It’s the beginning of a new era of sorts for Philly Beer Scene. With the last issue we completed three full years of publishing the magazine, making this issue, the beginning of our fourth year. It’s a bit crazy to look back and see all that has gone on over that time, but I’m not going to bore you with that. Instead, I want to sincerely thank you all. You had patience with us at the beginning when we were just getting started and learning the ins and outs of running a beer magazine and thankfully you still support us today.
So with a fresh year in front of us, a year that will change the scenery of the Philly beer culture quite significantly (as you will see in our New to the Scene feature), we decided it was time to make some changes as well. We added new columns, got rid of some old ones, filled in some gaps to replace the voids left by the departure of Neil and Melissa, and added more beers to the Tasting Room. As you may have already noticed, we even changed up the paper the magazine is printed on. The quality and stock was raised and there’s a bit less of a glaring shine than in the past. We like to think these changes are for the best and we hope you agree. We know you’ll at least be happy with the four extra beers in the Tasting Room.
On May 22nd, we rolled out the red carpet for our first of what we hope to be the annual “Best of the Philly Beer Scene Award Show.” Downstairs at World Café Live, Joe Gunn hosted an all-star cast of local “beerlebrities” as we presented trophies with all the glitz and glam of the Grammys (that a local beer magazine budget can allow). For those of you who missed it, we published all the winners in this issue. Also in this issue, we delved back into the topic of cans and took a deeper look into the benefits behind them. It’s a trend that only continues to grow, so we figured it’s time to get better acquainted with the craft can.
Philly Beer Week is also upon us, celebrating its 5th year in the greatest beer city in the world. Be sure to try some of the great new breweries while you’re out this year and if you see us, stop over and join us for a beer.