Red Thunder Rumbling Into Mount Airy

Victory Brewing Co. released Red Thunder last week at their Downingtown brewery but only eight kegs of the wine barrel aged Baltic Thunder are going to make it out to other bars. Fittingly, one of the bars where the beer will be tapped at  is Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy. Victory’s Baltic Thunder is based on a recipe by Tom Baker, the owner of Earth Bread + Brewery.

Head in tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th when the beer will be tapped and Victory brewers will be on hand with glassware and other giveaways.

Earth Bread + Brewery [Official Site]

Lunacy Returns to Earth Bread + Brewery

When Earth Bread + Brewery’s Tom Baker owned his one-man brewery, Heavyweight Brewing, one of his most popular and most praised beers was Heavyweight Lunacy. The Belgian ale hasn’t been brewed since he closed the New Jersey brewery and subsequently opened Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy. But now he’s brought it back. So race on out to Mount Airy to get this golden ale. Tomorrow would be a good day since it is also EB+B’s fourth anniversary.

Earth Bread + Brewery [Official Site]

Sweet Treats at the Philadelphia Honey Festival

Bee prepared, the Philadelphia Honey Festival is right around the corner. See what all the buzz is about from September 7th to the 9th as the city’s beekeeping community comes together to raise awareness about the importance of bees, while having fun and tasting delicious products. Activities range from kiddie crafts to cooking demonstrations to honey-based beer tastingsFranklin Fountain and Little Baby’s will be among the businesses participating.

Read on for highlights from the un-bee-lievable schedule. Read more »

Brewers Bouncing

Since the end of Beer Week we’ve seen several brewers head off to new jobs, local and out-of-town. Nodding Head assistant brewer Mike Fava is leaving the Sansom Street brew pub and is heading to Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle, Maine. [Seen Through a Glass]

Terry Hawbaker, the well respected brewer from Farmers’ Cabinet’s Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse has moved on. Hawbaker will now be brewing for [Seen Through a Glass]

In a local move, Jon Defibaugh is moving from Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy to Tired Hands Brewing in Ardmore. Defibaugh had been at EB+B since it opened three and a half years ago. Defibaugh’s departure will mean Earth owner Tom Baker will be the lead brewer. [Tired Hands]

Speaking of Tired Hands Brewing, Bruno from Brouwerij t’Gaverhopke in Belgium will be on hand today after 4 p.m. The Belgian brewer is brewing a collaboration at Tired Hands this morning and will be around for a meet-and-greet this afternoon starting at 4 p.m. He is also likely to have some of his own beers in tow. [Philly Beer Scene]

Quick Bites: More Openings

Ulivo joins the cavalcade of openings this week as Joe Scarpone’s Italian BYOB opens this Thursday. [Meal Ticket]

Vedge is just around the corner. We suspect some of you may have already received an invite to a special open house. The grand opening is currently slated for Monday, November 21st.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers has opened in the Great Northeast. It is the first Philadelphia location for the rapidly expanding burger and shakes chain.

M Kee (not inspired by South Park’s Mr. Mackey, mmmkay) has opened at 1002 Race Street. The duck house is a bargain, with most dishes under $7. [The Insider]

Now open seven days a week is Earth Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy. The bar/restaurant will no longer be dark on Mondays.

Konak has closed its doors. The Old City Turkish restaurant had been open since 2003.

Local Beers of Beer Week

We very much enjoyed the Opening Tap event of Philly Beer Week. It is truly amazing so many great beers are brewed so close to Philadelphia. We made sure to try all the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Brew-vitational winners that we could and were especially impressed with Earth Bread + Brewery’s La Saison du Capitaine and Sly Fox’s Standard Pils. A special nod of appreciation to the EB+B crew who made sure they weren’t carrying any beer out of the Visitors Center with them.

We also got our first taste of the Beer Week collaboration beer brewed by Sly Fox brewer Brian O’Reilly and the De Proef brewery in Belgium. Broederlijke Liefde (Brotherly Love) is a delightful saison that you should make sure you can grab before Beer Week ends. Tonight you can find the beer at Race Street Cafe at 7 p.m.

Next up we’ll be trying Victory’s Summer Love. We really enjoyed this one last year and look forward to seeing if it lives up to our memories. It’s official 2011 debut is tonight at the With Love Beer Garden at the Four Seasons.

Speaking of last year, 2010’s Philadelphia beer luminaries’ collaboration with Sierra Nevada is back after a year of aging in Russian River barrels. The beer, Exportation has already popped up at a few events and will definitely be at Fergie’s June 6th Sierra Nevada event. Word on the street is that this one is smooth.

Have any other must-try local beers? Let us know.

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