Why do brewers wear beards?

IN THIS WEEK’S column, we ponder the greatest mystery in beer: Why do so many brewers wear beards? (I mean male brewers, naturally, not female, which perhaps is a column for another day.)

I’ve been noticing this for the last couple years, but it came into full light at the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this month. You couldn’t walk three steps without encountering a fur-face.

Now, just so we’re all on the same page, I’m not talking about perfectly groomed ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Samuel Adams Nitro Coffee Stout

Boston Beer (Boston)
Coffee stout
ALCOHOL: 5.8%

SIXPACK SEZ: I’m not a fan of the other two canned nitros from Boston Beer (a surprisingly thin IPA and a very unsettling white ale), but this one hits on all cylinders. The rich coffee flavor is amplified by an exceedingly smooth nitrogenated body, which makes way for an aftertaste of heavenly roasted grain. It’s hard to believe this didn’t come straight off a tap.

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Better gardening: The beer rules

NOW THAT BEER gardens are officially a thing in Philly and – shockingly – the suburbs, it’s time for these outdoor drinking spots to get a few things right.

Because a beer garden is more than just a bar without a roof.

A beer garden is a shared place, in the sun, without solid walls and the typical constraints of a licensed saloon. It is about atmosphere and community and fun.

The Germans, who have perfected the biergarten, call that spirit gemütlichkeit. ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Union Craft Steady Eddie

Baltimore, Md.
American wheat ale
ALCOHOL: 7%

SIXPACK SEZ: Baltimore Orioles fans are mourning the loss of Natty Boh, apparently banned from Camden Yards at the start of the 2016 season. If they’re lucky, they can drown their misery with cans of this excellent, very juicy wheat IPA. It’s a tribute to Orioles great Eddie Murray, the last major leaguer to reach 500 HRs before the juicers (McGwire, Bonds, Sosa, A-Rod…) ruined the club.

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Join Joe Sixpack Saturday at Handcrafted at Perkins Center

Join Joe Sixpack for an evening of artistry celebrating the unique and hand-made at Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, N.J., on Saturday, May 14th from 7-10 p.m. This one-of-a-kind tasting has been named both the Best Foodie Event in South Jersey and The Best Way to Buy Art in the Garden State.

The event features over a dozen regional craft micro brews, a distillery, a gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction. In celebrating ...

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Trump vs. Clinton? America’s brewers say neither

DONALD TRUMP for president? Forget about it, say the nation’s brewers. But don’t expect them to line up behind Hillary Clinton, either.

That’s the outlook from a straw poll I conducted among beer makers at last week’s Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.

Among the 96 brewers and other beer industry members I polled while strolling around the conference exhibition hall, only 15 said they’d vote for Trump in November.

Clinton was backed by exactly half of the brewers – but that support ...

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Fridays at Bell Beverage

Join Joe Sixpack for fun, casual and FREE samplings at Bell Beverage. Coming up: May 13 – Dominion | May 27 – Summer Beer | June 17 – Flying Fish.

Bell Beverage offers the lowest prices on the biggest selection of craft beer by the case and 12-pack in the Philadelphia area. Join me on select Fridays for beer conversation and plenty of samples, then pick up your weekend supply.

Bell Beverage, 2809 S. Front St. (near the corner of Front ...

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World Beer Cup: Local winners and more

This year’s Craft Brewers Conference ended Friday evening with the announcement of World Beer Cup winners. Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey breweries took a total of 14 medals (below).

Not surprisingly, American-style IPA drew the most entries (275), with gold going to I Love It! from Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, Calif., which also took a bronze for its Double IPA and was named world champion small brewing company. Sounds like it’s time for us hop heads to book a flight to southern California.

Other ...
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