Philly Beer Week – Day 1

We kicked off the 2nd Annual Philly Beer Week by stopping off at Capone’s in Norristown. We always love a visit there, and enjoyed a pint each with:

  • Philadelphia Joe Porter(5% ABV) made with 50 pounds of Peruvian coffee
  • Weyerbacher ECHO(6.8 ABV) – a rye winter IPA made with 30% rye malt, Simcoe and Centennial hops

Traveling down the Germantown Pike, we arrived in Mt. Airy where we easily found parking in the municipal lot tucked between McMenamin’s Tavernand Earth Bread + Brewery. Had we known we were going to wait so long for our companion, perhaps we would have gone to McMenamin’s – touted by author Don Russel as one of the most diverse pubs in the city. We instead sat at the bar, drinking and chatting with the bartender. He was very knowledgeable about he selections of beer and wine, and we enjoyed everything we had. We started with three beers at the bar:

  • EB+B Destiny’s Mild(3.6% ABV)
  • St. Bernardus Wit(5.5% ABV)
  • EB+B Ed Bear Stout(4.4% ABV)

We paired it with a Seed “bread” (the breads here are more pizza than flatbread, but very good none-the-less.) When our friends arrived, we were seated upstairs and shared a house beer – the EB+B Ober Spliner Pils(6.8% ABV) – which was absolutely delicious! It was more like a Belgian blonde, and I couldn’t get enough of our shared glass.

Next we wandered into Southeast Philly on a mission to attend a couple of beer events, specifically those being held at Pub on Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.) and Devil’s Den – a fairly new beer bar in the area, but both places were simply packed, so we wandered over to the South Philly Tap Room, where they were handing out glasses of New Glarus Belgian Red to the first 40 customers. There were far more than 40 people there, so there must have been some kind of code word, and we unknowingly used it. Three glasses came to our table, so we were a happy lot! In addition, we had

  • Arcadia Cocoa Loco
  • Newbold IPA on cask (Philadelphia Brewing Company)
  • Voodoo White Magic

For our last stop, we found the 1601 Bar, where it appeared they were playing “last tap standing”. There were three empty taps, and five full when we arrived, and it sounded like things were all pretty good that evening. Our friends closed the place, and saw a few more go off. Several of  us tried the Yuengling Bock (a little boring overall, but pretty bold considering the brewery!) and our friend Josh had Walt Wit (Philadelphia Brewing Company.)

It was a pretty nice night, considering our real lack of planning, and D & I ended up getting a room at the Crowne Plaza in Center City for just $50 on Priceline, so that really made things great!

We’re now on to Day 2, and I’m trying to keep up…keep checking in and we’ll see what happens!

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