Friday March 19th
Still working out dates for an upcoming event at Dawson St. to boot;)
I need a water sponsor? Anyone?
Friday March 19th
Still working out dates for an upcoming event at Dawson St. to boot;)
I need a water sponsor? Anyone?
Hey Bar/Restaurant Owners and Distributors that do draft-=
Who doesn't like a good informative newsletter?
I started a weekly newsletter today.
After today it will come out every Tuesday.
It'll be the cliche short and sweet- the idea is to let you know what Sly Fox is up to from the sales realm.
Give you the opportunity to learn more about the beers at the brewpub if you're already loving (pouring) our seasonals and year-rounds. Of course- nothing makes us happier than throwing back a Pils or an O'Reilly's at our favorite bars.
If you'd like for me to add your email- please email me at Suzannew@slyfoxbeer.com
Ommegang's Megan Maguire had never been to Honey's Sit and Eat (4th and Brown). I thought that was sort of unacceptable. Granted- she just officially moved into the city last month- but still... Their latkes and pear sauce our mandatory. Their Jeb's biscuit sandwich is without a doubt a daymaker.
She loved it. She sipped up the fresh squeezed orange juice and got the last 1/4 of her Jeb's biscuit sandwich to go-which I totally disagreed with- who gets eggs to go? Meg does.
She didn't for a second regret that we weren't in "an account." (Usually we try to support our peeps that support us- I rarely eat lunch in a place without a liquor license).
I opted for an omelet with veggie sausage (of course-ugh) prov, spinach, and tomatoes. I was having some stomach issues (My pops calls it the Woods nervous stomach- the hypochondriac in me is on Web MD daily trying to diagnose)- so I didn't make it too far. I ate more of my perfectly buttered swirled rye bread than anything else.They had my favorite re-occurring omelet on the menu the brisket one with the locally smoked cheddar and caramelized onions....oh the temptations!
That was breakfast.
Dinner was at Earth bread+brewery. Dogfish Head's Sam Calgione was in town- so Lance and I popped over to say hi. A nice crew was there including one of my best buds- Wendy of DFH. She was loving the Fort. I had my Subaru so I was more concerned with flabreads. I stole some of Sam's (sundried tomato and artichoke) then felt like I should get my own. Lance loves the seed- so we went that route. It was great. I had a bit of Raison D'Extra and some of Tom Baker's Irish Stout -which was just right for the night at 3% abv.
That should have done it for the day- but no- there was a gravitational pull around the graduate hospital area- and next thing I knew my car was semi-illegally parked at 22nd and Christian. I figured I should peak into the Ballast Point "three sheets" night -and see if anyone I knew was partaking at the Sidecar.
I met up with IPA pal Bronwen there- and that was the only familiar face besides- the recently named "Unpretentious beer geek of Philadelphia" Adam Ritter- and his ever- competent and witty staff.
Bronny and I shared a mushroom duxelle sandwich. It was good- but I was full from flatbread- and now I'm just a gluttonous temporary vegetarian that tries to stuff as many non-meat items into my day as I can.
Highly attractive I know.
Thank God I don't own a scale.
Thank God I do have a gym membership- now if I would only use it.
3rd and Fairmount
Crab Cake Sandwich (from the specials chalk board)
I usually prefer broiled crab cakes...this one was lightly fried but so thick and crab filled- I didn't mind the dip in boiling oil. It was served simply with a bit of aoili, lettuce and tomato on that dreamy le bus bun. And it was deeeelicious.
I've decided its impossible to make a bad sandwich in this city as long as it served on a Le Bus bun.
Tomorrow night-= kicking off at 3 pm
We met early on Monday at Sly Fox- giving me plenty of time after the meeting to grab something to eat. I headed to the Stone Rose on Fayette street in Conshohocken.
It's different than most of the bars in Conshy. I suppose you could say its more polished. There's a restaruant in the back. The guest of Stella Blu or the Gypsy Salooon should feel right at home. I wish it was there during my brief one year stint in Conshy in 2004.
I had a refreshing crab and avocado salad with red pepper coulis and tons of cracked pepper. It was the perfect mid-afternoon bite. I sipped on an O'Reilly's stout that was creamier than my homemade whoopie pie filling.
Later that night was the Tomme Arthur meet and greet at Memphis. A bevy of beer reps were there before 5:15. Mark Weinman of Great Lakes, Megan Maguire of Duvel Moortgat/Ommegang. Wendy Domurat of Dogfish, Michael from Weyerbacher, Lee Marren of Stone, Jordan Fetfatzes from Bella Vista and more... Tomme got there around 6:15. The place was packed as expected. It didn't take long for that delicious Red Poppy ( A Flanders-style red ale made with sour cherries and aged in French Oak barrels for one year) to be kicked. The Mongo imperial IPA was fantastic as well.
But all that beer required another vegetarian meal. We decided to keep it in the Hartranft family and headed to Ressurection. I had the Pumpkin risotto with the essence of ameretti in it. It was an interesting addition I wouldn't have thought of myself. I really like that Joey Chimko.
Tonight at the P.o.p.e. - kegs of Van Twee ( de proef collaboration), Hop Slam and Oarsmen (their berliner weisse) will be poured.
I'm taking Lance Romance to cheese school. Then we'll be over around 8:30.
So far I haven't had any temptations. Im not feeling all that creative now...so here's just a play by play on my Lenten Resolution.
was mussels ala mexican at Mcgillins Old Ale House. They were served with Mexican seasonings, chorizo and black beans. I held the Chorizo-and they still had a kick. Lots of flavor, and rather plump mussels actually.
I was all snookified at Iron Hill. I was so busy snookin it up I never got to eat. Then we went to Varga -where I should have eaten still didn't eat. Then I went to bad puppy (good dog) and I STILL didn't eat. Jose Pistolas would save the day right around midnight when I shoved a Veggie burrito in my face.
I left the Brunch decision up to Lance romance today. He chose the P.O.P.E. I actually hadn't been there for two weeks so I agreed. And I knew they always had vegan/veggie lovers options. I went with the smoked salmon platter with scrambled eggs. I was a bit excited to try the blueberry/banana mimosas I read about from their twitter page- but alas they were a thing of the past by the time Lance and I arrrived.
Dinner was some homemade pasta I made when I stayed in on Friday. I through some tarragon and basil right into the dough. I drizzled walnut oil over it- and added some cracked black pepper.
It was goooooood.
Last night Earth Bread + Brewery hosted the
Iron Hill crew. Each location submitted what they thought was their best offering at that time.
The winner would be determined by the first beer to kick.
Bob Barrar done did it with a Bourbon Barrel Porter.
I'm proud to say Lance romance came in 2nd with his Caprice.
But only one Hiller gets to wear the bread crown....and that's Media's Barrar.
Tom Baker made it out of dough....
Congrats to Bob and congrats to Tom on an extraordinary baking/molding effort.
Today was an especially hard one because I had lunch at Village Whiskey- the home of one of Philly's best burgers.
I do love me some oysters though. So I went with 4 oysters, pickled tomatoes and Popcorn Shrimp.
A bit of a weird order- granted- but I got to try a bunch of different bites.
I always get the beets when I go to VW- but I heard great things about the tomatoes so I switched it up.
They were good- but a bit dangerous as a dozen or so seeds landed on my lap- giving my dining companions Carte Blanche to criticize.
The popcorn shrimp were tasty- the dipping sauce had a bit of a zip to it and I enjoyed the lil nuggets with a few sips of Sly Fox Saison Vos....
Time for bed.
I rolled west last night. It was High Gravity night at Sidecar. I wasn't felling high abvs- however- they had a rare keg of My Antonia - a beer Sam Calgione brewed in Italy in collaboration with Birra del Borgo. It was an imperial pilsner...and it was one of the best beers I had all year.
I think I'll chronicle the next forty days of my crazy meat-free life.
Starting yesterday- I am not eating meat for forty days.
I am even going to try and not cheat on Sundays- even though my pops told me you could.
I had some success with this last year.
A lot of people told me I should give up beer. I would save a lot of money and lose a lot of weight but it's not realistic. I know because I tried a few years ago. I gave up beer- then drank a lot of wine and whiskey;)
So meat it is.
I've been ordering a lot of veg in the last four months so it might not eevn be that much of a struggle.
We shall see.
I barely ate all day actually.
I went to a cheese tasting at Dibruno Brothers. I tried four different kinds- I can't tell you what they were though.
Next on the agenda- was Winter Olympics at Devil's Den. I've been talking about wanting to try the new chef's food there for two weeks. Last night was the night. or not.
I ran into friends, plus my sister and Megan Maguire were both there. And owners Scott and Erin.
I talk too much. Never ate.
We end up at Sidecar- more on that later....
I had Fried Macaroni and Cheese Balls with a tomato dipping sauce.
Not exactly the best food to eat at 11 pm...but they were pretty spectacular.
They looked pretty similar to this but the image is actually from Google images. They are fried mac and cheese from the Cheesecake Factory.
I was reading in the newspaper the other day about a couple's one month project-= eating on $1 a day.
They got a book deal and it hit shelves on February 9th.
Not sure if I am going to buy it yet or not...I barely have time to read.
But it got me thinking about foods/ingredients I love that aren't that pricey.
Like garlic. MMM- garlic.
You can saute up a whole lotta garlic for $1.50 from the Italian Market.
And you know what else-= I bet I save money in the next forty days while not eating meat. Maybe Ill chronicle my daily bites.
You probably don't care, but maybe I will anyway.
Not going out on Tuesday actually translated into nearly four hours in the lounge of the recently opened R2L, Daniel Stern's newest restaurant at Liberty II.
From the website:
"With an eye to the future, Chef Daniel Stern takes traditional American flavors and brings them up-to-date with a modern twist — resulting in his unique interpretation of Creative American Cuisine."
My goal of the night was one more of beef than beer.
As I already noted, I gave up meat for Lent. But considering my small fortune dropped in B-more over the weekend, I wasn't going to splurge on a steak of any sort. Or maybe I would- Mini cheese steaks off the snack menu would suit me just right for $12. I was surprised by the presentation...but it was "fun" for lack of a better word and I can see how it would lend itself to a nice sharing experience during a happy hour with colleagues. Not only was the "sushi-style" serving a switch up on the traditional- the meat at hand was Venison, not Beef. There were oodles of caramelized onions. Perfect for me, perhaps too much for others that might have an aversion. Each plate was presented with 6 miniature cheesesteak rolls.
Macaroni and Cheese was presented the same way with a modern twist on the classic at a very reasonable $6. Healthy amounts of sharp cheese were encased in house made pasta. My sometimes hard to please veggie pal was very happy.
(My apologies for the awful photo)
I also tried the Lobster Roll with lavender. I love lavender more than most things. My companion mentioned that it was a curious combination. Curious I was. The bun was buttery and soft, the lobster salad had just a hint of my beloved herb. It came out of the kitchen with a quickness and was consumed with the same. A few house made potato chips sat on the side.
On to the beer. I started off with wine- but switch up to a Brooklyn Local one. Our darling yet guileless server dropped the bottle en route to our table...but we weren't bothered in the slightest. When the bottle arrived it was as delicious as I remembered. I drank a lot of this when it first debuted in 2007 but hadn't tried it in a while. It provided a nice pairing with the Macaroni and cheese.
Other beers are Stoudts ESB, Hitachino Red Rice (my least favorite from this great brewery) Saison Dupont, Stella Artois, Amstel Light, and I know I am forgetting one or two others....
The view is AMAZING, especially from the three dining room tables that face Center City (you can see Nodding Head as a small dot.) But if you go- I would keep it to the lounge with a few friends. Make sure you dress appropriately-=-suits were a plenty.
It'll be a nice "closer" for the single folks out there.
Watch the city from the 38th floor, and watch your night disappear.
I've written about this frozen treat before, but I was reminded last Tuesday that it really is the churning of the Century.
Chef Evan Turney crushes the quinessential childhood carb down into a powder and emulisfies it into the ice cream.
It's one of my favorite things in Philadelphia. Below you have Apple Jacks, Peanut Butter Capin Crunch and Cinnamon Toast Crunch (my favorite of the 3 that day). They actually switch them out every day.
To Lance Romance and I - Valentines Day Weekend only means one thing...Max's Belgian Beer Fest.
Its a 72 hours festival at Fells Point's Beer Geek Nirvana. Of course they close between the hours of 1:45 and 11 am...but the idea is that the fest runs for 3 days pouring hundreds of different Belgian beers by draft and bottle-some never before seen stateside.
This was our 3rd year strong. One of the key elements to the festival's success is Cellarman Casey Hard. I don't have a picture of him right now- but I will snag a photo from another blog, give due credit, and share his mug with y'all so you can see what greatness looks like. I am not sure how long he's been manning the cellars at Max's on Broadway, but the owner is quite lucky he's there.
We situated ourselves in chairs behind a ledge at the front of the bar. Lance joked that we were like Statler and Waldrof from the Muppets balcony. We never really heckled anyone...but we did make a bunch of friends. We met Kim and Greg of Downingtown, Amy and Steve from Downingtown as well.
I met these great Sausage grinders, Chris and Mark from Baltimore.They work for a Sausage maker, Roma, down in Baltimore. They're sending me some sausage too. You can read all about that down the road.
We stayed there for about 6 hours each day.(When I have more time I will try to have a complete list of everything we tasted).
We wanted to make sure we said hi to the rest of our Charm City friends we have met throughout our last two years there.
We headed to Todd Connor's with new friends Greg and Kim. Actually it was like we were on an impromptu double date with them all weekend. Their crab cake Sandwich there is a must. It's drizzled with a red pepper aioli. The bun is soft... the filler is non-existent. It's just a bunch of maryland crab lumped on the bun.
Then we introduced them to "One Eyed Mikes" our Grand Marnier bar you've probably read about here before. It's important to not that OEM's is not close to being a "beer bar." We go there for that French Orange Liquer we don't even like all that much.
It's the novelty of having the bottle down there...Lance just bought are 3rd bottle on Saturday. I forget how many you have to buy before you get a free one.
We also hit up some awful (yet supposedly fancy) place called Mezze- more on that service when I talk about how amazing Osteria was in another post. We also hit up the owl bar, the Mt Vernon stable (worst bar ever), and Dionysus (Very cool bar). Unfortunately we couldn't get ressies at Brewer's Art on Sat- and they didn't open till 5 on Sunday...I did get to run into owner, Steve at Max's for a minute.
I've gotta jet...but more later.
No Beer club this week in case you're wondering.
Drafting Room- 6 pm Sly Fox takes the Taps in Exton... Brian, Tim, and myself will be there. Maybe Steve?
Next Monday 22nd
Tomme Arthur hits up FISHToWN. Memphis taproom-=- 6 till 8 to meet and greet.
Next Tuesday, 23rd
P.O.P.E. is having a mini-Bells night with a keg of that delicious VAN TWEE (Bells Deproef Collaboration), Hopslam, and the Oarsman (a Berliner Weisse) on tap.
Also keep in mind- Devil's Den is having their ongoing Winter Olympics featuring Medal winners from the Great American Beer Fest. I'm hearing great thing about the kitchen these days too...
Thursday the 25th
Dogfish at EARTH bread +brewery. I'd save my seat at 4 pm for this one. It's gonna be a zooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Saturday the 27th
SOLD out World CAfe Live Beer Fest.
And a VERY HAPPY Belated Birthday to LEW BRYSON!!!!!
This is what my car looked like situated outside Race St. Cafe when I left for Baltimore on Thursday. Not good.
I received word from the raging panda on Friday that they weren't ticketing until Sunday.
Since I am not on the "boot list" I wasn't too concerned about being towed...just racking up $72 in tickets. But things were in my favor for once-=I was ticket free and the car was shoveled out by Snow removal expert Lance Romance first thing Monday morning so I could get to my meeting in time.
I am sure many of you are off work in honor of our Presidents.
Enjoy the extended weekend.
I'm on amtrak about 20 minutes outside baltimore. lance romance is to m y left. hes working on his beer and food pairings for an upcoming iron hill beer dinner...i just finished reading us news and world report's issue on aging.
I gave him his first Valentine's treat which was a homemade red velvet heart shaped whoopie pie with almond accented fluff in the middle and cherry pistachio crumbs on the sides (chipwich style). I think it was a big hit but the treats so massive, I have no idea how he's actually going to consume it. He told me mine is being shipped and its not very romantic (shocker considering his name lance romance-not really). Apparently-its something I need and will be thankful for. Hmmm. Stay tuned.it probably has something to do with my car or kitchen.
Max's opens in an hr...if things go right we should be waiting outside for the doors to open...
I don't have time to give all the details on my time spent kneading the dough but here are a few pics to prove I cranked out my own pasta yesterday;)
Behold the amazing sandwich I had on Friday afternoon during our Sly Fox lunch at
Owner Casey Parker told me not to eat before I got there because there was some pork jawn I had to try.
I am glad I held out....
What was this pork jawn all about?
A breaded pork tenderloin joined by some slaw and mexi aioli of some sort sandwiched on a Le Bus challah roll and served with tater tots for $12.
The tenderloin was downright succulent.
It was the best sandwich I had year to date.
Still don't have superbowl plans?
And you might not even care...
But if you do- here goes
*SWiFt Half is donating all sales of Sly Fox cans to Doctors without Borders- Haiti Relief!!!
I will be there for a bit.
*P.o.p.e. is hosting their 2nd annual "Stupor Bowl."
Last year pitted Philadelphia Brewing Co vs. YaRDS.
This year it will be Sly Fox vs. Victory.
The P.o.P.e will have 3 of each brewery's beers...and viewers can decide which is their favorite.
the styles won't necessarily be the same from each brewery (they only have one nitro tap).
Management promises food and beer specials-=-
I will also be here-probably the second half.
I saw a couple of the National League play-off games here. It was the perfect place to watch a game without some of the meathead madness.
In the popular Childrens' story, Green Eggs and Ham, Sam is trying to get a reluctant boy to try eggs like he's never had them before. Green! and with Ham! Regardless of Sam's suggestions...a variety of locations, transportation, and dining companions-nothing can sway him.
I ate well last week. Really well.
Tuesday was my first visit to Amis. I was meeting a friend for dinner and he told me to pick the place.
I wasn't going to throw a Marc Vetri establishment at him- heck I would have been happy with a Royal Tavern Burger, but we decided on Vetri's new trattoria. The Tagliata di Tonno (Tuna) remains as fresh in my mind as it was on the table.
Amis is actually meat heavy- perhaps a bit of a struggle for the vegetarian, but my host always looking on the sunny side- was more than fine with the Tonnarelli with pecorino and black pepper. Tonnarelli is sort of like spaghetti's square cuz. It's about the same thickness but instead of being circular in the cross-section, it's well-square.
The service was excellent (I actually knew our server so I am biased). Your server will guide you through the menu and make sure you don't over order or leave hungry.
We sat in the dining room for dinner, but upon running into my old pal Trevor- I moved to the bar following. It was a well-thought out bottle list, and limited- yet welcome draft options. All craft- the largest brewery being Sierra Nevada. Yards Old Bart was on...but it wasn't an Old Bart night for me. There was also Stoudts Pils which is always nice, and a Brooklyn Backbreaker, an English Strong Ale, which I haven't seen around too much, and didn't try that night.
Sitting at the beaut of a zinc (?) bar flanked by Chefs de cuisine from El Vez and Amada, I had a hunch that this is going to be a spot where the men/ladies head when they hang up their white coats for the night.
Vetri and Chef de Cuisine, Brad Spence, are currently serving the ENTIRE menu until 1 am. They're testing it out to see how it goes-to see if the night owls will come.
Trevor Budny of El Vez is fist-pumping pumped. He says this is unheard of in Philly. Personally, I can think of some great food you can get up until 1am (once again- very lucky to be living right by Royal Tavern), but we're talking fresh made gnocchi with oxtail ragu after midnight??? Amazing! Budny's hope is that enough industry people and late night diners show interest to keep it going.
The music was a nice surprise as well. A li'l David Bowie, some Stones and Beatles lent a more casual feel than perhaps Vetri's other restaurants. The bartender, Brian, told me it was Vetri's Ipod. But- I'm not certain.
I was fortunate enough to learn a lot more about James Beard's 2005 Best -Chef in the Mid-Atlantic that night. I liked what I had heard. I like the way he runs his business. I like his philanthropic nature, but I really like how his sommelier, Steve Widley, can talk farmhouse ales in the type of restaurant that most people wouldn't expect to get past "Glass or bottle of Bardolino?"
Read more about Amis here and here.
I know my photo is awful. Sorry.
Vetri's Grand Tasting and Green Eggs Cafe