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Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards

Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards

Brewery of the Year:  Victory Brewing Co. 2013 was a great year for craft beer in the Philadelphia area, between new breweries opening, established breweries taking off, and young breweries continuing to find their way. Victory Brewing Company had what ...

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Turning Beer Into Wine

Turning Beer Into Wine

Are beer certification programs making beer culture more like wine? by Danya Henninger Anyone can call themselves a beer sommelier. Thing is, not many people do. Two main reasons, and they’re somewhat at odds. First, even the most dedicated beer ...

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ABANDON SHIP

ABANDON SHIP

by Sean Mellody In the days when we were explorers and nations explored the world via the oceans, fleets were led to their destination or battle by the flagship. The ship carried the colors of the country they represented and was ...

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Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

Can you name all of the Brewers Association (BA) beer styles? If you’re a well-versed beer drinker, I bet that you could name most of them. For example, if you took a look at the list for 2013, you would find familiar beer styles such as pilsner, stout, porter, and ...

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Celebrating Philadelphia’s German Beer Heritage

Celebrating Philadelphia’s German Beer Heritage

Weisbrod and Hess. Esslinger. Engel and Wolf. Bergner & Engel. Baltz. Bergdoll. Finkenauer. Yuengling. Philadelphia was once inundated with beer made by German brewers. No surprise, really, considering the number of Germans that came to this country in the 18th and 19th centuries. Victory. Sly Fox. Neshaminy Creek. Stoudts. ...

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The Science of Brewing VS. The Art of Beer

The Science of Brewing VS. The Art of Beer

The world of beer is much like the world we live in. It can be brought down to simple, or not so simple, calculations of how it all works. Just as a meteorologist uses specific formulas and tools to predict weather patterns, brewers have similar scientific ...

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Automation, Technology & The Romance of Craft Brewing

Automation, Technology & The Romance of Craft Brewing

There was barely a bar stool available at Fishtown’s all-local, all-draft beer haven Johnny Brenda’s, when I ducked in one Saturday night in late October. I spotted co-owner William Reed at a first-floor table beneath the stairs, weaved my way ...

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Knights, Castles & Peaceful Anarchists

Knights, Castles & Peaceful Anarchists

You can learn a lot staring at your empty beer bottles. You can guess how long you’ve been at the bar or how much your tab will be. Sometimes, the words on a label tell an interesting story about brewing ...

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The Relevance of Craft

The Relevance of Craft

Over the last decade, beer has experienced quite the transformation. Beer, in its simplest form, has been around for centuries. Beer as a “culture” has been ingrained in countries around the world and sets a mythic visual: expansive German beer ...

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Cooking with Craft for the Holidays

Cooking with Craft for the Holidays

Well, well, here we are again! ‘Tis the season for the insanity! This year, I have a cure for the chaos of mobbed shopping, screaming kids, smelly aunts and lame office parties. There is no better excuse to booze up ...

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