Sixpack of the Week: Flying Fish Exit 18 Baltic Porter

Flying Fish (Somerdale, N.J.)
Baltic porter

SIXPACK SEZ: Exit 18? Isn’t that the N.J. Turnpike off-ramp to the George Washington Bridge? The brewery says this complex version of a traditional strong, dark Baltic porter is a tribute to the eastern European population in north Jersey’s Bergen County. But judging from the size of this bottle, I’m guessing it’s built to last – you know, the next time you find yourself thirsty and bored while stuck in a Bridgegate ...

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Victory Brewing’s school bus takes a new route

The story is familiar to Philadelphia-area beer drinkers: Two fifth graders named Bill and Ron meet on a school bus, become fast friends, grow up together, learn to make beer, and many years later open Victory Brewing in an old Pepperidge Farm bakery in Downingtown.

Tales like these are part of the hagiography of craft brewing, a backstory that distinguishes Victory Helles Lager from Budweiser, that helps explain why you should pay more for a beer made by small-business entrepreneurs ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Victory sells stake, joins Southern Tier in private equity deal

Victory Brewing, a stalwart of Pennsylvania’s independent craft beer industry, will join New York’s Southern Tier Brewing under a newly formed company managed by a Manhattan private equity firm.

Under a plan announced this morning to employees at the Downingtown-based brewery, Victory’s founders said the new ownership will allow it to grow into “a force in the Northeast.”

Combined, the breweries will produce more than 250,000 barrels (about 3.5 million cases) a year, moving the new company into the top 15 craft ...

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Beer my Valentine

Valentine’s Day is more than hearts and flowers. It’s hops and malt, too. Whether you’re a couple or not, there’s good reason to fall in love this weekend.

Get an early start.

Weyerbacher Brewing in Easton will open at 10 a.m. to unveil this year’s version of Sunday Morning Stout. Yes, it’s a bit of a drive up the Northeast Extension, but that’s time you and your significant other can spend together in deep conversation about the importance of roasted malt ...

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Shock Top vs. Sixpack: The original Super Bowl ad

No doubt you’ve caught the Shock Top commercial with comedian T.J. Miller. The spot, a fast-paced insult swap between the star of the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley and a wiseguy talking tap handle named Wedgehead, has been floating around the Internet for the last week in advance of its TV debut Sunday during the Super Bowl .

What you haven’t seen is the original version – the one featuring Joe Sixpack. Or maybe that was a bad dream.

In any case, ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Somerset Wild

The Wild Beer Co. (Evercreech, England)
Sour English ale

SIXPACK SEZ: This grown-up lemonade of a beer is the product of wild fermentation with yeast harvested from orchards in Somerset, England, not far from the brewery. Its acidic, wine-like character is a bit one-dimensional and it might’ve benefited from blending with a fuller-bodied beer. But it’s a nice stab and I’ll look for other varieties from this imaginative brewery.

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Join Joe Sixpack for Beer & Whiskey in Ireland: Focus on Galway

The rocky Aran Islands – renowned for hardy fishermen – brought us those intricately patterned fishermen’s sweaters. You know – the ones that easily soak up spilled stout.

This part of the country is also known for unique cuisine and – in the lovely town of Galway itself – an exploding beer culture with fun, friendly pubs.

I’m particularly looking forward to the Galway Bay Brewery, home to some of the more experimental styles that have cropped up in Ireland.

Why don’t ...

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