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.
A PBR Review: Hipsters Rolling their Eyes Everywhere
By Matt Goldstein
When I had a PBR last summer, there was something wrong with the tap and the beer was spoiled. It was basically undrinkable. Now, considering I can drink even the worst of beers without a flinch, I decided that Pabst Blue Ribbon deserved another try. Pabst Blue Ribbon is the first beer to sell 10 million cases of beer in the United States. It’s an American staple and deserves recognition for that alone. Let’s give Pabst Blue Ribbon the chance it deserves: A Whiskey Goldmine Review.
Pabst Blue Ribbon Tasting Notes:
PBR is sweet, dry, crisp with a grain aftertaste. Very refreshing! There you have it. That’s our review. It’s an easy drinking session lager and pretty good flavor. We love it. If you got a problem with that, nobody cares.
Pabst Blue Ribbon and the Hipster issue:
Now, it wouldn’t be a Pabst Blue Ribbon article if we didn’t address the hipster issue. Yes, Hipsters drink PBR at staggering amounts and the Hipsters are multiplying exponentially like a badass zombie movie. The Hipsters where PBR t-shirts, and drink PBR like it’s their uber sudo liberal (but not the democratic party) political identity. Yup, their socially advanced, and your craft beer is just too cool to be cool. Drinking real beer is uncool. It’s scary, frightening and Hipsters could simply revolt and kill us all. However, now that everyone knows the Hipsters drink PBR to be cool, or un-cool, they are moving on to a new beer. And they probably will officially move on after this review. It’s too cool to be called un-cool. Hipsters are moving on to National Bohemian. Yup, they be drinkin the “Nati bo.” Review coming soon. We’re gonna single handedly do our best to destroy the Hipster Nati Bo revolution. Someone might get smacked in their face for this one.
Here are some facts to enjoy about Pabst Blue Ribbon:
Pabst Blue Ribbon American Style Premium Lager
Pabst Blue Ribbon is a premium lager brew crafted with a hefty infusion of 6-row barley in its ingredient package, a carefully balanced carbohydrate profile from corn syrup, and a unique combination of Pacific domestic hops blended with an imported Yugoslavian variety. Fermented with a pure culture of yeast and aged at high gravity, PBR is cellared and finished to the smooth, robust likeness of a fine Pilsner.
12.8 grams of carbohydrates
Pabst Blue Ribbon Light American Style Light Lager
Pabst Blue Ribbon Light is brewed with the traditional grains and malts of a fine lager, and is tailored to the brewing specifications of a low calorie beer. Hopped with the same intensity as PBR, the light version is a satisfyingly superior way to bend an arm.
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.
The name CascaZilla is a play on both the name of a gorge in Ithaca called Cascadilla and the monster amounts of Cascade Hops we use to make the beer. The predominant flavor and aroma of this beer comes from fresh American hops. Made with 2-Row, Crystal, and Black malts, Cascade, Chinook and Crystal hops, then dry hopped with Cascade, Amarillo hops, the Ithaca Caskazilla has 50 IBU’s and 7.0% ABV.
Ithaca Caskazilla Tasting Notes: WOW! Deep thick Brown in color, thick and cloudy with sediment, a scent of fruit, scent of yeast, and sour taste. The Caskazilla flavor is heavy in hops, sour, dry and slightly bitter. With notes of fruit with a sweet taste, the dry crisp yeast and hops with slight malt give it a great balance. This is a great ale!
The Ithaca Ground Break American Style Saison
An Americanized hoppy Saison, the Ground Break is brewed with generous amounts of Amarillo, Crystal and Glacier hops and flaked rye. It’s fermented with a blend of Belgian and American yeasts.
Ithaca Ground Break Tasting Notes: The color is a brownish gold, slightly cloudy, with flavor full of the classic Belgian style yeast. Sweet with a thick mouth feel and slightly crisp, and a nice sour taste for a saison, the scent of fruit and Yeasty light malt finish is just a touch dry. An excellent and unique styled saison.
Water Supply Issues Create a Light, Easy, Drinkable Mexican Style
By Matt Goldstein & Tim Rodgers
Now, Mexican beers are at a disadvantage because of the water supply situation. One must remember to compare apples to apples when analyzing their brews. Mexico tends to be a warm, arid climate with spicy/salty cuisine. Therefore, the beers that would make the most sense would be your lighter lagers. All of which Mexico produces. Bohemia was by far the best beer we sampled. It could compare with a solid American IPA and tasted a lot like Flying Fish.
1. Bohemia, surprisingly crisp/clean with an unexpected subtle yet distinct hoppiness
2. Negra Modela, always consistently smooth with a nice malty finish
3. Dos Equis LagerEspecial, crisp flavors, solid lager
4. Carta Blanca, smooth, light, solid
5. Corona, always good, always refreshing
6. Cristal, actually from Peru, but fits in well with the Mexican style
7. Corona Light, great light beer but light on flavor
9 Tecate, just OK, light and smooth but far from great
9. Sol, awful, almost undrinkable, bad aftertaste
10. Modela Especial, the six-pack we bought was skunked, we know Modelo is a good beer but it will have to wait a few months for another chance to be reviewed.
Bohemia Pilsner is this year’s Mexican Category champion! It was a hot day in Chester down at the new MLS stadium PPL Park. We decided to conduct this categories beer tasting tailgating the Philadelphia Union soccer game. The dirt parking lot in July made it actually feel like a Mexican desert. Pure genius! To keep the theme going, we got burritos, chips, salsa and guacamole to cleanse our palates between each beer. We had Pork, Chicken and Beef burritos made with black beans, corn and rice.
Now, Mexican beers are at a disadvantage because of the water supply situation. One must remember to compare apples to apples when analyzing their brews. Mexico tends to be a warm, arid climate with spicy/salty cuisine. Therefore, the beers that would make the most sense would be your lighter lagers. All of which Mexico produces. Bohemia was by far the best beer we sampled. It could compare with a solid American IPA and tasted a lot like Flying Fish. I think the most surprising beer was Carta Blanca. Based on our preconceived notions of the beer, I thought it would be mere swill. However, it would be up at the top of my choices if we were scarfing down tortilla chips and tacos on the roadside in Puerta Vallarta. Dos Equis Lager was also very solid. Again, based on the most the interesting man in the world advertising campaign, perhaps Dos Equis would bring more style than substance, but it was an enjoyable beer. The most disappointing beer was Sol. It basically tasted awful to everybody. Now, we’ve had Sol before and liked it, but this was just not its day. Tecate, we expected to be at the bottom, but it was a toss-up between Sol and Tecate for the worst of the day. Bohemia is officially the first beer to receive an automatic bid to the first annual Whiskey Goldmine March madness 64 beer tournament. Let the countdown begin!
The elusive Russian River Pliny the Younger has been called “The Best Beer in the World” and has caused near riots in Northern California where it is brewed. Brewed once a year and only distributed on draft to a very small handful of markets in California, Denver and Philadelphia, this brew creates a crowd anywhere you are lucky enough to find it poured.
At 11% ABV this enormous Imperial IPA, packs a punch. However, the true beauty of this beer lies in the fact that its heavy hop bill is so well balanced against a malt backbone just large enough to get the ABV so high.
Sipping this sublimely golden ale one might guess it weighs in closer to 8.0%–or less. A tropical citrus aroma emanates from the glass and these characteristics continue into the flavor but are also joined with an overwhelming piney resinous (maybe the reason “Pliny” is often misspelled “Pliney”?). Younger rounds out finishing surprisingly dry with little of the sweetness typically found in a brew this large. This beer is not a hop bomb like so many Imperial IPAs, but rather explodes with the balance that few, if any, beers achieve.
Is it the best beer in the world? Probably not. But the first time you are lucky enough to try Pliny the Younger, you may find yourself plotting, planning and missing work just to get a second glass of this big, balanced elixir.
Tempers Flare, Fight Ensues Before Highly Anticipated Goat Race, Beerfest
By Team Goldmine
At the Weigh in & Press Conference for the Sly Fox Goat Races there was a heated exchange between the Iron Abbey and Whiskey Goldmine. The argument turned into a brawl when Whiskey Goldmine’s racing goat “Coffee” bit the Iron Abbey’s goat named “Iron.” Just then, the other Iron Abbey racing goat named “Abbey” attacked Coffee the goat and a brawlerupted! Iron Abbey’s General Manager Rui Lucas started throwing bombs at WG’s publisher Matt Goldstein, punching and screaming, “What the heck does a whiskey web site know about craft beer and goat racing anyway?!?” After being punched multiple times Goldstein tackled Lucas saying, “Just because you show UFC PPV’s on Saturday nights doesn’t mean you know MMA!” At this point, a complete brawl erupted between 12 goats, all the bartenders at the Iron Abbey and about 10 drunken writers from the WG. It was absolute mayhem.
An anonymous source from the WG was quoted as saying, “Just because the Iron Abbey has the best craft beer and steak combination in the Philadelphia area doesn’t save them from getting crushed in the Sly Fox goat race by Coffee.” Rui Lucas responded with warning that his two goats “Iron” and “Abbey” are gonna “stomp on every goat in their way in order to get to Coffee.” When we asked Whiskey Goldmine Publisher & CEO Matt Goldstein for a quote on the Sly Fox goat races, Goldstein grabbed our camera and smashed it on the ground, kind of like Sonny in the Godfather during the infamous wedding scene. Unfortunately, because of this camera assault, we have no footage of the mayhem from the press conference. It will all have to be decided on Sunday at race time.
The festivities start at 11 am and the race kicks off at 2 pm. Its German bock day and the Sly Fox will have 5 different styles of bock beer flowing outside at the Phoenixville brewery. Tickets for the bus trip from the Iron Abbey are still available. A crowd of about 2500 is expected.
Green Flash Brewing Companies extravagantly hopped West Coast IPA has a pungent bitter taste at first sip but is complemented my many other flavors. With its sunset copper color, crisp taste, and floral hops it defines the qualifications of the West Coast IPA. The gangs of hops that impugn upon your pallet are Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade. These four different yet complementing varieties give the West Coast its pine, floral, citric and fruity flavors. This flagship IPA from San Diego County is the recipient of many awards and accolades for its American IPA Style. 7.3% ABV and 95 IBU’s.
Green Flash Summer Saison
To the untrained eye the Summer Saison has a fizzy yellow beer look to it, though if you had the slightest taste for craft beer you probably have a good idea of what’s going on in this beer. It is a light bodied beer with citrus, lemon, as well as hints of banana flavors which all can be tasted and smelt. I would compare it to many of good wheat beers. Hope I didn’t offend any Germans or Belgians by comparing styles. This Farmhouse ale by San Diego County’s Green Flash Brewery is a great choice on a nice hot summer day working the farm fields of Belgium or something of this nature . At 4.3% ABV Summer Saison is what I like to call a good duration beer, meaning that it can be consumed for long periods of time with less likely hood of falling over. Wheat or No Wheat its a great light and refreshing beer!