Here in Philadelphia, we take our craft beer seriously. We know the difference between macro and micro, between good beer and bad beer. Let’s face it: we’re a bunch of beer snobs, and we have no problem sharing our opinions with others. And that’s why so many American and European breweries send their brews to Philadelphia more than any other city—we’re the ultimate quality testers.
So, naturally, there’s no better place for two of the country’s most awarded brewers to get together and pour their beer than right here. On Tuesday, May 3 at Coeur, Jeff Bagby of Bagby Brewing in San Diego, and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing in Delaware County will do just that.
Both of these brewers are the real deal, with Barrar holding 30 Great American Beer Fest medals and 10 World Beer Cups, and Bagby with over 40 GABF medals and 10 World Beer Cups.
Barrar began his brewing career in the late 90s at Red Bell Brewing in Philadelphia. Four years later, he started brewing at Iron Hill Brewery in Media, where he worked for 15 years.
Bagby started out at Stone Brewing Company, taking them to Oggi’s and then Pizza Port, both in San Diego. Bagby eventually became Director of Operations at Pizza Port, and in that time him and his team of brewers won Small Brew Pub of the Year at the GABF for three years in a row.
So from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the two brewers will show us what they’ve got by pouring 13 taps of their favorite beers at a place already known for its killer draft list. Oh, and just to let you know: This would be a great way to kick off the 2016 Craft Brewers Conference, which takes place from May 3-6.