Beer Radar: Double Doink around Philly, plus a new brewery in Doylestown

Well, that was quick: Within 24 hours of the Eagles’ victory over the Bears in the Wild Card game of the playoffs, no fewer than a half-dozen breweries marked Cody Parker’s failed field goal with beers called Double Doink. Iron Hill, Second District, Moss Mill, Lost Tavern, Hollow Earth and Prison City in Auburn, N.Y., where brewer Ben Maeso is an Eagles fan… True Fact: Budweiser beat Bud Light in Bud Bowl I on a Double Doink. Watch it here

In Chicago, a.k.a. City of Losers, Goose Island is offering anyone who can nail a 43-yarder this weekend at its brewery will win beer for a year “and eternal glory.” It followed a Goose tweet that said, “A lot of armchair kickers on here are saying that they could hit that field goal, which we find DOUBTFUL. You’re gonna sit there on your throne of potato chips and vape pens and criticize this dude’s athleticism? GET REAL… ” The promotion reminds me of one I orchestrated at the Philadelphia City Hall courtyard in 1997, after Tommy Hutton fumbled the hold on a field goal that would’ve beaten the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. You can read it here

It can be hard to keep up with brewery openings. In compiling a list this week of openings slated for early 2019, I discovered Geronimo Brewing at Lilly’s Jury Room in Doylestown (Buxco) opened its doors just before Christmas. It’s pouring just two of its own beers so far, with outside taps and a full food menu… Tired Hands was the news this week for a lawsuit over an investment by principals from Hill Farmstead. (More details coming.) Meanwhile, the city gave the brewery permission to build a sit-down restaurant at the site of its Frankford Avenue beer garden in Kensington…

Appalachian Brewing announced its Collegeville location is permanently closed. You kinda saw that coming when the brewpub chain suddenly closed the location in the middle of the holidays, ostensibly for repairs, promising it would re-open in 2019. Now, it’s saying it’s facing “too many hurdles.” Appalachian’s other locations, including West Chester, remain open. (I wonder if another brewery will try that location, previously the site of the departed New Road Brew House in the early 2000s…)

Big Oyster, the one-year-old brewery at Fins Ale House in Lewes, Del., says it will begin distribution soon in Pennsylvania… Did you know that Tria Café, the very excellent beer (and wine) bistro known for foodie apps, has its own smart phone app? Use it for discounts etc. More info here… Germantown’s planned Attic Brewing is offering a 20 percent discount during the federal government shutdown. Just use the discount code: SHUTDOWN

Cold Spring Brewery (Cape May County, N.J.) has launched a series of firesides chats. Every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. grab a brew and listen in on a variety of topics, including the history of early baseball at the Jersey shore, the life of Harriet Tubman and – on Jan. 17 – “George Meade and the Lighthouses of New Jersey” by Dr. Anthony Waskie of Temple University… Chestnut Hill Brewing’s beer garden will feature an outdoor ice bar starting Feb. 1.

Weird Beer Event of the Week

Beer Soap-Making Class at Wilmington Brew Works (Delaware), Jan. 24 – We will make soap from scratch, learn how to make a recipe, and the ins-and-outs of soap making. You take home 1 pound of beer soap that we make also, one beer is included with a paid ticket. Tix $50.

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