Drink Award Winning Beer This Weekend

Nodding Head is pouring George's Fault | J. Fidance for Visit Philly

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]

Women Brew Here

pinkbootsShameless 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.

Nodding Head Brings the GABFs Home

gabf13_logoJust 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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Bathtub Beer Fest Coming to the Constitution Center

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.”

Read on for details and a list of participating breweries. 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]

Southwark Makes Like Nodding Head

If you’ve been to Southwark chances are you’ve seen a Nodding Head tap. The brewpub and restaurant have a close relationship and tonight they’re going to be even closer. Southwark’s Nick Macri is preparing a ode to Nodding Head, taking the most popular dishes from the brew pub and reinterpreting them at Southwark.

The dinner is $45 per person and includes beer. There will be one seating in the dining room (7:30 p.m.) and the menu will be available all night at the bar.

Reservations strongly recommended.

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Yards Reigns Supreme at WIP’s Beer Brawl

Last night WIP held the finals for its Beer Brawl. Yards Saison was tops in the Seasonal/Specialty category and scored higher than any other beer entered.

Yards Philly Pale Ale won for Light Bodied Beer and also took home the Listeners’ Choice. The winner in the full-bodied beer category was Nodding Head’s Grog.

Rick Kocher of Limerick, a member of the Bruclear Homebrewers Club won the homebrewing segment of the event.

Yards Brewing [Official Site]
Nodding Head [Official Site]

One Block, Three Very Different Bloody Marys

The other day, because I didn’t really feel like hanging out at the office and because I thought that a little midweek afternoon consumption was a good idea, I decided to head out for a Bloody Mary. This action was also spurred by a text from Preston & Steve personality Marisa Magnatta, who has the week off and wanted to do a Bloody Mary tour of Philadelphia. Joined by a Comcast SportsNet on air talent who shall remain nameless, because apparently Comcast is a lot more concerned about stories featuring their talent drinking than is WMMR (shocker!), we actually managed to find three delicious and distinct Bloodys within one block of each other, from 1421 to 1516 Sansom Street.

Given that the weekend is almost upon us and a time when folks tend to seek out these things, I thought I would share. Read more »

Weekend

Friday

JG Domestic has received a 35 pound giant octopus caught off the coast of Alaska 48 hours ago. The 9 foot long behemoth will be poachedin red wine vinegar, lemon, chile, garlic and spices. Then it will be sliced to-order, given a simple sear and garnished with potato confit, green chile and lemon. The dish is $16 and will be available tonight.

Saturday

Oyster House is offering Oysters 101 classes each Saturday in January from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Learn the difference between East and West Coast oysters to proper shucking techniques. Classes cost $30 per person and reservations are required. All “graduates” will receive a “Eat Oysters, Love Longer”  t-shirt.

Just upstairs from Oyster House, Nodding Head is hosting another of its special second Saturday events at 3pm. They team at Nodding Head is calling this one Ice Capades and they will be pouring special versions of Oh Tay, Bill Payer Ale and Sled Wrecker beers.

Sunday

Sunday’s Sunday Supper is usually the first Sunday of the month but with the New Year it was postponed to this Sunday. The meal will feature some favorite winter dishes.

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