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Philly is getting some great bike-centered design lately, and the Bike Coalition just posted some images of the South Street bridge. Awesome! Between that, and the Pine/Spruce St experiment, things are looking pretty great for downtown Philly! (Unless of course you are a vehicular cycling nazi).
And did I say bikes and beer in the news? Sorry, I meant bikes and crap. Mr President, really? Really??
Philly Beer Week has come and gone. I must say, though I missed alot, I was fortunate to get to some really great events this year. I already wrote about the long bike ride below, so I won’t repeat that. But here is a quick summary.
Memphis Taproom – Their No-Repeat beer week was outstanding! I stopped in three times, but I always felt like I was missing something great every day that I wasn’t there! The highlight for me was the Allagash Interlude, what a complex beer! But the Fuller on cask was great, Obamagang, La Merle Saison, Port Midnight sessions, the list goes on!
Triumph – I found myself here a bunch of times too. First for a beer and cheese tasting. While not sublime, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The Klash of the Kaisers was awesome too, with a cheap 9 beer flight of some amazing pilsners. I voted Sly Fox’s Saint Charles Bridge as my favorite.
The Brewery Bike Ride – I posted a recap of the ride over at Beer of the Bike. Over 150 people came out for this event!
Zythos – This was by far my favorite event of the week. It was tolerably crowded, had a really nice food spread, and had some amazing beers. I felt like within the first hour I got my ticket’s worth. Sure I would have liked more visible signage for the tables, and some drinking water would have been nice, but overall this event ruled. A full post about the beers I tried might be warranted, but for a taste: Scires, Super Baladin, Hanssens’ kriek, gueze, and cassis, Taras Boulba, De Ranke XX Bitter, ‘t Smisje Calva Reserva and Grand Reserva, Urthel Samaranth, and 12% Importers had some spectacular bottles that I need to track down the names of.
In summary: I can’t wait for next year!