South Street Brew is headed to the Hudson Valley! The occasion is Big Brew NY, a craft beer festival with over 300 (!!) unique tastings, live music, good eats, and tons of free merchandise. This event has been held in Morristown, NJ in the past, but is moving to White Plains, NY for the first time.
Beer highlights that I am looking forward to:
Full list here.
White Plains is a nice suburb of New York. I have been there a handful of times and have had a blast. Get your tickets here. There are promo codes floating around all over the place, especially on their facebook page. Minimal fee for designated drivers (very cool). They also have free parking at the Westchester County Center.
Hope to see you there!
Attention foodies — the arrival of this year’s Restaurant Week in the City of Brotherly Love is almost here. The deals start this Sunday, January 19th, and run through Friday, January 31st (with a single day of NO DEALS jammed in between – Saturday 1/25).
Dinner — 3 courses for $35.
Lunch — 3 courses for $20.
There are so many places to chose from. I tried to narrow down a list for myself and made it through the “D’s” before I was ready to eat a house.
I’d like to share a well-kept secret, a hidden gem amongst the skyscrapers and traffic jams of Center City Philadelphia. Each and every Tuesday, the Fox and Hound Tavern (15th and Spruce) pours each of their draft beers for 2 bucks. All day. Now this deal doesn’t just include your average macro-domestics. The Fox has a stellar tap list with many quality brews (local / regional / imported) that rotate weekly, including several GABF winners and other highly acclaimed pints. Want a DirtWolf to quench your thirst for hops for a measly 2 bucks? Yes, please.
Make sure to get there before 8, since the secret isn’t really that well kept after all.
They also have good pub eats and enough TVs to give you a stroke.
The doldrums of winter in the Northeast are upon us.
I swear I had good intentions of remaining highly active on this site and collecting (semi-) interesting thoughts and sharing them for the benefit of the dozens (!!) of our readers. Then I log in one day and notice I have done 2 posts in the last 60 days. Fail. My work ethic is down, contributions are down, other things taking up my time are up. Hell, even brewing activity at 801 South is down.
But alas, good things are happening. There is reason for positivity. The holiday season has started with a bang. The Eagles beat a hated rival on their field last night for a playoff spot. The shortest day of the year is behind us. Good stuff. And Rippmas Ale!
The boys at South Street Brewing Company, your favorite local homebrewery, shook off the cobwebs, fired up the propane burner, and got down with some brewfun over the holidays. The inaugural batch of Rippmas Ale — a dark ale brewed with roasted barley and a hint of cinnamon — was a great success. We even passed some off to our friends and family for critical feedback. Reviews are in, and it’s a hit.
If you are reading this (…) and are not a spam robot, keep checking in from time to time as I rediscover my inspiration for posting random tidbits to the internets. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me to get my shit together. Or tell me how much you love the blog. Either way, best wishes for a happy and healthy 2014.
Today we celebrate the birth of one of South Street Brew’s own — Mike Maloney. Congratulations on making it to 26, none of us thought you had it in you.
Stone Brewing Company, headquartered in Escondido, CA, is a large and widely recognized American craft brewery with a reputation for making devilishly heady beers. They are currently the 10th largest craft brewer in the US by beer sales volume and are growing each year. I recently spent an evening at their World Bistro and Gardens at Liberty Station in Northwestern San Diego (near Point Loma and Ocean Beach), and I can tell you that it was a beer experience unlike anything I’ve had to this point. I encourage you to hit this link and explore firsthand the impressive scope of Stone Liberty Station. If any brewpub is deserving of the name “World Bistro and Gardens,” it’s this one.
Due to the fact that my visit was at night and I was slightly overwhelmed (and possibly tipsy), my pictures do not do this facility any amount of justice. It is a resort. A beer playground. As soon as I arrived, two things became very clear to me — Stone is doing pretty well, and dedicated craft beer fanatics do exist.
The brewpub (bistro?) had over 40 beers on tap, including those brewed at HQ in Escondido (Stone Pale, Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Levitation, Ruination, Sublimely Self-Righteous, among others), those brewed on-site, and many other California craft brews. The staff was great — very knowledgeable and very into the whole Stone experience. One guy told me they had over 200 active taps. Nice. We settled in, tried the beers brewed at Liberty Station, and enjoyed a few rounds of bocce. I tried to process the insanity I was a party to as I walked around like a kid in a candy shop.
Beers we tried
- Commander in the Crosshairs – English Pale (brewed at Liberty Station)
- Burton Snatch – English IPA (brewed at Liberty Station)
- Supremely Self-Conscious – Black Session IPA (brewed at Liberty Station)
- Witty Moron – Black Witbier (brewed at Liberty Station)
- Arrogant Bastard – aggressive ale that you probably won’t like
As I recapped the night to friends and family, I kept coming back to the statement “it was almost too much.” Almost. It is nice to over-indulge every once in a while. Stone has created an extremely elaborate trophy to the success of the craft beer movement, a place for beer nuts and foodies (yes, they also serve food) to go wild. It is extraordinary. It is expensive. It is excessive. It is a hell of a good time.
If you weren’t already aware, the 2013 version of the Great American Beer Festival wrapped up this past weekend in Denver. The event is sponsored by the Brewer’s Association and involves presentations and tastings of hundreds of beers in every category imaginable by approved judges. Check out the links for general information about this year’s and past GABFs and to see a complete list of this year’s winners. Did your favorite local brewery make the cut?
You’re probably wondering why you didn’t see South Street Brewing Company on the gold medal list. Well, in order to compete, a brewery must be “commercially operational” and “have a federal permit to make and distribute alcohol.” So we aren’t quite there yet.
Minor details, if you ask me.
The West Coast brewery tour continued to Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits in San Diego, CA. Tucked away inside a small residential neighborhood, Ballast Point’s Old Grove location boasted 19 brews on tap, several growlers and 6-packs available to go, and indoor and outdoor seating. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable, but less approachable than similar venues. We did not participate in a guided tour, but they have several (free) tours daily.
When I was in school and a buddy asked me where good beer comes from, my first thought was a microbrewery. After learning a bit about homebrewing, the subtleties of the craft, along with quality grain, barley, and hops was my answer. However, after touring some epic San Diego breweries, I discovered White Labs
and realized that I forgot the foundation of this great chemistry project we call brewing. White Labs is a yeast laboratory specializing in beer yeasts. Yeast is instrumental to the fermentation process.
White Labs Tap Room
Regardless of all the niche ingredients, organic gardens, and aged barrels out there, the chemistry starts with the yeast. Yeast is a microorganism which consumes sugar and produces alcohol. Nearly all great brewers use yeast from one of a handful of yeast labs in the US. One of the most highly regarded labs is headquartered in San Diego.
If you are touring SD breweries or new to homebrewing, give White Labs a try. They ship nearly 50 liquid yeast varieties. Also, much like a brewery, they host weekend tours, a tap room, and even lead a Yeast Essentials course. White Labs is a 20 minute drive north of SD and is accompanied by neighbors like Ballast Point, AleSmith, Green Flash, and Karl Strauss.
This is a must-experience laboratory for craft brew enthusiasts and beer nerds alike!
San Diego has a fantastic reputation when it comes to craft beer. The options are seemingly endless and the quality is top notch. I got to spend a few hours at Green Flash Brewing Company last week, and it was everything I expected and more.
A recent trip to the West Coast brought me to Southern California and one of the most active and storied locations for US craft brewing. While I was only there for a few days, I managed to visit 4 breweries, all in and around San Diego. Separate posts linked here will be coming soon for each individual stop.
Green Flash Brewing Company
Ballast Point Brewing Company
Stone Brewing Company
Pizza Port Brewing Company
All together, there wasn’t a bad time in this bunch. Each brewery was different in many ways, both in aesthetic styling and beer selection. Stay tuned for a full recap of each in the next few days.
There are few things that beat trying out some new brews on a great summer day. Yesterday, Blue Tarp Brewing (website is still under construction but links to their Twitter and Facebook pages) opened the doors to their brewery for their first public tasting. Some friends and myself decided to check out the latest addition to the Atlanta beer scene.
Blue Tarp Brewing in Decatur, GA
Despite living in Atlanta for three years now, there are still parts of the southern cuisine that I have not tried yet. The most obvious one is chicken and waffles, which doesn’t seem like my kind of meal. Another, which I was only vaguely familiar with before yesterday, was the low country boil. The low country boil is a traditional southern feast that features basically any meat or vegetable that can be boiled with a ton of seasoning. They are perfect for hosting big parties. Last night, I attended my first ever low country boil.
All the food you could ever want, from a low country boil
Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist, vocalist, and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, died 18 years ago today. One of the most distinct and prolific guitar players in the history of recorded music, Jerry and the Grateful Dead’s music has permeated many different realms of pop culture and society and remains as popular today as ever — Dead Heads are a loyal (and mellow) bunch. Jerry’s skill on both acoustic and electric guitar was incredible; his classic tone and style defined the sound of a band as influential in folk, blues, and experimental rock as any you’re likely to come across.
Like so many touring musicians, Jerry struggled with drug addiction throughout most of his professional career. However, he was by all accounts a kind and loving man and it came through in his music. He succumbed to a heart attack on August 9th, 1995 at the age of 53.
The Grateful Dead can be an intimidating first listen — they were for me — due to their hype, reputation, and sheer volume of music produced and performed over a 30 year career. I encourage you to give them a listen and a chance if you haven’t yet. Here are a few of my favorite live tracks.
This past Saturday, August 3rd, was an annual tradition that people far and wide look forward to — the MOAPhT — hosted by South Street Brewing Company, with special event planner Paul “Bowl” “The Man” Maloney. Beers were drank, turkey legs were eaten, lives were changed for the better.
The game was both exciting and disappointing. John Lannan squared off against Brandon Beachy, fresh off his first start after spending the entire season to date on the DL. Lannan generally stunk, only going 4.1 with control problems most of the afternoon. The Phils got out to an early lead against Beachy, but he settled down against our meager offense and went into the 7th. Zach Miner (?), Luis Garcia, Paps, and Tony Bastard all pitched pretty well out of the pen to give us a chance to walk this baby off. However, Jake Diekman couldn’t find the plate and put J-Frate into a position where he couldn’t strand the bad guys. Phillies lose in 12.
Overall, we had a great time out in the lot. 6 hours with beer flowing like wine is a heckuva time (TMac!). We posted up at SRO and enjoyed the quiet mediocrity of the franchise as much as possible. Didn’t get thrown out for heckling the bullpen – always a positive. But said Hey to Eddie Perez. That guy used to catch Greg M. The weather mostly held out. Take a look at our pictures!
For those who don’t know, today is the 3rd annual IPA Day. Hopheads across the world rejoice! Not that anyone needs an excuse to enjoy an IPA, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to look at some of the IPA’s that we’ve reviewed on this site.
All that hoppy goodness
Atlanta has quite a reputation for producing musicians from pretty much any genre. You know the rappers like TI and Outkast, some “poppier” musicians like John Mayer, and then, of course, there is the country influence of the south. There are several venues in Atlanta, where you can find a solid local band (and on some nights, national acts). Last night, I went to Eddie’s Attic, which is technically in Decatur, Georgia, to see the country/rock Kurt Thomas Band.
Well, that was fast.
It has been just about 3 months since the founding of South Street Brewing Company, our local homebrewery, and the launch of this website. I have had an amazing time brewing good beer with my very close friends. But as they say, it is about more than just good beer (what a catchy moniker). It’s also about learning new things. And we have learned a lot. It’s about slowly figuring out what it would take to make this thing real. It’s about making connections with people in Philly and not in Philly — people who are interested in chatting about craft beer, people who are interested in contributing to this site, homebrewers, friends. It has been quite a wonderful experience so far.
This weblog has provided me an outlet for discussion and sharing. It has allowed me to be more observant about things I am passionate about. I have taken notes. I have talked to people. I have had fun. Three months in and we have barely scratched the surface. Expect bigger and better things. I sure do.
A sincere thanks to my brewpals — Mike and Mike. We have made some very tasty brews, let’s keep it up.
A sincere thanks to Kyle S, Pete, and Jeff. I am thrilled you guys are so enthusiastic about writing on this site. We have so many opportunities for expansion, both in topics and readership. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.
If you are reading this, thanks for doing so. How did you hear about us? What do you think so far? If you are interested in beer, sports, music, culture — stay tuned, you won’t be disappointed.
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Thanks and cheers!
Having recently found myself in the Bay area, I decided to take a day trip up to Petaluma, CA. Now I’m sure everyone has heard of Petaluma but, in case you haven’t, this quaint little gem is located in the famous wine producing Sonoma County about an hour away from Napa. The gold rush in the mid-1850s saw many Americans relocating to San Francisco in hopes to strike it big in the mines. The fertile land of Sonoma County coupled with the Petaluma River’s access to the bay offered a great opportunity for farmers to produce the necessary agricultural goods to sustain the gold rush. Agriculture continued to be an important industry in Petaluma after the gold rush, and was at one time known as the “Egg Capital of the World” for its large chicken processing plants. In fact, the first egg incubator was invented there. Soooo who cares, I mean I love a good omelet as much as the next guy but why make the trip all the way up to Petaluma. Maybe I’m a movie buff and wanted to see the filming locations of such great flicks as Scream, Cujo, American Graffiti, and, of course, Flubber…. But I’m not. I went to Petaluma for only one reason: Lagunitas Brewing Co.