Beer Radar: A Navy Yard brewery? Plus another newbie in Ambler

Seawolf Brewery, a Maryland-based contract brewery, is nosing around Philly for a satellite location. There’s no ETA on the opening, but the military-themed brewery’s website already lists the South Philly Navy Yard as its potential location. According to the Baltimore Business Journal, the combination taproom, 10-barrel brewery and “fooderie” is part of an ambitious $15 million plan that would also see the opening of a 60-barrel plant in Maryland and another satellite location in Chicago. Currently, Sea Wolf is brewed by Abell Hands in Baltimore…

I came across Laura and Todd from the planned Attic Brewery in Germantown at a local Christmas market. They were sampling several brews, including a very tasty raisin saison. It seemed closer to a Belgian dubbel, a style I’d love to see more of around town. They’re on track to open in the spring/summer of 2019… Neck of the Woods Brewing, which would be the third brewery in “dry” Pittman, N.J., announced a grand opening on Feb. 2, 2019… Ambler Beer Co. announced plans to open in early 2019. The brewery, already under construction, will be at Ambler Yards, a cleaned-up hazardous waste site once occupied by a chemical firm. It’s about a mile from Tannery Run Brew Works, which also appears to be very close to opening… Meanwhile in Hatboro, Artifact Ales reports it’s received zoning approval for its property on S. York Avenue, about a block from Crooked Eye. It’s hoping to open this summer…

Sharp-eyed readers of the Philly Beer World events calendar got the first taste last night of the re-released Victory Hop Wallop, tapped at Victory’s Downingtown brewpub. It’s not the first time the beer was brought back from the dead. But this time, Victory is also packaging it in bottles. I’m not sure, but this might’ve been the area’s first true double IPA. It’s worth noting, the beer is slightly lower in alcohol, dropping from 8.5% abv to 7.5%… Flying Fish aged its Exit 3 Blueberry Braggot in Dad’s Hat rye whiskey barrels and bottled it for a tasting room-only release today. Limit 2 per person, $25 a bottle…

Here’s a brewery tour to add to your bucket list: the Splinter Tour at Troegs Brewery. It’s an up-close look at the Hershey brewery’s barrel cellar, with samples of the so-called mother beers that go into the casks. That way you can get a before-and-after taste of these brews. Tour groups are limited to 12 people, and you have to book ahead. Normally they’re limited to the first Saturday of each month, but Troegs has added a couple tours on the two days following Christmas. Book ‘em now…! Too damn lazy to get off your butt and tour a brewery? Check out the cool online 3-D tour from Screamin’ Hill. Then drive on out to the joint – it’s on a beautiful farm near Six Flags in New Jersey and they’re making excellent beers…

Free Beer! But you’ve gotta work for it. 2SP Brewing is looking for volunteers on its canning line, next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (12/18-20). Your reward: The very beer you’ll be canning! Sign up in the Aston, Delco, brewery’s taproom… As mentioned in an upcoming episode of What’s Brewing, Brut IPA seems like a perfectly fine substitute for Shampain on New Year’s Eve. Double Nickel is canning one and it’s available in the Pennsauken, N.J., brewery’s taproom next Thursday (12/20).

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