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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 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.

Apr 30 '14

Sneak Peek at Philly Beer Week

On Friday 5/2, Field House (1150 Filbert St.) will be hosting a “30 Days to Beer Week” event, which will be a sneak peek at what they have in store for Philly Beer Week.  More info below:

Apr 24 '14

Firkin Friday at Cook & Shaker featuring Neshaminy Creek!

This is going to be great.  On 5/2 at Cook and Shaker, in addition to a “sangria-conditioned” tripel, you will experience the Philadelphia release of Neshaminy Creek’s “Blitzkrieg Hops DIPA.”  You don’t want to miss this.

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Apr 16 '14

Split Thy Skull at Tattooed Mom on Saturday!

On Saturday 4/19, Tattooed Mom, 530 South St, will be celebrating one of my favorite beer styles, the barleywine!  Do not miss SPLIT THY SKULL

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AND NOW I HAVE THE TAP LIST & IT LOOKS AMAZING: http://www.phillytapfinder.com/event/split-thy-skull/

Apr 15 '14

Craft House & Beer Garden Grand Opening!

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On Thursday April 17th at 3pm, Craft House & Beer Garden on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ will kick off its GRAND OPENING WEEKEND of festivities. 

  • Owner Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewery will be tapping a firkin of Yards IPA on Thursday April 17 at 6pm.
  • On Friday April 18 at 6pm, Brian Wallace and Nick Johnson, of Troegs Brewing Co., are tapping a keg of Scratch No. 137.

Craft House & Beer Garden will have a total of 48 taps: 24 inside the Restaurant/Bar and 24 outside in the Beer Garden.  You can find their tap list on PhiillyTapFinder right here.

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Apr 1 '14

First Firkin Friday at Cook and Shaker!

First Firkin Friday at Cook and Shaker on 4/4/14, featuring a delicious firkin from one of my favorite PA breweries, ShawneeCraft Brewing Company!