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2013 Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards

2013 Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards

And the winners are…

BREWMASTER OF THE YEAR

BILL COVALESKI – VICTORY BREWING CO.

It should be of little surprise that the Brewmaster of the Year finds his home at the now four-time Brewery of the Year, Victory Brewing Co. Bill Covales- ki squeaked out one of the closest races of the year. The leader of a brewery that is a model for consistency, this is an honor well-deserved. Overseeing the expansion and opening of the new brewery while continuing to grow and expand the depth of their portfolio at the current facility, is an effort worth recognition. On top of the expanded barrel-aging program, Cova- leski was also responsible for a new series of IPAs that graced the market to great reception. The Ranch Series featuring experimental hops and the likes of NATO IPA brought new life and a sense of progressiveness to their current portfolio of IPAs, which already included the classics Hop Wallop and HopDevil. If barrel-aged beers and a series of IPAs aren’t enough, Covaleski also introduced a new, low ABV spring seasonal, Swing Saison, that is sure to be a favorite for years to come.

BREWMASTER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

TIM ROBERTS – YARDS

CHRIS WILSON- WEYERBACHER

JEREMY MYERS – NESHAMINY CREEK

JEAN BROILLET IV -TIRED HANDS

BREWERY OF THE YEAR
VICTORY BREWING CO.

It’s been a year focused heavily on new breweries and the growth of that as- pect of the local beer scene. In the end though, it is Victory Brewing Company that once again stands strong as the favorite brewery of 2013. This now marks four straight years that Victory has taken home this title, and with their new facility opening up by year’s end, it’s hard to imagine them not being in the running again for 2014.

This past year, Victory really shined with the growth of their newer barrel-aging pro- gram. A second release of Dark Intrigue, on top of releases of Oaked Old Horizontal, Red Thunder and White Thunder, added a perfect level of depth to complement their renowned year-round offerings, such as Headwaters Pale Ale and Prima Pils. Not to mention, the ar- ray of impressive seasonals and more limited offerings, such as the Braumeister Pils series.

BEST PHILADELPHIA DISTRIBUTOR 
BELLA VISTA BEVERAGE

BEST BAR IN THE SUBURBS
HULMEVILLE INN

When it comes to winning, the Hulmeville Inn seems to go unmatched. This now marks their fourth con- secutive Best Bar in the Suburbs award to go along with three straight years winning the annual Philly
Beer Geek competition. Not to mention, a handful of victories over Yards Brewing Company during their regular rivalry events. What makes the Hulmeville Inn such a special bar? Probably the fact that it’s just a simple bar that doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It’s a neighborhood bar for every type of drinker and a des- tination for anyone looking for a great beer list. There’s nothing fancy about it, there’s still a pair of pool tables in the side room, and love it or hate it, you can still light up a cigarette while drink- ing your beer. It’s a classic bar that brings you back to what a bar always used to be.

HOMEBREW SHOP OF THE YEAR
PHILLY HOMEBREW OUTLET

BEST NEW BAR
GROWLERS

Quickly making a name for itself on the scene, Growlers has brought new life to the rotating door of bars on the corner of 8th and Fitzwater. The way things are going, it doesn’t appear that those doors will be rotating again for quite some time. Fueled by a great beer list, Growlers also has the food and atmosphere to round things out for a well-spent evening.

BEST BAR IN PHILADELPHIA
MONK’S CAFÉ

As much as everyone clam- ors for what’s new when it comes to craft beer, one thing definitely remains a classic—Monk’s Café. The stalwart for craft beer in Philadelphia, Monk’s is a legend, renowned worldwide for their impeccable beer offerings. Year after year, owner Tom Peters contin- ues to keep Monk’s relevant among the ever-changing facade of the craft beer bar scene. Often the first in the country to tap many beers from Europe, and home to a back bar that every brewer in the world finds themselves at during a trip to Philadelphia; Monk’s is truly a must- see for any beer enthusiast.

BEST NJ/DE BEER STORE
TOTAL WINE – CLAYMONT, DE

BEST SUBURBS DISTRIBUTOR
THE BEER YARD

WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR
ORIGLIO BEVERAGE

BEST PHILADELPHIA BOTTLE SHOP
THE FOODERY — 2ND ST.

It’s only fitting that the Best Bottle Shop in Philly award finds its home back at the family of bottles shops that was one of the originals on the scene. Starting with their location on 10th and Pine, and now expanding out to four locations throughout the city, The Foodery has been a bottle shop staple for a number of years. Despite all lo- cations having exceptional beer selections, it’s 2nd Street that can probably claim bragging rights on having the most impressive, and they now have the trophy to defend the argument.

BEST BAR IN NJ/DE
THE POUR HOUSE

This now marks the third straight year that The Pour House has taken home this prize, and it’s a hard one to argue. The beer list at The Pour House is on par with that of most any bar out there. With twenty draft lines and over 150 bottles, if a rare or sought-out beer hits the state of New Jersey, you can be as- sured that it’ll find its way to The Pour House.

BEER GIVES BACK AWARD
(HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR)
TOM PETERS

PHILLY BEER WEEK BOSS HOG AWARD
JARED AND KRISTY LITTMAN
PhillyTapFinder

BEER EVENT OF THE YEAR
SLY FOX GOAT RACES

BREWPUB OF THE YEAR
TIRED HANDS BREWING CO.

Of all the new breweries to hit the scene in 2012, no one made quite the impression as that of Tired Hands. It was truly a project of passion that owner/brewmaster Jean Broillet IV took his time to craft and was hands-on through every step of the process. There was nothing rushed about opening the doors and it’s obvious, as this Ardmore brewpub shines in every aspect; from the homemade bread to the complex, yet simple IPAs and saisons, there is a comforting completeness to Tired Hands.

Flagship brews of sorts, FarmHands and HopHands, always find themselves a home on the draft menu and are accompanied by an ever-changing assortment of beers. From the low ABV session saisons to over-the-top 13% quads, there is an extensive variety of beers for every palate.

Broillet opened the doors in June of last year, and the praise and clamoring over his rustic farmhouse-style saisons and IPAs hasn’t slowed a bit. Tired Hands was a passionate project to Broillet, who meticulously took his time turning it into a premier beer destination.

Broillet’s passion really shows and has been fully embraced by the beer community, both locally and nationally, as Tired Hands has received numerous beer awards from many national beer organizations.

BEER FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
THE BREWER’S PLATE

PHILLY TAP FINDER AWARD
(MOST SEARCHED LOCAL BEER)
TRÖEGS NUGGET NECTAR

BREWERY REP OF THE YEAR
NICK JOHNSON – TRÖEGS

BEST BAR FOOD
MEMPHIS TAPROOM

Not only is their bar food now voted the best, it could also be some of the most famous in the local beer scene. Having been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Memphis Taproom has become almost equally recognized for their food as they are the beer list. Even with their offbeat location in Kensington, many a beer drinker have made it a frequent destination.

BEST STOUT/PORTER
VICTORY STORM KING

BEST SUBURBS BOTTLE SHOP
CAPONE’S

For what it may lack in size, Capone’s sure makes up for in quality. The bottle shop attached to the rear of their bar/restaurant is quite little but beer is packed into every possible spot, and you can usually find just about anything you could desire. With the incredible draft list that can be found in the restaurant, the bottle shop becomes one of the premier beer destinations in the suburbs.

BEST LAGER
TROEGS SUNSHINE PILS

BEST IPA / PALE ALE
TRÖEGS PERPETUAL IPA

BEST BELGIAN-STYLE BEER
WEYERBACHER MERRY MONKS

BEER WRITER OF THE YEAR
SUZY WOODS

She may have taken a step back over the past couple years with the quantity of her writing, but Suzy Woods, aka The Beer Lass, still has a strong presence in the beer journalism department. With a regular column in Ale Street News, various articles within this publication, and her Beer Lass blog, her words are easy to come by. Suzy was also one of the first female beer writers on the scene. Even if you aren’t familiar with her writing, you have probably seen her around, slinging Allagash throughout the region.


BEST WHEAT BEER

TRÖEGS DREAMWEAVER

BEST BAR TO WATCH A GAME
CITY TAP HOUSE

Sports may not be the first thing you associate with City Tap House. It’s probably the fact that they have the largest draft list in the area, but sports should come into play, too. They are apparently doing something right when it comes to broad- casting games, having won this award every year since its inception three years ago. Plus, it’s hard to go wrong watching a game when you have over sixty draft beers at your disposal.

BEST FRUIT BEER
DOGFISH HEAD APRIHOP

BEST BARREL-AGED BEER
YARDS BOURBON LOVE STOUT

BEST SEASONAL BEER
TRÖEGS NUGGET NECTAR

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