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Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale

Sours just aren’t my thing yet. This is something I’m actively working to change, broadening my horizons to include this remarkably diverse style of beer. We all started somewhere, in fact, our own Russ Beck didn’t always care for the style. Weird faces aside, I’m always glad when someone offers to share something to better introduce me to the style.  This, much like the North Coast Pranqster I recently reviewed, was shared with me by a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Belgian, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, Monk's Cafe

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

At our Eclipse tasting, Jeff’s friend Matt informed me of a rare “Beers of the Cellar” event at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, on April 10, 2012. Considering I could only dream of what they sell at the bar, getting a taste of Tom’s cellar was too good to pass up–even at $95 a ticket. The dinner featured beers older than I am, sours of many vintages, and a six-course meal. I rolled into Monks a bit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barleywine, Bars, Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, Cantillon, Cider, Domaine Familial Louis Dupont, Dopplebock, Gueuze, J.W. Lees & Co., Kriek, Monk's Cafe, Port Brewing Co., Quad, Victory Brewing Co.

The Beer Circle Eastern PA Brewery Tour Recap

The Beer Circle Eastern PA Brewery Tour Recap

Editor’s Note: We would like to thank everyone who joined us on our beer excursion. We all had a great time, met some interesting people, drank some good beers, and hope to do it all again soon. For those of you who missed out, the following post will demonstrate why you shouldn’t have! We hope to host more trips like this in the future, stay tuned for more details. Al’s of Hampden Bob and Russ carpooled up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Bars, Breweries, Capone's Restaurant, Lancaster Brewing Co., Monk's Cafe, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Stoudt's Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Russian River Pliny the Younger vs. Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Younger vs. Pliny the Elder

I made the venture to Philadelphia from Harrisburg for Monk’s Cafe’s Pliny the Younger event. This was the second year in a row that I have attended, and with proceeds benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand, it’s one of the better beer related fundraisers. I arrived at 9:00 AM with a group of friends, and that placed us third in line. Knowing that Monk’s had a half keg this year rather than the normal sixtel, we weren’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Imperial IPA, Monk's Cafe, Russian River Brewing Co.

The Beer Circle’s Eastern PA Brewery & Beer Nirvana Tour

The Beer Circle’s Eastern PA Brewery & Beer Nirvana Tour

Date: March 31st, 2012 Come meet The Beer Circle on our first beer Tour. For this initial tour we are hitting some of the best breweries and restaurants between Harrisburg. We’ve left out Victory (not open for tours), Weyerbacher (too far off the path), and many others. There are enough places to do Central PA and North East PA Beer Tours later. This is a very low key get together. No snobbery, just a chance to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Capone's Restaurant, Monk's Cafe, Restaurants, Stoudt's Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Co.