Dock Street bites the dust

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This time it’s Dock Street Brasserie (18th and Cherry streets, Logan Circle), where the doors are locked and the phone rings and rings and rings. Josh Ervine, formerly its head brewer, is now sweating at Yards Brewing.

No word on Dock Street’s future, or its brewing equipment.

Speaking of kettles and fermenters, word is that Dogfish Head Brewing of Lewes, Del., has purchased the long-stagnant equipment at Poor Henry’s Brewery in Northern Liberties.

That’s bad news for the city neighborhood, but it’ll likely mean Dogfish’s Sam Calagione will be producing even more of his quirky brews.

Brian O’Reilly, currently working at Victory Brewing in Downingtown, is putting together a brewpub project in West Chester. It’s tentatively called Turk’s Head.

O’Reilly, former head brewer at New Road in Collegeville, expects to open sometime next year.

Calendar

Tonight – The Magic of Belgian Beer, tutored tasting by Beer Philadelphia’s Jim Anderson at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia. Tix: $55. Info: 215-222-4200.

Nov. 6 – Beer for Wine Lovers, more Anderson tutoring, at La Campagne Restaurant, Cherry Hill, N.J. Tix: $40. Info: 856-429-7647.

Nov. 13 – Beer dinner, featuring brews from Long Island’s Southampton Publik House, at Monk’s Cafe, 16th and Spruce streets. Tix: $55. Info: call 215-545-7005.

Fake beer headacheĀ for German breweries

From the (London) Daily Telegraph.

German lager’s reputation for purity and taste is threatened by a scandal over stolen barrels and fake brews, which suggests that much of what is being served up may be little better than dishwater.

Erich Dederichs, the manager of the German brewers’ association, said yesterday that leading brewers such as Schultheiss and Kindl were falling victim to a scam of worrying proportions.

A new breed of “beer bandits” had been stealing barrels from reputable breweries, then filling them up with low grade “no name” brews. They sold these on at cut prices to bar and restaurant owners who thought they were getting the real thing.

“We have a problem, particularly in Brandenburg and Berlin,” he said. “Those who get served up with this dishwater think it is Kindl and never touch the stuff again. ”

Bild, Germany’s most popular newspaper, estimated that one in five glasses of beer pulled in the Berlin area was fake.

“Berlin’s beer drinkers will be foaming with rage,” it said. “Or they will be wondering why after their last night on the lager their heads hurt so much. ”

The problem first came to the brewers’ attention after the reputable Schultheiss brewery caught people trying to sell 300 stolen barrels full of fake beer to restaurants. Since then, many other cases have been detected.

The disclosures are further bad news for a German beer industry that is already suffering from a fall in consumption.

Last year, an average German drank 221 pints of beer, 15 pints fewer than in 1995.

With purity of their lager now in question there are fears that consumption could plunge still further.

The production of German beer is governed by a Purity Edict of 1516. This states that beer is only beer when made with malt, hops, yeast and water.

German brewers believe that the fake beer breaks the ancient law.

They are telling drinkers to be on the look out for anything that is sweeter or sourer than normal, or that leaves them with a particularly sore head the morning after.

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