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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Column Add: More Philly GABF medalists

The other local 2014 GABF medalists

Gold

Earth Bread & Brewery Perkuno’s Hammer, Baltic porter. It’ll pour tonight at the Mount Airy brewpub’s 7th anniversaryGABF Medals.

Fegley’s Brew Works Arctic Alchemy, old ale category. A re-creation of a 160-year-old English strong ale recipe, it’s available occasionally throughout the year.

Sly Fox Grisette, Belgian- and French-style ale. This is the second consecutive medal for this farmhouse-style ale, available in the spring and summer in cans.

Silver

Dogfish Head ...

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Philly’s GABF winners: More than a tease

THE GREAT American Beer Festival awards are such a tease. Like brazen tarts, the judges tempt us time and again with medals for seductive, mouthwatering brands that just beg you to take a drink.

But we can only look, never taste.

These award-winners are one-offs. Brewpub seasonals. Special blends.

They come and go, peeking out at you like a Maxim magazine nip-slip.

Beers like Two Brothers Sour Beer #2, from Illinois, named the best wood-aged beer in America.

I’m sure it’s a fine beer; ...

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Beer Radar – Oct. 9, 2014

If you’ve been wondering about all those new Bucks County breweries that have opened ini recent months, here’s a great chance to sample them in one place: Broken Goblet (Bristol) is hosting Hoppy Halloween Beer Fest on Oct. 25. Neshaminy Creek, Naked, Vault, Round Joe Sixpack's Beer RadarGuys, Crooked Eye and Bucks County brewing companies and more will be on hand, along with live music and food trucks. Tix are ...

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Chocolate and Beer Pairing

The Academy of Natural Sciences newest exhibit, Chocolate: The Exhibition, opens Friday, and I’ll be organizing a couple beer & chocolate events, including “One Last Shot,” a public session on Jan. 15.

I have a few ideas on the pairings, and I’m gearing up for some sticky-fingered “research.” But I’d love to hear your suggestions! Which beers go best with dark noire, milk chocolate, white chocolate and spicy dark chocolate?

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Column Add: America’s youngest female brewery owner

This week’s column about Forgotten Boardwalk focuses on owner Jamie Queli. At just 30 years, her relatively young age – and gender – make her an exception among local brewery owners.

It got me wondering if she’s the youngest female brewery owner in America.

She’s not

I asked the folks at the Pink Boots Society, which represents female brewers, and while they don’t keep Maggie Dougherty of Kalispell Brewing in Montanathose records, they pointed ...

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Jersey’s newest brewery a shore bet

SPLASHING down a cold one in the tasting room at the new Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery, in Cherry Hill, you can’t help but wonder: Why wasn’t this place built on an actual boardwalk down the Shore?

The curved funhouse mirrors, the wheel of fortune, the Skee-Ball machines . . . the only thing missing is the smell of salt air.

So, I asked Jamie Queli, the brewery’s 30-year-old owner, why she didn’t open it in Asbury Park, whose aging, largely ...

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