If you have nothing to do for a few hours today -other than reflect on your year and decade...get to Capone's and try to catch this on draft
never heard of it. Tart, funky Belgian perfection.
Last year was one of my favorite NYE's in a while.
It was my first one with Lance even though we had been together for nearly 2 years.
I think it went something like this....
A group of us started texting and calling sometime in the afternoon very casually- like "see you at Standard at 8" and we'll figure it out from there. We pulled two tables together, and they were soon filled with glasses of Golden Monkey, Mad elf and champers on the cheap.
There was probably about 15 of us. It was like a non-event event. No all you can drink, long lines, $75 a head bullshit. Just a close group of friends hanging out at one of their favorite bars.
I would love to duplicate it this year.
Haven't really gotten a consensus.
But its also the Standard Tap's 10 year anniversary...
so I think it almost has to happen again.
Enjoy your New Year's where ever it may be...and try to keep el coche a la casa if possible.
I got a stovetop smoker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The gift giver was none other than Lance Romance's mom, Pat.
He must have leaked the info to her.
I have wanted one for a year now.
This is so exciting.
If you live in the South Philly area and want something smoked just drop me a line.
I'll smoke it for you.
And in the future if you ever want to know what to get me for a gift (say around April 24th) wood chips is the answer.
Or any slab of meat.
He also got me Wusthof Ikon Chef's knife--which is now the sexiest thing I own other than my bike.
And Smart Wool socks because they're the best.
I also got a food processor (thanks Pop) a robe, slippers, fancy bottle stoppers from the raging panda, a gift certificate to Green Aisle Grocery, Gift Certificate to Dibruno Brothers (both these make great gifts if you're ever stuck), some jewelry, and oodles of Dove products from Lance's sister. My legs will be shaved for at least three months gratis!
Here's a comic blog called "The Oatmeal" this posts discusses 20 things you should know about beer.
Give a Looksie
Shout out to Foobooz for making it his Gmail status.
Today is Golden Guy Dan Conway's Golden Birthday.
I love beer. I love food. I love using beer to cook food.
I've been scouting out some beer-incorporated dishes (desserts and apps included) around the city.
What are your faves? PLEASE comment.
I'd love to talk about TJs and Teresa's but for this assignment in particular- it needs to stay in the 215.
Also- beer reps if you know your beer is being used in a dish- please email me or comment.
Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday;)
Here you can find the menu to the Dogfish Head Dinner @ Varga Bar to bid adieu to 2009 and welcome the next decade.
2 seatings 6pm and 8pm
$75 a head
RSVP already: email@example.com
Open Bar Package 10 till 1 am
$65 a a head
20 beers on tap/all Liquor!
Champers at midnight
Chili and cheesesteaks served at 1
I had to stay home last night due to an ear infection. I'm not able to drive. My equilibrium is all sorts of out of whack. It was the first time I missed the Sharp (my sister's in-laws) Christmas Eve party in 4 years.
So here I am alone on Christmas Eve, on antibiotics, terribly depressed.
I decided now that I live back in South Philly I should do the seven fishes minus six fishes.
I went to Whole Foods and got swordfish for one. I created my own rub with smoked paprika, thyme, white pepper, oregano, and black pepper. I found some spinach, sundried tomatoes and some orecchiette around and there it was. For a mere $7 I ate like a queen. Maybe next year I will add six more fishes(and hopefully six more people).
I watched "It's a Wonderful Life," and thought about mine. I thought about my struggle for sanity this week as I accidentally ran a red light (and got a $119 ticket) and then locked my keys and purse in my car the next day. By the time Thursday came around-my ear infection was in full effect and I was the opposite. I was like,"is Christmas really tomorrow?" By 2 pm I was headed to the emergency room of Jefferson. I couldn't take the pain and figured I shouldn't just let an infection be stirring around my body.
The emergency room was a disaster. I had to wait for two nurses to stop gossiping for thirty minutes before the one came in to talk to me. Ronnie was her name. Ronnie was chewing gum and calling me "babe." Merry Christmas Eve. I was so annoyed.
I got over it and myself quickly and tried to relax from then on the rest of the evening.
I had a brief visit from my friend Megan. She was sharing stories of her crazy family -they cheered me up a bit. Then-I woke up to a text/picture message this morning of my nephew William holding up a pink piece of Construction paper. I knew right away that meant that the lil nugget in my sister in law's belly is going to be a little girl. I have four nephews so this is a big, welcome surprise.
I can't wait to see them in a few hours.
Enjoy the day with your families- even if half of them are crazy. Hopefully you'll toast each other with great beer.
So much can change in a year.
Your entire world actually. Maybe you're in a new job,or have a new special person in your life, maybe you got married, or stopped being married, maybe you ran your first marathon, or your first mile. Maybe you lost or gained a few pounds, maybe you gained a new pup, perhaps a new perspective.
The year is drawing to a close- I always see this week as a time of reflection and renewal.
This year has been a very hectic one-right up to yesterday.
I'm waiting for that quiet moment.
"You only live once-but if you work it right, once is enough"
-Joe. E. Lewis
Merry Christmas Eve to all.
My ear is aching. Jefferson closed at 12. So I am off the the ER.
The pain might go away, but it might not.
If I get put on antibiotics no beer for the holidays.
If you remember last Christmas I found a dead opposum blocking me from my laundry.
This Christmas I have a bad ear. (It's the right one)
But I am very grateful for everything and everyone in my life.
Cheers to you and yours.
Brian O'Reilly told me to have a blessed holiday. I like that. And I recylce that onto all of you.
My friend Collin posted this last Wednesday on Phoodie.
Woah! Big News.
I had no idea.
This stirred up a whole bunch of comments.
Will it be touristy?
Who will miss Skinners? ( I spent ALOT of time in that bar) I had my first SLY FOX in that bar
Will they have Craft beer?
Starting at 9 pm at both Local 44 and Memphis TapRoom-=
Kick the Keg
All beers $3 till the taps run dry.
Both establishments will be closed for Christmas Eve and Day-=- Head back to Memphis for Boxing Day on the 26th.
$1 off each beer for bringing in coats, blankets, or 3 cans of food.
Check out all the pours here
Also for anyone that reads "Philly Speaks" I am obviously not
"Suzie W" a few of you have asked me if I am- just wanted to clarify.
I know nothing about tax stuff and Im so sweet on Brendan and Leigh.
I don't know who this person is- nor why they enjoy using my name to bash people on various blogs. I guess I should be flattered they like my name that much.
Too bad they're saying assanine things.
Read all about it here.
Dos Segundos Feliz Navidad with Sly Fox
only $3 Sly Christmas Ales and $1 Pork tacos!!!
At Ressureciton Ale House
Sean Hamel of Harpoon will be on hand at Resurrection Ale House with a firkin of Munich dark dry-hopped with Hops from his own Port Richmond back yard. He'll be there starting at 3.
And if you're around this weekend-=
The Institute will have their Christmas Party alll weekend long.
Check out their website for the list.
A few weeks ago Dos Segundos in Northern Libs started "New Beer Tuesdays"
They've done Lagunitas, and Ommegang-=-now it's Sly's turn.
We'll be featuring SLY FOX Christmas beer all night.
Come by and celebrate the season with me for a pint or two.
Matt Allyn ( I don't think it's Voodoo's Matt Allyn) of Bicycling.com put together this list of fall and winter beers for Bicyclists.
You can't get all of them in these parts...
But you can get Dogfish Head Indian Brown-= which is one of my favorites in DFH lineup.
And Gordon Grubb approved as well;)
This is my 1000th blog since starting in August of 2009.
When I saw it approaching at the beginning of December-I thought it might coincide with a "year in review" but- it arrived quicker than I had thought.
Ironically- I never thought I could have a blog. My friend Greg had one back in 2005. I thought, "How could he put himself out there for the world to read like that?" Then came an August day -in which I decided I had events to share, beer experiences to share...and I should start one.
I'm kind of excited because a lot of people hand up the blog hat after a bit, but I think I am posting even more as the months go by.
Plus- our ever thriving Philly Beer World provides plenty of material. Sidecar just got a second locale in Fishtown, I know a young chap trying to start a brewpub in the Art Museum area, etc...
Hope you all enjoyed the snowy weekend.
As always, thanks for reading. Hope the new format loads up quicker in your phones.
Sly Fox promo at Dos Segundos on N. 2nd st. Featuring Sly Fox Christmas Ale- come by if you're around.
I had to run by the POPE yesterday to pick up a firkin tap for the Khyber's "Firkins for our Furry Friends" event tomorrow (with all these bad weather predictions- I think you should plant yourself there tomorrow afternoon)
My friend Pots was behind the bar so I figured I should saddle up to it- and take a break in the day for a ginger ale and a turnip apple soup. I forgot that I don't care for turnips. I like how they remind me of my beloved grandmother Pryor but I just don't like the taste. Having said that- I did like this soup.
Doesn't it just look good?
There was some diced apples atop which broke up the soup with a bit of crunch. and only $4.50. There are some downright INSANE soup prices in this city right now. Nice to see you can still find a hearty bowl for under 5 bucks!
Tomorrow all day at the Khyber-=-1 till 8 pm
they'll be tapping a bunch of firkins from local breweries
$20 at the door gets you a bottomless cup of these delicious beers Sly Fox Chester County Bitter, Stoudts Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Yards General Washington's Tavern Porter, & a vintage PBC Shackamaximum Imperial Stout.
All proceeds go directly to P.A.W.S. to help them in their efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. So come in, get warm, & help us help PAWS!
Dan and Martha from Pretty Things will be at the FOODERY tonight!
5 till 7
They're beers have been the recipient of a lot of praise.
Read all about them here.
HOW CONVENIENT -=-Right next door at Standard Tap-2nd Flr
8 pm is my christmas shindig!!!!
You're all invited to frolic with me and the ladies of In Pursuit of Ale.
Happy Hour prices at Standard Tap until 10!!!!!
He's the most "funkariffic" guy who also apparently likes Jack Johnson.
This event needed any promotional assistance at all.
Sammy C will be hanging at the Grey Lodge tomorrow night for the tapping of a Shittelload of Dogfish Head Sixtels.
"These will all be cool and rarely found in draft beers."
Palo Santo Marron
Black and Blue
plus a Rehobeth Beach brewpub exclusive.
5 to 7 pm.
I'm so freakin' tired. Tuesdays area always hard because I bartend Monday nights then have to get up early and do the thing. It's 7:40 am. I guess I got about 5 1/2 in.
I'm listening to this song "Good Morning" from the Elevator Parade ( I keep calling it the Elephant parade by accident). Rocco Renzetti, a POPE regular (and Ressurection Ale House Bartender) has put out his first album in five years. He's launching it with a listening party at the POPE tonight.
It actually led me to myspace for the first time in a long time. If you want to check it out you can do so here. A music savvy friend of mine gave it his two thumbs up. I agree.
SO - a line up of Sly Fox will be on at the POPE to celebrate tonight. It'll be the FIRST sips of
Odyssey you can get in the city (Sly's culmination of the Hop Proj. a Imperial IPA with 11 diff hops we've been brewing for 6 years). Black Raspberry Reserve, Christmas Ale, and O'Reilly's Stout all on tap.
Cans as usual too.
I've had a stressful two weeks or so-so come out and have a beer with me-=- I'll tell you all about my first Yoga Class in 6 years.
Hope everyone's enjoying the Holiday season.
A few days ago I mentioned that I was totally blindsided by the fact that a coffee shop at the Radisson (17th and Locust) was pouring bottles of some of the best craft beer around.
They're doing the 12 Days of Christmas and today is ALLAGASH TRIPLE.
For a mere $3.
If you're around Center City -you might want to stop in. There's a coffee shop side and a bar side.
The bar side is if you veer to the right. But technically you can drink a bottle of beer anywhere in the building-=-=so says, beer guy Steve Stetson.
That will also put you right by the Black Sheep- a lovely pub in the middle of the day- a bit much for me at night just because it gets so crowded. They're pouring Sly Fox Christmas Ale right now.
From Ressurection Ale House:
Make no plans for Saturday, December 19th, except of course to spend the day drinking excellent Christmas and Winter beers.
The POURS include
DuPont Avec Les Bons Voeux,
SlyFox Christmas Beer,
Ridgeway Reindeer Droppings,
Troegs Mad Elf, and many more.
All day, $1 from every draft beer you drink goes to Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to making sure that no kid in America grows up hungry.
I'm confident that Philly beer lovers can swing two events that day
Start things off at the KHYBER where they are doing Firkins for Furry Friends.1 till 8 pm
A special fundraiser for our friends at P.A.W.S. (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) featuring an array of cask conditioned bartop kegs of quality craft brews. All proceeds go directly to P.A.W.S. to help them in their efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. Brews graciously donated by Yards, Philly Brewing, & more to be announced!!
Tonight Monday night, at 9 pm VARGA bar will release their 2010 Varga Girl Calendar.
You'll get a chance to meet all the sweet, sassy pinups.
I am not sure what the draft line up is -but Varga always has the back tower filled with liquid gold (and brown, red and black)
Get there a bit before the crowd and grab some dinner.
If you haven't had those brussel sprouts yet- you best.
They'll change the way you feel about the wild green cabbage buds.
Lots of stuff
*MORE COWBELL at Khyber Meet MATT Allyn of Voodoo Brewing Co.
First tasting of Cowbell - Voodoo's Imperial Oatmeal Stout. 9% Garnished with a Cookie.
Festivities from 4-6 pm
*JOSE Pistolas starts Friday Beer get lit at lunch....go see ADAM and have a few beers.
*Don't believe the Christmas Beer Fest at the Penn Museum is sold out.
It's 6 till 9. Should be a nice, reserved tasting of some of the season's best beers from Europe and round the states. It's $45 in advance $55 at the door and hosted by Joe Sixpack in conjunction with Philly BEER WEEK 2010.
*Kite and Key's Christmas Ales party mentioned earlier this week. 10 Christmas beers will be tapped all day.
*OR Rest up and do nothin because you've got a CHILI Cookoff to attend tomorrow at the POPE. 1-5. Just confirmed we're tapping a firkin of Sly Fox Oatmeal stout as well!
I like to think I know a thing or two about what's happening in the Philly beer world. But once in a while I am blindsided-=-and I was blindsided on Tuesday when I discovered that the coffee shop at the Radisson Warwick that used to be called Capriccio turned into a coffee shop/beer spot when Radisson bought it. It is now expectantly called "The Coffee Bar." With a tag line "There must be something in the coffee."
Great news is It's in the trusty hands of Steve Stetson- formerly of the South Philly Taproom and a fellow classmate of mine in the Beer Judge Certification class. The selection is already better than the hotel's restaurant- Tavern 17, where you might find DFH 60 minute and Flying Fish Xtra Pale- but moreso blue moon and yuengling-like company.
Bad news is they close around 8 pm on the weekdays but stay open till 10 Friday and Saturday.
No draft- but if you are a hotel guest you can even take a bottle up to your room.
I can see the brewers stocking up during their visit for Philly Beer Week 2010.
Over the course of the next 12 days- they will be featuring the 12 days of Christmas with $3 beers.
If you're in the Center city area-= you should stop by. Full disclosure will tell you it does kind of seem like drinking beer in a coffee shop. But I really don't mind. At 4:30 or so the lights are dimmed and some candles are placed around the bar to try and make it a bit more bar-bar and not coffee-bar like.
They've also got some eats- like grilled cheese.
|11-Dec||FRIDAY||1||patridge in a pear tree||Ace Pear Cider|
|12-Dec||SATURDAY||2||turtle doves||Bruery Two Turtle Doves|
|13-Dec||SUNDAY||3||french hens||Slyfox Saison VOS|
|14-Dec||MONDAY||4||calling birds||Eel River Raven Stout|
|15-Dec||TUESDAY||5||golden rings||Allagash Tripel|
|16-Dec||WEDNESDAY||6||geese a laying||Wild Goose Snow Goose|
|17-Dec||THURSDAY||7||swans a swimming||Duck Rabbit Wee Heavy|
|18-Dec||FRIDAY||8||maids a milking||Lefthand Milk Stout|
|19-Dec||SATURDAY||9||ladies dancing||Stoudts Scarlet Lady|
|20-Dec||SUNDAY||10||lords a leaping||Unibroue Don de Dieu|
|21-Dec||MONDAY||11||pipers piping||Stone Smoked Porter|
|22-Dec||TUESDAY||12||drummers drumming||Victory V-12|
I realized the other day when Steve Mashington was terribly disappointed that he wasn't invited to the In Pursuit of Ale- Holiday Throwdown and Winter Frolic at the Standard Tap-
most of you probably don't even know about it...That's a problem- because I want all of you there.
I invited all the ladies of IPA through a newsletter but I realize most of you don't get it.
This is open to anyone...pay as you go...get as dapper or as clapper as you like.
Wear dungarees or a tux. Ladies -bring a bottle for the 3rd annual bottle swap.
We'll have tunes of all sort
Great beer as Standard Tap always does...and under a disco ball-= we'll frolic the night away.
Eat if you want or don't. It's casual that way.
You can RSVP and tell me if you're coming because that will brighten my chilly December day or just show up and surprise me that night.
Foodery is right across the street if you need a bottle last minute
Tomorrow marks the 14th anniversary of Sly Fox Brewpub- (well actually Dec 20) with a Hop Project Aniversary party.
All 11 Pale Ales that Sly Fox brewed throughout the year as well as ODYSSEY and ODYSSEY 08.
The hop fun starts at 11 am.
I should get there around 2 or so.
As most of you know we are moving our original brewpub across the street next year.
This 6 year project will remain within the walls of the old building-=-= so this will be the last time to take a seat for a few hours and appreciate the nuances of the varying varietals.
Amarillo Pale Ale - Amarillo hops have become quite popular in the craft beer world.…
this Saturday Dec. 12th 1 pm
POPE at Passyunk and Dickinson
Cook off with ladies from IN pursuit of Ale and POPE regulars-=-=
$5 gets you unlimited chili
top notch taps including Dfh 120 min IPA and Oreilly's Stout - great chili beer-=-
I'll be at the Black Sheep tonight (by 17th and Locust) for quizzo with Johnny GoodTimes.
Johnny Goodtimes is a good friend of Sly Fox.
He's even running a Bad Christmas Story Contest right now- where you can win a big bottle of Sly Fox Christmas amongst other things. Read more details here.
If you're going to come by and play quizzo tonight...I suggest you get there by 7 or 7:30 before the place fills up.
Black Sheep is pouring our Christmas ale right now. It'll be featured tonight.
Hope to see you then.
enjoy the sog.
This Saturday starting as 12 noon...just about 50 minutes outside Philly- Head Brewer Justin Sproul and Iron Hill Newark will be tappin' a whole lotta cASk. Many from Iron Hill- but also from friends in the industry like Stewarts, YARDS, and Sly Fox. It is their annual BREWER'S RESERVE
The drive down goes by quickly...you're mostly on I-95.
$1 for 4 0z sample
$15 for Pitchers
Yards - General Washington Tavern Porter
Nodding Head - 700 level
Troegs - Hop Back Amber
Sly Fox - Chester County Bitter
Stewarts - Glacier IPA
Flying Fish - Imperial Belgian Mild
Stoudts - Fat Lady (blend of fat dog and scarlet lady)
Victory - Hop Wallop
Iron Hill Newark - English IPA
Iron Hill West Chester - Russian Imperial Stout
Iron Hill Lancaster - Afternoon Delight Imp. Coffee Porter
Iron Hill North Wales - Anvil Ale
Iron Hill Wilmington - Scrooge American IPA
Was just reading over at Foobooz that PYT is doing a burger of the week.
This week is
a burger seasoned with chili and cayenne topped with Pepper Jack cheese, guacamole, tortilla strips and choice of spicy salsa verde or mild roasted chipotle salsa.
The mexi-cali burger is served with a side of Mexican streen corn and fries.
This has come at the perfect time since I have a SLY FOX FIRKIN night AT Swift Half on Thursday.
I think I have post-firkin burger plans on the other side of the Piazza at PYT.
I probably won't want a pint of Golden Monkey- but I can think of plenty of other people that will.
Word on the street is PYT does $3 GM pints during lunch and happy hour. Last time I was in there they had Stone IPA on tap. I'll gladly welcome a pint of that.
Bridgids is celebrating half way to BEER WEEK 2010 all week long.
Plenty of specials, unique beers (they tapped Ommegang adoration last Friday)
They're doing vertical tastings of holiday beers- all sorts of stuff.
BUT tomorrow night I will approach with increased anticipation as it involves Sly Fox.
We will be tapping a firkin of . Oatmeal Stout-=-A one-off from the Brewpub.
Come join us 6 pm.