Brigid's is in the Fairmount neighborhood, about five blocks southeast of the Norsthat Bar. I split five apps two ways, enjoyed with Great Lakes Big Eye IPA, Well's Banana Bread for desert.
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Check out Meal Ticket about Local 44's upcoming bottle shop.

PBW 2011 Meet The Brewer Guide

A Best Pick of "Meet the Brewers" for each day of PBW (from Philly proper, sorry burbs!)

Thursday June 2: Central Waters @ Doobies Bar. 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Get your feet wet a day early & join us in hosting Central Waters, one of the greenest breweries in the country from Amherst, WI. Meet the Brew Master & his assistant. Keg lineup to include their Coffee Stout, Happy Heron Pale Ale, Bourbon Cherry Stout & the Illumination Double IPA (subject to change).

Friday June 3: Dark Humor Official Premier @ Good Dog. 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

from PBW:

Official Premier of Ithaca & Iron Hill Media's collaborative beer "Dark Humor" an all brett porter. Brewers will be on hand to discuss. We will also be featuring a Firkin of Ithaca Stash 1-off IPA, & Ithaca's Excelsior 13, Cascazilla & Flower Power on draught.

Saturday June 4: North Coast Brewing 'Monsters of Vinyl Jazz' tap take-over @ The Sidecar. 5pm - 2am

from PBW:

Come meet the owner, Doug Moody from North Coast Brewing, and drink some of the best beer out there. They will be taking over all the taps and there will be a few treats worth making the trip over. Ad Rock digs into the vinyl collection for some classic jazz to pair nicely with the beautifully crafted beers.

Sunday June 5: Voodoo's Tolling of the Bell @ Doobie's. 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

from PBW:

Meet Matt Allyn & discover the world of Voodoo. Try a CowBell Ice Cream Float. You'll never have anything tastier!! ᅠSeveral drafts available including CowBell, a Triple Stout (Imperial, Milk, Oatmeal) (10% ABV), Grand Met, a Belgian style Biere de Garde (10% ABV), Wynona's Big Brown Ale (7.3%) & a Saison (TBA)! ᅠMatt loves to talk beer with folks, so stop by & try one of his amazing brews!

Monday June 6th: Fal Allen from Anderson Valley @ Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

from PBW:

Brewmaster Fal Allen from Anderson Valley is taking the long trip from Boonville down here to Coop! To celebrate his arrival, we're doing an AVBC tap takeover pouring $4 beers! -Hop Ottin IPA -Summer Solstice Cream Ale -Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout -Imperial IPA -Brother David Belgian Double -Brother David Belgian Triple AND TWO SPECIAL RELEASES! Further, our chef will be putting together a magnificent tasting menu, FOUR COURSES...FOUR BEERS...$40

Tuesday June 7: An Evening with Sierra Nevada @Moriarty's. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

from PBW:

Join Brian Grossman from Sierra Nevada Brewing for an evening of award-winning beers and discussion about the history and future of one of the craft industry's pioneering breweries.ᅠ

Wednesday June 8: 16 Dark Horse Tap Takeover @ Hawthornes 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

from PBW:

This is going to be epic. Join us as we welcome Dark Horse Brewing for a night of 16 different and never before seen drafts from this Michigan kick ass brewery. Beers will be flowing from 3pm until close and join the boys from Dark Horse at 5 pm for some killer conversation and good vibes. This is going to rock.

Thursday June 9: Weyerbacher night @ Devil's Den. 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

from PBW:

The Devil's Den will be tapping a selection of Weyerbacher beers this night.ᅠ Flights of the beers will be available. Weyerbacher beers, drafts & bottles will be on special Draft List - 16th Anniversary, a rare one off found at the brewery (even Weyerbacher won't tell us what it is yet), the NEW Brewer's Select, Double Simcoe, Merry Monk's, Verboten, Hops Infusion (get it while you still can) & Bllanche.

Friday June 10: Allagash Meet Rob Tod Night @ Local 44. 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

from PBW:

Come out tonight for a ridiculous line-up of Allagash beers and a special chance to meet head brewer, Rob Tod and talk shop.

Saturday June 11: Collaboration Beer Brunch @ Standard Tap. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

from PBW:

We will feature a special Saison collaborative beer, De Proef Broederlijke Liefde brewed in Ghent, Belgium, as well as a Standard Pils brewed by owner William Reed in conjuction with Sly Fox Brewery.ᅠ Also Don Russell (Joe Sixpack) will be here to talk about and taste the beers he brewed with Sierra Nevada. All this combined with our outstanding brunch.

Sunday June 12: Unibroue @ Caribou Cafe 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

from PBW:

Master Brewmaster Jerry Vietz will be here along with Unibroue's Raftman which is finally available in PA.

JimShan Follows Up on Some Past Blogs

First, the Troegs vs The Brew Works suit over the “Elf” trademark has been made public, and the Brew Works has released an official statement, which can be read here:

I did e-mail Troegs on more then one occasion and they have not responded, nor have they released any kind of statement that I have been able to find.

Also with regards to brewer Terry Hawbaker moving to the Philadelphia Grain Exchange. I guess the owners decided to change the name again to the Farmers Cabinet. It is now open and located at 1113 Walnut St. in Philadelphia, although the brewery is not putting out any beers yet, they have 26 taps.

Also from the owners of the Farmers Cabinet comes announcements of big change within their other establishments:

--They are closing the Fork And Barrel in East Falls, and also The Tap and Table in Emmaus Pa. No closing date has been announced that I can find.

--They are hoping to bring the same type of concept that was the Tap and Table to Philadelphia. They have also decided to keep the Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem Pa open.

So I think that brings everything up to date. If you have a chance to get to the Farmers Cabinet, please leave a comment and let me know how it was. Prost!

-Jim Shanholtzer

Death Of A Legend, Birth of a Beer Lover

I was looking over the internet on Sunday the 10th, I discovered some sad news. I read that legendary brewer Pierre Celis had passed away, in Tienen, Belgium on the 9th, reportedly from cancer.

Celis is regarded as being the brewer who saved the Belgian Wit style of beer, which had become extinct. He started brewing Hoegaarden Witbier in 1965 in his hometown of Hoegaarden, and continued to do so for over 20 years, until he was forced to sell due to a fire, in which he needed more money to rebuild then he received from insurance. The beer is still brewed at that location now by AB-Inbev.

Celis then came to America in 1992, setting up a brewery in Austin, Texas, where he found the water to be comparable to Hoegaardens. He brewed Celis White and other beers until 2001, and was a pioneer in the American craft beer industry.

Celis had had a direct affect on me, and my now pretty accomplished love of craft beer. Back in the mid 90's, I was in Norcross Georgia for a training class from work. Myself, along with some others in the class had walked to the local Applebee's for dinner. I was just starting to explore new beers, and the best I could muster up at Applebee's was a Killians Red.

After dinner we were walking back to the hotel, when myself and one other guy decided to have a couple more beers. We saw a pizza place with beer lights in the window and decided that was our spot. So we wandered in, and asked what they had on draft. The young man who was working had a deep southern drawl. He replied Bud, Bud Light and Hoegaarden. I had never heard of Hoegaarden, as it wasn't well known as it is today, so I asked what it was. He replied, I don't know man, some kind of wheat beer I think. Well, my curiosity got to me, so I ordered one. Im glad I did, after my first sip I said to the guy I was with, “this might be the best beer I have ever had”.

That Hoegaarden truly changed the way I looked at beer. It was the first defining moment in my passion for good beer. So much so that my first trip to Belgium I made it a point to go to the Hoegaarden Brewery. It was a thrill needless to say.

Since then I have had many beers that I love, I have gotten into much stronger beers, IPA's, Barleywines, Stouts and many other variety's, in fact it is hard to find a beer style that I don't enjoy. But I still to this day drink Hoegaarden often, and every time I take that first sip, I remember that trip to Georgia.

So here's to you Pierre Celis, thanks for changing my life with your creation, and thanks for your contributions to the brewing world and giving us Hoegaarden!

-Jim Shanholtzer