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Tap Talk

Bringing good beer to the thirsty masses of Philly. Companion blog to PhillyTapFinder.com, Philly's craft beer locator.
Jul 23 '14

The Kenzinger Clambake at Johnny Brenda’s

The Kenzinger Clambake at Johnny Brenda’s
Saturday, July 26, 4-8pm

Come out and enjoy a tasty Clambake alongside some refreshing Kenzinger and other tasty drafts from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

DJ DNA, David April, will be spinning beach songs, surf tunes, rockabilly, soul, and jump blues from 4-8pm. There will be a limbo interlude and fun for all!

Check out the special Clambake menu:

**Buck o’ shuck top neck clams
**Selection of fresh raw oysters
**Summer Clambake with top neck clams, Andouille sausage, mussels, shrimp, scallops, sweet corn & fingerling potatoes
**Crab Cake with grapefruit buerre blanc
**Fried Oysters
**Lobster Roll with Old Bay fries
**Crab Poutine with Andouille sausage gravy over Old Bay fries
**Chipolte Corn on the Cob
**Lemon Ice Box Pie with raspberry sorbet

Fine drafts on tap from Philadelphia Brewing & Commonwealth Ciders:

**PBC Kenzinger
**PBC Fleur de Lehigh
**PBC Pennsylvania Pale Ale
**PBC Broken Bell IPA
**Commonwealth Razzberet
**Commonwealth Gregarious Ginger

Jul 18 '14

Xmas in July!

It’s that time of the year.  Let the Xmas in July celebrations begin.  Here’s a great one at Flanigan’s Boat House (Conshy) with an amazing event poster.

Jul 4 '14

Pizza Boy to be Distributed in Philly!

Philly is so spoiled.  Well we just got a lot more spoiled…

Pizza Boy Brewing (Enola, PA) is coming!  Brewer Terry Hawbaker is a freakin’ genius.  Remember those crazy sours coming from Bullfrog.  That was Terry (Bullfrog’s sour program is still top notch).  Remember those Farmer’s Cabinet house beers.  I can still taste that gose.  That was Terry.  Remember that Intangible Ales collaboration with St. Somewhere, Soleil Reverie (one of my favorite new beers of ‘14).  That was Terry.  If you couldn’t tell, I’m kind of a big fan.  Oh, he’s also a super nice guy so that helps as well.

Terry has brought his amazing talents to Pizza Boy Brewing.  The word is out that Bella Vista Beer Distributors will now be distributing their beers.

From Jordan Fetfatzes, VP of Bella Vista:

"We are pleased to announce that after years of talks with owner, Albert Kominski of Pizza Boy Brewing Co, we have come to terms with Pizza Boy Brewing to distribute their beers in kegs, and in the not too distant future, 16oz cans and in limited amounts of 750ML of Pizza Boy Sours as they become available. 

Bella Vista has been appointed to represent Pizza Boy in 8 counties which include: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

We are honored to add Pizza Boy Brewing Co to our stellar collection of PA local brewers which include: Bullfrog, Voodoo, Lavery, Neshaminy Creek and Old Forge. We feel we have the cream of the crop from PA when it comes to young up-and-comer brewers. All of these brewers have turned heads and raised eyebrows along the way, just like Bella Vista has over the years! 

Over the years, we have become friends with head brewer, Terry Hawbaker.  Needless to say we are happy to work Terry again, as we consider his work to be some of the best in the country.

We expect some beer to be available in the coming weeks in kegs. The initial beers will be West Shore IPA, Sunny Side Up Stout, Blue Collar Lager, Citrus Flip and Ninja SnIPA. These beers will be found in better beer establishments as frequently as we can get our hands on them… Get Ready for Some Pizza Boy!!”

We’re so spoiled.  Once distribution begins, make sure to check PhillyTapFinder to find out where you can try beers from Pizza Boy.

Jul 3 '14

Pork of July Weekend at Standard Tap

Sooooo…. this is going to be awesome.  Pork, music, local beer, t-shirts with pigs with American flags on them.  I mean, what else could you possibly want.  IT’S PORK OF JULY AT STANDARD TAP!

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From the mouth of Standard Tap:

"Our executive chef Carolynn Angle put together a menu that appeals to the fat kid in all of us. There will be Tacos Al Pastor, Baby Back Rib Platter, Roast Boar, Mole Pork Cheeks with Melted Cheddar Cheese Curds, Crispy Pig Head Sandwich, a  BLT, and a Pork Chop Sandwich.

We’re pouring BBQ friendly pale ales all weekend including Twin Lakes Pale Ale, Stoudts APA, and Riverhorse Hop Hazard. With every pitcher poured we’re going to offer 2 free hotdogs!

Brunch will have its own porky offerings including our renowned Bloody Mary garnished with peppered bacon. We’ll also be pouring housemade Micheladas all weekend.

An acoustic trio version of Philly’s Slowey and the Boats will be playing country swing through the swing shift on Saturday the 5th (2-5) and we’re selling Pork of July Tee shirts.”

Wait, did he just say Pork of July Tee shirts?  Yes…

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To sum up, pork, music, local beer, t-shirts with pigs with American flags on them.  PORK OF JULY at Standard Tap. Don’t miss it.  Party begins at 4pm on Friday.

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Jul 2 '14

IPA Block Party at Hawthorne’s on 7/5!

I know, I know - you want the tap list.  PhillyTapFinder has it!

On the Origlio draft trailer
Firestone Easy Jack
Stone Go To
21st Amendment Back In Black
Harpoon IPA
Blue Mountain Full Nelson
Weyerbacher Last Chance
Sixpoint Spice of Life - Pacifica
Green Flash West Coast
Evil Genius The Siren
Port Mongo

On Firkin
Yards Grapefruit Philly Pale

On Jockeys
Dock St Afternoon Delight
Dock St Rye IPA dry-hopped w/ grapefruit zest and Amarillo
Shawnee Double Pale
Shawnee Triple Pale NITRO
Ballast Point Sculpin
Ballast Point Big Eye
Cigar City Jai Alai
AleSmith IPA
Yards IPA
Penn Brick Biergarten
Laurelwood Workhorse
Goose IPA
Susquehanna Southern Rye
Victory Liberty Bell Ringer


@ Food Tent
Wolavers Wildflower Wheat
Crispin Original Cider


Backup kegs
Sly Fox 113
Great Lakes Commodore
Elysian Superfuzz
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
Deschutes Chainbreaker
Deschutes Mirror Pond
Carton Boat
Neshaminy County Line
Duclaw Hellrazer
Kelso IPA

Enjoy Philly.  This is going to be a good one.

Jul 2 '14

Up to Your Ears in Pumpkin Beers

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Yup, it’s happening again …

The Institute.  Stashing away every keg of pumpkin beer that they can get their hands on.  They’re kind of like pumpkin-beer hoarders.  When last year’s event ended, they immediately started collecting for this year.  They do this because they know that you love them (well most of you).

Pencil it in — Saturday, October 4, 2014.

The Institute has stated the ticket policy:

"The ‘ticket only’ Pumpkin Brunch returns from 10 am to 12 pm. A limited 200 tickets are available for this exclusive event. Only $62 covers an all you can eat brunch & your general admission. This will also give you a 2 hour head start on some of the more rare beers over everyone else and allow you to stay till 6:30pm.

At 12:00 pm the event opens up to everyone. We are planning 3 outdoor draft trailer stations, and an outdoor food station as well as the 2 indoor bars. The entry fee is $47 and gives you unlimited pumpkin brews & pumpkin cocktails from 12 pm to 6:30 pm.”

You can get your tickets now through Ticket Leap here.

The Institute provided PhillyTapFinder with the awesome list as it currently stands:


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So that’s it this year.  Sorry guys.  Just kidding!!!  More…

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And some more.

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So there’s 87 reasons to get your tickets now. Don’t wait as this event gets more and more popular every year.

UPDATE 7/15

Wait - did I say 87 reasons?  I meant 100!  Here’s the updated tap list, which includes the very rare and delicious Avery Rumpkin.


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Jun 25 '14

PUMKING. It’s coming. Soon. Very soon.

Ready or not. Love it or hate it.  Southern Tier Pumking is releasing in Philly.  Soon.  Very soon.  Sooner than I ever remember seeing it before. 

A little birdie told me that cases of Pumking will be released on July 14 and kegs on July 21.  That’s only a few weeks away.  Remember, that doesn’t meet that your local shop or bar will be pouring on those dates; it just means that distribution will begin, but you will see it popping up soon thereafter.  Of course, if you want to know when and where it’s tapped, check out PhillyTapFinder.

And now let the great pumpkin beer debate begin.  Ready, set, go …

May 27 '14

The Insider’s Guide to Philly Beer Week 2014

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Everybody is so excited for Philly Beer Week 2014.  Like past years, the events sounds amazing, including lots of beers that Philly has never seen before.  But with so many Philly Beer Week events to choose from, you crave more information to help you decide.  And just knowing that brewery X is taking over the taps at bar Y doesn’t cut it; you want to know what beers are actually pouring.  Enter PhillyTapFinder.

We work extremely hard, scouring the interwebs and contacting the bars to compile the tap lists for the Philly Beer Week events.  We want you to have that information so that you can go to that special event that is pouring that super rare beer or an all-time favorite.  The days of going to an event, only to be disappointed by the tap list, are over. 

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So this is what we’re going to do.  During Philly Beer Week, from May 30 through June 8, we are going to post PhillyTapFinder member bars’ tap lists for the current day and the following day (and some extra special tap lists for future days that I could not resist posting).  You can get that info right here — BOOKMARK THIS PAGE!  We already have a whole bunch of tap lists posted, and we will constantly post more so please check back. 

The event tap lists are in date order.  If you are looking for a specific brewery or beer, consider using the search box, which you can find on every page of the site (just type the name of the brewery or beer - no need to press enter/go). 

Please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our blog, Tap Talk, where we will be highlighting exceptional beers, tap lists, and events.  We work very hard so please help us spread the word via social media, etc.

The beers coming into Philly for this wonderful celebration of craft beer are absolutely incredible.  I can’t wait for you to see the information that we’ve collected: http://phillytapfinder.com/events/

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May 9 '14

Surly & Hardywood Invade Philly!

This is some amazing news.  Surly (MN) & Hardywood (VA) will be in Philly for Philly Beer Week!  If you are familiar with these breweries, you know why I’m so excited.  If you are not familiar with these breweries, you don’t want to miss this opportunity.  I’m confident that you will be impressed.

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The tap lists for these events, as well as the PBW tap lists for all PhillyTapFinder members, will be posted within the next couple of weeks on our event page here

May 8 '14

Bocks & Brats

Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave.) will be celebrating the bounty of local Bock bier! See the delicious tap list here.  The kitchen will be serving up house-made bratwurst and soft pretzels to wash down those tasty, malty bocks.

On Sunday from noon-3pm, Peggy and Simon, the dynamic 3-legged goat duo (that’s 6 legs all together) and winners of the last 3 Sly Fox goat races before this year, will be in attendance. You can visit with them and contribute to Team Peggy and the Humane Society of Bucks Co. For Sunday brunch, Johnny Brendan’s will be donating a buck a Bock to Team Peggy.