It’s that time of the year, when beer critics put down their pints for a moment and try to remember: What the hell was I drinking this year?
That’s right: It’s time for the Beers of the Year.
Unfortunately with the demise of so many beer rags and blogs in recent years, we’re beginning to see wine writers fill the … Read the rest
By now, you’ve heard New Jersey’s Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control has spiked those dumbass, new brewery tasting room rules. Y’know, the ones that – among many other things – prohibit breweries from displaying menus from the local pizza shop and require a permit to turn the Eagles game on TV.
The agency will go back to the drawing board … Read the rest
Though he’s often called the “patron saint” of brewing, King Gambrinus is neither a saint. Nor a king. Nor an actual person.
Historians believe he is a conflation of other historic figures, who as far back as the 16th century was credited with the invention of beer. By the 1800s, his name and visage were adopted by Belgian, Dutch, … Read the rest
Old King Gambrinus, the once-legendary symbol of Delaware’s greatest brewery, is in sad shape these days. He’s strewn across the floor in about 60 pieces, barely salvaged from the junk heap by a passionate beer historian in Wilmington, Del.
“This is the most iconic image of brewing in Delaware,” said John Medkeff Jr., who has been writing about Delaware beer … Read the rest
Well Crafted Beer Co.
Where: 310 Madison St, Lansdale (Montco). The 100-year-old former Masonic temple was most recently used as an arts center.
What: Joining Round Guys as Lansdale’s second brewery, the space features a 7-barrel brewhouse, 20-tap tasting room and open-air seating within steps of Lansdale’s newly renovated SEPTA train station.
Who: A group of alumni from Rochester Institute … Read the rest
Musikfest, the 35-year-old, 10-day open-air music festival in Bethlehem that starts Friday (8/3) and runs through Aug. 12, is all about the sounds. But don’t miss out on the flavor of great beer.
Each year, the fest sells about 30,000 mugs that can be filled at local bars and beer stands.
[Here’s a look at the mug designs over the … Read the rest
Note: This column contains a clarification below.
The foam hit the fan on Facebook this weekend when a musician posted an item that his gigs at a central Jersey brewery had been canceled, because of a new policy edict from the N.J. Division of Alcohol and Beverage Control.
The item was wrong: Though change is coming, no new policy has … Read the rest
My report earlier this week about Phoenixville’s wealth of breweries in proximity to each other got me thinking about other local destinations where you can hit two or more breweries in one quick walk.
Here’s a few twofers (and three-ways) that come to mind:
Pitman, N.J. – This once-dry Methodist town is decidedly wet these days with two small breweries … Read the rest
Recent news reports naming Phoenixville’s Crowded Castle the third-fastest growing small and independent brewery in America in 2017 had me scratching my head.
How could a brewery that’s been open barely a year be among the fastest growing? Especially one that produces, perhaps, a mere 1,000 barrels a year, and sells it all in-house from 11 taps.
My money would’ve … Read the rest
The distance from 138 Bridge St. in Phoenixville to No. 368 is barely 2,000 feet. Maybe 800 steps, if you’re walking with purpose.
Which is what you would need to do if you were going to visit all the breweries along this short stretch of downtown Phoenixville main drag in one shot. From Iron Hill’s brewpub at one end of … Read the rest