Beer Radar: St. Paddy’s Edition, 2019

Doylestown Duffy Cut labelWhen What’s Brewing returns to TV tomorrow night (11 p.m., NBCSports-Philadelphia), Glen Macnow and Joe Sixpack will tackle – among many other sudsy things – Irish beer. While Guinness is an obvious go-to, we got our hands on a few other Irish-style brews including Doylestown Brewing Duffy’s Cut. Sales of the beer are supporting an ongoing archeological dig at a mass grave of Irish immigrant railroad workers who died of cholera (or were murdered) in 1832. Here’s the bonus: This is an excellent Irish red ale. Smooth and malty with a fresh flavor that blows away the likes of traditional Smithwick’s…

Iron Hill/Chestnut Hill will partner with its neighbors at Weavers Way Co-op for an outdoor Irish Fest on Saturday (3/16), 12-4pm. Look for Irish Red Ale brewed with the Irish Immigration Center of Philadelphia, plus Irish food, music and fun for all ages. For every pint of Irish Red Ale and O’Sullivan Stout sold, $1 will be donated to the Immigration Center….

Here’s a big thumbs-up to all the locals who put aside their hazy IPAs this week to serve Irish-style ales for our patron saint’s holiday. Look for these in Philly Beer World:

  • 7 Course Red – Free Will (Buxco).
  • Anglesea Red Ale – Tuckahoe (Jersey).
  • Barley O’Creek Irish Red – Barley Creek (Poconos)
  • Corned Beef Pale Ale – Spellbound (Jersey)
  • Do You Have a Sister Red Ale – Pour Man’s (Ephrata).
  • Irish Potato Candy Stout – Flying Fish (Jersey)
  • Mulherin’s Irish Red Ale – Crooked Eye Brewing (Montco).
  • Mulley’s Tavern Red – Bucks County (Buxco).
  • The Importance of Being Earnest Red Ale – King’s Road.
  • St. Bridget’s Dry Irish Stout – Bonesaw (Jersey).
  • Stewarts Irish Red Ale – Stewarts (Delaware).

And, one more begorrah for Cape May Brewing, which went all-in this weekend with a lineup of seven Irish-themed one-offs using its Cape May Stout as a base. Look for Green Velvet (Dr. Pepper flavoring, vanilla, and green coloring), Irish Whiskey (Whiskey-soaked wood chips) and more. You can go completely green with Pot O’ Gold Cask of IPA conditioned on Lucky Charms marshmallows. Or, just stay traditional with a Black-and-Tan made with Stout and Always Ready Pale Ale…

In other news

Gotta love the voice-over on the security footage of some mook stealing La Cabra Brewing’s  2018 Brewvitational trophy from Craig LaBan. So far, it’s chalked up more than 15,000 views… Manayunk Brewing has shaken up the look of its cans with a new set of green labels (below)…

A few months ago, I reported that a start-up called Small Batch had abandoned plans to open a brewery in a former bank in Avondale (Chesco). Now comes word that one of the original partners in that project is gearing up to open Be Here Brewing in the same location. The brewer is Bob Knabb, a former pharma researcher. Plans call for a 5-barrel brewpub, a first for Avondale, to open in July.

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