Until recently, getting into the beer business in college meant being the guy with the best fake ID or an understanding cousin who worked at the local liquor store.
Until recently, opening your own brewery was one of those dreams — up there with finally writing that novel or knocking over a Vegas casino with your poker buddies — that everyone had, but (almost) no one ever moved on. It was the thing you daydreamed about on a Tuesday afternoon in your cubicle when the boss wasn’t looking. Your imaginary way out.
But today, with a new craft brewery opening every fifteen minutes and ten billion new bottles hitting the shelves every time you turn around, becoming a brewer is an actual career path. Making beer has moved from something you do in your garage on the weekends to something you can go to school for. The University of the Sciences offers the region’s only formal path to professional education with their certificate program in Brewing Science. And guess what? They’re going to be at Clarkville on Monday, April 24th (along with representatives from Yards and Saint Benjamin Brewing) to show off some collaboration beers from their Brew Lab and talk about their program.
If you’re into beer, you should really read on
Get buzzed at Bartram’s Garden with Art in the Age and Little Baby’s Ice Cream
The Philadelphia Honey Festival is happening this weekend with events on September 9th through the 11th. The party kicks off at Glen Foerd on the Delaware with a Honey Happy Hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be beekeeping demonstrations, honey based beer and mead and even someone with a beer beard.
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Saint Benjamin Brewing’s Tap Room pre-opening | Photo by Kelly Alderfer
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company is upping their game (and their selection at the Tap Room).
The Saint Benjamin’s Tap Room will now offering a full cocktail menu. All spirits will be sourced locally, and they will also be serving local wines and mead too. If you haven’t been keeping up, craft distilling is booming and here in Philly we have some of the very best.
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Saint Benjamin Brewing’s Tap Room | Photo by Kelly Alderfer
About a month ago, we wrote about Saint Benjamin Brewing Company’s expansion, including a new taproom in the works. Well, that taproom is finished up, and the St. Ben’s team is softly opened this week for Craft Brewers Conference—and it’s pretty sweet.
This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to stop in to check out the taproom at 1710 North 5th Street, while on a Liberty Brew Tour as the finishing touches were being done. Quite possibly the coolest feature of the taproom is the retouched exposed brick and plaster walls, a labor of love by co-owner Christina Burris. She wanted the walls to be as close to the state as they were originally back in the 1800s when the three story building was built.
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Saint Benjamin Brewing Company has some serious expansion plans underway, including an on-site taproom and a new German brewhouse that will increase their brewing capacity from 440 barrels a year to 4,400.
Yeah, that’s a big jump. And here’s how they’re planning to do it.
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Saint Benjamin’s and Aldine at Amis.
Aldine and Saint Benjamin’s Brewing are teaming up for 2016’s first Industry Night at Amis. Tonight, Monday, January 4th, Aldine’s George Sabatino will be serving up tasty bites while Saint Benjamin’s pours discounted beers.
The event kicks off at 10 p.m., bring proof of hospitality employment as admission.
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Last month La Peg at Fringe Arts on Delaware Avenue kicked off its monthly dinner series with a wine dinner. Tonight, Wednesday, December 2nd, the series returns with a five-beer, four-course dinner for $50. Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Co. is the featured brewer. The hearty dinner is highlighted by a fois gras terrine and seafood choucroute.
Saint Benjamin’s is bringing out their Koffee Kolsch, Liason Saison, Inca India Cream Ale, Saison Du Jour VII and the aptly named Foul Weather Jack English Ale.
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South Philly’s neighborhood bar Watkins Drinkery is teaming up with Kensington’s Saint Benjamin Brewing Company for a three-course beer dinner tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 27. The party will be at Watkins’s 10th Street location and Saint Benjamin will be there as the guest of honor — the kind of guest of honor who brings all the beer (read: the best kind).
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company is a three-barrel nanobrewery that distributes small batches of home-brewed beer to local Philadelphia bars. They paired up with Watkins Drinkery to host this special event in their cozy South Philly setting, catering to all patrons who want to enjoy a tasty fall dinner served with a side of seasonal brews.
For $50, guests can enjoy three courses — a starter, an entree, and dessert–each paired with a Saint Benjamin beer.Tickets are already going fast for this one so, you know, move fast.
Need help making up your mind? Maybe a look at the menu will help.
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Saint Benjamin Little Peat – a dry Irish stout with a taste of peat smoke.
Saint Benjamin Brewing is excited about their seasonal beers. So excited they’ve got a month worth of them to enjoy.
It starts tonight at West Philadelphia’s Local 44, where they are showing off their Little Peat Smoked Dry Stout and Koffee Kolsch. Try them individually or together in an original take on a Black & Tan. The Little Peat, is an Irish stout brewed with just a hint of peak smoke, and if it is anything like last year’s version, is a beer worth seeking out.
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Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st, Cooper River Distillers is going to be distributing its Single Run Series Whiskey outside of the distillery for the first time. 22 bottles of the whiskey will make their way to Benash Liquors in Cherry Hill (2405 Route 38).
It is the third run Cooper River has done of whiskey and it is distilled from a base of locally brewed beer. In this case, the whiskey is distilled from Saint Benjamin’s Foul Weather Jack English Mild. We were lucky to get a taster of an earlier Single Run whiskey (made with Saint Benjamin’s IPA) and were very impressed with the results.
Cooper River’s Single Run Whiskey is the first whiskey that has been distilled, aged, and sold in New Jersey in a long time, perhaps even since Prohibition.
But with just 22 bottles in this run, it won’t last long.
Cooper River Distillers [Foobooz]