[This is the second installment in our With Love Beer Garden Q&A series, which we’re publishing each day this week in honor of the Philly Beer Week With Love Beer Garden at the Four Seasons Philadelphia Hotel’s courtyard. Tonight’s featured brewer is Weyerbacher Brewing Company. Read on to hear head brewer Chris Wilson, national sales manager Bob Fauteux and regional sales manager Mike Lubieski, weigh in on Philadelphia’s beer heritage, their favorite summer brews and more.]
Weyerbacher Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback — Weyerbacher is the original German spelling of the family name. In 16 years, the brewery has grown from 1 to 10 people, and from Dan’s kitchen to a 20,000 square-foot manufacturing facility.
We recently talked with head brewer Chris Wilson, national sales manager Bob Fauteux and regional sales manager Mike Lubieski collectively to get the scoop on Philadelphia’s beer heritage, their favorite summer brews and more.
Uwishunu: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. We can’t wait for the Weyerbacher night at the With Love Beer Garden tonight! Besides the Beer Garden, Philadelphia has plenty of awesome bars and restaurants. What are some of your favorite places in the city to go to grab a beer and a bite?
Weyerbacher: Varga Bar, Perch, Standard Tap and Hulmeville Inn.
Uwishunu: You’re celebrating Weyerbacher’s 16th anniversary this year — congratulations by the way(!) — why do you think the Philadelphia beer scene has thrived so impressively in the past decade and a half?
Weyerbacher: The Philly beer scene has grown because they support a lot of great local breweries, of which we are one. Also, Philly has the most educated consumer of any city. They demand quality everywhere.
Uwishunu: Too true. The Weyerbacher Brewing Company recently claimed a bronze medal in the Brewers Association (BA) World Beer Cup® 2010, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the entire world. Do you source ingredients locally for any of those Weyerbacher beers?
Weyerbacher: Wet hops for our Harvest Ale are grown on the company farm. We would try to buy local whenever the possibility permits itself. Our Weyerbacher Sixteen is brewed with local honey.
Note: tonight at the With Love Beer Garden, from 6-7 p.m., Philly Beer Week goes digital with the first-ever Philly Beer Week Tweet Up. Attendees who Tweet their experience (using the official hashtag #withlovebg) and show the Tweet to @PhillyBeerWeek or @VisitPhilly representatives in the garden will be entered to win prizes from host brewery Weyerbacher (@Weyerbacher) and the Four Seasons (@FSPhiladelphia).
With Love Beer Garden
Where: The Courtyard at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square
Note: You can enter straight from the corner of 18th and Cherry Streets; you don’t need to go through the hotel
When: Today-June 10, 4-8 p.m.
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.visitphilly.com