Philly Beer Week: Taste-Testing Philly Tripel & Brotherly SudsBy Danya Henninger
May 23, 2014
Philly Beer Week is just a week away, and during the 10-day festival you’ll have the chance to taste tons of different craft beers. We had the opportunity to preview three of the special, one-time-only collaboration brews. Check out the tasting notes below, and stay tuned for next week’s picks of don’t-miss events with great food.
The official collaboration beer of PBW was brewed in Belgium by Dock Street’s Justin Low and Anne-Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns.
Style: Belgian Abbey Tripel (8.5 % ABV)
Tasting Notes: The organic acacia honey used in the brew is obvious when you sip, playing with a slight lemon flavor on the tongue and providing a very smooth finish. Despite its high alcohol content, this beer drinks almost like a shandy - be careful.
Where to Find: Opening Tap, PBW Headhouse Beer Garden, Dock Street Brewing
Brotherly Suds V
Area breweries teamed up to create a special PBW offering for the fifth time. This year’s was brewed at Victory, in collaboration with Flying Fish, Yards, Sly Fox, Iron Hill, Nodding Head and Earth Bread + Brewery.
Style: Golden Bock (6.9% ABV)
Tasting Notes: German varieties of whole-flower hops add just a touch of zip to this conditioned lager beer, which mostly presents the style’s classic malty sweetness from start to finish.
Where to Find: Opening Tap, Nodding Head, Earth Bread + Brewery, more
2nd Street Pils
Philly Beer Week Chairman William Reed and Sly Fox brewmaster Brian O'Reilly collaborated on a PBW beer for the seventh year in a row.
Style: Classic Pilsner (5.6% ABV)
Tasting Notes: Saaz hops from the Czech Republic (pilsner’s birthplace) provide a clean, grassy nose and pleasantly sharp flavor. This beer achieves its goal of being perfect for summer day-drinking.
Where to Find: Opening Tap, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap