Cooper River Whiskey Heads into the Wild

cooper-river-single-run-whiskey-400Tomorrow, 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]

Tomorrow: Saint Benjamin Brewing Company Begins Tours

On tap this Saturday at Saint Benjamin's. Get a growler to go.

On tap this Saturday at Saint Benjamin’s. Get a growler to go.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, the Kensington-based brewery is hosting its first round of tours this Saturday. The brewery opens up at 12 pm until 4 pm, with tours running until 3.

There will be samples of beer, the opportunity to fill your own Saint Benjamin’s growlers, keg sales and food provided by the Farm Truck.

The brewery plans to hold tours two Saturdays per month, with the next one being on April 25.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Company [Official]

Saint Benjamin Brewing Pays Homage to Little Pete’s

saint-benjamins-little-petes-beerSaint Benjamin Brewing Company’s latest release pays homage to to Philly’s beloved Little Pete’s. The beer, “Little Peat” is a 4.2% alcohol by volume dry stout with a hint of smoke and roasted flavors from the roasted barley, caramel malt and smoked peat malt.

Saint Benjamin’s Tim Patton said “we were engineering a rich yet easy drinking dark beer with a slight smoky peat essence that you might want to enjoy while sitting beside a fire on a cold night, when we learn that Philadelphia’s beloved Little Pete’s was doomed.” Realizing just how attached Philadelphians are to the 24-hour diner, he decided to name the beer after the landmark.

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Saint Benjamin Brewing Brews First Batch


Photo by Meg Kelly

After years of planning, site searching, recipe developing and dealing with Philadelphia bureaucracy, Tim Patton and Christina Burris have brewed their first beer at Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, their Kensington nanobrewery.

The first batch happened yesterday at 1710 N 5th Street on the brewing operation’s three-barrel system and as Patton promised in a Facebook post, it will happen again today.

The goal is to have the beers ready for select events during this year’s Philly Beer Week, which takes place from May 30th to June 8th.

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Circles Hosts Beer Dinner for Philippine Relief


Alex Boonphaya | Photo by Courtney Apple

Circles Thai in Northern Liberties has been planning a beer dinner on Thursday, November 14th with upstart Saint Benjamin Brewing Company for some time now. But with the devastation of the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, Circles chef and owner Alex Boonphaya has changed the dinner into a fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the four-course, $35 beer dinner will go to relief efforts.

Reservations are available for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings and can be made online.

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Federal Shutdown Has Local Breweries Sweating


Several local brewers are starting to see dark clouds on the horizon regarding the Federal government’s shutdown. Breweries are required to get a federal brewery license before they begin brewing for resale and all beer labels go through an approval process. And of course, none of that is progressing right now.

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Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Co. Needs Your Help

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A local nanobrewer, opening his own brewpub, in a historically relevant building, in the ‘hood. That’s my wheelhouse. I love that stuff.

Tim Patton of Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Company, Philadelphia’s first and, for the time being, only nano-brewery, is making moves to open his brewery and pub on North 5th St. in the lovely, scenic Kensington. Why there? The warehouse was once the carriage house of the Theo Finkenauer Brewing Company in the late 1800s. In fact, Kensington, and much of the rest of North Philly, was at one point the hotbed for breweries in this country, but the times changed the neighborhood, and Patton hopes to bring back what once defined this area’s character.

Patton is crowdfunding the construction and facade redevelopment of the historic building though Lucky Ant. $20,000 in 21 days is the goal and in exchange, contributors will receive free merchandise, free food, and even half your bill paid for by the brewpub for life (if you’re willing to put up the right amount of money).

Click here for more information, including funding opportunities, rewards, project description, and more.

Saint Benjamin’s Brewing [Official Site]

Early Warning: 5th Annual RiverCity Festival

Saturday October 6th from 12 to 5 p.m. Fishtown will host the 5th Annual RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park. Fishtown’s best goods and food vendors will be in attendance selling their wares. All day long there will be live musical acts performing as well as children’s activities like moon bounces, arts and crafts, magic shows, and games. Bottomless beverage cups will be available for a $20 donation to the Fishtown Neighbors Association, to be filled by Philadelphia Brewing Company and Saint Benjamin’s. A $50 donation receives a FNA pint glass as well as fills.

The RiverCity Run will take place at 12pm, and the course will move through Fishtown and end back at the festival. Registration for the run includes a t-shirt and entry to the festival’s Beer Garden.

More information on food concessions and the beer garden are to come as vendor registration is still going on now. For more information, check out RiverCity Festival’s website.

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