|The Churchville Inn
1500 Bustleton Pike | Churchville, Pennsylvania
Friday, June 5, 2015 was a highlight during Philly Beer Week for me. Despite terrible traffic (to be expected, I suppose) that doubled our commute time, good times and good beers were enjoyed by all at two great locations for great beer: The Churchville Inn and The Iron Abbey
We started our evening at The Churchville Inn in Churchville, PA where the first ever Cascade Brewing Barrel House held their first ever Philly event. Cascade’s Baked Blackberry, 2013 Foudre #1, and 2014 Blackcap Raspberry were all on tap in addition to several Cascade brews in bottles.
I was especially excited to see a few leftover brews from the Funky Buddha Brewery from the night before. Fire in the Hole Raspberry Habanero Red Ale was a standout for me (no surprise here). The malty red ale with fruity undertones was brewed with whole raspberries and just enough habanero peppers to create a pleasant tingle in your throat.
The impressively dank and delicious IPAs from Columbus Brewing Company, Thunderlips and Bodhi were also on tap, leftover from an event earlier in the week. They were a welcome refreshment after enjoying so many sour beers.
On Wednesday, The Churchville Inn featured Tired Hands Brewing Company beers including the new beer Virgins & Diamonds, which was never poured anywhere prior to the event. The session IPA was dry hopped with 60 pounds of Mosaic hops and is considered the hoppiest beer Jean Broillet IV ever brewed for Tired Hands. Other brews on during the event included American Youth, HopHands, SaisonHands, Foliage, We are all Infinite Energy Vibrating, and Ancestral.
The dinner menu at The Churchville Inn is also pretty delicious. Small plates like Jalapeño Corn Hushpuppies, Prince Edward Island Mussels, and Who Doesn’t Like Corn Bread are sure to please anyone. Sandwiches include a Poh-Boy, BBQ Brisket, Cuban, and a variety of burger options. Entrees include Jambalaya, Wild Mushroom Risotto, and their “Famous” Baby Back Ribs.
|The Iron Abbey
680 Easton Rd | Horsham, Pennsylvania
While finishing up at The Churchville Inn, Rich pulled up the tap list for The Iron Abbey. (I mean, it was only 9 miles away!) As soon as the words “Jack’s Abby Framinghammer” came out of his mouth, we had secured our next stop for the evening.
The Iron Abbey, located in Horsham, PA and just a 15 minute drive from Churchville, always has an impressive tap list, and they offer flights of 4 beers for only $9.50. I enjoyed a flight of Jack’s Abby Brewing brews including Coffee Barrel-Aged Framinghammer, Cocoa-Nut Barrel-Aged Framinghammer, Vanilla Barrel-Aged Framinghammer, and Sour Project #2.
I hope you also had a great Philly Beer Week this year. Maybe you’re feeling like me and already missing the excitement of enjoying a rare beer on tap or meeting a craft beer industry “celebrity.” But don’t worry, many local establishments hold awesome craft beer events throughout the year. Be sure to check phillybeerweek.org and the social media pages of great venues like The Churchville Inn and The Iron Abbey for upcoming events!