Stoudt's Sampler at The Dandelion
The Dandelion poured three rare Stoudt's drafts: a heady Raspberry Triple, a smooth and almost smokey Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scarlet Lady ESB, and a sweet-tart-bitter Blood Orange American Pale Ale that we could easily drink all summer long.
Forum of the Gods
This panel brought together some of the most well known and well respected names in craft brewing for an incredible discussion. Hosted by Philly's own Joe Sixpack and Tony Fordor of Ale Street News the panel represented the best of both coasts, including west coasters Larry Sidor, brewmaster of Deschutes, Vinnie Cilurzo of cult favorite Russian River Brewing Company, and Brian Grossman, heir to the Sierra Nevada Brewing legacy. Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Brew Masters fame and Carol Stoudt of Stoudt's Beer made up the East Coast faction. Beers from all five breweries were flowing throughout the talk keeping the mood lighthearted with just a touch of business and beer nerdiness. Fans of these great brewers were able to talk homebrewing with the pros and the moderators were full of insightful questions that showcased the passion that each one of these brewers feels for their product.
Russian River CBC Collaboration Sour Brown
There were a number of memorable moments at the Forum of the Gods—Sam Calagione's story about crossing the Delaware River with his first six pack of Dogfish Head, Carol Stoudt's heartfelt toast to beer writer Michael Jackson, and hearing Vinnie Cilurzo give the final word on the pronunciation of Pliny the Elder (rhymes with Vinnie). But perhaps the most memorable sip of the afternoon was CBC Sour Brown, a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River, a elegant and lean sour beer with notes of cherry.
Beer Gelato at Capogiro
Our favorite Philadelphia gelateria is getting in on the Beer Week action with a selection of beer-based gelatos. We loved the cherry-studded gelato based on Kasteel Rouge, a barrel aged brown ale brewed with sour cherries. The Rogue Chocolate Stout gelato is deceptively light colored, but richly malty. Dogfish Head's Raison D'être in frozen form is remarkable, equal parts rum raisin and deep, fruity malt. With flavors like Dark Horse Brewing Company Tres Blueberry Stout, Lancaster Brewing Company Strawberry Wheat, and Rodenbach Original making appearances all week, we're planning on making multiple gelato pit stops in between beer drinking.
Multiple locations in Philadelphia; capogirogelato.com
Four Seasons Philly Beer Week Beer Garden
This year the swanky Four Seasons opened up its courtyard to outdoor revelers for the With Love Beer Garden. At their Monday opening Victory Summer Love Ale debuted, and the lightly hoppy and refreshing seasonal was free flowing along with a selection of other beers from the Philadelphia area favorite. Other highlights included bar snacks from the hotel's kitchen—Lancaster Honey Glazed Chicken Wings, Port Richmond Kielbasa, and Philly Sliders topped off with special sauce and Taylor Ham.