Saturday, April 30, 2016

Local beers to drink this week during Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia

With nearly 150 events confirmed to take place during the next week during Craft Brewers Conference/World Beer Cup in Philly, there's no shortage of places to go and things to drink around town. Industry professionals will be hunkered down at the Convention Center (unless of course they have a good excuse to sneak away) and consumers will be chasing them and their beers at bars all around the city.

I've been keeping a running list of confirmed events over here via this link.

But, what about the local brewing scene? I haven't done an exact calculation for how many of these events are focused exclusively on out-of-state - some licensed just for the week - but my unscientific calculation shows a very large percentage.

So what about our local breweries? I put together a list. I know, I know. Another list. But this one I believe will help you more than the average internet list of things.

Check out the list of Top 20 beers for visiting conference-goers to find when in Philly during the next week. And, if you're here already, you're in luck and have a head-start on everyone else. Remember, too, to use for up-to-date draft lists.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 28 - April 30

Just a few things (!) on the calendar here around Philly as we close out the month of April with these last three days of events. After Saturday, all eyes, ears, and beers will turn to the nearly 15,000 industry professionals that will descend upon the city for the annual Craft Brewers Conference. I'll need to get a list of open-to-the-public events to share with you. Should be quite a scene.

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. 4/30; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — IPA Brew Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company [Kick off your spring with live music from The Octavia Blues Band, a fresh buffet, and fantastic craft beer.  $35-$40]

Cherry Hill, NJ
Sat. 4/30; 12 p.m. — Cake-Over & Craft Bazaar at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company [Featuring Funnel Cake variants and a craft bazaar with unique vendors.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; 6:30 p.m. — Best of the Locals Beer Dinner at The Drafting Room [Five-course dinner paired with beers from Crowded Castle, Tired Hands, Sole Artisan Ales, Free Will Brewing, Fegley's Brew Works, and 2SP.  $59]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/22-Sat. 4/30; All day — Harrisburg Beer Week at Harrisburg Beer Week [A nine-day, multi-venue series showcasing breweries, restaurants, pubs, and more through craft beer-centric events, demonstrations, and education. See website for up-to-date calendar of official events.  $Varies]
Sat. 4/30; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Little Big Beer Fest at Appalachian Brewing Company [30+ beers to sample. 100% of proceeds go to Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services.  $30]

Kulpsville, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; All day — Starr Hill King of Hops Flights at CJ's Doghouse [Enjoy the taste of some great variants of King of Hops.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Green Flash Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Green Flash.  $PAYG]

Merchantville, NJ Sat. 4/30; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Spring Fest at Blue Monkey Tavern [List of beers will be posted once we have it finalized.  $35]

Norristown, Pa. Thu. 4/28; 5:30 p.m. — Deschutes Draft Event at Capone's [Abyss variation pours.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 4/28; 3 p.m. — PA Breweries Night at Barcade [An evening of the Finest Brews from The Keystone State.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/29; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — British Ales with Joe Sixpack at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from the UK served up with an appearance by Joe Sixpack.  $Free]
Fri. 4/29; 5 p.m. — Ommegang / Blvd Tasting at Bottle Bar East [Beers from Ommegang and Boulevard.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/29; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Finally Friday Beer Tasting at Trolley Car Diner [Sample some of our favorite varieties from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company.  $Free]
Sat. 4/30; 3 p.m. — PA Breweries Night at Barcade [Please join us for an evening of the finest brews from The Keystone State.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/30; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Belgian Beer Experience at Philly Beer School [We’ll taste through the famous, and not-so-famous, beer styles of Belgium, including Strong Golden Ales, Wild Fermented Lambics, Monk brews, and more.  $49.98]

Pottstown, Pa.
Sat. 4/30; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Pottstown Firkin Festival at Manatawny Park [The Pottstown Firkin Fest offers an impressive array of 42 firkins, crafted by 24 of the top local and regional breweries in the craft brewing world. This all-VIP event is limited to 500 VIP sampling guests.  $25-$75]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 4/30; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — S.I.P. Fest at Canal Street Pub [SIP Fest breweries provide a cask conditioned beer AND a draft beer. Canal Street Pub will create a food pairing for each of the cask offerings that will be available for the first hour of SIP Fest.  $45]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 4/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Meet Yvan De Baets from Brasserie De la Senne at Teresa's Next Door [We will have a few of his elegant brews on tap for you to try.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 4/30; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Delaware on the Deck Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us as we open our deck and tap some special beers from Iron Hill and twelve Delaware breweries.  $PAYG]

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 21 - April 27

Let's skip the superlatives this week and just let the calendar below speak for itself.

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.

Chambersburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Tap Takeover at Good Ta Go [Join Brewery Rep Kevin as he takes over the taps. There will be a special Makers Mark Barrel of Exit 4.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa. 
Wed. 4/27; 6 p.m. — Chicken & Waffles with Founders Brewing at Fingers Wings & Other Things [Special drafts and bottles of KBS. $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 4/22; All weekend — Game of Thrones Weekend at The Drafting Room [Featuring beers from Ommegang's Game of Thrones series.  $PAYG]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/22-Sat. 4/30; All day — Harrisburg Beer Week at better beer venues all around the Harrisburg region [A nine-day, multi-venue series showcasing breweries, restaurants, pubs, and more through craft beer-centric events, demonstrations, and education. See website for up-to-date calendar of official events.  $Varies]
Sat. 4/23; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — PA Flavor at Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex [This event brings together up to 40 Pennsylvania breweries along with 20 PA Preferred food producers and 20 PA Preferred restaurants in a unique sampling event.  $20-$75]

Horsham, Pa.
Wed. 4/27; 7 p.m. — St. Bernardus Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey [A four-course meal served with St. Bernardus' Abt 12, Blanche, Prior, Tripel, and Oak-aged Abt 12.  $65]

Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Sat. 4/23; 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Tap into Spring with Team WMMR at Barren Hill Brewing Company [Join Team WMMR and Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery and get ready to Tap into Spring — a fun 25-30 mile ride for all levels, benefitting the American Cancer Society, starting and ending at Barren Hill. Includes the ride, buffet and select beverages.  $25]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 5 p.m. — Half Acre Night at Hunger N Thirst [Amazing beers from Half Acre Beer Company.   $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 4/25; 5:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner with Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company at Bulls Head Public House [Four beers from Neshaminy Creek served with four courses of food.  $35]

Newtown, Pa.
Sat. 4/23; All day — Ballast Point Brewing Event at Isaac Newton's [Save the date.  $PAYG]

Newtown Square, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ship Bottom Tap Takeover and DelCo Debut of Blueberry Bikini Bottom Wheat at Double Edge Sports Grille [Meet the Brewer, Rob, who will be here to talk beer with you and to tell you all about his new brewery opening this June in Beach Haven, NJ.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Boaks Retirement Draft Party at Capone's [Beers to commemorate the end of the run for Boaks Beer from NJ.  $PAYG]

Paoli, Pa.
Fri. 4/22; All weekend — Game of Thrones Weekend at Redhound Grille [There will be dinner and drink specials inspired by Westeros and its Inhabitants and the very special Ommegang Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat on tap.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Two Roads: 500 Years of Reinheitsgebot — Beer Purity Party at Hop Angel Brauhaus [On tap will be all of Two Roads's German style beers, all* of which conform to the Reinheitsgebot (or else we would have to call this event something else).   $PAYG]
Thu. 4/21-Sun. 4/24; All weekend — St George's Day — A Weekend Celebration of English Beers at Devil's Den [More details to come.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/22; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Leinenkugel Brewing Company at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Leinenkugel Brewing Company.  $Free]
Fri. 4/22; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Capt. Lawrence Tasting at Bottle Bar East [Tasting the Grapefruit cans.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/23; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon, and Blues Craft Beer Fest at Manayunk Brewing Company [4+ hours of tastings of craft beers and bourbons. We'll also have whole pig pulled pork, and lively blues to keep the day going.  $20-$60]
Sat. 4/23; 12 p.m.-6 p.m. — Fruit Beer and Cider Festival at The Institute [Sampling of some of the best fruit beers and ciders around.  $45]
Sat. 4/23; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — Stiftungsfest at Cannstatter Volksfest Verein [Music, beer, dancing, food, and prizes on the 500th anniversary of the Bayrische Reinheitsgebot. $10-$12]
Sun. 4/24; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. — Game Of Thrones Season 6 Premiere at The Institute [We will start the day off with season 5 and show all the episodes leading up to the premier of season 6. This event wouldn't be complete without an Ommegang Brewing Tap Takeover.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/25; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Happy Hour with Captain Lawrence at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Captain Lawrence.  $Free]
Tue. 4/26; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tappings at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Bear Republic Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/27; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Shake Shack “In Da Cart" at Garage [For one night only, Garage is serving up the limited-edition Super Fry Frickle Dog and served alongside ice-cold pints of Brooklyn Brewery ShackMeister Ale made available by Brooklyn Brewery and Garage.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa. Fri. 4/22-Sun. 4/24; All weekend — SRT Spreekend at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Celebrating the Schuylkill River Trail and the release of SRT Ale. See website for list of events around the region focused on the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 4/21; 5 p.m. — Mikkeller Flight Night at Liberty Taproom [Come join us at the Taproom for a flight of four incredible beers from one of our favorite gypsy brewers.  $PAYG]

Southampton, Pa.
Tue. 4/26; 6:30 p.m. — Doylestown Brewing Beer Dinner at Steam [Five-course meal paired with five beers from Doylestown Brewing Company.  $45]

West Chester, Pa.
Sat. 4/23; 3 p.m. — Smile For The Camera! at Levante Brewing Company [We want you to mass with us and our entire team in our parking lot, we'll give you a free beer from a special, limited release beer that day and have you look up at the sky, smile, raise your glass and say, "Elevate Your Craft!"...or maybe just say "Cheese!"  $PAYG]

West Reading, Pa.
Sun. 4/24; 9 a.m.-12 p.m. — Craft Beer & Yoga at Chatty Monks [A 1 hour yoga class followed by a glass of beer or cider of your choice. Includes a light continental breakfast.  $30]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 4/23; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live [Featuring 3rd Wave Brewing Company. Two of the best things on earth paired together in unexpected and delicious ways. Bring your vegetarian friends, too — we can accommodate them on all pairings.  $40]
Tue. 4/26; 7 p.m. — Brewers of Delaware Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Head Chef David Foster and Head Brewer Justin Sproul invite you to try five courses paired with beers from five different Delaware brewers.  $65]
Wed. 4/27; 7 p.m. — Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Hotel du Pont [An elegant evening of food and beer pairings in the opulent Christina Room.  $60]

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Craft Brewers Conference/World Beer Cup 2016: Where To Drink/What To Do in Philadelphia

NOTE: My original commentary from 4/20/16 has been moved to the bottom to get you to the event listings faster.

Our local breweries and bars are not rookies in putting together events throughout the year. Here's what's on tap thus far and open to the public from May 2-7. It's where you'll get to drink some of the area's and country's finest beers and rub elbows with some of the industry's brightest. Of course, as usual, please let me know if I'm missing anything.

(Find my top recommendations, as of 4/22, over at this link)

Alla Spina
  Wed. May 4Happy Hour with Goose Island
  Thu. May 5Sour Happy Hour with Almanac Beer Co.

American Sardine Bar
  Wed. May 4Coronado
  Thu. May 5Cinco de Mayo w/ Ballast Point

Bainbridge Street Barrel House
  Mon. May 2Hosting Saltwater Brewery
  Tue. May 3Hosting Shelton Brothers Importers and their UK brewers and beers
  Thu. May 5Hosting Lakefront Brewery and Sprecher Brewing
  Thu. May 5Hosting Bruery and Bruery Terreux
  Fri. May 6Hosting Bunker Brewing and Finback
  Sat. May 7Hosting Voodoo Brewery

  Mon. May 2St. Benjamin Event
  Tue. May 3Stone Brewery Event
  Wed. May 4Dominion Pinup Girl Event
  Thu. May 5Lancaster Brewing Company Event

Bottle Bar East
  Tue. May 3Hardywood Park
  Wed. May 4Destihl
  Thu. May 5Stone
  Fri. May 6Burial Beer
  Sat. May 7Wicked Weed

Brick and Mortar
  Mon. May 2-Sat. May 7Ballast Point Tap Takeover

  Tue. May 3CBC '16, Take 1: Almanac and Forest & Main
  Tue. May 3CBC '16, Take 2: Surly and Gigantic
  Wed. May 4CBC '16, Take 3: Jolly Pumpkin
  Wed. May 4CBC '16, Take 4: Maine Beer Company
  Wed. May 4CBC '16, Take 5: Green Bench and Wicked Week
  Thu. May 5CBC '16, Take 6: Fat Head's
  Thu. May 5CBC '16, Take 7: Prairie and Grimm
  Thu. May 5CBC '16, Take 8: Cascade
  Fri. May 6CBC '16, Take 9: Shelton Imports

City Tap House-Logan Circle
  Tue. May 3Bell's Brewery Eccentric Cafe Experience
  Thu. May 5Cinco de Sunlight at Collaboration Station

City Tap House-University City
  Tue. May 3New Belgium & Friends
  Wed. May 4Charlie Bravo Charlie; $100

  Thu. May 5JDub's Brewing Night

  Tue. May 32SP + Bagby Brewing
  Wed. May 4The Montreal Express Brasserie Dunham + Trou du Diable + Dieu du Ciel + Les Trois Mousquetaires

Devil's Den
  Mon. May 2Ballast Point Tap Takeover
  Tue. May 3Terrapin Brewing Tap Takeover
  Wed. May 4Ommegang, Boulevard, & Duvel
  Thu. May 5Michigan Brewer's Guild
  Thu. May 5Stone Brewing Tap Takeover
  Fri. May 6Sour Beer Invitational

Electric Factory
  Thu. May 5Mastodon presented by Surly Brewing Co., Champion Brewing Co. and BSG Craft Brewing; $32.50

Fado Irish Pub
  Wed. May 4Craft Beer Pub Quiz

Fergie's Pub
  Tue. May 3Firestone Walker Beers, Bonney, Sweets, and Dice

Field House
  Thu. May 5Yards Comedy Night After Party

Fox & Hound
  Wed. May 4Craft Malt Tap Takeover; $Free

Good Dog Bar
  Mon. May 2Two Roads & Sly Fox Event
  Tue. May 3Firestone Walker Event
  Wed. May 4Brooklyn Beer Event
  Thu. May 5Green Flash & Alpine Beer Event
  Fri. May 6Yards Beer Event

Han Dynasty
  Tue. May 3Happy Hour with New Belgium

  Mon. May 2Sole Artisan Ales and Bunker Brewing
  Wed. May 4Surly and Friends Rare Beer House Party
  Thu. May 5Kings of Queens
  Fri. May 6Who Doesn't Like A Threesome

  Wed. May 4Hop Trüb Lime Machine 80's Bash

Johnny Brenda's
  Tue. May 3Introduction of Brotherly Suds

Jose Pistola's
  Tue. May 3Late Night with Joe Gunn: CBC Edition
  Wed. May 4Late Night with Joe Gunn: CBC Edition
  Wed. May 4Brasserie De La Senne & Bagby Beer Company
  Thu. May 5Cinco de Mayo Block Party Featuring Yards Brewing

Kite & Key
  Mon. May 2New Belgium
  Tue. May 3Firestone Walker Lunch
  Wed. May 4Green Flash

Local 44
  Wed. May 4Tired Hands + Bluejacket

Lucky's Last Chance
  Tue. May 3Tuesday Tapping with Mispillion River
  Tue. May 3Late Night with Green Flash/Alpine
  Wed. May 4Great Divide Joins Us on Whiskey Wednesday
  Fri. May 6Happy Hour with Stone Brewing

  Wed. May 4A Barrel-Aged Symposium with Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence
  Thu. May 5Great Minds Think Alike: Jester King, Green Bench, and Tired Hands
  Fri. May 6Martha Goes to Space! with Other Half Brewing, Oxbow and Monkish

McCrossen's Tavern
  Tue. May 3Hop Till You Drop with Evolution and Fat Head's
  Thu. May 5Sour Showcase with Free Will Brewing Company
  Fri. May 6Get Goose'd
  Sat. May 7Honey Bunches of Hall and Oats

Memphis Taproom
  Wed. May 4The Mighty Memphis Taproom Welcome Wagon: Sly Fox welcomes Stone and Draai Laag
  Thu. May 5The Mighty Memphis Taproom Welcome Wagon: SØLE and Forest & Main invite Burial Beer Company and Other Half
  Fri. May 6The Mighty Memphis Taproom Welcome Wagon: 2SP hosts Half Acre and Wiseacre

  Tue. May 3CBC After Party with Ship Bottom Brewery

Monk's Cafe
  Tue. May 3Wicked Weed
  Wed. May 4New Belgium class; $45

Moriarity's Irish Pub
  Mon. May 2Green Flash & Alpine CBC Welcome Party

National Museum of American Jewish History
  Thu. May 5Amber Waves; $35

Philadelphia Brewing Company
  Thu. May 5International Beer Run

Prohibition Taproom
  Tue. May 3Goose Island CBC Tap Takeover
  Wed. May 4DMV does Philly

St. Benjamin Brewing Company
  Wed. May 4Kumpelbier Firkin Tapping

Smokin' Betty's
  Tue. May 3Food Pairing with Green Flash and Alpine

Standard Tap
  Wed. May 4May the 4th Galactic Pageant
  Fri. May 6Tired Hands, Stone, and Other Half
  Sat. May 7Sour Brunch

  Mon. May 2Pink Boots Society / CBC Kick Off
  Tue. May 3Victory Brewing + Australian Hop Growers Association
  Wed. May 4Brewery Pile Up (Perennial + Half Acre + JDub's + Free Will)
  Thu. May 5Brewery Pile Up (Neshaminy Creek + Night Shift Brewing + Against The Grain)

The Abbaye
  Tue. May 3U Buy The Glass: Taste of the Carolinas
  Wed. May 4U Buy The Glass: Weyerbacher

The Bishop's Collar
  Tue. May 3Jimmy Meiers & The Beers
  Wed. May 410 Barrel & More Event
  Fri. May 6Meet New Belgium's Head Brewer

The Cambridge
  Mon. May 2CBC Trio: Almanac, Half Acre, and Wiseacre
  Tue. May 3Short's 24 Tap Takeover
  Wed. May 4Lakefront Brewery Happy Hour
  Thu. May 5Funky Buddha, 3 Ways of Speedway, and more

The Industry Bar
  Mon. May 2Brooklyn Beer Pairing
  Tue. May 3Stone Brewing Late Night Snack & Beer Pairing Event
  Wed. May 4Fat Head's Rare Beer Event
  Thu. May 5Iron Hill World Beer Cup Event
  Fri. May 6Ballast Point Hawaiian Friday Beer Event

The Institute
  Mon. May 2I want Can-dy!
  Tue. May 3Slinging Suds with Southern Tier
  Wed. May 4Fun with Flying Dog and Play Doh!
  Thu. May 5Fun with Flying Dog and Play Doh!

The Khyber Pass Pub
  Tue. May 3Founders Takeover
  Wed. May 4Baird Beer Event
  Thu. May 5Epic & Elevation Event

The P.O.P.E.
  Tue. May 3Surly Tap Takeover

Tio Flores
  Wed. May 410 Barrel and Tacos

Tria Taproom
  Tue. May 34 Countries, 4 Brewers, 4 Beers: Shelton Brothers Showcase
  Wed. May 4A Romantic Evening with Dr. Bill and Rare Barrel-Aged Beers from Stone Brewing Company
  Thu. May 5The Wonderful World of B. United International

Tria Cafe-Fitler Square
  Wed. May 4Nebraska - Not Just A Bruce Springsteen Album

Tria Cafe-Rittenhouse Square
  Wed. May 4We Lost Our Opening Staff to El Segundo - a Tria Alumni Reunion

Tria Cafe-Washington Square
  Thu. May 5No Attitudes, Just Beer: Happy Hour with Surly Brewing Co.

Trocadero Theatre
  Thu. May 5Yards Comedy Night

  Tue. May 3CBC Underground #1: Founders
  Wed. May 4CBC Underground #2: Hwy. 128 Happy Hour
  Wed. May 4CBC Underground #3: New Holland Jamboree
  Thu. May 5CBC Underground #4: Firestone Walker
  Thu. May 5Beer-lesque: Vixens, Vintages, & Variety; $20
  Fri. May 6CBC Underground #5: Tröegs

Union Transfer
  Wed. May 4We CAN Jam

Varga Bar
  Thu. May 5Moscow Mule and Greyhound Lunch
  Thu. May 5The American Cinco De Mayo Party of the Year
  Fri. May 6The Officially Unofficial Award Show After Party Award Show

Xfinity Live! — CANCELLED
  Wed. May 4Philadelphia Craft Beer Invitational; $35

Yards Brewing Company
  All WeekCBC Week

In case you weren't aware, roughly 13,000 industry professionals will be in Philadelphia from May 2-May 6. While their conference doings are closed to the public — as is typical at this sort of convention — parties and events of all shapes and sizes will be taking place all around town and many will be open to all.

I couldn't wait to finish mowing last night because I was stewing up a rant about the variety of events that I'd become aware of in recent weeks surrounding the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) and biennial World Beer Cup (WBC).

Lacking a centralized promotional vehicle for the city's bars and breweries (and I'll be pleased to be corrected if I'm wrong), during the past couple weeks I've gathered what I've found in PR e-mails, FB postings, and random tweets and whispers in the wind. And until later last night, I sensed a real lack of focus on local breweries in these scheduled events.

After a couple more hours of sifting through yet more leads (which I imagine will continue right up until May 2), I now have a list of over 75 events in the first week of May coinciding with CBC/WBC. Quite a few bar events that I see are on the list now have a more proper focus on the breweries of the immediate Philly city and suburbs.

Still missing, however, is an event or events that focus on what we are often fond to say that we're proud of, but maybe haven't done the best job of representing to the broader market. Yes, I know the market is irrationally fixated on IPAs and beers masquerading as IPAs in name but aren't really IPAs. But we've always talked a big game in the lager world.

We trot out Dock Street's Royal Bohemian Pilsner, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Stoudts Pils, Tröegs Sunshine Pils and Troegnator Double Bock, and Victory Helles and Prima Pils as beers that have stood the test of time. They're joined by newer guys on the scene such as 2SP's DelCo Lager, Philadelphia Brewing's Kenzinger, and Neshaminy Creek's Trauger Pils and Churchville Lager.

While the rest of the country has slowly caught up with their own lager brewing, the greater Philadelphia region has excelled in this area for quite some time. So hey bar event organizers, let's recognize that. You say that a lager-ish, session-ish type of beer event is a tough sell for bars? Remember that these 13,000-ish brewers, owners, reps, and other industry personnel are not your typical customers.

It was Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head that was recently quoted: "At CBC, you’ll learn about your own business. At Philly Beer Week, you’ll learn about Philadelphia consumers." And Tomme Arthur echoed similar sentiments in the same article with "The two events reach totally different audiences, which is why I’m coming back for both. Any brewery that thinks they’re going to reach consumers at CBC is crazy."

Sure, they want the sours, the double IPAs, the barrel-aged stouts, and the oddly spiced one-offs. But there are already plenty of those events around this year's CBC and, quite frankly, available in many other parts of the country where these attendees call home. They're coming to Philly and they've heard that we've got a great pub culture and a spectacular lager-based history (have you told them where they can find the John Wagner historical plaque in Northern Liberties — have you seen it?). Let's show them.

Well, that wasn't quite the rant I initially imagined. There are still gaps to be filled on the CBC/WBC off-site events calendar. And hopefully I'm still to be pleased as the coming weeks unfold.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 14 - April 20

Tonight, I'm so pleased to be joining the Fishtown Beer Runners and their post-run Toast To The Professor at The Druid's Keep, which is featured in my Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. I think the Druid's Keep has been a Philly treasure for quite some time, and a somewhat well-guarded treasure, and am so happy to be doing an event there. This FBR/Book event joins the Boots, Brews, & BBQ event that I'm part of on April 30 in Wayne, NJ and the Meet The Author at Books-A-Million in the Exton Square Mall on June 14.

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.

Allentown, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Fegley's Chocolate Festival at Allentown Brew Works [Sample all things chocolate including beer, wine, and liqueur. Chocolate from some of the Lehigh Valley’s, and beyond, premier chocolatiers.  $30-$35]

Chambersburg, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; All day — 6th Anniversary Celebration at Good Ta Go [We will be dishing out $1 hot dogs as well as $3 discounts on any 64oz growler fill all day long.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Goose Island Bourbon County Rare Event at Flanigan's Boathouse [We will have five different Goose Island beers pouring and we'll be raffling off ten chances to purchase a Goose Island Bourbon County Brand rare stout.  $PAYG]

Doylestown, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Chimay Tasting at Pag's Pub [A special tasting with Chimay, featuring Doree, Grand Reserve, and Cinq Cent.  $PAYG]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Tasting at Exton Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Terrapin.  $Free]
Wed. 4/20; 5 p.m. — Dank Beer Tap Takeover at The Drafting Room [Join us for some super "Dank" beers and munchies on 4/20.  $PAYG]

Kutztown, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 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]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 5 p.m. — Founders KBS Stout Night at Hunger N Thirst [A tapping of Founders KBS and a bunch of other amazing stouts.   $PAYG]
Fri. 4/15; 5 p.m. — Yards Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar [All taps will be from Yards Brewing Company, April's featured brewery.  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/19; 6:30 p.m. — Grilled Cheese Paradise Beer Dinner Lite at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Head Chef Anthony Beaner and Head Brewer Pim Harmsen invite you to try four amazing beer and grilled cheese pairings.  $45]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tröegs Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers, plus hopefully a bunch of Scratch beers, from Tröegs.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/15; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ship Bottom Mini Tap Takeover at Pinocchio's [Come out and meet our new Beer Rep Jenna and find out about our brewery expansion.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Lagunitas Happy Hour at Pinocchio's [Beers from Lagunitas to get the night started right at happy hour.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Iron Lady Porter Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Iron Lady Porter, an Imperial Porter. This beer is brewed in collaboration with the Media Beer Ladies.  $PAYG]

North Wales, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Evolution Night at The Pour House [A night of beers from Evolution.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — 21st Amendment with Joe Sixpack at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from 21st Amendment Brewing Company served up with an appearance by Joe Sixpack.  $Free]
Fri. 4/15; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — NCBC Tasting at Bottle Bar East [Details coming soon.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/15; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — 8 Beers To Try Before You Die at Philly Beer School [Come and enjoy the Philly Beer School’s bucket list of beers.  $59.98]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level One at Philly Beer School [A brewer-instructor will guide you through the process step by step: from brew to boil to bottle.  $149.98]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Tappin' The Trucks- Brews n' Bites Block Party at Tap Room On 19th [Come out and support your local food trucks and breweries.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m. — Beer Garden Opening at Memphis Taproom [We open the beer garden at the crack of noon to grill some dogs and blow out some candles as we celebrate canned beer, hot dogs, and our 8th anniversary.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m. — Record Store Day at City Tap House-Logan [Dogfish Head party involving beer, music, food, and vinyl.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/16; 3 p.m.-7 p.m. — Road Jam with Two Roads at City Tap House-University City [Two Roads beer and local original music.  $PAYG]
Sun. 4/17; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Feast Of The Seven Kingdoms at Red Owl Tavern [A family-style feast featuring Brewery Ommegang.  $99]
Mon. 4/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Happy Hour with Lagunitas at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Lagunitas.  $Free]
Tue. 4/19; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Bach & Beer at Dock Street Brewing Company [Three of Bach's Cello Suites will be paired with three of our craft brews.   $PAYG]
Tue. 4/19; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tappings at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Smuttynose Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 4 p.m. — High Gravity at The Sidecar Bar & Grille [Unreal lineup of "big beers".  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 5 p.m. — Game of Thrones Quizzo at Bottle Bar East [Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale, the newest beer in the Game of Thrones series.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/20; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. — Universal Funk featuring Bella Vista Beer Night at The Trestle Inn [$1 Boulder Beer flights.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 4/15; All day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Our stalwart Chester County Bitter will be pouring through the beer engines alongside at least one other firkin.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Reading Craft Beer Festival at Santander Arena [Unlimited sampling of over 150 fresh beers of all colors, styles, and tastes.  $10-$65]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sat. 4/16; 12 p.m. — Dogfish Head Record Day Celebration at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats [See website for all the day's details.  $PAYG]

Strasburg, Pa.
Sat. 4/16; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Rails & Ales at Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania [Held among the world-class collection of historic trains inside the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s 100,000 square foot Rolling Stock Hall, featuring breweries, food trucks, and live music.  $15-$50]

Voorhees, NJ
Sat. 4/16; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. — Putting Away Capone Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Tax day has come so pay homage to his favorite drink, Rye Whiskey with Iron Hill's Capone Rye IPA.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Wed. 4/20; 4:20 p.m.-8 p.m. — 4:20 on 4/20 at Levante Brewing Company [We will release a cask conditioned (firkin) of "Dank Chief" IPA.  $PAYG]

Westmont, NJ
Sun. 4/10-Sat. 4/16; All night — What The Funk? Fest 3 at Keg & Kitchen [For seven days, Keg & Kitchen will feature rare American and European beers ranging from sour, barrel-aged beers to the simply strange and unique. See website for all each day's event details.  $PAYG]

Yardley, Pa.
Thu. 4/14; 7 p.m. — Allagash Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn [A five-course meal served with Allagash's White, Dubbel, Nancy, Tripel, and St. Klippenstein. $75]

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: April 7 - April 13

These beers ain't gonna drink themselves! Here is a list of well over 40 events in the next seven days where we can help with this.

I've finally got my third upcoming book event listing to share with you and it's with the Fishtown Beer Runners. On Thursday, April 14, I'll be joining them at their post-run Toast To The Professor at The Druid's Keep, which is featured in my Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. I think the Druid's Keep has been a Philly treasure for quite some time, and a somewhat well-guarded treasure as well and am so happy to be doing an event there. This FBR/Book event joins the Boots, Brews, & BBQ event that I'm part of on April 30 in Wayne, NJ and the Meet The Author at Books-A-Million in the Exton Square Mall on June 14.

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.

Ambler, Pa.
Sun. 4/10; 11:30 a.m. — Fourth Anniversary Party at Forest & Main [Join us for a day of special beers from the cellar and live music.  $PAYG]

Atlantic City, NJ
Thu. 4/7; 6 p.m. — Twas the Night Before AC Beerfest Tap Takeover at Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar [We will be taking over 20 taps at Wingcraft Kitchen & Bar in Atlantic City the eve of AC Beer & Music Festival. This evening we will be debuting White Caps, our Spring 2xIPA and tapping brews you will not be able to try in our tasting room.  $PAYG]
Thu. 4/7; 7:30 p.m. — Flying Fish Beer Dinner at Guy Fieri's Chophouse [Four-course meal each paired with a different Flying Fish beer. $99]
Thu. 4/7; All night — Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill [Five gourmet courses paired with exceptional brews from Dogfish Head. $99-$125]
Fri. 4/8-Sat. 4/9; 8 p.m.-12 a.m.; 12 p.m.-4 p.m.; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — AC Beer and Music Festival at Atlantic City Convention Center [Attendees in 2016 will see over 1,000 different beers from 150 breweries, from around the corner to across the country who will showcase their unique libations.  $20-$99]
Sun. 4/10; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Beer Geek Brunch at Martorano's at Harrah's Resort [Includes choice of select entrees and local craft beer flight. $35]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 4/7; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [100% of cask proceeds from Fruits of Spring will be donated to Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police Unit.  $PAYG]

Birdsboro, Pa.
Sat. 4/9; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Boone's Beerfest at Daniel Boone Homestead [Tickets include unlimited 2 oz. pours, Boone House Tour, live music, and parking.  $15-$45]

Bloomsburg, Pa.
Sat. 4/9; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. — The Taming of the Brew at Caldwell Consistory [This annual event continues the legacy of supporting BTE with a host of return and brand new brewers and restaurants.  $30-$60]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Fri. 4/8; 4 p.m. — Pliny The Elder Tapping at Flanigan's Boathouse [Speical tapping from Russian River Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/9; All Day — 2nd Anniversary Trail Clean-up and Beer Release at Conshohocken Brewing Company [Meet at 9:30 a.m. for a trail clean-up followed by a post clean-up pint. Food truck all day long plus a draft and can release of Blood Money Blood Orange IPA.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/13; 6 p.m. — Free Will Brewing at Fingers Wings & Other Things [The kiddos at Free Will Brewing Company have been pumping out some truly amazing beers over the past few years. We are excited to be tapping 8 of their amazing drafts.  $PAYG]

Dover, Del.
Fri. 4/8; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Release Party at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company [An un-named Belgian IPA, food by Delicious Craving, and music by Stone Jack Ballers.  $PAYG]

Gettysburg, Pa.
Sat. 4/9; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Gettysburg Firkin Fest at Lutheran Theological Seminary [Only 250 VIP and 30 Designated Driver tickets are available per session.  $25-$79]

Glenmoore, Pa.
Sun. 4/10; 5:30 p.m. — Four-course Beer Dinner at Ludwig's Grille & Oyster Bar [A four-course meal paired with Conshohocken Brewing Company's "There Is No Try" pale ale, Puddler's Row ESB, Smoked Biere de Garde, and La Colombe Tandem.  $45-$55]

Harrisburg, Pa.
Sat. 4/9; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — 250th Anniversary Opening Event and Beer Tasting at John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion [Tastings from Appalachain Brewing Company, Boneshire Brew Works, The Brewery at Hershey, Tattered Flag Brewery and Still Works, Howling Henry’s Brewery, The Millworks, and Tröegs Independent Brewing, snack foods, and a souvenir beer glass.  $25]

Kulpsville, Pa.
Thu. 4/7; All day — Mispillion River entering PA market at CJ's Doghouse [No better way to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition than celebrating another brewery distributing in PA.  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/12; All night — Free Will Ladies Night at CJ's Doghouse [Okay you boys can join if you want some great beer.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 4/7; 5 p.m. — A Night of Farmhouse Ales at Hunger N Thirst [We will be featuring some of our favorite farmhouse brews to showcase the broad range of the style and Mick Kalata will be here as well, shucking fresh Oysters.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/9; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [Enjoy a four-course meal from Isaac's paired perfectly with four brewmaster picks from Yards.  $25]

Linfield, Pa.
Wed. 4/13; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tap Takeover at Railroad St. Bar & Grill [Victory Brewing will have some great beers on tap including Java Cask and Railroad St. will be kicking off some new Victorious growlers.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Thu. 4/7; All day — Session Beer Day Tap Take Over at Bulls Head Public House [For just one day, all taps will be beers under 4.5% in alcohol and at a discounted price of $4.50.  $PAYG]
Sun. 4/10; 6 p.m. — Whiskey Dinner with Lew Bryson at Bulls Head Public House [Featuring 5 American Whiskeys paired with 5 courses.  $68]

Norristown, Pa.
Thu. 4/7; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Starr Hill IPA Limited Draft Event at Capone's [A night of beers from Starr Hill Brewing Company.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 4/7; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Fat Heads Brewing Tasting at Bottle Bar East [Details coming soon.  $PAYG]
Thu. 4/7; 5 p.m. — Natural Wine & Funky Beer at South Philadelphia Tap Room [To celebrate Philly Wine Week at SPTR we'll pour a slew of natural wines and pair them with a lineup of funky draught beer.  $PAYG]
Fri. 4/8; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Evolution Brewing Company at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Evolution Brewing Company.  $Free]
Fri. 4/8; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Star Hill Tasting of 4 Kings at Bottle Bar East [Four Kings of Hop beers available for you.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/9; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Craft Beer Express at 13 quality beer bars around town [A handful of Philly bar owners want to share their love of beer with people who appreciate a fine brew as much as they do.  $10+$PAYG]
Sat. 4/9; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — St. Benjamin Brewing Can Release Launch Party at Bottle Bar East [St. Benjamin Brewery will be sampling cans of Inca (India Cream Ale), Wit or Witout (Belgian Style Witbier).  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/11; 3 p.m. — Phillies Home Opener at Devil's Den [Can't make it to the game - join us on April 11th for $1 off Yards drafts, plus rally towels.  $PAYG]
Mon. 4/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Happy Hour with Otter Creek at Local 44 [Tasting samples of beers from Otter Creek.  $Free]
Tue. 4/12; 5 p.m. — PhoTap at ProTap at Prohibition Taproom [We'll be featuring your choice of Pork or Vegetarian (mushroom) noodle soup paired with Sly Fox Royal Weisse or Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale for $10 .  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/12; 5 p.m. — The Art of Tröegs at Strangelove's [The folks from Tröegs have produced awesome coloring books and swag and we're getting our zen on with a beer and coloring event.  $PAYG]
Tue. 4/12; 6:30 p.m. — 2SP vs. Allagash Beer Battle Dinner at La Peg [La Peg's Chef Peter Woolsey will offer four courses, each paired with one beer from DelCo's 2SP Brewing Company and one beer from Portland's Allagash Brewing Company.  $45]
Tue. 4/12; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tappings at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of beers from Victory Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Wed. 4/13; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. — The Art of Tröegs Coloring Night at Devil's Den [Stop in drink some Tröegs beers and color the night away with a special Tröegs coloring book, and pencils.   $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sun. 4/10; 1 p.m. — 1st Homebrew Competition at Liberty Taproom [This competition will not be style specific and will be judged by you the patrons.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Mon. 4/4-Sun. 4/10; All day — Delaware Beer Week at Pickled Pig Pub [Celebrating 7 years serving up the best craft beer selection in Delaware.  $PAYG]

Royersford, Phoenixville, and Spring City, Pa.
Sat. 4/9; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Music In Motion Brewery Tour at Stickman Brews, Stable 12, and Tuned Up [Help us raise money for a mission trip to Guatemala and check out three new breweries at the same time.  $50]

Voorhees, NJ
Fri. 4/8; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Titus 2XIPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of this epic American IPA.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 4/8; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Goose Island Brewing Company.  $Free]

Westmont, NJ
Sun. 4/10-Sat. 4/16; All night — What The Funk? Fest 3 at Keg & Kitchen [For seven days, Keg & Kitchen will feature rare American and European beers ranging from sour, barrel-aged beers to the simply strange and unique. See website for all each day's event details.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Thu. 4/7; All night — Bell's Tap Take Over at Ulysses Gastropub [A night of beers from Bell's Brewing Company.  $PAYG]
Sat. 4/9; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live [Two of the best things on earth paired together in unexpected and delicious ways. Bring your vegetarian friends, too — we can accommodate them on all pairings.  $40]

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Beer News You Should Know - Mar. 2016

I may have to reconsider the frequency that I distribute these notes. No surprise that March had plenty to talk about. They're all shared below, and then some.

(in no particular order)

Monk's Cafe - Monk's Cafe turned 19 and also had a pretty successful Pliny the Younger Day.

Beer for Breakfast in Philly - Mashing in always reminds me of breakfast cereal. So, beer for breakfast? Of course. Nice little rundown here. Hawthornes, good call. Grey Lodge also does some nice early morning special beer events too. And Molly Malloy's too, as I pointed out in the comments. [Link to Draft Magazine]

Barren Hill - Barren Hill to close. Old Eagle and Devil's Den to remain open. [Link to]

Fork & Ale - The long-awaited second location for Gary and Melissa Fry of Craft Ale House in Limerick is finally set to open in Union Township/Birdsboro. [Link to Fork & Ale's website]

Wine in Fishtown - No, we're off the beer topic for one stop here. Fishtown has plenty of that already so I'm going on the record as saying this sounds like a pretty good idea. [Link to]

Oakbrook Brewing Company - Oakbrook Brewing Company is open for business in Reading, near Alvernia University. [Link to Oakbrook's FB page]

Cigar City - Cigar City goes the way of private equity, the same as Oskar Blues' path. [Link to Brewbound]

Doylestown Brewing Company - Doylestown Brewing Company making some waves in Bucks County. [Link to Doylestown Patch page]

Iron Hill - Iron Hill could be double its current size in just a few more years with its recent private equity (undisclosed amount) investment. [Link to]

Ramblings of a Beer Runner - I've always loved reading Derrick Peterman's thoughtful writing of the intersection of fitness and consumption. [Link to Ramblings of a Beer Runner]

Spring House Brewing Company - I should have brought attention to this sooner. And, I definitely should check it out in person even sooner. [Link to Spring House's website]

Evil Genius Brewing Company - Very happy to hear that Evil Genius will finally be getting its own brick-and-mortar. [Link to The Spirit of The River Wards]

Deschutes Brewing Company - Deschutes finally made a decision: it's Roanoke. I've lost track if NC or VA is currently in the lead for scoring new breweries. [Link to Deschutes' website]

Cinder - Interesting new concept coming soon from those behind Brü and U-Bahn. [Link to]

Yards Brewing Company - I, too, have been enjoying the recent Yards messaging.[Link to]

Sly Fox & Stone - These two recently got together to do a collaboration for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference in Philly and then they had a little event at Bistro On Bridge. [Link to My Beer Buzz]

Fishtown Beer Runners - This came out a while back and won some nice acclaim and the Pinkenson Award Local Feature Competition. I'm doing a book event with them next Thursday, so now seems as good a time as ever to remind you that you can rent the movie for $1.99 or buy it for $6.99. It's very good. Go watch it. [Link to the movie's website]

Friday, April 01, 2016

Where else am I writing these days?

Got some new content going over at the Communities Digital News that you may have seen or, if not, be interested in checking out. Here's a link to everything I've got over there right now.

Specifically in the last couple of weeks, I've got two wrap-up articles on an ol' favorite event - The Brewer's Plate - and what may become a new favorite of mine, Meeting Of The Malts.

Enjoy. And, as always, your feedback and your "social sharing" are greatly appreciated. (i.e. hitting those little sharing buttons at the top of the articles lets the editors know you appreciate good food and beverage, again, in advance....Thanks!)

I'll be sharing a couple more places in the coming week or so where I'm also writing at, but I'll save that for another day.