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]
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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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]
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.
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”Â 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’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.
In Philadelphia most weekends are good ones for the beer lover but this one is shaping up to be extra awesome. In addition to the Craft Beer Express there’s this fresh hop cask beer event at Nodding Head. Beginning at 3pm the Sansom Street brew pub will be pouring five cask wet hop ales.
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Frommer’s names Philadelphia one of the top beer cities in the World. The Standard Tap, Johnny Brenda’s, Kraftwork and Nodding Head all get shout outs. [Frommer's via Grub Street]
The New York Times includes three local beers in its list of the top 20 American Pale Ales. [New York Times via Jack Curtin's Liquid Diet]
AOL’s Slash/Food names Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale its beer of the week. The site calls the beer “extremely drinkable.” [Slash/Food]