Those that know Capone’s, an unassuming diner on the outskirts of Norristown, know that it is a haven for beer nerds from all over PA. They do big beer events and do them right. Well, the rightest event of the year is upon us and Capone’s has posted the coveted Black Friday list. I highlighted the gems to help you formulate a plan of attack. Going with a group of people and efficiency is the key to getting through a tap list this long. Event starts at 7am and rolls through the day with the second wave of beers in the afternoon at 4:30pm. Check it out and spread the word!
Specialty Morning Highlights:
Lost Abbey – Merry Taj (DIPA) – No longer brewed and seems pretty rare.
Captain Lawrence – Imperial Smoked Porter – No longer brewed and highly-rated.
Russian River Concencration 2012 – Fantastic sour only made better with age.
Cantillon – Fou Foune – One of the top lambics in the world and Beer Advocate’s #14 overall.
Struise – St. Amatus (Bourbon-Aged) – A well-regarded Quad that’s been bourbon-aged, yum.
Hardywood – Gingerbread Stout – A world class stout that tastes like “Christmas in a glass.”
50/50 – Totality Imp Stout – A stout from 50/50 always makes waves, and this one is hard to come by.
Firestone Walker – ???? – What difference does it make, it’s Firestone.
Specialty Afternoon Highlights:
Firestone Walker – Sucuba 2014 – One of the smoothest barleywines out there and a personal fav.
Russian River – Pliny the Elder – A standard in Philly, but I always have a glass when it’s available.
Bourbon County – 2014 Stout – First chance to have this year’s BCBS as it releases that day.
Goose Island – Sofie Paradisi – The standard Sofie saison aged in wine barrels with grapefruit.
Cantillon – Lou Pepe Kriek – Second highest rated Cantillon lambic behind Fou Fon.
Ramstein – Eisbock 2010 – Syrupy, concentrated alcohol forward style beer and this is one of the best.
Struise – Black Damnation – Retired RIS that is from one of the best RIS brewers out there.
Russian River – Temptation – Oak chardonnay barrel-aged wild ale with brett.
Morning Complete List:
LOST ABBEY MERRY TAJ DOUBLE IPA
FIRKIN of EVOLUTION LOT 6 DIPA “SPECIALLY DRY HOPPED”
ELYSIAN SPACE DUST IPA
STONE ENJOY BY IPA
RUSSIAN RIVER BLIND PIG
CAPTAIN LAWERENCE SMOKE IMPERIAL PORTER
DOGFISH HEAD 120
FOUNDERS DEVIL DANCER TRIPLE IPA
RUSSIAN RIVER CONCENCRATION 2012
CANTILLON FOU FON
MIKKELLER SOUR SPONTANREDCURRANT
STRUISE ST. AMATUS BARREL AGED
DESCHUTES BOURBON BARREL AGED BLACK BUTTE
DOCK STREET PRINCE MYSKIN 2013 RIS
HARDYWOOD GINGER BREAD STOUT
HOPPIN FROG BARREL AGED BORIS
LOST ABBEY GOURD w/BRETTANOYMCES
ITHACA FLOWER POWER
SHAWNEE CRAFT BOURBON BARREL PORTER
FREE WILL BLACK FRIDAY
SOUTHAMPTON RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
BOULEVARD TWO JOKERS
ARCADIA CEREAL KILLER 2006
2009 BROOKLYN CHOCOLATE STOUT
50/50 TOTALITY IMPERIAL STOUT
ANDERSON VALLEY GATLIN DAMNOSUS SOUR
ARSENAL FIGHTING ALLECK CRAFT CIDER
FIRESTONE WALKER (TBA)
Afternoon Complete List:
FIRESTONE WALKER SUCUBA 2014
McKENZIE BREW HOUSE STILL LIFE BARREL AGED CHERRY SOUR
RUSSIAN RIVER PLINY THE ELDER
LOST ABBEY FRAMBOISE DE ROSA
GOOSE ISLAND BOURBON COUNTY STOUT 2014
ALLAGASH BLACK AGED IN JIM BEAM WHISKEY BARRELS
CANTILLON LOU PEPE KRIEK
TROEGS SCRATCH IMPENDING DESCENT IMPERIAL STOUT 2013
RUSSIAN RIVER TEMPTATION
FEGLEYS BREW WORKS FRAMBOISE
FREE WILL RALPHUS DOUBLE RIS
RAMSTEIN EISBOCK 2010
EAST END TOASTER IMPERIAL STOUT
STRUISE BLACK DAMNATION
FOUNDERS SWEET REPUTE
GOOSE SOFIE PARADISI
THIRSTY DOG CERASUS FLANDERS RED