Philly Beer Week, the citywide celebration of suds we wait all year for, kicks off May 30! PW is counting down the days with Eric San Juan's daily spotlight of great craft beers everyone should get to know better.
The Lehigh Valley is fast becoming enveloped in a beer boom. Veterans like the folks at Fegley’s and Weyerbacher are already mainstays in the northeast beer scene, and now newcomers like the folks at Saucony Creek are throwing their hats in the ring with some admirable new beers. One of them is Stonefly IPA (because you have to have an IPA in your lineup, after all). This amber colored beer offers the citrus notes you expect—orange, grapefruit, apricot and a touch of pine—but with a slightly spicy note that sets it apart. This is present in the flavor, too. The beer is sharply bitter, balanced with grainy pumpernickel malts but truly serving as a showcase for a strong smack of bitterness. You’ll have your shot to try this entry in the IPA wars at the It’s A Firkin’ Riot event at Johnny Brenda’s on May 31.