Pizzeria Felici in Horsham – Craft brew and craft pizza

Craft brew and craft pizza!

Craft brew and craft pizza!

Pizzeria Felici, the newest restaurant from the Feliz Restaurants, opened in October and does not disappoint with its well-paired selection of craft beer – including a dedicated Forest and Main Brewing Company tap.  Read about my recent visit to Pizzeria Felici in Ticket to Entertainment!   Craft brew and craft pizza – you can’t beat it!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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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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“Victory for the Headwaters” – September 12, 2015

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Victory Brewing Company announced that it will hold a day long celebration, “Raising Funds to Preserve, Protect and Celebrate the Most Crucial Element for Life (and Great Craft Beer)” – the water of the Brandywine Watershed, on September 12, 2015 from noon to 8pm.  A portion of every Headwaters Ale sold will be donated to the Headwaters Grant, which distributes the proceeds to environmental advocacy groups.  Read the full press release below:

Victory for the Headwaters: Raising Funds to Preserve, Protect and Celebrate the Most Crucial Element for Life (and Great Craft Beer) 

Downingtown, PA, August 10, 2015- Victory Brewing Company (Victory) will host Victory for the Headwaters, a daylong celebration and fundraiser,on Saturday, September 12th from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The event starts with a volunteer trash clean up canoe trip down the Brandywine River and continues at Victory’s Parkesburg brewery at 3127 Lower Valley Road where the Victory for the Headwaters fundraiser will be held, and the real party starts.  All proceeds will benefit Victory’s Headwater Grant, which provides funds to environmental organizations dedicated to protecting our water.

To further the festivities, Victory will unveil the new packaging for its Headwaters Ale. The new look will support the idea behind the delicious brew, which is to pay homage to the Brandywine Watershed, the local source from which every Victory beer ‘springs.’  A portion of every Headwaters Ale sold will be donated to the Headwaters Grant. As one of the four basic ingredients in beer, water is fundamental not only in the production and flavor profile of all brews but most importantly in the health of our planet. Headwaters Ale was introduced 5 years ago, as Victory approaches 20 years in the craft beer industry, the brewery’s commitment to environmental stewardship is at an all time high.

“Just as a river forms from tiny droplets from the heavens, we see our engagement of a conscientious audience in the Headwaters Grant creating a larger impact,” explains Bill Covaleski, Brewmaster and President of Victory Brewing Company. “Craft beer fans are presented with innumerable choices of beers to purchase. Our goals is to help our fans make the connection that choosing Headwaters Ale, is more than just a taste preference, it is a decision to help preserve our planet one sip at a time.”

Tickets to Victory for the Headwaters can be purchased here(https://store.victorybeer.com/category/victory-for-the-headwaters/) and start as low as $10 for registration for the clean up and transportation to and from the Parkesburg brewery to the Brandywine River sites. Packages for the fundraiser include River Rescuer for $40 and includes a Headwaters pint glass, two beverages and one food item; Water Warrior for $75 entitles fans to a Headwaters pint glass, signed coaster, t-shirt, two beverages and one food item and the Headwaters Hero package for $200 includes a special group tour of the Parkesburg production tour with Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet along with a tasting of a soon-to-be released brew, limited edition shirt, Headwaters pint glass, two beverages and one food item.

About Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in 2014 in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 36 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.

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

How will you celebrate Independence Day?

Flavors of the Fourth!

Flavors of the Fourth!

Read my newest article in Ticket to Entertainment for some options on what patriotic beer to choose for your Fourth of July celebration.  And don’t forget to check out BeerGeekNation.com for reviews and additional tips for choosing your Independence Day brew!

'Merica!  Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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New BREW content on Ticket to Entertainment

Digital First Media’s “Ticket to Entertainment” has added a new page to its website – the “Brew Hub” – dedicated to craft beer!  Take a look at the Beer Event listing – compiled by yours truly – and a nice summary of the breweries in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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San Diego: The Craft Beer Rumors are True

San Diego in January

San Diego in January

In the middle of a cold, Mid-Atlantic winter, I was lucky enough to have a quick visit to balmy San Diego.  Over the years, I have read and heard stories from craft brew fans testifying to the fact that San Diego is the “craft beer mecca” of the West Coast, so I was curious to see how a 48 hour trip with limited time for beer tourism would turn out.  I was not disappointed.

The Knotty Barrel

The Knotty Barrel

I started my visit with a late lunch at The Knotty Barrel.  The comfortable craft brew bar had over 22 taps and 18 bottled beers, with the majority from the Bear State.   I made sure that my first taste of San Diego was a flight of California’s finest – Three Weavers ESB; Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, Ballast Point Fathom IPA, IronFire 51/50 IPA, and BNS Brewing Ma Deuce DIPA.  The flight did not disappoint – especially when paired with Knotty Barrel’s Potato Chip Nachos and Knotty Wings.

Mission Brewing Company

Mission Brewing Company

Don't act like you're not impressed..with jazz flute..and 2 versions of the IPA

Don’t act like you’re not impressed..with jazz flute..and 2 versions of the IPA

After The Knotty Barrel, I headed to Mission Brewing who, by chance, was releasing their “Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed” IPA, that day.  The brew was made in collaboration with Alpine Brewing Company and embraced the San Diego-based film “Anchorman.”  The “Don’t Act Like You’re Not Impressed” IPA was brewed in two varieties – one with Mosaic and another version with Simcoe.  Both were perfect examples of a West Coast IPA for an East Coast visitor!  After sampling a few other Mission creations, I took bottles of Mission’s “Carrack” Red Ale and “Dark Seas” Russian Imperial Stout for the road and went on to explore more of San Diego, which included the grand opening of Half Door Brewing Company.

Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado flight

Coronado flight

The following day I took the ferry to Coronado Island, home of Coronado Brewing Company.  There was large crowd at the bar, but it was a friendly, comfortable group enjoying a warm Saturday afternoon.  Between my flight and my companion’s flights, I was able to sample every one of the beers available that day.  Although I hate to make lists or rank beers in any way (to each their own!), Coronado’s Algerythm was the perfect pairing with the weather and the fun people I was with at the time.  A highly aromatic India Pale Lager, the grapefruit and citrus flavors were contrasted nicely by the crisp lager beer.

A golden treasure

A golden treasure

As I departed Coronado Brewing, I was treated with a stunning visual nightcap to a fantastic day – the San Diego skyline was bathed in gold from the setting sun.   Between this sunset and the many outstanding local brews I had encountered in less than 48 hours, I am convinced that what you read is true – San Diego is truly a treasure and should be considered a “mecca” of the American craft brew movement.

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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Bringing Meaning to “Brew Local” – “Brewing for the Greater Good”

On Saturday, February 21, 2015, Forest & Main Brewing Company, along with From the Boot Ambler, and the “God on Tap” Community, came together to support the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard.  I was proud to attend this wonderful beer tasting for a good cause – read about it on Philly Beer Scene Online Exclusives!  And thanks to Ambler’s own Stacey Salter Moore for providing the photographs for the piece!

Cheers!

The Brewholder

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