At First Gulp: Old Forge Bella Vista

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A crisp, nicely bittered IPA brewed for BV Distributors 30th Anniversary. An extremely well made beer, served fresh at Tria Tap Room. This is not an over-the-top IPA, just a solid drinker. Old Forge has to be the most underrated brewery in Pennsylvania. You don’t hear much about them in Philly, but they’re turning out superb brews.

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How to go from homebrewer to pro in 5 years

You say you’ve got mad beer-making skills and you’d go pro if only you had the time to step up your game?

Send the old ball-and-chain out of town.

It worked for John Wible, who went from a complete noob to head brewer at 2nd Story Brewing, in Old City, in just five years.

He looked almost sheepish as he recounted the story Monday afternoon, as the first customers streamed into his new brewpub, operating out of the space that Triumph Brewing ...

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At First Gulp: Victory Harvest Ale

A wet-hop ale whose label instructs: DRINK NOW. Somewhat citrusy aroma, but not as bountiful as I’d expect with fresh hops. Surprisingly light body with a slightly oily texture. A bit juicy, with an intensely bitter finish. Reminds me of jumping into a pile of wet leaves. A fun beer for autumn.

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Beer Radar – Oct. 22, 2014

Crabby Larry’s Brew Pub Steak & Crab House at Chalfont Village Shopping Center closed its doors last month. The longstanding Chalftont, Bucks County, brewpub is supposed to re-open as Tower Hill Brewery… Levante Brewing hopes to open a 15-barrel production plant in a West Chester industrial park by December…  Kennett Brewing in Kennett Square looks like it’s ready to open soon, too… Beast & Ale, the new Manayunk (4161 Main St.) beer destination is up and running, and it’s ...

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A 19th-century Philadelphia brewery comes home

WHEN LAST WE heard from Hohenadel Brewery, the 19th-century East Falls landmark was wincing under the weight of a wrecking ball.

It was 1997. Just one look at the stubborn but crumbling brick structure at Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane told you it was time to pull the plug. The brewery that once proclaimed its “Well Earned Supremacy” could only sigh as it joined the likes of Gretz and Esslinger and Erlanger in the great Philadelphia pile of brewery ...

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Beer Radar – Oct. 15, 2014

A couple developments on the local brewpub front. First, 2nd Story Brewing, in the former home of Triumph Brewing’s Old City locale, is set to open on Tuesday (10/21). Sounds like the under-used second floor space has been converted for front-row viewing of head brewer John Wible’s work in the 15-barrel brewhouse. Look for four house beers, five rotators and a cask engine… Meanwhile a few blocks away, Nodding Head Brewery (which coincidentally is also located on a second floor) ...

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Chocolate goodness at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Which beer goes with chocolate? What pairs best with white chocolate? Or creamy milk chocolate?

Discovering the best is my task in coming days, as I’ll be tasting about a half-dozen varieties* to come up with
interesting pairings. It’s part of my work for the Academy of Natural Sciences’ “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” which opens tomorrow at the Ben Franklin parkway museum.

I’m helping to organize a couple private and public tastings, including a session on Jan. 15. Tix are $35.

I kicked ...

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