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Bringing good beer to the thirsty masses of Philly. Companion blog to, Philly's craft beer locator.
Sep 11 '14

9/13 Bottle Share Beer List

PhillyTapFinder and Philly Beer Scene have again teamed up to bring to you our seventh bottle share.  As of the time of this blog post, there are three tickets left.  You can get all of the information, including location, time, details, and ticket sales, right here.  Here is the bottle list so far (the full list will be about 4 times this one):

  • Birrificio del Ducato 200th Anniversario G. Verdi
  • Hill Farmstead Nordic Saison
  • Deschutes Dissident (2008)
  • Cascade Bourbonic Plague
  • New Glarus Raspberry
  • Cigar City Illuminating the Path
  • Oxbow Cletus
  • Bruery Rue de Floyd
  • Night Shift Morph and Whirlpool (cans)
  • Ballast Point Indra Kunindra
  • Heavy Seas Cabernet Below the Deck (2012)
  • Heavy Seas Below the Deck (2012)
  • Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12
  • Samuel Adams Infinium (2010)
  • Firestone Walker Double DBA (2012)
  • Kane Apiary
  • Evolution Migration (Fall 2012)
  • Hill Farmstead/Blaugies La Vermontoise
  • Firestone Walker/Flying Dog Hydra Cuvee
  • New Glarus Serendipity
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2012)
  • Struise Pannepot (2011)
  • Russian River Temptation
  • Pipeworks Mocha Abduction
  • Toppling Goliath PseudoSue
  • Funky Buddha Iron and Barleywine
  • Green Man The Dweller
  • Green Man Demon Dwellers
  • Willows Family Ale
  • Rock Art Woodstock Farmers Market Simcoe
  • Siren/Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller Limoncello
  • Jasper Murdock’s Roggenbier
  • Hill Farmstead Daybreak
  • Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin
  • O’so Winds of Change
  • Great South Bay Blood Orange Pale
  • Great South Bay Massive IPA
  • Cigar City Good Gourd Almighty
  • Pizza Boy Bleurbon Berry
  • Spring House BA Big Gruesome
  • N’Ice Chouffe (2010)
  • Bruery Sour in the Rye
  • Delirium Deliria
  • Revolution Straight Jacket
  • Half Acre Big Hugs
  • Bells Black Note
  • Tired Hands Handfarm (Batch 4)
  • Barley Oak Ich Bin Ein Berlinerweisse
  • Lost Nation Gose
  • Night Shift Art #14
  • Bruery Hottenroth
  • Central Waters La Petite Mort
  • AC Golden Peche
  • Against the Grain $35K
  • Trois Dames Grande Dame
  • Rodenbach Vintage (2007)
  • Dogfish Head 120 Minute (2011)
  • Firestone Walker 15th Anniversary


Aug 20 '14

Drink Beer. Support ALS Research.

IPAs for ALS with Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Thursday, August 21

Come support ALS research by drinking beer at McCrossen’s Tavern with Weyerbacher Brewery on Thursday, August 21 at 7pm.
Weyerbacher Brewing Company & McCrossen’s Tavern are raising money for ALS research by serving hosting an Ales for ALS event. Weyerbacher’s Mike Lubieski will be on site to discuss the beers and the entire Ales for ALS campaign. Also, three Weyerbacher IPA’s will be available; two of your favorite IPAs from the Pennsylvania brewery will be pouring all night; Double Simcoe IPA and Last Chance IPA
Also, Weyerbacher has brewed a special beer just for ALS called Ales for ALS Imperial IPA, which 100% of the proceeds go to ALS research
Learn more about the cause here at


McCrossen’s Tavern 
529 North 20th Street | Philadelphia 19130 | 215.854.0923 
Website | Facebook | Twitter

Aug 14 '14

Winners Announced for Institute’s Pumpkin Fest Tickets!

#toosoon or #finebyme?  That is the question.

The contest:  On August 4, PhillyTapFinder launched a Twitter contest for a chance to win free tickets ($62 value) to the Institute’s October 4 Pumpkin Beer Festival.  Here’s the original post announcing the contest. 

To enter, PhillyTapFinder Twitter followers were asked to make their most compelling argument for the July release of pumpkin beers, which are traditionally a fall seasonal.  Contestants were asked to hashtag their argument with #toosoon or #finebyme​ and make their argument in 140 characters or less.  No pictures, no links, and formalities/grammar were not important.

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The results:  Although the #toosoon position seems to be the more popular opinion, the results were much closer than I expected. 56% of the entrants argued that the July pumpkin beer release is #toosoon.  44% of the entrants argued that the July pumpkin beer release was #finebyme.

The winners:  After closely looking at the Tweets, here are the four winners:



By the way, PTF’s vote is #finebyme - People are drinking them, breweries are businesses, & I still have enough other options (I don’t drink pumpkin beers).

Thank you everyone for playing!  I will reach out to the winners and give you instructions about how to claim your tickets. 

Aug 4 '14

Win Free Tickets for The Institute’s Pumpkin Festival


The Charlie Brown Pumpkin Beer Festival at The Institute (12th & Green) is always one of the most popular events of the year.  This year they will have at least 100 different pumpkin beers.  You can check out the list and more details about the event here.  The event is on October 4.

My friends at The Institute have given PhillyTapFinder four free tickets to give away for the event.  And these tickets are not just general admission.  They gave me tickets that will include an all-you-can eat brunch beginning at 10 a.m., a 2-hour head start on general admission (you get in at 10 a.m., general admission at noon), and unlimited pumpkin beers and cocktails until 6:30 p.m.  These tickets are $62 value each!

I decided to have a little fun with this one.  There’s no more divisive issue in craft beer than the great pumpkin debate.  Pumpkin beers are distributed earlier and earlier every year (aka, the “pumpkin beer creep”).  This year, Southern Tier Pumking - a crowd favorite for sure - was released in bottles on July 14 and on tap on July 21 (PhillyTapFinder broke the news here).  Pumpkin beers are already popping up all over town. As of right now, this is what’s available:

Is this “too soon”? Or are you on the “fine by me” side?

This is how you play:

  • Follow PhillyTapFinder on Twitter.
  • Use hashtag #toosoon or #finebyme to pick your position.
  • Mention @phillytapfinder
  • Use the remaining characters to argue your position.  With only 140 total characters, you will need to be concise, but persuasive. This is Twitter so don’t worry about grammar, formalities, etc.  No links or photos.

I will pick the two best Tweets arguing the #toosoon position and the two best Tweets arguing the #finebyme position.  These four people will each win one ticket.

One entry per person.  Deadline is Tuesday, August 12 at noon. 






Time to make your case.  Thanks for playing!

Didn’t win the contest or just don’t feel like thinking, then buy your tickets right here.


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!


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…


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.


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


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:


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


And some more.


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


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