Tap Check: The Russian Is Coming

Before Bob Barrar started 2SP Brewing he was known for his award winning Russian Imperial Stouts at Iron Hill Brewing. Barrar won 10 Great American Beer Festival medals for the beer and now he’s got a new version for his new brewery. The Russian will be hitting select bars in Philadelphia on Friday, October 30th. Look for it at the following bars: Local 44 • Standard Tap • Industry Bar • Varga Bar • Jose Pistolas • Strangeloves • Memphis Taproom • Bru • City Tap House Logan Square •Garage.

Fresh off the bottling line, Philadelphia Brewing’s Harvest in the Hood, the Kensington brewery’s fresh hopped beer made with hops grown right at the brewery is now available.

Victory’s fresh hopped beer, Harvest Ale is on tap now throughout the city. Victory’s Hoppy Quad is also out now. It weighs in at a boozy 13% alcohol by volume.

Troegs has a new look. The Hershey, PA brewery has a new logo and new packaging for all its beers. Get a sneak peek on Instagram.

Do Good Brewing has released Do Good Balsamic Saison, a beer brewed with 3 gallons of balsamic vinegar.

Iron Hill Brewing locations have their pumpkin ale on tap and in cans now through October 31st.

Yards Brewing has a limited amount of Hefeweizen available on draft. In addition to the Tasting Room, you can find it at at least three area bars.

Spellbound Brewing in Mount Holly, NJ still has some of their WHATWEREWETHINKING??? Heaven Hill bourbon barrel aged barleywine pouring. But if you miss that, there’s Cherry Belgian Tripel up next.

Jenkintown’s Guild Hall is tapping their Wee Mad Arthur’s Scotch Ale this evening. And no, they didn’t name this after seeing my opinion on nachos.

Don Russell pens a tribute to Rich Palmay, a founder of Village Idiot Brewing in Mount Holly. The brewer collapsed after brewing a batch of beer on August 19th.

Brewpub and Tasting Room Happenings

2nd Story Brewing is turning one this weekend. Starting this evening they will be running food specials and showing off new beers including, Brewer’s Widow – a collaboration with the brewer’s beloved wife, Gillian. The beer is described as dark in color with a touch of resentment.

Pouring now at Tired Hands Fermentaria in Ardmore is People Person. The beer is a dry hopped blonde ale and is a collaboration with the band Pissed Jeans. I guess its better that they didn’t name it for the band.

Thinking about a road trip this weekend? It’s the last three days of Lancaster Brewing’s Oktoberfest. Hit the brewery up for German food and of course beer.

Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment has given into the “Sunday American Football gods.” You can watch the Eagles evening games at the brewpub now.

Mark your calendars, Wednesday, November 4th is the day that Dock Street Brewing is releasing Ain’t Nothing To Funk With, its beer that has been steeping for six months while Wu Tang Clan played on repeat for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.