Ale Street News Vol. 26 - No. 5 10.11-17

Ale Street News Vol. 26 - No. 5 10.11-17

October • November 2017 Ale Street News Page 17 B y L ee P orter retropeel@gmail.com By now, you’ve probably visited Urban Village Brewing Co. in Northern Liberties, Philly which opened its doors and tapped its beers on the first dayof PhillyBeerWeek this past June. UrbanVillage is founded by Dave Goldman (head brewer, owner) and Tom Revelli (GM, owner) – the owners of Landmark Americana – and offers tank-to-table craft beers brewed on site and brick-oven fired pizzas and artisan bread specialties prepared with natural, yeast leavened dough. Goldman had homebrewed for years and decided to “take it to the next level.” He completed a University of the Sciences’ Brewing Science certificate program, which is mid-Atlantic region’s first college- based academic program dedicated to making beer. Goldman says that he and Revelli “always talked about creating a separate concept that would be more of a local brewery where you could find local, up-to-the-minute fresh craft beer in a selection of rotating taps, always offering exciting different styles in various pours so there would be a beer for everybody to try.”They alsowanted a restaurant attached with “a simple menu featuring a number of 72-hour naturally leavened dough products – a passion of Tom’s.” So they naturally combined Goldman’s brewing and Revelli’s fermentation expertise. Goldman describes himself as “a long time IPA drinker and those beers are the ones closest to my heart.” Urban Village’s Rye Bread Rye IPA is his favorite beer. “I don’t feel there’s a similarly made rye out there,” he says proudly. “In the past few years, I’ve become really fond of stouts and have a pretty good book of stout recipes as a result.” Goldman describes the exciting Philly Beer World: “Some big players in craft beer have come out of the Philly area, so [Philly has] a good rep, but it’s an especially cool time because there are so many smaller breweries making a name for themselves and getting attention locally.” Yes, Urban Village received a lot of media attention just a few weeks after they opened when videos of a driver crashing a U-Haul into the front of the restaurant went viral. Luckily, no one was hurt (and the driver was arrested). As Goldman puts it, “The silver lining is that we quickly learned how supportive and kind our neighbors in Northern Liberties are.” Urban Village will soon begin distributing select beers in approximately 40 Philly and New Jersey bars and restaurants. They’ve also started hosting regular events, like monthly beer dinners, and have a running club that meets up for community runs (that end with beers and pizza, of course). Swing by Urban Village and say Hi to Dave Goldman andTomRevelli. ✒✒✒ Urban Village’s Dave Goldman Elsewhere in PA... Team Dock Street Brewing Co. celebrating the 10th anniversary of their West Philly location. South County’s JR Heaps. B y B ryan J. K olesar TheBrewLounge@gmail.com Western Pennsylvania lost a beloved player in its beer scene when, on July 26, Tony “The Beerman” Knipling passed away at the age of 63 as a result of a sudden heart attack. His employer for the last twenty years - Vecenie Distributing, importing wholesaler in western Pennsylvania - announced via social media, “his long and prestigious career in craft beer touched many lives. He has always been a key member of our team, and he will be greatly, greatly missed.” This sentiment was echoed by many in the days that followed. A longtime member of TRASH (Three Rivers Alliance of Serious Homebrewers), Knipling drew similar praise from fellow member Mark Benson. “He worked at a couple home brew shops and was very active inTRASH. He helped and influenced many new homebrewers in those pre-Vecenie days including award winning brewers John Kimmich (The Alchemist) and Matt Cole (Fat Heads). Tony really turned his passion into a career when he joined Vecenie and was a driving force in where craft beer is today inWestern PA.” Lew Bryson, whiskey and beer writer, concurred, “Tony and I went way back.Hewas always eager to show me the newest beer joints in town. He was a relentlessly cheerful and persistent salesman, a tireless supporter of craft beer, and an evangelist of craft beer.” The owner of Olivia’s and Foster’s Pub, Michelle Foster, met Knipling nine years ago and quickly formed a bond. “We loved the enthusiasm craft beer was getting and he was a driving force in Pittsburgh,” she said, “and one of the best guys I knew. Always ready to help drive knowledge to the masses about beer with a fun, light heart and charisma. He shined when he talked beer.” Tony’s sister, Renee Knipling Coonmentioned that asDaleKatechis from Oskar Blues was a friend, when hearing of Tony’s passing they stopped the production line and retooled the label and used an experimental beer to produce 12 cases of G’Knipling in his honor. Chris Dilla, proprietor at Bocktown Beer & Grill and currently in search of a new home for her hyper-local concept, remarked during a tribute at East End Brewing’s Taproom that Tony “helped bring in beers that Vecenie carries. He said ‘let’s go here, we gotta get this brewery.’ He could tell, taste-wise, quality-wise, marketing-wise, whether that brewery had staying power. I don’t think there is one person out there in the craft beer community in western PA that hasn’t been influenced by him in some way.” Also at the tribute, Mike Pound, host and producer of Beer Me for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, similarly noted his appreciation for Knipling’s passion and deep expertise. “He was willing to set aside what he was trying to sell in order to sell beer in the broader sense.That made hima valuable source for me in what I do and it made him a valuable person for everyone’s involvement in Pittsburgh beer because his passion was unmatched.” Scott Smith, owner, brewmaster, and host of the East End tribute said, “I knew Tony before East End existed. I look at where Pittsburgh is as a beer scene – the number of breweries that are here, how Pittsburgh has become a leader in brewing circles, the quality of the beer coming out of the city – I think that everyone who has a stake in craft beer in this town owes a piece of that to Tony. He’s the one that laid the groundwork.” If it’s true that “in heaven, there is no beer,” I’m betting that if The Beerman has anything to say, it won’t be long until it does.. ✒✒✒ online EXPANDED AND UPD ATED COVERAGE AT alestreetnews.com — NEWS - Mid-Atlantic Mid-Atlantic Tony the Beer Man with Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione. Tony “The Beerman” KniplingRemembered Tin Lizard Brewing Co. opened this past spring in BrynMawr and the three most visible guys there are Shaun Carney (the GM, formerly of Dawson Street Pub in Manayunk), Luke Loomis (the BBQPitMaster, formerly from Syracuse, NY), and Chris Young (the Head Brewer, formerly of Conshohocken and Round Guys). Young is brewing on a 5-bbl system and plans, at least in the first year, for all to be one-offs. They plan to be at the Conshohocken Beer Festival on October 14. Doylestown Brewing Co. owner Joe Modestine proudly reports that the 5,500 sq. ft. production brewery now includes a tasting room and new 15-bbl and 30-bbl tanks.This is giving Head Brewer Justin Low (credited by Modestine with being “the main reason for our success”) plenty to work with, as the flagship R5 Lager will be finding more market space with Nevulis Beverage as its wholesaler. New out of the brewhouse at Round Guys Brewing Co. in Lansdale are Secret Garden Watermelon IPA and Transmission IPA, both in kegs and cans. Two collaborations will also be available in cans - SunBear (an imperial farmhouse ale with Boardroom Spirits) and Rebirth Of The Cool (a coffee stout with Backyard Beans). And plans are underway for a collaboration beer with Highway Manor. In Mount Joy at Bube’s Brewery , Vince Zanghi has been head brewer for the last two years and continues to make technical improvements, most “unseen by the public to improve the beer, the quality, and the efficiency”. The 3.5-bbl brewhouse has a new venture later this fall tentatively being called the Ghost Beer Series. At South County Brewing Co. in Fawn Grove, owner JR Heaps has brought in Rick Powers to manage the taproomand James Arrison tomanage sales in Central Pennsylvania. Behind the taproom wall, the brewhouse staff is looking forward to later this year for more fermentation tanks and a counterpressure canning line that as Heaps describes, will “mean better quality and fresher flavors for our customers as well as faster turnaround on our production”. Pocono Brewery Co. opened in early June in Swiftwater in the building where Pocono BrewingCompany used to reside, but never actually produced beer. Jean-Luc Vitiello, Brew Master and Co-owner, has been turning out customwood-fired pizzas and releasing a new beer on nearly a weekly basis from his new 10-bbl brewhouse. Strawberry Wheat, which was brewed with strawberries from a nearby farm, was recently released as was Pocono Pines Pilsner with its own unique local twist with spindles from area Douglas Fir trees for a piney aroma and flavor. Across to the western side… ✒ ✒✒ Western side of theWeb, that is... www.alestreetnews.com

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