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Aug. 3, 2018

 

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Musikfest

Beer Guide

 


Musikfest, the 10-day open-air music festival in Bethlehem that starts Friday and runs through Aug. 12, is all about the sounds. But don’t miss out on the flavor of great beer.

Each year, the fest sells about 30,000 mugs that can be filled at local bars and beer stands. There's plenty of beer everywhere.

Like the rest of Philly Beer World, the Lehigh Valley is seeing a surge of new breweries. So, keep an eye out for the likes of Hijinx, Yergey, Böse Geist,  Sole, Cave  and of course the region’s longtime stalwarts, stalwarts, Fegley’s and Weyerbacher.

To help you find the very best craft beer, we've compiled the definitive guide to Musikfest Beer. Click below for the full report!
 

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There’s a lot going on in Lansdale. Below you’ll see word of a new brewery opening this weekend. Tomorrow, the borough’s long-standing Round Guys (Montco) is marking its 6th anniversary (can it really be that long?) with music, food trucks, spirits tasting from Board Room distillery and plenty of fun. Brewer Scott Rudich is promising to drop into a dunk tank (along with the mayor of Lansdale). And, naturally, there’ll be lots of beer. Look for crowlers of four new, special brews:

  • Pendulum Pilsner, a dry-hopped American pils.
  • Glenside Pale Ale, the flagship brew at Round Guy’s new Glenside Ale House
  • Fuzzy Muttness, an export stout that was the first beer Round Guys brewed after getting licensed. 
  • Hellz Wind Staff dry-hopped Brut IPA

 

A couple weeks ago, I reported on the South Jersey brewery that hosts an evening of moth watching. Well, here’s another one for fans of flying friends: Birds & Brew at Hawk Mountain in Berks County on Aug. 11. Tix for the beer tasting are $50 with proceeds benefitting the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association… You know those cans of Alohop that Neshaminy Creek just released? Either drink ‘em up quick or return them to the brewery, because QC issues have led to some untimely can bursts

 

Coming in mid-August: the Bud Light Philly Philly commemorative pack. Can’t wait. Seriously, I can’t wait. That’s why I’m headed instead to Iron Hill Brewery (Manayunk) for a fresh glass of Philly Special, which the brewpub describes as a Philadelphia (Not New England) IPA. It was released yesterday for National IPA Day… Speaking of Iron Hill, I got a hard-hat walk-through of the brewpub’s under-construction location on Market Street on Thursday. When the place opens in September, it’ll be only the second Center City brewpub (Second Story, which is technically Old City, is the other). It’s a spectacular location amid the redevelopment of the Gallery and the new Fashion District project (which incidentally will include the new City Winery). Ben Schamberg, formerly of Nodding Head and Philadelphia Brewing, is head brewer…

 

A second new brewery is coming to the Roxborough section of the city. This one’s called Twisted Gingers, and is expected to open at the former Common Ground pub at Fleming and Cotton streets. The brewer, Mark Mayer of Lafayette Hill, has plans for a tidy brewery with a 1,100-square-foot tasting room and a short menu. It’ll join a currently unnamed planned brewery on Ridge Avenue, next to the neighborhood’s Pocket Park… Sterling Pig (Delco) announced on Facebook that it will open a new taproom location (not a brewery) in West Chester (Chesco), at 113 W. Market St., this autumn…

 

Yes, bars are community assets. And if you don’t believe it, check out Saw Town Tavern (Northeast Philly), which just won a $15,000 grant from the Tacony Community Development Corp. Tonight’s the perfect excuse to visit: It’s First Friday Arts Takeover (7 p.m.), featuring visual art, music, standup comics, dance and a theatrical performance…

 

Congrats to Yards Brewing for its Best of Philly award from Philadelphia Magazine. To celebrate, it’ll throw a Warehouse Party on Thursday (8/9) from 6-11 p.m., with music, free beer swag and drink specials.

 

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Well Crafted Beer Co.

 

Where: 310 Madison St, Lansdale (Montco). The 100-year-old former Masonic temple was most recently used as an arts center.

 

What: Joining Round Guys as Lansdale’s second brewery, the space features a 7-barrel brewhouse, 20-tap tasting room and open-air seating within steps of Lansdale’s newly renovated SEPTA train station.

 

Who: A group of alumni from Rochester Institute of Technology, including head brewer Rick Solomon (former Barren Hill apprentice) and marketing director Nica Bellenger. “Our friendships flourished around craft beer,” Bellenger said of the group. “Sharing and talking about bee, traveling to breweries. That’s what inspired us to pursue opening our own brewery.”

 

When: Open Thursday-Sunday.

 

Etc.: The name comes from the brewers’ use of well water for their homebrewing batches. Though they’ll use municipal water here, they’ll treat it as necessary to duplicate the original content.

 

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From the stone fireplace to the weathered barn door, La Cabra Brewery looks both casual and stylish – a perfect complement to a tap list that runs from simply refreshing to eclectic and adventuresome.

 

That’s not just a happy coincidence. It’s the well-planned result of a thoughtful collaboration between the brewery’s owners and Christopher Linton of HRA Construction, a Media, Pa., construction management team that specializes in brewery projects.

 

“The best and worst parts of the building were concealed,” says Linton. “It was a furniture store with lots of carpeting and drop ceilings. There was a 400-pound Buddha in the front room. Like the majority of our projects we worked to bring out of that building all the qualities it had. Every square foot was debated. It was really a collaborative effort.”

 

Linton credits the finished product at to his firm’s Brewpub Playbook, a project management approach that he says gets new brewpubs “from idea to open” in the most time and cost efficient manner possible.

 

“New breweries rarely know how much it’s going to cost, and how long it’s going to take,” says Linton, who has worked in construction for more than 25 years. We establish the budget and schedule early in pre-construction phase. “They’re going to encounter adversity, and it’s my job to make the whole process go more smoothly, more quickly, and save money for my clients.”

In addition to La Cabra, HRA has more than 10 local brewery projects under its belt, including:

 

  • Love City in Philadelphia’s new loft district.
  • Cross Keys in Williamstown, N.J.;
  • Tired Hands Fermenteria in Ardmore, Montco;
  • Town Tap by Conshohocken Brewing in Havertown, Delco;
  • Conshohocken Brewing in Bridgeport, Montco;
  • Conshocken Brewing flagship in Conshy;
  • Ship Bottom in Beach Haven, N.J.;
  • 7 Mile Brewing in Rio Grande, N.J.;
  • Hale and True Cidery in Philadelphia.

 

Two new projects – Workhorse in King of Prussia and Tannery Run in Ambler – are expected to open soon.

 

That’s a wide variety of brewery styles, each with its unique challenges – each successfully completed through collaboration and oversight by HRA.


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Contact HRA Construction at 484-320-0113

 
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Hazy, juicy, Double Dry Hopped IPA, with “very sexy posh hop varieties,” Idaho 7 and Citra hops. 7% abv.

 
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