Archive for February, 2009

This is a Test of the Emergency Beercast System

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment
It was a cold January night when Rachel Riot and Kunoichi Erica devised a plan to kidnap seven acquaintances from the streets of Philadelphia.  They forced their hostages into the back of an old distributor truck and drove to a secluded testing facility on the banks of the Delaware River.  One by one they took their hostages out of the van and pushed them through a back door that read QUARANTINE in bold black font.
The hostages were seated at a vintage 1970s kitchen table.  In front of them were 9 unmarked cups filled with craft beers.  Rachel Riot and Kunoichi Erica stood with their clip boards and pens; taking notes on the reactions of their hostages to each beer they had tried.  The ladies of PE were thrilled with the results and decided to let their hostages go free and unharmed after six hours of testing.
Well, that is, as long as they never mentioned the exbeeriment to anyone…ever.

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Actually, the only true thing about the story above is the tasting of craft beer. No, we did not kidnap anyone for our sick and twisted testing, but instead, kindly welcomed our friends into Rachel Riot’s humble abode for a night of drinking and discussing.

Unfortunately Kunoichi Erica was in the middle of kidnapping an evil Coors Light drinking ninja and could not make the festivities.  However, the tasting went on and some of our close friends gave us their opinions on 9 different beers.

The Lineup

The Lineup

Beers were judged on a scale of 1 through 5 (5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest).  We think you will find our research very interesting and hopefully it’ll convince you to conduct your very own “exbeerimentation”!

Highest Rated Beers:

Julius Etcher Hefe Weiss – 4.9% ABV

The last and highest ranked beer of the night.  Tasters said it was a true hefe weizen; a remarkable and delicious beer.  Hints of fruit and spices appeared through a silky texture.  Some even thought it to be a good dessert pairing! Tasters thought of it as the perfect ending to the night.

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale – 8.0% ABV

The “mmmm’s” , “ooooo’s”, and “aaaah’s” were almost deafening at the first sip of this fall inspired beer.  Everyone enjoyed the pumpkin, cinnamon, and caramel undertones as well as the overall smoothness of this ale.  This beer is usually available only from August through November; making it a delightfully surprising find in the middle of January.

Lowest Rated Beers of the night:

Harpoon UFO Hefe Weizen – 5.10% ABV

An American style wheat ale that didn’t score well.  However, nothing truly negative was said about this beer.  Tasters described it as unexciting, bland, and boring.  It was lackluster; a dissapointment among hefe weizen fans.

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter – 6.0% ABV

Most of the tasters said it was too strong and that it felt like a strong coffee from Starbucks rather than a beer.  They said too much was going on in this beer.  The combination of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and hops made them push this beer away in fear they would feel too nauseated to taste the rest of the lineup.

Most Interesting Results:

Harviestoun Ola Dubh – 8.0% ABV

Some tasters absolutely despised it while others raved about it.  We weren’t exactly sure why but we figure it had something to do with the tartness and bitterness of this beer. Oh, and the fact that it is formerly used to mature Highland Park’s 12 yr old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.  Hm…

Troegs Dead Reckoning – 5.4%/ABV

This porter also scored very oddly among the tasters. Mainly because there were a few people present who do not like Porter beers at all.  However, some of the others felt that while the hops were very overbearing, it was definitely reminiscent of other porters they have tried in the past.  These thoughts are what gave this beer some of the lowest and highest numbers of the night. 

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Now Go! Away with you! Exbeeriment! And hopefully your results will turn out just as well as Doctor Frankenstein creating the monster!

Unless you’re Gene Wilder.  Then you might have a problem.

Young Frankenstein – “Puttin on the Ritz”

Thank You! Thank You!

Posted in event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” –Benjamin Disraeli

We wanted to take a moment to say Thank You to all the people who attended our “In Love with BEER” Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl! We had a great time hanging out and meeting all of you.  Because of your appreciation for fun and great beer we more than doubled our attendance from the previous pub crawl!

We couldn’t do this without you. Thank You for reading, leaving comments, sending friend requests, and showing up at our events.  We truly appreciate it!

If you would like to submit pictures from the pub crawl for our video slide show send them to phillyexbeeriment@gmail.com. Once the video is finished we will post it here. So keep checking back!

We leave you now with a funny little song from a public access show (circa 1992).  Consider it a tribute to all our new beer loving friends! And may we drink again soon!

Brad Frost & Stephen J. Morris – “Drinking Buddies”

L Is for the Way Your Liquor Smells…

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

… O is for the open keg that sells.

V is very, very EXtra bitter sherry.

E is every vibe from every beer that you imbibe.

‘Cause LOVE is all that beer can give to you!

LOVE ain’t more than just a glass for two.

TWO with beer can think it:

Take my pint but please don’t drink it!

BEER was made for me and you!

A-beer was made for meEEE and youUUU!

–The Official Drinking Song this Valentine’s Day

On February the 14th, don’t stay at home listening to Nat King Cole!  Instead, come out with us and discover some of the best hang-outs in Philly!

Philadelphia ExBEERiment “In Love with Beer” Pub Crawl

8:30 pm — Meet at Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street

About 9:45 — Head down to Finn McCools, 12th and Sansom

Approximately 11:00 pm — Rock it on over to Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill, 1907 Chestnut Street

Around 12:15 am — All aboard the Liberty Bar, 2204 Market Street, the final stop of the evening

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A bit of local wisdom courtesy of Tattoed Mom's.

Furthermore, the Ladies of PE have scored the following specials for our loyal crawlers.  Because, even ‘though we may not believe in Valentine’s Day, we always believe in spreading the love:

Fergie’s Pub: $1.00 off Beer

Finn McCools: $1.oo off Drafts

Devil’s Alley: $4.00 Drafts, $5.00 Wines, $5.00 Sangrias

Liberty Bar: $1 off Drafts

Be sure to find Rachel Riot or Kunoichi Erica, whether you join us at Fergie’s, or a pub further along the way, to pick up your FREE Philadelphia ExBEERiment pin!  It’s your pass to a cornucopia of specials.  As usual, just look for the red-headed pin-up girl and the raven-haired ninja in the crowd.  We promise we’re easier to spot than Waldo.

And just in case you don’t remember the tune to our paraphrased little ditty, here’s the original version from the man himself:

“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole

Our Ode to Dive Bars — in which we wax nostalgic over the dying breed of corner bars

Posted in bar hopping with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Okay.  So maybe the water tastes like some guy stood under the El during a rainstorm and filled a bunch of buckets with the sludge that leaked through.  And maybe the occasional old punk-rocker will stumble in, reminiscing about the good-old-days.  But, then again, it’s the neighborhood corner bars, where the shows are cheap, and the beer even cheaper, that give a city its character.

The El Bar, located at 1356 N. Front Street, is the quintessential dive-bar.    Like a bowl of instant ramen, it provides a quick burst of comfort for a negligible price.  After all, where else could you find a venue that will include performances from a rockabilly band, a Japanese garage group, and a psychedelic-rock quartet that very prominently features the kazoo…maybe even all on the same night?

Upcoming shows include:

Feb. 13, 9 pm: Billy D. Light Trio with Delco Nightingale & the girls of Peek-A-Boo Revue

Feb. 27, 9 pm: The Buzzards with The Lone Gunmen and American Barfight

Mar. 14, 9 pm: Handsome Petes, The Orange Factory, Transistor Down, God’s Green Earth

Apr. 4, 8 pm: Victoria Fest II

A cross between Eric Foreman’s basement and the bastard-son of CBGB, the El Bar is our home away from home.  It’s a place where, quite literally, everybody knows your name.

So, if you’re looking for a spot where you can unleash your passion for swing-dancing, or just make a few good friends, you know where we’ll be.

After all, if we allow our dive-bars to die out, then the only other place to buy cheap beer will be…Canada:

That 70’s Show, “Canadian Road Trip”

Running for Beer. Beer for Running.

Posted in Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

While we here over at PE put together some new beer reviews and last minute details for our Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl we ask you to take a moment to read this article and watch a video about our fellow beer friends The Fishtown Beer Runners.

Way to go guys! Keep on running!

Will You BEer Mine?

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“Who does not love beer, wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.” — Carl Worner

As promised, here are the details for the MOST important beer event this February: The Philadelphia ExBEERiment “In Love with Beer” Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl!!!

We will be meeting on February the 14th, 8:30 pm at Fergie’s Pub [1214 Sansom Street].

Other bars to crawl to: Devil’s Alley, Liberty Bar, and one more TBA.

As before, there are NO COVERS and NO TICKETS required to join this Pub Crawl.  And great DRINK SPECIALS will be included!  Also, you will be receiving a FREE Philadelphia ExBEERiment pin to show off to all your friends and help spread brewery love.

So join us as we stagger along on Cupid’s coattails, and give the saying “fall in love” a new meaning.  Because beer is always the best friend to romance.

Even Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby would agree:

Clip from High Society, “What a Swell Party this Is”