Memphis Taproom Celebrates 6th Anniversary & Beer Garden Opening

2013truckThis Saturday, April 18th, Memphis Taproom is celebrating its sixth anniversary and the return of its beer garden and hot dog truck.

The celebratory beer bash will include the debut of Memphis Taproom’s latest collaboration beer, UNITY, a Kölsch-style beer brewed with Hersbrucker hops by Victory Brewing Co.

Outdoors, the hot dogs will be grilling and the sun will be shining. There will also be some  new Memphis Taproom/DeDolle t-shirts for sale.

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Farm Fest Comes to the Parkway

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The Oval returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Farm Fest. This Thursday, April 17th through Saturday, April 19, the Parkway will once again a gathering place for people looking for games, music, food and some Victory Brewing Company beers.

Thursday’s event takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with food trucks and Victory Brewing Company’s brewpub on wheels showing up at 5 p.m. Farm Truck, Street Food Philly, Reuben on Rye, Little Baby’s Ice Cream and Calling Card Confections from the Greensgrow Commissary will all be on hand. TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb will be performing.

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Great Beer Is Running Rampant in Philadelphia

It appears that this year’s supply of Russian River Pliny the Younger has just about run dry. Philly Tap Finder’s last published tapping happened just a few hours ago. But since this is Philadelphia, our taps certainly haven’t run dry of great and in several cases, rare beer.

Bishop’s Collar, which poured the city’s last known keg of Pliny still has plenty of great IPAs pouring and is worth a trip today. The Sidecar’s monthly High Gravity Night is also tonight and includes high alcohol favorites like Bear Republic Apex, Bell’s Hopslam and Mikkeller Monk’s Elixr.

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Victory Parkesburg Brewery Is Humming, Offering Tours

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Photo via Victory Brewing Co.

Last week I was lucky enough to be was invited to tour Victory Brewing Co.’s new Parkesburg Brewery. The new facility is located about seventeen miles from the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub. The new brewery is more than 140,000 square feet on 42 acres in Chester County. The capacity in Parkesburg is 225,000 barrels annually, more than double that of Downingtown. In the future, the new plant will be able to output 500,000+ barrels per year. And it isn’t like Victory is exactly small now, The Brewers Association ranked Victory as the number 26 craft brewery in the United States in 2012 (the most recent numbers available and Victory grew by 10.4% in 2013) and with Parkesburg fully operational, significant growth is on the horizon.

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Shake Shack hosts Bike Checks, Brews and Burgers

shake shackIn the ideas aimed targeted directly at me, it’s hard to beat Breakaway Bikes Saturday bike ride that combines a 40-mile bike ride with Shake Shack and Victory beer.

Be Well Philly has the details on the ride. If 40-miles seems to strenuous for a Saturday morning, Breakaway will be at Shake Shack at 20th and Sansom starting at 11 a.m. with free bike checks. There will also be Victory floats and a raffle basket filled with all sorts of goodies from Breakaway, Victory and Shake Shack.

To Do: Shake Shack’s 40-Mile Bike Ride This Weekend [Be Well Philly]

Victory DirtWolf Hits the Market

DirtWolf-12ozBottle Victory Brewing Company is increasing its beer production and is going to be offering a greater variety of styles and brands. The first beer in this new initiative is Victory DirtWolf Double IPA. The double IPA is the culmination of Victory’s Double IPA series which you may have enjoyed around town as the Ranch Series. The beer is made with whole flower, American-grown Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. DirtWolf is balanced with two-row German malts and comes in at a robust 8.7% alcohol by volume.

The double IPA is described as having “a powerful citrus aroma and fruity flavors, with the piney, earthy and mildly floral characteristics.”

Victory DirtWolf is hitting store shelves this week and has already made its way onto some Philadelphia taps.

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Brewer Association Releases List of 50 Biggest Craft Brewers

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The Brewers Association, the non-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2012 beer sales volume.

Locally, two Pennsylvania breweries and one from Delaware made the list:

#13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewing Co.
#26 Victory Brewing  Co.
#50 Troegs Brewing Go.

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Federal Donuts Officially Headed to Citizens Bank Park

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Today, Aramark, the Phillies and Federal Donuts made it official, hot donuts and fried chicken will be available at Citizens Bank Park this year. Aramark employees are currently working at the two other Federal Donuts locations, making sure they have the twice-fried chicken down pat before opening day. As the Federal Donuts team said, they don’t want to dumb down the chicken for the ballpark. Three types of chicken, a glazed, naked and still to be finalized custom dry blend will be available at the Fednuts stand in left field. Hot donuts (no fancies) will also be on the menu. Expect some familiar flavors plus a unique taste, made exclusively for the ballpark. Steve Cook and company are confident they’ll be able to meet the demand.

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