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This Friday marks the start of Philly Beer Week, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. This Saturday, we’ll kick it off by having a Beer by Bike event touring 5 of the city’s breweries. Details, as noted at the Beer Week site:
Join us Saturday morning for a citywide bicycle tour of five Philadelphia breweries. We’ll start at PBC and take a leisurely bike ride to Yards, Triumph, Nodding Head, and end at Dock St. This is a pay as you go event, so bring some cash to sample each brewery’s creations. All types of bicycles and skill levels are welcome, but helmets are required, and be sure to bring a lock to secure your bike. Please: no scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, or other fun forms of transportation! This is a bicycle only event.
The ride and registration begins at PBC, 2439 Amber St at 11am, and this ride will be limited to the first 100 people.
See you all at PBC this Saturday at 11am!!
I’m way late for a recap as the ride was 2 weeks ago, I’m sorry. We did actually ride, and it was pretty fun. Our final destination was Philadelphia Brewing Co’s holiday party, but we had no real route or plan to get there. We started into Fairmount Park, on a route that I know well. But back by the recycling center we turned off onto some fire roads. I was really interested in checking these paths out, and I’m glad that some of the guys knew them well. They weren’t paved, but most everyone had no problem riding them, even with skinny tires.
We rode around for a bit, and decided to head down to the newly opened Hawthorne Cafe in south Philly for lunch. Hawthorne Cafe is a little beer cafe owned by Bella Vista Distributors. The beer selection, as expected, was awesome. They have a growler filling station with an amazing taplist. Sadly though, no single glass pours. I went with a pair of Dark Horse beers, including the perfectly paired oatmeal stout. Early in a late autumn day, after a chilly ride through the woods, a hearty stout was the perfect lunch beer. Well, not exactly lunch. For some reason, they don’t serve their lunch menu until 3pm on weekends, and there was nary a lunch dish to be found on the “brunch” menuu. This was my only complaint, as I was really looking forward to one of their hand carved sandwiches.
From there we rode up to PBC. Some mechanical issues broke up the group, but we all arrived safely. We all had a glass of their new winter ale and settled into a table in the loading dock turned courtyard. We had a chance to recount the ride over some pipe tobacco and free beer, a fitting end to a wonderful day.
We’ll be riding the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov 28th. It will be a little different from our normal format. Meet at the Art Museum at 10am, we’ll do a couple hours of riding. Afterward, we’ll be heading to Philadelphia Brewing Co’s Holiday Open House. Maybe we’ll throw a lunch stop in there somewhere too, who knows. We will also be discussing and planning an exciting potential future ride. Hope to see you there!
Despite rather dramatic circumstances, Lo and I were able to enjoy a couple beers at the Memphis Taproom this Monday night. The greatly anticipated Fleur de Lehigh was on draft (indeed it was the reason we went) and it did not disappoint. The herbal notes were very upfront, but well balanced. Hyacinth, honeysuckle, ginger, mint, and maybe some dishsoap in the nose (Lois’ observation). Definitely better than the Chateau Kenzo. Though I would have loved to have more malt backing it up. I’m not sure of the abv, but it could have been bumped up a couple points, I think.
Followed up by a Hennepin and a Founders Pale Ale on hand pump, the Memphis Taproom came through again. One of these days though I’m going to go there and not discuss some terrible personal issue. Just enjoy some beers. Next time.
In contrast to last weeks flurry of activity, this week has been a quiet mess. Even my weekly cell night at Skinner’s was skipped. On Tuesday night, our main server at work lost 2 hard drives. We basically lost all our data from the past 7 years, including every appraisal report I’ve done. I’ll spare the details, but its been a mess.
I didn’t even make time to get on my bike. Sad. Though I did receive a case of Victory Whirlwind Wit as a late birthday present from my in-laws. Summer’s here, drink wheat beer.
And this Saturday is the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and the Trenton Ave Arts Fest. I’m really looking forward to taking the kids there for the festivities. I think Phila Brewing Co will be there, hopefully bringing some Walt Wit. Bikes, beer, sounds perfect.