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Russian River released some important Pliny the Younger information that gives Philadelphia an idea on when we should see some kegs in 2014:.
Last year, the first Pliny the Younger keg was tapped in Philly on March 2. From what Russian River has stated, it looks like we should expect a similar timeframe this year. So don’t go away that week and submit your work leave slips now. Like previous years, PhillyTapFinder will have the scoop on when and where to get the elusive Pliny the Younger in Philly. For an idea about where you should expect to see Pliny the Younger tappings, here’s the list from last year.
THE 35 SLOTS ARE FILLED, BUT PLEASE RSVP IF YOU WANT TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.
I hear it all the time from my industry friends, “Hey PhillyTapFinder. Your bottle shares with Philly Beer Scene sound great, but Sunday afternoon doesn’t work for most of us in the industry.” Always looking to please, we decided to do something about it. On 12/16 (a Monday) at 7 p.m., we are hosting Bottle Share VI - the industry edition at Bufad!
Here are the event details:
Who: The industry. So what’s “the industry” anyways? We’re thinking restaurant/bar/bottle shop employees, beer reps, etc. We’re not checking pay stubs or demanding that you show up in your work attire so use your own discretion. You know it if you’re in the industry. Reservations will be open to industry only until Monday 12/9. If we have not filled up our 35 slots by 12/9, then I will open it up to everybody.
To participate, don’t feel like you need to have an obscure bottle found in some hidden ruin from the other side of the world. Just stop at a local bottle shop. Bring a bottle or two of something that you think others will enjoy. Of course, if you have the super-rare bottle and want to share it, then please bring it. Most people bring large-format bottles.
To get on the list, please email Jared (email@example.com) from PhillyTapFinder with your name and number of guests. We will be checking you off as you show up. Please do not take a spot and then not show up as I expect that there will be a lot of people that want to come to this. Also, we want to make sure that Bufad is taken care of (they are normally closed Mondays and they are opening just for us)! If you sign up but then cannot go, please let me know.
What: PhillyTapFinder/Philly Beer Scene bottle share VI - the industry edition!
Where: Bufad, 13th & Spring Garden
When: Monday, December 16, 7-10 p.m.
Why: Because beer is awesome, everyone likes to share, and we appreciate the industry. Without you guys, PhillyTapFinder & Philly Beer Scene would not exist.
Cost: The cost is $15 per person. Please bring cash as we will be collecting money on your way into Bufad. All of the money goes to Bufad; PhillyTapFinder & Philly Beer Scene do not take a cut.
Food: Here is a sample menu that Bufad has provided:
- Roasted Olives
- Fried and Marinated Butternut Squash
- Salty Egg
- Tritato Salad
- Roasted Apples Wrapped in Pancetta with Black Pepper Honey
- Pickled Fennel
- Tuna Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Black Olive Tapenade dressing
- Amatriciana (spicy tomato, pancetta, Pecorino Romano, parsely)
- Potato with Rosemary and Pecorino Romano Cheese
- Escarole with Roasted Apples and Goat Cheese
- Roasted Fennel with Prosciutto and Grana
Miscellaneous: Please bring your own glassware or consider buying a PhillyTapFinder/Philly Beer Scene snifter at the event ($5). We may also have some PhillyTapFinder and Philly Beer Scene t-shirts for sale.
Please email Jared what you will be bring and I will post the running list
THE BEER LIST
My friend, Lee, of the blog Chocolate Covered Memories wrote up this great post about PhillyTapFinder’s (aka Jared) first memories of beer, the mission of PhillyTapFinder, my thoughts about big beer, what’s wrong with the current craft beer world, and more. If you are interested in what I have to say, check it out here.
Also, Mrs. PhillyTapFinder (aka Kristy) offered her delicious BEER-amisu recipe. Check it out here.
What a weekend it’s going to be. It’s hard to open a bar in this city. It’s even harder to keep one going for a full year. But 10 years? You must be doing something special. And South Philly Tap Room sure is. It’s the perfect mix of awesome beers, amazing food, and friendly service. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan.
One day is not enough to celebrate this occasion. So they’re going all weekend long. I’ve managed to get my hands on the tap lists: Friday’s lineup will represent the past; Saturday the present; and Sunday the future. In addition to the following lineups, SPTR will have an enormous Jack Daniel’s barrel filled with Philly Brewing Co.’s “Ten” (bourbon barrel Kilty Pleasure).
The Past (early era draft list) - Friday at 5pm
Sly Fox O’Reilly / Sierra Nevada Pale hand poured Black and Tans
Handpump Yuengling Lord Chesterfield
Nodding Head Johnny Newbold Berliner Weisse (nothing to do with the past but the beer is tasty)
**Also - all beers will be available in a frosted SPTR pint for $2 extra - and you can keep the glass.
The Present (IPA madness) - Saturday at 5pm
Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13
Russian River Blind Pig
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Green Flash West Coast
Green Flash Bullet
Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
Lefthand Warrior IPA
Allagash Hugh Malone
Founders Reds Rye
PBC Newbold IPA
The Future (launch of new food menu, complemented by extreme beers) - Sunday at 5pm
Founders Mango Magnifico
Lost Abbey Angel’s Share
Russian River Supplication
21st Amendment / Elysian He Said Belgian-Style Tripel
Green Flash Cedar Plank
De Proef Reinart Wild Ale
Southern Tier Warlock
Nodding Head Lava
Please join SPTR in celebrating its 10-year anniversary. For more info about the festivities , check out the SPTR event page.
I like the GABF awards. While the more extreme barrel-aged, imperial, sour beers, etc. get most of the attention in today’s beer world (and they get their share of attention during GABF as well), I like GABF because it’s a time to honor the perfectly-crafted traditional styles. This bodes well for the Philly region. We have had our share of barrel aged, imperial, and sour successes, but the true greatness of Philly beer shines through with these traditional styles - the pilsners, bocks, maerzens, and more. And even better, these amazing beers are actually accessible to you without much effort.
To follow is a list of the Philly region’s (PA, NJ, DE) winners and where you can find them on draft around town (sounds like a perfect bar crawl to me). Click on the beer to see a beer description and some spots in the Philly area where you find them. Some of these beers are my favorites from my favorite breweries so I was very excited about this list.
Although these beers are pretty much never available at the Philly bars, other area winners include:
You should go visit these excellent breweries and brewpubs.
With Philly’s amazing national and international import scene, people sometimes forget about how fortunate we are to have so many incredible breweries in the area. Our GABF successes should remind you that our local breweries should be at the forefront. I hope that this post helps you find these local beers.
The 2nd Annual Epic Beer Festival in Philadelphia (last year named PA Beer Fest) will take place November 2nd and will feature over 300 craft beers from 120 breweries.
Last year’s festival sold out, so get your tickets before they’re gone and join us for Philly’s favorite fall beer festival! Cheers!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
AFTERNOON & EVENING SESSIONS
Session 1 – 1pm-4pm (VIP at 12pm)
Session 2 – 7pm-10pm (VIP at 6pm)
WHAT TO EXPECT
• 300+ Craft Beers (getting close to 320)
• 120+ Craft Breweries (close to 125)
• Check the list on our Breweries Page.
• Three full hours of tasting (Four for VIPs)
• An EBF tasting cup
• DJ – Jess OK
• Live music
• Rock Cover Band
• Mummers All-Stars
• Fun EPIC-Sized Games
• Cool Vendors
• Plus even more surprises!
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Epic Beer Festival Philadelphia proudly benefits Veterans of Foreign Wars – Post 22, Philadelphia, PA.
Tickets sold out last year so get your tickets now.
Just got word that some sixtels from Cigar City (Tampa, FL) rolled into Philly and Prohibition is not wasting any time. Tomorrow at 3pm, Prohibition Taproom, 501 North 13th Street, will be tapping the following:
Do not miss these very rare treats from Cigar City!
It was quite the summer in Philadelphia. We had some crazy hot days. We had tons of rain. And we drank lots of beer.
When you search for beers and bar tap lists on PhillyTapFinder, we keep track of what Philly is looking for. We like to tally up those clicks every season and look to see if there are any trends, surprises, shifts in bar and brewery popularity in the Philly market, etc. To follow is our Summer 2013 compilation (our date range was 6/10/13 to 9/10/13 - we started the day after Philly Beer Week because that week skews the numbers; we posted the Philly Beer Week numbers here).
Top 10 Most Searched-For Beers, Summer 2013
Comments: So Philly loves Russian River. Of course we do. They make some of the best beers in the world and we are very fortunate in Philly to get some of their beer. No surprise that people seek them out.
But there were several big surprises. Southern Tier Pumking was the third most searched-for beer during the SUMMER. There are good arguments to be made on each side in the great pumpkin debate (in general, “too soon” v. “who cares, don’t drink them if you don’t want them”). But the data shows that people are looking for pumpkin spiced beers regardless of the season (yes, “pumpkin spiced beers” - try eating a pumpkin. It’s virtually tasteless. It’s the added spices that people enjoy). You can certainly see why breweries start brewing and pushing pumpkin beers earlier and earlier. People will drink them even in 100 degree weather. Sounds crazy to some (including me), but interesting data nonetheless.
On a similar note, those Christmas in July events apparently work. Troegs Mad Elf was the ninth most searched-for beer during the SUMMER. I’m glad that some people enjoy them and that bars provide that fix until winter. Me - I’ll take a local pilsner or pale ale during the summer.
Top 10 Most Searched-For Breweries, Summer 2013
Comments: No major surprises here, except one - Cigar City Brewery - not because they aren’t one of the nation’s top breweries, but because Philly has not seen much of their product over the past year. I love CCB. When I visit my wife’s family in Tampa, CCB is my safe haven. They brew incredible beer and everyone that I ever met from the company goes out of their way to be welcoming. In the past, CCB regularly sent their kegs to Philly (Jai Alai, Maduro, Helles, and the occasional Marshal Zhukov’s and others). This has mostly stopped, although some kegs do still trickle in (mostly Maduro lately). I read that CCB wants to serve the very thirsty Florida market first (I would do the same if I owned a brewery) and we get some of what’s left over. Yet, despite this extremely limited supply, the PhillyTapFinder numbers show that people are still looking for it. So I guess this is my thinly-veiled plea to CCB — please send more beer because Philly loves you. But even if you can’t now, we will still love you and look forward to when you can again.
Top 5 Most Search-For Bar Tap Lists
Comments: Really great list of bars. You can’t argue with any of these as they all offer excellent tap lists. Pretty interesting that some newer bars have quickly made a name for themselves (Alla Spina and Growlers - both of whom link to their tap list on PhillyTapFinder from their own sites - a smart move that benefits the bar, consumer, and PhillyTapFinder).
Top 5 Most Search-For Beer Styles
Comments: There are those pumpkin spiced beers in the summer again. It simply amazes me, but I guess that’s the beauty of beer — you drink what you want. There’s no right or wrong. According the PhillyTapFinder numbers, if you’re a summer pumpkin beer drinker, you are not alone. Also, it’s pretty awesome to see ciders crack the list.
Top 5 Most Searched-For Neighborhoods
Comments: It was nice to see that the suburb portion of the site has gained so much interest. While all of these hood deserve to be on the list, I was surprised that South Philly was not in the top 5 as many of my favorite bars are in South Philly.
I hope that you enjoyed these lists, which were derived from real data. It will be interesting to see if the trend of seasonal beers being sought well before their intended season continues. Will Christmas spiced beers make the Fall lists? Prediction: Yes.
Round 10: Johnny Brenda’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration!
Tuesday September 24-Thursday September 26
10 years have passed quickly since Paul Kimport and William Reed bought the bar on the corner of Frankford and Girard and built it into the place we know and love today! They’ll be celebrating 10 years of Johnny Brenda’s serving up fine beer, tasty food, and awesome live music!
They’ll be tapping some bar-top casks next week and serving them up for FREE to everyone as a thank you for helping make these 10 years a success! Here’s the tapping schedule:
**Tuesday 9/24 at 6PM: Sly Fox Phoenix Pale (firkin)
**Wednesday 9/25 at 6PM: Dock Street Man Full of Trouble Porter (firkin)
**Thursday 9/26 at 8PM: Yards Smoked .45 (pin of Smoked Malt Liquor)
AND at 10PM: Victory Hop Devil (firkin)
Thursday night is thier 10 year birthday bash with an all star line-up of past and present JBs employees spinning records from 8pm-close. They’ll serve up 1/2 priced drinks of the DJ’s choice all night!
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