Sorry about missing last week’s newsletter, friends. I took some time off to… drink beer, naturally. I headed down to Clearwater, Fla., for Spring Training with a plane-load of No. 3 jersey-wearing fans. In addition to enjoying a bunch of baseball, I managed to visit plenty of breweries. (Did you know there are more than 40 within a half-hour of the Phillies’ training site?) I bumped into a couple of locals in Ybor City: Casey Hughes, formerly of Flying Fish, who is doing well at his 5-year-old Coppertail Brewing; and Paul Rutherford, an Iron Hill-ex, who has a year under his belt at Zydeco Brew Works…
And, when I got back, it was spring! Holy cow, there are so many great outdoor beer events coming in the next few weeks. (Grab tix now, because on of ‘em is already sold out!)
April 14 – Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Restaurant Festival, Main Street, Manayunk. Tickets: P.A.Y.G.
April 20 – River Horse Brewing Blood, Sweat and Beers, Ewing Township, N.J. (More info below).
April 20 – SRT Spree race and party with Sly Fox Brewing, St. Michael’s Park, Mont Clare (Montco). Info here.
April 27 – Blue Monkey SpringFest, Merchantville, N.J. Tickets: $40.
May 4 – Ship Bottom Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards in Media (Delco), opens with the Linvilla Food Truck Festival. The beer garden will remain open every Saturday and Sunday until the fall.
May 4 – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant for the 19th annual Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Media. Tickets $45.
May 4 – 9th Annual Greater Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival at Cannstatter Volkfest Verein (Northeast Philly). Tickets $10.
May 4 – Washington Crossing Brewfest, New Hope (Buxco). Tickets: $45.
May 11 – The Philadelphia All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets: SOLD OUT.
May 11 – Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival, Kimberton Fairgrounds (Chesco). Tickets: $45.
May 18 – Sly Fox Trot, Sly Fox Brewing, Pottstown (Montco). (More info below).
May 18 – Brew Kids on the Block, York, Pa. Tickets: $28.
The Lehigh Valley’s Lost Tavern Brewing (Hellertown) will open a new taproom in the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem this spring. The shop, now the Moravian College student bookstore, is believed to be the oldest book store in America. Ryan Kneller at The Morning Call reports the taproom will pour 21 beers out of the rear of the store… Rehoboth Beach, Del., will get another new brewery: Thompson Island Brewing Co. The 250-seat brewpub is expected to open later this year in the Rehoboth Gateway Shopping Center and join the town’s other beer destinations, including Dogfish Head, Iron Hill, Revelation Craft Brewing and 38°-75° Brewing… Word leaked out of planning commission meeting via Patch (whose reporters do a good job covering local government meetings) that Iron Hill plans to build in Newtown (Buxco)…
Somers Point Brewing announced it will open on April 11, and it’s already posted its tap list here… Neck of the Woods, the third brewery in once-dry Pitman, N.J., says it expects too open by the end of April… Axe and Arrow (Glassboro, N.J.) has begun brewing and says it’ll be opening soon, too… Meanwhile in Newark, Del., Autumn Arch Beer Project has set its debut date for April 6…
The new Yards Takeoff Lounge in Terminal A at Philadelphia International Airport may be pouring your first beer of the day. It opens daily at 5:15 a.m…. Goose Island, the Anheuser-Busch brewpub in Fishtown, is making Bullpen Session exclusively for Citizens Bank Ballpark…
They might be New Yorkers, but the folks at Newburgh Brewing are paying homage to Pennsylvania as they enter the Philly market. The 7-year-old Hudson Valley brewery is releasing a new beer for the occasion: Pennsylvania Boss. Brewed exclusively for Shangy’s the Beer Authority, it’s naturally an IPA. That great-looking label (right) is the work of Kateri Rubenstahl, a designer working with Modern Good, a design firm owned by a Havertown guy named Matt Bouloutian….
Brandon Greenwood – yes, The Brandon Greenwood – is back in Philly Beer World. The itinerant beer-making guru who was once labeled “the Dalai Lama of brewing” has taken a post as vice president at Cape May Brewing. Greenwood previously held positions at Wachusett, Yee Haw, Mike’s Hard Lemonade (!), Lagunitas, Caledonian, Stroh’s, Genesee, and, locally, Nodding Head, Yards, Lion and Red Bell. Welcome back, pal.
Paint a Growler Night, Tuckahoe Brewing, April 4 – Guided by a “talented and entertaining artist,” with supplies provided at the brewery, you’ll paint your own growler. Tix $35.