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Kelleys Island Brewery

I had an opportunity to go to the Kelley’s Island Brewery last week with a group of WQLN members and really enjoyed it – which (I guess) isn’t saying much, I seem to enjoy every Brewery that I go to - probably because they are all so different.

Kelley’s is run by Patti Johnson, who is very friendly and very welcoming.

The brewery is totally laid back. It’s located on the south shore of the big US Lake Erie Island. Kelley’s Island is pretty much a bicycle only…


Added by Tom New on June 23, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Sheetz says "Free The Beer"

Sheetz Coffeez will be at this year's Erie Micro Brew Festival pouring their fancy Coffeez

  • Latte – steaming milk with a shot of espresso
  • Mocca - steaming milk, chocolate and a shot of espresso
  • Espresso – caffeinated wallop
  • Steamerz - steaming milk

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments

Why doesn’t Erie have a professional team called the Hot Wings?

Everyone who goes to the Erie Micro Brew Festival can

  • Meet Chief Williams
  • Hear the Chief Williams Calypso band
  • Taste Chief Williams world famous Island chicken wings
  • Have a Ham Sammie
  • Sample Innovated Services Hot Sauces

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 10:10am — No Comments

Something different from the Erie Micro Brew Festival

Everyone wo goes to the Rrie Micro Brew Festival will receive

  • a Pretzel Necklace – (for some reason I’m having a hard time explaining this. It’s a necklace with about 8 to 10 hard pretzels on it and when the feeling comes over you – um - you eat a pretzel.)
  • A Bottle of Specialty Ale, prepared for the brew festival by Erie Brewing.

Tastes Great :: Less Filling - NOT!

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 10:05am — No Comments

Food at the Erie MIcro Brew Fest

Marnie Mead-Oberle's will demonstrate and offer tastings of -

  • Her world famous Cheddar Beer Soup
  • Her world famous Beer Biscuits
  • Her world famous Brats simmered in beer served on buns
  • Her world famous Ox Roast simmered in beer served on kimmelweck
  • Her world famous Beer Cake


Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 10:02am — No Comments

New to The Erie Micro Brew Fest

Sly Fox Brewing Company
519 Kimberton Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460-4745
(610) 935-4540
The Sly Fox family of beers are brewed with care and precision. Every style is a product of distinction featuring compelling branding that has created a groundswell of support from the beer community.
Sly Fox will pour
__Pheonix Ale

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

New to the Erie Micro Brew Fest

Sackets Harbor Brewing Company

212 West Main Street

Sackets Harbor, NY 13685-3183

(315) 646-2739

Sackets Harbor Brewing Company operates one of NY state's oldest continuing working microbreweries featuring both a working brewery and dining establishment offering fine dining and upscale pub fare that is paired with a rotating selection of over fifteen craft beers brewed on-site. Formed in 1995 and located in historic Sackets Harbor, NY on the shore of Lake… Continue

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 9:59am — No Comments

New to the Erie Micro Brew Fest

Long Trail Brewing Company
5520 Us Route 4
Bridgewater Cors,
VT 05035-9600
(802) 672-5011
Long Trail is brewed in Bridgewater, Vermont. They began brewing in 1989 and since have grown to become an award winning brewery. They boast one of the most environmentally friendly breweries in the world.
Long Trail will pour
__Long Trail Ale
__Blackbeary Wheat

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 9:59am — No Comments

New to the Erie Micro Brew Fest

Lavery Brewing Company
123 W. 14th St
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 602-5845
Lavery Brewing is Erie’s newest craft brewery. Lavery uses the finest ingredients to create unique and innovative Pennsylvania-style ales.
Lavery will pouring
__Imperial Red Ale
__St. Sidonius Saison

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 9:58am — No Comments

New to the Erie Micro Brew Fest

St. James's Gate Brewery (Guinness Beer Garden)

St James's Gate

Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland

01 408 4800

St. James's Gate Brewery was founded in 1759 (the same year the British captured Fort Niagara from the French and the year George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis) by Arthur Guinness. The company is now a part of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan. Their main product is Guinness Draft.

Guinness will pour



Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 9:57am — No Comments

New to the Erie Micro Brew Fest

Great Divide Brewing Company
2201 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80205-2512
(303) 296-9460
Great Divide beers have earned 16 Great American Beer Festival medals and 4 World Beer Cup awards. Great Divide was also ranked 14th in’s 2008 “The Best Brewers in the World” and was ranked 7th in Beer Advocate’s 2008 “All-Time Top Breweries on Planet Earth.”
Great Divide will pour
__Great Divide Titan IPA
__Great Divide Yeti

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 9:56am — No Comments

New to the Erie Micro Brew Fest

Brewery Ommegang
656 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY 13326-4737
(607) 544-1800
Brewery Ommegang is a place where the beer isn't overhopped or overhyped. Ommegang’s Belgian-style ales are functional art, crafted to make your dining and drinking experience something to behold.
Ommegang will pour
__Ommegang Abbey Ale
__Hennepin Farmhouse Saison
__Three Philosophers Chalice

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 9:56am — No Comments

Random things – some new, some old - about this year’s Erie Micro Brewfest.

  • Tickets are $30
  • Saturday April 17 :: 1 to 4 and 5 to 8pm
  • Buy tickets at – Erie Beer and Pop Outlet :: The Brewerie ::
  • 32 Breweries will attend this year (complete list at the bottom)
  • 102 beers will be featured
  • Plus 4 bubbly malt products from Smirnoff – Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade, Cranberry…

Added by Tom New on April 1, 2010 at 9:55am — No Comments

The Latest List of Brewers Coming to The Erie Micro Brew Festival

Tickets are available at the Beer and Pop Wearhouse, the Brewery and online at

The List

Appalachian Brewing Company

Blue Canoe Brewery

Brewerie at Union Station

Brewery Ommegang

Church Brew Works

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales

Ellicottville Brewing…


Added by Tom New on March 26, 2010 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

Long Trail Blackberry Wheat

Congratulations Lisa - the January meeting was a blast. I must admit that I am not a wheat-beer guy. There is an after taste that I am unable to describe. It may be a yeasty finish kind of thing – not sure, but I did enjoy the Long Trail Blackberry Wheat. The color and flavor were very much like a Rolling Rock. I only recognized the slight hint of blackberry and I didn’t get any of the wheaty after taste. Good starter beer for anyone who wants to experiment with craft brews.

Added by Tom New on January 22, 2010 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Church Brew Works

My wife and I went to the Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh on Saturday. Church is located in the old St. John's The Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, across the street from the ‘now closed’ Pittsburgh Brewery. I had two beers there –the Pipe Organ Pale Ale and a seasonal called Sleigh Wrecker.

I love a strong hop flavor in a craft brew and usually ask for the hoppiest thing on tap. If the wait staff knows their stuff, they usually will serve a tasty mug of just what the doctor ordered.… Continue

Added by Tom New on January 17, 2010 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

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