One of Philly’s newest breweries is going to look – and taste – a lot like one of its oldest.
It will re-create long-lost beers that helped establish Philadelphia as the brewing capital of America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Brands like Robert Smith’s India Pale Ale, Tiger Head Cream Ale and Robert Hare’s Colonial Porter will … Read the rest
It’s that time of the year, when beer critics put down their pints for a moment and try to remember: What the hell was I drinking this year?
That’s right: It’s time for the Beers of the Year.
Unfortunately with the demise of so many beer rags and blogs in recent years, we’re beginning to see wine writers fill the … Read the rest
By now, you’ve heard New Jersey’s Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control has spiked those dumbass, new brewery tasting room rules. Y’know, the ones that – among many other things – prohibit breweries from displaying menus from the local pizza shop and require a permit to turn the Eagles game on TV.
The agency will go back to the drawing board … Read the rest
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The foam hit the fan on Facebook this weekend when a musician posted an item that his gigs at a central Jersey brewery had been canceled, because of a new policy edict from the N.J. Division of Alcohol and Beverage Control.
The item was wrong: Though change is coming, no new policy has … Read the rest
My report earlier this week about Phoenixville’s wealth of breweries in proximity to each other got me thinking about other local destinations where you can hit two or more breweries in one quick walk.
Here’s a few twofers (and three-ways) that come to mind:
Pitman, N.J. – This once-dry Methodist town is decidedly wet these days with two small breweries … Read the rest
Recent news reports naming Phoenixville’s Crowded Castle the third-fastest growing small and independent brewery in America in 2017 had me scratching my head.
How could a brewery that’s been open barely a year be among the fastest growing? Especially one that produces, perhaps, a mere 1,000 barrels a year, and sells it all in-house from 11 taps.
My money would’ve … Read the rest
The distance from 138 Bridge St. in Phoenixville to No. 368 is barely 2,000 feet. Maybe 800 steps, if you’re walking with purpose.
Which is what you would need to do if you were going to visit all the breweries along this short stretch of downtown Phoenixville main drag in one shot. From Iron Hill’s brewpub at one end of … Read the rest
Ten years ago this month, my first book, Joe Sixpack’s Philly Beer Guide, was published. It was a compilation of everything I knew about the city’s beer scene at the time, from its earliest breweries to its burgeoning craft beer scene.
It took years of work, and I was plenty proud to present the most complete look at the … Read the rest