WILK Friday BeerBuzz – 22 Oct 2010 (Old Forge Brewing Company Smashin’ Pumpkin)

22 October 2010

WILKFridayBerbuzz7We’ve been fortunate enough to have some great guests join us in the studio for the Friday BeerBuzz.  I was really excited to welcome this week’s guest, a) so I finally had the chance to meet this busy brewmaster, and more importantly b) so I finally had a chance to taste his fall seasonal beer.  Today we welcomed Damien Malfara from Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville, PA and we sampled Damien’s fall seasonal Smashin’ Pumpkin Ale.  Old Forge Brewing Company (OFBC) is relatively new, opening their doors on Dec 5th 2008, and I’m happy to report they have already expanded their capacity to keep up with demand.  I also really love the theme of OFBC.  Damien and wife Maria highlight craftsmanship in many ways at OFBC.  From the locally grown produce to the hand crafted mug rack, mug club mugs, restaurant booths and of course their hand-crafted beers.  All in all a unique brewpub and wonderful tribute to craftsmanship.

OldForgePint It was really fun tasting such a great Pumpkin Ale, with the young man that hand crafted this beer and based on the fact that this beer is made with real pumpkins, I think I have some idea where the Smashin’ Pumpkin Ale moniker came from.  This is a very tasty beer so be sure to take the ride to Mill St in Danville to check out all of Damien’s brews.

FridayBeerbuzz22Oct2010 A really fun guest and a really tasty beer!…
to  Damien, John, Nancy, Joe & Bosco for yet another fun Friday. 
The Friday Beerbuzz…bringing good beers and good people together
As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday Beerbuzz page by clicking HERE

and a special Thank you to Joe & Nancy for going above and BEYOND the call of duty to produce this week's video.  Our camera literally failed during the intro music, but thankfully Nancy had an APP for that on her iPhone.  Thanks guys!

27 comments (click to read or post):

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:47  

Old Forge is a very undersung brewery. Thanks for publicizing what we think is a great brewery that doesn't get enough local press. We love overbite IPA and I congratulate Damien and the Friday BeerBuzz team for a great show.


Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:48  

I agree. Old Forge Brewing company just quietly makes great hand crafted beers. Much deserved publicity for Damien and kudos to WILK for getting him on the air.

Jason J

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:49  

We love pumpkin fest at Old Forge. Be sure to try the Pumpkin Pretzels.


Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:51  

I haven't been to Old Forge yet but I just have to try a pumpkin beer with pumpkin mashed potatoes. Save me some Damien! Looking forward to when we can get Old Forge on tap in WB/Scranton.


Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:52  

Great idea Damien. Locally grown produce, hand crafted atmosphere and hand-crafted beers. We love OFBC and we'll be visiting again this weekend to try the pumpkin ale.

Ryan W

John 22 October, 2010 09:53  

I have never been to Old Forge Brewing but I think I need to make a point to take a ride to Danville!

Great meeting Damien Malfara this morning, a pleasure to have him on the show and his Smashin' Pumpkin was really good, not your standard "what you'd expect" pumpkin beer. Just the way I like it, not sweet, not clove-y, tasted like...fall!

A quick reminder, put Friday 11/5 on your calendar...The Friday BeerBuzz "Live" is coming to Krugel's Georgetown Deli & Beer, 5 to 7PM!

Great job once again Bill, thanks for another outstanding show!


mybeerbuzz 22 October, 2010 09:56  

Thanks everyone. I'd agree. It was a lot of fun having Damien in the studio today and we REALLY enjoyed the Smashin' Pumpkin Ale. OFBC is a great destination, especially now with the fall foliage in full-color AND the upcoming pumpkin festival....who wouldn;t love a great Pumpkin Ale with a pumpkin pretzel!?

Thanks Damien. Much deserved publicity for sure and we're happy to help!

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:57  

Great show. I'm always amazed at the great beer guests you keep presenting on the show. I'll be sure to check out Old Forge next weekend.


Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:58  

I've met Damien at OFBC and he's a great guy. Thanks for getting him on the show. We love Smashin' pumpkin.

Mark & Jen

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 09:59  

A+ buzzers. Where's the video?

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:00  

I haven't met a pumpkin ale I liked until last week. I really like the one you did last week and I'll be sure to try this one. I live in Bloom and believe it or not I didn't know about Old Forge brewery until today.

Martin (BloomU)

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:01  

Thanks Nancy. I didn't know what a growler was either. I really like the beers you sample but the beer knowledge has been the best.

Steve WW

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:03  

It had to be a lot of work doing real pumpkins. Congratulations to Damien for doing it the hard way but doing it right. Hand crafted beers should mean something and it does at Old Forge.

Bob (Moosic)

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:04  

Keep up the good work buzzers. Another fantastic guest from a local brewery.

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:05  

I love 1979! Now you made me want to try this beer. :))

Good show guys.

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:06  

We hit OFBC all the time. This is a great local brewery right in your back yard. Thanks for putting them on the air and on the map. Great people and really good brewing going on there.


Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:06  

Pumpkin Pretzels!

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:07  

OFBC is one of my favorites and no one knows about it in the beer world. Great job Damien!

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:12  

Can we get this beer locally?

mybeerbuzz 22 October, 2010 10:13  

Yes Anon....you can get it locally at Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville, PA. Damien IS working on distributing his beers in the future (on tap) so stay tuned...but for now these are brewery-fresh beers only. Make the ride to Danville....you'll be happy you did.

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:31  

Good show buzzers.

Nancy Kman,  22 October, 2010 10:45  

Wait until you see the video. An unexpected technical issue has an unconventional video that's on the way. LOL....posting soon!

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 10:50  

I had last years pumpkin at OFBC and it's a very good beer. Good job Damien.

mybeerbuzz 22 October, 2010 11:10  

Thanks Nancy...thank god there's an APP for that!

Anonymous,  22 October, 2010 13:20  

Be sure to check out Damien's Ludwig's Revenge and Overbite IPA.

mybeerbuzz 22 October, 2010 13:43  

A special Thank you to Joe & Nancy for going above and BEYOND the call of duty to produce this week's video. Our camera literally failed during the intro music, but thankfully Nancy had an APP for that on her iPhone. Thanks guys!

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