05 February 2010
Today’s guest on the Chip the Beer Guy show was Scranton’s own Beau Baden, brewmaster at Fegley’s BrewWorks in Allentown. For those that may not know, Beau brews for the Bethlehem BrewWorks, Allentown BrewWorks and BrewWorks on the Green at Allentown Muni Golf Course.
Now you may be thinking already that my review is a little boring today but wait….
This may sound very tongue-in-cheek, but I assure you it’s not. Fegley’s has a BrewWorks in Allentown, Bethlehem and even on a local Municipal golf course with 8-craft beer handles at a public course. So with that in mind I have to ask Beau…why not? You’re a local boy with local connections…BrewWorks beers have sold well in NEPA…so why not? I say this in all seriousness. Why not consider opening a BrewWorks in NEPA. I know I’ve made this pitch before, but we’re an open market….Hell BrewWorks in Allentown is almost our closest brewpub as it is! Wilkes-Barre has a ton of cheap available real estate in Keystone Opportunity and Keystone Innovation Zones, including the former Stegmaier Brewery Building. All of this real estate is between two colleges with several thousand beer lovers within walking distance, and there isn’t another brewpub in WIlkes-Barre or Scranton. Consider this the beginning of the petition to get a Wilkes-Barre BrewWorks. So why not Beau??
Anyway…I digress…..back to the show…
In NEPA we’re familiar with the recent releases from Fegley’s like Hopsulutely and Rude Elf’s Reserve, both available locally in bombers and a rare keg or two on draft at places like Coopers Scranton and Purvs. Today Beau announced the upcoming release of a barrel aged Imperial Stout (9% ABV) called Insidious Imperial Stout. According to Beau this beer will be available locally in 750ml bottles in the next few weeks and it really sounded tasty. Beau also talked about many of the other Fegley’s beers, and believe me there are quite a few we never see in our market….but we’d like to!
Cheers guys, great show and yummy sounding beers! Here’s hoping we planted a little seed with Beau ;)