New Belgium comes to Philly

WELL, IT’S about damn time.

Nearly 25 years after New Belgium Brewing started brewing in Fort Collins, Colo., its beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale is coming to Philadelphia.

That makes Pennsylvania the 39th state to get its hands on the brand, behind the likes of Alabama, North Dakota and, I think, Guam.

Fat Tire, of course, is a near-iconic brand in craft-beer circles.

Brewed by a famously green, socially conscious, employee-owned company, it may not be the highest-rated beer in the world, but ...

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Joe Sixpack Case Club fall beer call for orders

Want to sample a wider variety of beer flavors? You’ve come to the right place!

Joe Sixpack has teamed up with the guys at Bell Beverage to organize a one-of-kind case-sharing club. Four times a year, beer lovers like you gather to split up cases of the finest seasonal beers in the world.



Full flavored autumn favorites: pumpkin ale and Oktoberfestbier


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Beer Radar: Rich Palmay IPA. PLUS: 2-state beer fest this weekend

Rich Palmay RIPThe first time I met Rich Palmay, he told me his name was Vince Masciandaro. It was 2012 at City Tap House, and someone had just pulled Vince’s winning raffle ticket for Philly Beer Week’s annual Belgian collaboration beer. Rich got lots of cheers, we posed for photos, then he leaned over to tell me that he was actually standing in for his buddy, Vince, who couldn’t attend the ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Lakefront Riverwest Stein Beer

Lakefront (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Amber lager
ALCOHOL: 5.68%

SIXPACK SEZ: No, despite the name this is not one of those old and rare German stone lagers, made by boiling wort with hot rocks. Instead, it’s exactly the kind of lager I can imagine Wisconsin bratwurst munchers guzzle from frothy, overflowing steins. An underlying sweetness in this outstanding amber lager gives way to a clean, lightly hopped finish.

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Bar Talk Episode 21: WIP’s Brian Haddad

What kind of beer does 94 WIP’s Creative Director, Brian Haddad drink? Turns out he’s got a bit of a Canadian streak. Glen Macnow and Joe Sixpack chat with him about the likes of Moosehead. Meanwhile,  the guys check in with the inventor of Bottoms Up, a game changer in beer dispensing. And the guys gag over beer made with (would you believe?) semen.

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Beer in the sticks

My column this week in the Daily News focuses on the exploding craft beer scene in Chester County, specifically Phoenixville. Just up the river and over the county line in Royersford, Montco, Stickman Brews is gearing up for an autumn opening in the former Sly Fox brewing and canning plant [Google map].

The 10-barrel brewhouse will primarily produce draft and 22oz bombers for sales at the brewery’s on-site tasting room (no restaurant, however). The head brewer is Ethan Buckman, ...

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3 breweries, 3 wineries & a distillery in one dinky town?

ANYONE who thinks that Philadelphia’s beer scene ends at the Schuylkill River needs to take Regional Rail to Norristown, hop onto the Rt. 99 bus for an hour or so, get off in Phoenixville, curse SEPTA and start walking.

This once-stinky Chester County town has transformed its dinky downtown alongside an abandoned steel mill into a lively restaurant and nightlife destination. In just three blocks along its main shopping corridor, Bridge Street, there are two brewpubs, a pair of winery outlets ...

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Beer Radar: Holy Wooder. Plus: Pumpkin beer advice

Gotta love the name Philadelphia Brewing is giving their Pope Francis tribute beer: Holy Wooder. (If you’re reading this from outside Philly, that’s how we pronounce “water.”) It’s described as a Belgian-style tripel that’s guaranteed to “cleanse  your soul and set you on the path to righteousness.” Which makes it different from all other beer exactly how…?

The Press of Atlantic City is reporting that Historic Cold Spring Village, the Jersey shore old-time village re-creation, will open its own ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Anchor IPA

Anchor (San Francisco)
India pale ale

SIXPACK SEZ: I’m going to chalk up this light-bodied, clean-finishing brew to consumer ignorance. Anchor has brewed a perfectly fine India pale ale for something like 40 years. It’s called Liberty Ale, and it’s one of the seminal brands in American craft beer history. But because the Liberty label doesn’t actually identify it as an India pale ale, it escapes the attention of IPA-fixated beer drinkers. Thus, Anchor introduced this hop-forward ale in ...

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