Jester King Brewery - meet Ron Extract   Monday, May 02, 2016     5PM     Cash Bar

Meet award-winning brewer, Ron Extract, of Jester King Brewery. He's so good that Texas changed their laws to allow Ron to sell take-out beer.

We will be pouring four kegs:

Boxers Revenge -  a strong ale in the Saison vein. A bit of brettanomyces in the fermentation.  Dry-hopped with Cascade & Centennial. Aged in oak barrels. 10.2%ABV
Cloudfeeder - a collboration with Jean of Tired Hands Brewery. Farmhouse Ale with honey, grapefruit & limes. 3.8%ABV
Del Rey - a collaboration with Dany from Fantome Brewery. A Saison, of course. 8%ABV
Feral Dampf - a collaboration with Local Option. A wild inocculation version of a Saison with a lot of hops. "Dampf" means "Steam". 5.7%ABV

The debut of Wicked Weed Brewery in Philly- meet Walt   Tuesday, May 03, 2016     4-7pm     Cash Bar

Monk's is thrilled to host the Pennsylvania debut of Wicked Weed during the Craft Brewer's Conference.  Join us in the back bar for a meet and greet with brewer Walt Dickinson and the Wicked Weed crew, who will be taking our over taps with up to 20 of their incredible brews, as well as bringing up a few select bottles from their southern cellar. 

Walt and his brother Luke started Wicked Weed in 2009 in Asheville, North Carolina. "This is the best beer to come out of the South - Period!" says Monk's co-owner Tom Peters. "I met Walt while I was attending a Sandor Katz fermentation school in Asheville. His sour beer program is exceptional and Luke's IPA program produces award winning ales." 

Wicked Weed's Pernicious IPA won the Silver Medal for American Style India Pale Ale (a category with a record-breaking 336 entries) at the 2015 Great American Beer Fest, and their sours knocked our socks off at the festival.  

You seriously don't want to miss this event.

Walt just got back to us today with this insane list.

Angel of Darkness


Bourbon Oblivion

Bramble Barrel


Chocolate Black Angel

Dark Age

Dark Arts

Ferme de Cran


Golden Angel



La bonte Pear





Red Angel

Ricks Zwickel

What an amazing variety of flavors and styles. You will be blown away. Be the first in Philly to sample such a wide range of  Wicked Weed – beer that is.

They are all coming in 1/6 kegs so we’ll probably serve them in 5 or 6 ounce size so more guest have a chance to taste these great beers. 

New Belgium Brewery's Lauren Salazar class   Wednesday, May 04, 2016     2PM     $tbd

You met New Belgium's Master Brewer Peter Bouckaert last year. This year we have the return of Lauren Salazar, Wood Cellar Manager.  Lauren and Eric hosted a dinner at Monk's Cafe many, many years ago.

This year Lauren will speak on blending barrel aged, sour ales. 

We'll scheduled to taste the following New Belgium Brewery Beers:
you will be greeted by the New Belgium Co-Owners, who will buy you a pint of New Belgium Fat Tire
Then Lauren will lead us through the following:
New Belgium Abbey
New Belgium Tripel
New Belgium La Folie
New Belgium Le Terrior
New Belgium Snapshot
and finish with New Belgium Brotherly Love
Monk's Cafe will serve a small plate of fermentable foods (think cheese, kimchi, tempeh, etc)

Seating is very limited. Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, April 19th at 11:30AM
Tickets are only $45 per person.  CALL NOW before they're all sold.


Craft Brewer's Conference & World Beer Cup in Philly   Friday, May 06, 2016     11:30AM     PAYG

Philly will be invaded by 13,000 brewers, beer judges from around the world, beer bar owners and beer geeks for this four day Conference and Trade Show. Fasten your seatbelts Philly! The CBC runs May 3rd through May 6th. Many people come in a couple of days early and a few stay for a couple of days after the conference.

The last time the CBC was in town, only 2,000 people attended the conference. This year...13,000.

Monk'swill be pouring great beer all week long. Allagash, De le Senne, DeMolen, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker, New Belgium, Oxbow, Russian River, Sierra Nevada, Wicked Weed, and many more world-class beers.

The World Beer Cup Awards Dinner is Friday night. Good luck getting a ticket! 

Oxbow Brewery - meet local legend Mike Fava   Saturday, May 07, 2016     11:30AM     Cash Bar

Meet brewer extrodaire, Mike Fava. We're waiting to hear what will be delivered. We have a ton of bottles on hand already.

Here are the kegs Oxbow sent today...


Town Line Porter
Freestyle #34
Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale 


PHILLY BEER WEEK   Friday, June 03, 2016     all day     varies

Philly Beer Week already? Yep, it's time for Philadelphia to roll out the red carpet for all you beer lovers. Ten days of events held throughout the region. Participating venues will be hosting a wide range of events: from simple tap takeovers, to beer dinners, to educational classes, to homebrew demonstrations, to beer festivals, and many more ideas.

Monk's wil be hosting an event with Menno of Brouwerij De Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands. Menno and Tom Kehoe, Yard's Brewery, collaborated on brewing the Philly Beer Week 2016 European Collaboration Beer. We will be featuring that beer along with a collaboration between Tom Peters (Monk's Cafe) & Menno, at his Kaapse Brouwers, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Menno & I brewed a Campfire Coffee Porter. I'm not a coffee guy, but I do like an early morning cup of java when I'm camping. I use a speckeled enamalware percolator over a wood fire., so the coffee picks up a hint of smoke. I pitched the idea to Menno and he agreed to brew it with me. Menno also owns a state-of-the-art coffee roaster, so we roasted our own beans, ground them and added them to a "hop back" to completely infuse this smokey porter with a fresh coffee flavor. We use Bamberg malt for a non-peated smoke base. I'll post details later.

Expect all of our events to education driven. You can drink great beer anywhere in Philadelphia, but we want you to understand why the beer in your glass tastes that way. You have to meet the brewer to truly understand the beer. Visitng the brewery would also offer a sense of terrior, but we're not taking a road trip this year.

We focused on Saisons last year and invited four different brewers to explain what defines a saison and their own approach in brewing one. Those four luncheons were über cool.  

Jef Janssens from Hof ten Dormaal   Monday, June 06, 2016     5PM     PAYG

Jef brewed a special beer just for Philly Beer Week, plus we’ll have a collaboration between Hof ten Dormaal and New Belgium.

More details will follow.

John Brus of Kaapse in Rotterdam   Tuesday, June 07, 2016     tbd     tbd

This will be the World Debut of my collaboration with Kaapse...Monk's Smoked Campfire Coffee Porter.  John's girlfriend, Petra, is in charge of marketing for Brouwerij DeMolen. Just set this date today (4/6/16).  We'll start working on this event next week.  Stay tuned...


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