Brew Local, Drink Local
- A civilizing brew. When nomadic tribes began to farm, grain was the first crop and beer soon followed, 4.000-year old tablets from Babylon have been recipes and beer was even used to pay workers for labor.
- Too thirsty to travel. The pilgrims planned to sail farther south, but stopped instead at Plymouth Rock. Why? Because they ran out of beer.
- Almost all beers are either Ales or Lagers: 1) Ales. Fermented warm and made with a yeast that rises to the top. Generally stronger and more forceful in taste than lagers because of their relatively fast and warm
fermentation. Often described as described as robust, beauty or fruity (Stout, Porter, Wheat Beer, Pale Ale); 2) Lagers. Made with a bottom or cold-fermenting yeast. Traditionally need to age longer than Ales at a colder
temperature. This process inhibits the production of Esters. Generally described as mellow, crisp, and clean.
- An abridged Philly beer history. from the mid-19th to early-20th century, Philadelphia was home to over 90 breweries (many located in Brewerytown), with another 100 throughout the region. The first American lager was
brewed in Northern Liberties in 1840. Today, world-class microbreweries are fueling Philly's revived reputation as a premier beer town. The local industry employs 16.000 workers, produces $422 million in wages and
$122 million in taxes.
- The beer industry contributes more than $223.8 billion to the US economy.
- The beer industry provides 1.8 million jobs paying $71 billion in wages.
- But that's not to say we don't have some ridiculous beer laws on the books. Five dumb pa beer laws: 1) A restaurant or eating place must allow on-premise consumption of alcohol in order to sell off-premise alcohol; 2)
You can't sell beer where you sell gasoline; 3) You can only buy 192 ounces of beer from an establishment at a time (but you can buy 192 ounces as many times as you'd like); 4) You can't have a stage that can be seen
from outside of the licensed premises; 5) If you sell alcohol, you can't give away a free lunch, but you can give your customers complimentary food.
- Annual beer consumption (gallons per person): 1) MD - 17.4; 2) PA - 22.2; 3) DE - 24.4; 4) NJ - 16.6; 5) USA - 21.1.
- All beers has three key ingredients: 1) Hops. A type of clustered flower that are used to give beer much of its aroma and taste; 2) Halt. Germinated barley (or wheat) that has been dried and processed. It's used to
develop body and balance out the hops; 3) Yeast. Microorganisms that convert sugar to alcohol while enhancing the beer's flavor and aroma.
- 12 microbreweries within 99 miles of Philadelphia: 1) Weyerbacher Brewing Company. Easton, PA. Try: Double Simcoe IPA (9%); Blasphemy Quadruple Ale (11.8%); 2) Sly Fox Brewing Company. Phoenixville, PA.
Try: Pikeland Pils (4.9%); Oktoberfest Lager (5.8%); 3) River Horse Brewing Company. Lambertville, NJ. Try: Hop Hazard American Pale Ale (6.5%); 4) Philadelphia Brewing Company. Philadelphia, PA. Try: Kinziger
(4.5%); Harvest from the Hood Ale (7%, seasonal); 5) Yards Brewing Company. Philadelphia, PA. Try: Love Stout (5.5%); 6) Victory Brewing Company. Downingtown, PA. Try: Hop Devil (6.7%); Prima Pils (5.3%);
7) Flying Fish Brewing Company. Cherry Hill, NJ. Try: Belgian Abbey Dubbel Ale (7.3%); 8) Twin Lakes Brewery. Greenville, DE. Try: Greenville Pale Ale (5.2%); 9) Stoudt's Brewing Company. Adamstown, PA. Try:
Gold Lager (4.7%); Karnival Kolsch (4.8%);
10) Lancaster Brewing Company. Lancaster, PA. Try: Milk Stout (5.3%); Kolsch (4.8%, seasonal); 11) Troegs Brewing Company. Hershey, PA. Try: HopBack Amber (6%); Nugget Nectar Ale (7.5%, seasonal); 12)
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Milton, DE. Try: 90 Minute IPA (9%); Burton Baton (10%, occasional).