Brewholder News: Starting off 2018 Right!

    Sly Fox Mudlust Coffee Porter, with Coffee from Herman’s Coffee. Photo courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company

Happy New Year! Here’s some news and upcoming events to start off 2018:

Iron Hill will roll out their “winter 2018 lineup with the release of cult favorite, Rising Sun: a single-hopped IPA with the intensely tropical Sorachi Ace. For the first time in the brewery’s 21-year history, ‪Iron Hill‬ will place year-round emphasis on their canning program by releasing at least one canned beer every month. Rising Sun will be the first canned offering in 2018, followed by Bedotter (‪February 8‬) and Ore House IPA (‪February 22‬), with more fresh beer coming out throughout the year.

Rising Sun is an American IPA that is single-hopped with Japanese Sorachi Ace for unexpected notes of lemon and coconut in a light, well-balanced beer with a nimble hop kick
Bedotter is a traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and notes of plum, spice and banana balanced by refreshing bitterness
Ore House IPA is a Golden IPA with a balanced hop bitterness and wonderful citrus and pine aroma and flavor, weighing in at 6.5% ABV

All three cans will feature fun new designs from Pittsburgh, PA’s Smith Brothers Agency, the latest in an ongoing series of collaborations between the brewery and the firm, including other favorites such as Crusher, Mahalo, Apollo!, Vienna Red Lager, ‪Pig Iron Porter‬, Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest.”

Keystone Homebrew Supply began accepting submissions for the 23rd Annual War of the Worts on January 13, 2018. The judging and competition will be held on February 17, 2018 at The Montgomeryville store. Submissions can be made here:  http://www.keystonehops.com/waroftheworts2018/

Sly Fox has been busy in early 2018.

Check out their new release Mudlust Coffee Porter, brewed with coffee roasted by our friends at Herman’s Coffee! Mudlust is available at both Sly Fox locations now! http://www.slyfoxbeer.com/beer/mudlust-coffee-porter

On January 20, they will host their annual Robert Burns party at the Phoenixville Pub, with the release of their Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale.

Also, your favorite Sly Fox beers may look a little different in 2018. According to a press release, “With an eye to the future once again, the Pottstown-based brewery will unveil new branding for their entire lineup of core brands and seasonal beers, including a modern update on their playful “Sly Fox” logo. This bold new look accurately represents what Sly Fox does best: telling the outdoor enthusiast’s tale through the lens of fresh beer. The stylish “Y” in the word “Sly” depicts a bushy fox tail, emblematic of the red and gray foxes indigenous to the wild backwoods of Pennsylvania, and the words “Brewing Company” reinforce their reputation as one of the pioneering leaders of the craft beer movement.”

Dogfish Head Names New President and CEO –

Dogfish Head Names New President and COO

The Brewers of Pennsylvania announced their winter beer selections for 2018 – which is your favorite?

Southern Tier announced new DIPA project – Southern Tier announced new DIPAs in a press release this week – “Southern Tier Brewing Company introduces a new 16oz can Double India Pale Ale collection. The brand new “Science is the Art” Collection showcases their brewers’ scientific exactitude through distinctive commissioned artistry. Featuring vibrant and energetic graphic novel-like labels, the collection will feature six expertly crafted, flavorful episodes that depict a short story throughout 2018. The first episode titled ‘All is Well at the Station’, is set to release early-January.
The six releases feature new flavor profiles, and each label is an episode in a six-part story, as interpreted by sci-fi artist, Christopher Balaskas. These unconventionally named beers each serve as a snapshot of an unfolding science fiction tale. ‘All is Well at the Station’ is an 8.5% ABV, double IPA featuring Amarillo, Chinook, CTZ, and Simcoe hops, giving this brew a big citrusy and earthy character with a dank edge. It is a remarkably drinkable double IPA as the malt bill leaves just enough residual sweetness to perfectly balance its hoppiness. As for the artwork, we see an astronaut flying above a tranquil moon outpost. Surely all is well…or is it?”

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Brewholder News: Thanksgiving Edition

Thanksgiving Eve events and new releases are ready to make you extra thankful this holiday! Have a peaceful Thanksgiving!

Sly Fox Brewing Company released its “Hop Project No. 004 Pils” today. The press release describes it as “Hopped exclusively with the prized noble German variety, Tettnang, and packaged unfiltered, No. 004 is a majestic Keller Pils bringing a lively lager to the Hop Project series.” Try it soon at their Pottstown and Phoenixville locations, or in cans at select locations….

…And Sly Fox also has released it’s Christmas Ale too! “If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge!”

Riverhorse Brewing Company will hold its “Out of the Cellar” event on Saturday, December 9 from 7 – 10pm. “All of our most limited beers from throughout the year – together at one event!!” Tickets went on sale on Saturday, November 18 – follow this link to get them soon!

Levante Brewing Company’s Firksgiving Eve (Wednesday, November 22) will be an opportunity to enjoy their brew and help others at the same time. According to their release, “A free 10 oz. pour of “Citra Hop Necessity” to anyone who walks in the door. Also, if you bring a new unused toy to donate to “Toys for Tots” we’ll hook you up with a $5 crowler or $10 growler fill of Citra Hop Necessity. This is our small way of saying thank you from Team Levante for your continual support of what we do.
Helping Other People (H.O.P.) is a built into our mission, so let’s fill up the donation bin with toys and send you home with some hops! Stay posted for announcements on 2 specialty firkens for the event.

Conshohocken Brewing will also host a Thanksgiving Eve event – “Wednesday November 22nd we have everything you need to take it easy for Thanksgiving. Stock up on take out beer with cans and all non-imperial 64oz growler fills are 1/2 off! Take out beer is available at both the Conshohocken Taproom and Bridgeport Brewpub.”

Cheers!
The Brewholder
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Brewery Ommegang Releases Smoked Porter

A roasty brew for a cool autumn evening! Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang

Have you tried Brewery Ommegang’s Smoked Porter?  Looks like a perfect beer for the cooler weather….

Brewery Ommegang releases limited edition Smoked Porter to pair with the flavors of fall

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) As cooler weather settles in on the northeast, Brewery Ommegang is pleased to introduce their latest limited edition brew: Ommegang Smoked Porter. This nod to a traditional English beer is brewed with subtle additions of smoked malt and a touch of Saaz hops to add additional depth and character to an otherwise traditional English brew. While the style is a departure from Ommegang’s traditional Belgian-style beers, the characteristic aromas of chocolate malt along with caramelized sugar are reminiscent of many things Belgian, and of all things good. Smoked Porter is available now in limited quantities in four-packs and on draft while supplies last.

Smoked Porter is brewed with a carefully crafted blend of Pilsner, Special B, Munich 20, Cara-20, Midnight Wheat, chocolate malt, and smoked malt. Balanced hopping is achieved with Saaz, while fermentation with American ale yeast ensures the malt remains in the spotlight.

This 7.6% ABV beer pours a deep dark brown – almost black – with a thick tan head. Aromas of cocoa, burnt sugar, and roasted malt give way to subtle hints of smoke. The flavor follows the aroma with rich notes of cocoa and roasted malt, followed by caramel sweetness and mild smoke. A medium-full body leads to a well-rounded finish with lingering smoke on the backend.

Smoked Porter is a wonder accompaniment for a variety of foods. Pair smoke with smoke – and enjoy with smoked meats and cheeses. It’s also an ideal charcuterie beer, and a wonder pairing for rich confections like chocolate cheesecake.

 

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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    A roasty brew for a cool autumn evening! Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang

Wait – is it 2017?

Apparently I enjoyed the holidays with my friends and family a bit too much – no activity on this website since November?  Tsk, tsk.  Well, if you haven’t been following along on Facebook or Instagram, here’s a short recap of what The Brewholder’s been up to:

Lazaris straight from the tank!

I visited Boneshire Brewworks – a few miles down the road from Troegs – before their grand opening and I liked what I tasted!  Read about my trip on Philly Beer Scene’s Online Exclusives

I checked out the new menu at The California Pizza Kitchen for Philly Beer Scene – that was a tasty visit!

Prism Brewing moved to Lansdale – here’s my article about it in Ticket.  It’s a great space with lots of potential!

My Elfs on the shelf – yum!

Christmas was helped along with several elfs on my shelfs – read about them in Ticket.

I recapped 2016 in the Beer Year in review article in Ticket

I announced my favorite new beer of the year – Braddock-Pennsylvania, based The Brew Gentlemen General Braddock Pale Ale.  I first ran into this brew at the Meeting of the Malts in March, and then again at the Craft Brewers Conference in May.  Needless to say, a road trip to Braddock in high on my list for 2017!

Goose Island “Sofie” and Karamoor wines during the Chrysos release event in December.

And today you can read about local winery Karamoor Estate’s collaboration with Goose Island Beer Company – “Chrysos” – essentially Goose Island‘s “Sofie” aged for 3 and a half months in Karamoor wine barrels.  Pretty cool that a small winery from the Philly area would be approached by a big brewery like Goose Island.  But don’t get your hopes up – most of the Chrysos is probably gone by this point – only about 4 beer barrels of the brew was made, and it is exclusively served at the Vetri restaurants.  We were told that they are going to keep a keg or two for future events, so keep your eyes open and maybe you’ll be able to try it….Philly Beer Week perhaps?

So now we’re all caught up.  But stayed tuned – 2017 looks to be another great beer year for me, with visits scheduled to Ft. Lauderdale (Funky Buddha, anyone?); St. Petersburg / Tampa, Florida (Cigar City, Angry Chair, Coppertail Brewing); Denver (Do I really need to drop names here?); and Seattle (mic drop)…

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Philadelphia Zoo opens “Watering Hole”

The Watering Hole

The Watering Hole.  Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo.

This weekend The Philadelphia Zoo is opening its “Watering Hole,” a beer garden presented by Victory Brewing Company.  Featuring several local and national craft brews, according to the Zoo’s website, “This cool new spot features reclaimed conversation-style seating, brightly-colored fabric umbrellas, lush landscaping, environmentally-friendly LED lighting and terra-cotta mosaic décor along with a robust beer and lite fare menu.”

The beer and food menu can be seen here.

Open Friday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm, The Watering Hole will be a nice addition to the always enjoyable Philadelphia Zoo.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Victory Brewing’s Prima Pils Updated For Summer 2016

Prima Pils by the Pool!

Prima Pils by the Pool!

Victory Brewing recently refreshed its Prima Pils by updating the label with a classic look and putting it into a can for easy transport this summer.  According to a press release from Victory:

“With the decision to put Prima in cans, creating ‘portable Pils perfection,’ we decided to refresh the label, too,” said Victory’s co-founder and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski.  “The liquid is the same as it’s been for 20 years but we wanted to brighten the label and boldly state what our loyal fans have been saying for decades: “PRIMA PILS PERFECTION SINCE 1996.”

Prima Pils on the go in the summer!

Prima Pils on the go in the summer!

I’ll be honest – it had been a long time since I’d had Prima Pils, but when I saw the new label (and needed cans vs. glass for poolside), I figured I’d circle back and try it again.  Let’s just say I’m hooked.   Prima Pils – in a can – is perfect for throwing in a cooler and taking with you on your summer excursions (or just to your backyard pool!)  My friends and I have already been through a few cases and it’s not even July yet!

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If you haven’t had a Prima Pils in a while, try it again – I think it’s a perfect compliment to the heat of summer picnics and sitting on the beach.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Victory “Moving Parts 04” Available Now

 

Moving Parts 04 - photo used with permission from Victory Brewing Company

Moving Parts 04 – photo used with permission from Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company’s newest iteration in its “Ever-Evolving IPA” series is now available on shelves.  According to a press release issued today, “Victory Brewing Company is rolling out Moving Parts 04 the latest in the Ever-Evolving IPA series is now on shelves nationally. Victory brewers manipulate the ingredients of each recipe: water, yeast, whole flower hops and brewer’s grains with unbridled enthusiasm, artistry and passion to emphasize the craft in the craft brewing progression with every Moving Parts batch. Moving Parts 04 will be sold in 22 oz. bottles as well as on draft and boasts and ABV of 7.0%. Available at craft beer bars, bottle shops, beer distributors and major gourmet grocery stores throughout Victory’s 36 state distribution footprint. Moving Parts 04 suggested retail price for a 22 oz. bottle is approximately $4.99, but varies upon location.”

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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The Brewholder 2014 Recap

On the verge of 2015, I wanted to take a quick look back at the great year that was 2014!  I met so many awesome craft brewers and their creations – locally, in the U.S., and around the globe –  Wow!

A summary of my 2014 highlights:

Funky Buddha

Funky Buddha

January – a quick visit to Funky Buddha and Organic Brewing in the warm Florida sun.  

March & October –  Two new Ommegang / Game of Thrones beers – Fire & Blood Red Ale; Valar Morghulis 

April – I visited San Francisco and visited 21st Amendment, Thirsty Bear and the Toronado to sample the best of the City by the Bay.  

August – My personal highlight – a trip to the booming craft beer city of St. Louis!  Details will be coming soon in a Philly Beer Scene issue…but those of you following me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter know that I had amazing visits with Four Hands Brewing, Perennial Artisan Ales and Urban Chestnut Brewing!  And I visited the Clydesdales too…

Four Peaks Brewing Kiltlifter in its natural state

Four Peaks Brewing Kiltlifter in its natural state

September – Beer in the desert – I was able to find out first hand about a craft beer oasis in Phoenix, Arizona!  

For every issue of Philly Beer Scene this year I researched and wrote about the history of these outstanding Belgian breweries:  St. Bernardus, DuPont, De Koninck, Het Anker, De Halve Maan, and Van Steenberge.  Also, I had the opportunity to interview Jack Maxwell, the host of Travel Channel’s new show, “Booze Traveler.”  

Prism Coffee Porter

Prism Coffee Porter

Local highlights include the Forest & Main monthly Sunday dinners from January to August; The Band of Brewers; the Fifth Annual Lansdale Beer Festival; the Philly Beer Scene Awards in May – with Free Will’s Whit beer that aged nicely for Thanksgiving; a collaboration beer pairing dinner with the brewers at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill during Philly Beer Week; and a fantastic trip to McGillians to start the holiday season !

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What a great year!  Thanks again to all my brew friends who helped make 2014 so awesome!

So what will 2015 bring for the Brewholder?  A few spoilers:  San Diego; Portland, Maine; Savannah; New Orleans; more Belgian history; at least one new Ommegang / Game of Thrones beer; and a relocation for The Brewholder HQ…Looks like 2015 is going to be another exciting beer year!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

The Brewholder

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The Perfect Summer Night

If you live around Philadelphia, tonight was one of those rare summer nights in late July and August when there was no humidity and the evening was actually perfect for sitting outside with your neighbors and sharing a brew.  As the sun set and a refreshing breeze blew in, I cracked open a Kona Big Wave – a golden ale that had a nice touch of the tropics – courtesy of the hops.

As more neighbors came outside to enjoy the rare weather, an impromptu block party began, and I moved on to an Evolution Lot No. 3 IPA, which also has an outstanding tropical fruit aroma perfect for the evening.  But of course, as the evening progressed our hometown hero, Dirt Wolf from Victory, came prowling out of the darkness.

Evenings like this should not be overlooked.  As I’ve said before, while we celebrate beer in and of itself, when we share it in the perfect conditions with others, beer reaches it’s full potential.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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