Beer News: Tired Hands Expansion, Goat Brain Brew

By Danya Henninger  |  March 20, 2014

Wednesday’s Bar Blitz extravaganza drew our focus to cocktails, but, this being Philadelphia, there’s also a bunch of beer news worth noting.

Tired Hands Brewing Is Expanding
Less than two years launch, demand for this Ardmore brewery’s unique farmhouse ales has outpaced its tiny six-barrel system. Owners Jean and Julie Broillet have signed a lease for a new production facility at 35 Cricket Terrace, planning a 20-barrel brewhouse located just 1,100 feet from the original. A second “brewcafe” will also pop up there, with a culinary theme different from the first cafe (that one serves house-baked bread, cheese, charcuterie and housemade pickles). No word yet on target opening date.

Stone Brewing May Land in Bethlehem
Lehigh Valley could soon become even more of a beer Mecca if Stone Brewing chooses the Bethlehem Steel plant for its first East Coast facility. Jack Curtin’s Beer Yard points us to this Morning Call report on the possibility, which describes the proposal developers submitted to the famous San Diego County brewery. Other towns are also vying to host the Atlantic outpost of Southern California’s largest beermaker, but Bethlehem’s proposal, backed by the nearby Sands casino, is a strong contender.

Conshohocken Brewing Nears Launch
Doors will open soon at this new brewery in Conshohocken, according to Drink Philly, which just got an inside look at the in-progress 15-barrel system. On tap for the debut lineup are an Extra Special Bitter (ESB), a double IPA and other seasonals. After the launch, tours will be available, as pints and growler fills in a tasting room (739 E. Elm St., Conshohocken).

Dock Street Brain Beer Is Coming for You
In honor of the season finale of The Walking Dead, West Philly's Dock Street Brewery is making a special, zombie-themed beer. How did head brewer Justin Low accomplish that? Easy, by adding brains to the brew. Smoked goat brains impart a slightly smoky flavor to the 7.2% ABV pale porter, which also carries a light tartness from cranberries in the mix. Dock Street Walker will debut at 5 PM on Sunday, March 30, just in time for the AMC TV show’s last episode, which airs at 9 PM. Will you try it? We definitely will.