15 May 2009
I realize that not all of these are truly "local", but I also know a few of my readers have cars and are actually licensed to drive. If anyone attends any of these please drop me a note.
May 15: Third Annual Appalachian Brewing Company Homebrew Contest – Camp Hill, PA www.abcbrew.com.
May 15: Munich in Mayfair #?: Dunkel - Dig It! at The Grey Lodge Pub – Spaten Munich Dunkel is now available here in the USA in bottles. Dunkel remains an under-represented style here. Of course there will be some tasty German food specials as well. Spaten USA folks will be on hand with some goodies. 6-8pm. 215-825-5357 or http://greylodge.com/.
May 15: Beer Tasting at Weyerbacher – From 5-7pm at the brewery, there will be a special tasting and sales event on a couple of new products, with brewers on hand to answer all of your questions. First up is their Special Edition, Unfiltered, Fully Bottle-Conditioned Double Simcoe IPA in 750ml Cork n Cage bottles. Also debuting will be Foxtrot, the latest in their Brewers' Select series of one-off beers. This dark-amber Biere de Garde is the creation of brewer Dan Hitchcock. A few other surprise tastes will be on hand as well, and for those who can't make it out Friday night, they’ll have some remaining inventory available the following day during regular tour hours. 610-559-5561 or http://www.weyerbacher.com.
May 16: 2nd Annual Belgian Bierfeesten at World Café Live – This festival will give attendees the opportunity to sample the offerings of over three dozen Belgian breweries. Spend a splendid Saturday afternoon strolling from booth to booth, educating your palate to the nuances of the Belgian brewers' art, while dining on well-paired savory offerings prepared by our Executive Chef Matthew Babbage. 1-4:30pm. $55 per ticket includes beer, food, and a complimentary pilsner glass for tastings. Tickets at http://tickets.worldcafelive.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=2406 or 215-222-1400.
May 16: Sierra Nevada Artisinal Ale Experience at TJ’s in Paoli – Join Patrick Mullen from Sierra Nevada and sample from their Southern Hemisphere Harvest, Chico IPA, Saison Brown, Summerfest, Pale Ale, and Kellerweis. The Kellerweis is one of two kegs coming to the area for the launch of Sierra’s new year-round bottled offering. 6-10pm. 610-725-0100 or http://www.TJsBeer.com/
May 22: 12th Annual ArtsFest Film Festival (with beer!) - Tröegs Brewery will host the kick-off event with a free outdoor screening of Strange Brew, the 1983 cult classic highlighting the adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie and their love of beer, back bacon, jelly donuts and all things Canadian. No tickets are available but the "theatre" site will close when full (up to 400 people). Bring your own chair. Seating begins around 6pm and the movie will start around dusk. The first 100 attendees will each receive one free jelly donut. There will be popcorn, food and beer concessions available from 6pm until the end of the movie. 717-232-1297 or http://www.Tröegs .com/.
May 23-25: Stoudt's Name That Beer at the Devil’s Den – Stoudt’s Brewery needs help naming their new seasonal, a German kolsch. Come out Memorial Day weekend to try it on tap and then enter your vote to name the beer. The winner will receive a case of Stoudt's Beer every month for a year and tickets to a Stoudt's Micro festival. Noon to midnight. 215-339-0855 or http://devilsdenphilly.com/.
May 28: A Rainbow of Flavor with Tröegs at The Institute – Tap into a firkin of Hopback Amber and drafts of Sunshine Pils and Rugged Trail Brown from the Tröegs Brewery. No cover, pay as you go. 6pm to ? 215-765-8515 or http://www.institutebar.com/.
May 30: Appalachian Brewing Company’s 12th Anniversary Fest in Harrisburg – Festivities begin in the afternoon with outhouse races, keg olympics, and a pig roast. The later-night festivities continue at The Abbey Bar. For more details call 717-221-1080 or go to http://www.abcbrew.com.
June 13: 18th Annual Microfest Benefit at Stoudts Brewing Co – Stoudts is hosting various breweries from around the country in their spacious courtyards and Brewery Hall. With taster glass in hand, attendees stroll from one table to the next sampling some of the best craft brews that the industry has to offer. Another well-known part of this festival is Ed's "Best of the Wurst" German style buffet. Included in this are German sausages, pasta salad, German potato salad, red cabbage and six different varieties of Eddie's homemade bread. Afternoon session: Noon to 4pm, or evening: 7-11pm. 717-484-4387 or http://www.stoudtsbeer.com.