…and we wanted to make sure you knew! After all, it was thanks to the support of people like you that last year’s event was such a huge success, and that this year’s event will be an even bigger one. We’ve made some exciting changes for Bloktoberfest 2011, all designed to make your experience better and more enjoyable. We’re closing down three blocks instead of one (and on South Street, no less!), streamlining beer sales and service to reduce lines, and expanding food options across the festival. One thing that hasn’t changed: the festival still donates beer proceeds to important neighborhood charities. This year, we’re focusing on education, and working with several great partner organizations to invest in the future of the neighborhood’s public school students. Beneficiaries will include Mighty Writers, Chester A. Arthur Elementary School (through FoCA) and Stanton Elementary School (through Bainbridge House).
This year’s musical line-up is our best yet, and includes over a dozen acts plus a headlining set from The Walkmen. You can see the full list of particpating bands here.
This year, Bloktoberfest is partnering with Philadelphia’s own Bella Vista Beer Distributor to bring you an unparalleled selection of craft beer by breweries from around the country. Keep your eye on this space as the festival approaches for a list of the different brands and types we expect to have on tap throughout the day, but rest assured, there will be something to suit each and every palette, including cider options for gluten-free drinkers.
Beer will be available at several different locations spread out across the festival’s three blocks, including two Express Beer Zones designed to minimize waiting lines and ensure that your next beer is never more than a minute or two away. The staff of Bella Vista will be delivering kegs direct from their warehouse at 11th and Fitzwater continuously throughout the day, so the suds will be pouring without interruption from start to finish, gauranteed.
A Beer Pass is required to enjoy Bloktoberfests’s beer offerings. Here’s the low-down on our system:
•A Basic Beer Pass is $15 online/$20 day of, and comes with 3 drink tickets.
•A Bonus Beer Pass is $25 online/$30 day of, and comes with 5 drink tickets.
•1 drink ticket = 1 beer of any kind on tap at Bloktoberfest.
•Want additional drink tickets? They’re $5 each at the event.
•Beer Pass & drink ticket sales at the event are cash only.
•Beers are 12oz., same as a standard six-pack bottle or can.
•Drink tickets are strictly “use ‘em or lose ‘em” – no refunds.
•Proceeds from beer sales go towards neighborhood charitable causes.
Thirsty yet? Then lock up your Beer Pass at a discounted advance price right now using the order form below, and we’ll see you on South Street!
It was not that I was surprised that there was a brewery in such a small town, it was that the beer being made at Auburn Alehouse was as good if not better than other brew pubs in more brew prolific towns. Auburn California is usually known, by the people who don’t live there, as the stop on the way to Tahoe from Sacramento. It’s a small quaint town with a country feel. It wasn’t the place I was expecting to find an amazing brewery on my short weekend trip.
The Northern California brewery and restaurant has a broad and impressive range of beers on tap. Including but not limited to, an Oatmeal Stout, a sessionable Brown, Pilsner, Lager, Oktoberfest and enough hop centric beers that would put a smile on any hop heads face.
The Auburn Alehouse has only been open a handful of years and has taken home more than a few awards. Which includes a Bronze medal for their Gold Country Pilsner at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010. Their Fools Gold is a “Pale Ale with a Punch” , a hoppy pale ale at 7.8% ABV 50 BU’s, it is not a typical Pale Ale which I thought was brilliant and insightful. It was also served on Nitro while I was in town which also is not typical of a small town shop. Gold Digger is a clean crisp IPA at 6.7% ABV 70 BU’s it is an amazing beer brewed with Magnum, Simcoe and Chinook hop varieties, with a late addition of Dry hops. The fact that this small town brewery even had an Imperial IPA was the first thing I noticed when I walked in. The PU-240, named after the Isotope essential for nuclear grade weapons is their “Weapons Grade Ale”. At 8.0% ABV 100BU’s, this hop bomb Imperial IPA has just enough Alcohol to complement the huge hop flavor. Brewed with Summit and Galena hops then double Dry-hopped with Simcoe, Columbus and Nugget hop varieties. I highlite the hoppy beers cause those are my favorite styles but every beer I tasted, and I tasted them all, was top notch and deserving of a review.
The Auburn Alehouse ties the brewery and restaurant together seamlessly with its shinny 10-barrel brewing system peering over the restaurant and bar through its tall glass walls like Optimus Prime for beer geeks ready to come alive when a patrons beer is low. On the wall above the bar are a few dozen growlers from other breweries around the country that have been collected by employees and loyal patrons who want to share their beer explorations with the brewery and town. Also with an outside patio, great food and occasional live music this beautiful rustic brick and mortar walled brewery is a place I wish was closer to home.
With the growth of the craft beer industry it is becoming more common for small breweries to produce not just beer with more flavor than the macro-brew aluminum can, but actually produce great beer. This quality over quantity production is a reflection of the craft beer movement right now and brewers knowing that with the right ingredients, care and knowledge they can make just as good of beers as anyone else, anywhere else. This competition forces innovation and is great for craft beers palate.
If you find yourself in the Auburn California area or on your way to Tahoe on I-80 make sure you stop by the Auburn Alehouse for lunch and stock up on some 22′s or a growler for the road. If you bring them a growler from your town maybe they’ll trade ya.
Support your local brewery and search out someone else’s local brewery and give it a try.
Saturday, August, 20, 2011, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Hop Heads and Malt Maniacs rejoice! An exclusive one-night event, Philadelphia’s original “HopScotch” returns to Khyber Pass Pub to showcase rare hoppy India Pale Ales, American Pale Ales, and Double India Pale Ales alongside highly sought-after Scotch Ales and Wee Heavies. Whether for Hops or for Scotch, guests will be able to determine their preference in a standoff between Malty Scotch Ales and Hoppy IPAs!
Oskar Blues Old Chub
Belhaven Wee Heavy
Bear Republic Heritage
Brasserie D’achouffe McChouffe
Founders Dirty Bastard
The Hoppy Ales
Founders Devil Dancer
Russian River Blind Pig
Flying Dog Centennial Single Hop Imperial IPA
Cask Bear Republic Racer 5
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Corne Du Diable
Ballast Point Even Keel
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Cask Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA
Khyber Pass Pub is a historic Old City bar handcrafted in 1876, and recently named by ‘Philadelphia Magazine’ as Best of Philly 2011 Revival. The menu features an extensive selection of craft beers, authentic Louisiana specialties, Southern barbecue, and tasty vegan and vegetarian options. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Happy Hour runs weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.!
Home Brewers Association Ranks the Top 50 American Craft Beers!
Compiled By Matt Goldstein
Russian River’s Pliny the Elder sits a top another craft beer list as the Home Brewers association ranks the 50 best beers in America. There’s a few things we like about this list such as a few pilsners getting respect, a style often ignored on craft beer lists which are usually dominated by imperial stouts, double IPA’s and quadruple Belgians. We love seeing Sierra Nevada Celebration, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Avery Maharaja, Russian River Blind Pig, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, and Anchor Steam Ale, all of which deserve spots on any beer list. Sam Adams Boston Lager is a solid beer, but that’s a bit suspect to be in the top 30, let alone the top 50 or 100 beers for that matter. Let us know your thoughts on the Home Brewer top 50 beers in America.
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder 2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale 3 (tie). Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA 3 (tie). Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 5. Bell’s Hopslam 6. Stone Arrogant Bastard 7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
8 (tie). Sierra Nevada Torpedo 8 (tie). Stone Ruination 10. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 11. Stone Sublimely Self Righteous 12. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine 13. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 14 (tie). Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter 14 (tie). Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale .
16 (tie). Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA 16 (tie). New Glarus Belgian Red 18. North Coast Old Rasputin 19. Bell’s Expedition Stout 20 (tie). Deschutes The Abyss 20 (tie). Left Hand Milk Stout 20 (tie). Odell IPA 20 (tie). Samuel Adams Noble Pils 20 (tie). Surly Furious 20 (tie). Troegs Nugget Nectar 26 (tie). Rogue Dead Guy Ale 26 (tie). Samuel Adams Boston Lager 28. Anchor Steam 29 (tie). Bear Republic Racer 5 29 (tie). Ommegang Three Philosophers 29 (tie). Oskar Blues Ten Fidy .
29 (tie). Three Floyds Alpha King 29 (tie). Three Floyds Dark Lord 34 (tie). Avery Maharaja 34 (tie). Dogfish Head Indian Brown 34 (tie). Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron 34 (tie). Three Floyds Gumballhead 38 (tie). Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA 38 (tie). Lost Abbey Angel’s Share 38 (tie). New Belgium La Folie 38 (tie). New Belgium Ranger 38 (tie). Oskar Blues Old Chub .
43 (tie). Ballast Point Sculpin IPA 43 (tie). Great Divide Yeti 43 (tie). New Belgium 1554 43 (tie). Russian River Blind Pig 43 (tie). Ska Modus Hoperandi 48 (tie). Alesmith Speedway Stout 48 (tie). Dark Horse Crooked Tree 48 (tie). Green Flash West Coast IPA 48 (tie). Summit EPA 48 (tie). Victory Prima Pils
By Pat Smith, Matt Goldstein & Sommelier Tom Pittakas
For Philly Beer Week, our staff hit eight events and about 30 different bars overall in celebration of craft beer in one of the best beer cities in the world, Philadelphia. From IPA’s to imperial Stouts, dopplebocks and fruit beers, Philly Beer Week had a profusion of many styles by the best breweries in the world. Below is our top 10 beers of the 2011 Philly Beer Week. Pick up a few these beautiful brews and let us know your thoughts.
1. Ballast Point Victory at Sea Barrel Aged Espresso Vanilla Imperial Porter:
An American Porter with 10.0% ABV, the Ballast Point Victory at Sea is a deep dark beer with notes of mocha, chocolate, vanilla and complex full bodied smooth porter. This is simply one of the best porters in the world and Ballast Point continues to prove it’s one of the best breweries in the world. This is an absolute must for dark beer lovers. Served at the Khyber Pass Pub.
2. Hitachino Espresso Imperial Stout
From the Kiuchi Brewery in Japan, the Hitachino Espresso Stout stands at 7.50% ABV with great malts and crisp finish. It’s rare finding a stout this flavorful and crisp at the same time. Dark black in color with dark head, the Hitachino is a classic imperial stout and proves that the Japanese can brew a hell of a beer. Served at the Side Car Bar.
3. Dogfish Head Festina PecheBerlinerWeisse
The Festina Peche is fermented with peaches that hints of a sour beer. Not made like traditional sour beers, this fruit beer is crafted with very ripe peaches to get it’s sour flavor. Very crisp and refreshing, the Dogfish Head Festina Peche is the perfect summer beer. Not too sour without many hops at all, the Festina Peche is about 4.5% ABV. Purchased at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting.
4. Fegley’s Hopsulutely Triple IPA
The Fegley’s Brewery is getting a lot of buzz in the Philadelphia area and proving to be one of the best brewers in the city area. Considering this is one of the best craft beer cities in the U.S., Fegley’s is of course creating some great crafts. The Hopsolutely Triple IPA is made with Cascade, CTZ, Summit, Amarillo and Chinook hops, then dry hopped with Chinook and Amarillo. At 100 IBU’s, this triple IPA is still balanced enough to challenge the best IPA’s in the country. We challenge you to try it out. Allentown and Bethlehem are making a real name for themselves and deservedly so. 11.0% ABV. Purchased at Whole Foods in Plymouth meeting.
5. Nebraska Samarican Brown Ale
At 5.3% ABV, this American Brown Ale is slightly sweet, slightly malty, crisp and well balanced. Overall one of the best brown ales you will find. The Nebraska Brewing “cornhusker juice” was in major demand throughout Philly Beer week, especially the oak aged Black Betty Imperial Stout. Colorado isn’t the only Midwest state making excellent craft beer. Served at the Sidecar Bar.
6. Russian River’s Pliney the Elder
8.0% ABV. American Double IPA. Purchased in a growler from the Hulmeville Inn.
7. Port Ole Viscosity Whiskey Barrel Aged
12% ABV by Port Brewing. Served at the Resurrection Ale House.
8. Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
5.0% ABV Ayinger Brewing from Germany. Served at Eulogy Belgian Tavern.
9. Ballast Point Navigator Dopplebock
8.9% ABV barrel aged by Ballast Point. Served at the Khyber Pass Pub.
Tales of the Philly Beer Scene, Craft Beer and Beer Week Shananigans
By Matt Goldstein & Pat Smith
We started Beer Week off at The Iron Abbey with a free beer dinner and Sly Fox Firkin. What’s better than free beer and dinner? From sliders to cheese steak egg rolls, pita and hummus and salad, the Philly Beer Scene Magazine set up a nice spread. Some of us totally missed the first weekend of beer week though because we were off in A.C. covering the fights. But hey, we certainly drank a lot of beer, believe it. Overall, we hit about 8 events.
We then trumped over to the Khyber Pass Pub for the Ballast Point Event which might have had the best beer overall.
Our next event was the Sidecar Bar for the Nebraska Brewing event and then the Resurrection Ale House for all Wood in the Hood. Every beer on tap was whiskey barrel aged and the Port Ole’ Viscosity didn’t disappoint. The truffle burger at the Side Car Bar is one of the best burgers in the city, no question about it.
Then we were over to The Grace Tavern for the Stout tap takeover and the Khyber Pass Pub to clean out their remaining kegs from beer week followed by a stop at the excellent Belgian ale house, Eulogy. The Po-boy sandwich at the Khyber is completely out of control. It’s an absolute must try. We recommend the Fried Shrimp Po-boy.
On Sunday the final day of beer week we stopped at the Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting for their Beer Week blowout to pick up some great craft beer deals and off to our Sommelier Tom Pittakas’s house for a Sunday afternoon BBQ with slow cooked ribs on the smoker. Craft beer and smoked ribs. Suck on that beer week!
The anointed one, wife and webmaster Carolynn Chapman actually tried a craft beer. We forced her hand and made her put down the Coors Light and try a Stouts Pilsner. Then she voluntarily ordered a 2nd one. WOW! Move over beer geeks.
The Ballast Point Victory by Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter and the Hitachino Espresso Stout were probably the best beers we sampled. Both are flat out studs.
I left a tip on the bar for the bartender at the Grace and some crack head junky hipster scumbag might have stolen it. He’s lucky I didn’t catch him but I’m almost positive he did it. At the risk of ruining a good party I didn’t say a word.
Again, the truffle burger at the Sidecar Bar and the Po-Boy at the Khyber Pass Pub are absolute musts for any Philadelphia foodie.
General Manager at the Iron Abbey, Rui Lucas was pouring the beers himself at the Philly Beer Scene Magazine beer dinner to kick off beer week. This guy is a great manager and great ambassador for the craft beer world. Where else can you get Brazilian steak samplers from N’brasa, one of the best beer lists in the city and watch a UFC or Boxing PPV for free. Exaclty.
I never actually got to smash a beer geek in the face with a Miller Highlife, but it would have been fun.
The $12 dollars for a 10 ounce of Nebraska Brewings Black Betty Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout at the Sidecar was a little much. $12? Really? It was good and had a unique aftertaste but it wasn’t that good.
We wish we would have gotten to try more beers at the Resurrection Ale House All Wood in the Hood event. Whiskey Barrel aged beers is one of our favorite styles.
Beer week is getting over done a bit. It seemed that there was about 500 events which is just crazy, but hey, anything that sells in this economy is a good thing, especially American beer. Speaking of which, sales of IPA’s have increased 40% over the last year. Hopefully the American IPA phenomenon takes off internationally; it would do great things for our country.
Local Philadelphia Irish pub chain and craft beer bar PJ Whelihan’s is hosting an array of beer week events heading into the final weekend. From Victory and Oskar Blues to Ambler Brewing firkins, all 10 PJ Whelihan’s locations have a great craft beer lineup, better than some of the downtown sheek craft joints actually. The food is cheap, the drafts are deep and below is the remaining Philly beer week schedule for PJ Whelihan’s.
The Khyber Pass Pub is the official Whiskey Goldmine Beer Week headquarters with some of the best craft beer events in the city. From Leffe Blonde to Abita, Anderson Valley, Ithaca, Left Hand, Voodoo and more, we’ll be hanging there all week. If you see us in the Khyber on Saturday and find us wearing a Whiskey Goldmine hat or T-shirt, the Whiskey Goldmine is buying you a beer. Cheers! See below for all of the event details.
6/7Keep The Glass Night with Leffe Blonde
TUES4PM-10PMBuy a glass of Leffe Blonde, keep the glass! Event approved by your kitchen cabinet.
The Big Easy with Abita
8PM-2AM (Upstairs)Abita’s Nick Smith and John Guhring bring special brews and traditional beats from the Big Easy. Nick Smith on the turntables, droppin’ serious N’awlins funk all night. Featuring S.O.S., Andygator, and more.
6/8Get Boont in Broad Daylight with Anderson Valley
WED1PM-4PMJoin Anderson Valley Brewing’s head brewer Fal Allen and owner Trey White for an afternoon of tasty treats. They bust out the big guns and we look forward to pouring ABC standards you love, some you’ve never tried, and at least one brand new brew. Featuring Imperial IPA, Boontlinger Weiss, Gatlin Damnosis.
Ithaca Beer Odyssey
8PM-2AMEnjoy Ithaca’s new collaboration brew Dark Humor, a Brett Porter, along with several other rare and delicious ales. The oracle foresees something cask-y in your future. Featuring 13, Flower Power, and more.
So Nice We Pour ‘Em Twice
8PM-2AM (Upstairs) Khyber brings back some of our favorite rare and exclusive brews of Philly Beer Week. DJ Kyle Miller spins Funk and Northern Soul.
6/9Behold a Dark Horse
THURS7PM-2AMJoin us as we host Marshall, Michigan’s Dark Horse Brewing Company, with rare and tasty treats. Featuring Plead the 5th, Double Crooked Tree, Rocker, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scotty Karate, and more.
Get Funky with New Holland’s Dr. Joel
8PM-2AM (Upstairs) New Holland Ambasador Dr. Joel spins funk, soul and rock tunes while we drink his beer. Six New Holland drafts! Featuring Dragons Milk, Full Circle, Poet, and more.
6/10The Leftorium with Left Hand
FRI7PM-11PMCalling all Southpaws: Khyber has Left Hand’s exclusive Philly Beer Week brew – Week Sauce! We’ll be pouring this unique cappuccino porter (as well as other Left Hand brews) with the Phillies game on the big screens. Drink specials for left-handed homers! Featuring Stranger Pale Ale, Polestar Pilsner, and more.
So Nice We Pour ‘Em Twice, Redux
8PM-2AM (Upstairs) Khyber brings back some of our favorite rare and exclusive brews of Philly Beer Week. DJ Jem rocks out all night.
6/11Clean Out Khyber’s Keg Room
SATALL DAYHelp us empty our keg room! We’ve got tons of tasty and rare brews that need drinking. Enjoy $1 off all these special beers all day.
6/12Clean Out Khyber’s Keg Room, Part DEUX
SUNALL DAYHelp us empty our keg room (again)! We’ve got tons of tasty and rare brews that need drinking. Enjoy $1 off all these special beers all day.
56 South 2nd Street l Philadelphia, PA l 215.238.5888
The Iron Abbey Gastro Pub has the best food and craft beer combination in the Philadelphia area. The Iron Abbey beer week line up kicks off with a free beer and complimentary firkin and an official invite below. Printout the invite and you’re in. Also featured, are brown bag taste test with the cusotmers as the judges. Filled with the Breworks to Boulder Beer, Duvel night and Flying Dog meet the brewers, the Iron Abbey Gastro Pub is filled with some of the best beer in all of beer week. Check out the schedule below.
The Washington’s Crossing Brewfest was held this past Saturday in Washington’s Crossing Park in Soleburry PA just outside of New Hope. With over 50 breweries the competition was steep and beer flowing big. Firestone & Samuel Smith stole the show with some craft beer standard classics.
1. Firestone Walker Reserve Porter:
The Firestone Walker Reserve Porter flat out crushed the competition at the Washington’s Crossing Brewfest. The reserve porter is a robust style porter and made with premium 2-row malts, maris otter, crystal 77, crystal 120 with bitter, cascade and whirlpool hops. The Reserve Porter is dark, sweet, malty, slightly bitter with notes of caramel and toffee. It’s a banger! Good luck finding a better porter.
2. Samuel Smith Organic Ale
The Samuel Smith Organic Ale is Certified organic by the USDA-accredited UK Soils Association. A golden ale with beautiful malts and just enough kick from the hops. A classic ale.
3. Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale
The Maduro is an American brown ale and also got an A- on Beer Advocate. Enough said.
4. Climax ESB
We thought Fuller’s had the best ESB out there. We were wrong. The Climax Extra Special Bitter Ale has notes of honey, toffee and caramel, and a hop bitter kick.
5. Elysian Men’s Room Red Ale
The Men’s Room Red is made with Crisp 77 Crystal, Munich, Cara-hell, Cara-Red and Cara-vienne malts and hopped with Chinook and Cascade. A portion of the proceeds from this ale go to support military veterans. Get one today…
The worst beer of the brewfest? Beach Haus! We don’t care where it’s from and you won’t care how it tastes. Also, the lady at the tent handing out the beers was a total bitch.