Yearly Archives: 2019

Philly gets its first meadery

The city’s first commercial meadery in more than 100 years opened this month, launched by a pair of millennials in a 19th-century North Philly warehouse.

In a little-noticed milestone, Philadelphia Mead Well began public sale of the ancient alcoholic beverage, also known as honey wine. Though the region in recent years has seen an explosion of breweries, distilleries, wineries and … Read the rest

New Jersey’s idiotic brewery regs

The 10 most ridiculous brewery rules issued today by the N.J. ABC.

  1. It is illegal to make or sell coffee at a brewery.*
  2. But soda is OK.
  3. Happy hours are prohibited.
  4. Quizzo cannot be promoted on social media without a permit.
  5. No sales of art or handmade craft work on the premises.
  6. No amplified music without a special one-day permit,
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Boston’s Night Shift heads for Philly

A big, new player is moving into Philly Beer World: Night Shift Brewing, a fast-growing brewer out of Massachusetts. The company is planning to develop the former Penn Beer distribution warehouse on Domino Lane in the Roxborough section of the city as a brewery with a tasting room.

Though no details have been released, site plans show it has the … Read the rest

About that Boston Beer/Dogfish Head deal

Opinions about the Boston Beer/Dogfish Head deal announced yesterday are a mixed bag, ranging from dread to, well, “let’s wait and see.” So far, I haven’t heard anyone outside of either brewery get terribly excited about the $300 million merger/sale.

Three quick observations:

1. There are an awful lot of beer freaks who really don’t like either Sam Adams or … Read the rest

It’s just “regular” IPA

Behold the “regular” IPA.

It is not fruity or hazy or juicy or dank.

It’s not from New England, it’s not from Northwest.

It is not dry or tropical or thick as a milkshake.

And for god’s sake, don’t stand in line for it like you’re on some kind of quest.

It’s not black or brown or imperial or brut,Read the rest

Philly Beer Week into the weeds

Philly Loves Beer… and weed, apparently.

The non-profit organization that runs Philly Beer Week says its goal is to promote the city’s “authentic beer experiences.”

Yet, the title sponsor of beer week’s Opening Tap festival is a decidedly un-beerlike company: TerraVida Holistic Centers, Pennsylvania’s largest medical marijuana dispensary.

The company paid an undisclosed amount to have its logo plastered on … Read the rest

Weyerbacher tightens its belt, seeks investor dollars

Weyerbacher Brewing is going through a rough financial patch. The 24-year-old Easton, Pa., brewery laid off two longtime salespeople to trim costs as it seeks new investment.

“We’re in the process of reorganizing a little bit,” said Josh Lampe, the company’s COO. “We’re getting some funding from investors. As part of that, we had to get the company healthy before … Read the rest