Beer Radar: Easter Candy Brews from Spellbound and Real Ale Fest at Yards

Somers Point Brewing opens this weekend down the shore, with hours on Thursday through Sunday. Its opening lineup appears to be by the books, ranging from amber and blond to an outmeal stout and a couple IPAs… The Separatist Beer Project (Lehigh Valley) also opens its South Philly location this weekend, at the corner of 12th and Morris streets near Passyunk Avenue. It’s a taproom only (no brewing equipment on site), like the Victory Beer Hall at the stadium complex…

Steel City Coffeehouse, which opened a brewery in Phoenixville late last year, is already looking at a second location. Justin Heinze of Patch reports the coffeehouse may move into a larger space at 500 E. Main St., Collegeville, near the Ursinus College campus. Collegeville has been without a brewery since the demise of Appalachian Brewing’s outpost last year… Crooked Hammock Brewery, which has been operating in Lewes, Del., since 2015, will open a second outpost this fall, in Middletown, Del., about 30 miles south of Wilmington… Moss Mill Brewing (Buxco), which opened barely a year ago, announced it will begin a taproom expansion this spring…

Neshaminy Creek Brewing is pushing the envelope on freshness in those hazy New England IPAs. On Saturday, it’ll can its latest, Time & Temperature, and sell them in the brewery, directly off the canning line… Those mini 8oz “Flights to Go” cans at Workhorse Brewing get their release on Monday (4/15). Grab them at the King of Prussia taproom for $10 a sixpack…

Imprint Beer Co. (Montco) is going all-in on the haze later this month, when it hosts Haze It Forward, a craft beer fest featuring nothing but hazy IPAs. The event is April 28, and you needed to buy tix at $40 a pop, available at the brewery today… Meanwhile, tix are still available for the Real Ale Invitational at Yards Brewing on Sunday. If you’re a fan of cask-conditioned English-style ales, you can’t miss this. I’ll be there…!

Gotta love the festive firkin lineup that Spellbound Brewing (Mount Holly, N.J.) will tapping on Easter Saturday (4/20). It includes Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brown Ale, Coconut Crème & Chocolate Porter, and – naturally – Marshmallow Peep Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout… VisitPA, which does a fairly miserable job of promoting the state’s craft breweries (its events page is stuck in 2018, for example), is out with an odd list of 13 “under-the-radar” Pennsylvania breweries. By “under the radar” I imagine they mean nowhere near Philadelphia, because the nearest is 90 minutes away…

Direct beer delivery to your doorstep is growing in the Philadelphia region. Tired Hands and Levante are both doing it. This week I shot a commercial spot for a new one that will deliver 500 or more brands to your home: The Beverage Butler. You just fill out a survey on your beer tastes, and they’ll fill a 12-pack for drop-off at your door.



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