Vote for Best of the Philly Beer Scene 2015

You can vote at the link below for your favorite local breweries and brewpubs for 2015 via Philly Beer Scene.

Lots of categories including, among others:

  • Brewery of the Year
  • Brewpub of the Year
  • Brewer of the Year
  • Bar of the Year
  • Bottle Shop of the Year
  • Beer Store of the Year
  • Homebrew Shop of the Year
  • Beer Event of the Year

Fantasy Baseball 2015 Draft Results

The Perennial Stinker

C Brian McCann 3
1B Prince Fielder 16
2B Dee Gordon 3
3B Evan Longoria 16
SS Ian Desmond 22
OF Michael Brantley 1
OF Yasiel Puig 23
OF Christian Yelich 9
UTIL Kole Calhoun 11
P Felix Hernandez 35
P Julio Teheran 27
P Gerrit Cole 21
P Jose Fernandez 9
P James Shields 26
RP Steve Cishek 2
BE Tyson Ross 20
BE Mike Fiers 1
BE Drew Smyly 5
BE Adam Eaton 2
BE Melky Cabrera 7

Think you can beat the Stinker?

Think again.

Phillies Home Opener 2014


The day most of us have been dreaming about for several months is finally here — the Phils home opener. After starting 3-3 on the road in Texas and Chicago, we are looking for some home cookin’ in the City of Brotherly Love for this upcoming 10-game home stand. ¬†For those of you lucky enough to be attending today’s game, it should be beautiful and clear (although breezy) by first pitch. Grab a hot dog and a beer and enjoy. We have high hopes, right Harry?

Update – Chase Utley will not be playing this afternoon due to flu.

It Could be a Long Season…

There is plenty of pessimism going around regarding the Phils this year and their hopes at making the playoffs / finishing above .500 / not finishing last in the division / maintaining any semblance of a professional baseball team. When the season started, Vegas had the over/under for season wins at 74.5. Ouch. For the record, I like the sweet action on the over there.

I am trying to be positive and hope that with some health and some luck, we can surprise people this year.

Last night was my first opportunity of the season to sit down and watch the whole game. It was going to be a treat. I managed to bear down through the moderately insufferable play-by-play from Philly’s own Tom McCarthy (lolz) and saw some quality baseball. KK pitched in and out of some jams (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER), Big Piece hit a 2-run bomb (!!), and all was well. Enter Papelbon. The highest paid closer in the game and the guy that blew 7 saves last year was not sharp. A lack of control and degraded fastball velocity last night meant hits and walks. And runs. Texas scores 3 in the 9th, Phils lose.

Here’s hoping our bullpen can get it together this year. I don’t think Papelbon is “done” by any means, but he needs to figure some stuff out if he’s not able to blow it by guys anymore. I can’t watch these late game collapses all summer again. I won’t.


American Wild Ales

I will admit this is the first time I have linked an article from a wine magazine on this site. Lauren Buzzeo’s article from Wine Enthusiast highlights some interesting craft beers brewed using strains of wild yeasts and bacteria. The Bruery and New Glarus seem to be especially active in brewing with wild microbes.

Wild yeasts and bacteria …”are introduced into ferments, leaving a distinct imprint on the beer. Often, these are sour notes as well as barnyard, Band-Aid, animal or earthy characteristics.”

Is Band-Aid a flavor I’m not aware of?

Interesting read.

From the Archives — Good, Cheap, Rotating Beers in Center City

I wrote about this a few months ago. Let’s not forget about the best beer special in Philly, 2 Dollar Tuesdays at Fox and Hound Tavern at 15th and Spruce. Everything on the draft list is 2 bucks, all day, every Tuesday. And this is a great draft list with local, regional, and nationwide favorites. I’ve been known to get a DirtWolf or three. For 2 dollars!

Get there early, because this place fills up fast.