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In 2005, the last time the Brewers Association held its annual conference here, a few local brewers thought it would be a swell idea to expose the conventioneers to a unique slice of Philly’s growing craft-beer scene.

So they trooped the visitors down to a seamy stretch of Delaware Avenue and held what was surely the city’s first-ever cask-ale event at a topless bar.

As dancers jiggled over the tap handles for dollar bills, visitors drained ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Weihenstephan (Freising, Germany)
Dunkelweizen
ALCOHOL: 5.3%

SIXPACK SEZ: With hefeweizen, the malt flavor is an afterthought, with the wheat serving as a blank canvas for all that spicy, fruity yeast character. But add some roasted malt and turn it dark, and suddenly you’ve got a whole ‘nother thing: caramel, chocolate and an overall creaminess that plays off the banana and clove of a lighter German wheat beer. This version, from the world’s oldest brewer, is outstanding when fresh, preferably ...

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500 years of Reinheitsgebot purity: Enough already

SATURDAY MARKS the 500th anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, the German law that simply decreed beer can be made with only water, barley, and hops. Yet there is nothing simple about Reinheitsgebot, starting with its name, which Americans can correctly pronounce only after a liter of lager or two.

For, even after half a millennium, the edict remains a lightning rod for an unsettled argument among beer-lovers – one that pits tradition against modernity.

The traditionalist sees it as the benchmark of beer purity, ...

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Sixpack of the Week: O’Hara’s Barrel Aged Leann Folláin Irish Stout

Carlow Brewing (Carlow, Ireland)
Barrel-aged imperial stout
ALCOHOL: 8.1%

SIXPACK SEZ: You don’t think of barrel-aging when it comes to classic Irish stout, but that’s the way they’re rolling these days at Carlow Brewing. Three months in an Irish whiskey barrel added a smooth, slightly boozy finish to this dark, coffee-like brew. Seems like it would go well with sausages and black pudding.

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Cloudy with a chance of hops

Appearance: Should be clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be a bit hazy.   From the Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines for American IPA.

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A bit hazy?

That might be the traditional standard. But these days, some of America’s top-rated India pale ales are as overcast as the airspace above South Philly’s oil refinery on an August afternoon.

Murky, cloudy, and even milk-like are some of the descriptors for the likes of Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine, Trillium Dialed-In, and the Alchemist Heady Topper, ...

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Happy Hour Yoga: April 15 tax day stress reliever

No, we can’t do anything about your tax return. But Happy Hour Yoga will help you unwind after writing that last check to Uncle Sam. It’s a fun, one-hour, all-levels yoga practice led by Mrs. Sixpack followed by a tutored beer tasting with Joe Sixpack.

This time, we’ll be talking (and drinking) springtime beers: bock, biere de mars, fruity wheat beer and more. Get your tix now!

Happy Hour Yoga

Friday, April 15 – 6: 30 p.m.

Yoga on the Ridge, 493 Domino Lane, Phila. (Roxborough)

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When America drank Needle Beer

IMAGINE ORDERING a nice, cold pint of beer in a bar, but before the foam has a chance to settle, the bartender pulls out a syringe and gives the glass a squirt of alcohol.

Forget about careful brewing methods or even enjoyable flavor. Just choke down your dose of ethyl alcohol like it’s medicine.

This was needle beer, and it’s the way America drank its suds during Prohibition, whose ban on beer came to a close 83 years ago today.

The practice seems ...

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Sixpack of the Week: River Horse Triple IPA (Brewer’s Reserve)

River Horse (Ewing, N.J.)
Triple IPA
ALCOHOL: 9.7%

SIXPACK SEZ: Over the years, River Horse has used its Brewer’s Reserve label to roll out new flavors, to see what sticks. A wonderfully spicy pumpkin and a smooth oatmeal stout happily made the cut; sadly, an easy-drinking dunkel lager just kinda came and went. Here’s hoping this strong, honey sweet uber IPA finds a permanent home. This one will appeal to hop lovers whose idea of a “session” is spending time ...

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