Philly Beer Week news of a personal sort: Standard Ale, Standard Tap Brunch, Pilsner judging, Philly Beer Geek redux and more.

I just got back from Sly Fox Royersford and a meeting with William Reed of Standard Tap. He’s there brewing a big batch of Standard Ale (Yay!) for release on Friday evening, March 6, as part of the kick-off of Philly Beer Week 2009.

We needed to get together to discuss the brunch I’m hosting at the Tap on Saturday, March 14, 11am to whenever,* I’ve had this concept I’ve wanted to try out for a beer event for a while now and William is willing let me give a shot, so I hope to see many of your familiar faces at “Uncle Jack’s Beer Story Hour” that Saturday morning. You can also consider it a Friday the Firkinteenth Recovery event.

(*There’s a Meet The Brewer tour going on in Phoenixville that afternoon, involving Iron Hill, Sly Fox, Molly McQuire’s and other watering holes and William is schedule to be the guest brewer at the Fox and will be if and when I get him there; cranky Brian O’Reilly says it has to be no later than 2pm, so we’ll probably leave around 1, but brunch is served up until 3:30 that afternoon.

I mentioned my participation in a Pilsner judging at Triumph on March 12 in the post preceding this one. That evening I will be at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant as a “celebrity judge” (different from a “professional judge” earlier in the afternoon in some arcane fashion it’s best you don’t know) for the second annual Philly Beer Geek competition. This was a great and laughter-filled night at Johnny Brenda’s last year (it’s  booked up for music this year and couldn’t host again) and I’m really looking forward to another night of weirdness.

Again, many of your familiar faces are anticipated by the management here. Don’t make me have to send the boys from the mail room over to roust you out.

I’ve also been invited to be a guest at the Sam Calagione lunch at Teresa’s March 10 and expect to be there participating in the adoration and awe. A second annual dinner at The Whip that evening is, as of now, in the “we’ll see” category.

As I mention over here, keeping track of PBW events is beyond the time and energy I have to devote to it so I suggest everybody bookmark and check out the official PBW site regularly. It’s not as user-friendly as it might be: too many clicks and too much scrolling around required, not enough directly links to events,  but it’s what we got.

Brew Lounge has a spreadsheet, regularly updated, which is helpful (give all thanks that Mr. Kolesar is terminally anal-retentive) and I assume various venues will be promoting their own events. Plus there will be the newspaper insert which was a good source last year.

30 days and counting….

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