ANTI -World's Largest Beer Crawl   Saturday, May 03, 2014     ALL DAY    

While this event sounds awesome to some people, it's just not something in which Monk's Café will participate.
We were listed on their website for a while so I just wanted to post this on our site to be sure all you you know that we are not a participant.

We feel beer should be served and consumed with the proper respect. Quality beer was crafted to be appreciated in a relaxing atmosphere. Bar crawls tend to deteriorate into "drink as much as you can" events, which is why Monk's Café NEVER participates in any type of bar crawl.

Please join us on another day when you will have time to relax and savor one from our collection of rare beers.

I wish the folks great success with this event. The organizers seems like very nice people.

Thank you for your understanding. 

Philly Beer Week   Friday, May 30, 2014        

Philly Beer Week started right here in the back room at Monk's Café way back in 2007.  We held our 1st Philly Beer Week in 2008, which makes this our 7th annual celebration of everything beer in Philadelphia.  Our Beer Week model has been copied in over 100 cities from around the world. all started right here in Philly!

This is ten days of wonderful, beer-centric events spread throughout our great city. It all starts at the Opening Tap on Friday, May 30th, when Mayor Nutter traditionally taps the first cask of beer to open Philly Beer Week.  


Meet Anne Catherine Dilewyns   Saturday, May 31, 2014     Noon     $tbd

Anne-Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns was our Belgian collaborator, along with Philly's Justin Low of Dock Street Brewery, who made Philly Tripel. We will also offer her full lineup of beers for a very special tasting in our back room. Since the Philly Tripel was made with some Philadelphia area honey, we decided to create small bites made with local honey.  Anne-Catherine will lead this class on the history of her brewery and her beers. Tickets will be limited to 25 guests since this will be held in our back room. Don't worry, her beers will be available to the general public after the class after 1:30PM.


More details will follow.

New Belgium Lips of Faith Festival   Sunday, June 01, 2014     NOON     PAYG

World renowned New Belgium Brewery coming to town for their first Philly Beer Week. They have any amazing sour beer program going and Lauren Salazar is in charge of sensory analysis and blending of barreled beers. In my dream of dreams I'd love to have both Lauren and Kim Jordan here to present these amazing beers, but they are unable to commit to a personal apperance at this time. However we will have a few of their sour ales pouring.  Please join us for this not-to-be-missed event.

Tom will be in Harrisburg pushing for GMO Labeling   Monday, June 02, 2014     10:30M    

This is the big push to ensure Pennsylvanians have a Right to Know about GMO. Please join us at the Capitol Rodunda in Harrisburg. Tom's wife, Barbara, is cofounder of GMOFreeNJ, which has promoted the right to know about GMO. We all have a right to know what is in our food supply so we can make informed decisions. Huge agribusiness like Monsanto has squashed attempts to require labeling of products which contain Genetically Engineered ingredients. We're not talking about splicing two strains of corn together to achieve a tastier corn. We're talking about Monsanto's "Round Up Ready" corn which has some of the Round Up chemicals injected into the corn. Pesticide ingredients in our food supply doesn't sound too healthy to me. Monsanto assures the public that it is totally safe. You remember Monsanto, right? They brought us two other "safe" chemicals in the past...DDT, which nearly wiped out our American Bald Eagle population; and Agent Orange, which was used liberally in Vietnam. Many of our Veterans have suffered catastrophic maladies due to their exposure to Agent Orange. So we should totally trust Monsanto.

We just want to know what is in our food. Karen Stark of GMO Free PA, Sam Bernhardt of PA Food & Water Watch, Democratic Senator Daylin Leach of King of Prussia, and Republican Representative Bryn Cutler of Quarryville.

Vermont just passed the labeling law on Tuesday, April 22nd. Maine has passed one, but certain triggers must be met before it is implimented. Let's make Pennsylvania the first large state to do the right thing.  We need your help

Orval Tasting w/Fran├žois de Harrene   Tuesday, June 03, 2014     1PM     $TBD

This is a Philly Beer Week Event:

Meet François de Harrene, Director of Brewery Operations at Brasserie d'Orval.  

François' grandparents donated the land upon which the Abbaye Notre-Dame d'Orval was rebuilt. His family also founded the brewery d'Orval so it could support the Trappist monks and their causes. François will retire at the end of 2014. François will tell the legend of Mathilda and a bit about the Abbaye.

We will be serving a few vintages of Orval paired with small plates of food. I brought back some Orval cheese from my last visit in February. 

We will host this in the back room, so only 25 tickets will be available. Please sign up for our email list so you will know when tickets will go on sale.  YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.

Menu, beer vintages & price will be listed soon. 

Cigar City Brewery   Friday, June 06, 2014     3-5PM     PAYG

Cigar City Brewery has an almost cult-like following. I'm asking them to select 6 of their favorite beers to pour at this event. Can't wait to see what they send to us. 
I'll update this as I get more information. 

Who The Hell Let Tom Into The Brewery   Saturday, June 07, 2014     Noon     payg

This will be Part Two of my "Who The Hell Let Tom Into The Brewery" series. I travel the world to brew out-of-the-ordinary beers for my pleasure. I’m very proud of all these beers & hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

 I'll be featuring eight beers that I helped to brew or develop the recipe for:

Allagash PNC Broken Elevator (Maine) I helped brew this in 2010 and returned to Maine in 2013 to help Jason select the blending barrels for this unique sour ale. The “Broken Elevator” name came from Rob Tod & Jason Perkins.  A “few” of us were riding an elevator in Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel during the Great American Beer Festival. The elevator stopped and we rang for assistance. The expression on the maintenance guy’s face was hilarious…his eyes almost popped out of his head while he surveyed the scene inside that little elevator car.  He points to the “Maximum Load” placard on the wall – it indicated a maximum of 6 people.  He snarled “can’t you guys read”.  I chimed in with “Sure, we can read, it’s the counting that gives us trouble”  We had over a dozen big beer guys in that tiny elevator car. DRAFT

Brouwerij DeMolen Rook & Leer “Smoke & Leather” (Netherlands) Imperial Smoked Stout brewed with beechwood smoked malt. Aged with brettanomyces for 12 months in Lagavulin barrels. Then Rosalare yeast was added and aging continued for an additional 6 months. DRAFT

Brouwerij DeProef Broederlijke Liefde “Brotherly Love” (Belgium)  This was the first Philly Beer Week/Belgian Brewer Collaboration ale. This Philly/Belgian collaboration idea was hatched by Don Russel, my fellow co-founder of Philly Beer Week. We decided on a Saison with brettanomyces.  This beer is tasting outstanding right now. Brian O'Reilly of Sly Fox was the local collaborating brewer. BOTTLE

Brasserie Dupont Spéciale Belge (Belgium)  This was the second PBW/Belgian Brewer collaboration. This was the first time that Brasserie Dupont collaborated on a beer. It was truly an honor to brew at such an iconic, family-owned brewery. Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill was the local collaborating brewer.  BOTTLE

Dock Street Brewery Trappiste Pale (Philly) Scott Morrison, now of Barren Hill Brewpub, George Hummel, of Home Sweet Homebrew, and I hatched the idea for this beer while enjoying a few bottles of Orval.  This is an über dry Belgian Pale Ale which has aged for just over a year at the brewery. DRAFT

Dogfish Head Brewpub (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware) I just brewed this yet-to-be-named beer with Ben Potts on April 15th, the day of the Blood Moon. Jimmy Meiers from Origlio Beverage assisted and Sam Calagione lent moral support. The malt bill contained pale two row malt, spicy rye malt, fuji applewood smoked malt, chocolate, and caramunich malt. We added a bit of blackstrap molasses. Bittering hops are Northern Brewer & aroma hops are Vangauard, Willamette and German Saphir. Should come in around 8-8.5%abv.

Brouwerij Dilewyns Philly Tripel (Belgium) This is the fourth PBW/Belgian Brewer collaboration.  Justin Low of Dock Street was the local collaborating brewer. Justin, William Reed, of Standard Tap fame and former professional brewer, and I tossed around ideas for this one while enjoying a few bottles Anne-Catherine Dilewyns beers. We wanted to honor what the brewer brews, yet inject a little Philly into the recipe.  We decided on adding some Philly honey to a version of her Triple.  DRAFT

Firestone Walker PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout (California) Matt Bryndylson has won so many medals at beer events that he makes Phelps look like an amateur swimmer. David Walker & Matt agreed to brew a special beer for our PNC crew, so we all met in Paso Robles, California for some winery visits, some good food and great brewery hospitality.  We decided to make a huge, imperial stout, but with the twist of adding buckwheat. That was a chewy wort.  Matt aged the beer for one year in freshly obtained tequila barrels.  Taste for yourself, but we think this beer is stunning!  DRAFT

         I'm also hoping to have another one or two beers if they are ready to serve by June 7th.

B.United class   Sunday, June 08, 2014     Noon     $TBD

Brendan Kingston of B.United Imports will lead a class on the company's program of barrel aging, kegging, brewing, etc.  The final list of beers will be announced later, but as of now we plan to offer De Dolle Bos Keun, a beer from their Zymatore project, Banhof Rye Berlinerweisse, Alvine Podge Stout aged in bourbon barrels, a keg from Italy's Loverbeer, and Birrificio Del Ducato's Verdi Imperial Stout.  Class will be held at our back bar and is limited to 25 guests.  We will have these beers available to the general public starting around 2PM. 



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Oxbow Brewery   Tuesday, July 08, 2014     TBD     PAYG

This is one of my favotire breweries in the US.  A true farmhouse brewery with pigs, hens, mushrooms, a pond, a tasting room all in the woods in Maine. They specialize in Farmhouse ales (Saisons & Beire de Gardes).  Artisinal all the way down to the hand cut & applied labels on their bottles.  Tim will be on hand to discuss their ethos and beers. Tim is a great guy. Come in and drink some great beer.


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