After Hours at The Brew Lounge

Exploring the people, places, sights, sounds, and stories behind the passionate pursuit of great beer.

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  • With more beers available than ever, here is a resolutions guide to trying new beers

    New beer for a New Year

    With more beers available than ever, here is a resolutions guide to trying new beers Published 7:12 a.m. January 21, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Beer events of every flavor are scheduled across the mid-Atlantic region from January 17-January 31, 2011

    Beer calendar: Jan. 17 through Jan. 31

    Beer events of every flavor are scheduled across the mid-Atlantic region from January 17-January 31, 2011 Published 9:14 p.m. January 16, 2011 - Comments

     
  • From cheap stocking stuffers to expensive trips, plenty of beer gifts are still available for the beer lover on your list.

    Last-minute guide to great gifts for beer drinkers

    From cheap stocking stuffers to expensive trips, plenty of beer gifts are still available for the beer lover on your list. Published 7:01 a.m. December 22, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Aecht Schlenkerla beer dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz on Nov. 18.

    Bamberg comes to America

    Aecht Schlenkerla beer dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz on Nov. 18. Published 10:05 p.m. December 7, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Eat and drink with holiday cheer at some of the best beer events in the mid-Atlantic region from November 29-December 12, 2010.

    Beer calendar: Nov. 29 through Dec. 12

    Eat and drink with holiday cheer at some of the best beer events in the mid-Atlantic region from November 29-December 12, 2010. Published 9:32 p.m. November 29, 2010 - Comments

     
  • The annual Waterfowl Festival provided the perfect backdrop to a Wild Game Beer Dinner featuring the Harbour Inn and Eastern Shore Brewing Company.

    St. Michaels, Md: Wild Game and Beer Dinner

    The annual Waterfowl Festival provided the perfect backdrop to a Wild Game Beer Dinner featuring the Harbour Inn and Eastern Shore Brewing Company. Published 4:10 p.m. November 26, 2010 - Comments

     
  • The Northern California brewing pioneer reaches a milestone birthday. Thirty has never tasted better. File under

    Sierra Nevada turns 30

    The Northern California brewing pioneer reaches a milestone birthday. Thirty has never tasted better. File under "My How They've Grown." Published 6:29 p.m. November 15, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Eat and drink well at some of the best beer events in the mid-Atlantic region from November 15-November 28, 2010.

    Beer calendar: Nov. 15 through Nov. 28

    Eat and drink well at some of the best beer events in the mid-Atlantic region from November 15-November 28, 2010. Published 9:41 p.m. November 14, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Take a beer tour of New York City while the runners conquer the NYC Marathon.

    Grab a great beer during the New York City Marathon

    Take a beer tour of New York City while the runners conquer the NYC Marathon. Published 10:33 p.m. November 4, 2010 - Comments

     
  • Beer calendar: Nov. 1 through Nov. 14

    Where to find some of the mid-Atlantic's best beer events from November 1-November 14 Published 6:57 a.m. November 1, 2010 - Comments

     
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Bryan Kolesar

Bryan Kolesar

Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does ...

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Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does not have a story to tell and a taste to share. Though, when pushed, Kolesar has historically staked a claim to the Saison style as one of the most versatile and his favorite.

In 2005, Bryan co-founded The Brew Lounge blog/website as a canvas to illustrate the best of the craft brewing industry and to document his own travels within it. Though he has lived in Philadelphia and is currently headquartered in the city's western suburbs, Kolesar shares a wealth of information and images that he collects from his travels around the world and some of the best beers that he has tasted along the way.

In 2010, Kolesar came aboard the Communities section of The Washington Times to contribute stories from across the craft brewing industry as it continues more than ever its explosive growth amongst increasingly more of the mainstream alcohol-consuming public. 

While the beer - its tastes, aromas, and incredible pairing opportunities with food - is often the beginning of a story, he often finds it more interesting to dive into the stories behind the people, places, and events associated with the final product. 

Locally around Philadelphia, he has been named a Beer Writer of the Year finalist multiple times, hosted beer/running events during each annual Philly Beer Week, served as a Philly Beer Geek judge, paneled local beers for submission into the Great American Beer Festival competition, judged beer and food competitions, been featured in local publications chronicling the beer scene, and been named the "Best Beer Guy" of 2008. 

In addition to his beer-y pursuits, Kolesar works a professional career in the business world by day and dabbles in distance running, cooking, homebrewing, gardening, photography, and is a staunch advocate for animal rescue/adoption. He lives with his wife, Patty, of fifteen years and has been a long time, mostly suffering, supporter of local Philadelphia sports.

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