; 5 p.m. — Almanac Tap Invasion at Hunger N Thirst [Tapping a bunch of amazing beers from Almanac Beer Co. We will also have Mick Kalata in the house shucking oysters.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Sat. 2/6; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Make It Funky Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Groove to the ’70s with 8 funky beers at our Barrel-Aged and Sour Beer Release Party  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/6; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — New Belgium Brewing's Lost In The Woods Sour Beer Release Party at The Fridge [For one night only, we will be hosting a special release party full of beers, food and an array of entertainment to introduce the newest iterations of New Belgium vintage sours.  $50]
Sun. 2/7; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Super Beer Sunday at The Fridge [Join us Super Bowl Sunday for our annual pre-game party.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 2/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Stone Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Stone.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Firestone Walker Milk & Cookies Event at Pinocchio's [Pair some cookies with beers from Firestone Walker.  $PAYG]

Milford, Del.
Sat. 2/6; 12 p.m. — Rise Or Shine Beer Release at Mispillion River Brewing Company [Come by for a mug of Rise or Shine or coffee and you'll be able to get your hands on a special edition coffee mug created just for this event.  $PAYG]

Milton, Del.
Thu. 2/4; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [We're digging into our Vintage Stash and spinning some groovy Vinyl for one fantastically awesome Happy Hour at our Milton brewery.  $PAYG]

Narberth, Pa.
Sun. 2/7; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Superbowl Sunday Free Beer & Bread Sampling at The Greeks Next Door [We'll be having a pre-superbowl party with Starr Hill Brewery in for a free beer sampling with loads of giveaways and growler fill specials along with Jerry the Baker who will be brining in delectable flatbread pizzas and freshly baked Bavarian pretzels.  $Free]

Oxford, Pa.
Mon. 2/8; 5 p.m. — Two Stories Blonde Ale Launch Night at Bog Turtle Brewery [Two Stories Blonde Ale is the fourth of Bog Turtle Brewery's four introductory beers, a perfectly balanced ale with just the right blend of Pilsner malt and classic Bavarian hops.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 2/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — A Pink Elephant in the Room: Brewery Huyghe at Tria Taproom [A special Delirium happy hour in honor of a visit from their export manager Stefaan Naeyaert, as well as their national director. Join us for special prices on Delirium Tremens, Nocturnum, and more.  $PAYG]
Thu. 2/4; 7 p.m. — Karneval Kostume Party at Brauhaus Schmitz [1/2 price Kölsch Bier for Ladies Night. Enter to win a free kegerator. Costume contest. Fasnachts sold 2/4-2/9.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/5; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of Super Bowl-themed beers with Joe Sixpack.  $Free]
Fri. 2/5; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — 1st February Event: New Belgium Tasting and Taps at Bottle Bar East [List of beers from New Belgium Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/5; 7 p.m. — Terrapin Brewing Tap Takeover at Jon's Bar & Grille [A night of beers from Terrapin Brewing Company  $PAYG]
Fri. 2/5; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer & Brewing 101 at Philly Beer School [This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history.  $39.98]
Sat. 2/6; 12 p.m. — Nugget Nectar Firkin Tap at Bottle Bar East [Come enjoy the Nugget Nectar as a firkin by Tröegs.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/6; 12 p.m. — Lost in The Woods with New Belgium Brewery at Monk's Café [Monk's Café is proud to offer the debut of the New Belgium 2016 Lost In The Woods Series.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/6; 5 p.m. — Catch A Fire: A celebration of the Music of Robert Nesta Marley at City Tap House-University City [Join City Tap House and Firestone Walker for our annual expression of gratitude and one love to the music and life of Bob Marley.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/7; 11 a.m. — Blind PigSkin Sunday at Bierstube [NFL Superbowl on our Four large screen televisions and Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig IPA on tap.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/7; 6 p.m. — Super Bowl Party at Brauhaus Schmitz [Watch the game on the big screen in our Brauer Bund Beer Hall. Bottomless beer specials paired with a huge buffet of pork rinds, roast beef, meatballs, wings, and more.  $50]
Sun. 2/7; 6 p.m. — Super Bowl 50 at Brü Craft & Wurst [Catch Super Bowl 50 on our giant projection wall while you kick-it with food and drink specials and the debut of our killer monster sandwich.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/7; 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — Super Bowl Sunday at Dock Street Brewing Company [We'll have food and beer specials throughout, and good old-fashioned friendly neighborly vibes, which is really what watching the game is all about, at least to us here at Dock Street. That and the commercials, we admit.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/7; 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. — Super Bowl Party at Hop Angel Brauhaus [Dream about the future when the Eagles are back in the big game. Enjoy the present with great beer and free sandwiches and appetizers at half time.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/7; 7 p.m. — Superbowl of Draft Lists at Bottle Bar East [Come and enjoy the finest beer or beers.  $PAYG]
Sun. 2/7; All day — The Elder Bowl - Peyton vs. Pliny at Eulogy [We'll tap a keg of Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Elder at 11 am opening time, serve our delicious brunch menu up until 3 pm, and then have some food specials for the game.  $PAYG]
Mon. 2/8; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Søle Artisan Ales.  $Free]
Tue. 2/9; 12 p.m. — Cocktail Jawn 3: Founders vs. Left Hand at U-Bahn [Each brewery will have a slate of four contestants crafting a cocktail using a different featured beer, and our panel of celebrity guest judges will evaluate and declare a finalist from each side.  $10 + $PAYG]
Tue. 2/9; 6 p.m. — Beer School at Coeur [Featuring Tim Roberts, Head Brewer at Yards Brewing, talking all about Yards Love Stout and so many more of his great beers.  $Free]
Tue. 2/9; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — Mardis Gras at Interstate Drafthouse [Sin the night away with $5 hurricanes and Abita drafts. We'll bring the beads.  $PAYG]
Tue. 2/9; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer and Chocolate Beer Dinner Lite at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Six chocolates paired with Saison, Winter Warmer, Hopewell Furnace IPA, Bourbon Wee Heavy, Russian Imperial Stout, and Munich Dunkel.  $55]
Tue. 2/9; 7 p.m. — Dinner with Tomme Arthur - Lost Abbey Brewery at Monk's Café [A six-course meal paired with Lost Abbey's Carnivale, Duck Duck Gooze, Red Poppy, Veritas 14, Lost & Found, Cuvee de Tomme, and Angel’s Share.  $125]
Tue. 2/9; All Day — A Blast of Barleywine Past: Ballantine Burton Ale, or "The Greatest Beer Never Sold" at Tria Taproom [The legend of this great beer lived on. Anchor Old Foghorn, the first modern Barleywine, and Dogfish Head Burton Baton were both inspired by the original version of this beer. Pabst, the current owner of the Ballantine brand, revived the beer for one small batch, replicating the original as closely as possible.  $PAYG]
Wed. 2/10; 9 p.m. — Bella Vista Beer Night at The Trestle Inn [Featuring Winter Farmhouse Ale, Winter Warmer and Honey Crisp Farmhouse Apple Tripel from Pizza Boy Brewing.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 2/5; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/6; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — British Invasion Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [We will be featuring eight English style beers and a traditional British-inspired menu.  $PAYG]
Sat. 2/6; 6 p.m. — Long Trail/Otter Creek Tap Takeover at Bistro on Bridge [First 50 customers to order from the above selections will receive a complimentary glass.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 2/5; 11:30 a.m. — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 2/4; 5 p.m. — Dogfish Head Big Beer Weekend at Liberty Taproom [We will be tapping four high ABV beers including 120 Minute IPA, Higher Math, Fort, and Miles Davis Bitches Brew.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Thu. 2/4; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — RAR launch party at Pickled Pig Pub [Very excited to welcome these guys to Delaware.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 2/5; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: New Belgium at Washington House [Taste a lineup of beers from New Belgium Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Sat. 2/6; All Day — Super Bowl Saturday at Teresa's Next Door [We will pour some hoppy stuff, some sour stuff, some dark stuff, some fruity stuff, and some other dusty old stuff.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Thu. 2/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Ballast Point.  $Free]
Sun. 2/7; 10 a.m. — Kegs 'n' Eggs at Levante Brewing Company [Don't sweat what you look like, just brush your teeth, put a hat on or do the ponytail thing, put on some slippers or show up with what your wore last night. We don't judge.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 2/6; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live [We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together in unexpected and delicious ways. Bring your vegetarian friends, too — we can accommodate them on all pairings.  $40]