Dear Beer Aficionados
One of the coolest things about writing for a beer magazine is the chance to hang out with brewers. Naturally they are good at what they do, making beer. But for many of them, their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit go way beyond their involvement with the beverage we all love.
When it came time to decide what we were going to write about in this spring edition of Draught Lines, we didn’t plan on taking a deep dive
into the lives of brewers. It just turned out that way. The conversation kept coming back to the interesting things these folks do in addition to making world-class beer. So, we take you up close and personal with four brewers: Luke Bowen and Trevor Hayward of Evil Genius, who are featured on the magazine’s cover, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Dale Katechis of Oskar Blues. Neither Sam nor Dale can limit their enthusiasm to beer, while Luke and Trevor share why they decided to build a new brewery in Philadelphia.
And who wouldn’t like to walk around town and stop off at the new Evil Genius Brewery for one of their Purple Monkey Dishwasher
Chocolate Peanut Butter Porters? While walking around, why not check out the Philly restaurants that had movies filmed in them. In Danya Henninger’s story, Lights, Camera, Beer, she asked the proprietors of local bars and restaurants what it was like to turn a business into a movie set. After all that walking, you are bound to get hungry and thirsty. Check out the warm-weather thirst quenchers in our article about sour beers, Seductively Sour. (Hint: They’re not that sour, but they refresh like really good lemonade with a kick of alcohol.) Then get some pizza at Dock Street, or Pizzaria Vetri, or drive over to Pinocchio’s in Media for a pie and a beer, like Sierra Nevada’s new Otra Vez. So you see how one thing can lead to another when you are picking stories to write about. We just hope that you have as much fun reading them as we did doing the “research”.
Until next time…
The Draught Lines Editorial Staff