Think Local / Drink Local at Weyerbacher Brewery in Easton

March 1st, 2011 posted by

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Some people might go so far as to say I’m a beer snob, but I prefer to think of it as appreciating the finer things in life. I try to purchase my beer from local breweries whenever possible, because there’s a certain sense of pride knowing that a great beer came from not too far away. I brew at home, so I enjoy inventive breweries, micro brews and those that think outside the box…so naturally I’m a big fan of Weyerbacher in Easton, one of the prime examples in Lehigh Valley. I’ve been a fan of their beer for a few years now and recently took the brewery tour with my dad and brother.

Our tour guide, John, was knowledgeable and passionate about beer. Their brewing operation is relatively small for a company with their stellar reputation. Their output isn’t great in terms of quantity, but they certainly make up for it in terms of quality. Weyerbacher seems to not want to settle with being normal, and that’s a-ok with me and my fellow beer enthusiasts! John went through the different steps, showed us their new-ish bottling line (can you believe they were hand bottling up until 4 years ago?) and brought us back around to my favorite spot…the bar!

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Bethlehem Birthday: Part 2

December 23rd, 2010 posted by

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About two months ago I wrote a blog about taking Casey out for her birthday in Bethlehem. I never got around to part two of that blog… until now.

After we finished our wonderful dinner at The Apollo Grill, we went back to the Hyatt Place and hitched a ride with the shuttle driver to the south side of Bethlehem to go to The Bookstore. For months, we have been wanting to go to The Bookstore, a bar modeled after a 1920s speakeasy.

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My experience at the Allentown Brew Works Craft Beer Festival

December 9th, 2010 posted by

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I am a fan of microbrews, or craft brews, not exactly sure which one they are called now. It is basically beer that tastes real good (although if your beer of choice is of the light variety, I’ll warn you now, this is not an event for you).

Casey received an email from the Brew Works in October promoting the Craft Beer Festival on December 4 at Allentown Brew Works. We got four tickets immediately; it was a great deal at $25 a piece if you bought tickets early. After a certain date, tickets were $35, but even at $35, it was still a great deal. Good thing we got tickets early – the event sold out.

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Martinis and manicures at Allentown Brew Works

February 23rd, 2010 posted by

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For some reason lately there’s been a slew of computer bugs and viruses infecting our office and, lucky for me, I’m the guy who gets to deal with it which means I barely have time to sit at my own computer. So today I’d like to resurrect one of my old blog posts … but it’s completely relevant, I swear.

Coming up on March 10, Allentown Brew Works is hosting their monthly “Martinis and Manicures” event. This insanely popular event sells out nearly every month, so even though its two weeks away, there’s plenty of time to reserve your spot if this review entices you to try it out for yourself.

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Happy Hour in Lehigh Valley!

February 2nd, 2010 posted by

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When I first moved to Lehigh Valley, I was single, in my 20s, lived alone, worked in hotels and five o’clock meant one thing…Happy Hour. You could set your watch by the hundreds of office workers who gathered for their well-deserved after-hours cocktails. Back then, the main crowd moved around. One night of the week, the Sheraton Jetport (now Four Points by Sheraton) was the “in spot.” Another spot was the Allentown Fairgrounds Saloon. Without question, Friday night belonged to “my place,” the Allentown Hilton, now the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown.

These days my life is much different. I’m more likely to hit the gym after work in a feeble attempt to win my “battle of the bulge.” At least once a month, though, I do Happy Hour.

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I resolve to buy local!

January 2nd, 2009 posted by

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Now I’m not someone who usually makes New Year’s resolutions since I know I can’t possibly stick to them. It’s just not the way I’m made. But this year I think there is one resolution I am going to try to stick to whenever possible, and that’s to buy local.

Now don’t get me wrong – I love malls and chain restaurants just as much as the next person. But as I get older I’ve come to respect and appreciate the “little man” (as country singer Alan Jackson would call him) who, despite the tremendous investment of both money and time, decides to open up a business of his own.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

November 28th, 2008 posted by

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And I’m not just saying that because it’s the holiday season. I’m excited for the return of Rude Elf’s Reserve! What is that you ask? It’s my most favorite microbrew from The Brew Works; both the Allentown and Bethlehem locations.

I first tried it about five years ago, when it went by another similar name. Visiting Bethlehem Brew Works, I asked the waitress what beer she recommended and she told me Rude Elf’s Reserve. After hearing a description of it (medium-to-dark beer with essences of cloves and cinnamon) I thought it sounded disgusting but decided to try it anyway based on her recommendation alone.

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