Philly Beer Week into the weeds

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Philly Loves Beer… and weed, apparently.

The non-profit organization that runs Philly Beer Week says its goal is to promote the city’s “authentic beer experiences.”

Yet, the title sponsor of beer week’s Opening Tap festival is a decidedly un-beerlike company: TerraVida Holistic Centers, Pennsylvania’s largest medical marijuana dispensary.

The company paid an undisclosed amount to have its logo plastered on … Read the rest

Chester – yes, Chester – gets a brewery

Matt Lindenmuth, who opened Saucony Creek Brewing 6 years ago, is turning his side project – The Larimer Beer Co. – into a real brewery. Founded two years ago as a gypsy brewery that made beer in Colorado, The Larimer will build an R&D brewery with taproom in Chester, next to Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union.… Read the rest

Weyerbacher tightens its belt, seeks investor dollars

Weyerbacher Brewing is going through a rough financial patch. The 24-year-old Easton, Pa., brewery laid off two longtime salespeople to trim costs as it seeks new investment.

“We’re in the process of reorganizing a little bit,” said Josh Lampe, the company’s COO. “We’re getting some funding from investors. As part of that, we had to get the company healthy before … Read the rest

A new brewery in Lansdale will brew old-time Philadelphia beer

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

The Best and Worst of the Best Beers of 2018

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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

About those dumbass New Jersey brewery regs

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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

Who was King Gambrinus?

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Though he’s often called the “patron saint” of brewing, King Gambrinus is neither a saint. Nor a king. Nor an actual person.

Historians believe he is a conflation of other historic figures, who as far back as the 16th century was credited with the invention of beer. By the 1800s, his name and visage were adopted by Belgian, Dutch, … Read the rest

A rebirth of brewing in Wilmington?

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Old King Gambrinus, the once-legendary symbol of Delaware’s greatest brewery, is in sad shape these days. He’s strewn across the floor in about 60 pieces, barely salvaged from the junk heap by a passionate beer historian in Wilmington, Del.

“This is the most iconic image of brewing in Delaware,” said John Medkeff Jr., who has been writing about Delaware beer … Read the rest

New Brewery Alert in Lansdale, Montco

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Well Crafted Beer Co.

Where: 310 Madison St, Lansdale (Montco). The 100-year-old former Masonic temple was most recently used as an arts center.

What: Joining Round Guys as Lansdale’s second brewery, the space features a 7-barrel brewhouse, 20-tap tasting room and open-air seating within steps of Lansdale’s newly renovated SEPTA train station.

Who: A group of alumni from Rochester Institute … Read the rest

Headed to Musikfest? Here’s your handy beer guide

Musikfest, the 35-year-old, 10-day open-air music festival in Bethlehem that starts Friday (8/3) and runs through Aug. 12, is all about the sounds. But don’t miss out on the flavor of great beer.

Each year, the fest sells about 30,000 mugs that can be filled at local bars and beer stands.

[Here’s a look at the mug designs over the … Read the rest