The Gals are getting back together.
Last year local Philly female beer reps got together to celebrate Galentines and raise money for The American Heart Foundation.
This year the annual event is taking place at the FIELD HOUSE on Filbert St. and we're trying to raise some dollars for Autism with the Kinny center as of beneficiary.
Galentines is a day Leslie knoll started on "Parks and Recreation." It's a day in which ladies get together and celebrate with their lady friends.
We're going to celebrate with each brewery having 40 different beers on draft starting at 6 pm.
At 8 pm there will be a "Cupid Strut" (think Cupid pageant).
We need CUPIDS to enter. (read: Please enter.)
Baskets will be raffled off with all sorts of brewery goodies throughout the night. Ladies from Smuttynose, Great Lakes, Ommegang/Boulevard, Flying Fish, YARDS, Dogfish, Firestone Walker, Oskar Blues, Evolution are involved. And of course I will be repping Allagash.
Philly.com covered it today and there may or may not be an embarrassing picture of me and Wendy dressed as Gladiators during "Throwdown in Franklin town" in 2013.
February 6, 2015
The Gals are getting back together.
December 30, 2014
The Borgata has kindly shared this infographic on Hangover prevention.
In a perfect world I would have:
a) posted since September and
b) posted this by last Friday so you had a chance to tweet #NYEnoHangover and win tickets to the Borgata for New Years Eve.
I just read the fine print and you had to have the tweets sent by yesterday at noon.
So better late than never won't work for you to visit AC on Wednesday night- HOWEVER these tried and true trips can still be of assistance hours after Auld Lang Syne has been sung.
September 2, 2014
I haven't done a Tuesday Two-track since last November honoring Neil Young's birthday. I have been too busy to blog. Beerlass.com has been comatose and it's sad. It's been so long that I may have to remind people what it entails. It's simple. Two versions of the same song with a theme of sorts.
The music of the recently-opened Bardot in Northern Liberties inspired me to revisit the Tuesday feature. I believe Serge Gainsbourg was playing at one point, Nina Simone at another. I thought about how many artists have paid tribute to the "Don't let 'her' be Misunderstood" jazz legend.
"Trouble in Mind" was originally played in 1924 by the pianist that wrote it, Richard M. Jones, accompanied by Thelma LaVizzo. Here you've got Nina adding her own ways to it in 1961.
She hit #11 on the charts. Many have covered it over the years- including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, and Jerry Lee Lewis...but I went with Janis Joplin as a shout out to Janis "impersonator," Smuttynose Jo who became an Aunt this week and can do Bobby McGee better than anyone you've ever met.
I can't promise you a fresh post tomorrow, but I can promise you that.
Videos are below then there's some more words on Bardot.
BARDOT is in the old space of Wine-O and Ministry of Information at 447 Poplar St.
I never stepped foot in Wine-O. And Ministry- well let's just say they knew me. My friend and lunch buddy Dennis Hewlett has taken the space and transformed it into a brilliant bar. As their twitter states: "It's a hideway for artists, dreamers, freethinkers, lovers and poets." Whenever we're at lunch we do a report card on service, food, ambiance, and company (I don't always get an "A") and if he ever reads this Dennis- I give BARDOT a solid "A." Gold star.
A pendant lamp or portrait catch your eye?
He salvaged it.
Like Hunter S Thompson? So does he.
Bardot was one of the very few projects that Isaiah Zagar took on recently. Zagar is the talented mosaician (not a word ) I mean mosaic mural artist behind the Magic Garden on South St.
He brought in a chef, Rhett Vellner who's name you will see on Philly foodsites and magazines as long as we are lucky to keep him in town. His food is outstanding and I can say this with legitimacy as I have eaten 90% of the menu.
Some might think of it as a date spot. Maybe even a "closing spot" as my friend Johnny GT used to say. The word that appears in most reviews so far is indeed "sexy." But my first trip included five people so we could pretty much traverse the entire menu. We ordered all the tartines (beef tartare is a must) most small plates, two entrees and yes- dessert too.
|Fromage Blanc Tartine wth Fig and Melon|
This is from memory 10 days ago- but for me the standouts were The Falafel, The Octopus, The shrimp with White Gazpacho, the Duck Cassoulet, and the Eggs en cocotte with lamb.
If you like items with a dose of decadence then you'll like the Cauliflower au gratin.
Check it out when you get a chance. They're open at 11 every day and also brunching on Saturday and Sunday.
(Full disclosure you can love an
Allagash WHITE too;)
you'll probably give it a solid A.
Well-I guess that depends on your company.
May 22, 2014
February 4, 2014
December 30, 2013
At the close of every year I write up a "year in review," best beer, bites, etc...
I might still do that- but I saw Flipagram- an app that could access my camera roll on my phone and take me through the year's moments set to music. So here it is -=Trips to Chicago, San Diego, Charleston. Flat tires with Wendy, Beer mustaches with Lance, Allagash and all the niece and nephews you can handle.
Hope your 2014 is filled with even better things.
November 18, 2013
November 12, 2013
Happy 68th birthday Neil!
I could have spent several hours trying to find the perfect song to bring back "Tuesday Two track."
Lucky for me it's Neil Young's Birthday. That helped me narrow it down to the awesome Canadian and one of the many bands he influenced. So it only took me an hour.
Neil Young with Crazy Horse
The Pixies -Live 2/29
September 23, 2013
Please join me in congratulating Resurrection Ale house on 4 years tomorrow night.
James Bean (Coffee Curieuc!)
August 29, 2013
Dear Summer of 2013,
You came and went with a quickness.
I think the least you could do is give us a bar that could provide a chance for Philadelphia craft beer lovers who didn't make it up to Vacationland the last couple months to drink her beers.
Perhaps some Oxbow, some Maine Beer Co, and I dunno..... some Allagash?
Perhaps some sips that we wouldn't be able to try if we stayed here in our air-conditioned row homes staring out at the cityscape longing for an authentic lobster roll and 77 degree weather.
Local 44 has agreed to be the venue.
And there will be a Maine picnic of sorts this Monday, Labor day.
Take a nice bike ride down Spruce Street west and enjoy the following list. I'll be there by mid-afternoon.
Allagash Fluxus '12
Allagash Confluence '12
I was trying to think of a great labor day song. I thought about Todd Rundgren's "Bang on the Drum all day" But I'm going with the greatest day-drinking song in the history of music, "The Weight" by the Band. performnig at Woodstock summer of '69.