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Why are they flinging soft pretzels into the mash at Flying Fish?
In a word: saison. In three more: Philly Beer Week.
Philly Pharmhouse saison is the result of this year’s annual Brotherly Suds collaboration for PBW, which begins Friday, May 29, with Opening Tap, the evening kickoff ceremony that will feature Philly Pharmhouse.
Philly Beer Week began in 2008, and the saison marks the sixth occasion for the collaboration among Philadelphia-area craft brewers.
Flying Fish Brewing, located, of course, in the New Jersey-side ’burb of Somerdale, was chosen to host this year’s five-brewer collaboration, turning out the 7% ABV saison spiced with mustard seed and black pepper, and dosed with soft pretzels for a photo op.
Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing and Gene Muller of Flying Fish explain in the video.
Two brewery openings on Saturday to highlight.
It’s a soft opening for Spellbound, a public debut by Mount Holly’s second craft brewery to open in less than a year. (Spellbound’s just under a mile away from Village Idiot Brewing. Look for Village Idiot to also be at the Witches Ball; Flying Fish will also be pouring there.) The brewery is also among sponsors of 5k charity race the next day.
Co-owner John Companick explains further in the video.
Elsewhere, Forgotten Boardwalk opens to the general public. The Cherry Hill brewery has been teasing its beers to a members-only club over the past couple of weeks. FB opens at noon.
Here’s one from the Beer-Stained Letter video archive, a piece from 2008.
That year, Weyerbacher Brewing responded to a hop shortage by taking a shot at growing an acre of hops in northeast Pennsylvania.
The Easton, Pa., brewery got some key knowledge-base assistance from Snyder Farm in Hunterdon County, the Rutgers University research farm that did some hop-growing trials back in the late 1990s. Snyder was thus able to offer Weyerbacher some guidance on its hops project.
Weyerbacher reaped a small, but still impressive, haul in August 2008 that went straight into a fresh-hop harvest ale.