New Belgium Celebrates 20 Years

30 June 2011

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New Belgium Brewing, 20 Years of Beer and Beyond

The New Belgium Family Reflects on the Evolution of a Successful Business With an Eye Toward Sustainability, Philanthropy and Whimsy

FORT COLLINS, CO--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2011) - When New Belgium Brewing co-founder Kim Jordan first realized she would need to leave social work to focus on the business of running a brewery, it took a tremendous leap of faith. Yet Jordan quickly discovered that many of her skills translated perfectly to building a new kind of corporate culture in the burgeoning world of craft beer. This year, Jordan and 385 co-workers are celebrating 20 years of business that has experienced phenomenal growth and helped shape the craft brewing landscape.

New Belgium's 20th anniversary is June 28, 2011, marking a time of reflection and an exciting look to the future. New Belgium has evolved from a basement brewing operation into the third-largest craft brewer in the U.S. with sales in 26 states.

New Belgium's growth trends reflect the overall rise of craft beer as a category. In 2010, New Belgium sold more than 661,000 barrels which is 30,000 barrels more than all craft brewers sold in 1990, the year before New Belgium opened shop. 

"It's been a tremendous ride," said Jordan. "We started out just trying to produce sixty cases a week to survive, and it has far exceeded our wildest dreams."

Over the years, many organizations have recognized New Belgium for its high involvement culture, environmental and bicycle advocacy and breaking new ground in wood and sour beer styles in the US. Recently, the brewery was named one of the most democratic workplaces in the country (World Blu) and one of the Best Places to Work in America (Winning Workplaces/OutsideMagazine). New Belgium also enjoys a 97 percent employee retention rate.

The employee-owned company, a member of 1% for the Planet, is working on healthy watersheds through its Save The Colorado campaign and has raised more than $1.5 million for bike advocacy non-profits through its Tour de Fat and Clips of Faith programs. The League of American Bicyclists has designated New Belgium Brewing a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Business over the last four years and co-workers receive a custom New Belgium cruiser on their one-year anniversary.

With deep market penetration in 26 existing states, the brewery has plans to open up three new territories in 2011: Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. New Belgium is also expanding its wood beer facility and canning capacity in Fort Collins.

Help New Belgium celebrate its 20th anniversary online where you can share your Joy Ride, find local events and more: and


Friday BeerBuzz–The Teaser (1 July 2011)

29 June 2011

WILKFridayBerbuzz8On last week’s show we had a great time sampling Alpha Deuce IPA and some other great brews from Bart Rieppel, brew master from River House Brewpub in Milton, PA.  Bart is doing some great things and the food looks amazing so be sure to stop up and check it out.

So what will we be sampling this week?  Hint:  This week’s beer not only comes from the same brewery, but they also seem to have wrapped up a beer very close to what may be one of my all-time favorite brews.

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together.  (103.1FM or


Flying Monkey Claims Highest IBU Beer

28 June 2011

imageFrom Flying Monkey’s FaceBook Page:

Flying Monkeys Unveil Alpha-fornication: the World’s Hoppiest Beer! A Whopping 2500 IBUs* and 13.3% ABV

Barrie, Ontario. As part of Ontario Craft Beer Week, this Tuesday, June 21, at Gambrinus Bistro & Café in London, Ontario, the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery is unveiling Alpha-fornication, their claim to the World’s Hoppiest Beer!

Peter Chiodo, Founder & Artisan Brewer, says of Alpha-fornication,

“Clocking in at 2500 IBUs and 13.3% ABV, Alpha-fornication proves that sometimes people climb mountains just because they’re there. And sometimes, Beer Geeks will try anything on a dare. The hoppiest beer we know of was a meager 2007 IBUs, so we bested that and then some. We Flying Monkeys see extreme beers as the continuing evolution of Craft Brewing and the expansion of Ontario beers. It's not just a contest of bravado to see who can make the world's strongest beer (even though now we’ve got the world’s hoppiest one covered); it's a movement - a movement to showcase the craft and how complex and versatile beer can actually be.”

Named for the alpha acids, or the compounds in the hop plant that are the source of hop bitterness, Alpha-fornication is brewed through highly creative and complex manipulation of the high alpha acid hop varieties, Warrior (17% AAU) and Centennial (11.5% AAU). A hop-steeped wort re-circulated through an additional “Hop Vorlauf” punches up the insane intensity of this brew to a stupefying 2500 IBUs. Keeping with the concepts of extreme brewing, the 13.3% ABV of Alpha-fornication adds bigness to this beer.

When asked about availability, Chiodo noted, “This creation was so highly specialized and it was such a small pilot batch, by the time we kegged 15 litres, in the end, we only saved 6 bottles! We’ll sell them for $45 at the brewery store –first come, first “alpha-fornicated!” It would be a fun beer to sample with a big group of friends.”

Created as part of the Flying Monkeys’ Everest Experiments, a series of extreme beers showcasing the complexity and versatility of artisan brewing, the Flying Monkeys are actively engaging the expanding minds and palates of Ontario’s craft beer drinkers.

*International Bitterness Units


Deschutes / Boulevard No 2 Conflux


We brought you news of this great new collaboration a few weeks ago…so here are the new details:

New Beer Brings the Best of Two Regions Together

Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery and Kansas City, Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing Company collaborate on a White I.P.A.

06.20.2011– Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that they will release two versions of a new collaboration beer later this summer. The style, which is described by brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes as a White I.P.A., combines Boulevard’s expertise in making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes’ mastery in brewing hop-forward ales. The ale will be made at both breweries and released simultaneously throughout each of their distribution territories.

“To say we’re excited about working with Deschutes on this project would be an understatement,” said Pauwels. “We have a lot of respect for Larry and his team, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with them through the collaborative process.”

Pauwels and Sidor began exploring the idea of brewing together after crossing paths several times at craft beer events around the country. The brewers discovered they had much in common in their brewing philosophies, both pushing the envelope whenever possible, yet remaining dedicated to the time-honored traditions that keep them consistent and grounded.

“It will be interesting to see how similar the brews turn out despite being brewed more than 1,600 miles apart,” said Sidor. “That’s part of the fun of working together with a brewery like Boulevard. We both use the latest technologies but also stay true to traditional brewing ingredients and methods.”

Despite both beers being characterized as White I.P.A.s, there will be differences in packaging and in how they will ultimately taste. Brewed at their Bend, Oregon facility, Deschutes’ version will be the second beer in their new Conflux collaboration series and will be distributed throughout their 18-state region in kegs and 22-ounce bottles. Their first collaboration, brewed with Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, is still aging in wood barrels.

Boulevard’s version, christened Collaboration No. 2, will be distributed throughout their 20-state region as part of the Smokestack Series seasonal lineup in kegs and 750ml bottles. The brewery’s first collaboration, a partnership with distinguished Belgian brewer Jean-Marie Rock, was released in January of 2010.


NAPA Smith–Ginger Wheat

27 June 2011

imageHere’s an update for Napa Smith Brewing Ginger Wheat.  This 4.6% ABV Wheat Beer Brewed with Ginger will be bottled in 22oz and12oz bottled…”By adding fresh ginger to each batch we brew, our Ginger Wheat brings a new dimension to the American filtered wheat style.”


Kona Brewing–Hula Hefeweizen

Just thought you’d want a quick peek at the new keg packaging for Kona Brewing Hula Hefeweizen Ale. This is a traditional Bavarian-styles wheat that uses Kona’s unique hefe yeast strain.


Kona Brewing–Hula Hefeweizen & Tours

imageJust thought you’d want a quick peek at the new keg packaging for Kona Brewing Hula Hefeweizen Ale.  This is a traditional Bavarian-styles wheat that uses Kona’s unique hefe yeast strain.

And This too from Kona: 


Big Island-Based Microbrewery Offers Two Free Daily Tours

06.17.2011– Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii (June 2011) - Sipping one of Kona Brewing Company's many styles of beer might send otherwise pliant taste buds reeling in a state of euphoric disbelief. What if there was a way to give them sufficient proof that the delectable foam fizzing about was not an export of heaven, but in fact the product of a Big Island-based microbrewery?

Fortunately for those with doubting taste buds, Kona Brewing Company offers free tours of its flagship brewery in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Offered twice a day, at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm, seven days a week, these tours provide visitors an unparalleled glimpse into the workings of the seventeen-year-old microbrewery. 

As the kettle boils in the background, tour participants learn step by step what it takes to create handcrafted Liquid Aloha. From milling to fermenting, to the final bottling stages, these tours are sure to fascinate visitors, kama`aina, and anyone with skeptical taste buds.  And, as the tour winds down, participants are granted a complimentary tasting of the many beers in the Kona Brewing Company lineup.

Kona Brewing Company proudly brews over a dozen different beers regularly. The Longboard Island Lager, the Big Wave Golden Ale and the Fire Rock Pale Ale are the most popular and can be purchased year round. Kona Brewing Company brews are sold throughout Hawaii and in select Mainland locations and in Japan.

For those who can’t visit Kona Brewing Company’s flagship brewery in person, there is even a virtual version of the brewery tour online.

The Kona Pub & Brewery, located just off of Kuakini Highway, is Kona Brewing Company’s flagship location. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 am to 11 pm.  For more information, call 808-334-BREW (2739) or email


Rheingold–Lager Beer–Mexico

26 June 2011

Today we have the new retro 12oz bottle packaging for Rheingold Lager Beer…and I think what’s most interesting here is that this new approval is brewed in Tecate Mexico and imported by Drinks America (Wilton, CT)


Delaware Beer & Wine Festival 10/23

25 June 2011

From Craftbeer:

DOVER, DE -- Kent County Tourism is pleased to announce a full slate of wineries and breweries, representing all areas of Delaware, that will be participating in the 2nd Annual Delaware Wine & Beer Festival, set for Sunday, October 23 at Pizzadili Winery & Vineyards, located just off of Route 13 in Felton, a few minutes south of Dover. Participating breweries and wineries to date include:

16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton

Evolution Craft Brewing, Delmar

Fenwick Wine Cellars, Fenwick Island

Fordham/Dominion Brewing Company, Dover

Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes

Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery, Felton

Stewarts Brewing Company, Bear

Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville

Unplugged & Uncorked, Sonata Wines, Millsboro

Premier sponsor of the 2011 festival is the Delaware Wine & Ale Trail, created by the Delaware Tourism office to promote Delaware's growing wine and beer industry. It is a unique collection of 13 locations throughout the state that welcome and educate visitors about the production of Delaware wines and brews.

The exclusive national cheese sponsor of the event is Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Vermont, makers of a full line of award-winning cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. With more than 50 prestigious awards to its credit including every major award for taste, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar was most recently named "best in class" at the World Championship Cheese Contest.

"We are very pleased to be working with our brewers and vintners, as well as Pizzadili Vineyard and Winery on our second annual event," said Lorraine Dion, Director of Public Relations and Special Events for Kent County Tourism, a non-profit organization sponsoring the event. "The popularity and interest in craft-brewed beer and locally made wine continues to grow, plus we have more activities planned for this year's festival ."

The event will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission, which will include nearly unlimited sampling, will be $25 in advance with and $35 at the door. Advance ticket sales will include a souvenir wine or beer glass. Non-tasting admission is $5 for adults and free to children 18 and younger. Full pours of wine and beer will be available for sale along with non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by Pizzadili Catering.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to meet Delaware's vintners and brewers and talk about their locations, their products and their processes. Tours of the winery will be available throughout the day, and the retail shop will be open. Festival goers can participate in a keg tossing competition and a corn hole tournament with prizes. Paul Cullen, former bass player from the band Bad Company, will perform on acoustic guitar.

The event will be held rain or shine inside a covered pavilion. A limited number of admission tickets may be sold at the door, if not sold out in advance. The winery is located at 1683 Peach Basket Road near Felton, DE, just minutes south of Dover. For tickets, For more information, call Kent County Tourism, 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.


Terrapin–Big Hoppy Monster

We always love chatting with Spike Buckowski on the radio about Terrapin Beer brew…and since we featured Big Hoppy Monster on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz I was excited to see a packaging and brew update on this beer.  Look for 12oz bottles to be released again in Aug with a lower ABV (8.3% versus the previous version’s 8.75%).


WILK Friday BeerBuzz–24 June 2011 (Mr. Beer - American Devil IPA)

24 June 2011

WILKFridayBerbuzz8So I’ll admit up front that my teaser from last week may have been a little misleading…but it was all in the name of good fun.  A few months ago the Mr. Beer company was nice enough to contact me and offer to send me a Mr. Beer brewing kit to try out for myself.  Yes in the name of full-disclosure, the kit was free, but the experience was a lot of fun and the results were exciting….so I definitely wanted to share the story and the beer with our audience.

The process was really simple.  You can check out the postingIMG_2911 from my Brew Day Here, and my Bottling Day Here….and I thought what better way to discuss the actual tasting of my Mr. Beer than to do the sampling live on the radio!

MrBeerBrewDayOne 002Mr. Beer has really made the process of brewing a beer, simple, fun and really welcoming to someone just starting out, and surprisingly enough, the beer tastes good.  There are certainly limitations with this sort of brewing, but while you may not be brewing a GABF award winning beer in Mr. Beer, you are learning a lot about the process and perhaps even using it as a stepping stone toward all-grain brewing someday.

IMG_2908My beer was called American Devil IPA, and I added some fresh Nugget and Cascade hop cones from my 2010 harvest at the end of the boil and left them in through fermentation.  While I think the effect was minimal, it was fun to tweak the recipe a little for my preferences, as you can with all Mr. Beer kits. 

IMG_2910So how did it taste?  Well it actually was a very good and drinkable beer.  The hop levels and ABV are pretty tame for an “IPA”, but the flavor was solid and the color and clarity perfect.  So try it out for yourself.  Mr. Beer brewing kits are available on-line and many retail locations, and keep in mind our previous guest Brian Boak from Boak’s Beer started his brewing career, on a Mr. Beer.

to  Julianna Contreras from Mr. Beer, Nancy, John, Joe, and 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.


Care for a Pint of Real Guinness…

23 June 2011

Nachtwey from CoomnakillaOh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling…From glen to glen, and down the mountain side…I can almost smell the pint of REAL Guinness that will soon be in my hand…and be sure to check out the picture to see where I’ll be enjoying more than a few.  Slainte!


Iron City–I.C. Light Pittsburgh Pirates


Here’s a great new package from our friends at Iron CIty Brewing.  This new 16oz can package for I.C. Light commemorates the hometown Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team and carries their traditional pinstripes.


Appalachian Brewing Co–Bonfatto’s Bellefonte Brew

imageHere’ an interesting new keg label from our friends at Appalachian Brewing Co in Harrisburg PA.  This 5.1% ABV keg-only brew is called Bonfatto’s Bellefonte Brew Wheat Ale and it is brewed for Bonfatto’s restaurant in Bellefonte PA for sale at their bar on draft.


Cigar City Brewing–Marshal Zhukov’s

We brought up some details of Marshal Zhukov’s a week or so ago….so not it’s fun to see the actual Label for Cigar City Brewing Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout.  This 11% ABV big stout will be bottled in 750ml bottles…”The English hop varieties provide a subtle herbal dryness & finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso…”


New Holland brewing BeerHive Tripel

imageHere’s an interesting new 3-liter keg package from New Holland Brewing for their High Gravity Series BeerHive Tripel ale brewed with honey & ginger….9% ABV “Little Johns local bees create a spring wildflower-honey that lends a sweet, earthy complexity to a traditional style of beer (triple) with a balancing snap of ginger in the finish.”


3 Fonteinen– Belgian Porter


Here another great new Shelton brother’s import from 3 Fonteinen called Belgian Porter brewed with wild yeast.  This 7% ABV brew will be packaged in 11.2oz bottles and I know what your thinking…check for yourself…the web address simply goes to the 3 Fonteinen website age for beer…”

Zwet .be, unusual "black" beer of mixed gistingis is brewed with wheat malt, Maris Otter malt and cara.

Specifically is the mixed fermentation kultuurgist, on the one hand from the Beersel Lambic yeast blonde, on the other hand. From the Lambic, brewed by Armand Debelder, was a specific type of Brettanomyces geïsolleerd. This yeast indicates this beer from 7% ALC. volume a slightly sour aftertaste


High & Mighty Pas de Dieux, Hieneken Tarwebok & Dutch Dark

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A few interesting new beers that I’ll be you’ve never seen yet….

High & Mighty Brewing Pas De Dieux…this is a 22oz bottle package for this 4.5% ABV “old-school” saison.  “Back in the odl days, before refrigeration, & before water was potable on its own, saison was brewed in the spring for summertime consumption by thirsty farmhands.  It would, therefore have been refreshing & drinkable, & hoppy, so that it would keep through harvesting season.  (It would also have been sour, though this recreation of the style is not.  Maybe we’ll try that next time.”   Look for a late July 2011 release.

Heineken…Tarwbok is a new 6.5% ABV (12oz bottle) traditional “Dutch” wheat bock, and Dutch Dark (keg only) appears to be a dark lager but


Friday BeerBuzz–The Teaser 24 June 2011

22 June 2011

WILKFridayBerbuzz8It’s always fun meeting one of our new local brewmasters so we had a great time last week welcoming Bart Rieppel from River House to our studio, and to our family of local brewers.  Bart’s really been brewing some interesting beers and I thank him again for coming up last week to sample with us.

So what will we be sampling this week?  Hint:  We’ll marching in a pretty interesting 1-liter bottle to sample a beer only two people in the world have ever tried.

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together.  (103.1FM or


Stegmaier–Pale Ale New Label

We’ve been showing off the new Packaging for the Lion Brewery Stegmaier packaging…Here, Here and even Here.  And today we have the new 12oz bottle package for Stegmaier Pale Ale (4.3% ABV).


White Birch Brewing–Anniversary Ale 2, Farmhouse Red, Birchwood Smoked Stout & Pilot Project Smoked Stout

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Today we have 4 new labels from White Birch Brewing:

Anniversary Ale 2 (750ml 8.5% ABV)  “Rich mahogany color with ruby highlights, we offer you our second anniversary beer.  This oak aged Belgian-style dark ale is one to enjoy now, or savor for years to come.  We feel this is one small way we can show our appreciation for your continued support of our dreams.”

Farmhouse Red (22oz 6% ABV)  Limited release (1000 bottles) Belgian-style Red Ale.

Birchwood Smoked Stout (22oz 8.5% ABV)  Limited release (1000 bottles) using Birchwood smoked malt from Valley Malt (Hadley, MA).

Pilot Project Smoked Stout (22oz 10% ABV)  Limited release (500 bottles) Made with cherry wood smoked malt.


Anheuser-Busch–Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat


Here’s an interesting new Anheuser-Busch package for Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat.  Everyone loved the Shock Top Raspberry Wheat so it should be interesting to see how this one is received.  It’s interesting to see that this 12oz 5.2% ABV Belgian-Style Wheat Ale Brewed with Pumpkin & Spices is labeled as “Sample Ale, Not for Sale”…so stay tuned.


Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

21 June 2011

StoneGregKochFrom the StoneBlog:

Stone Brewing Co. CEO & Co-Founder Greg Koch Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011

San Diego Award Winner Award Recognizes Entrepreneurial Excellence in Consumer Products Category

Escondido, CA | June 21, 2011 – Stone Brewing Co. today announced that CEO & Co-Founder Greg Koch received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 San Diego Award in the Consumer Products category. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award—celebrating its 25th anniversary—recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Koch was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on June 16th.

"Receiving this award is a true honor," exclaimed Koch. "I'm proud to accept it on behalf of the intense—yet rewarding—work that my business partner Steve Wagner and I have put in over the past 15 years to help unite people who have exquisite taste with craft beers that have the same."

Shortly after delivering his formal acceptance speech—partially via bullhorn, culminating with a stage dive into the crowd—he explained to what he attributes the success of Stone Brewing Co. "The fact is that we have an awesome team of people that shares our passion for great craft beer, while promoting sustainability, environmental responsibility, ethical business practices, and giving back to our community. Plus, they're willing to humor me by actually running with some of my wild ideas…occasionally even encouraging my eccentricities!"

As a San Diego award winner, Koch is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 National Award. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 12, 2011. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies, which will be held November 9–13, 2011.


Area Brewers Speak About PBW

imageFrom Victory:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 3:37pm

By Bill Covaleski

Philly Beer Weeks is rewarding on so many levels. The week-long celebration of suds has helped Philadelphia claim its rightful spot as a national leader in all things beer.  And with so many exciting and creative events being hosted each Philly Beer Week, the character and individuality of our area breweries — and brewers — begins to shine through. If you were unable to attend the spectrum of events, you can still get a feel for the range of personalities that make the Philadelphia beer scene what it is. Read this series of brewer interviews conducted and published by, the source for all Philly event knowledge. Some of my favorite excerpts from the interviews are highlighted below, but I encourage you to read through all of this great insight and wisdom from the makers of your favorite beers.

Carol Stoudt Of Stoudt’s Brewing Company gives us some brews to look for:

Uwishunu: One of Stoudt’s most known and loved qualities is the attention to detail that goes into every batch of handcrafted beer that is traditionally brewed, packaged and sold with passion by a small, hardworking team. What are some of your favorite Stoudt’s beers to enjoy outdoors in the summertime?

Carol: I love the Karnival Kolsch, Pils and Heifer-in-Wheat — German style Hefeweizen. This year we will do a small batch of Sour Cherry Weizen and perhaps Raspberry and Peach. Yummy.

Tom Kehoe Of Yards Brewing Company muses on Philly’s adoption of great local brews:

Uwishunu: Yards was the first packaging brewery licensed in Philadelphia since the shuttering of Schmidt Brewery in 1979. Why do you think the Philadelphia beer scene has thrived so impressively in the past decade and a half?

Tom: You can’t force anything on Philadelphia. Philadelphians have to seek you out and embrace you and if you’re worthy you can boo your favorite sports team. The beer scene has thrived because good beer has slowly won the respect of Philadelphians and good beer stands up to this town’s character.

Brian O’Reilly Of Sly Fox Brewing Company gives tips on how to do Philly Beer Week properly:

Uwishunu: Any final words of wisdom for our readers attempting to navigate Philly Beer Week?

Brian: Don’t try to focus on just one event. Come in to the city and explore. Pick a neighborhood and go from one place to another. If a particular dinner interests you, scope out a place or event to stop by before and after. And always remember, you can sleep when your dead!

Ben Potts Of Dock Street Brewing Company puts the Philly beer scene into perspective:

Uwishunu: Dock Street opened in 1985 as one of the nation’s very first microbreweries and opened its current location in University City in 2007. Why do you think the Philadelphia beer scene has thrived so impressively, especially recently in the last decade or so?

Ben: Philadelphia has always been known for great beer, ever since the days of our founding fathers. When porter was the drink of the day, the porter brewed in Philadelphia was world renowned. Later on, after the Industrial Revolution and during the immigration boom of the early 20th century, many Germans flooded to the areas in and surrounding Philadelphia. These Germans brought their beer heritage with them and began making the classic pilsner style that has become the most popular style in the world today, and Philadelphia was a part of that.

And of course, Philadelphia is a town of amazing food and restaurants. I think with great food it is inherent that people will gravitate towards great drink as well. Philadelphians really appreciate flavor. I think it all comes from there, and the people who strive to enjoy AND make these kinds of things. Philadelphia is just blessed to have a lot of those people.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company on local love:

Uwishunu: You’re celebrating Weyerbacher’s 16th anniversary this year — congratulations by the way(!) — why do you think the Philadelphia beer scene has thrived so impressively in the past decade and a half?

Weyerbacher: The Philly beer scene has grown because they support a lot of great local breweries, of which we are one. Also, Philly has the most educated consumer of any city. They demand quality everywhere.

Me (Bill Covaleski Of Victory Brewing Company) on local food sourcing:

Uwishunu: Speaking of Philadelphia pride, we know you like to source ingredients locally whenever possible. Can you tell us why sourcing ingredients locally is important to Victory?

Bill: Local products are important to us at Victory for a number of reasons. First and foremost, freshness. Why choose anything less than fresh? The second reason is equally important in that we remain dedicated to keep open space here in Chester County and the surrounding area green and productive through the economic support of local farming. Collapsing our consumption footprint is easy to do in this area, really.


Southampton–Cuvee des Fleurs NOW In Stock @ Stockertown Beverage

imageJust in straight from Southampton Publick House- The limited Release of Southampton Cuvee des Fleurs
Cuvèe des Fleurs roughly translates to "batch of the flowers". This most distinctive ale is flavored with a variety of edible flowers. Aromatic and medicinal flowers such as Lavender, Chamomile, Calendula, Rose Hips and Hops (they’re flowers too!) are added to this special brew to impart a distinct aroma and flavor.

Available in 1/2 kegs & 12/25oz bottles


Stone 15 - Escondidian Imperial Black IPA

18 June 2011

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Somehow the keg packaging beat the bottle labels….but in any case it’s great to see Stone Brewing 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA….This 10.5% ABV 22oz bottle should hit the shelves in late Aug…from the label…”In the 15 years since we entered the craft brewing world, change has come not in a straight line, but as an exponential curve…….This bottle & it’s glorious contents are a celebration of you, brothers & sisters, & your importance in this fight.  Cheers to all we’ve accomplished together in the past fifteen years, & cheers to the adventure ahead!”


Deschutes / Boulevard–Conflux Series No 2

Here’s the latest from Deschutes & Boulevard Brewing…from the Conflux Series we have No 2.  This 22oz 8% ABV Ale brewed with Orange Peel & Coriander with spices added.  The Conflux series “Where we unite with fellow craft beer zealots separated by distance, but not passion, to create unlikely one-time-only collaborations…Second in a series, this citrusy, smooth white India pale ale is a fortuitous meeting of Deschutes’ hop skills & Boulevards deft wheat touch.  What’s 1800 miles when a great beer is at stake?”


Founders–All Day IPA

here’s your first peek at a new brew that we’ve been hearing about for close to a year….Founders Brewing  All Day IPA Session Ale.  This 42 IBU 4.7% ABV brew will be bottled in 12oz packaging.


Harpoon Brewing–100 Barrel Series Docesna Czech Hop Harvest Ale

imageHere’s your first look at the keg & bottle packaging for Harpoon Brewing 100-Barrel Series Docesna Czech Hop Harvest Ale.  Beyond the description and 6.1% ABV there are not many details out yet…so stay tuned.

image  Update…Look for Session 38 in July…This 6.1% ABV 35 IBU brew will use Sladek hops and is inspired by Docesna the Czech hop harvest festival.


Cigar City Big Sound x 2

Not only do we have the 750ml packaged Big Sound Scotch Ale age din Rum barrels…but we also have the same brew aged in Whiskey barrels.  “Big sound Scotch Ale is dedicated to our goof buddy Gino, the most punk rock bagpiper you’ll ever meet, & the rest of the men & women of Tamps By Pipes & Drums…


Narragansett–Fest Lager


Another great 16oz can from Narragansett Brewing…Fest Lager.  Looks like this 5.5% ABV Lager is aimed for the fall and Oktoberfest…”What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest in new England than with a classic German-style lager?”  And how cool is it that they reference Gambrinus as the Patron Saint of Beer.


Leinenkugels Winstock Ale, Rheingold Beer 12.5%, NAPA Smith Lost Dog & Wheat, Ballast Point Smoke Screen Smoked Lager & Black Eye India Pale Ale

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Leinenkugels Winstock Ale (Keg Only so far)

Rheingold Beer….wow 12.5% ABV in a 24oz can!?

NAPA Smith Lost Dog Red Ale & Wheat beer.

Ballast Point Smoke Screen Smoked Lager (5.4% ABV) & Black Eye India Pale Ale (6.5% ABV)


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