Dock Street Is Going Home… For a Visit, That Is (the coolest beer event of the year)


Let’s rewind about three decades and go grab a beer. Let’s find a good beer. Let’s find a great beer. Forget local, we’ll settle for domestic. In 1985, as Rosemarie Certo was co-founding Dock Street Brewery, the country was getting pretty damn thirsty. Amidst a proverbial sea of watered down and adjunct plagued lagers, Dock Street was born. As the country slowly started embracing these full bodied, full flavored brews, the company grew. A lot. Fast forward a decade to the 90’s and Dock Street would become the 26th largest microbrewery in the country, producing over 28,000 barrels of beer a year, distributing to 26 states, exporting to France and earning medals in the world’s most prestigious beer competitions. In the late eighties, Dock Street opened Philadelphia’s first all-grain brewpub at Two Logan Square. We’re pleased to announce that Dock Street is going home… for a visit, that is.

The year is now 2014, number signs are now called hash tags, craft beer is still on the up-and-up, and there are over 2,700 licensed breweries in the country putting out some truly beautiful beer. Dock Street is now crafting its award winning and iconic brews in its West Philly Brewpub, but something very pleasing is happening in her old home; Two Logan Square will once again become a destination for great craft beer. On November 3rd, City Tap House, known for their expansive and well-rounded beer lists, took residence at the old Dock Street Brewery…and now we’re bringing some kegs to celebrate.

Some former Dock Street brewers, including Chris La Pierre from Iron Hill; Tim Roberts, Head Brewer from Yards; and Eric Savage, former Dock Street brewer and present owner of Helix Motorsports, have come together to share their skills and expertise. Helping staff a ‘reunion’ brew day, these distinguished alumni, over a couple pints and still-not-so-funny-inside-jokes, helped craft recipes both new and old.

On Monday, November 10 from 6-8pm, join these Dock Street graduates and the current Dock Street troupe, including Rosemarie Certo, Marilyn Candeloro, Sasha Certo-Ware and new Head Brewer Vince DesRosiers, for the grand opening of City Tap House Logan Square. Look for an array of Dock Street classics as well as new recipes, including Rye IPA, Man Full of Trouble Porter, Helles and Back, Belgian IPA, Brown Bomber Ale, and No Exit, a face-melting, 104 IBU Double IPA with our biggest hop-bill yet. We’re happy that decades later, the taps will once again flow with Dock Street beer. Also take the opportunity to taste Vicio Mezcal brought to you by Dock Street Spirits, an offshoot of Dock Street Brewery.

Let’s raise a glass and toast this concert between City Tap House and Dock Street Brewery. Here’s to heritage, new ventures, continuity, friendship and folly. We’ll drink to that.

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SawTown Tavern: the tentacles of Scoats expand their reach.

A post this evening on The Book of Face by a guy named Troy Everwine about who I know diddly-squat:

Now that the public notice has been posted, I’m thrilled to announce that my good friend Scoats Mike Scotese (owner – with Patrick McGinley – of the Grey Lodge Pub and Hop Angel Brauhaus) and I have become business partners in a new venture.
We are purchasing the Prince Cafe (Prince Cafee on FB) on Princeton Avenue and Vandike Street in our own neighborhood of Tacony!

We’ve got big plans for the space once we make settlement! (The actual settlement date will be determined by the LCB process of transferring the license, but this will hopefully happen before the end of this year. Stay tuned!)

We plan to remain OPEN for business through a series of renovations, and we absolutely want (and hope) to keep the current bar tenders; A M, Linda, and Marcelle.

Renovations will open up the first floor with large windows, fresh paint and an epic new sign.

We plan to renovate the existing kitchen to include a wood-fired oven and we’ll be offering “craft” pizza to complement a selection of local craft beers. We want to open the kitchen as soon as possible!

The second floor will get a facelift to become a dining room for additional seating, events, and entertainment and there will be a bar and game room that will house the pool table, darts and video games.

Yes, there’s a new name coming once the building is ready: in honor of the company that built Tacony, Disston Saw Works, we will bring you the SawTown Tavern.

We’ll soon be updating you on our progress with photos and blog posts on We’ll let everyone know when we take possession, and there will be Grand Opening festivities galore once the building is ready. Stay tuned!!!

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What comes after the Resurrrection?

From Michael Klein today:

Realtors today may toss around phrases like “Southwest Center City,” “Graduate Hospital” or “Grays Ferry,” but the slice of South Philly hard by the South Street Bridge has carried the name Devil’s Pocket for decades.

Story goes that a priest considered the kids who lived in the area so tough that they’d steal a chain from the devil’s pocket when they reached hell.

Chef Andrew Wagner and Marcus Versace could think of no other name when they took over Resurrection Ale House at Catharine Street and Grays Ferry Avenue, across from Naval Square.

Devil’s Pocket Food & Spirits opens Tuesday, Oct. 21.

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Nodding Head is moving!

Just in from Curt Decker:

It is with tremendous excitement, and a little bit of sadness, that I announce the moving of Nodding Head. Our final day of operation in the current location will be FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31. After a rather prolonged period of unsettledness with one of my two landlords, I decided that the best course of action was to relocate. Locations were scouted and scenarios played out, and late last week a deal was put in place that will have us leaving Center City and opening in a to-be-named-later neighborhood IN THE CITY. I will keep everyone posted as I become more comfortable with releasing details.

In our just under 15 years of being on Sansom Street, we have seen downtown go from “sleepy” to bustling, to a new version with tremendous diversity. It has been fun watching the transformation, but now it’s time for a new adventure. Please stay tuned and come along for the ride.

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Miller Lite: We invented subliminal advertising. Really? That’s what you think will induce people to drink your faux-beer?

Apparently so.

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GABF 2014 Local Results. [Updated -the “Let’s Get It Right This Time” edition]

Every year, like clockwork, I post the GABF results at the Beer Yard and, every year I miss something(s). It’s a tradition like no other and, honestly, if it weren’t for the distinction of it all, I’d just as soon end it. Anyway, this update was just posted at Second time, let us hope, is the charm:

Breweries in the Philadelphia Region Brought Home 15 GABF Medals for 2014, Including Six Golds [updated]

NOTE: This post has been Updated, Corrected, Clarified, Expanded and otherwise brought into line with reality since it was first published Saturday afternoon immediately following the GABF Award Ceremonies in Denver

2014 GABF Gold medals were won by Earth Bread + Brewery (Perkuno’s Hammer), Fegley’s Brew Works (Arctic Alchemy), Flying Fish (Hop Fish), Sly Fox (Grisette), Tröegs (Tröegenator) and Victory (Golden Monkey).

Iron Hill won a Silver and a Bronze at its Media location and second Bronze at its Voorhees (NJ) location to account for three medals in all, and both Fegley’s and Flying Fish each added a Bronze; those three were the only multiple winners in the region. Other Bronzes went to Barren Hill, Dogfish Head, Triumph (New Hope) and Yards.

Overall, breweries in the tri-state area won 18 medals in Denver, as North Jersey’s Kane Brewing won a Gold and both Western Pennsylvania’s Four Seasons Brewing and Delaware’s Old Dominion Brewing brought home Silvers.

Look for a more extensive look at GABF results here this coming week.

Original Story, 4 Aug 14
I just posted this at because that’s what I do:

13 Medals Were Won by Local Brewers at the 2014 GABF Today
Gold medals were won by Earth Bread + Brewery (Perkuno’s Hammer), Fegley’s Brew Works (Arctic Alchemy, Flying Fish (Hop Fish) , Sly Fox (Grisette) , Tröegs (Tröegenator) and Victory (Golden Monkey).

Iron Hill won a Silver and a Bronze and Fegley’s and Flying Fish a Bronze each to be the only locals to win two medals. Other Bronzes went to Barren Hill, Triumph and Yards.

Look for a more extensive look at GABF results here this coming week.

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Victory To Add Canning Line in Parkesburg [UPDATED 24-Sep-14]

UPDATE: Victory made it official with a website news release this afternoon. Summer Love Ale will be the first canned release, presumably late next spring or early summer.

This comes via the Inevitable (and Useful) Ruch and was obtained from (which means ain’t nothin’ nowhere officially been said).  Take it for what it’s worth.

According to an impromptu conversation with employees at Victory’s new brewery in Parkersburg PA, Victory will begin canning their most popular beers “soon”. Last year Troegs began canning several of their beers, and I see 12 packs of Perpetual cans flying off the shelves. Personally I like my beer in a can, and I would be all over tallboys of DirtWolf. What do you folks think?

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A list of the top ten American-brewed pilsners which you just might find surprising. has posted this list of the “Top Ten German Pilsners Brewed in the United States.”

1. Pivo – Firestone Walker Brewing – California
2. Soaring Eagle Pilsner – Feather Falls Casino Brewing – California
3. American Pilsner – Grand Canyon Brewing – Arizona
4. Couch Lager – Burnside Brewing – Oregon
5. Pilsner – Marble Brewery – New Mexico
6. Sunshine Pils – Tröegs Brewing – Pennsylvania
7. Cameron’s Lager – Cameron’s Brewing – Canada
8. Pavlov’s Pils – C.B. & Potts Restaurant & Brewery – Colorado
9. Bayern Pilsner – Bayern Brewing – Montana
10. Victory Prima Pils – Victory Brewing – Pennsylvania

It’s nice to see two of our local favorites on there. That said, who else is taken aback by the fact that the other eight entries all come from states from Colorado west? It wasn’t all that long ago that pretty much no breweries outside the Northeast were producing high quality lagers of any sort, much less Pilsners.

If you go to the link, you’ll see that these results were based on the results of the U.S. Open Beer Championship and the Great American Beer Festival and ratings at, only one of which I give much credence to.

So, what do we all think about this?

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IMG_1811It is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and these two bottles of Piraat Tripel Hop, a new dry-hopped ale introduced this summer by Brouwerij Van Steenberge, just arrived on my doorstop courtesy of the fine folks at Global Beer Network.

Given the perfect timing, I might feel duty bound to consume both of them before the day is done.


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Oh, what the hell, here’s some news of my own.

From today’s Craft Business Daily:

Pennsylvania-based, top 30 craft brewer Victory Brewing Co. has just announced it will hit its 35th state of distribution this month: Nevada. Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada will take it there.

“Nevada has a huge craft beer culture that celebrates everything about brewing, drinking and appreciating all there is in the business,” said Victory VP sales and marketing Steve German. “We’ve had many requests to bring our beer to the area,” he added.

I had  a long telephone interview/conversation with some folks at Victory last week in which I noted that I keep having to find this stories in the daily CBD and Brewbound emails and was told I would be added to the list of those who get such breaking news. That does not appear to, at least yet, be the case.

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