Beer as an agent of change

IT TAKES BRICKS and people to build a neighborhood, but don’t forget to bring along the beer.

That’s the message from Ken Weinstein, a private Germantown developer who has converted scores of vacant and deteriorated commercial properties, including some of the city’s popular beer-centric destinations. On Tuesday, he’ll lead a fun but wonky pub-crawl in Mount Airy, called “Beer: An Agent of Change.”

I caught up with him last week for a few pints at Earth Bread + Brewery, one of ...

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Beer Radar: 12 Things to Know about Philly’s 2015 GABF Winners

Last weekend the Great American Beer Festival handed out gold, silver and bronze medals to beers in 92 categories – too many for anyone to memorize. But when your favorite beer geek corners you at your local bar this weekend, you’ll want to sound halfway intelligent.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Philadelphia-area brewers won only 9 medals, the fewest in memory. Among those who returned empty-handed: Yards, Troegs, Dogfish Head and Weyerbacher.

2. The low number of ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Tall Tales Red Headed Step Child

Tall Tales (Parsonburg, Md.)
Irish red ale

SIXPACK SEZ: When America experienced its first wave of Irish immigration in the 1840s, it saw exactly the same kind of xenophobic nativist nonsense we’re seeing with Hispanic immigration today, only worse. The racism, demagoguery and stereotyping resulted in bloody riots in big cities, including Philadelphia. That’s where the name of this sweet, roasty red lager originates: The despised “red-headed stepchild” was the indecent offspring of an out-of-wedlock sexual encounter with ...

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Join Joe Sixpack in Ireland in 2016


It wasn’t so long ago that beer in Ireland meant little more than Guinness, Smithwick’s and more Guinness. But in the past 3 years, the Emerald Isle has seen an explosion of new, small craft breweries.

Join Joe Sixpack on a motorcoach tour of some of Ireland’s up-and-coming breweries: Eight Degrees, Franciscan Well, Galway Bay and more.

Plus: We’ll visit distilleries and enjoy a bracing dram or two of Irish whiskey. And, yes, because this is Ireland, we’ll tour ...

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Oktoberfest at Christ the King Regional School – Oct. 17

B.Y.O.S.? Yup, that’s Bring Your Own Stein… and pull on your lederhosen to bend an elbow with Joe Sixpack at a fun evening of local beers at Christ the King Regional School’s Oktoberfest in Haddonfield, N.J.

I’ll present table-side chats about the 200-year-old tradition of Oktoberfest and the great beers we’ll be pouring.

Tix are $25/35 door, with food, entertainment and ample beer. For tix and more info, email Colleen DeShayes or call 856-429-2084.

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A brief history of papal beer

WASHINGTON greets the pope with a full session of Congress.

New York welcomes him with the United Nations.

Philadelphia? We tap a keg.

No fewer than 10 specially brewed ales will greet Pope Francis on his visit to Philly this weekend – and what else would you expect from America’s holiest beer-drinking city?

Yes, the mildly irreverent names may have some believers accusing local brewers of heresy. (The folks at Brewerytown’s Crime and Punishment brewery are risking eternal damnation for their salty Jesus ...

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Christmas Markets & Beer – Only 5 cabins left

A river cruise on the Danube with Joe Sixpack – Dec. 14-21, 2015

Hosted by internationally recognized and award-winning Beer Reporter Joe Sixpack, this once-in-a-lifetime river cruise sets sail for 7 nights from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary, with an optional two-night visit to Prague.

410_AmaPrima_Aerial_Passau_LandscapeAs with all AmaWaterways cruises your excursions are included as well as beer, wine and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. This cruise will offer beer theme excursions in additional ...

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