Celebrate all things fermented and distilled at Saint Benjamin’s first annual Celebration of Fermentation. Enjoy an afternoon of samples from local brewers, distillers, wine-makers and mead producers. The event will take over two floors of the brewery for a behind-the-scenes experience at a festival unlike any other. Two local food trucks will be on-site with food available for purchase. Philadelphia-based vendors will be selling and sampling their fare throughout the festival.
We sadly must announce that the Junto Coffee Kolsch we hoped to be releasing today will not be arriving at your local bar or bottle shop. After taste testing the beer, it fell short of our standards and we did not want to release a beer we weren’t proud of.
We do have plenty of Pilsner Prosim, Wit or Witout and Inca cans for your drinking pleasure.
I’ve heard some people (bartenders even) describe beer served out of a firkin or through a hand pump as “warm, flat beer”. I think there is a lot more to it than that.
Beer that is served in firkins is naturally conditioned, means that the CO2 in the beer comes from the yeast through fermentation and is not added later like in most kegged beer. This tends to give the beer a softer mouthfeel. It does lead to beer that is a little less carbonated that kegged beer, which is why we prefer to only put certain styles in firkins.
Firkin beer is also served a bit warmer than kegged beer, for certain very hoppy or dry beers, or ones that are not complex, this can lead to a flat, bland flavor. we prefer to put our malty beers like Foul Weather Jack or Transcontinental into firkins for this reason. As the beer warms up, the flavors of the malts really come out. You can end up with a very complex drinking experience for that glass of beer.
It is very trendy to put IPA on a hand pump, but if you are going to try this style of beer then I do recommend something with more malt to it.
If you are wondering where to get beer in a firkin, I can highly recommend aint Benjamin’s Taproom. We always have one beer on our handpump and sometimes a second firkin being served on our bar.