CBC 2016 in The City of Beery Love

by Renee on May 8, 2016

Philadelphia was awash in suds and beards this past week, as 12-thousand brewers and beer industry folks spent the week in town for the Craft Brewers Conference. The adage “it’s always sunny in Philadelphia” turned out to be untrue (it was overcast and rainy the whole week), but it didn’t matter much as everyone was pretty darn happy to sit inside some of Philly’s finest brewpubs. I had the good fortune to meet up with a couple of old and dear friends–Terri from high school at Monk’s Cafe, and Erin from college at the Eulogy Tavern. Great spots for reconnecting over an amazing choice of brews.

stepsBeards were plentiful, as I mentioned, but I also got to hang out with some of the finest women of craft beer during that week. We were in force in larger numbers than ever before. I spent some time at the opening reception at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Meagen Anderson of SteadyServ, and Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer. (Yes, we ran up those steps Rocky-style of course!) Hung out with Mariah Calagione of Dogfish Head at one of their sponsored events at mariahWorld Cafe Live. And this year’s Pink Boots Society meeting was the biggest ever. It was a room full of estrogen and high energy!

tap handlesI had a couple of missions while I was there. One was finding a great vendor for tap handles for New Albion Brewing Company. I came across Tony at the the Alison Group, on the recommendation of a good friend. It looks like he has some really great products at a great price.


And also in New Albion news, Meagen and I had the chance to say hello to Jack’s former brewer, Don Barkley. He’s with Napa Smith these days, and it’s always a pleasure to see him. During that opening reception, Meagen and I also met up with Brooklyn Beer’s Steve Hindy.  What an amazing and inspiring brewer–if you haven’thindy picked up his books: Beer School and The Craft Beer Revolution, you really should. Of course there’s a mention or two of Jack in those pages!


So overall, a very successful and enjoyable Craft Brewers Conference once again. My next beery adventure is going to be even further away from home: stay tuned for  news of my trip to England and Ireland at the end of May–a celebration of my girl’s college graduation. We’ll be visiting McAuliffe territory in County Cork, and there could be some pub stories…. Cheers!

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