At First Gulp: Victory Harvest Ale

A wet-hop ale whose label instructs: DRINK NOW. Somewhat citrusy aroma, but not as bountiful as I’d expect with fresh hops. Surprisingly light body with a slightly oily texture. A bit juicy, with an intensely bitter finish. Reminds me of jumping into a pile of wet leaves. A fun beer for autumn.

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Beer Radar – Oct. 22, 2014

Crabby Larry’s Brew Pub Steak & Crab House at Chalfont Village Shopping Center closed its doors last month. The longstanding Chalftont, Bucks County, brewpub is supposed to re-open as Tower Hill Brewery… Levante Brewing hopes to open a 15-barrel production plant in a West Chester industrial park by December…  Kennett Brewing in Kennett Square looks like it’s ready to open soon, too… Beast & Ale, the new Manayunk (4161 Main St.) beer destination is up and running, and it’s ...

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A 19th-century Philadelphia brewery comes home

WHEN LAST WE heard from Hohenadel Brewery, the 19th-century East Falls landmark was wincing under the weight of a wrecking ball.

It was 1997. Just one look at the stubborn but crumbling brick structure at Conrad Street and Indian Queen Lane told you it was time to pull the plug. The brewery that once proclaimed its “Well Earned Supremacy” could only sigh as it joined the likes of Gretz and Esslinger and Erlanger in the great Philadelphia pile of brewery ...

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Beer Radar – Oct. 15, 2014

A couple developments on the local brewpub front. First, 2nd Story Brewing, in the former home of Triumph Brewing’s Old City locale, is set to open on Tuesday (10/21). Sounds like the under-used second floor space has been converted for front-row viewing of head brewer John Wible’s work in the 15-barrel brewhouse. Look for four house beers, five rotators and a cask engine… Meanwhile a few blocks away, Nodding Head Brewery (which coincidentally is also located on a second floor) ...

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Chocolate goodness at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Which beer goes with chocolate? What pairs best with white chocolate? Or creamy milk chocolate?

Discovering the best is my task in coming days, as I’ll be tasting about a half-dozen varieties* to come up with
interesting pairings. It’s part of my work for the Academy of Natural Sciences’ “Chocolate: The Exhibition,” which opens tomorrow at the Ben Franklin parkway museum.

I’m helping to organize a couple private and public tastings, including a session on Jan. 15. Tix are $35.

I kicked ...

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Column Add: More Philly GABF medalists

The other local 2014 GABF medalists

Gold

Earth Bread & Brewery Perkuno’s Hammer, Baltic porter. It’ll pour tonight at the Mount Airy brewpub’s 7th anniversaryGABF Medals.

Fegley’s Brew Works Arctic Alchemy, old ale category. A re-creation of a 160-year-old English strong ale recipe, it’s available occasionally throughout the year.

Sly Fox Grisette, Belgian- and French-style ale. This is the second consecutive medal for this ...

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Philly’s GABF winners: More than a tease

THE GREAT American Beer Festival awards are such a tease. Like brazen tarts, the judges tempt us time and again with medals for seductive, mouthwatering brands that just beg you to take a drink.

But we can only look, never taste.

These award-winners are one-offs. Brewpub seasonals. Special blends.

They come and go, peeking out at you like a Maxim magazine nip-slip.

Beers like Two Brothers Sour Beer #2, from Illinois, named the best wood-aged beer in America.

I’m sure it’s a fine beer; ...

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Beer Radar – Oct. 9, 2014

If you’ve been wondering about all those new Bucks County breweries that have opened ini recent months, here’s a great chance to sample them in one place: Broken Goblet (Bristol) is hosting Hoppy Halloween Beer Fest on Oct. 25. Neshaminy Creek, Naked, Vault, Round Joe Sixpack's Beer RadarGuys, Crooked Eye and Bucks County brewing companies and more will be on hand, along with live music and food trucks. ...

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