Just got this from Resurrection Alehouse about their first event for Philly Beer Week:
Friday, June 1 :: Starting at 6pm
BREWERS ART RETURNS TO PHILLY
Join us as we welcome Volker Stewart (old friend and head evil genius behind Brewer's Art in Baltimore Maryland) back to Philadelphia. What else would be be pouring for such a momentous event but (the now triumphantly LEGAL in Pennsylvania) RESURRECTION ALE!
That's right, LEGAL. Because when Resurrection opened, they had a not-so-legal keg of Resurrection (as was pointed out here...) and they got their wrist slapped by the PLCB about it. After which they went squeaky clean on registration-legal beer, which is why it was so silly when they got raided by the BLCE for having unregistered beers a year later! And why the BLCE wound up getting their wrists slapped by the State legislature when they were made to look like the fools they were after that misstep.
So...congratulations to both Resurrection and to Brewer's Art, which is now solidly legal in PA, and is choosing this very appropriate venue as their launch. Cheers!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Just got this from Resurrection Alehouse about their first event for Philly Beer Week:
Thursday, May 24, 2012
|Changed the white balance on my camera accidentally...|
|Looking down into Reykjavik, concert hall in mid-distance center.|
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
This video premiered last night at the Philly Beer Scene Best of Philly awards show at World Cafe Live, and while it wasn't the highlight of the night, it was an amusing moment. Almost as good as the line about a homebrew being so funky that Sam Calagione called for the recipe, or William Reed's Carol Stoudt impersonation.
|Joe Gunn: a touch sarcastic|
|No, really, it's not Carol Stoudt!|
|Carolyn Smagalski & Mat: Red Shoes!|
- Best Brewery Rep: Weyerbacher's Mike Lubieski
- Best Distributor in the City: Bella Vista
- Best Local Lager: Victory Prima Pils
- Best Local Belgian-style Beer: Weyerbacher Merry Monks
- Best Bottle Shop in the City: Craft Beer Outlet
- Wholesaler of the Year: Origlio
- The Philly Tap Finder award for the Most Searched For Beer of the Year: Tröegs Nugget Nectar
- Best Homebrew Shop: Keystone Homebrew
- Best European Beer Bar: Monk's Cafe
- Best Local Stout/Porter: Victory Storm King
- Best Local Barrel-Aged Beer: Weyerbacher Insanity
- Best Local Pale Ale/IPA: Yards Philly Pale
- Best Brewpub: Iron Hill
- Best New Bar in the City: Barcade
- Best Bar in the Burbs: Hulmeville Inn
- Best Brewery: Victory Brewing
|The Weyerbacher Love Crew (Colin Presby w/the award for Best Barrel-aged Beer)|
|Jack announcing; I'm having a private moment w/my award.|
Got some odd looks with the trophy on the way home on the train, but talking to Eddie Friedland on the way was well worth it. A good night, indeed.
All photos courtesy of Stephen "Click-click" Lyford; thanks, fella!
Monday, May 21, 2012
|If you aren't thirsty...don't bother coming.|
So we did, and we invite you to come out to Standard Tap for the fun, 1st Sunday of Philly Beer Week, and enjoy the hell out of my Zwickel Licker, an unfiltered Dortmunder Export lager! You can get a sample taste of Jack's biere de vieux petard, too. It's all PAYG, and we'll see you there!
|I've talked about 'em: the bros-in-law, Chris, Carl, and Curt Childs|
We tramped around Canton a bit -- finally got pie at Dangerously Delicious, and it was worth the wait -- then made our way up to York, where we met Curt and Chris at the parking lot of our motel, which will remain nameless, because I decline to give it any publicity. Yuck. Cheap, though, and a great location four blocks from the trailhead and within easy walking distance of good eats and drinks. We dropped off a car and drove down to Cockeysville, where we had a couple beers in our motel there, then fell asleep.
Saturday morning meant breakfast at the Ashton Diner (yum, might have to Yelp them), and a 9:20 launch from the trailhead. It was cool and shady, no headwind, and the trail wound along the Big Gunpowder River. Beautiful day. We, um, were doing okay; Chris is always in shape, cycles constantly, the other three of us were on our first big ride of the year, and weren't as machine-like as we could have been. The trails on both sides of the Mason-Dixon rise at a 2-4% grade to the peak at the border, and the last parts are the steepest. We were chuffing hard as we finished the first half, and the flat stretch through New Freedom on the Pennsy side was most welcome.
We stopped there for lunch at The Hodle, a smoky, busy bar that offered pretty good sandwiches and Tröegs Nugget Nectar and Lancaster Rumspringa. We partook. Service was ungodly slow -- they'd been swamped by a big bunch of Harley riders -- but the beer and fresh air outside were great, and by the time we left around 2:20 (we'd arrived at 12:10), we were refreshed, and hit the gentle downslope in a rush. The last few miles into York were a bit tiring, but after a shower, we were ready for some fun. We ate out on the sidewalk at Maewyn's, drinking down big table-tap dispensers of Long Trail Double Bag and Tröegs Sunshine Pils. We had a couple shots of whiskey, some more beers, and wound up on the balcony of our unnamed motel, watching the action as a local prom let out. To bed.
Sunday was a replay, except Curt decided to drop out, and drove the car back to Cockeysville. We had another great day, had a better lunch -- but no beer -- at Paesano's in New Freedom, and boomed down the shady downgrade. We finished about 2:50, said good-bye, packed up, and headed home. Two great days, 82 miles of riding, and man, is my butt sore...
Monday, May 14, 2012
We're celebrating the first day of American Craft Beer Week with a 2003 vintage keg of Storm King Stout!
Enjoy three taster glasses of the 2003 Storm King Stout. One for each dish. $20
2. smoky bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with garlic celeriac puree and parsley potato tuile
3. flourless chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache and toasted almond tuile
*.3L servings of the 2003 Storm King will also be available for $8.
I have an extensive post on my recent trip to Iceland coming up, but meanwhile...Thursday, the day after I got back from the Land of Fire and Ice, I tucked in a quick first visit to Forest and Main, the new brewpub in Ambler. I was headed to a private bourbon dinner I was hired for, and realized I had time to stop in on the way. Stop in I did, and found a very pleasant suburban Philly version of North Country Brewing's setup: a little house, set back from the street just enough to have a small lawn. A brewpub with a lawn: how nice!
I walked in the front door, and ran into partner/brewer Gerard Olson right there. He welcomed me, and took me into the small bar, where partner/brewer Daniel Endicott was behind the bar. Gerald brews the Belgian beers; Daniel brews the more British ones, and since I was going to be driving and drinking bourbon later...wait, I didn't have to make a choice: there were session-strength beers on both side! Of the eight beers on tap, fully half were Session Beer Project™-approved session beers. Hot damn!
I ordered a Spring Bitter at 3.5%, and it was cool and smooth. Chockfull of flavor? No...which is kind of the point. The Spring Bitter tasted great, but didn't attempt to fill every nook and cranny of my mouth with anything screaming or pounding. It was simply...good. So good, I had another. It was pleasant sitting at the small bar, talking to the people on either side of me (without having to talk over loud music, the one fly in an otherwise wonderful ointment at my Saturday visit to Deep Ellum, where I enjoyed Pretty Things 1945X and Notch Saison...), a beautiful location. As I left, at about 5:40, neighbors were filling up the outdoor tables, and the fish and chips smelled delish. Definitely going to be back to this one.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
SATURDAY, MAY 19th
Step in to spring with some suds at West Laurel Hill’s Third Annual Homebrew Competition, Tour, Tasting and Reception.
Are you a homebrewer? See how your brew measures up at this AHA-BJCP sanctioned event. Both bottled entries and sixtel entries are welcome. Brewers submitting a sixtel receive free entry for themselves and two guests. Bottled entries are $7 per entry and must be received by Friday, May 11th. Certified BJCP judges are also welcome to apply.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
"Shelted" is a word Canadian blogger Alan "A Good Beer Blog" McLeod made up three years ago, and from the context, I'm guessing it means "being asked to pay a premium price for a beer imported by Shelton Brothers." (Alan's a bit obsessive on price/value in beer, and the Shelton line is not noted for being underpriced. Update: turns out it's quite a bit more than that, if you'd like to have a look, and thanks to Alan for explaining. ) Or maybe something similar, but vaguely more crude; you can do the interpretation. Anyway, Alan tweeted this today:
"Once or twice I have used the word "shelted." All of New York may now know the feeling."
The link goes to a New York Post story about a new interpretation on New York taxes and fees that were no longer being applied to small in-state brewers, thanks to the outcome of a lawsuit brought by Shelton Brothers, whose beers were liable for the taxes and fees. Quoting from Russia Today (sorry, RT.com...), here's the story in more detail than the Post explained:
Until recently, the first 200,000 barrels of beer produced by a company within New York were exempt from taxes that were imposed on other ale importers. Starting immediately, however, those small-time brewers who only produce a limited number of delicious nectar each year will be taxed on each and every barrel — to the tune of $4.34 apiece.Additionally, brewers in New York that produce fewer than 1,500 barrels will now be forced to pay a $150 label registration fee.First, label registration fees are bullshit, and shouldn't even exist; if they do, there should be some kind of blanket fee for multiple labels. The state should be ashamed for charging these; they're like points on a mortgage; just a fee the state charges because it can.
But the taxes? $4.34 a barrel is 14 cents a gallon, hardly one of the big state excise taxes, but it amounts to a lot of money for a small brewer. A brewer making 5,000 barrels a year will pay an additional $21,700 to New York; a hefty, unplanned chunk. Apparently New York City imposes an additional 12 cents a gallon (shocker, right?), so you're getting into real money here.
But let's take it in a different direction. The Post asked around -- maybe, they're not clear about who they actually asked -- and got this: "It wasn’t clear how much more consumers will pay, but industry workers predicted that the cost of a local beer will rise at least $1 for every pint."
Really? If that's true, then the addition of 26 cents a gallon in tax, which means the brewer is paying an additional 3.25 cents a pint, is going to cost consumers eight friggin' dollars. Which, my friends, is yet another reason why excise taxes are stupid and regressive. You're getting hosed, the state's not even making that much money, and the three-tier system's raking it off. Hell, they're mad at Shelton Brothers? They ought to build them a statue.
But the main point here is this: should New York beer drinkers be pissed at Shelton Brothers for increasing the price of their beer? Or were the brothers Shelton simply getting justice after getting burned by paying taxes New York brewers didn't have to pay? I would say that this is a 21st Amendment issue. If New York wants to charge different taxes on alcohol producers in-state, well, the 21st Amendment gives them the right to do that. And if not, and that means New Yorkers have to pay too much for a glass of beer, they need to tell their legislature that the beer excise tax is too damned high.
But it's the court's fault, and ultimately the law's fault, not Shelton Brothers'. This is not a level playing field, and the laws make it that way. We win by fighting the laws, not each other. Until then, I can't fault a brewer or importer for trying to level things out through the courts.