Brewholder News: Mad Elf Grand Cru is released; Keystone Homebrew Supply Celebrates 25 Years

Troegs Brewing Company has released its Anthology Winter Variety pack – which includes Troeganator Bock, Blizzard of Hops IPA, Scratch 307 – Cherry Chocolate Stout, and Perpetual IPA. Troegs’ holiday favorite Mad Elf is also out in abundance, and a new, exciting release of Mad Elf Grand Cru can be found! It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year!

Keystone Homebrew Supply will celebrate its 25th anniversary this Saturday, November 18, from 2 – 9pm. They’ll be pouring wine, cider and brews, and some local breweries will be there too! Live music by The Counterparts, food from The Pizza Wagon, games and giveaways will round out the day. Details can be found on their Facebook page.

Skadoosh IPA by The Alchemist – thanks!

Special thanks to a secret source who shared two amazing brews with me from The Alchemist Brewery in Vermont – Skadoosh IPA and The Crusher IPA. Oh – and a Super Session #8 IPA from Lawson’s Finest Liquids! What a great IPA week!

Cheers!
The Brewholder
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Over 100 College Town Pints Perfect for Saturday Kickoff

We Are…Penn State pints from Uncommon Green

 

As college football bowl season swings into high gear, Uncommon Green has launched its College Town Maps line of glassware, a collection of pint glasses that are painted with a detailed map of your favorite college town.

The selection of colleges is wider than expected – not only are large schools like Penn State and USC available, but also smaller institutions like the Patriot League’s Bucknell University and Lehigh University. Simply search the alphabetical list of over 100 college towns on the website to find your favorite. If your college town doesn’t appear on the list, follow the instructions on Uncommon Green’s website and they will create it for you.

The pint glasses come in a set of two, painted in two official school colors. The maps are detailed enough that you can find your old local pubs and fraternity / sorority houses, and maybe even retrace a walk of shame.

The colors included in the Penn State set (white and blue) and the Bucknell set (orange and dark blue) are vivid and accurately depict the colors of those schools. They are advertised as dishwasher safe; attempts to scrape portions of the roads away from the State College glass with a fingernail proved fruitless.

The Bucknell pints are ready for another run to the NCAA tournament!

At $28 per set, these pints will remind you of your time at college and are the perfect gift for the thirsty alum. The College Town Map designs are also available on rocks glasses and stemless wine glasses – but etched into the glass rather than painted. The rocks and stemless wine glasses are sold at $14 per glass.

Cheers!
The Brewholder

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Breaking News: Flying Fish Announces Leadership Change

Gene Muller and Lou Romano of Flying Fish Brewing Co. Photo courtesy of Flying Fish Brewing Co.

New Jersey based Flying Fish Brewing Company, opened in 1995, announced this morning that Gene Muller, founder and brewer, would be changing his role to “Founder.”   Here is the announcement:

Industry Veteran Introduced as President; Gene Muller Transitions to Founder Role

 

November 9, 2017 – SOMERDALE, NJ –New Jersey’s largest and most award-winning craft brewery, Flying Fish Brewing Co., which just celebrated its 21st anniversary, announces the appointment of Lou Romano as President, effective November 20, 2017. Gene Muller, long the face and voice of Flying Fish, will assume the official full-time role of Founder, remaining heavily involved in all areas of managing the Flying Fish brand, focusing on special projects and lending expertise in an advisory capacity. Flying Fish currently produces approximately 25,000 barrels per year and primarily distributes within a four-state area.

“As a lifelong resident of the Northeast, I’ve admired Flying Fish Brewing for years, because Gene and the team have been industry pioneers in so many ways. This is not only evident in the well balanced and diverse portfolio of high quality beer being crafted, but also by the way they’ve placed values like “community” and “sustainability” at the forefront of the company for decades. Having a chance to join this already successful team is an exciting opportunity for me personally, and I look forward to extending Gene’s vision for Flying Fish for years to come.”

Romano, who began working in the beer business at age 16, comes most recently from Oskar Blues Brewery, where he served as National Sales Manager since 2013. Before that, Romano served in a variety of capacities, including Director of Marketing & Wholesaler Development, for D. G. Yuengling & Son. Other relevant experience includes Resort Beverage Company, West End Distributors and Nittany Beverage.

I’m excited to be working with someone of Lou’s background to help Flying Fish continue to expand and thrive. We built a state-of-the-art facility and his experience is just what we need to move to the next level.” says Gene Muller, Founder. “It’s great to begin the next chapter of the Flying Fish story. The role of Founder will allow me to concentrate on high-level initiatives while staying deeply connected with the brand I’ve built.”

Romano’s hiring is the culmination of a three-month search, during which several candidates from top-tier craft breweries were interviewed.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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The Brewholder News: Yards Brewing Company New Facility Grand Opening, Riverhorse Stoutfest

 

Here’s what’s hot this week:

Yards Brewing Company will hold a Grand Opening Celebration for its new facility at 500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia on November 16. Read the press release below…

Philly Beer Scene’s Band of Brewers final competition planned for November 5 was postponed. Keep your eyes open for the new date!

Riverhorse Brewing Company will hold their Stoutfest on Saturday, November 11. There are still tickets available online – follow this link to order tickets and more information!

Philly Beer Week has launched their annual Brew with a View Raffle! If your ticket gets selected at the drawing on November 15, you’ll be heading to Brouweij De Brabandere in Belgium to brew a collaboration beer with the local brewery of your choice. One ticket costs $5, but you can buy 5 for $20. Purchase your tickets online here – quickly!

Brewery Ommegang has released its newest Game of Thrones Beer, “Winter is Here.” It is available now in bottles and on draft. Read my previous article about it here, and look for my first impressions of the brew this weekend on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook when I crack my bottle open!

Southern Tier has expanded its Pittsburgh Taproom with a 7000 sf outdoor patio. I was there last summer before the addition, and now I can’t wait to get back! Read the press release here.

Cheers!
The Brewholder
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From Yards Brewing Company, October 20, 2017:

YARDS IS EXPANDING PHILADELPHIA’S BREWERY:

TAPROOM SET TO OPEN IN NORTHERN LIBERTIES,
WITH CHEF JAMES BURKE LEADING THE KITCHEN
The largest brewery in the city will open 70,000-square-foot facility,
complete with executive chef, private event space and state-of-the-art brewhouse.
This November, Yards Brewing Company will open Yards Brewery and Taproom at 500 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia’s beer-savvy Northern Liberties neighborhood. The highly-anticipated expansion and move from their cozy tasting room on Delaware Avenue further establishes Yards as “Philadelphia’s Brewery” and provides them with a new 70,000-sqare-foot facility to produce their approachable ales and lagers, with a canning line slated to arrive in early 2018. Located less than six blocks from the famed Liberty Bell in downtown Philadelphia, Yards is the most recognized brewery in the city, and one of only a handful of urban, regional breweries in the entire United States.

“Yards is continuing Philadelphia’s brewing history, carrying on the proud and rich traditions of Philly’s breweries that came before us,” says Founder and Brewmaster Tom Kehoe, a man WHERE magazine called The Mayor of Beertown. “Those early breweries were very much stitched to the fabric of the city, serving as integral parts of the community and helping lead downtown revival efforts. Since opening our doors in 1994, that is something we have always strived to do – and this investment only strengthens that commitment.”

The Taproom
Chef James Burke, a James Beard Award semifinalist and prominent face in the city’s culinary scene, will helm the first kitchen in the brewery’s 23-year history. Chef Burke’s diverse menu will complement and incorporate the choice hops and grains used in Yards’ award-winning beers, with special attention paid to local purveyors, Philly favorites and classic pub fare.

The menu will be divided into Snacks, Sandwiches, Entrees and Desserts; and the kitchen will serve food until one hour before closing time. The bar will feature 20 total taps: including all Yards signature beers and a number of limited releases only available in the taproom.

Chef Burke’s menu will evolve as the taproom evolves, but items may include:
· Yards Patty Melt, Brawler Onions and Swiss
· Crab Toast, with Calabrian Chilies and Chives
· Smoked Cheddar Bratwurst, with Sauerkraut and Housemade Mustard
· Roast Pork, with Fermented Broccoli Rabe and Provolone

· Beer Can Chicken, served with Fried Potatoes
· Bison Chili, served with Maple Cornbread
· Pork Belly Kebab, Tavern Spruce Glaze
· Tavern Porter and Espresso Chocolate Mousse

Chef Burke has been a visionary in the city’s diverse culinary scene for the past 15 years and he has worked alongside nationally acclaimed chefs and forward-thinking restaurateurs, including Daniel Boulud, Marc Vetri and Stephen Starr. Helming the kitchen at Yards Brewery and Taproom will be a homecoming for Chef Burke in Philadelphia, where he was a three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award as chef-owner at JAMES.

 

‘Ray Bucknell – 3 Cheers to Beer

Bucknell University – which I am proud to call my alma mater – publishes a quarterly magazine called “Bucknell Magazine.”  This summer’s issue had a fantastic article about food production and sustainability, and a side piece about Bucknellians involved in the wine industry.   Sadly, it was devoid of any mention of our craft beer industry, and the Bucknell grads entrenched in it.   So I voiced my opinion about it – check out the Letters section on page 3!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Herman’s Coffee Grand Opening Today

Herman’s Coffee in South Philly is holding their official “Grand Opening” Celebration. If you are into coffee, you need to check this place out.

Mat Falco, best known as the editor of Philly Beer Scene Magazine, opened Herman’s because of his love for the coffee bean.

I stopped in recently to check it out. It’s a nice size space with plenty of seats and plugs for charging devices (or posting about what you are drinking!). Herman’s has everything from regular drip coffee to “Pour-overs” – I enjoyed a pour over of an Ethiopian roast, which had a blueberry flavor.

Mat also served me one of Herman’s specialty drinks – an espresso cocktail. Two shots of espresso served cold in a highball glass, with a housemade pumpkin spice flavor and an orange peel garnish was a fantastic treat.

Herman’s will be roasting their beans on site soon – so stop in and see what’s new in the Philly Bean Scene!

Herman’s Coffee
1313 S Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Brewholder News: Scare Up some Brews this Weekend

Braaaaaaaaiiins Pumpkin Ale from Springhouse will be flowing like blood in a horror flick this weekend! Cheers!

Halloween events abound this weekend – get your costume and celebrate with all the pumpkin beer you can consume!!!

Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA – Halloween Celebration, Saturday, 10/28/17. DJ and open bar from 9pm to 12am for $25. More details on ironabbey.com

Forest & Main, Ambler, PA – Halloween Party, 9pm – 12am. Costume contest and “ghoulish dancing to follow.” Check out more info on the Forest & Main Brewing Company Facebook page.

The Pour House, North Wales, PA – Four days of Halloween themed events begin on Friday. From the press release – Eat, drink and be spooky at The Pour House in North Wales, PA for a weekend-long Halloween party with music, drink specials, and giveaways. Come for the boos and stay for the brews from Lord Hobo Brewing tapping Boom Sauce, Glorious, and Hobo Life earlier this week. The Pour House is one of the first Philadelphia bars to pour the Cambridge, MA beers.

Friday night will feature DJ Panda from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday afternoon, guests can enjoy the brand-new brunch menu from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. while ‘The Skeleton Keys’ band plays later that evening at 9 p.m. Sunday is game day where Eagles fans can watch the birds take on the 49ers at 1 p.m.
The weekend-long party wraps up on Monday with a Count Dracula Blood Drive from 3 – 8 p.m. to benefit the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and a sweet treat will be given to those who donate. Closing out the evening, Las Vegas musician, Josh Liberio will be performing from 8 – 11 p.m.

Colonial Masquerade at the Powel House, Old City, Philadelphia

Join Home Brewed Events and PhilaLandmarks for a Colonial Masquerade Party at the Powel House in Old City. The well-known haunted mansion will be flowing with spooky ghost stories, live music and beautifully decorated masked attendees. Enjoy colonial cocktails from Eight Oaks Craft Distillery, local historic brews and light fare.  Perhaps one of the ghostly residents of Powel House will join us for the evening’s celebrations.

For a small additional cost, have your fortune read or make your own mask onsite to wear all evening. The best dressed ghost or ghoul will be crowned that evening! More info here.

Cheers! And Boo!
The Brewholder
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Brewery Ommegang Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang

Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a 20th Anniverary Ale and a 20th Anniversary Rare Beer variety pack.  The full press release is below!  Cheers to Ommegang!

Inspired beers to celebrate 20 years; Brewery Ommegang’s anniversary beers now available for celebrating milestone

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is proud to release their 20th Anniversary Ale, a luxurious Belgian-style dark ale aged for more than five months in bourbon barrels. Brewery Ommegang was founded in 1997 on a 140-acre former hop farm with a simple goal in mind – brew beautiful, imaginative Belgian-style ales blended with a touch of American innovation. Twenty years later, that is still the brewery’s goal, and to celebrate two decades of inspired Belgian-style brewing, the brewery took a classic Belgian-style brew and gave it an American twist through aging in Bourbon whiskey barrels.

Brewed with a careful blend of Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne, and Blackprinz malts with additions of Belgian candi sugar, 20th Anniversary Ale enjoys balanced hopping with Spalter Select, and Styrian Golding hops. Following fermentation, this deep, rich, complex brew inspired by the great Trappist brewing tradition spends several months maturing in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The result is an ale perfect for sharing, celebrating, and rejoicing.

“Twenty years ago, our founders built Brewery Ommegang with a simple purpose: to use Belgian-inspired brewing to elevate the entire conversation about craft beer in this country,” remarked Brewery President Doug Campbell. “Today, two decades later, with the release of this beer, we honor their legacy while at the very same time we continue to pursue it every day.”

20th Anniversary Ale pours a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head. Aromas of oak and bourbon upfront give way to subtler notes of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor is mildly sweet, with notes of caramel and molasses mingling with hints of bourbon and oak. A rich mouthfeel, and full body resolves to a sweet finish balanced nicely by a slight drying astringency. Dark roasted meats, rich creamy cheeses, Belgian chocolate are excellent pairing options, or enjoy the beer as a dessert all on its own.

In addition to 20th Anniversary Ale, Ommegang has also released a 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack that includes three rare beers and an Ommegang glass. The beers, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Three Philosophers, Ginnepin Saison brewed with juniper berries, and Bourbon Barrel-aged Abbey Ale, are all unique takes on Ommegang favorites.

Both 20th Anniversary Ale and the 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack are available now in many Ommegang retailers in the United States. The Ommegang beer finder enables beer fans to search for retailers by zip code.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

The Day I Interviewed the original “Most Interesting Man In the World”

“Stay Interesting” available now in bookstores and on Amazon. Photo courtesy of Brian Pollack.

Every once and a while an opportunity presents itself that you just need to embrace.  Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who became famous for portraying Dos Equis’ original “Most Interesting Man in the World.”  His new book, “Stay Interesting:  I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They’re True and Amazing” was released on June 13, so I thought – because of his experience with Dos Equis – he would have some stories to tell about beer.

I had the chance to talk to Goldsmith on a phone interview, to find out a little more about the original “Most Interesting Man in the World.”  I learned that long before he became uber-interesting, Goldsmith began his acting career in Western movies and portrayed many characters in a distinguished list of 1980s television shows including Dallas, MacGyver, The A-Team, Knight Rider, and Magnum P.I. among many other iconic shows of the decade.  He explained that he decided to put the book together after a charity trip to Viet Nam.  “A reporter interviewed me about my career, and when we were done he said, ‘With the stories you have, you should write a book!’  I had already been saving things for my children and grandchildren, but I decided that a book would be a great way to pass along my stories to them.”

Goldsmith told me about his role as a villain in John Wayne’s last movie – The Shootist; his character came to his demise by being shot in the head by The Duke.  The scene needed multiple takes and the blood packets left welts on his face each time.  The producer felt so bad for him that Goldsmith was paid double in the end.  “Stay Interesting” also documents Goldsmith’s audition for Dos Equis in which he was asked to create a story with the last line “…and that’s how I arm-wrestled Fidel Castro.”  Goldsmith explained, “I channelled my friend (and fellow actor) Fernando Lamas, including his accent” and created a story that wow-ed the casting directors and landed him the spot.

The stories in “Stay Interesting” are focused on Goldsmith’s acting career and his interactions with other actors and actresses, including Tina Louise (Ginger from Gilligan’s Island); but the man who was the face of Dos Equis beer for almost a decade admitted that there are no tales in the book that involve beer.  In fact, since leaving Dos Equis, Goldsmith has become associated with Astral Tequila and even makes a brief appearance in a video on the website in which he says, “I told you – I don’t always drink beer.”  Even though “Stay Interesting” does not discuss any interesting beers, it was clear from his stories during the interview that the book will be a fantastic read, especially for anyone who has an appreciation for the Hollywood scene from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Death of the Fox Brewery & Coffeehouse to Open August 14

Death of the Fox Brewing Company to open August 14. Photo courtesy Death of the Fox Brewing Company.

The long awaited Death of the Fox Brewing Company will open to the public on August 14.   Read about this New Jersey brewery on Philly Beer Scene Online Exclusives!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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