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April/May 2013 VENUE: Isaac Newton’s
Isaac Newton’s is one of the classic beer bars in Bucks County. With an extensive draft and bottle list offering a variety of American craft and Belgian beers, Isaac Newton’s has become the go-to place for good beer in Newtown, PA. The full beer list is also available for takeout, including growler fills and bottles to take home.
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February/March 2013 VENUE: Keystone Homebrew
The Tasting Room brings us to one of the oldest homebrew shops in the area, Keystone Homebrew. Not only is it one of the oldest operating shops, it’s also by far the largest, with their relatively new warehouse-type space in Montgomeryville, PA. This huge spot is like a shopping mall for homebrewers and will soon be home to a winery as well.
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December/January 2012-13 VENUE: Sly Fox Brewery
In what was the most fitting location for two of our guests, the new Sly Fox Brewery in Pottstown, PA is home to this issue’s Tasting Room. Recently opened, the new location replaced the previous one in Royersford. The Pottstown location offers up gourmet pizzas and a bunch of pub exclusive beers.
October/November 2012 VENUE: The Old Eagle Tavern
Up on the hill in Manayunk is a great corner bar that often gets overlooked. Right on the corner of Terrace Street and Shurs Lane, The Old Eagle Tavern has become a regular hangout of Manayunk locals for over nine years now. Serving a great array of good beer and food, The Eagle offers a laid back vibe that is often lost in most of the city.
August/September 2012 VENUE: EARTH-BREAD + BREWERY
Germantown Ave. is quickly becoming a beer destination with a handful of great bars and two brewpubs. Earth-Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy is one of the cornerstones of this growing beer community. Known for making an ever-changing selection of unique beer styles and exceptional flatbreads, EB+B quickly garnered the love and affection of this community.
JUNE/JULY 2012 VENUE: VICTORY BREWERY
With the 2012 Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards being presented, we thought it was only fitting to hold the Tasting Room at the location of the “Best Area Brewery” winner, Victory Brewing Co. On top of being named best brewery, Victory also won awards for their Prima Pils (Best Lager) and Storm King (Best Stout/Porter). For this issue, we also changed up our formatting a bit–our newly revised Tasting Room features more beers and a rotating tasting panel.
For our food themed issue, we asked a pair of local, talented chefs to join us in the Tasting Room. Brauhaus Schmitz was the perfect backdrop as it is the epitome of German beer and cuisine in the city. The German beer list is well respected and absolutely unparalleled in the area. It is home to 4 unique house beers on tap, one of which they are the only bar in the country to carry! Chef Jeremy Nolen has done wonders to establish Brauhaus as just as much of a food destination as it is for beer.
One of the oldest beer bars in Philly, London Grill recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. Known for serving quality food and beers, as well as an extensive spirits list, London has made quite the name for itself. It was only fitting to hold our Tasting Room here with our distinguished guests who’ve been fortunate enough to have had many a beer here since the beginning and witnessed London grow with the beer culture in Philadelphia.
This Tasting Room was hosted by Resurrection Ale House in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia, one of the triumvirate of bars owned by husband and wife/partners, Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida. This little corner bar has become a premier destination for not only great beer but also for a fantastic kitchen. They have a finely chosen draft list to go along with an impressive bottle selection and some of the best fried chicken in the city Read more…
The Tasting Room this issue moved to one of our must unusual locations. In honor of our esteemed guest, we went to the home of fellow publication, The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Broad Street location of Philadelphia’s largest newspaper was the most fitting spot to host food critic and Inquire writer Craig LaBan, along with McKenzie’s brewmaster Ryan Michaels and our friend Carolyn Smagalski, who filled in for Neil. Read more…