Tap Check: Tired Hands Gets Easier to Find
Welcome to Tap Check, an occasional update on local beers in and around Philadelphia.
We knew Tired Hands would be upping distribution with the opening of their new Fermentaria, but like Philly Tap Finder, we’re surprised just how many bars are now serving the pride of Ardmore. By PTF’s count, 22 taps and 9 different beers.
That expanded distribution is just one of the reasons we’re excited that Forest & Main is also adding space. The Ambler brewpub is adding capacity and a tasting room in the adjacent warehouse. In addition to more capacity, the expansion will pave the way for some barrel aged beers.
Neshaminy Brewing is booming. The brewery has gone from brand new to possibly cranking out 12,000 barrels of beer this year. Its The Shape of Hops to Come Imperial IPA was released July 1st and is now appearing on distributor shelves.
Ever wonder what he looked like naked? And by he, we mean the Tröegs Mad Elf. The Hershey based brewing has long made a cherries, honey and chocolate malt-free version of their holiday seasonal, but this year it will be making Naked Elf available on draft and in the bottle.
Philadelphia Brewing Company has a new beer out. Capitalizing on the “Session IPA” craze, PBC has released Session IPA from PHL in both 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Also be on the look out for Broken Bell, a double-IPA that is back for a second season.
At Victory Brewing there is always something new pouring. Sour Monkey, Victory’s sour take of Golden Monkey is readily available in 750ml bottles and can be found on some local taps. The occasional and highly sought after Bell Ringer is also out right now.
As we enjoyed a Victory’s Summer Love in a can, we started thinking what would be Victory’s second canned beer. We are excited to see that Victory Headwaters can designs have been improved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade commission. A good sign that the hoppy ale might be next to be canned.
Delaware County’s 2SP Brewing is aiming to open in Aston by the end of July.
Brewpub and Tasting Room Happenings
The tasting room at Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Somerdale, NJ is turning two this Friday. There will be special kegs and discounts on merchandise all weekend.
At 2nd Story Brewing, summer of 2015 will see three new beers: An American porter, the next in their evolving IPA series and a Belgian honey saison.
The recently opened Guild Hall in Jenkintown has added another beer. Beckett’s Bitter, a British style, light amber is now on tap.
On Sunday, July 12th, Cherry Hill’s Forgotten Boardwalk is hosting a special event commemorating 1916’s New Jersey shark attacks.
West Chester’s Boxcar Brewpub has expanded its hours. The Market Street brewpub is now open seven days a week and is serving weekend brunch.
Conshohocken Brewing’s tasting room is offering Vinyl Mondays and Food Truck Wednesdays. And on Tuesdays, take $2 off all growler fills.
And of course Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. opens on Saturday, July 11th in Brewerytown.
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