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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