The original Beer + Yoga event is back for a special Valentines weekend session

The new year is upon us, and you’ve vowed to get into shape. Beer-drinking shape, of course. Here’s the ideal opportunity: Happy Hour Yoga, 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 winter beers: stout, barleywine and – because it’s that time of the year – chocolate beer. Bring your sweetie!

Happy Hour Yoga

Friday, Feb 12 – 6: 30 p.m.

Yoga on the Ridge, 493 Domino ...

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Bend an elbow with Joe Sixpack at Bell Beverage

Catch up with Joe Sixpack at Bell Beverage in South Philly. Free samples, friendly beer talk and did I mention free beer? Join me from 4-6 p.m.

| Jan. 8 – Terrapin beer (direct from Athens, Ga.)

| Jan. 22 – Barleywine (strong winter brews)

| Feb. 5 – Super Bowl Beer (from the two conference championship towns)

| Feb. 12 – Chocolate beer (for your Valentine’s Day pleasure).

2809 S. Front St., South Philadelphia. (Front Street Exit – I-95)

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Bar Hygge and Philly’s newest breweries

You know that feeling you get when you’re in a bar and feeling totally one with your time and your place? The right music, the perfect dish, your favorite friends, the best beer – a feeling of comfort or excitement?

The Germans call it gemütlichkeit. The Irish refer to it as the craic. In Spanish it’s la chispa.

And in Denmark it’s called hygge, which is the inspiration for Bar Hygge, the new brewpub opening in about two weeks on Fairmount ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Conshohocken Day Without A Dawn

Conshohocken Brewing (Conshohocken, Pa.)
Imperial black IPA

SIXPACK SEZ: The brewery’s standard black IPA (Doll’s Eye) is nice, and all that. But if you really want to see what a brewer can do with the style, step up to this imperial version – a righteous fist-pounder with a solid but not overwhelming roasted malt background and a big smack of resinous hops. A four-pack of 16-ounce cans? No way you’ll see sunrise.

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Ringling Brothers Famous Brewery Act, circa 1909

Whenever I see a new database of historical documents or photographs, the first thing I do is head for the search engine and type in “beer” or “brewery.” That’s what I did when I heard that the New York Public Library has just placed more than 180,000 high-res images available online.

And looky what I found! A 1909 poster for the Ringling Brothers, presenting Schuman’s German Horse Circus, including “The Famous Brewery Act,” which apparently involved horses riding in barrels ...

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Beer Radar: Conshy expands to Bridgeport. PLUS: A new stout from Shake Shack

Conshohocken Brewery announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that it’ll open a new beer garden/brewery on Dekalb Street Bridgeport this spring. That puts it within just a quick bridge-crossing from the Schuylkill River Trail, making it the 8th – along with Manayunk, Conshy, Appalachian (technically the Perkiomen), Iron Hill/Pville, Stable 12, Stickman and (soon to come) Chatty Monk’s – to be within short cycling distance from the popular bike trail.  Look for more details on area brewery openings in tomorrow’s ...

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2015: The beer in review… and preview

On the final day of 2015, I’m still not certain which was the worst beer development of the year: that sickly sweet root beer posing as an ale or a beer made with, I kid you not, semen.

Swallow hard: Here’s my year in review… and my predictions for 2016.


  • Anheuser-Busch InBred, I mean InBev, releases Bud Light Mixxtail Firewalker, a high-alcohol premixed cinnamon-and-apple cocktail designed to be poured over ice. Coming next: Bud Light Syringe.
  • Stone Brewing pulls the plug on ...
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Good beer and goodwill to all


Maybe it’s because beer makers feel the need to fight the occasionally negative perception of alcohol with acts of kindness.

Or maybe it’s just that brewers are good people.

Whatever the reason, it doesn’t take much to find the spirit of goodwill at breweries this holiday season.

One example out in Colorado could become a model for brewers nationwide. It’s called the Brewability Lab, a pilot program to teach developmentally disabled adults how to work in a brewery.

Located at Grandma’s House collaborative ...

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