Before the MINT opened, we heard a lot of rumors that it was going to be yet another Italian joint in B-Town (yawn). But then - the sign went up: “The Mint Gastropub.” Woohoo! A gastropub next to our favorite bottle shop? Yes please!
For those of you who are not yet aware of this recently-opened gastropub in Bethlehem, The MINT is located at 1223 West Broad Street - right next to Abe’s in a former Bank of America branch (Get it now? The MINT? A bank? Clever stuff.) The vault of the bank remains, there’s money-themed art on the walls, and the napkin rings are repurposed currency bands. The style and atmosphere of the place isn’t like anything we’ve seen in this area - it’s reminiscent of Philly’s Continental, but with it’s own special vibe.
The food is an extremely eclectic mix with very unique and interesting combinations and a focus on presentation. The bits and bobs (apps) will run you $9 a piece and the entrees go for $17. If you don’t want to break the bank (pun intended), you can always stick with the “hands on” section of the menu with items like lobster roll with sweet potato fries for ten bucks.
Now on to the important stuff - the beer. The current draft list includes 4 Victory beers, including Donnybrook Stout which is all but impossible to find on draft. The bottle list features about 70 beers - Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Lost Abbey Carnevale, Mikeller Not Just Another Wit, Liefman’s Goudenband, and old favorites like Bell’s Two Hearted, Rogue Shakespere Oatmeal Stout, and Brooklyn Brown Ale, just to name a few. They plan to increase the bottle list to upwards of 200 beers, incorporate beer cocktails into the menu, and have already started cellaring beers to provide vintage selections in the future. There’s even a rumor circulating that there may be a MINT/Victory signature beer in the works.
The MINT also plans to have monthly beer dinners, the first of which will take place on Thursday, June 30 and will be hosted by Victory Brewing’s VP, Steve German. This intimate affair with only 25 spots will include five courses including dessert, paired with Victory’s V-12, Summer Love, Donnybrook Stout, Golden Monkey and Hop Devil. Click here for the event page and a peek at the menu. Book your reservation now to be sure to get in on this event. Give them a call at 610-419-3810 for more info and to reserve your seat, or better yet, stop in for a beer and ask for details. You’re likely to see a few familiar faces - the MINT’s staff are no strangers to good beer, coming from craft beer establishments like Tap and Table and The Brew Works.
The MINT is still in it’s soft opening phase, so things may change a bit down the line as they get into the flow of things, but we think they are off to a great start. We raise our glasses and welcome them to the Lehigh Valley’s craft beer scene!
We’re always happy to hear about new places opening in the Lehigh Valley that will help to develop our growing craft beer scene. So you can imagine our excitement to learn about HiJinx Brewing Company, a new nano brewery which is set to open in Allentown later this year.
Curt Keck, founder of HiJinx Brewing Company, is no stranger to the world of brewing. He began brewing back in 1995 to satisfy his passion for great beer. After a stint as Assistant to the Brewmaster with the now defunct Allentown-based Old Lehigh Brewing Company (remember Bust A Nut Brown Ale? We do!), Curt served as Senior Brewer at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton until his departure from professional brewing in 1999. In fact, he tells us that Weyerbacher’s Blithering Idiot is a scaled-up version of one of his homebrew recipes.
Curt’s Porter recipe earned him first place at the Drunk Monk Challenge in Chicago in 2009, making it eligible for the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing where it received a gold medal. More recently, it won first place and was runner-up for Best in Show at the 2011 War of the Worts competition in Montgomeryville, PA. But Curt is no one trick pony, and his Porter is surely not his only award-winning beer. He has also won gold medals at various competitions for his Imperial Stout, ESB, Wit, Brown Ale, Belgian Dark Strong Ale and American Lager. These craft beers will soon be available to the masses through the HiJinx Brewing Company.
HiJinx has obtained local approval and is now pending federal approval with the hopes of opening in November 2011. The HiJinx Brewery will be based in Allentown, near the intersection of Route 22 and Cedar Crest Boulevard. Though now brewing on a 1/2 barrel system (not unlike the system that Sam Calagione used to start Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales), HiJinx will be brewing on a custom 1.5 BBL system once it is operational, with an expected capacity of 100 BBL. (As a side note - a BBL is a barrel of beer equaling 31 gallons, so we’re talking about a lot of beer!) Curt is trying to complete funding of his new system through a kickstarter.com campaign that will begin sometime in mid June.
HiJinx with be self-distributing at first, with 22oz bottles and sixtels, and will focus on getting accounts at craft beer-friendly establishments like The Liberty Street Tavern. Look for his award-winning Porter, ESB, Wit, Stout, Belgian Strong Ale, American Session Ale and IPA to be his first offerings, but keep in mind that Curt is a ‘no limits’ brewer who doesn’t mind taking chances. Recent experiments with new ingredients, new twists on classic styles, and brewing with herbs and spices means there will be a constant rotation of unique beers from HiJinx. Curt’s brewing philosophy is to think of beer like food: “The best food is prepared by a chef in a restaurant and not in a factory,” he says. He is a hands-on brewer and intends to remain that way with HiJinx. Taking pride in every batch and care in every step of the brewing experience in order to produce a quality product is Curt’s goal in brewing.
Curt also acknowledges the growing appreciation for craft beer in the Lehigh Valley and feels the establishments that serve quality beer here will continue to enjoy a steady growth. “There are a few groups in the area that are helping to expand the beer consumers palate through education and exposure,” explains Kurt. “The Lehigh Valley Homebrewers, who have given a number of seminars at various events around the Valley, take various examples of classic styles brewed by their membership, and explain what makes them what they are.” He also mentions other local beer groups such as the Lehigh Valley Beer Society. “These groups will only help to increase the demand for craft beers in this area,” says Curt.
Curt will be representing HiJinx at the PBS39 Microbrew Festival this Saturday. Expected to be available for sampling are Prankster’s Porter, HiJinx ESB, AsA (an American Session Ale), Hop Havoc IPA, Earth, Wit, & Fire, Java Porter, and he may slip Steal Your Face Stout into the mix for a limited tasting. Be sure to stop by the HiJinx booth, say hello to Curt, and tell him you where you heard about HiJinx!
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If you’re in tune with either the Lehigh Valley craft beer scene or art scene (or both), chances are you know the name Alexander Clare. If you don’t, you should.
Alex is, quite simply, a very cool and talented guy who who is making his mark in both the art world and the world of craft beer. Most of you have undoubtedly been to the Brew Works or sipped a Brew Works beer at some point in your life, which means Alex has made his mark on you too. He is responsible for most of the Brew Works beer label illustrations, including Space Monkey, Insidious, Monkey Wrench, and Blueberry Belch. You’ll also see his work on the majority of the brewery chalkboards. His work on the Brew Works’ labels has helped them gain nominations for Best Label Art in Best of Philly Beer Scene 2010, as well as honors at the Design, Drink, and Be Merry exhibit at the Reading Goggle Works.
Alex has also recently been competing in the Lehigh Valley Art Wars, a live art event in which artists are given a two hour timeframe to complete a work of art on the spot based on a broad theme. The art is voted on by both audience and jury, and two artists from each event move on to the next round. Sixteen artists have been narrowed down to four for the final event. Alex is one of the finalists who will be competing tonight at Mayfair for the grand prize.
Alex has only lived in the Lehigh Valley for a few years, but he recognizes the same thing here that we do - the potential for remarkable growth on many levels. “I love living in the Lehigh Valley,” explains Alex. “I feel like I’m a part of an exploding scene for both art and craft beer here - like I got in at the ground level and it will just keep growing. It’s exciting to be involved in that.”
We met Alex about a year ago on one of our Molly’s Micro Monday excursions, where you’ll often find him, craft beer in hand, chatting with various folks about beer and art. He’s been a supporter of our website and what we are doing since the beginning. And now, he’ll be playing an active role in it. We’re happy to announce that, in addition to his many other endeavors, Alex has recently joined the LVcraftbeer team!
Check out Alex’s work on his website at www.alexandertheart.com, or better yet, come out to the Art Wars Finale tonight from 8-10 pm at Mayfair and see Alex in action. We’ll be there cheering him on, and we hope you’ll join us!
Art Wars photos courtesy of Elaine Zelker Photography.
Since the rapture is upon us, we figured we’d better swing by Abe’s for one “final” visit and pick up some goodies to share with our friends and loved ones as the end draws near.
As we say our goodbyes and send everyone off with well-wishes (wherever they may be going) we’ll be toasting our memories with a Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell, a 7% ABV Golden Ale brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye.
We’ll follow our Farewell with a Nogne O Dark Horizon 3rd Edition, while we look ahead and ponder the mystery of our unknown fate. This Russian Imperial Stout with a whopping 15.5% ABV is sure to either ease our worries or lead us into a steady spiral of self-doubt.
Next, as we come to accept the impending doom that is soon to follow, we’ll be sipping on a Brouwerij Het Alternatief Bitter Truth, a 10% ABV Belgian Ale.
Once the sky turns dark and lightning crackles in the distance or whatever is supposed to happen, we will move on to an 7.8% ABV Left Hand Fade to Black Smoked Baltic Porter. After all these high ABV beers, I don’t know if we’d even notice a hurricane or swarms of locusts.
When everyone starts being taken one by one, we’ll send them off with a nice pint of Rogue Dead Guy Ale. This 6.5% maibock should take the edge off for those who are afraid of heights. And I mean, they’re going to be dead in like a couple minutes, right? Might as well have one last beer.
Finally, we figure good beer might be allowed in the afterlife, so we wanted to be personally prepared. So what better or more appropriate beer to be packing on a journey up to the clouds than Stone Levitation Ale? It’s a 4.4% amber ale, nice and tame - so just in case we get in trouble for bringing in outside beverages, at least we didn’t have that 15.5% Dark Horizon on us. Although, what if we’re in that group that doesn’t float up to the sky? Crap. Maybe we should’ve picked up some Russian River Damnation.
It’s the third Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for Beerscool at Starters Riverport! Tonight they’ll be featuring a Weyerbacher Beer Dinner and a rep from the brewery will be on hand to tell you all about their delicious locally brewed beer while you enjoy it! Beer selections include Double Simcoe IPA, Verboten, Blanche, Merry Monks and Blithering Idiot. The menu, prepared by Starters chef Dan Adams, includes some amazing creations: Cheddar-Stilton with peaches and crustini, shrimp and grits, southern fried chicken, yukon gold mashed potatoes, cheddar-stilton mac ‘n cheese, smokey collard greens, and black raspberry ice cream and watermelon ice with whipped cream and mint. YUM!
The dinner starts at 7pm tonight and will run you $30 per person, but it’s well worth it for all of that awesome beer, food, and knowledge! Call 610-625-2300 to reserve your seats.
For the first time locally, Philadelphia Brewing Company’s great selection of beers will be on tap at the Liberty Street Tavern in Allentown. You can stop by tonight from 7:00pm - 11:00 pm for an $8 flight that includes Kennzinger (a Philly favorite!), Pennsylvania Pale Ale, Rowhouse Red, and Fleur de Lehigh. There will also be giveaways - and you know you can always use another beer-branded t-shirt or pint glass.
The Liberty Street Tavern, located at 2246 W Liberty St in Allentown, also has hundreds of bottles to choose from and some great food (try the boardwalk-style fries), so even if you can’t make it tonight, be sure to get in there soon!
There’s always something to do in the Lehigh Valley if you like craft beer! Our events page can help you plan your week around the craft beer scene. Check it out for special events as well as ongoing weekly and monthly events. We update this page as frequently as possible, but if you see something that we’re missing, be sure to let us know!
Despite the exploding craft beer scene throughout the country and the never ending variety of beer styles that now exist, there are still those people out there who claim they “don’t like the taste of beer” or swear by only the standard macros. We know you’ve got at least one of these in your entourage, be it your Appletini-swilling girlfriend or your buddy who doesn’t leave the house without a case of Miller Lite by his side. Chances are, most of these people are simply uneducated about the vast variety of styles and flavors that exist in the beer spectrum. So we’ve compiled a list of a few brews that are most likely to convert even the biggest non-believers to fellow appreciators of the most versatile beverage in the world - BEER.
1. Lindeman’s Framboise (raspberry), Cassis (black currant), Pecheresse (peach), Pomme (apple), Kriek (cherry), or Faro: The fruit varieties are very mild and sweet, and are a great way to introduce non-beery beers to someone who tends to prefer fruity martinis or wine. Each of the varieties listed above are lambic beers with fruit or other infusions added. The Faro is a wild-fermented wheat beer using new and old lambics and candied sugar with a taste similar to a sweet sparkling wine. To learn more about the brewing process for this special variety of beer, click here.
2. Blanche De Bruxelles: Though there are many different witbiers out there, we suggest avoiding the most commercially available - Blue Moon. Blanche De Bruxelles is our favorite witbier, and is unintimidating enough to serve to your friend who typically sticks with Miller Light or Michelob Ultra. This light, refreshing, 4.5% ABV witbier is made with coriander and orange peel which gives it a unique taste without an overpowering fruit flavor. Plus the peeing cherub on the label is a great conversation-starter.
3. Southern Tier Creme Brulee Imperial Milk Stout: This beer’s ABV is up there at 9.6%, but it tastes like a decadent milkshake laced with caramel, vanilla, and coffee flavors. Quite tasty but certainly not a session beer, so if you’re serving this to someone who’s not into beer, don’t expect them to want a whole pint of this stuff. Still, a great way to give a non-beer drinker a taste of the variety of craft beers that are out there.
4. Duchesse De Bourgogne: This Flemish Red Ale has a fruity taste and moderate ABV (6%), but also a bit of complexity and a sour end. Some folks with less tolerant tastebuds may be turned off by the sour finish, but we’ve served this beer to friends and moms who don’t like beer at all, and received a great response. If this beer proves to be a hit for you, we also recommend Monk’s Cafe Flemish Red or Jolly Pumpkin La Roja.
5. Brew Works Valley Golden Ale: This American Blonde Ale has been called a “gateway beer” by some. It cannot be purchased in bottles but you can find it on tap at any of the 3 Brew Works locations. Those with a taste for complex beers full of character may find this beer a little boring, but for those who are used to swilling macros this is a great stepping stone. It’s very mild and drinkable, has a low ABV of 4.7%, and is often recommended to new Brew Works customers who come into the brewpub asking the bartender for a light beer.
One great way to introduce different styles of beer to friends who are not really into the craft beer culture (yet) is to take them to a beer and food pairing or a sampling event. Wegmans Bethlehem and Allentown locations are both hosting a FREE beer and food pairing on Saturday, May 21 from 11am-3pm. Take your friends and show them how great beer can complement any meal. Or - stop by the Weyerbacher Brewery in Easton any Saturday between 12noon and 3pm for a FREE tour and tastings of all their beers. The Brew Works Allentown also holds FREE tours and tastings every Saturday from 12noon - 1:30pm, but you’ll have to contact them in advance to schedule your tour.
Guest Post by Laura Nazimiec of gomexicoguide.com
Craft beer can be a lot harder to come by in Mexico City than it is in the Lehigh Valley, especially if you’re not sure where to look. If you’re a craft beer connoisseur, one of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Mexico is the limited choice of brews. Restaurants, bars and corner stores all seem to offer the same small selection of beers produced by one of Mexico’s two major beer companies - Mexico City-based Grupo Modelo (Corona, Negra Modelo, Victoria) and Monterrey-based Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma (Tecate, Dos Equis, Bohemia) - the only question that remains is which company’s brands they’ll carry.
Finding a beer in Mexico that isn’t produced by one of the two big companies is often a daunting task. Having lived in Philadelphia for years before moving to Mexico, I became accustomed to quality bottle shops like the Foodery and the endless variety of craft beer at world-renowned spots like Monk’s Cafe and Eulogy. Fortunately, here in Mexico City, a Mexican craft beer revolution has begun - welcome news for those of us craving a choice of brews. Some restaurants and bars in the more central neighborhoods of Mexico City are beginning to offer a small selection of craft beers on their menu and a couple craft beer corner stores are popping up as well. The most recent of these is El Deposito, which opened its doors several months ago.
Still, the selection of Mexican independent, non-monopoly produced brews is small and most continue to be produced in Guadalajara or here in Mexico City. Primus Brewery, the producer of Tempus beers, is helping to lead the fight to introduce more artisinal Mexican beers into the marketplace and many of the small local producers are banding together to share importing costs and encourage the growth of a craft beer culture. In addition to Tempus, other Mexican artisinal brews that you’re likely to find include Cucapá, Malverde and Minerva.
When you travel to Mexico City, be sure to stop at El Deposito in Condesa and La Belga in Roma Norte, two of the best places in the city to check out the Mexican craft beer scene. The beer at La Belga is only available for take-out, so if you’re planning to be out all day exploring the city then El Deposito is your best bet. El Deposito carries over 100 craft beers from around the world including eight artisinal Mexican brews, including a few on tap. At El Deposito you can grab a seat at the open-air bar and watch the action on the avenue as you relax and sip your brew. If you happen to be here during the summer rainy season, it’s a great place to wait out the daily afternoon rainstorm.
I recently made a trip to El Deposito to sample my first Mexican craft beer. At MX$50 ($4) a bottle, my Minerva Viena cost more than twice the price of any of the beers produced by the big two companies. This price tag is typical of Mexican craft beer, but well worth it if you’re after a little variety. Part corner store, part craft beer bar, the atmosphere at El Deposito is casual and relaxed with a friendly and knowledgeable staff who even speak a bit of English - great news if you don’t speak a lot of Spanish but still want to understand where the beers are originating from. I’m already planning my next visit back to El Deposito to sample more Mexican artisinal beers - maybe I’ll see you there!
El Deposito is located at Baja California 375 in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City and is easily reached by Metro - the closest station is Patriotismo.
Laura Nazimiec is a freelance travel writer based in Mexico City. Originally from Philadelphia, she recently spent a year backpacking in Latin America. Visit her website, gomexcicoguide.com, to learn about Mexican travel destinations, culture and cuisine.
In honor of today’s annual Bethlehem Chili Fest (also known as Spring on Fourth, What’s on Third?), we thought we’d hand over our favorite homemade chili recipe, which of course, includes beer. No messin’ around here folks, this is one big-ass bowl of beer and bison deliciousness. So about 3 weeks from now when you’ve recovered from the gastrointestinal duress you are sure to endure today, try this on for size. For now, let it whet your whistle for the chili feast at hand.
CHEDDAR BUFFALO MONSTER CHILI
Time to prepare: approx. 15 min prep, 5 hours to cook
2 lbs ground bison meat (we use Great Range all-natural bison meat, which can be found at Wegmans)
2 - 8oz. cans cannellini beans (other beans may be substituted)
4 Roma plum tomatoes, diced
2 white onions, diced
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. sea salt
dash of pepper
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. fresh cilantro (dried cilantro may be used)
Cayenne red pepper to taste
Louisiana Red Chile Hot Sauce to taste
1/2 lb. Adams Reserve white sharp cheddar, cubed
1 cup Terrapin Brewery Big Hoppy Monster Imperial Red Ale
There is no need to cook the meat in advance in this recipe. Rinse beans. Add all ingredients, including cheese, to a crock pot and cook on high for 1 hour. If mixture seems too watery, add 1 tsp. of masa harina to thicken. Switch to the low setting and cook an additional 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
OK Lehigh Valley, we heard you. Thanks to our loyal fans and supporters of the Valley’s craft beer scene, we will be expanding our staff and will continue to bring you all the best craft beer news the area has to offer.
In the mean time, please continue your support of our local beer scene. Below are some links to some other Lehigh Valley craft beer resources and friends of LVcraftbeer.
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Arctic Alchemy www.arcticalchemy.com A truly unique and awesome adventure/movie/beer that all started with a 157-year old bottle of beer and local award-winning brewer and beer historian, Chris Bowen.
The ElVee www.theelvee.com News and reviews of local food, drink, events and venues.
CLUBS AND EVENTS
Lehigh Valley Beer Society click here for facebook page Informal club that meets at various times throughout the year to discuss and discover craft beer.
Starters Beerscool click here for facebook page Monthly educational beer dinner/pairings at Starters Riverport.
BREWERIES AND BREWPUBS
Weyerbacher Brewing Co www.weyerbacher.com 15-year old craft beer brewery with a 20,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility located in Easton, PA. Offers free walk-in tours and tastings every Saturday from 12-3.
The Brew Works www.thebrewworks.com Brew pub and restaurant with 3 locations in Bethlehem and Allentown. Many weekly, monthly, and special craft beer events at each location. Free tours of the Allentown brewery every Saturday from 12-2 with appointment.
RESTAURANTS AND PUBS
The Brew Works www.thebrewworks.com Brew pub and restaurant with 3 locations in Bethlehem and Allentown. Many weekly, monthly, and special craft beer events at each location. Free tours of the Allentown brewery every Saturday from 12-2 with appointment.
Molly’s Irish Grille www.mollysbethehem.com South Side Bethlehem Pub and Restaurant offering a vast selection of $3 microbrews every Monday.
Starfish Brasserie www.starfishbrasserie.com Restaurant and bar in Bethlehem, PA featuring craft beer on tap and in bottles. Hosts various beer/food events.
The Farmhouse www.thefarmhouse.com Restaurant in Emmaus, PA featuring farm-to-table seasonal menus and an impressive craft beer selection on tap and in bottles, including vintage beers. Hosts various beer events and pairings.
The Bookstore www.thebookstorespeakeasy.com Unique bar and restaurant on Bethlehem’s South Side with a speakeasy-style atmosphere and live music. Features delicious food, incredible cocktails and a selection of craft beer on draft and in bottles.
Porter’s Pub www.porterspubeaston.comPub in Easton with a sizable list of craft beers in bottles and on draft. Tasty pub fare and live music. Hosts Meet the Brewer events and organizes guided international adventures.
The Pub on Main www.thepubonmain.comHistoric pub in Macungie featuring large microbrew bottle list.
The Spinnerstown Hotel www.spinnerstownhotel.comA bit outside the Lehigh Valley, but certainly worth the drive. Extensive bottle and draft list, hosts events and flight specials. And they have an enormous stained glass Chimay sign in their window - always a good sign.
DISTRIBUTORS, BOTTLE SHOPS, AND SUPPLIES
Keystone Homebrew Supply www.keystonehomebrew.com Supplies for all your homebrewing needs, located on the lower level of the Main Street Commons in Bethlehem.
Shangy’s click here for facebook page Beer distributor in Emmaus, PA with the most incredible selection around. You’ll find almost anything you’re looking for here.
Stockertown Beverage www.stockertownbeverage.com Specialty Beer Distributor located in Stockertown, PA.
Tanczos www.tanczos.com Beer distributor with locations in Bethlehem and Northampton. Good variety of craft beers and often holds events and tastings.
As the holidays draw nearer and the days get colder, the pumpkin and harvest beers start to fade from the shelves and we welcome the warming, hearty brews of the holiday season. Winter and holiday beers are some of our favorites - indulgent barleywines and spicy ales that tickle the tastebuds as we celebrate the season with friends and loved ones. Before we give you our opinion on what we think are the most enticing beers of the season, we’d like to know your thoughts. What are your favorite winter and holiday beers? CLICK HERE to tell us.
This Monday, October 18th, the Lehigh Entrepreneurs Network brings you OctoberPreneurFest, giving you the opportunity to meet and mingle with entrepreneurs in the beer industry. If you like to homebrew, are thinking about starting a brewery, or just enjoy talking about beer, come out and meet others who share your passion. The event will take place in the Steelgarden Lounge in the Bethlehem Brew Works from 6-8pm, and will include tastings, light refreshments, and prizes.Click here to register for the event (the password is beer). The first 50 registrants receive free tastings. We hope to see you there!
If you haven’t been to the Keystone Pub lately (or ever), it’s about time for you to stop by. Keystone is one more great place to go to check out the Lehigh Valley craft beer scene. Located on Easton Avenue in Bethlehem, they’ve got a quality craft beer selection and offer a $3.50 all-day Saturday microbrew special.
Just to wet your whistle, below is what you’ll find currently at the Keystone to satisfy your craft beer thirst.
Dogfish Head 60 Minute
Victory Hop Devil
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Yard’s Pale Ale
Abita Purple Haze
Atwater Dirty Blonde
Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Buffalo Bill’s Blueberry
Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom
Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre
Founders Breakfast Stout
Flying Dog Raging Bitch
Flying Fish Exit 4
Flying Fish Exit 6 (25oz)
Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale
Lancaster Hop Hog
Lancaster Strawberry Wheat
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Hex
Magic Hat HI.P.A.
Magic Hat Odd Notion
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Terrapin Brown India Pale Ale
Tomorrow’s Saturday, so what better time to check out the Keystone and have some $3.50 craft brews? Maybe we’ll see you there!
Guest Post by LauraLynne Burtner
Bethlehem beer historian, award-winning home brewer, and extreme brewing enthusiast Christopher Bowen traveled to Burton-on-Trent, England, at the invitation of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to be their guest speaker at an event taking place today, October 1, 2010. Bowen’s address to CAMRA recounts his travel experience and the inspiration behind his mission “Arctic Alchemy: Discoveries of the Red Hand,” an extreme brewing and motorcycling expedition that was completed this summer and is set to become a documentary film next year. “I am honored that CAMRA is interested in my work,” Chris explained. “Going to Burton-on-Trent brings this adventure full circle - this is where the story of Arctic Alchemy begins.”
Located 2½ hours northeast of London, Burton-on-Trent grew to become one of England’s most prolific beer producing towns by the mid-19th century. It is the headquarters of world-renowned Bass Ale, and is also where Allsopp’s Arctic Ale was produced in the 1850’s. Queen Victoria commissioned the manufacture of Allsopp’s Arctic Ale to fortify sailors who undertook dangerous explorations in search of the Northwest Passage to the Orient. It is this fabled ale that Bowen recreated from the original historic recipe using glacial waters of Northern Quebec on the Banks of the Hudson and James Bay using his handcrafted portable brewing system. Bowen brought Fegley’s Arctic Ale, a beer he made with Bethlehem BrewWorks from the same recipe, to share with CAMRA members.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is a UK-based, independent, voluntary, consumer organization, which campaigns for real ale, real pubs, and consumer rights. Corporate entities, such as breweries and pubs are not members. There are over 100,000 individual members.
Christopher Bowen made news in the Summer of 2010 with his extreme brewing adventure, “Arctic Alchemy: Discoveries of the Red Hand,” which was featured in Forbes Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News, The Morning Call and on Lehigh Valley’s WDIY radio.
Previously he made news as the first reenactor of Johannes Sebastian Goundie, celebrated 19th century personality, civic leader, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s first official brew master. Bowen has made appearances and recreated a historic brewery for several outdoor festivals and his research was the basis for Historic Bethlehem Partnership’s 2009 - 2010 “Roll Out the Barrel” exhibit at the Goundie House.
Bowen’s first crowning achievement was a 2007 Gold Medal award in partnership with Bethlehem BrewWorks’ Beau Baden in the Pro-Am competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. after only one year of amateur brewing.