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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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