March 8th. I'm hosting
a Breakfast of Beer Champions, an all wheat beer
brunch at the renowned Grey
Lodge Pub in Northeast Philly, that starts at 11 AM.
A pancake bonanza, weisswurst, and syrup for your pancakes made
from reduced Victory Moonglow...and all the great wheat beers we
can find. Priced a la carte.
I'll be presenting "Porter v. Stout: a bright dark
line" at the Tria
Fermentation School. I'll be taking everything I've learned
from reading Ron
Pattinson and Martyn
Cornell's excellent blogs and spreading the New Word on
the evolution of porter and stout, the differences between
them, and generally celebrating the diversity of the spectrum of dark
ales. Starting time is 6:30 -- plenty of time to get in a
little education before heading out. Price: $45
Sunday March 9th
I'll be back at the Grey Lodge
for an Upstate Beer and Game Dinner. Scoats has found a
source for game, which we think will make a great pairing and match-up
for beers from an array of small breweries from upstate
Pennsylvania that only the author of Pennsylvania Breweries
could bring you. Price: TBD, tickets go on sale February 1.
Monday, March 10th
"That's Not Belgian!" at the delightful Chick's
Cafe (614 S. 7th St., Philadelphia).
As alert readers know, I only discovered Chick's recently, and loved
it. Chick's has built a beer list different from any
in this beer-happy city, and a central feature of it is a core
of French, Italian, and Spanish beers, from breweries that are quite
Belgianesque in their disregard for traditional brewing...but
are not exactly Belgian, either. We're going to pair an
array of these non-Belgian beers with food from their respective
homelands for a beer dinner that should be like few Philly or
anywhere else has ever seen. 6:30 PM, Price TBD.
March 12th "Philly
Area Beer: Yeah, We've Got That. Join nationally-known beer
writer Lew Bryson and local beer scene guru, BrewLounge.com's
Bryan Kolesar, at one of the hottest new beer bars in
the area, TJ's Everyday
in Paoli, for a wild waltz through the breadth
of beer produced by local brewers. Want Belgian? Got it.
German? Jawohl! British? Certainly, dear boy.
American craft innovation? Yo,we're all over that. Bryson
and Kolesar will lead you through the local harvest with details,
suggestions, and brewery stories, while TJ's kitchen supports it all
with a grand presentation of their famed cuisine a la biere.
6:30 PM, pay as you go beer and a $25 six-course tasting menu."
Thursday March 13th
is a big night for you fellow fans of lager: Executive brewer Jay
Misson and I are putting together a big Pilsner Gala at
Old City. We'll have at least two pilsners from Triumph,
including their luscious Kellerbier, at least one
pilsner from Sly Fox, Victory,
and Tröegs, and Carol
Stoudt said she'd try to get us a special keller version of Stoudt's
Pils. That's what we've got so far...we're working on
more. While you delight in the astonishing variation in this vastly
under-regarded beer type, feast on authentic German schmankerl,
the beer hall snacks we love so much. This will run from 6 to 10 PM: pay
as you go.
Friday I'm staying home to watch my daughter in her school play, and
Saturday...I'm keeping my options open.
Sunday the 16th:
I'm hosting an all-Pennsylvania beer brunch at Fork,
including as much PA
Preferred food as we can get. Naturally I'm excited
to be doing a beer event at one of Philly's top restaurants.
I hope you'll be able to join us before calling an end to your Philly
Beer Week; we start at 11. Price: TBD