I had a full day yesterday with going to Capone's, a beer bar in Norristown, for lunch and spending some time at the Hulmeville Inn with my buddy Greg.
The first stop was Capone's in Norristown. It looks like a normal diner from the outside, but once you get inside and are given a draft list you know this isn't a normal place. Their draft list was probably 20 beers long with lots of really interesting stuff. They had Ballast Point's Sculpin, Russian River's Consecration, and a lot of other really great beers. It was almost entirely limited release beers which is just awesome.
I started with a beer I've been wanting to try ever since Victory announced it and that is Victory Village.
The second I had at Capone's was Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti.
After lunch, I checked out Capone's bottle shop. I had heard good things about it but I was not prepared for what I saw. Their selection was really great and reasonably priced for the Philadelphia area. They had a 375ml bottle of Consecration for $14 compared to Hawthorne's $18.50 for comparison's sake. Besides that, they also had a ton of aged bottles from 2008 and 2009 which is super cool. Hopefully they age them properly but I imagine they must considering the number of bottles that were available. I picked up a bottle of Weyerbacher Riserva from 2009, their raspberry wild ale that I talked about after the brewery visit, and a bottle of Troegs Mad Elf from 2008 which is just awesome. I probably shouldn't be allowed in this place alone as I could easily spend hundreds of dollars on awesome beers. It took a lot of effort to only get these two bottles.
From there, I headed to my buddy's house in Buck's County (I think it's in Buck's County) and on the way stopped at the Wholefoods in Plymouth Meeting. It was a pretty nice set up. They sold growlers and had 6 different taps and then past that they had a huge walk in refrigerated room. Their selection was pretty good and the cheapest I've seen outside of Wegman's. I picked up a bottle of Boon's Oude Geuze in order to compare it to the Lindeman's Geuze I got recently and a bottle of Uinta's Cockeyed Cooper which is a barley wine aged in bourbon barrels.
Finally my friend and I ended up at the Hulmeville Inn for a couple hours. My first beer there was Founder's Nemesis, their barleywine.
After that I did a sampler of four different beers. Heavy Seas Hang Ten, a weizenbock, Heavy Seas Prosit!, a marzen (oktoberfest style), Riverhorse Hipp-O-Lantern, a pumpkin ale, and Sierra Nevada's Tumbler, a brown ale.
Finally, the last beer I had was Weyerbacher's Insanity.