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Philly Beer Week — Wookie Progress Report

By Boozedancing @boozedancing

Philly Beer Week — Wookie Progress Report

So I haven’t posted anything in a while.  I have a dozen or so reviews and recaps to post, including details from a righteous trip to CO.  The guys have been giving me a hard time about my lack of writing but work/life has been sucking up all my time.  But on this the most holiest of beer drinking seasons (Philly Beer Week) I figured I should at least throw up a progress report of some of the things I have hit so far.

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PBW Day 1 — Lunch at the “Perch”

Philly Beer Week — Wookie Progress Report

On the first day of beer week I couldn’t just let the day go by without a new brew.  Since I wasn’t going to be able to make the Opening Tap or cruise around with the H.O.G. like our beer guru Miracle Max, I decided to hit G-lo up for a brew lunch.  It took a dozen or so texts and emails but I managed to liberate him from his office for lunch at Perch Pub.

For PBW Perch had a line-up of “Rare and One Off Brews”, what’s not to love?  I went with a Hop God from Nebraska Brewing Co.  Hop God is described by the brewer as a “crossbreed of a Belgian Triple and a West Coast IPA”.  The description is all you need to know.  This brew starts our rich, earthy with the spice and citrus you’d expect in a Triple and then it finishes with big IPA hop bitterness and astringency.

Philly Beer Week — Wookie Progress Report

This was my first Nebraska brew and I definitely want to try more.  The Hop God is a big bold beer the covers the 9% ABV very well.  It is best enjoyed with food and the Perch’s Jacob’s Ladder short rib sandwich was a perfect match.  Sharp cheddar, slow cooked short rib on a two big pieces of country white toast.  YUM!

Philly Beer Week — Wookie Progress Report

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PBW Day 3 — IPAs at Uno’s

Philly Beer Week — Wookie Progress Report

That “Work/Life” thang that has kept me from writing is also going to limit my PBW fun this year so when I can mix a little family lunch into the Beer schedule the results can be delicious.

On Sunday, the 3rd day in PBW’s 10 day week, I headed to the Uno’s in Maple Shade for lunch with family.  Not a place many would think when they think good beer but Uno’s has a fantastic beer scene and is much more family friendly than a dark gastropub.

For this weekend during PBW the Maple Shade NJ Uno’s had a great line-up of 9 different IPA’s on tap.  I went with a four IPA flight that included Breckenridge’s Lucky U, Green Flash’s Palate Wrecker, Terrapin’s Hopzilla, and Avery’s Maharaja. (shown in this order, left to right, below).

Philly Beer Week — Wookie Progress Report

The quick tasting was not enough to do a full review on each brew but they were all great beers.  If I had to pick a favorite I would go with the Breckenridge Lucky U.  The Breck seemed to have more depth of flavor than the others and was more than just a hop bomb.

The tasting session was made perfect by our server Kelle who gave us awesome service and was just as pumped up about Beer Week as I was.   The PBW loves seems to be everywhere.  We are truly living in the golden age of beer!

So that’s the progress report so far.  I think the boys are hitting more PBW stops on Tuesday and Thursday.  Expect more reports to come.  Cheers!


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