|Secrets of the Hop Chef
What's with all the beer and food pairings? It's getting that you can't down a mug without someone shoving a plate of ale-braised Brussels sprouts under your chin.
This week, I chat with Philly's reigning Hop Chef Ommegang to learn a few secrets. And don't miss his recipe for Rare Vos mustard.
Read it here.
Six great beers
@ Southwark Restaurant (South Street Area) Late Night Happy Hour with Ommegang, today, 10 p.m. - midnight.
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
@ Uno Chicago Grill (Bensalem, Buxco), Friday (4/19), 6 p.m.
Born Again Tripel
@ Dock Street Brewery (West Philly) Spring Cleaning Bottle Release, Saturday (4/20).
Cane & Ebel
@ The Beer Shoppe (Ardmore, Montco) Two Brothers Tasting, Saturday (4/20), 5-7 p.m.
Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat
@ London Grill (Fairmount) Earth Day, Wednesday (4/24).
Brown Bag #3 Milk Stout
@ FWOT (Conshy, Montco) Earth Day with Long Trail, Wednesday (4/24), 6 p.m.
On Sunday (4/21), Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar (West Philly) is hosting a "Headdie" beer fest, which - given the lineup beers - I presume is geared toward hopheads. Ithaca Flower Power, Skunk Black IPA, Sixpoint Resin and more are pouring. Tix are $30...
Strangelove's (WashWest), the new 11th Street joint from the folks behind Resurrection Ale House etc., opens Tuesday (4/23) at 5 p.m... City Tap House opens its rooftop with a Beer-B-Q on Saturday (4/20), from noon-4 p.m... Pinot Boutique (Old City) isn't just about wine any more. In addition to serving as Philly Beer Week's official merchandise supplier (we've got some cool glassware and bottle openers coming this year), it's now running beer education classes. Tonight: Understanding an English Pub. Tix are just $19, and that gets you plenty of samples... Enjoyed a couple glasses of the new Dock Street/Four Seasons collab, O.P.Yum made with Pomegranate juice and oats. The juice seemed mainly in the background till I tried a sip after some curry, and it really stepped forward. Nice combo...
Don't forget, the Porch at 30th Street Station unveils its outdoor beer garden today and tomorrow, from 3-8 p.m. Stop by for a cold one before catching the train... Next Saturday (4/27) State Line Liquors (Elkton, Md.) is hosting a big-time Belgian vs. North American tasting. (Think Dupont Monks Stout vs. Allagash Black.) It's just $20, and I can attest the pours are ample. Even better, the event kicks off a two-week sale: 20% off all single Belgies, or 10% off cases...
The difference between U.S. brewers and the Brits? In America, they put out press releases like the one from Stone I received a few months back:
WARNING: The Bastards have arrived. As the curator of two overly-aggressive, unapologetic beers, it's necessary, nay an obligation, to warn the populace that today, Double Bastard Ale and Lukcy Basartd Ale are making their way across the U.S. In England, they talk with their teeth clenched, as exhibited by James Coyle, sales director for Marston's, whose press release announced a pretty cool collaboration with Maine's Shipyard Brewing:
The popularity of craft beer is growing and forecast to continue to rise over the coming years as UK consumers search out new beer experiences. Our research has shown the market for 'craft beers' combines more established continental speciality beers with an emerging market of American and UK craft brewers producing lighter lager/Pale Ale hybrid beers with more fruity hop character, which we classify as 'new world' craft beers'"New beer experiences?" Blimey! Pull the stick out of your arse, pal.