It's a dreary dreary day here in Grand Rapids... but we're off to Founders. Lunch with Dave Engbers.. Then the Hopcat...Hopefully well meet up with cheif beer geek Steve there.
August 28, 2009
It's a dreary dreary day here in Grand Rapids... but we're off to Founders. Lunch with Dave Engbers.. Then the Hopcat...Hopefully well meet up with cheif beer geek Steve there.
August 27, 2009
Jonny and Michelle are throwing a frisbee around the parking lot. We're about to head back into town briefly to go to Arbor Brewing co...maybe Grizzly peak.
= then we're westward bound on 94.
We'll put time in at the HopCat tonight as well.
We've got a list of beers that we want to find at a specialty store including the raspberry eisbock that we sampled last night at Roast.
We've already consumed a lot of calories and good times.
Hopefully I will have more time to recap later.
Things I've already learned-=
*I love Red Hot dogs stuffed with pulled pork topped with pickled onions
*I still don't love sweetbreads (I know, i know)
*My little sister could be a stand up comedian if this whole teaching thing doesn't work out (actually I already knew this)
*Itineraries are dumb
Here's Jonny trading a case of beer at Jolly Pumpkin.
We made two stops so far and he's already 2 cases down.
Here's Jonny with Ron @ Jolly Pumpkin
(more on this later)
sis and I outside beer/bbq joint Slow's
Red Hot Dog@ Roast (Michael Symons restaurant from Iron Chef fame)
August 26, 2009
woo hoo. we're here.
My friend Jonny Medlinksy, my sis and I arrived in the Great Lakes/Great Beer State around 11:30 this morning. We rented a Chevy HHR. It's black and its weird.
We drove into Ann Arbor. Kicked things off at the Tv famed Zingermann's (food network) deli.
More photos to come.
Wish it wasn't raining...but it's not going to disrupt our love affair with Michigan.
August 24, 2009
Off to New York for the Phils Mets game-=-=-
Tomorrow- LOCAL 44 is tapping not one, not two, not three, but FOUR firkins of SLY FOX.
Including our Robbie Burns Scottish Export Ale and Palisades Pale Ale
Hope to see you there after 6.
August 21, 2009
I'll be headed out to Michigan in the middle of the night- Tuesday going into Wednesday. I'll be traversing the Wolverine state in search of all sorts of beers and bites. I have a pretty full itinerary as it is, but if anyone has suggestions- I'll take them. I haven't done something like this in years. Very exciting.
I'll be passing through Ann Arbor, Dexter, Marshall, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, New Holland, into Indiana for Three Floyds....ah so close to Chicago but time and tender does not allow.
I can't wait to go to Shorts in Bellaire, perhaps in the middle of nowhere but anyplace that once brewed a beer titled "mystery stout" is somewhere to me. I love mysteries and i LOVE stout.
That's a mere 40 minutes away from the Traverse City Beer and Music fest I'll be attending.
I'm gonna go to the Hopcat in Grand Rapids (voted #3 best beer bar by Beer Advocate in the States) and Founders will probably get sick of me by the time I leave. I am also going to check out a brewery called "The Hideout" which promises a sunny beer garden where I can play horseshoes,shuffleboard and "ladder golf." Whatever that may be.
I'm gonna see a beach at some point. (Thus the reason why Bell's has a "3rd coast ale" Michigan is known as the 3rd coast..)And If I have time to stop in the Manistee National Forest and canoe I'll do that. I mean I can't be saddled up to a bar the whole time I'm away.
Stay in tuned for some Blogging and twitter updates.
The Institute just tapped their Abbey Extra (Belgian golden single) yesterday so I went by to say hi to Heather and Charlie. I also met up with John Doherty there
who's john doherty
John was enjoying the left hand oktoberfest.
And was waiting on some house cut fries topped with a house made mago pulled pork...with house made bourbon hot sauce.
They're making everything in house. It's only recently that I've seen meat gracing fries with its presence. I first noticed the duck fries at the Devil's Den...now this.
They were delicious. A bit of a zing- but it only makes the extinguishing beer that much better.
Forgive the awful sidekick photo. Amazon.com is in the midst of shipping me my new Canon charger.
Tomorrow- stop by 12th and Green for a firkin of YARDS cape of good hope IPA.
August 20, 2009
Then at 6:47 I got an email from Scoats who was enjoying a PW concert in Ritt Sq saying he would want a Rauchbier.
I've had my share of both, so I went for the Ballast Point smoked lager.
As Bryan Kolesar mentions here, there is a lot going on tonight.
Hey mon' ! Come on down for some Rasta-far-rye good times with Blue Point Brewing and The Sidecar Bar. There will be plenty of reggae music and Caribbean Food to support the amazing beer that Blue Point creates. There will be plenty of draft for this event including: Toasted Lager,Blueberry Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale, Rasta-far-Rye, !0th Anniversary IPA, Imperial Pilsner, plus a delicious firkin of Hoptical Illusion IPA !
Everything's gonna be irie by the end of the evening !
August 19, 2009
August 17, 2009
As you've seen here at around the interweb- p.o.p.e's been doing craft beer Tuesdays.
Sly Fox is up on the roster. Tonight I will be competing against their daytime bartender, John "Potsy (ie)" Warner.
It's a chilled soup off.
You'll have to come to see what our cold concoctions are.
a bunch of Sly will be on tap.
Grisette, Whitehorse wit, O'Reillys, etc...
From others' photos it looked I missed a bunch of people I always enjoy having beers with like Lew Bryson and Chris Morris...I got there around 8 with my "fortune eggs" and wing sauce.
It was my first try at wing sauce and I thought it was pretty tasty.
More details later...got work to do. but here are a few pics courtesy of Stephen Lyford.
August 15, 2009
I just saw a note from industry bud Trevor Jankowski of Lagunitas that he'll be joined by Lee marren of Stone tonight @ the Prohibition taproom.
They'll be playing surf rock all night while you get to drink all the Stone and Lagunitas your liver can handle.
Not sure what beers are on tap...but if I wasn't in Mayfair- I'd be there.
Also this Sunday 10 pm there's a foodie quizzo at Chicks wine bar. Sounds kinda fun-=-=and they have a great beer selection.
Enjoy the day.
August 14, 2009
1st Annual Sour Fest @ Devil's Den
Tomorrow Saturday, August 15th
If you're not getting Folky in Schwenskville with the YARDS folks-=-Come out to the Devil's Den where we they'll be pouring all things sour, tart & funky.
Ladies of In Pursuit of Ale-= you should definitely hit this.
Try Flemish Reds, Flemish Bruins, Geuzes, Lambics, Wild Ales & Berliner Weisses.
Draft List :
Dogfish Head Festina Peche,
Rodenbach Grand Cru,
Petrus Oud Bruin,
Ballast Point Sour Wench,
Dock Street Dunkel Berliner Weisse,
St Loius Gueze,
Monk's Cafe Sour,
Cuvee des Jacobins,
Duchess de Bourgonge
& Doc's Sour Cherry Cider.
Rodenbach Grand Cru, Petrus Aged Pale Ale, Duchess de Bourgonge, Etch Kreikenbier, Giradin Guze Black Label, Russian River Consecration,Russian River Tempation, Camtillion Old Lambic, Cantillion Rose, Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabazza, Ommegang Biere de Mars, Lipziger Gose, 1809 Berliner Wiesse, Lost Abbey Carnevale, Pretty Things Mr Sysiphus
Scoats is known for the zane- so you can only imagine that stretched over 13 hours of non-stop brewery events is going be insane.
Check out the day long line-up at foobooz.
Here's what us Sly Fox folks are up to @ 9 pm.
After back and forth convos with the Lodgemaster we've decided on this chicken/egg theme.
You're going to hear original music (recording of Brian O'Reilly from the 90s). You're going to taste my wing sauce which I have yet to master( a sly fox KELLER Pils and 9 wings for $9!!!)
and you're going to maybe be the recipient of a "golden" egg. We were hoping I could wear a chicken outfit. But its 11:49 the day before and I've yet to come up with anything. Email me if you think you can help.
***Remember to check the website for public transportation.
It's something like market frankford to the end of the line (frankford transportation station.)Then you hop on bus 66 to harbison and walk about 1/2 block. About 22 minutes said and done. Or 4 people could split a cab. (that's usually on the way home though;)
August 13, 2009
It's Thursday. Trash Day. Little overcast....but things are good.
Sly fox will release our OKTOBERFEST on Monday trying to get out of the gate a bit early.
I've got a Michigan trip not too far away. And I got to see my buddy Joe's little guy Joe Gun Jr. last night at the Welcome to my Face show...yeah, feelin alright-=-=-
Tonight- I hope you'll come to the MEMPHIS TAP ROOM and throw a few Sly down.
around 6 or so.
We've got 4 beers from the brewpub on tap
Abbey Extra (Belgian golden single-Monk's table beer)
They'll be $4 all night.
Memphis and Cumberland. Parking usually isn't an issue.
LASTLY- Grub STREET Philly has sneaked a peak of the menu from the upcoming Resurrection Ale House- from Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft. Due to open on September 10th.
Tonight from 5 to 9 join Marvin Simpson of Boulder Brewing Co and sip on
Hazed and Infused on Nitro
bovoid oak aged "empirical" oatmeal stout
and Sweaty Betty.
From Beer Advocates descript:
What in the world is an obovoid?
Obovoid: An ovoid with the broad end toward the apex
And why an "empirical" stout?
Empirical: Relying on experience or observation alone often without due
regard for system and theory
Empirical evidence has shown the brewers at Boulder Beer Company that beer fans across the country are going to love Obovoid Empirical Stout, an oak-aged oatmeal stout as dark in color as deep space. Aging Obovoid on oak adds an earthy character to the roasted notes and bittersweet chocolate finish derived from the black and chocolate malts.
The Prohibition tap room is a swell place if you've never been- right at 13th and Buttonwood.
They've got great food. Try their french onion if its not too hot out.
And while you're in the hood- walk a few blocks north to the Institute, a cool beer bar, that just added their new menu featuring the cuisine of Puerto Rico.
August 12, 2009
Spanky's got a nice lil lineup of Some Sly Fox brewpub beers that he'll be tapping tomorrow night @ the Memphis Taproom 6ish.
four beers for $4
and Whitehorse Wit
and you should eat some fried dills while your drinkin.
August 11, 2009
Oh Curieux-=-I think I love you so what am I so afraid of-= I'm afraid that I'm not sure of a love there is no (hangover) cure for
I figured if I link to phoodie's post on it, then I am not really writing about the P.o.p.e. yet again.
But it IS Allagash night afterall.
Rob Todd is in the house on a special one day trip to Philly.
Pete Miller's has some special plates for the event...and a Curieux might just do you right tonight.
(Every Tuesday, p.o.p.e is doing beer promos-next tuesday is Sly Fox with a chilled summer soup off).
Here are some pics from my trip to the brewery with Lance this April.
August 10, 2009
We'd be back at Southwark two days later after brunch (baked eggs) at Standard Tap with Jennie Hatton, Johnny Goodtimes, and crew. We had a movie to go to. Lance had agreed to see Julia and julia with me. But champage cocktails were poured and the day got away. We never made it to the movie but Lance finally had a white wine he liked and a day off with his two of his favorite ladies.
August 9, 2009
I rolled into south philly tap room on Friday to meet with bar manager Kathryn.
During said meeting I couldn't help but notice the tap list that made my heart skip a beat and wish I didn't have 4 other things to do that day.
it went something like this:
Stoudts heifer in wheat
Founder Maple mountain brown (first time hearing about it)
Victory Schwarz Pils
Porterhouse Razz Reserve
Bells Cherry Stout (when was the last time you saw this on draft)
Summit Horizon Ale
Oskar Blues GORDoN
Abbaye de Rocs Grand Cru
Lancaster cream ale (a newbie? its ok...not my fav style but try it)
and on ye old handpump PBC NewBold IPA (recently reformulated)
So they had just kicked two sly fox in the last 24 hours.....
thus no presence on aforementioned list...but you can look forward to whitehorse wit there in the near future.
August 7, 2009
Tidbit: local respected brewer gets 86'd from local brewpub, and local respected sales manager gets 86'd from Delaware
At the General Lafayette promo- I got a funny tidbit that a local brewer* was kicked out of another local brewpub.
It wasn't necessarily his fault...One of his compadres is to blame. A young lady walked by in short shorts and he was inspired to start singing-=-=-
*The brewer has never been known to cause a ru(s)ckus prior to this incident.
Meanwhile, Mike Pearlman, Stoudts Regional Sales Manager, has been banned from the state of Delaware. Apparently a certain wholesaler doesn't agree with Pearlman's stance on giving away beer.
"But I've got to go through Delaware to get to Maryland," Says the banished beer rep.
Stay tuned to see if he's allowed back in. I mean just look at how amicable he is. Who wouldn't want him in their state?
*Rumor has it Ommegang's Megan Maguire might also be banned from the first state.
August 6, 2009
Come support the General Lafayette at the P.o.p.e. tonight
Brewmaster Chris Leonard will be on hand and
Get this-= they'll be pouring
*Fugazi- south philly lager. Paying homage to the south philly "if you're not part of us" philosophy.
*Pacific pale ale
*Marquis de lafayette
This fight is worth fighting.
Sly FOX Hop Project Night @ EARTH bread + brewery TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday night 6 pm....
Hop heads, people who love hop heads, people who love Earth bread + Brewery- come out for
our 2010 Hop Project night.
You see that Tom Baker fellow has saved a sixtel of every hop project beer throughout the year to date...we're going to put them all on tap like we do at our spot in December.
There will be flights, a mystery flatbread, all the sly fox hoppiness your heart desires and
Tom's house lineup which includes
Alehoof Grut 5% abv
Jose Coffee Stout 4.5%avb
Witsahickon (witbier) 5%abv
Beacon Hotel (mild) 5% abv - hand pull only
Cliche IPA 7.2% abv*If any Philadelphians need a ride out, I've got room for 4 in my car....(if you trust me and my brakes ;)
This is obvious promotion for Sly Fox....but I was so excited about it, I thought I should share in case you don't make it to the 2nd street foodery anytime soon.
I've done numerous samplings at the Foodery over the last 3 years, and when I go to check the time, I had to look at an illuminated Coors Light Clock.
As a growing company, Sly doesn't have tons of POS, we do what we can with occasional coasters, and recently a few wooden signs.
But I thought how great would it be if I made them a clock on Cafepress.com-=- A website that customizes all sorts of crap. So I did. And despite it being numberless (hopefully jeff slick and staff don't care too much) It's pretty sweet and the ONLY one in the world-=-=
non beer-related post (unless you are going to celebrate your new kitty with a cold one)
My friend Jessie- 8 months pregnant and all- is trying to find a home for 6 kittens she found in her yard.
They are healthy and about 5 weeks old.
Please let me know if you are interested in helping out.
You might be able to see more photos here...
August 4, 2009
Best of Philly votes have been casted and posted, albeit you'll have to pick up the publication to get the whole scoop on 2009's cream of the crop. But
- I got the head of the hops here....
Best beer of Philadelphia area as deemed by Philly Mag is............................
Victory’s Hop Devil Ale.
Hmm. Curious. This beer has been getting Philly drunk for at least a decade now.
Maybe it is just that. The tenacity of the beer. Many IPAs have entered the market since it's arrival and it still manages to be one of the most sought after. And the fact that you can find it in pubs that barely give craft beer a chance gives it a greater reach to the mainstream than others. This beer is actually all the way out to California now. Most of our local breweries are still regional. I like being regional.
When asked by GRUBSTREET what beer the President and his guests should enjoy in Cambridge last week during the Gates/Crowley Chat, owner Bill Covalieski suggested Hop Devil....Here's Why...
“The beer is all about harmonizing disparate things. It has rich, sweet malt components and wildly bitter and aromatic hop characteristics — the two don’t really belong together in this type of beer.”
And the Bar that's serving it up best is
Teresa's Next Door.
Philadelphia Mag awards "Philly's best beer bar 2010" to a watering hole in Wayne.
Andy Dickerson's food is on par with the great pours. Special events galore, an unparalleled glass selection and two hand pumps pumping is enough evidence that this is no surprise.
They'll be hosting a beer geek Summer Brunch on August 23. More details here.
Any thoughts on what beer/bar names you thought you would see mentioned here?
It's the "PARTY OF A CENTURY & A HALF" Tonight
At 6pm Mcgillins will be tapping the first firkin of their 1860 IPA brewed by Stoudt's.
Joe Sixpack will be doing a reading and starting the countdown to Philadelphia's oldest operating taproom's 150th anniversary.
Join the Mullins familiy tonight. No cover.
$2 pints McGillin's 1860 IPA.
That's some good CHEAP fun for your Tuesday.
Oh and about the beer:
"McGillin’s 1860 IPA, is unfiltered, as it would have been in the 1800s, and is made from a secret recipe that includes centennial and amarillo hops. McGillin’s 1860 IPA will be available, on tap, exclusively at McGillin’s and it will be bottled and distributed throughout the state, starting in the fall."
August 3, 2009
Have you heard of these folks?
Grid Magazine- Philadelphia's own magazine on sustainability.
They're launching their latest issue tonight during a happy hour at the ABBAYE on
3rd and Fairmount...
$2 off all drafts and 1/2 priced apps
STOUDTS Mike Pearlman will be about.
You can actually get a glimps of the green publication here.
637 N. 3rd st
5 till 8
For my birthday Lance Romance treated me to some New England sightseeing.
He surprised me with Portsmouth in the lantern twinklin twilight, and then off to Portland, Me. Where we went to the Great Lost Bear and toured Allagash with Mr. Tod himself.
Now it's his turn for treats and I'm coming up short. Shorter than usual...
I tried to get him a Carvel ice cream cakebut I didn't learn my lesson of the Royal Stumble that freezers and coolers don't have the same chilling effect... So I placed the cake in an iced cooler all day, and it was sweet soup by the time midnight rolled around. The beer can candles sunk into the once frozen cake. I guess "it was the thought that counts" ever cliche is ever applicable.
He's been working so much ( I told him I'm like an army wife) that I barely see him. So I can't make dinner reservations, or any plans because I have no idea when the tours and extra hours will stop.
I got him a card, but the beer cooler soaked it.
I did come up with the perfect present as my back was aching all weekend. I will get him a double air mattress.
Yeah, I know, Sorta selfish, but he needs one.
He'll also get a Vetri dindin as soon as the subaru stops falling apart.
The pic on the above right is his "pornstar" look he sported on Saturday at Ommegang. It was like a fake tye dye, fake wrinkly, black and white shirt. He unbuttoned it, revealed his chest hair, and let down his cornsilk locks to an approving circle of local beer industry peeps. But Harry Reams did call and he does want his shirt back.
Happy Birthday to my Maple Shade brewer .
Here's a little footage of one of his favorite artists.
Good times were had at Ommegang BCTC 09.
But my fun memories are not as fresh in my
head as brake failure on 81 on the way back.
Luckily- I had just given up driving duty and our friend Jeff took over. Jeff- as hardcore as a hardcore cyclist could get- is used to dodging cars on his two wheels, but this was more of a challenge.
We were coming up on a construction area, where dozens of cars started to slow down to merge...and we couldn't slow down. He had the brake pushed all the way in and we're cruising into an almost unpreventable crash.
His girlfriend is screaming"hit the brakes hit the brakes" and Jeff is screaming, "the brakes aren't working, the brakes aren't working."
Jeff manages to create a new lane for just us between the other two lanes, cars start to move out of the way, and we luckily make it into the right lane by the shoulder and slow down....
It was poor Lance Romance's birthday and we're dodging cars in the rain with a worn brake hose.
Ugh. Just got a new alternator and I had my car inspected 2 weeks prior. What the $%&?
We drive about 5 more miles with our brake issues, then pull over in a town called Lenoxville...
Luckily Chris Fetfatzes of Bella vista beverage (lucky for us, unlucky for him and his ladyfriend) had honked and waved at us in the middle of our tumultuous time.
He would then get my beseeching call for him to get off at the next exit.
This is an emergency perhaps worse than the Christmas opossum.
They waited for us to call AAA, and then carted Lance, Lara and hero Jeff back to Philly while I waited for Tower Ben.
I cracked open a Phoenix Pale Ale and Had some Chips and Corn Salsa. I read the newly released Ale Street News. And thought about how I could make this up to the Birthday Boy.
Ben arrives. He was a Giant. 6 foot 3...red hair, and smoked reds. He had been up till 4 in the morn and was a bit tired, but a nice enough guy and the 2 hour ride home went by with a quickness.
At one point, he even asked me, "Hey have you ever heard of that La Fin Du Monde beer?"
I got home around 8 or so. So tired,bug bites galore and $173 in the hole, but alive.