06 May 2013

Currently on Tap @ Elmer Sudds

Paulaner- Hefe, Dogfish Head- 60 Minute IPA, Stegmaier- Pale Ale, Leinenkugel's- Summer Shandy, Flying Fish- Farmhouse Summer Ale, Yuengling- Lager, Blue Moon- Valencia Grove Amber, Dogfish Head- Chicory Stout, Crispin- Cider, & Miller Lite.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Elmers is missing out on a good amount of sales revenue by not offering growler fills from the taps. Anyone know the owner that can talk to him about this? My .02

Jason (ClockworkOrange)

mybeerbuzz said...

Jason....I'm not sure of the legalities, but I know several other local beer bars DO offer growlers. I know the owner and I'll mention your suggestion when I see him Friday @ Happy Hour.

stingo said...

Sorry... gotta say it... Or, your could just buy a kegerator!

mybeerbuzz said...

This is purely to help Sudds...BUT after having Atwater Vanilla Java Porter in bottles, then on tap the same day....it is WAY better on tap (much like Old Dominion Oak Barell Stout.)...make me think I may need to make the kegerator leap.

stingo said...

Rogue Chocolate Stout is now on the hand pump. And the Atwater Oktoberfest was replaced by a fall ale, but I don't remember which one.

stingo said...

What's with all the Bear Republic? Seems like they've had two taps at Elmer Sudds for the past few weeks.

mybeerbuzz said...

Not sure....I'm assuming he bought all of them at the same time or got a good deal or both of the above. I haven't taste dthe Mexican-Lager yet, but I've enjoyed the rest.

ClockworkOrange said...

"I haven't taste dthe Mexican-Lager yet, but I've enjoyed the rest." Really? Even the Black Mamba? I thought that was awful. It's no wonder it was tying up the tap line for many weeks.

mybeerbuzz said...

I thought the Mamba was OK, but I tasted it first, prior to the breakfast stout, Imperial nut brown or Chocolate Stout. If I had reversed the sequence, I may not have liked it so much. I'm not holding much hope for my palate liking the mexican Lager

stingo said...

The Penn O'fest was replaced by the DFH 90 Minute last night. Totally forgot about the El Oso, as I opted for the Founders, the Cricket Hill, Maredsous Tripel and DFH Paolo Santo Marron.

mybeerbuzz said...

l good choices...especially the last two. Happy belated....

stingo said...

Thanks. Yeah after the last two I was pretty much done. (10% and 12% will do that you know.)

mybeerbuzz said...

We'll probably get another shot at the El Oso.

stingo said...

Had mine tonight - the El Oso that is. Very reminiscent of Steg 150. A nice, clean, well made, very drinkable beer.

KrazyK said...

I am a regular (so to speak) at Elmer's and have been for 11 years, having weathered the storms of changing ownership. I love what they are doing with the place, but I have to say I have been very disappointed lately with the selection. Especially when I was told they did not get much in the way of winter/holiday beers.

mybeerbuzz said...

Thanks Kozy....we've also been @ Sudds since the days of Steve...and I'll agree each owner has had their particular strengths. I'm not sure if you meant bottles or draft, but I'd be curious what beers you thought were missing. John has had lots of good choices on draft as far as holiday ales and even hosted the tasting ot Lion's Holiday Warmer Limited Edition a few weeks ago. I'll be happy to pass on any suggestion to John so please do let me know what you think they should be pouring.

mybeerbuzz said...

Thanks Kozy....we've also been @ Sudds since the days of Steve...and I'll agree each owner has had their particular strengths. I'm not sure if you meant bottles or draft, but I'd be curious what beers you thought were missing. John has had lots of good choices on draft as far as holiday ales and even hosted the tasting ot Lion's Holiday Warmer Limited Edition a few weeks ago. I'll be happy to pass on any suggestion to John so please do let me know what you think they should be pouring.

Professor Bartels said...

Have to agree with the regular up above, suds selection just doesnt do it for me and seems to be always overrated. 20% light beers? at least come up with something interesting and local like straub. Paulaner and Guinness? Gee, i cant get a guiness anywhere else.

And then rounded out by belgiums. Plenty of us craft beer folk dont care all that much for belgiums.

I rarely see anything local or from the lion. I know at least one of you will disagree and I am not a regular but when I do check in or on line I am just not impressed.

mybeerbuzz said...

I'll jump in and disagree....light beers pay the bills...so for me I'm OK having 2 on tap if it funds my craft beers. John currently runs Bullfrog, Lancaster, Bavarian Barbarian and I'm sure you'll see more Steg after the Dec event with Lion. Sudds doe shave Guinness on all the time, Paulaner frequently and may east coast crafts on...lots of great bottles...but wait....I love Belgian beers (as do many of Sudds patrons)...so we'll have to agree to disagree or get you to stop in some time and see for yourself. I may be a little out on a limb, but I'll bet you'd love Sudds if you stopped in sometime....and if we crossed paths I'd buy you a non-Belgian pint sometime.

ClockworkOrange said...

"I'll be happy to pass on any suggestion to John so please do let me know what you think they should be pouring."

- Get rid of that Guinness tap and rotate between Sly Fox O'Reilly's Irish Stout and Victory Donnybrook Stout for starters.

- Yank the two lite,light beers and free up those lines. Offer them in bottles or cans instead and use those lines for more "draft only" craft/import beers.

- FILL GROWLER'S!!!

- Re-launch the Pizza!!!

mybeerbuzz said...

I'll make the same offer to pass on suggestions to John. Do keep in mind first and foremost he has to pay the bills. Base don what I knew from the previous owners, Guinness and the light beers on draft account for a significant amount of income. You'd be amazed how many kegs of Miller Lite will kick before one keg of craft will.

John and Ihave talked about growlers and I don;t think he's ready quite yet. It's a fairly significant investment in glass and in space to store the glass and I'm just not sure he's convinced it will pay off yet.

I'm not sur ehow many people know but John has been working on the pizza. He has a pizza over but it is not working yet...so stay tuned.

ClockworkOrange said...

No need to invest in anything other than an 18 inch piece of plastic tubing to fill the growlers. I'm sure that the majority of customers that would want to get one filled, and actually know what a growler is, have a few empties of their own lying around the house.

mybeerbuzz said...

I have suggested it to John....perhaps if more people requested it he'd consider filling growlers in the future.

Professor Bartels said...

Thanks mr mybeerbuzz, I'll take you up on that, as long as you allow me to buy you a pint of steg porter at sabatinis!

Agree with Clockworkorange, there is not investment in filling a growler, a sale is a sale. If someone brings it in, fill it and send them home happy. Not sure what he needs to "consider", all of my favorite beer bars do it all of the time.

Understand, to a point, about paying the bills with light beer taps, and I would allow for one-- although PLENTY of great beer bars in this day and age do not have any light taps and only have it in cans/bottles -- but having 2 dedicated light taps is just excess. to me, these things keep elmer suds from being an elite beer bar as compared to bars in other areas of the state and country.

mybeerbuzz said...

That's a deal Prof...

There's more to Sudds than just the tap list. I have suggested growlers with no luck, but please feel free to do the same. Perhaps if John hears it enough he may reconsider. My assumption wa sthat he'd offer his own growlers also (thus the investment in glass & space).

Check back a bit and you'll find Elmer Sudds under Steve Sallit was ranked #19 in the country AND they had two light beer handles on at the time also. It is a really great place and it will only get better as John gets up to speed. Do stop in and check it out.

ClockworkOrange said...

Also, I don't know if John has carried on the tradition, but didn't Ian keep a "beer bible" of sorts that you could page through with all the kegs that were tapped listed in order? That would be very cool to see that started up again.

mybeerbuzz said...

Pretty sure that bible left with Ian....I didn;t see it with Mike and I have not seen it with John

stingo said...

Anyone know if Sudds is open on the 4th (today)?

Anonymous said...

you need to update the hours you list. based on this site I went today around 4:30 and they were closed. sign clearly said not open Monday. thanks for nothing

mybeerbuzz said...

Thanks Anon....please keep in mind we DO rely on the owners, employees and patrons to feed information to mybeerbuzz. We do the best we can but as much as I'd like to; unfortunately I can't visit every bar, every week and verify every piece of info. Given that it's a holiday week and a Monday all bets are off. Sorry it crossed you up...

ClockworkOrange said...

Hmmm, where are all of the Shangys brands?

mybeerbuzz said...

I know John has been dealing with Stockertown too, and with Breaker Brewing on a few handles....