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We’ve went from BYOBs, to a community garden, and now we have nailed down a different and very exciting venue. We’re going to wind back the clock a bit — all the way to the 18th century.
The next PhillyTapFinder/ Philly Beer Scene bottle share will be at the Powel House, the 18th century townhouse in Society Hill where Samuel Powel served as the last Philadelphia mayor under the Crown and first mayor of Philadelphia after the creation of the United States. Samuel Powel and his wife frequently entertained notable guests at their house, including George Washington, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Marquis de Lafayette. AND NOW YOU!
Here are the event details:
Who: You. Everyone is invited; this is not just for uber beer geeks. 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 or bottle 1 of 1 from a very limited series. 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. SEE TICKET INFORMATION BELOW.
What: PhillyTapFinder/Philly Beer Scene bottle share V!
Where: Powel House, 244 South 3rd Street (between Locust & Spruce). Tables and chairs will be set up in the garden area. In the event of inclement weather, we will move it inside.
When: Sunday, October 6, 1-4pm.
Why: Because beer is awesome and everyone likes to share.
TICKETS, TICKETS, TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased here for $15 per person (plus a small ticket processing fee) or for $20, you get a ticket and a PhillyTapFinder/Philly Beer Scene 5oz snifter.
We have room for 75 people! Get your ticket now: http://phillybeerscene.ticketleap.com/bottle-share/
If you do not make the cut, please send Jared an email. I will keep a waiting list and will try to facilitate a ticket exchange if a ticket purchaser cannot attend.
Food: We will be ordering food, likely BBQ from Blue Belly BBQ. A vegetarian option will be available.
Miscellaneous: Please bring your own glassware or consider buying a PhillyTapFinder/Philly Beer Scene snifter at the time of ticket purchase or at the event ($5).
Please email Jared what you will be bring and I will post the running list
Check this out:
What: Celebrity (KOP Beerfest used this term. I respectfully disagree that the term applies to me. But whatevs — at least my parents will get a kick out of it) Beer and Food Judges will be on site sampling food and beer to name the Best International Beer, Best Craft Beer and Best Food of KOP Beerfest Royale.
Who: The judges are Kristina Jenkins from Uwishunu, Adam Schmidt from Drink Philly, Marissa Magnatta from WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show, Jared Littman from Philly Tap Finder, and Caroline Russock from Philadelphia City Paper.
Why: The judges are on hand to help us select who is the best of Beerfest!
When: The judges will be sampling beer and food during Session One (12-3:30pm) of Beerfest on Saturday, October 5th. The winners will be announced at the end of Session One.
Here is a link to the information on the KOP Beerfest website: http://kopbeerfest.com/event-details/best-of/
King of Prussia’s Beerfest Royale Tickets are $30 for one day only,
Thursday, September 5th!
What: King of Prussia’s Beerfest Royale tickets are $30 on Thursday, September 5th ONLY. Tickets are regularly $45 or $55 at the door.
Who: King of Prussia’s Second Annual Beerfest Royale is the largest outdoor beer garden in the Philadelphia suburbs. The event is on Saturday, October 5th and offers more than 50 brewers serving over 100 craft and international beers outdoors at the King of Prussia Mall.
Why: King of Prussia’s Business Improvement District (KOP BID) is offering this price as a special promotion 30 days out from the event.
When: Tickets are discounted on Thursday, September 5th, for that day only. Tickets are for either session of Beerfest Royale on Saturday, October 5th. Session One is from Noon-3:30 pm and Session Two is from 6 pm-9:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at http://kopbeerfest.com/tickets/
Baseball & Oktoberfest beers. In my book, two of the greatest things around. On their own, they’re amazing. Put them together, they’re even better than amazing. Throw in some German food and you have one of the finest days of the year.
Check out this Camden Riversharks’ deal & get your tickets now!
Who said that beer events slow down in Philly during the summer? The Brew Lounge has proven otherwise. Here is Brew Lounge’s extensive compilation of Philly area beer events, conveniently divided between $20 and under (including pay as you go) and over $20 (beer festivals, dinners, etc.): http://www.brewlounge.com/2013/07/beer-calendar-what-to-do-in-august-2013.html
And if you’re looking for answers to important question of “What’s pouring?” — see PhillyTapFinder’s event section here.
Cahoots is a Double Rye IPA and is part of the Crooked Line by Uinta Brewing Company out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I absolutely love their Detour IPA so when I saw this new beer on the shelf I thought, “who wouldn’t want to drink beer with a couple owls?” I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint!
The newest Stone collaboration is pouring into the Philly area. This beer sounds delicious:
Appearance: A deep, opaque, brownish-black color with a creamy brown head.
Aroma: Intense cocoa and coffee with nutty coconut. Hints of licorice and loads of fruity fermentation esters. Bourbon, vanilla and oak follow.
Taste: Some cocoa, coffee and fruitiness up front. Mid-palate, the bourbon barrel-aged portion of the beer is apparent, so oak, vanilla, nut and bourbon flavors transition to a slight alcohol heat and hoppy bitter finish. As the beer warms, a nuttiness almost reminiscent of almonds starts coming through (but we used pecans!).
Palate: Thick and hearty. At 13% ABV, this beer is definitely a sipper. It is smooth and creamy, with a slightly warming and drying finish.
Overall: This beer is a monster, and it may be the highest ABV we’ve ever brewed. The flavors are a wonderful blend of everything that makes a great imperial stout, loaded with roasty notes and malty complexity. Brewing with rye and nuts always creates challenges for our brewing team, but they rose to the occasion with this one – it’s simply amazing.
There are about 90 cases of 22oz bottles that will be distributed to bars and bottle shops throughout the area, but keg distribution will be very limited. There are 18 sixtels that will be distributed to these spots:
Craft Ale House
Fox and Hound
Han Dynasty UC
Lucky’s Last Chance
Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
Xmas Beers. Complimentary buffet. Santa Claus. How can you possibly top that? Well, you can’t. On July 25, beginning at 6:00 p.m., Flanigan’s Boathouse (Conshy) celebrates Xmas in July.
This will be tons of fun. You can find more details here.
First Philly Beer Week. Then the National Homebrewers Conference. Can’t we just get a break. Nope - and we don’t want one. My friend at The Brew Lounge has compiled this extensive list of July beer events in the Philly area. Enjoy!