Beer Radar: A new beer club. PLUS: Trump & Paterno beer.

Here’s a fun, new beer-by-mail club with a pretty cool idea. It’s called Barrel Backers, and the idea is beer drinkers “crowd fund” specific brands. Once the brand reaches a required number of pre-orders, it’ll be sent to your door. Prices are in the $40 range for a 12-pack – a bit steep, but the idea is that you’ll be ordering beer you can’t get at home. While it’s just getting started, I see some potential here if the ...

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Garden State tall beers & tall ships

Saturday’s Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival aboard the Battleship New Jersey could be one of the region’s most spectacular beer events of the year – and not just because of the beer.

Thanks to a the surge in brewery openings across the state, more breweries than ever will be pouring aboard the historic ship. I count more than 25, including newbies like Village Idiot, Third State and Lunacy. Tix are $45, and admission includes a tour of the ...

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How to build a DIY beer garden

WITH THE LONG Independence Day weekend around the corner, now’s the time to get ready for some backyard (or roof-deck) entertaining.

A few cases of summer ale are a good start, but to make the party even more memorable, get in touch with your inner-Martha Stewart. For inspiration, I tracked down Denise Sabia, an interior decorator from Ambler whose own backyard beer garden was recently featured in a photo spread in Country Living magazine.

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Sixpack of the Week: Forest & Main Paradisaeidae

Forest and Main (Ambler, Pa.)
Saison
ALCOHOL: 6.5%

SIXPACK SEZ: Named for the colorful bird-of-paradise, this superb saison-style ale takes flight with an unusually tart flavor, a product of aging on limes and lemongrass. It’s been fermented with a “foraged” culture, which is to say the brewer scraped up something from the local Ambler landscape and encouraged it to grow.

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Bar Talk Podcast Poll Asks: Would you drink beer if it didn’t contain alcohol?

The snappy bite of hops, the smooth richness of malt. Sour, smoked, barrel-aged… these days, craft beer is all about flavor, right? Or is it? Don’t forget about the alcohol! So, a simple question for beer lovers:

Comment below the importance of alcohol content in the beer you love. We’ll share the best comments on an upcoming segment of Bar Talk with Glen Macnow and Joe Sixpack.

 

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How to make Philly a better place to drink beer

IT’S HAMMOCK time – the lazy months of summer when a boy can dream. This one’s already got his feet up and his can in the ice bucket, imagining how to make Philadelphia an even better beer-drinking city.

For example:

Bar CarBring back the drinking car on SEPTA trains. How much more tolerable would your commute be if you could enjoy a cold Kenzinger while rumbling home from work? Onboard beer sales ...

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Beer Radar: Win a trip to Dogfish Head. PLUS: Happy Birthday Ed Stoudt

If you’ve never made it down to Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery, here’s a chance to win a free trip. The winner gets two nights’ lodging at Dogfish Inn, dinner at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats and a chance to collaborate on a beer with founder Sam Calagione…

Kensington’s Saint Benjamin Brewing is out with what it’s calling an East Coast IPA. Instead of those familiar citrus/pine notes of a West Coaster, its new Hopligation is a bit more malt forward ...

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The summer of fruit

Is it just me, or is the summer of 2015 turning fruity?

In past years, summer seasonals were seemingly dominated by witbier, that spicy, cloudy, Belgian wheat ale. Credit Hoegaarden and Blue Moon for that, I suppose.

But judging from this summer’s Joe Sixpack Case Club selection, it looks like fruit is playing an even big role in summer recipes. And not just the familiar orange peel of witbier. Here’s the case lineup (sorry, sold out) featuring 10 different fruit-forward beers:

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