To say it’s been an exciting couple of months would be a bit of an understatement. From our red-carpet awards show to Ommegang’s Hop Chef competition, Philly continued to prove our allegiance to the suds! And of course, Philly Beer Week delivered another exciting and action-packed week.
Even Marc Summers showed up and hosted a few games of “Double Dare” (technically “Dunkel Dare” for the event, but it was a true reincarnation of the legendary TV show), and that may not have even been the highlight of PBW. From gladiator battles to the release of a special Dupont beer brewed just for such an occasion, it’s almost impossible to pick a singular highlight.
The celebration doesn’t stop at Beer Week though. The bars and breweries in our city are relentless in their attempts to keep craft beer lovers happy year-round, not just those prized ten days. With that said, I feel like we should sweep all the debate to the curb over which beer week reigns supreme. I want to see a city that can compete with Philly on a day to day basis.
With Philly Beer Week now behind us, we focus on what the rest of 2012 will bring, starting with this issue here. Our features encompass a wide range of topics that each one of our writers are incredibly passionate about. In regards to the aforementioned Dupont beer, our friend and owner of The Grey Lodge, Mike Scotese (you probably just know him as Scoats), decided to share his unique recollection of the trip Philly took to help brew this special beer. Along with that, our beloved regular columnist, Carolyn Smagalski, brings you an inspired and unprecedented, intimate perspective on the life of beer legend Michael Jackson. Rounding things out, well-known Philly beer writer, Lew Bryson, shares his passion on session beers and where they stand in today’s craft beer industry.
We were honored to have Scoats, Carolyn and Lew write on topics that were so near and dear to them, as well as bring a whole new perspective on somewhat common topics in the craft beer world. We hope you enjoy them equally as much and make it a point to raise a glass to the inspiring Mr. Jackson and the life of the great Beer Hunter, as we commemorate the 5th anniversary of his passing this August. Without him, the Philadelphia beer scene wouldn’t be what it is today.