We're Heading to Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal   Monday, February 02, 2015        

Ten intrepid souls are traveling from Philly to Belgium to brew the annual Philly Beer Week Collaboration Ale. Don Russell came up with this collaboration concept many years ago. This year the winning raffle ticket was drawn by Bryan Kolesar, who then selected John Stemler of Free Will Brewery to be the Philly collaborator.  Andre & Jef from Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal in Tildonk, Belgium will host John and the crew for Brew Day (Feb 5th).

A huge thanks to Brian Ewing, of 12% Imports, for agreeing to my sugguestion we brew at this tiny farmhouse brewery. They grow their own grains, grow their own hops, use their well water to brew and the family brews the beers. The only thing they purchase for brewing is the yeast. Although they do have their own funky yeast strain to produce earthy sour beers when they feel the urge.

Brian Ewing has a small portfolio compared to many other importers, but he just brings in beers that he absolutely loves. Its a true labor of love for Brian.


Annual Tomme Arthur Lost Abbey Dinner   Tuesday, February 24, 2015     7PM     tbd

We will be holding our annual beer dinner with Tomme Arthur head brewer at Lost Abbbey Brewery & Port Brewing. Since this is at Monk's, we will have a focus on his outstandig Lost Abbey lineup.

Tomme is still working out what beers he wants to showcase, but you just know he'll offer some real rarieties. This is one of my favorite dinners each year. I first met Tomme Arthur at a Real Ale Festival in Chicago and was blown away by his beer. He was head brewer at Pizza Port Solano Beach, CA at the time. This is way before he hit the big time.

I don't know the price yet simply because we don't know which beers we will be serving. Then we create a menu to pair with his selections. The dinner usually runs between $75 - $125 per person. It all depends upon how many courses, the price of the kegs/bottles, and our menu costs. Regardless of not have all the details nailed down, tickets will go on sale at 11:30AM on Monday, January 26th. They always sell out very quickly.


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