A runaway ruminant at last year’s Bock Fest created a few days of anxiety for its owner and a bit of excitement for some local homeowners. Rachel Bearoff, a resident of Phoenixville, owns several goats which she houses at Winding Brook Farm in Warrington, Bucks County, and she has entered one or more of them in the annual Sly Fox Bock Festival Goat Race the last few years. She never raced them herself since she was a server at the pub and working during the fest. Her sister or friends would run with the ruminants and she also lent out goats to non-goat owners who wanted to race. “They could name them whatever they wanted for the race,” she says.
The plan last year was for a friend, Ben Bell, to race Trey, while Rachel would run with Trey’s mother Sugar, her boyfriend Mike Johnson with Brom (Trey’s older brother), and another friend, Jordan Bravato, with Ginger Spice (Trey’s younger sister), whom he renamed Leonidas. It was to be the first race for Trey, a 150-lb and somewhat rambunctious animal. After they arrived, the man from Winding Brook whom Rachel calls Farmer Bob tied him to his trailer while he was tending to the other goats. Trey got spooked and broke free, trailing 30 feet of tie-line behind him. “I was so worried,” says Rachel. “I was afraid he’d get hit by a car or get stuck in the woods if his line got tangled around something.” She turned Sugar over to Ben to race while she and Mike, driven around by Mrs. Jacqueline Giannopoulos, matriarch of the family which owns Sly Fox, searched all day and into the evening for Trey and distributed flyers with the goat’s photo and a contact phone number, all to no avail.
“There were sightings reported all day long,” Rachel recalls, “the farthest away was near the Bevans Orchard neighborhood, which is about three miles from the pub. The police saw him jumping over cattle fences from the farm there but never caught up with him. After that, I didn’t hear anything until Tuesday morning when a guy called to say Trey was on Maryhill Road and his line was caught under the tire of a parked car. When we got there, he broke free again and ran behind a house. The owners came out and said he’d been around for a while, so I gave them my number and they called me later that night to say that Trey was under a neighbor’s porch. I went over to see but I didn’t have a trailer so I told the people whose house it was that I’d be back in the morning with Farmer Bob. They said that was fine and Trey was no problem. They enjoyed watching him.”
It was raining Monday morning when Rachel, Farmer Bob, an animal control officer and two assistants arrived at the house. “Trey was just laying on the front porch like it was his house,” she says, “just chilling. It was so cute.” When Farmer Bob walked up to the porch, Trey leaped to his feet and jumped off but Bob caught him in midair and his runaway adventures were finally over. Rachel says that a perfect ending to the whole affair was provided by Trey’s mother Sugar when they got back to Winding Brook. “After we put him back in the pen, she gave him this long stare and then went over and head-butted him like she was punishing him for running away.”
✔ Keep your goat on a leash!
✔ Bring your I.D.
✔ Bring cash to buy tickets. *
✔ Do NOT bring beer.
✔ Do NOT bring disposable water bottles.
✔ Bring refillable water bottles.
✔ Be courteous. Be safe. Have fun!
✔ Please recycle!
* Sly Fox will only accept tickets for all Bock Fest purchases.
St Patty’s Day Feature: The Best Irish Bars in Philadelpia
By Pat Smith, Jeremy Thomson and Matt Goldstein
In honor of St. Patty’s Day and the greatest city in the world, Whiskey Goldmine has compiled our list of the best Irish Pubs and the best Irish Taverns in the city of Philadelphia. With its authentic Irish food, Irish music and craft beer, Philadelphia offers a truly historical and unique take on the Irish Pub, with one of our favorite bars even dating back to 1763. With a very large Irish population, Philadelphia is one of the best Irish Pub experiences in the United States.
1. McGlinchey’s Bar & Grill
It wasn’t too long ago when McGlinchey’s served 50 cent Black & Tans & 25 cent hot dogs. This Rittenhouse gem gets a lot of broke college kids and starving artists through some real tough times with that authentic pub feel. One of the best spots in the city period. 259 S 15th St. Philadelphia, PA.
2. McGillian’s Old Ale House
McGillan’s has been pouring beers in the same spot since 1860. This is one of the most authentic Irish pubs in the country, let alone Philadelphia. 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA.
Much older than McGillian’s, Brittingham’s has been pouring beers and playing Irish music since 1763. Along with the General Lafayette Brewery, Brittingham’s offers a historical and warming character to Lafayette Hill. They have great live Irish music and nothing’s better than drinking half and half at Brittingham’s on St. Patty’s Day or kicking the crap out of a bunch of chumps in Quizzo. 640 E. Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA.
I’ll never forget my 21st birthday when already bombed, we walked into Fergie’s and the bartender poured me three shots for my birthday. I told the bartender that if I drank the triple shot that I would throw up. The bartender shrug his shoulders as if he did not care. Needless to say… 1214 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA.
5. Plough & the Stars
Plough and the Stars has the most authentic and mouth-watering Irish food in the city and great live Irish music. 2nd St in Old City, Philadelphia, PA.
6. Brownie’s Irish Pub
The best craft beer spot of any Irish pub in the city! A home away from home… 46 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA.
7. For Pete’s Sake
Best muscles in the city? 900 South Front St., Philadelphia, PA.
With Irish beer samplers and beautiful Irish whiskey list, Slainte is the best bar around the 30th St. station area. 3000 Market St. Philadelphia, PA.
Moriarty’s has some of the best wings and best Irish food in the city. 1116 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA.
10. PJ Whelihan’s
Yup, it’s a chain, we know. But guess what, PJ Whelihan’s has the best craft beer list out of any chain anywhere in the area. Actually, they have a better craft beer list then a bunch craft beer bars. That’s not peanuts! The PJ’s Pub craft beer list is a very educated and critically acclaimed, no question about it. There are 12 PJ’s Pub locations in the Philadelphia area.
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.
Mastering the Butterfly Bottle Opener Part 1: The Basics
By Matt Goldstein
The Lagunitas Butterfly Bottle Opener is literally the coolest god damn way to open a beer. And we have the instructional video for you to master the butterfly bottle opening techniques. What’s that, you have a butterfly knife? That’s for bitches. We got a butterfly bottle opener and we have the butterfly bottle opener master to show you how to open that beer like a man. Check out this amazing instructional video that will give you a degree in beer opening badass. Mastering the Lagunitas Butterfly Bottle Opener Part 1: The Basics.
The fall season brings out the best and worst of craft beer, with many brewers trying to put pumpkin pie in a bottle. Sometimes too sweet, sometimes too trendy, but one fall craft beer continues to reign at the top, the Southern Tier Pumpking. Southern Tier Brewing in New York is one of the most recognized and awarded craft brewing companies in the country. The seasonal Southern Tier Pumpking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from whichthey return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly.
8.6% abv • 12.7ºL • Imperial Pumpkin Ale • 22 oz / 1/2 keg / 1/6 keg
South Korea is the #2 country in alcohol consumption per capita in the world and the main drink is Soju, specifically Jinro Soju. With almost 12 billion bottles consumed annually, Soju is Korea’s main alcoholic beverage. Mainly distilled from rice, Soju can also be made with wheat, potato barley and tapioca. Comparable to vodka with much less alcohol, Soju is a clear liquor but sweet and drinkable without much burn. Many Koreans pour 1 shot of soju in every glass of beer, usually a light lager like Cass lager. As well, the food at many Korean BBQ’s is designed to complement the soju.
Jinro Soju is the #1 selling spirit in the world and the Jinro Chamisul Soju is a record selling and legendary soju, and considered the fastest selling spirit in the world after it was introduced. Chamisul Soju is the first pure and clean soju filtered four times with charcoals made from bamboo in Korea. This filtration method eliminates any harmful substances or impurities leaving only the clean and smooth tasting soju. While Jinro Soju is smooth, light and very drinkable, the Jinro Chamisul Original Soju is smooth, crisp, flavorful and complex. We recommend Chamisul Soju to be sipped straight and sip back and forth between a lager, rather than mixing the two, but both are must try. Koreans love to drink and soju is just what they do. According to my main man Joon Lee, when an actor or actress makes it onto a Jinro Soju poster, they’ve reached super stardom. I don’t know who the girl is in this poster bu she’s a super star in my eyes.
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…
When talking to a Mexican who accuses you of being racist, what else can be said, “I transcend race, hombre.” Most of the other Kenny Powers quotes are unusable considering we are trying to keep it kind of clean on Whiskey Goldmine, but we love racist, sexist, beer drinking, weed smoking, coke snorting assholes. That Jew York comment was a little offensive in season one but we got over it and so should you hombre. After all, ya can’t get many racist white trash scumbags snorting blow on network TV, especially not with extraordinary hair. Kenny Powers and Eastbound & Down return for a third season in 2012 and we got the 30 second teaser for you right here. The TV gods at HBO are our personal hero’s because without them, we’d probably have to read a book or something. Watch the Eastbound and Down Season 3 teaser now!
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.
Khyber Pass Pub will host Tröegs Brewing Company next Wednesday, October 19th at 6 pm for a very special Tröegs Tap Takeover night! Join us for an evening with the Harrisburg, PA brewers as we feature a Tröegs lineup worthy of even the most discerning beer palates. Our Tröegs Tap Takeover will highlight the highly elusive “Scratch Series,” typically found only at the brewery, alongside the likes of seasonal favorites Mad Elf and more!
Scratch 45 – IPA
Scratch 46 – Naked Elf
Scratch 47 – Belgian Wit
Scratch 48 – Fest Bier
Scratch 49 – Wet Hop IPA
Scratch 50 – Belgian Dubel
Flying Mouflan Barleywine
Dead Reckoning Porter
Hopback Amber Ale
Hopback Amber Cask
Javahead Stout Cask
and a FIRKIN of Dry Hopped Pale Ale!
To round out a truly Tröegs-centric evening, our chefs at Khyber Pass Pub will be adding Tröegs-inspired items to our menu, including Dead Reckoning Porter Chili, Sunshine Pils Boiled Peanuts, Tröegenator Doublebock Brined/Smoked Pork Chop, Tröegs HopBack Amber BBQ sauce, and Javahead Cask Ale Coffee Ice Cream Beer Float!
Don’t miss out on an exclusive night of Tröegs’ finest selections, brought to you by Khyber Pass Pub!
Khyber Pass Pub is a historic Old City tavern that features a beautiful bar handcrafted in 1876. One of Philadelphia’s oldest bars and a ‘Philadelphia Magazine’ Best of Philly 2011 winner, the menu features an extensive selection of craft beers, authentic New Orleans specialties, hickory-smoked barbecue, and tasty vegan and vegetarian options. Open 11 am to 2 am daily.