Tap Check: Nodding Head Update (Kind of) and Yards Cape of Good Hope

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The Internet was all abuzz this morning with a Reddit poster purporting to be SPTR and Sardine Bar owner John Longacre, stating that Nodding Head Brewery was coming to 17th and Snyder, a large warehouse building that Longacre owns. Longacre told several news outlets that it wasn’t true. We knew that, because I came up with the same theory a several months ago. But there are some grains of truth in the connection between Longacre and Nodding Head head-man Curt Decker. Exact details are coming soon.

This Saturday, Yards Brewing is releasing one of my favorite beers of the year. Cape of Good Hope is Yards’ West Coast Double IPA. Each year the recipe changes, but it always worth seeking out. This year’s Cape of Good Hope is made with Ella, Lemondrop, Ahtanum, Motueka, Citra, Chinook and whole flower Columbus hops. It’s being described as having notes of citrus, melon and pine. Can’t wait till Saturday? There’s a sneak peek event tonight at Good Dog. Get there at 5 p.m. for the tapping.

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Meet 4 Philly Companies Redefining Innovation

The University City Science Center has been fostering innovation from young entrepreneurs long before it was trendy and cool. After 52 years, they know a thing or two about taking a company from the concept stage to a serious player in their industry.

I recently visited UCSC where I spoke to four very different entrepreneurs who are doing some seriously cool stuff. Here’s what I learned: Read more »

Lululemon Now Has Its Own Craft Beer Called Curiosity Lager

Photo via Instagram | @lululemon

Photo via Instagram | @lululemon

Hey, Lululemon fanatics: The company just released a craft beer called Curiosity Lager. Yes, your favorite fitness empire is now slinging beer. Though whether you’ll be able to get your hands on any is yet to be seen: According the Eater, the company teamed up with Vancouver’s Stanley Park Brewing to create just 88,000 cans of the lager to be served at their annual SeeWheeze Marathon and to line the shelves of just Canadian stores later this month.

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Now You Can Do More Than Just Drink at the PHS Pop-Up Beer Gardens


While sitting outside with a beer and watching the day go by is a perfectly legitimate way to spend your time at either of the PHS gardens (located at 15th and South Street, and 9th and Wharton), they will now also be hosting summer activities, garden programs, and beer celebrations throughout the rest of the summer. So if you’re looking to combine yoga, gardening, or your dog with an outdoor beer, look no further.

The new schedule for both gardens is right after the jump.

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This Week At Sidecar: BBQ Wings And Boozy Beers

Wing Thing Sidecar

Tonight, “Wing Thing” is back at Sidecar. The Chef: Adan Trinidad of Jose and Sancho Pistolas. His wings: Black Garlic Mole Negro BBQ Wings with a Jasper Hill Blue Cheese Crema.

Sure that sounds pretty good, but did you hear about our wing collaboration with Sidecar a couple months back? Chef Trinidad’s got some big shoes to fill if we do say so ourselves.

The wings will be offered until they sell out, usually in four or five days.

Also on tap at Sidecar: really strong beers. Join them tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15th for High Gravity Night. The lineup looks like it could do some serious damage.
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Will Walk For Beer: PHL Distance Walkers Is Hosting a Six-Mile Beer Walk



Despite what some might think, Philadelphia has more to offer than just its cheesesteaks. For real, it does! Our city is also home to some great breweries and taverns. Don’t believe me? Find out for yourself! Join the PHL Distance Walkers this Saturday, July 18th, as they walk all the way from Lloyd Hall to breweries and taverns all over town.

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This Weekend: Barefoot Beer Festival On The Beach

Undoubtedly the most picturesque place for you to get drunk this weekend

Undoubtedly the most picturesque place for you to get buzzed this weekend.

Drink beers on the beach this weekend at the inaugural Barefoot Beer Fest at Diamond Beach. Do you really need details? You’re drinking unlimited beers on the beach, people.

On Saturday July 11th, Icona Resort is hosting this craft beer fest on their private beach at Diamond Beach (between Wildwood and Cape May). Forty breweries are attending: including Goose Island, Yards, Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, Evolution and Sam Adams. Ten New Jersey breweries will also be on site with their seasonal specialties. One ticket ($50) gets you unlimited two-ounce pours and one food ticket.

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Tap Check: Tired Hands Gets Easier to Find

tired-hands-fermentaria-940Welcome to Tap Check, an occasional update on local beers in and around Philadelphia.

We knew Tired Hands would be upping distribution with the opening of their new Fermentaria, but like Philly Tap Finder, we’re surprised just how many bars are now serving the pride of Ardmore. By PTF’s count, 22 taps and 9 different beers.

That expanded distribution is just one of the reasons we’re excited that Forest & Main is also adding space. The Ambler brewpub is adding capacity and a tasting room in the adjacent warehouse. In addition to more capacity, the expansion will pave the way for some barrel aged beers.

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Not One, Not Three, But Five Ways To Celebrate Belgian Independence

Belgian Independence Day 2015
The folks at Duvel Moortgat Brewing and Brewery Ommegang want you to celebrate Belgian Independence Day.

In honor of the holiday (which actually comes on July 21st), they’re hosting an outdoor party at the South Street PHS Beer Garden on Sunday July 19th, plus several beer and cheese tours throughout the weekend.

This Belgian beer bash runs from 12 noon to 10pm and features beer, live music and games. Duvel and Ommegang brewing both have beers on draught including Hennepin, Rare Vos, Gnomegang, La Chouffe, Liefmans Fruitesse, Fleur de Houblon and Duvel Single to name a few. Ommegang also brewed a special, limited release beer for the occasion. Ommegang Belgian Independence Day is a Belgian-style tripel, dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops.

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