Almost Everything You Need To Know for Philly Beer Week 2017

It’s coming!  The 10th anniversary of Philly Beer Week is coming soon, and here’s the press release with a whole slew of info!  Go to their site for more info and links:

The nation’s first, biggest and best Beer Week – with nearly 100 copycats worldwide – will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2017, kicking off with Opening Tap on June 1

Philly Beer Week (PBW) will celebrate their 10th year on Thursday, June 1 starting with the Hammer of Glory (HOG) Relay which leads up to Opening Tap, their signature kick-off party featuring more than 40 breweries, at The Fillmore Philadelphia. Opening Tap will be followed by PBW2017 (Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 11), 10 days of lively beer-soaked events in America’s Best Beer-Drinking City™. Hosted by 501(c)(6) non-profit Philly Loves Beer (PLB), PBW2017 is the culmination of 10 years and nearly 10,000 events, and remains the 10 most important days on Philadelphia’s beer calendar.

PBW stands alone as the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States. The 10-day festival (seven days weren’t enough for America’s Best Beer-Drinking City™, a name trademarked in 2012) features hundreds of dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights, and highlights the region’s top-notch breweries, neighborhood taverns, trend-setting restaurants and masterful home brewers. PBW is the “Founding Father” of Beer Weeks, and continues to evolve and grow amid a crowded field of friendly imitators, with 77 Beer Weeks held annually in the United States, and almost 100 worldwide.

“Looking back at 10 years, I have to admit Philly Beer Week has exploded beyond my wildest expectations,” says Tom Peters, PBW Co-Founder and Proprietor of Monk’s Cafe. “The first year I remember saying I’d be really happy if we had 20 participants and 30 events. Now, there are Beer Weeks all over the world and we are proud Philadelphia once again was leading the charge. It’s been a remarkable ride and stunning achievement!”

Opening Tap

Opening Tap is PBW’s marquee event, bringing the entire craft beer community together for a solemn “first tapping” of the festival – followed by a high energy party with endless samples. A highly-anticipated night, Opening Tap features rare and limited pours from 40+ breweries and live entertainment.
In addition, PLB will present The Orchard at Opening Tap where guests will have the opportunity to sample the country’s best ciders and chat with cider makers. Hard ciders have been gaining popularity in recent years, thanks to new fermenting methods, including the use of big, bold hops and dry hopping. Entry into The Orchard is included in both VIP and General Admission.

Opening Tap will take place on a Thursday night, June 1, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. (click for tickets):

· General Admission: $46 includes a souvenir glass + complimentary beers from 40+ local and national breweries in 4-oz. tastings, including the debut of Gravity Never Fails, a collaboration porter brewed with experimental hops created by 2SP Brewing in Aston, PA and Brouwerij De Ranke in Belgium
· VIP Admission: $92 includes an additional hour of access, beginning at 6 p.m., plus a buffet dinner from US Foods and sponsor RCCB Law
· Designated Driver Admission: $15

Leading Up to Opening Tap: The Hammer of Glory and HOG Relay
The official mascot of PBW, the Hammer of Glory (HOG) is a custom, hand-forged keg hammer that travels throughout the region and across the United States as an ambassador for Philadelphia beer throughout the year. Starting in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, June 1 the HOG will be passed Olympic torch-style from venue to venue along the HOG Relay, a day-long, beer-fueled carnival that visits 40 bars, breweries and restaurants across the city. Conveyances have included a festive mix of the weirdly absurd (ziplining from atop Standard Tap, for example, or escorting the HOG to Yards Brewing in a DeLorean) and insanely practical (ascending 51 floors to take in the majestic views from SkyGarten, then leading a cavalcade of motorcycles at TIME). This year’s HOG Relay schedule and means of transport will be announced at a later date. The HOG Relay will conclude with the HOG’s arrival at Opening Tap for the ceremonial first tap of PBW2017: the newly nickel-plated keg mallet will strike a firkin of Brotherly Suds, a collaboration beer from local breweries Tröegs, Victory, Yards, Sly Fox, Stoudt’s, Iron Hill and Flying Fish.

PBW: The History
A casual conversation between friends Tom Peters and Bruce Nichols in the comfortable back bar at Monk’s Café grew into PBW, a 10-day celebration of beer culture in Philadelphia. Peters was quickly earning a national reputation as the “Godfather of Belgian Beer” for introducing interesting beers and new brewers to a novice U.S. audience; and Nichols (affectionately known as the “Great Gatekeeper of Philadelphia Beer”) was already establishing the city as a craft beer destination by hosting beer dinners and tasting events with famed British beer writer Michael Jackson. Ten years later, their pioneering efforts have accounted for thousands of beer-savvy consumers flocking to Philadelphia every June to seek out rare collaborations and one-of-a-kind events.

Executive Director Kristine Kennedy, President William Reed and Co-Founder and Counsel Tom Peters will lead the festivities in 2017. Their energy and passion maintains the tremendous pace set by former Executive Director and Co-Founder Don Russell, a noted author and beer columnist (“Joe Sixpack”). The annual festival has grown from a local gathering to a national powerhouse run by PLB, a group of dedicated beer insiders, tavern owners, world-class brewers, wholesalers and distributors, and top hospitality professionals. PLB’s capable Board of Directors includes: William Reed, Casey Parker, Curt Decker, Andy Dickerson, Matt Satten, Sheila Ballen, Christina Dowd, Terrance Leach, Mike Scotese, Erin Wallace, Alex Bokulich, Adrienne Renzelli, Ed Friedland, Tom Kehoe, John Stemler, Aaron Peskin and Tim Patton.

PBW2017: 10th Anniversary Happenings

In celebration of PBW’s milestone 10th Anniversary, organizers will announce a slew of special events, one-off collaborations and rare tappings, including:

· Art on Beer: On Tuesday, June 6 starting at 7 p.m., Frankford Hall will host a panel discussion on artwork and beer labels featuring Lindsey Tweed (Tröegs), John Trogner (Tröegs), Keith Shore (Mikkeller), JP Flexner (Neshaminy Creek), moderated by Jason Kernovich of The Heads of State, the design firm behind Philly Loves Beer’s branding. Tickets are $30 (including a pint of beer) and will go on sale in the coming weeks.
· “Gravity Never Fails” Luncheon: On Monday, June 5 at 12 noon, Monk’s Café will host a meet-and-greet with Nino Bacelle and Guido Devos (De Ranke) and Bob Barrar (2SP Brewing) to taste and talk about their Philly-Belgo collaboration. This special beer was made possible due to the fundraising efforts of PBW’s annual European Vacation, an all-expenses-paid raffle trip to Belgium for one lucky beer lover and their favorite local brewer (won by 2SP for 2017), organized and funded by PLB. The three world-class brewers will convene again on Tuesday, June 6 for a Brew Day at 2SP in Aston, PA to rekindle their European magic on an American version of the collaboration beer.
· Philly Loves Beer Garden: During every night (except Wednesday; including weekends) of PBW2017, Uptown Beer Garden (1735 Market Street) will host the official Philly Loves Beer Garden, with special attention devoted to breweries located within 100 miles of downtown Philadelphia. On Saturday, June 3, Jolly Pumpkin and Coppertail Brewing will headline the Uptown Luau BBQ, a sour beer extravaganza with a Hawaiian-inspired theme and live entertainment from a solo ukulele singer. The event will feature a whole-roasted suckling pig and Spam sculpture, along with plenty of fruit-forward beers and tropical collaborations, including Sobrehumano Palena’ole.

PBW2017: 10th Anniversary Greatest Hits

In addition, PBW will also celebrate the return of long-established and much-anticipated favorites:

· It’s A Firkin’ Riot (Johnny Brenda’s)
· Fishtown FestivALE (various bars in Northern Liberties)
· Pin-Up Block Party (Varga Bar)
· 10th Annual Extreme HomeBrew Challenge (Jose Pistola’s)
· Wayne Music Festival (Teresa’s Next Door)
· Canwood Derby (Good Dog Bar)
· Pils & Pierogies (Grey Lodge Pub)
· Dock Street Music Fest (Dock Street Brewery)
· Beers Under the Bigtop (Philadelphia Navy Yard)
· Tailgate Olympics (Devil’s Den)
· Pennsylvania Brewer’s Battle Royale (TIME)
· Terrapin Turtle Races (Tiki)
· Beer and Boats on the Schuylkill River (Bartram’s Garden)
· TTUD – That Totally Unnecessary Drink (Fergie’s Pub)
· The Wild Brunch (Cinder)

ABOUT PHILLY LOVES BEER
Established in 2017, Philly Loves Beer is a non-profit 501 (c)(6) organization overseen by a community of like-minded beer professionals whose aim is to “grow the pie” and promote the entire Philadelphia region’s top-notch beer-drinking culture. Through a membership network, PLB works to promote and educate consumers about beer 365 days a year, celebrating Philly’s proud brewing culture by highlighting local brewers and progressive national trends.

2SP Brewing to host chili cook off on April 15

2SP Brewing will be hosting a chili cook off on April 15 – check out the details from the press release:

Philadelphia, PA – (April, 2017) – 2SP Brewing Company, Delaware County’s award-winning craft brewery, is excited to host the first annual Jillie’s Chili Social on Saturday, April 15 from 1-3-pm, featuring 20 chilis from local chefs.

With the purchase of a $10 ticket, guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of different chilis from local, amateur chefs vying for the title of Best Chili in the Region.

Guests will also receive a complimentary pint of ASAP IPA infused with jalapenos – a one-time release brewed exclusively for the event by Head Cellarman, Andrew “Ruby” Rubenstein.

After tasting the chilis, attendees will vote for their favorite spicy stew. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to 2SP Brewing Company.

“I wanted to host an event that would bring the community together, and food has always been a great way to unite people,” said Jill Charles, 2SP Tasting Room Manager. “Also, chili is my favorite food. I can’t wait to try them all!”

All proceeds from the tickets will go to the winner of the chili cook-off’s charity of choice.

For more information about 2SP Brewing Company, visit their website at www.2spbrewing.com or follow them: Instagram @2spbrewing | Twitter @2spbrewing | Facebook/2spbrewing

Cheers!

The Brewholder

Copyright 2017 – all rights reserved

Sly Fox to Celebrate Earth Day with Spreekend!

Spring has sprung! Time again for beer outside! Photo by Matt Brasch

Wow!  If this weather doesn’t get you stoked for Spring and Summer, I don’t know what will!  And if you want to celebrate the change of seasons and give back at the same time, Sly Fox is celebrating Earth Day on April 22!  Here’s the press release:

The brewery is committed to caring for its community, and to celebrate Earth Day,
they will release a beer benefiting the Schuylkill River Trail and host a fun launch party

On Saturday, April 22, Sly Fox Brewing Company will celebrate Earth Day with the annual debut of SRT Ale, an American Pale Ale benefiting the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT). SRT Ale is a golden, hop-forward sessionable ale that, at 4.6% ABV, is perfect to drink after traversing its namesake, the SRT. From 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., the outdoor enthusiasts at Sly Fox will take-over St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, PA for their third-annual SRT Spree, featuring live performances by roots rock bands Chestnut Grove and Frog Holler, along with fresh food from the Sunflower Food Truck and Uncle B’s BBQ. The festive party will pay tribute to the serene beauty of the SRT, while raising awareness for environmental issues and preserving Pennsylvania’s natural resources.

“As we like to say, Earth is the only planet that has beer – so we’ll do whatever we can to protect it,” says Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly. “SRT Ale and our annual Earth Day SRT clean-up efforts are our way to give back to the community that we love and preserve our beautiful outdoor spaces for future generations. We work with earthen ingredients every day when we brew our approachable ales and lagers, so we know first-hand how important it is to support local environmental organizations and government works projects.”

The SRT is a 130-mile walking and biking trail that runs from Philadelphia north and west to Pottsville, PA, and is a work in progress; to support its construction and maintenance, Sly Fox will donate $1 from every case of SRT Ale sold to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area (SRHA). In addition, they will share 50% of the Spree’s proceeds with the Schuylkill Canal Association (SCA). SRT Spree is the kick-off to a five-month initiative starting on April 22 and ending on September 30 at Sly Fox’s popular Can Jam Music Festival in Pottstown, PA where the annual donation is presented on stage.

Since 2014, almost $9,000 has been donated to the SRHA for trail maintenance, improvement and advocacy; last year, the brewery raised $4,711 through the sale of SRT Ale. Sly Fox owner John Giannopoulos was recently honored with the Schuylkill River Legacy Award for his charitable and philanthropic endeavors during the 2nd Annual Evening for the Schuylkill River.

“The Sly Fox partnership bolsters our efforts to encourage recreation, build and improve the SRT and engage new audiences in our events,” said Tim Fenchel, SRHA Interim Executive Director. “We are proud to recognize Sly Fox for their meaningful contribution.”

To celebrate the launch of SRT Ale, Sly Fox will coordinate a weekend-long “SRT Spree,” inviting fans to kayak, cycle, run, hike or walk the trail and help roving clean-up groups, as well as the 50K Schuylkill River Relay. Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to register for any of the events; however, participation is NOT required, and guests are encouraged to come drink great Sly Fox beers and enjoy the party at St. Michael’s Park.

Trail Clean-Ups
Participants receive a free t-shirt and participants 21+ receive a free voucher for a can of SRT Ale.
Fri 4/21 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Pottstown Riverfront and Manatawny Creek (register online)
Sat 4/22 9 a.m. until 12 noon Schuylkill Canal Park Lock 60 (register online)
Sat 4/22 10 a.m. until 12 noon Thun Section, Berks County (register online for exact location)

Schuylkill River 50K Relay
Participants race in stages, beginning at 9 a.m., following the trail from Lock 60 in Mont Clare, PA to Conshohocken Brewing Company in Conshohocken, PA and back again; at the finish line, each runner will receive one post-race SRT Ale and the official finishers baton. Runners can register online as individuals, teams of three, and teams of six.

Group Bike Ride in Mont Clare
Sly Fox has partnered with Bikesport on a roughly 15-mile group bike ride along the SRT on Saturday, 4/22. The ride will leave from Reynolds Dog Park/Longford Park at 9 a.m. before stopping at the Sly Fox Tastin’ Room in Pottstown for lunch, then ending back at St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare. The ride is free to join and all riders will receive a voucher for a complimentary SRT Ale at the party.

Kayak Paddle at Lock 60
On April 22 from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. experienced and novice kayakers can embark on a 17-mile paddle along the Schuylkill River, starting in Pottstown and ending at St. Michael’s Park. Paddlers will be able to enter Lock 60 of the Schuylkill Canal, the only operating lock remaining on the Schuylkill River. To register, please click here – and remember to wear appropriate footwear and drink responsibly.

Celebrate in St. Michael’s Park
All are welcome to join the fun in St. Michael’s Park from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, 4/22. Chestnut Grove and Frog Holler will play live music, and Sunflower Food Truck and Uncle B’s BBQ will provide food. Participants will have the opportunity to taste the first release of this year’s SRT Ale. Registration is NOT required; guests are encouraged to consider carpooling or arrive via kayak, bike or foot along the SRT.

About Sly Fox Brewing Company…Since their inaugural brew in 1995, Sly Fox has crafted more than 100 different top-notch craft beers. Their critically acclaimed year-round line-up and highly anticipated seasonals are available in their brewpubs in Phoenixville and Pottstown, as well as top bars and restaurants in PA, CT, NJ, NY, MD, VA and Washington, DC. They were the first craft brewery in the mid-Atlantic to put in a canning line, adding it to their facility in 2006, and with it, earned the first-ever Great American Beer Festival (GABF) medal awarded to a canned craft beer, in 2007. They have earned GABF medals virtually every year since, and are widely recognized as among the region’s best and most enduring craft breweries.

Hope to see you at one of those events!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

Copyright 2017 – all rights reserved

Have you noticed all the new places to drink craft brew?

Most craft beer fans know that the number of breweries has been growing consistently over the past decade, both in the Philadelphia area and around the country.  With this increase in breweries, there has also been an exponential increase in the number of new brews available to try!  Luckily, this year the Philadelphia suburbs will see more new places to drink this plethora of beer.  Here’s a summary of some new locations opening for your craft beer drinking pleasure:

Round Guys Brewing “Underground,” Lansdale

The Lansdale-based brewery sent out a newsletter on March 14, introducing us to the new “Round Guys Underground” which is located directly across the street from their brewpub.  The first floor space will be used for packaging, briting and canning, and will also be shared with Round Guys’s partner, Backyard Beans Coffee Roasters; the Backyard Bean Café will be accessible from the packaging facility.  The basement will be called the “underground” which will be used for “everything from shows to parties.  A short bar will feature eight drought lines and space for mixed drinks.”  Stay tuned for opening date information!

Forest & Main Brewing expansion, Ambler

Ambler’s world-renowned brewer is getting closer to opening their long awaited expansion next door.  The new space will be used to expand their barrel aging program and will include a bar for customers’ additional enjoyment.  According to Dan Endicott, co-owner and brewer, “We are closer than ever [to opening] now.”  The bar top was poured on March 30, the cold box is being installed the week of April 3, and, explained Endicott, “…then it’s just painting and finishing work.”  They are hoping to open in the beginning of May.

Ambler’s Forest & Main will soon have more space for customers to enjoy their explorations into IPAs this Spring. Photo by Matt Brasch.”

Neshaminy Creek Tasting Room, Jenkintown

Remember the short-lived Guild Hall Brewing Company that opened (and closed) at 208 York Road, Jenkintown in 2015?  Well, Bristol-based, award-winning Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company has plans to buy the space and install a tasting room there!  According to a blog post on Neshaminy Creek’s website on February 3, settlement for the purchase of the location was supposed to occur on February 17, barring any hurdles and obstacles.  http://neshaminycreekbrewing.com/2017/02/03/neshaminy-creek-expansion-to-jenkintown-more/   Hopefully it went through and we’ll get more information soon!

The Greene Turtle, North Wales 

The Greene Turtle, Maryland’s iconic sports bar, opened their first Pennsylvania location on Monday, April 3, in the building formerly occupied by Pizzeria Uno on Route 309 in North Wales.  Featuring a house beer called “Shell Raiser” brewed by Maryland-based DuClaw Brewing, the draft list contains both regional and national beer that perfectly matches the fun, sports-centric concept of the spot.

DuClaw brews the “Shell Raiser Ale” for The Greene Turtle in North Wales. Photo by Matt Brasch.”

Yard House, King of Prussia

The Yard House, the national craft beer tap house chain, has finally made it to the Philadelphia area, in the King of Prussia Mall.  http://www.yardhouse.com/locations/pa/king-of-prussia/king-of-prussia-king-of-prussia-mall/8371  A private media event was held on March 25 and the 130  taps opened to the public at 8pm. The beer list is impressive, and always include seasonal offerings from local brewers Victory, Evil Genius, Dogfish Head and Yuengling.  Make sure to take a look at the beer menu online – it is sure to you entice you to visit.

Aston Abbey Brewing Company, Aston

A new brewery is coming to Aston that focuses on Belgian Abbey style beers and other, European styles as well.  As noted on their website, “we are passionate about making high quality, hand-crafted beers in the style of the Belgian Abbeys. Our beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and unrepentant.”  Keep tabs on their progress toward opening by following their blog on their website:  http://www.astonabbeybrewing.com/

Locust Lane Brewing Company, Malvern

Locust Lane Brewing Company opened on April 1, 2017 at 50 Three Tun Road, Suite 4

Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355.  They are “founded on the principles of providing fresh, simple and classic beer options to the craft brew community. ‘Simply Crafted’ is our motto.”  https://www.locustlanecraftbrewery.com/beer  Their tap list is available online and currently includes American IPA, ESB, Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Stout (on Nitro), and a cider from Kurant.

Crowded Castle Brewing, Phoenixville

Keep an eye out for Crowded Castle to open its tasting room and brewery on May 5, in conjunction with Phoenixville’s First Friday.  A group of 10 friends own the company and have been testing the market for the past few years, including contract brewing with Free Will Brewing Company in 2015.  http://www.crowdedcastle.com

Cheers!

The Brewholder

Copyright 2017 – all rights reserved

Rogue Releases Honey Brew, Mead

Rogue Honey Kolsch – photo courtesy of Rogue Ales & Spirits.

Rogue Ales & Spirits announced the release of their Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot, both made with honey in a press release today.   Sounds great to me!:

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (April 7, 2017) — Rogue Ales & Spirits salutes its pollinators with the early release of Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot, both made with honey produced by its 7,140,289 honeybees on Rogue Farms.

“Pollinators are not only an essential part of our farm but also crucial to the whole copmany – they impact a quarter of our products,” said Rogue Ales President Brett Joyce. “Bees take care of us, so we take care of them.”

Rogue Farms honeybees feed on nectar from marionberry, cherry, pumpkin, jalapeño and wildflower blossoms, creating a honey that captures the terroir of the Rogue’s farm, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It’s a symbiotic relationship between the bees and the farm; pollinating improves the quality and productivity of the crops, while Rogue Farms provides a healthy environment for the bees. Rogue Beer Farmer Cheryl Gillson explains what the bees mean to Rogue in this National Honey Board video.

Use the Rogue Finder tool to locate Rogue Honey Kolsch and Rogue Marionberry Braggot near you now. Honey Kolsch, awarded “best in show” at the 2015 and 2016 National Honey Board’s Honey Beer Competition, are available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Marionberry Braggot are available in 750-milliliter painted bottles and on draft.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

Iron Hill to Release Annual Favorite “Cannibal” on Thursday

 

Photo courtesy of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

Iron Hill announced that they will release “Cannibal”   this Thursday, April 6!  Here’s the press release:

On Thursday, April 6, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will release The Cannibal™ Belgian-style golden ale in cans, perfect for the first sunny days of spring. The complex, award-winningbeer will be available in four-packs of 16-oz. cans at all Iron Hill locations, and is a popular favorite that pairs perfectly with barbecue, grilled foods and other warm-weather staples.

· The Cannibal™ boasts a dry finish accented by a nose of tropical fruit and dry spice; it earned its first medal, a gold, at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in 2005, as well as a silver at the World Beer Cup the following year, and another GABF silver 10 years later, in 2015.
The Cannibal™ cans will be available while supplies last in four-packs of 16-oz. cans
Cans will be available for both dine-in and for take-out at all 12 Iron Hill locations

Cheers!

The Brewholder

 

Swedish Beers Meet Victory at Allaspina

Check out this cool event at Alla Spina on April 5 –

“Join legendary PA brewmaster Bill Covaleski, Co-Founder of Victory Brewing, and visiting beer expert Jorgen Hasselqvist of the world-renowned Oliver Twist Pub in Stockholm, Sweden, for an exploration of one of the world’s most exciting craft beer movements. Jorgen will lead us through three rare tastes of Swedish brews and thread their evolution to contemporary US references brewed by Victory. Expect a proper education, lively discussion, killer beers, and complimentary Scandinavian inspired snacks from our kitchen. Skål!”

Tickets are $39 – go to allaspinaphilly.com to purchase them.

Year-Round Sunshine from Troegs!

Troegs announced today that their delicious pilsner, Sunshine Pils, will be brewed year-round!   Exciting news!   Here’s what they said in their announcement:

Sunshine Pils joins the ranks of Perpetual IPA and the rest of our lineup as a Year Round beer! Like the rising sun, Sunshine Pils delivers winter, spring, summer and fall. This deceptively complex pilsner is all about the tightrope walk of two-row barley, zesty Saaz hops and lager yeast. It’s a go-to when the sun is shining, and it makes us happy when skies are gray. Sunshine Pils is now available on draft as well as in 12oz. bottles and cans across our entire distribution footprint.

Brewers of PA To Honor Brew-minded PA Legislators

At this year’s Meeting of the Malts, three Pennsylvania legislators will be recognized for their commitment to Pennsylvania’s craft brewing industry!   Here’s the press release:
For Immediate Release
Contact Wayne Henninger – 570.573.6556 / wayne@waynehenninger.com

Brewers of Pennsylvania Announce
Inaugural Legislative Awards
Three Supportive Pennsylvania Legislators
to Be Honored at Meeting of the Malts VI

HARRISBURG, PA (3.22.17) – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, has announced the recipients of the inaugural Legislative Awards, an honor that recognizes a person or organization the BOP considers a partner in the industry, one who continually strives to promote and protect Pennsylvania’s craft beer industry. The three Pennsylvania legislators will be honored at The BOP’s popular annual event MEETING OF THE MALTS VI in Bethlehem on Thursday, March 30.

Receiving the 2017 Legislative Awards are Speaker Mike Turzai (Pa. District 28 serving Allegheny County), Rep. Mike Tobash (Pa. District 125 serving Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties), and Sen. Richard Alloway II (Pa. District 33 serving Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, York Counties).

“The three legislators the Brewers of Pennsylvania have chosen to receive this award are legislative champions with respect to the BOP’s initiatives of promoting and protecting the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth,” said Dan LaBert, Executive Director of the BOP. “With their dedicated work, particularly with the Malt Beverage Tax Credit, we know the Pennsylvania craft beer industry has a solid seat at the table in Harrisburg, and that’s important because BOP members employ an estimated 10,000 employees earning $296 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in direct economic benefits to communities throughout the state.”

In July, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf, signed a $1.3 billion revenue package. Part of that package included a Malt Beverage Tax Credit not to exceed $5 million annually. The tax credit, matching equipment and facilities investments made by applicant breweries, has been one of the BOP’s top legislative goals since 2013. The BOP fully supports this tax credit measure, and considers it a major victory for all craft breweries in the Commonwealth, particularly smaller breweries as the benefits of the measure is capped at $200,000 per year, per brewery.

The three Pennsylvania legislators will be honored during the dinner portion of Meeting of the Malts VI, which will also include a panel discussion featuring a star-studded cast including Dick Yuengling (D. G. Yuengling & Son), Jim Koch (Samuel Adams), David Walker (Firestone Walker Brewing Company), and Eric Wallace (Left Hand Brewing Company). The panel discussion will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on March 30, and will be emceed by industry icon, Bump Williams.

In 2016, to support the BOP’s legislative and advocacy initiatives, the association launched Brewer For A Day, a program designed to give state legislators a hands-on insider’s perspective on the brewing process, as well as further educate Pennsylvania Senators and Representatives on the direct economic impact craft brewers have on communities throughout the state. The following state legislators have participated in the Brewer For A Day program:

· Sen. Rafferty, Pa. District 44 – Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown 8/15/16
· Rep. Kurt Masser, Pa. District 107 – Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville 9/29/16
· Sen. Sean Wiley, Pa District 49 – Lavery Brewing Company in Erie on 10/5/16
· Rep. Harry Lewis, Pa. District 74 – Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown 10/14/16
· Chairmen of the Pa. House Liquor Control Committee (Rep. Adam Harris and Rep. Paul Costa) – Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg 11/17/16

Meeting of the Malts VI, presented by Micro Matic USA, will take place Thursday, March 30 from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST at Artsquest Center at SteelStacks, 711 First St., Bethlehem, PA.

In 2016, Draft Magazine named Meeting of the Malts as the #12 (out of 101) rated beer experiences on the industry bucket list. Meeting of the Malts VI, #supportPAbeer, will include panel discussions, keynote addresses, valuable networking opportunities, a silent beer auction, and the Pennsylvania BrewPub Festival. Participating BOP members in the BrewPub Festival include: Barley Creek Brewing Co., North Country Brewing Co., Covered Bridge Brewhaus, Boneshire Brew Works, The Proper Brewing Co., The Brewery at Hershey, Round Guys Brewing Co., Free Will Brewing Co., Yards Brewing Co., Berwick Brewing Co., Butler Brew Works, Zeroday Brewing Co., HiJinx Brewing Co, Sly Fox Brewing Co., and Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

About the Brewers of Pennsylvania – The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, brings together leaders of Pa.-based breweries in order to promote and protect the brewing industry in the state. A 501c6 trade association, the BOP is a strong and influential organization, serving the consuming public of Pa. by encouraging brand diversity in the market. BOP members employ an estimated 10,000 employees earning $296 million in wages and generating $1.1 billion in direct economic benefits to communities throughout the state. #supportPAbeer

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