Have you been bad this season? If so, Santa might be punishing you with coal under the Christmas tree. I know what you’re thinking, “What does this Jewish guy Goldstein know about Christmas?” Fear not my friends, I got connections. You best believe I got some Christmas gifts on the way. On another note, a good kind of coal this holiday season is coal that comes in the form of a beer. The Ridgeway Brewing Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout is a classic wintery stout perfect for any holiday celebration. Making over 19 Christmas Ales, Ridgeway Brewing out of England is one of the world’s leading holiday beer makers. Black in color with a brown bubbly head, the Lump of Coal Stout is a malty stout with subtle crispness. Thin in body for a stout, the malty and coffee notes make a pretty flavorful stout. Not full of all those Christmas spices in most craft beers, the Lump of Coal is simply a solid stout. Malty, smoky and bitter, we would definitely try this stout again.
World’s Biggest Company & America’s Biggest Beer Seller to Tap Craft Beer Market
By Matt Goldstein
In a major sign that craft beer has gone main stream, the world’s biggest company and America’s biggest beer seller, Walmart, is making a major move into the craft beer market. If there’s one thing Walmart has that the others don’t, it’s shelf space. Walmart are the biggest and most prevalent stores in the world and they can sell an enormous variety in comparison to competitors. Not to mention, Walmart’s buying power allow them to have the best consumer pricing available. Walmart’s plan is simple, offer more craft beer at a better price. While some might think this is craft beer selling out, or adding a bit of a cheesy mainstream factor to what sometimes has an underground feel, craft beer at Walmart might drive prices down at other beer outlets. There are some local craft beer takeouts right here in the Philly/NJ area that are simply raping customers because they think they can. Walmart just might make those takeouts think twice about the excessive and sometimes arrogant pricing. Perhaps, Walmart can help the craft beer world grow; essentially being good for the United States as we are dominating the market. There comes a time when you must ask yourself, “What would Kenny Powers do?” We’re going to continue to investigate whether Walmart plans on taking U.S. craft beer throughout the world. Coming soon…
The Manayunk Berwery has been a staple of the Philadelphia Schuylkill River night life scene since 1996. Formerly a converted textile mill known as Krook’s Mill, the historic Philadelphia landmark is now bustling restaurant and brew pub. The first thing I noticed immediately when I walked in was the sushi bar. Curious I thought. It seemed wildly out of place with the different sporting events shown on a number of flat screens behind the bar, the 80’s cover band that was about to take the stage, and the college aged crowd that had taken over at 10 o’ clock that Friday evening.
Nonetheless, it was all about the beer I reminded myself. I thought it was appropriate to start off with the Dreamin’ Double IPA. Inspired by the highly hopped beers from the west coast, the Dreamin double IPA is truly a hophead’s delight. Five varieties of American hops added throughout the boil create a wide range of flavors including pine and citrus, while generous dry-hopping in the fermentor provides the distinct aroma of fresh hops. The Manayunk Brew pubs guarantee that this is one of the freshest double IPA’s available. 8.5% ABV, 85 IBU’s. I thought the hop varieties were out of place. It seemed out of balance, too peppery, and over-spiced.
MANAYUNK LAGER (Oktoberfest) Marzen Style Lager
In strict accordance with the German purity law of 1516, they present this annually brewed festbier. Traditionally brewed in March and stored deep in the caves of Germany, this beer was brought to the masses to celebrate in October. It is a Vienna-style lager with a bit more malt and hops making a malty but balanced beverage. Copper-orange in color, it sports a toasty malt backbone that wonderfully compliments itself with many of our menu items.
6.2% ABV, 25 IBUs
I thought that the malt notes were way too heavy with coffee. Had a metallic finish and missed the mark for me. I was starting to get disappointed. But as the 80’s music got louder and more obscure, the night started to get better.
KROOK’S MILL American Pale Ale
This is a well-balanced hoppy American style pale ale with a generous usage of fine 2 row pale and a touch of crystal malt. This beer is copper in color and is finished with “C” hops from the Pacific Northwest, which provide a wonderful floral aroma. This ale is a perennial favorite for the owners of the Manayunk Brewing Co.
5.3% ABV, 40 IBUs
This one is also a favorite of mine. The balance was spot on. Pale Ale is my favorite style of beer so I may be biased, but certainly hits the mark. Homerun.
MUNICH DUNKEL Dark Lager
Brewed with high quality German ingredients, this dark lager is a great reminder that beer literally is liquid bread. The rich toasty flavor of Munich malt combines with a hint of roast from the dehusked carafa malt to create a wonderful aroma reminiscent of a freshly baked loaf of pumpernickel. 5.6% ABV, 20 IBUs. The Dunkel went down a lot lighter than advertised here but yet still robust and flavorful. The Manayunk Brew Pub hits the mark with the Dunkel. Well done.
Overall, the Manayunk Brewery batted a .500 average which in today’s terms of restaurants and beers gets you in the hall of fame. I did notice that they should probably clean their tap system too as well. I think what’s indicative of many Brew Pubs these days is this notion that they try TOO hard to get novice beer drinkers on board by “OVER-DOING” each style of beer. Whether it’s too hoppy for the IPA, or too robust in some of the malty styles, they “OVER-SELL” the style rather than just making GOOD BEER. I mean dude, lose the Sushi Bar, the 80’s music, and make good beer.
Miller Highlife: The Official Beer of You and Whiskey Goldmine
By Matt Goldstein
We were just chillin at Whiskey Goldmine headquarters earlier today, kickin back a few Miller Highlife’s when all of the sudden a chubby black guy from Miller Highlife knocks on the door. Wait a minute, was that racist? OK, ok, a chubby guy knocked on the door. Wait, sorry, the Miller Highlife guy knocked on the door and asked to become the official beer of me and Whiskey Goldmine. “Oh, hell yeah.” Are you kidding me? “Do I get and money and free beer?” I asked. “Absolutely not,” the chubby black man replied. “Sweet, where do I sign?” Sorry beer geeks, we live the high life at Whiskey Goldmine.
The Miller Highlife Contract
I, [STATE YOUR NAME], hereby commit to living the highest possible form of the High Life in any and all situations. I pledge never to willingly participate in non-High Life-like activities, including but not limited to: male bathing suit shopping, goatee dying, embroidered golf shirt collar popping, wallet-mirror carrying, denim pant leg rolling, unnecessary nail manicuring, or pet portrait painting. Most importantly, I will uphold my sense of common sense and use it authoritatively when called for to maintain my responsibility to unashamedly, undeniably, and unabashedly live the High Life.
Pale Ale happens to be my preferred style of beer, so I was excited to try Pennsylvania’s own Victory Brewing Company’s Headwaters Pale Ale. The claim to fame here is the purity of the water utilized to brew this beer. It pours a glorious orange/copper cloudy glow into a pint glass. It settled to barely an inch of head that was a bit on the weak side, that did not really stick to the sides of the glass well.
The initial aroma hits you with a more of sweet flowery hoppy aroma, but you can initially taste the malts of mocha/toffee notes. It follows with a dry spicy hoppy finish that falls somewhat flat in a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Overall, this beer hits all of the characteristics of a classic American Pale Ale to perfection. Although, the malt & hop combination may not be my favorite as compared to others, it may hit the sweet spot for you!
The Sierra Nevada Summerfest is made with 2-row pale and Munich malts and Perle and Saaz hops. A crisp summer lager that has been around for more than a decade, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest also lets you know that you’re drinking a real beer. With a full flavored tang hop kick, this pilsner style lager is another classic from Sierra Nevada. With light malts and light hops and spice, the crisp big bubbles make an excellent refreshing summertime lager. The lemon and malt aftertaste are very well balanced making this one of our favorite summer beers.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER
California State Fair (European Light Lagers: 1999)
alcohol content:5.0% by volume
malts:Two-row Pale & Munich
beginning gravity:12.2 Plato
ending gravity:2.8 Plato
bittering hops:Perle & Saaz
The Sierra Nevada Story:
In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal: to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. And the beer? Critics proclaim it “Among the best brewed anywhere in the world.”
Ken’s passion for brewing began when a friend showed him the basics of home brewing. Using homemade equipment, Ken began brewing five-gallon batches of beer on his own, and soon became a proficient home brewer.In 1976, after studying chemistry and physics at Butte Community College and California State University at Chico, Ken opened his own store, The Home Brew Shop. There, he supplied Chico’s home-brewing community with equipment, materials, and advice, but dreamed of opening his own brewery.
Two years later, it was time to make the dream a reality. Ken and co-founder Paul Camusi cobbled a brewery together from dairy tanks, a soft-drink bottler, and equipment salvaged from defunct breweries. Though the equipment was secondhand, they created a first-rate microbrewery. The ingredients were premium, including the copious quantities of hops that would become the brewery’s trademark. An avid backpacker, Ken named the new company for his favorite hiking grounds—the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Finally, on November 15, 1980, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. brewed the first batch of what would soon become a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.Word spread quickly, and over the next decade the demand for Sierra Nevada brews soon exceeded the brewery’s modest brewing capacity. Despite nearly constant additions to the brewery, Ken was soon back at the drawing board, planning a new brewery. In 1989, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. moved to its current site.
Ken traveled to Germany and brought back a traditional 100-barrel copper brew house, which became the heart of the new brewery. This met demand for a while, but the brewery soon needed to expand again. In 1997, Ken commissioned the original coppersmiths to match new kettles to the originals, bringing the brewery’s total capacity to almost eight hundred thousand barrels per year.Building the new brewery afforded Sierra Nevada the opportunity to create two stunning showcases, both featuring exceptional dining, live music, and its award-winning beers. The elegant Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant has become a destination in its own right. With mouthwatering lunch and dinner menus, an impressive dining room, and a large outdoor dining patio, it offers distinctive, contemporary cuisine as well as an opportunity to sample the brewery’s entire line of premium ales and lagers, including hard-to-find specialty drafts. The 350-seat Big Room—a beautifully designed live music and multi-purpose room—was constructed on the west end of the brewery to feature live music events for all ages and is a perfect facility for weddings, reunions, and business conferences.To this day, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. remains true to its roots. Ken is still personally involved in every aspect of brewery operation. Most importantly, the Sierra Nevada commitment to quality remains the same. Premium ingredients and time-honored brewing techniques make Sierra Nevada ales and lagers truly exceptional beers.
A.K.A. Ilich Ramírez Sánchez: PFLP Militant & Womanizing Party Animal
By Matt Goldstein
Carlos the Jackal A.K.A. Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, a Venezuelan born terrorist, became a legend when he raided an OPEC conference in Vienna Austria in 1975 at the behest of the PFLP, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Killing three people and taking 60 OPEC members hostage, at the time, the OPEC raid was perhaps the most brazen terrorist attack ever. Carlos took the hostages on a DC9 jet from country to country all over the Middle East, negotiating terms and demands. After the OPEC raid, Carlos went on to become a hired mercenary for any government willing to pay the right price and anything that served the cause of the Palestinians and or Socialism. The Soviet Union, Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Hungary, Romania, Yemen and the Sudan are just a few of the countries that paid and protected Carlos and his organization.
Not only was Carlos a well paid international terrorist, but the Jackal was also a womanizing drunk. Rarely without a whiskey in hand, Carlos partied just as hard as he murdered. This socialist revolutionary never fell short of a chance to live a lavish lifestyle with expensive clothes, luxury cars and pricey liquor. Although socialist, Carlos took every advantage of enjoying the finer things in life from the Western World, proving to be somewhat contradictory.
Carlos the Jackal: A Timeline of Terror
1949: Ilich Ramírez Sánchez A.K.A. Carlos the Jackal is born in Venezuala and named after Vladimir Ilich Lenin by his father.
1959: Attending school in Caracas, Ilich joins the National Communist Party for youth.
1970: After attending college in London and Moscow, Ilich joins the PFLP, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Many socialist organizations take up the Palestinian cause as Israel can sometimes be viewed as an imperialist nation. Being an ally of the U.S.., the Soviet Union then became allies with all of the pro Palestinian Arab Muslim nations in a battle to control Middle East oil.
1973-1975: In France, Ilich orchestrates a series of bombings against newspapers, assassination attempts, and a failed RPG attack on commercial airplanes, and basically attacks anything Israeli or thought of pro Israeli.
1975: Ilich’s Lebanese partner Michel Moukharbal is captured and interrogated by French police and gives up Ilich’s location. When French police confront Ilich in a Paris apartment, Ilich guns them down, killing two officers and Moukharbal. Ilich flees the scene and the legend of Carlos begins.
1975: In a PFLP operation, Carlos and a team of 6 terrorists storm the OPEC conference in Vienna Austria on December 21st. The intent of the mission is to murder the delegates from Iran and Saudi Arabia, whose countries at the time are thought to have oil policies favorable to the United States. An Austrian policeman, an Iraqi OPEC employee and Lybian OPEC employee are killed in the opening moments of the raid.
Carlos takes the OPEC meeting hostage and demands that the Austrian authorities broadcast a communiqué about the Palestinian cause and threatens to kill a hostage every 15 minutes if the authorities don’t comply. The Austrian government agrees and broadcasts the communiqué many times.
Carlos, his team and 40 hostages are flown all over the Middle East and the hostages are released for what is believed to be at least $20 million from Saudi Arabia although the sum and the origin of the money are never openly confirmed. Leader of the PFLP, Wadie Haddad, is furious at Carlos for taking money instead of killing the Oil Minister of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Yamani, and Finance Minister of Iran, Jamshid Amuzgar, which was the original purpose of the mission. Carlos the Jackal is kicked out of the PFLP by Haddad.
1976: The PFLP orchestrates the hijacking of an Israeli flight and lands in Entebbi Uganda with former members of Carlos’ team who are German socialist militants running the operation. There were 248 hostages but the non-Jewish hostages were released when the plane landed. This move in particular has an unintentional and an undesired negative public relations effect for the terrorists as many take offense to Germans segregating Jewish people, reminiscent of WWII and the holocaust. The IDF, Israeli Defense Forces storm the plane in the middle of the night and kill the terrorists. Three hostages are killed, along with the terrorists as well as 45 Ugandan soldiers. The rescue mission is considered a major success and becomes legendary in the world of special ops.
It’s the economy stupid! With a dismal jobs report in the last couple weeks that has Obama’s poll numbers in the toilet, alcohol sales have jumped by almost 10% over the last 12 months. Sweet! Are people just drinking their problems away? I know I am. People are also just drinking better quality craft beers. Sales of IPA’s, a.k.a. India Pale Ales, have increased by 40% over the last year. 40%! Holy Crap, that is insane. The American style craft beer has taken the United States and the craft beer world by storm. The bitter hoppy grapefruit flowery style beer has taken over the beer world and seems to be crushing the legendary Belgian style. Beerfests, beer weeks and brewfests are popping up all over the place and the IPA is dominating. Even Pizza Ria Uno is serving an array of craft beers with a handful of IPA’s to boot.
Wine and spirits have also seen a solid increase in sales but the American macro brew seems to be the loser with a solid chunk being taken out of Budweiser, Coors and Miller. Of course, this will lead to the inevitable, the Macro brews buying out all of the profitable micro & craft breweries all over the country. In fact, it has already started. I know, I know, horrible right? Whatever you say beer geek. There’s nothing wrong with a little Miller High Life now and then. After all, it’s the champagne of beers.
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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.
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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.