At Benefit v.15 Beer Wins Back the Winter

At Benefit v.15, Win Back the Winter with our annual silent art auction and fundraiser. InLiquid invites guests to Crane Arts on Saturday, February 7 for a winter beer garden, heated and tented to beat back the winter chill. Philadelphia Brewing Company provides the mead for this modern-day Valhalla.

Last year, I visited Philadelphia Brewing Company for a tour, and a sneak peek at our beverage sponsor. Every Saturday from noon – 3 pm, PBC opens its doors to the public, so city strays can soak up suds in the Tasting Room and travel backstage for a brewery tour.

After confronting an ominous door cautioning visitors to ‘ring bell for entry’ – and wondering briefly if I’d be required to show the Ruby Slippers – I squeezed my way through a small souvenir shop. After climbing the stairs in back, I shrank Alice-like as the room upstairs swallowed me in an expanse of wooden beams and streams of light. According to the festive decorations decking the hall, it was still holiday season at PBC. Or maybe in a hall where the beer flows free, the holidays just never leave.

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After grabbing tasting glasses at the bar, we followed our tour guide into the slippery heart of Philly brewdom. There we learned about the alchemical secrets of yeast and hops, discovered that William Penn was a brew-master, and watched a lineup of bottles swing dance their way through the assembly line.

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The tour ended in the packing room, where empty boxes stacked around the room, bearing names like “Kilty Pleasure” and “Commonwealth”, brooded with the potential energy of barroom buzzes. It was there that we were each given ‘the best glass of beer in our lives,’ as promised by our guide: cold-filtered and freshly capped.

‘Freshness’ is PBC’s clarion call. Trucks travel directly from the brewery to local bars, reaching no further than Pittsburgh. Each case of beer carries more than a ‘best by’ date – its a number seal that guarantees quality, since PBC will buy back any beer from a bar that’s passed its date.

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After taking a swig from the freshly-brewed Kenzinger – not usually my beer of choice – it was easy to see why. It was crystal-smooth oasis water. Turns out beer – just like revenge – is best served cold.

You can find your favorite fresh taste at Benefit v.15 on Saturday, February 7. Click here to purchase tickets at the advance price. Or join us for Young Professionals Night on Friday, February 6.

Sam Koren
Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  Erne’s drawings and prints have been featured in numerous invitational and juried national exhibitions. The Lives and Traumas of Stuffed Animals is a series of comically disturbing depictions of Mr. Bunny and his friends under siege. The series is made up of very large graphite pencil drawings, woodblocks, etchings, and lithographs. Although there is a playful side, the underlining theme is fear, cruelty, and survival.  In recurring distressful situations people often become like dolls, presenting a steady happy personae no matter what is happening.  Though the circumstances represented in the work are not real, no stuffed animals were hurt in the making of the work, they capture the aura that surrounds a person who has no control but will not give in.
Elaine M. Erne

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh,…

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia,…

Elaine M. Erne, co-founder and co-director of Star Wheel Printers, received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Erne’s drawings…

Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has completed site-specific commissions, including a large installation on view at the Philadelphia International Airport. Her work brings focus to natural forms through a digital process of simplifying photographic images.
Sarah Zwerling

Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has…

Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has completed site-specific commissions, including a large installation on view at…

Sarah Zwerling is a digital collage, animation and video installation artist. In addition to exhibition projects, Sarah has completed site-specific commissions, including a large installation on view at the Philadelphia International…

Kristin Osgood Lamelas’ mixed-media paintings reference aerial views of specific landscapes and images of cells from her own body, creating a micro/ macro relationship.
Kristin Osgood Lamelas

Kristin Osgood Lamelas’ mixed-media paintings reference aerial views of specific landscapes and images of cells from her…

Kristin Osgood Lamelas’ mixed-media paintings reference aerial views of specific landscapes and images of cells from her own body, creating a micro/ macro relationship.

Kristin Osgood Lamelas’ mixed-media paintings reference aerial views of specific landscapes and images of cells from her own body, creating a micro/ macro relationship.

Márton Szabó
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