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Harpoon UFO Pumpkin

After a long weekend for sports in Philadelphia, I looked forward to sitting down this evening with a beer. One of the pumpkin beers I grabbed from the Bottle Shop was Harpoon’s UFO Pumpkin.

I’m a fan of Harpoon’s other UFO (UnFiltered Offerings) beers, so I was excited to try the Pumpkin. It poured a very pretty hazy orange-amber color, and is only mildly sweet and spicy. It is very different from the very sweet Imperial Pumpking by Southern Tier. It smells a little sweeter than it tastes, but is a nice, drinkable pumpkin beer. I could definitely see having a few of these in one sitting without getting overwhelmed by pumpkin.

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Posted by on October 9, 2011 in Beer, Review


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Cape of Good Hope IPA

Let’s Go Phillies!

The MLB playoffs are here, and it seemed appropriate to watch my baseball team play game #3 while sipping on a Cape of Good Hope IPA from Yard’s Brewing.

Cape of Good Hope IPA

It is an Imperial IPA, but the hop bitterness is not overwhelming at all. It has a bunch of spicy notes to it, and also a little bit of sweet.  There is also a ton of maltiness here, which I think pairs well with the double-dry hopped.  There are a ton of flavors, and it is very unlike any other IPA I’ve tried.

I think this would be a great Imperial IPA for those wary of the crazy hoppy bitterness associated with the style.



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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Beer, Philadelphia Area, Yards


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The Rivercity Festival and 5K

This weekend I ran my first 5k!

All the beer drinking I do is lovely, but I like to hit the gym to keep fit and help work off all those delicious carbonated beverages I consume.  I’ve been training for a 5K using the Couch to 5K program – found here.  This Saturday, at the Rivercity festival, there was a fun run 5K, followed by the festival, that included a beer tent with Philadelphia Brewing Company and Brooklyn’s Six Point.

On tap, PBC had some of their flagships – Kenzinger (always a favorite!), Walt Wit, Newbold, and Joe Coffee Porter, and Six Point had their IPA, as well as Sweet Action Pale Ale.

There were many local vendors with food, crafts, and other merchandise for sale, as well as some bouncy things for the kids.  The entertainment was fantastic too!  All in all, it was a great afternoon and I can’t wait for next year!


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Southampton’s Pumpkin Ale is an amber ale that is brewed with pumpkin and traditional pumpkin pie spices in New York.

Southampton Pumpkin Ale

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.  It was a very pretty orange-ish color, smelled slightly sweet and spicy.  The first sip was very mellow, with mild sweetness and cinnamon and nutmeg coming though.  I really liked how this beer was able to bring out all the delicious pumpkin pie flavors without tasting like a pie in a glass.

It got even more delicious as it warmed up to just below room temperature.  I will definitely keep my eye out for more of this later in the season.


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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Beer


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Southern Tier Pumking

Southern Tier Pumking.  I’ve heard this regarded as THE pumpkin beer to have.  That it would be impossible to get once October came around.  With all the praise floating around, I knew I had to make sure I snagged a few bottles for myself.  A dear friend was able to get two bottles for me, and I was able to find a cold one at a local bottle shop.  I’ve been hoarding these waiting for the best time to try one.  Yesterday was that day.

I had a long, tiring day of work and the fall chill was in the air, leaving me longing for summer nights, but a Pumking seemed like just the thing to turn the day around and celebrate the fall.

Southern Tier Pumking

I cracked open the bottle, and poured it into a 22 oz Goose Island glass, as I don’t have a goblet or a tulip glass.  The color was a beautiful hazy orange and it smelled almost like a pumpkin pie.  The first sip exploded with spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe even allspice and clove?  The second sip was good, I could really taste the sweetness come through.

Southern Tier Pumking in a glass

As it warmed up, it did start to taste a little boozy, and at 8.6% it is easy to see why.

Overall, it was tasty, but I think I was expecting it to be a little more phenomenal.  I will gladly drink up my other two bottles, but will continue on a quest for my favorite pumpkin beer this year.

Pumking in a Goose Island Glass



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Posted by on September 21, 2011 in Beer


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Barry’s Homebrew – New Location

After 15 years, Barry’s Homebrew is relocating!  I remember passing the sign for Barry’s homebrew many, many times since living in South Philly.  The store was located conveniently on the way to Target, and I had countless thoughts of, “Man, I should really look into that.”  I bought my first home brew kit from Barry earlier this year.  He was very helpful and answered all questions I had, no matter how silly or simple they were.  I look forward to checking out the new location.
After 15 years of running Barry’s Homebrew Outlet, I have decided to retire. I loved my job but the inventory has been getting heavier every year and it’s time to pass it along to the younger generation.
Nick and jimmy will be taking over the reins from now on. They are both very knowledgeable about the industry and I have believe they will continue with the good service and prices that you have come to expect for the last 15 years.
The store at 101 Snyder will close on 9/15/2011 and reopen at  the new bigger location listed below on 9/24/2011. The phone number and the website will stay the same, but the email will change to:
I will be hanging out at the new location often so I will see many of you again. I just won’t be the boss anymore.
With appreciation,
Barry Homebrew
1447 N. American st
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Beer, Homebrew, Philadelphia Area


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Homemade Pizza and DFH Red & White

Homemade Pizza and DFH Red & White

Today was set to be a busy day – moving my Edmund Fitzgerald Porter clone into a secondary fermenter, bottling a pale ale, and brewing a partial mash dunkelweizen. However, life happened, and fermentation must have been slow going. I measured the gravity of the pale ale, and it was .010 over target, so I decided to not bottle and let the yeast finish their thing. I was able to move the porter though, so I should be able to brew twice this weekend.

And since I had a little bit of time, I decided to attempt to make yogurt. I figured I might as well ferment something, even if it wasn’t beer! I will post about that adventure in the coming days. However, the best part of the night was definitely the homemade pizzas with Dogfish Head’s Red & White ale.

My boyfriend and I visited Dogfish Head’s brew pub in Rehoboth, DE back in March. We had a lovely time and I fell in love with their Red & White ale. It is by far one of the strangest, yet best, tasting beers I have had. After a few flights to try their different offerings and dinner I brought home four 750 mL bottles to enjoy. For dinner, one of the entrees we sampled was a flatbread pizza, with caramelized onions, pears, and goat cheese. This pizza was the inspiration for dinner tonight.

To start, I made my own pizza dough – the key to delicious homemade pizza. I split it into two pies and pre baked the crusts for about 5 minutes to ensure the middles would be done.

I topped one with brie, bosc pears, and caramelized onions.

Pear, caramelized onions, brie

I had caramelized the onions in a nonstick pan over high heat. My only complaint is that I should have used more! I was worried about the onions overwhelming the pie, but since the dough was thicker it wasn’t an issue.

Prior to baking:

Out of the oven:

The second had tinned tomato sauce, colby jack, mushrooms and veggie pepperoni. This pie was delicious.

Ingredients all lined up:

After baking:

To go with dinner, we opened up a bottle of the Red & White, a Belgian style Wit with orange and coriander, fermented with Pinot Noir juice, and aged in oak barrels. It has a Beer Advocate rating of B+. This beer comes in at 10% ABV, so it was great for sharing. We poured it into my “generic wine glasses”. It had a lovely orange-pinkish hue and smelled deliciously fruity. The first sip is a little boozy and tastes like a wit, but finishes like a wine. It really seems to be the marriage of two of my favorites – a Pinot Noir and a Belgian Wit, and I’ve never tasted anything else quite like it.

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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Beer, Dogfish Head, Philadelphia Area


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