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:
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
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
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 !
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!
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