Recent local craft beer endeavors

I have recently sampled a few craft beers from the area. I not only wanted to mention them, but give you a visual as well. I tried beers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, Delaware and Connecticut. Keeping it local!

Pa.

PA

L to R: Philadelphia Brewing Company Rowhouse Red & Pennsylvania Pale Ale, Yards Extra Special Ale & Philadelphia Pale Ale, Victory Golden Monkey, Lancaster Brewing Company Strawberry Wheat

N.J.

NJ

Flying Fish ESB Amber Ale & Grand Cru Winter Reserve

Vt.

VT

Otter Creek Vermont Lager, Magic Hat #9, Long Trail Blackberry Wheat

Del.

DE

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale, Midas Touch, India Pale Ale

Conn. w/

CT with all

All of the above with Conn’s Guinness USA Smithwick’s Irish Ale

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Baseball season is near

As spring has sprung a new baseball season is about to start for the Phillies on April 5. Craft beer fans should take note of an interesting special happening at the The Village Pub in Beckett, NJ. Phillies themed sandwiches all season long featuring The Utley Club, The Big Piece, The Cubano Contreras and Just what the ‘Doc’ ordered among others. Yes, interesting sandwiches plus a good craft beer bar. It is a must during the upcoming season. Nice tap and bottle selections are here and they have a good menu for other food as well. Twelve taps and many craft bottles.

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For the home brewers among us. Check out this recipe from Keystone Homebrew Supply for what is known around these parts as Phillies Beer and Imperial Red Ale in non-baseball towns.

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More info on Keystone from Philly Beer Week.

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Spring training, college baseball and softball are already in full swing. Baseball and craft beer go together as well as baseball and um, major company beer. Opening Day is just around the corner. It’s better to have a beer game plan as the season starts. Hopefully this will help you get ready. Go Phils!

Update: In a recent post I mentioned stopping into Dublin Square in Sewell, NJ. They have changed the name of the bar and are now called Lazy Lanigans Publick House. They also have a new Facebook page. My sources tell me not much has changed except the name and colors the employees wear. They have gone from green to red. Phillies red no doubt.

Dogfish Head’s Tap Takeover at the Khyber Pass Pub

I visited Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 for an event being held at the Khyber Pass Pub on 2nd Street in Old City. The event was a Tap Takeover by Delaware’s Dogfish Head. Twenty one taps of Dogfish Head in one place. I couldn’t resist.

I arrived at about 3:30 p.m. to a very small crowd. I was expecting a good amount of people to be on hand, but at least I was able to find easy bar space. There were plenty of Dogfish Head promotional materials there including a menu of all their beers, postcards, glass holders and shirts. The bartender handed me a current menu of what the twenty one taps were so I spent some time with it. I settled on Midas Touch. It was just as good as I remembered from the last time I tried one.

As mentioned, the crowd was small. There were only about five other people at the bar. They were all talking about Dogfish and how much they liked the company. The bartender, Michael, told me he expected a bigger crowd during the day, but he was really thinking the place would be packed during the night when kegs would kick.

As I finished my beer the Phillies spring training game was just ending. I thought it would be better to be on my way at that point. I enjoyed the beer I had and it was a nice event to experience. I hope the Khyber does more of this type of thing. I’m also hopeful Dogfish Head continues to grow in the Philadelphia market.

I took a few pictures from the event. Enjoy!

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More on the event from the Beer Advocate.

Local craft beer bars, how I’ve missed you

This winter I have been staying in a lot, but over the past two weeks I’ve been checking out some craft beer bars in South Jersey and Philly. In South Jersey, I visited Dublin Square in Sewell (Washington Twp.) and Treno in Westmont. I spent some time in Center City this past week as well and hit two craft beer bars while in town. First, I stopped in to happy hour at The Bards on Walnut then went to Tria on 18th & Sansom.

At Dublin Square, I was pleased to find they had Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat on tap and I also tried one of their Tasman Red IPA‘s. I really like the Tasman, it has a nice taste. It’s a new beer by Sam’s for this time of year. There are many very good choices on Dublin’s taps to be had. They also have a great bottle selection.

Treno is a different type of bar. They call it a pizza bar. I really love their food plus the atmosphere is great. It’s mostly a wine bar for drinks, but their craft beer selections include Flying Fish and Yards in bottles plus Sam Adams and Brooklyn on tap.

In Philly, I went to a good happy hour at The Bards. Their specials on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. includes $3 Yards and $3 craft beers. Nice selection on taps and a good bottle selection as well. I enjoyed a Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale and a Belgium beer, which was given to me by a rep, but I can’t recall what it was. It was very tasty though. I have yet to eat there, but the menu looks promising.

Once I left The Bards I decide to stop in Tria. This is a great craft beer bar in Center City. Nice atmosphere inside and also outside when the weather is nice. They have a super craft beer menu which always includes a great tap selections that switches around frequently. I hadn’t had an Allagash White in a while so I decided to treat myself to one and I was not disappointed.

I will be hitting up the Dogfish Head Tap Takeover at The Khyber on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. It starts at 11am and ends at close. I will report back to you what I experience there.

Here are a few pics I took of my journey in Philly.

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