Welcome to Tap Check, an occasional update on local beers in and around Philadelphia.
The Internet was all abuzz this morning with a Reddit poster purporting to be SPTR and Sardine Bar owner John Longacre, stating that Nodding Head Brewery was coming to 17th and Snyder, a large warehouse building that Longacre owns. Longacre told several news outlets that it wasn’t true. We knew that, because I came up with the same theory a several months ago. But there are some grains of truth in the connection between Longacre and Nodding Head head-man Curt Decker. Exact details are coming soon.
This Saturday, Yards Brewing is releasing one of my favorite beers of the year. Cape of Good Hope is Yards’ West Coast Double IPA. Each year the recipe changes, but it always worth seeking out. This year’s Cape of Good Hope is made with Ella, Lemondrop, Ahtanum, Motueka, Citra, Chinook and whole flower Columbus hops. It’s being described as having notes of citrus, melon and pine. Can’t wait till Saturday? There’s a sneak peek event tonight at Good Dog. Get there at 5 p.m. for the tapping.
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Beer enthusiasts, this one’s for you.
This Thursday, July 16th, The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) offers a chance for you and other homebrewers/beer aficionados to celebrate each other. They’re hosting a rally at Yards Brewing Company for members and non-members alike. The rally is part of a nationwide series designed to promote homebrewers and local breweries. At the rally, you’ll have the chance to take a VIP tour of Yards Brewing, enjoy free samples, meet Yards’ staff and win prizes.
The rally runs from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Tickets are free for AHA members. If you’re not a member you can join online or sign up for a discounted rate at the Rally. All guests should RSVP here.
American Homebrewers Association [Official]
Yards Brewing Co [Foobooz]
Summer is (almost) upon us which means it’s time to
get drunk on boats set sail on the booze cruise of your choice. All you have to do is pick your poison (beer or wine) and leave the rest to the captain.
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Pavilion 3, “The Stuff of Dreams.”
Saint-Gobain, a Parisian building materials company, will be traveling the globe this summer to commemorate their 350th anniversary with an installation exhibition (like you do). Philadelphia, the only stop in North America, will host the event from May 30th to June 6th at The Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway).
And right about now, you’re asking, “So why should I care about this?” And the answer is, because there will be beer. And food trucks. And art and whimsy and wonder, of course. But mostly beer.
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New beer from Yards at IBG Wheat.
Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden at 6th and Market has added happy hour. The happy hour includes $4 beer, wine and cocktail specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. There’s also a $4 happy hour menu of food like corn croquettes, beef sliders and spit roasted chicken wings.
Also new is a new beer offering, IBG Wheat is a summer wheat brewed with Yards Brewing. The flavor is described as “candied sugar, orange peel, banana, clove, pepper, grass, lemon” and comes in at 6.5% alcohol by volume.
Independence Beer Garden has already gotten into our heavy rotation this year, the shuffleboard to the addictive popcorn has made us fans. And a special shoutout to Brooke, a server at IBG who might just be the nicest person in Philadelphia.
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Well, this is awesome: Tonight, Yards Brewing Company is hosting a pre-Broad Street warm-up 5K that ends with — what else? — beer. How can you say no to that?
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If you’re reading this blog you are most likely just as obsessed with food and drinks as we are. We’re in love with the combined flavors of ingredients, the craft that goes into making a really great beer, and the satisfaction they give to our deepest cravings.
Most of the techniques used in the kitchen come down to science. If you think about it, chefs are basically mad scientists, whipping up innovative dishes that may (or may not) work. And we’re their guinea pigs.
I, at least, am pretty content testing the results of these experiments, so I’ll leave the science to the professionals. But I’m still intrigued to learn their secrets.
So it’s good news, then, that we have the return of the Philadelphia Science Festival. From April 24 to May 2, the festival will feature events and exhibitions dealing with the science of a variety of subjects. And for those food-loving closet-nerds like us, this also includes a few special events centered around cooking and brewing.
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Bees, like sharks, are often popularly mischaracterized as evil creatures when really they do a lot of good. Bees pollinate 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat. I don’t totally know what that statistic means, or how it was figured out, but science says so and it’s not my job to be a scientist, it’s my job to eat dumplings and watch llama videos. I think. Anyway, bees are important, and Yards Brewing Company agrees.
Yards has a goal of planting 20,000 bee-friendly gardens this summer, because bees are dying. Due to a variety of circumstances like habitat destruction and pesticide usage, bees are dropping like flies. I wonder if that simile is too close to home, or, er, hive.
You can plant your own Bee garden by picking up a Yards seed packet anywhere that Yards beer is sold. The seed packets contain local flower species that are conducive to bee proliferation, and once your flower bloom you can snap a picture of it and share it with #YardsBeeGarden. You can read the full Yards manifesto on bees here.
Yards Brewing Company [Foobooz]
Well, here’s something to look forward to: On Friday, April 24th, in celebration of Arbor Day, Tree Philly is teaming up with Yards Brewing Company to bring free yard trees, free t-shirts and free beer to folks all across the city. They like to call it — wait for it — #ArbrewDay. Read more »
Photo via Facebook | Yards Brewing Company
You got a pen? You’re going to want to mark this date down: On Thursday, April 16th, Yards Brewing Company is hosting their first Yards Runners’ Happy Hour of the year, complete with free beer and tomato pie. So, not only do you get a free workout, you get free dinner, too!
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