The Rules: Garden State Craft Brewers Craft A Best Practices Document

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If you spend any time at New Jersey’s brewery tasting rooms, you’ve surely noticed some differences from those in PA. No dining. No entertainment. No food trucks. Well, maybe some food trucks.

In some ways, New Jersey brewers have been left to interpret the state’s two-year-old law that allows them to sell pints of beer and has led to the proliferation of tasting rooms and new breweries across the state. But because the law was met with opposition from the restaurant association, it prohibits food service and entertainment at breweries that aren’t brewpubs. However, the law left some grey area and some room to make one’s own decisions about how strictly to follow the law.

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East Passyunk Shufflings

EAST-PASSYUNK-AVENUE-JEFF-FUSCO-940X540East Passyunk is one of the most bumping of stretches in Philadelphia. And with that energy comes change.

Just this weekend saw the opening of Grace and Pat’s. The owner of Gennaro’s Tomato Pie, Michael Giammarino has opened another BYOB pizzeria at 1533 S 11th Street, across from the fountain on East Passyunk. Giammarino is serving up thicker pizza than the Neapolitan pies he serves at Gennaro’s, but it wouldn’t be fair to call it Sicilian-style.

Today marks the opening of the new location of the Bottle Shop. Previously located at 1837 East Passyunk Avenue is now it is located at 1616 E Passyunk, next to Green Aisle Grocery. The new space is brighter than the original spot. In common, hundreds of beers available by the bottle.

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Sunday Funday at Lo Spiedo

Sunday Funday in honor of the Phillies

Sunday Funday in honor of the Phillies

Today, Sunday, April 26, Lo Spiedo is hosting a Sunday Funday as the Phillies take on the Brewers.

The restaurant, which is only a short walk from Citizen’s Bank Park, will be open from 11am-7pm, selling $4 hometown beers and food specials.

They’ll also have cornole set up on the patio, which I guess might sound fun for people for whom “beer and cornhole” doesn’t conjure up images of Kappa Sigma fraternity boys.

Lo Speido [official]

Opening Today: Tired Hands Fermentaria


Tired Hands, but welcoming hands in Ardmore.

Today marks the official opening of Tired Hands Brewing Co.’s Fermentaria. Located just down the street from the original Tired Hands brew cafe, the new space will immediately more than double Tired Hands brewing capacity, with future expansion room allowing for around seven times the volume. The Fermentaria also means more room for patrons looking for a beer, a bite, and a growler fill to go. The new spot at 35 Cricket Terrace has room for 180 seated.

Tired Hands Fermentaria also has its own menu featuring tacos, ceviches and bigger plates. Chef Bill Braun, who is also the head guy at the brew cafe is in charge here as well, though with the help of Kyle Yates. Highlights of the menu, which is taco focused but not necessarily Mexican, include:

  • brisket taco with Swiss cheese, caraway slaw, pickled mustard, 
 tarragon crema
  • patatas bravas taco with chorizo-style bulgar, goat cheese, salsa rojo

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Yards Lets You Save Bees While You Get Your Buzz On

yards-bee-garden-940Bees, like sharks, are often popularly mischaracterized as evil creatures when really they do a lot of good. Bees pollinate 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat. I don’t totally know what that statistic means, or how it was figured out, but science says so and it’s not my job to be a scientist, it’s my job to eat dumplings and watch llama videos. I think. Anyway, bees are important, and Yards Brewing Company agrees.

Yards has a goal of planting 20,000 bee-friendly gardens this summer, because bees are dying. Due to a variety of circumstances like habitat destruction and pesticide usage, bees are dropping like flies. I wonder if that simile is too close to home, or, er, hive.

You can plant your own Bee garden by picking up a Yards seed packet anywhere that Yards beer is sold. The seed packets contain local flower species that are conducive to bee proliferation, and once your flower bloom you can snap a picture of it and share it with #YardsBeeGarden. You can read the full Yards manifesto on bees here.

Yards Brewing Company [Foobooz]

The Smell of Beer Returns to Brewerytown

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Crime & Punishment’s Adam Fussaro

Over the weekend, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. began brewing its first production beers. It marks the first time the Philadelphia neighborhood, named for its at-one-time numerous breweries, has had the smell of brewing in the air for more than twenty years.

In the fermenters and conditioners, Crime & Punishment’s Pale Ale, IPA and Farmhouse beers. It won’t be long now before the beer starts pouring.

Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. [Foobooz]

Tomorrow: Saint Benjamin Brewing Company Begins Tours

On tap this Saturday at Saint Benjamin's. Get a growler to go.

On tap this Saturday at Saint Benjamin’s. Get a growler to go.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, the Kensington-based brewery is hosting its first round of tours this Saturday. The brewery opens up at 12 pm until 4 pm, with tours running until 3.

There will be samples of beer, the opportunity to fill your own Saint Benjamin’s growlers, keg sales and food provided by the Farm Truck.

The brewery plans to hold tours two Saturdays per month, with the next one being on April 25.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company [Official]

Memphis Taproom Beer Garden Opening Saturday, April 18

The Memphis Taproom Beergarden is just waiting to be filled with happy beer-drinkers.

The Memphis Taproom Beer Garden is just waiting to be filled with happy beer-drinkers.

It’s that time of year again when the weather decides to get drunk and say it’s cool to have 40 degree mornings, 68 degree afternoons and violent thunderstorms. But we put up with this transition stage for the same reason we put up with adolescence: it’s unpleasant now, but soon it will be over and things will be better.

To celebrate the onset of almost summer (did I just jinx it? Sorry…), Memphis Taproom is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a special draft list inside, and a  grand re-opening of its outdoor beer garden on Saturday, April 18th at noon.

The beer garden will feature a brand new menu for their truck. Expanding beyond just hot dogs, the new menu offers “truck fries” (fries covered in ground beef, fried onions, cheddar cheese and “truck sauce”) and a New England clam roll. The beer list for the season is also set to be released in the coming week. Additionally, every Thursday there will be Beer Garden Quizzo at 6pm.

Get ready, it’s almost beer garden season. We promise.

Memphis Taproom [Foobooz]

Brewery ARS Kickstarter Party Is a Victory Party

The brothers

The brothers

Sean and Andrew Arsenault, the twins behind the kickstarter to raise money for Brewery ARS, have hit their goal of raising $30,000 (it was all Rose!). To celebrate the end of their campaign they’re throwing  a “Kill the Kickstarter Campaign” party at Kraftwork in Fishtown.

You can check out the event on Facebook, but here are the details: the twins will be serving their “Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout” and “Old Stoop” (a “lightly smoked dark ale infused with wildflower honey”), and the party starts at 5:30.

You can still donate to their campaign and get cool stuff like t-shirts, growlers, or even a pizza party.

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