Iron Hill Black & Tan Cask Beer Extravaganza next Saturday.

Sometimes I have to do this sort of thing just to show this guy that he is not the sole master of tap lists. It’s in my WordPress contract (“smack around a Blogger user every now and then”).

There’s an ultra-cool cask event at Iron Hill Newark a week from today, starting at noon, the Iron Hill a Brewers’ Reserve Black and Tan Cask Event. Casks from five of the seven Iron Hill locations (Media and Newark are missing; “we thought we had enough with all the guest casks,” Mark Edelson explained when I asked) and ten casks from local guest breweries will be tapped. There will be dark and pale ales pouring and guests will be encouraged to create their own “Black and Tan” combinations:


Earth Bread and Brewery The Bradley Effect
A dark chocolaty Gruit ale, light bodied using herb in place of hops. This cask was primed with molasses to add more complexity to this beer. 4.2% ABV

Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale
An original American pale ale, our XPA highlights the subtle, sophisticated flavors and aromas of our Midwestern two-row malt and imported aromatic and Munich malts. Mt. Hood and Magnum hops create an extremely balanced beer with a beautiful straw color. 4.8% ABV

General Lafayette Red Velvet
A blend of Chocolate Thunder Porter and Sunset Red Ale, amedium bodied, malty beer with Caramel and toffee flavors blend with imported English hops. 5.9% ABV

General Lafayette Chocolate Thunder
Dark, sweet, full-bodied and chewy, this robust Porter is brewed with imported English malt, as well as plenty of black, chocolate, and crystal malts make for a great dessert beer. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. 6.7% ABV

Nodding Head BPA
Bill Payer Ale, ahoppy pale ale separated from many of its counterparts by a solid malt backbone is a perennial Philadelphia favorite. 6.5% ABV

Sly Fox Oatmeal Stout
An English sweet stout to compliment our standard Irish dry stout. It is brewed with English pale, caramel, and chocolate malts. All English hops were used: Target for bittering and a small East Kent Goldings addition for aroma. Flaked oats were added to the mash giving this full-bodied beer its silky texture, smooth taste and delicate finish. 5.2% ABV

Stewart’s Coffee Stout
Highlander Stout infused with Kauai Coffee, for a distinctive coffee, oatmeal & chocolate flavors dominate this staff favorite. A subtle hop finish rounds out this vision of perfection. 5.9% ABV

Triumph Bengal Gold IPA
A hefty alcohol content and high hoping rate, once used to preserve this ale on the long voyage to India, now provide it with a distinct aroma and robust flavor. 6.5% ABV

Victory Storm King Stout
With a huge, Pacific Northwest hop aroma & character upfront, Storm King subsides into massive, roast malt complexity. More flavor than mere words can adequately describe. Rich and substantial, it will warm your heart. 9.1% ABV

Yard’s IPA
Hailing from a firm malt background and loaded through and through with hops, this beer will surely survive the journey from the cask to your mouth. 7.0% ABV


Iron Hill Lancaster Belgian Pale Ale
A medium bodied, copper colored Belgian session ale, brewed with a large dose of English Stryian Golding hops for flavor and aroma. 5.0% ABV

Iron Hill North Wales ESB
English-style bitter, amber in color, pronounced caramel malt sweetness, hopped with classic English hops for a floral hop aroma. 4.5% ABV

Iron Hill Phoenixville Sticke Altbier
A “double version” of the medium bodied Dusseldorf-style German brown ale, nutty malt aroma and flavor with a refreshing bitterness in the finish. 7.2% ABV.

Iron Hill West Chester Baltic Porter
Aged for a year in the cask, this high alcohol porter has a Distinct malt sweetness and roast character, with a clean finish. 7.0% ABV

Iron Hill Wilmington Bourbon Double Brown Ale
A blend of Bourbon-aged Barleywine and Bourbon-aged Russian Imperial stout. Go get the ice cream!! 8.5% ABV

Pretty decent pricing too: Sampler of 8 beers for $12. 10 ounce $4, Imperial Pint $6, Pitcher $15.

I am going to try every way in hell to get there (we all know what happened last time I made that promise), which means cadging a ride somehow. A drive of that length and an afternoon of drinking before a drive home is still above my achievement level.

Then again, maybe it always has been.

PS: It’s an opportunity for a lot of you to welcome Tom & Peggy back into the world and sample your first EB&B beer.

PPS: That Chris Leonard sure is a show-off, isn’t he?

PPPS: I had a small glass of the Sly Fox Oatmeal yesterday in Phoenixville. Yummy.

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