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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National IPA Day!

Troegs Perpetual IPA is a solid IPA worthy of celebrating National IPA day - or any day for that matter!

Troegs Perpetual IPA is a solid IPA worthy of celebrating National IPA day – or any day for that matter!

There was a time not so long ago when celebrating National IPA Day meant you needed to search out a West Coast IPA.  It’s a great time we’ve living in when you can find excellent IPAs across the country from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, to Tampa, Florida to Tempe, Arizona!  Cheers to IPAs everywhere!

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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Philly Beer Week 2016 is here!!

Once again the City of Brotherly Love is showing its love for brew to the World!  On Friday, June 3, 2016, the official opening of Philly Beer Week 2016 began at the Fillmore in Fishtown, with a beer festival / celebration of all things beer – The Opening Tap!

Anxiously awaiting the arrival of the HOG to open to first keg of PBW!

Anxiously awaiting the arrival of the HOG to open to first keg of PBW!

For those holding VIP tickets, the doors opened at 6pm – all the breweries on the main floor were giving out their samples, while some newcomers – Brewery ARS, Hidden River, Highway Manor, and Death of the Fox – delighted with their tasty brews upstairs.

VIP session with Highway Manor's excellent strawberry and blueberry sours.

VIP session with Highway Manor’s excellent strawberry and blueberry sours.

As it neared 7:00pm, anticipation began to rise for the arrival of the Hammer of Glory (The HOG), the sledgehammer used to crack open the first keg of Philly Beer Week – that had begun its Olympic-torch like journey from bar to bar since 8am.  Once it arrived, Joe Ortlieb, 91 years young, used the HOG to get the Brotherly Suds 7 flowing – “Ryebock Lager,” a  collaboration beer between “The Big 7” Philly brewers – Sly Fox, Yards, Victory, Iron Hill, Flying Fish, Stoudts and Troegs.

The view from the mezzanine of the beautiful Fillmore.

The view from the mezzanine of the beautiful Fillmore.

Casey Parker and Will Reed welcome the HOG to the stage

Casey Parker and Will Reed welcome the HOG to the stage!

Check out my Facebook page and Instagram for videos of the tapping of the keg and Joe Ortlieb’s toast!

Once the beer was flowing, the beer festival began – and so did Philly Beer Week!

Here’s a few more photos as the celebration continued! As Joe said in his toast – “Good beer, good friends, GOOD TIMES!” – that’s what Philly Beer Week is all about!  Hope to see you out there!

On this night you can call me The Hogholder.

On this night you can call me The Hogholder.

Will Reed of The Standard Tap brings the HOG to the stage!

Will Reed of The Standard Tap brings the HOG to the stage!

A Victory Yakima Glory at Johnny Brenda's was a perfect end to the first night of Philly Beer Week!

A Victory Yakima Glory at Johnny Brenda’s was a perfect end to the first night of Philly Beer Week!

 

Saint Benjamin Brewing Hosts “State of Craft Beer” Panel

"State of Craft Beer" at Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

“State of Craft Beer” at Saint Benjamin Brewing Company

Last Thursday I enjoyed a few craft brews at Saint Benjamin Brewing Company during the “State of Craft Beer” panel discussion as part of Brooklyn Brewing’s “Brooklyn Mash.”  Read about the event on Philly Beer Scene Online Exclusives!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Brewery Ommegang Releases “Rosetta,” a Beautiful Kriek

Ommegang's "Rosetta" a wonderful cherry collaboration

Ommegang’s “Rosetta” – a wonderful cherry collaboration

Brewery Ommegang has just released their newest Belgian inspired brew – “Rosetta.”  According to the press release, Ommegang’s Brewmaster Phil Leinhart wanted to make a soured fruit beer but it wasn’t a possibility at the facility in Cooperstown.  So he collaborated with their sister brewery Liefman’s in Belgium and created a blended sour cherry beer.  “Leinhart’s recipe calls for a perfectly balanced blend of old (aged on cherries at least three years) and young Flemish brown ale (or oud bruin) with a lively and fruity kriek, or cherry beer. The result is a complex yet refreshing mahogany-brown brew that is an intriguing interplay of tartness and sweetness.”

At 5.6% ABV, Rosetta is available now in all 43 states that carry Ommegang’s products.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Stable 12 Brewing Company Holds Grand Opening in Phoenixville

Stable 12 Brewing Company, located on Bridge Street in Phoenixville

Stable 12 Brewing Company, located at 368 Bridge Street in Phoenixville

Stable 12 Brewing Company was welcomed to the Phoenixille community on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  I was lucky to be present for the ribbon cutting ceremony and had a tour of the brewery with CEO and co-founder Rick Wolf.  Read about my visit to Stable 12 in Ticket to Entertainment this week!

Below are some additional photos from the grand opening!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Getting ready to cut the ribbon!

Getting ready to cut the ribbon!

The tasting room

The tasting room

Those are some big scissors!

Those are some big scissors!

A delicious flight of Stable 12 brews!

A delicious flight of Stable 12 brews!

Loading the randall with Citra for Stable 12's IPA

Loading the randall with Citra for Stable 12’s IPA

IPA on Citra hops through the randall

IPA on Citra hops through the randall

A deliciously dangerous Imperial Stout at 11.9%!

A deliciously dangerous Imperial Stout at 11.9%!

Uncle B's BBQ is the perfect compliment to Stable 12's brew

Uncle B’s BBQ is the perfect compliment to Stable 12’s brew

Stable 12 Brewing Company - established 2015

Stable 12 Brewing Company – established 2015

Victory Brewing Opens Brewpub in Kennett Square

Victory's Kennett Square Brewpub opened on April 21, 2015

Victory’s Kennett Square Brewpub opened on April 21, 2015

Tonight I attended a media event at Victory Brewing Company’s new brewpub in Kennett Square.  Victory President and Brewmaster Bill Covaleski was on hand to introduce the new brewpub and guide us through an amazing food and beer pairing.  In addition to the samples of beer we tried, we each left with a bottle of Moving Parts 03 and the highly anticipated Summer Love Ale in a can.  The summer is truly on its way!

Victory's Summer Love Ale now portable in a can!

Victory’s Summer Love Ale now portable in a can!  Photo courtesy of Victory Brewing Company.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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A Moment of Zen from Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens

An Arrogant Bastard at the Stone Gardens

An Arrogant Bastard at the Stone Gardens

It’s been a busy week in San Diego for me, but I was finally able to slip away to Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido.  It’s a perfect night to sit back under the trees and enjoy one of my all time favorite craft brews, Arrogant Bastard.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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