I happened to find myself in the company of two of Philadelphia’s finest publicans this week. I thought I’d ask Scoats and William a question about what got them interested in the field of beer. They’re both officers on The Philly Beer Week Board, and they were in Belgium to preside over the brewing of this Philly Beer Week collaboration beer.
William Reed of Standard Tap recalled his defining beer moment. William was studying engineering at Drexel, his then girlfriend was working at White Dog Café. She let him know that Carol Stoudt was giving a presentation and he got in as a friend of the staff. Listening to Carol, at that very moment he decided he wanted to get into brewing. He went on to be brewmaster at Sam Adams brewpub in Philly before opening Standard Tap in 1999.
The rest is Philadelphia pub history.
Mike Scotese (aka Scoats) recalls the first good beer he remembers having was Dock Street Amber Lager consumed in a shabby room he rented in Wildwood NJ as a college student. He bought that single beer for a buck, which at the time was rather expensive. The year was 1986. Scoats worked his way through college in Philly at Cape May in the restaurant business. He got a “regular job,” and 3 years into it, he knew it was a dead end. He decided to open a pub. The first bar he opened was called Muggsy’s Tavern. Then two years later Scoats bought out the other founding partner and turned Muggsy’s into the Grey Lodge Pub. It opened August 13th, 1996.
Scoats and William are boone companions. These two friends met at Dave Simon’s Khyber Pass at a Val Salva show.
Funnily enough, around the same time, a famous Belgian restaurant in Philly named Notre Dame did a launch party with our beers with good friend Ruth Van Waerebeke and the launch of the Everybody Eats Well in Belgium as part of the celebration called, “The Book and the Cook.” This celebration later morphed into Philly Beer Week.