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Philly Beer Crawl II

38411873_883480391850916_9147237638384648192_o Ladies market your calendars South Jersey GPO and Geeky Beer Gal are teaming up again and adding our friends Central Jersey GPO for another Philly Beer Crawl. You can join us for the entire duration or join us at any of our stops along the way. Stay tuned for the list of bars/breweries we’ll be visiting…

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Philly Beer Crawl

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South Jersey GPO and Geeky Beer Gal are teaming up for our 1st Philly Bar Crawl! We’ll be perusing through the Fishtown section of the city at 5 of the best craft beer bars or breweries. You can join us for the entire duration or join us at any of our stops along the way.

12:00PM-1:00PM Fishtown Brewpub
1101 Frankford Ave

1:15PM-2:15PM Barcade
1114 Frankford Ave

2:30PM-3:30PM Garage Fishtown
100 E Girard Ave

3:45PM-4:45PM Bottle Bar East 
1308 Frankford Ave

5:00PM-? Urban Village Brewing Co
1001 N 2nd St

There is street parking available off of Girard (Day and Crease St) and off N 2nd St near Urban Village. Parking can be limited so public transit is encouraged. You can take PATCO in to the city and Uber/Lyft to the Fishtown area. You could also carpool! Put the area or meet-up point below in the comments. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking to each bar, bring cash to use at each bar (easier for quick purchase), event will be rain or shine, no cost for the Bar Crawl itself and ladies only please! The last stop at Urban Village will be till whenever – take time to drink water, eat some food, etc. PLEASE REMEMBER TO ENGAGE RESPONSIBLY! Have a DD or a travel plan in place.

Trails 4 Tails

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This Gal will be hosting the Geeky Beer Gal Beer Garden featuring Weyerbacher Brewing at Trails 4 Tails. Ruff Life and the Bucks County Triathlon Club are co-hosting Trails 4 Tails the inaugural fundraiser race, October 22, 2017, for It’s A Ruff Life Rescue an all breed dog rescue.The race is a 5K, 5K with dogs, 15K and Double Dog (5K & 15K).

A fun event for the entire family both 2 and 4 legged. Meet the Ruff Life pups available for adoption, play some corn hole, drink Weyerbacher beer and hang out and have fun!

Want to run? You can register at www.trail4tailnjpa.org

Hope to see you there!

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Beer of the Week 1/30-2/5 & 2/6-2/1

Beer of the Week 2/6 – 2/12
16640843_609438812588410_8618271836311279521_nThe past week was a close one between New Belgium Brewing Citradelic and Flying Dog Brewery Blood Orange Ale. If I had to choose…you know what I don’t have to choose. They were both fun beers that caught me by surprise.

New Belgium Brewing Citradelic 6% – The tangerine is up front and helps to calm down the hops while be ever so refreshing.

16807321_609438815921743_8525973011396026945_nFlying Dog Brewery Blood Orange Ale 7% – The citrus is not as prominent in this one but still there with hints of pineapple, spices and malt that end with some bitterness from the hops.

I look forward to pairing them with some spicy Thai in the near future.

Beer of the Week 1/30 – 2/5 – This weeks top pick goes to a classic and one of this Gal’s 16426300_605033963028895_2896893489365179195_nfavs Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue). Not only do I love this beer because of the dark fruits, caramel, and malts topped off with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg but also it’s sentimentally a favorite of mine.

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Chimay

This Gal names her fur babies after beer and it all started with my cat/dog Chimay. A dog stuck in a cats body and one of the coolest cats around. Cheers Chimay!

Beer of the Week

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Between tap takeovers and visits to a couple different breweries this Gal had the opportunity to taste an array of wonderful beers this week but the one that stood out to me the most was Spellbound Brewing Palo Santo Porter. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying this beer on a few occasions and each and every time it’s outstanding.

Pours a velvety black with a up front chocolate presence and hints of wood, rich malts and a ting of vanilla. (beer to far right)

Drafts & Crafts

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Please join Geeky Beer Gal at UNO’s Hamilton for Drafts & Crafts featuring TROEGS beer. Everyone knows beer makes the holidays better and this year you can enjoy a variety of Troegs beers while shopping for hand crafted items for sale by local vendors at Drafts & Crafts. That’s right you get to enjoy beer and get your shopping done! So make your list, check it twice and get to UNO’s Hamilton Dec. 11. Admission is FREE.

Please contact Geeky Beer Gal at geekybeergal@icloud.com for questions and vending opportunities.

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Hoppy Holiday Bazaar

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Please join Beer for Babes & Geeky Beer Gal at Flying Fish Brewery for the Hoppy Holiday Bazaar 2. Everyone knows beer makes the holidays better and this year it can even help make holiday shopping more enjoyable. Enjoy a variety of Flying Fish beers while perusing the many fine craft items for sale by local vendors (all beer related) at the Hoppy Holiday Bazaar. That’s right you get to enjoy beer while getting your shopping done! So check your list for who’s been naughty or nice and get to Flying Fish Brewery December 4. Admission is FREE.  Drink local, Shop local!

Please contact me at geekybeergal@icloud.com with any questions.

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Fat Tire or Flat Tire – would you say it?

Most of you have probably heard New Belgium Brewing beers will now be available in New Jersey. Some folks have wondered why I’ve been so quiet about this news when most in the beer world are clammering about it. Ummm, because I don’t think it’s that big a deal. There I said it. Boy does it feel good to get that off my chest.

Now don’t get me wrong I think New Belgium brews very good beer but so do numerous other breweries. Which leads me to ask is everyone really that excited or are they feeding off each other?

New Belgium has been available in Jersey’s neighboring state of Pennsylvania for several months now and since this Gal’s go-to-beer store, Trenton Road Takeout, is located in PA I’ve had access to New Belgium since the early fall and have tried various styles. I did enjoy them but not to the point that I understand why people are tripping over themselves in their quest to do the happy dance about the Jersey release. Mind you most of the folks doing the tripping have tried it before so  I wonder do they really think it’s incredibly awesome or do they feel that they have to say that?

Let’s look at some of the Holy Grails of the beer world. You know the ones I’m referring to Pliny the Elder, Pliny the Younger and Heady Topper. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying 2 out of the 3 – eventually I’ll try the Younger. Yes, Elder and Topper were both very good. No, I did not wait in line for hours, fight my way through throngs of humans nor did I pay some ridiculous price. I tried them for free via kind individuals. A bottle of Pliny the Elder was left on my desk by a client as a thank you for helping him with a project. I was excited to finally get to try it but thankful I didn’t knock myself out doing so. A good friend was given a can of Heady and chose to share it with me one night while enjoying dinner at a BYOB establishment. Very enjoyable indeed. BTW – if forced to pick I enjoyed the Heady more but both were wonderful. I would love to try the Younger and feel it will happen one day but nope I’m not going to great lengths to do so.

The whole thing of making customers jump through hoops to get these Holy Grails has become increasingly annoying. “Watch for our post of when it goes on tap so you can rush like a mad person to get here and wait in line for hours for the golden ticket”. Have fun and I’m sure some wonderful beerships will be formed from the experience but this Gal will be chilling with a good beer elsewhere.

But seriously do folks really think the beers are worth all the hoopla, is it bragging rights to say you had them or does one feel pressure to says it’s good? Would one dare say they didn’t think Pliny was all that?!

So yes, New Belgium is now available in Jersey. I’m happy for the brewery expanding their market and for my fellow beer lovers who can’t wait to try it but I’m not jumping on the band wagon doing the happy dance because I don’t feel it’s dance worthy.

Backward Flag Brewing

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Backward Flag Brewing is a much welcomed addition to Forked River, NJ and I for one am thrilled that it’s located a mere 4 minutes from this Gal’s parent’s home. The owners are active military personal who decided to follow their dream and open a brewery. I honestly don’t know how they do it all but they do it well.

Torie, one of the owners,  was kind enough to allow me stop in one week night even though they technically weren’t open. She took a chuck of time out of her crazy schedule to chat with me about the brewery, beer in general, and their beer.  One can learn a lot from her about beer and I truly appreciated the time and knowledge she shared with me.  I also greatly appreciated be given the opportunity to tastes all the beers they currently had on tap. I have to say they brew great beer! Everything I tasted was top notch. This isn’t a fluke they have worked hard to get IMG_4105their brewing to where it is today. They’ve only been open for a few months and yet the beer didn’t have the new brewery beer – still needs tweaking – taste to it. It’s clear they really have taken the time, effort and energy to brew the beers how they were meant to be brewed.  Sure they have mis fires but they recognize them and dump rather than serve them it to their customers.

IMG_4112The brewery is small but they already have plans to increase the brewing capacity and, sit down for this one, plan on brewing sours in the near future! Woohoo! The brewery offers a family friendly environment with a laid back atmosphere with a beautiful handcrafted bar to hang out at and I admires the clever use of pallets for seating and decor. While there feel free to pick up a piece of chalk and do your best Picasso impersation on the floor.

As you might have guess it’s also community oriented and very military friendly. If you have a patch from your unit bring it in for their wall of patches. IMG_4101

Backward Flag Brewing should be placed near the top of your New Jersey Breweries to Visit List and a brewery to keep your eye on. I suspect we’ll be hearing and drinking a lot more from them.

Xmas Edoris Porter 8.5%
brewed with 25lbs candy cane because of the candy cane I was a bit leery since I’m not a fan of peppermint but this beer was amazingly good and refreshing

Forked River Mountain Stout  5.2%
cocoa nibs & vanilla – smooth rich nose, overall a lovely beer

IMG_4114Bamber Brown 5.1%
English Style Brown – old school
loved that they had a brown on tap and this one had hints of  caramel & earthy toasted bread.

Belgian Style Pale Ale 5.3%
True to style – citrus, floral and yeasty goodness with a hint of banana.

Baymen’s Brew Sweet Stout Nitro 5.1%
Beautiful stout with chocolate, lactose & shook cascade hops -delish.

Seven 62 DIPA 7.6%
Well done – great nose that lets you know up front the hops are there but the malt undertones help balance everything out.

The Damn Few Pale Ale 9.8%
Their flagship beer and it’s dam good. Smoot and at 9.8% it can sneak up on you. The hops scream to be pared with spicy food.

IMG_4133This Gal happily went home with a growler of Damn Few Pale Ale and the knowledge that I would be back soon, very soon.

 

 

 

January Beer Crawl

Starting this month and each month to follow this Gal will be making a Beer Crawl recommendation.

Looking for something to do? Try January’s Beer Crawl…

January’s Beer Crawl takes place in Bristol/Croydan, PA
Start at Newportville Inn with a bite to eat and some fine German beer, then it’s on too one of this Gal’s favorite spots Broken Goblet Brewing were you can enjoy a variety of brews including this Gal’s favorite Ying Yang Stout, next stop Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company where you can show off your pool playing skills while kicking back with a beer, then it’s on to the final stop Dog and Bull – Brew and Music House for snack, some beer and tunes. Enjoy!