At first gulp: Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout

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On yet another crappy Philadelphia winter night that’s fit for neither man nor beast, it’s a pleasure to crack open a can and just hunker down. Especially when that can is a 9.5 abv monster of an RIS. In the past you’d have to risk the elements (and a DWI) to enjoy this baby at an Iron Hill location. But the brewpub’s new take-home four-packs were made for a night like this.  ...

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At first gulp: Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout

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On yet another crappy Philadelphia winter night that’s fit for neither man nor beast, it’s a pleasure to crack open a can and just hunker down. Especially when that can is a 9.5 abv monster of an RIS. In the past you’d have to risk the elements (and a DWI) to enjoy this baby at an Iron Hill location. But the brewpub’s new take-home four-packs were made for a night like this.  ...

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At first gulp: Iron Hill Russian Imperial Stout

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On yet another crappy Philadelphia winter night that’s fit for neither man nor beast, it’s a pleasure to crack open a can and just hunker down. Especially when that can is a 9.5 abv monster of an RIS. In the past you’d have to risk the elements (and a DWI) to enjoy this baby at an Iron Hill location. But the brewpub’s new take-home four-packs were made for a night like this.  ...

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At first gulp: Crushable de Table

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At 3.2 abv, I could pound this all night. At $6 a bottle, probably not. Nonetheless, this light-bodied table beer from Belgium’s De La Senne (in collaboration wIth Ardmore’s Tired Hands) is beautifully hopped, pleasantly aromatic and nicely bittered. Cloudy and refreshing it might be called Saison Lite, if that hasn’t already been trademarked.

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Due South, Midnight Sun, Other Half coming to Philly

Bella Vista Beer Distributors tells me they’ve just signed deals to bring three more out-of-town breweries into Philly, just in time for Beer Week:

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Bar Talk podcast debuts March 11 at Rose Tree Restaurant with Bob Barrar

Bar Talk, Philly’s first live beer-focused podcast with Glen Macnow and Joe Sixpack, debuts on March 11 – and we’ve got a major guest.

It’s brewer Bob Barrar, the No. 1 medal-winner in the history of the Great American Beer Festival. Bob just stepped down from his post at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant to open up a new brewery in Delaware County.

We’ll talk about his career, his big decision and the future.

And, hell yeah, we’ll be drinking some great ...

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Not a hop head? Try this sixpack

THE CRAFT-BEER world’s fixation with India Pale Ale shows no sign of fading. Just last month, for example, Philadelphia welcomed a new portfolio from California’s Knee Deep Brewing that includes no fewer than five different IPAs, including a double, a triple and a heretofore unknown “Quad IPA.”

Which is all perfectly fine if you’re a hop addict, craving your next big fix of Simcoe, Citra or some other variety of the famously bitter, aromatic plant.

But what if you’re after ...

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Beer Radar: Where are the bocks?

Remember when spring beer meant bock? Hell, the style was such a big part of the beer world, the New York Brewers Board of Trade once declared March 15th as Bock Day. Those are long gone, though. Blame it on changing tastes, blame it on Obama – whatever, bock is dying. In the Brewing Association’s CraftBeer.com showcase of seasonals, a mere 7 of 45 spring brews are identified as bock. The first Sunday in May can’t ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel

De Halve Maan (Brugge, Belgium)
Quadrupel
ALCOHOL: 11.2%

SIXPACK SEZ: Going back more than 100 years, every generation of the Maes family of brewers has been led by a strong (or “straffe”) son named Henri or Hendrik – thus the name of this excellent strong Belgian ale. It comes right out of the bottle with the big flavor of dried fruit and coriander that’s firmly balanced with spicy hops. This is a classic quad that will impress any strong beer-loving ...

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Use discount code JOESIX and drink beer with me Saturday

It’s cold. You’d rather be anywhere than Philly freezing your tookus off. Why not spend Saturday afternoon dreaming of where you’ll be spending your next vacation?

And drinking beer.

Join me at the Mid-Atlantic Craft Beer Pavilion Saturday afternoon at the Inquirer Travel & Culinary Expo at Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. Tix are just $25 but you can get 5 bucks off if you use my discount code: JOESIX.

Do the math: A double-sawbuck for more than 50 ...

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