Bankrupt Red Bell plans new digs in Manayunk

Last we checked, shares of Red Bell Brewing were trading for something like 2 cents apiece.

Then, the company went bankrupt, the president resigned and the brewery lost its license.

But a single share of Red Bell stock is worth more than ever . . . at least on eBay.

Last month, a single stock certificate – suitable for framing – was auctioned off at $21.

There’s another one for sale right now.

The actual company, meanwhile, is dusting itself off.

Though it’s still in bankruptcy, Red Bell has opened a new joint on Main Street in Manayunk.

Plans are to begin brewing on site later this year.

The dregs

Speaking of eBay, check out this act of crass behavior: Some lowlife from Dallas is auctioning off an unopened Budweiser bottle with a born-on date of 9/11.

“Show your patriotism with this unique time capsule,” the seller says.

Anything to make a buck, I guess.

But who’s worse – him or the five heartless cheeseheads who bid on the bottle?

As of Tuesday, the top bid was at $4.26, plus $6 shipping.

Better beer, no Lion

Fans of Stoudt’s lagers and ales have always known the brewer’s best brews are found in its large, but expensive, 25-ounce bottles.

Brewed and bottled at Stoudt’s Adamstown brewery, the big boys are unpasteurized, giving them a fresher, fuller flavor.

The downside: $30 and up per case. For about $10 less, there was always Stoudt’s 12-ouncers.

Made by Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, the little brothers were pasteurized to preserve them after bottling. Same recipe as the large bottles, but the heating process changed the taste – especially in the hoppy Scarlet Lady ESB (Extra Special Bitter).

From now on, it should be harder to taste the difference.

Stoudt’s has begun contract-brewing its 12-ouncers in Maryland, at Frederick Brewing. Instead of pasteurizing ’em, the beers will be preserved for a six-month shelf life through a process called microfiltering.

That removes some of the original body, but the switch should boost the flavor.

Brewery owner Carol Stoudt said the main reason she went south is the flexibility offered by Frederick (makers of Brimstone, Blue Ridge and Wild Goose).

“Instead of brewing 300-barrel batches, we can brew to order with smaller, 50-barrel batches,” Stoudt said. That means fresher beer and more variety.

In the heat of summer, look for the thirst-quenching Helles-style Gold Lager and, for barbecues, the beefier Blonde Double MaiBock.

If money is no object, the very best brews from Adamstown are Stoudt’s “gourmet” bottle-conditioned styles.

They’re vintage-dated and can be cellared for two to three years. Cost: about $56 for a variety case.

Beer radar

Even better than bottles is draft Stoudt’s. Its dry, mouth-watering Pils will be pouring tonight at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (30 E. State St., Media) as part of its ongoing Brewers’ Reserve series. Stoudt’s brewer Marc Worona will be on hand, and free pint glasses go to the first 50 guests, starting at 8 p.m . . . Back up in Wilkes-Barre, the Lion has changed the name of its flagship brand, Brewery Hill. Now it’s Pocono Lagers and Ales . . .

Coming to a Spanish Inquisition near you: Monty Python’s Holy Grail from England’s Black Sheep Brewery. Brewed to mark the Pythons’ 30th anniversary, it boasts more hops than a killer rabbit . . .

Congrats to Manayunk Brewing Co., winner of a bronze medal in this week’s World Beer Cup, for its India Pale Ale. Other local winners include Iron Hill Old Ale (silver, old ale category), from its West Chester brewpub; the Lion Brewery (bronze, American-style lager) for its Stegamaier Gold Medal; and Stewart’s Brewing Co. in Bear, Del, (silver, Belgian-style pale strong ale) for its Stumblin’ Monk.


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