Newbold is full of good beer, and the neighborhood owes it all to John Longacre, the man behind South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar, and Brew, the bottle shop that shares the same space with Ultimo. But for the pocket of Philly so crafty with its beer lists, for too long it had not a brewpub of its own to speak of — Fishtown and Kensington have owned that market for quite some time as our unofficial home-base for local brewers and distillers.
But then Brewery ARS opened, and all eyes were, for the first time, on South Philly.
And tonight at 5 p.m., Second District Brewing Co. (1939 S. Bancroft Street) will make its grand entrance on the city’s — and specifically South Philly’s — flourishing brewpub scene.
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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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Double Crust Apple Pie à la mode from Jones
Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.
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Nodding Head Brewery owner Curt Decker just passed along news that he will be moving the brewpub out of Center City. Decker says he has a deal but isn’t saying where he’s moving. Landlord issues are cited as the reason for the move.
Nodding Head Brewery has been on Sansom Street for just under fifteen years. Before it was Nodding Head, the upstairs location was a Sam Adams Brewpub. Decker says, “we have seen downtown go from ‘sleepy’ to bustling, to a new version with tremendous diversity. It has been fun watching the transformation, but now it’s time for a new adventure.”
The last day at the current location will be Friday, October 31st.
Stay tuned for where the brewpub will ultimately land.
Nodding Head Brewery [Foobooz]
Nodding Head is pouring George’s Fault | J. Fidance for Visit Philly
Joe Sixpack makes a good point in his Daily News column today. Though the Great American Beer Festival is in October, the beers that are judged are due into Denver this weekend. That means local breweries that are submitting beers for judging are putting those beers on tap in Philadelphia this weekend. And Joe Sixpack being Joe Sixpack, he has where you should be heading.
Raise a glass to summer’s final days with local brewers’ championship beers and these beer events [Philadelphia Daily News]
Shameless self-promotion alert: I’m about to preview my own event. But I assure you, blurred lines of journalism aside, it’s worth writing about.
Tomorrow, beer-loving women across the planet will get together at breweries and homebrew shops to participate in the world’s first collaborative brew day for ladies. In honor of International Women’s Day, brewsters (as brewers of the fairer sex are called) and their friends will spend the day brewing their take on the same recipe – a 4% ABV session beer named Unite Pale Ale.
Here in Philly, Beer for Babes, my New Jersey-based craft beer appreciation group for women, is hosting a brew that’s open to all women from 1-3 pm at Nodding Head. Meredith Rebar, who runs Home Brewed Events, is donating her time to lead the brew and instruct the newbies, while Nancy Rigberg, owner of Home Sweet Homebrew, is donating supplies. Proceeds will go to fund scholarships for female brewers, and participants get to pick up a 22—ounce bottle when it’s finished.
Some brewsters in England dreamed up the idea, which is being organized by the Pink Boots Society, the only global organization for women in the beer industry. So far, 60 breweries in the continental U.S., Alaska, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Israel are signed up to take part.
For those who’d like to join in at Nodding Head, tickets can be bought here for $10.
Just about all the local brewers are in Denver this weekend for the Great American Beer Festival, hoping to bringing home some GABF medals. But as Nodding Head’s Curt Decker points out, the brewery didn’t brew those beer for judges or the people of Colorado, they brewed them for us. So on Saturday at 3 p.m., Nodding Head will be pouring the beers at their brew pub that they submitted for judging.
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Tröegs Brewing Co. was the local star brewer at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival awards this weekend. The brewery brought home three golds (Hopback Amber, Dreamweaver Wheat and Sunshine Pils) plus the award for Mid-Size Brewery of the Year.
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If you have been counting down the days until Philly Beer Week 2013 (May 31-June 9) you can start counting down until the Bathtub Beer Fest too. On Thursday, November 15 from 7-10 p.m., the National Constitution Center will be hosting the Prohibition-era beer drinking party and PBW 2013 fundraiser. Until October 12, advance tickets are available online for $40 a person, which includes samples from 20 craft breweries and admission to the Constitution Center’s new exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.”
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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]