THIS IS YOUR CHANCE AT YOUR 15 MINUTES.
I'll be at the beach for 36 hours.
Prohibition Tap Room taps a firkin of SLY FOX Citra Pale Ale for Happy Hour.
Join me and my hopeful bronze for a couple o' pints.
Dogfish Head launches Bitches Brew-a bold, dark beer that's a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root (from website)
Not sold out.
Open to the Public.
DFH specials run from 5 till 9.
Here's an article covering the music slant from NPR.
Feliz cumpleanos a Jose Pistolas!
They are celebrating three years of craft beer and margaritas at 263 S. 15th St.
Owned by long time friends Casey Parker and Joe Gunn, the burrito bar has established itself as one of the best bars in the city (of course, I'm biased as hell).
Stop by tomorrow night to raise a pint (or a whiskey) and toast all their hard work.
I had a rather nice day.
I only left my house once to go to Dibruno Brothers. My intention was to have a sandwich at Paesanos and return home but I remembered I had a $25 Gift Card for Dibrunos so I figured I would spend it.
I thought I would be getting together with some of my other beer girls and snacks would be mandatory.
The boys set me up with a couple cheeses and salami.
The cheese I used was Abbaye de Bellocq-A sheep's milk cheese from the Basque region of France that is made by Benedictine Monks.
The Salami- Finocchiona-think fennel! I love when salami is sliced so thin. It makes the artery damage seem not so bad.
As soon as I got home, I got smacked with the urge to make pasta. The night was open (no plans with the girls) and I had plenty of time to knead, refrigerate, cut, dry, and cook.
While the dough was sitting in the fridge- I started up a sauce on the stove. I was going to make my usual sauce but I had a new ingredient to work with today- spiced garlic. I sauteed that up with some onions...then added in crushed tomatoes, salt, cracked pepper and some more cracked pepper. A lil oregano, bay leaves, and some red table wine.
When the dough was ready to cut- I realized I have made pappardelle the last 10 times I made pasta.
Time to switch it up. I thought - why not stuff the pasta with something???
So as odd as it sounds I cut the cheese and salami up and placed them in pasta pockets. Sort of like dumplings. I wasn't even that hungry so I only made two.
Admittedly- it was quite a strange thing to do- but I was in a bit of a strange mood.
I followed that up with an evening run, homemade blackberry granita, some kind of Honeysuckle-like miscellaneous tea, and some Iron Chef.
Here I am with Brian, the manager of the Side Door Pub (as nice as they get) and new friends, Greg and Tom at a Sly Fox promotion on Thursday night.
The gents spent the whole evening talking beer with me.
Greg thinks that O'reillys is going to be the next big thing in Bucks Co. Here's hoping.
I was reading on twitter (via collin flatt, drew lazor, and adam erace) all about peaches.
So I was inspired and headed to Headhouse Sq market (after a yummy brunch at Adsum )to purchase some peaches myself-=both yellow and white.
They were a little over $1 a pop.
I made a peach crumble- THEN made a cinnamon ice cream to top.
Next Ice Cream up was rootbeer ice cream. It turned out icier than expected because I tried to use rootbeer instead of rootbeer extract. Next up is Batch #20....who wants to make a request?
Tomorrow night-= Devils Den will launch their new handpump.
They will be pumping standard porter.
Oktoberfest and Royal Weisse will also be on tap.
I'm still thinking of a prize for the person that kicks the firkin.
Happy hour is 5 till 7;)
It's now the closest handpump to my house.
Can't wait to sit by the fire and have a cask ale this winter.
Lance and I joined Ommegang's Megan Maguire for a Phils game (they won this one thank God) on Friday.
This is the closest I've been to the Phlly Phanatic in years >>>>>>>>>>
We followed that with a nice bite at Catahoula. I've been there twice now. They've got a new bar manager, Jackie (recently of Tinto-also engaged to Catahoula's talented chef, Paul Martin) and I forsee great things for them at Front and Fitzwater.
Saturday comes around and Lance is craving a cheesesteak.
I've all but given up on the neon steak scene in South Philly-when people visit I bring them to Paesano's.
But I give in to Lance from time to time.
The man wanted PATS and this would be one of those times.
I refused to join and waited in the Subaru, until I realized he left his phone and he wouldn't know where my car was.
When I join him in a not so bad line- he points out that the steak man is opening the rolls by rubbing them against his grease laden shirt. Start paying close attention around :20.
Throughout the month of August- London Grill has been featuring
This week Sly Fox is the featured brewery at Dibrunos 9th st craft beer Wednesdays.
So head over once you're done work.
I will be there from 5 till 8.
There will be complimentary cheese and beer pairings.
And 10% off anything your purchase.
I stopped into Lucky 13 before the Phils on Friday. It has been too long considering how much I like it there.
Five people back to back ordered the deconstructed meatballs-=
It is served with a mozzarella slathered baguette.
Iron Hill Wilmington hosted the first local brewery bocce tourney last night.
As mentioned in an earlier post I hadn't tossed a pallino out in about 16 years until last Saturday at my new bocce court at 10th and Carpenter (How convenient that it's also on the same block as my new favorite coffee shop).
But- Corey's gotten a lot of practice in the last week or so and procured two great teammates in Mike and Franny. Mike has a competitive nature and was determined to win.
We did well. But Curt Decker and Gordon Grubb of Nodding Head did better and won the grand prize of a Iron Hill jeroboam.
My to do list is very long. Fish, Fond, Zama- Zavino. I have been to Xochitl a few times before but it’s been too long. And I wanted to check out the new “El Sabor” menu. 3 courses for $23. Que una ganga. That fits my budget.
Four of us went-which was perfect. We all picked different options so we could exchange nibs and really have a tasting table.
This Thursday 7 pm I will take to the bocce
court- grass- at Iron Hill Wilmington and compete against my local beer industry comtemporaries.
I haven't played bocce since I worked at Peter Becker Nursing Home in 1995.
I would play wheelchair bocce with the folks after lunch. Not exactly the experience that would make you want to sign up and represent your brewery.
So we practiced on Saturday. I live right by a bocce court in Bella vista at 10th and Carpenter.
I was shocked by my skill set for the first two hours. Everyone was even calling me the"ringer"
But once dark hit and I couldn't see the ball and my bladder was fulminating-- I wasn't the best bocce player in the world. Lance will say, "It's a poor carpenter that blames his tools."
I say, if you can't see a ball you should let go your ego and stop playing for the night.
Looking forward to Wilmington on Thursday.
Although the ball will be heavier. At least there will be a restroom near by if needed.
On Sunday we also purchased tennis rackets. We're quickly becoming pillars of health and fitness.
No really, we are;)
I submitted a few recipes I made over last weekend to Phoenixville Dish using Sly Fox beers.
Go here to read my 3 dish cookbook.
Today is Jennie Hatton's birthday-
I think her name comes up daily in conversation.
Usually with a "Jennie rocks" or an "I don't know how she does it all..." sort of stuff.
She's more than a PR maven- she's one of the hardest working hardest playing people in Philadelphia.
She's cute, she's savvy, she's always thinkin'-
What's next? How can we make rad-radder? What hasn't been done yet?
Johnny Brenda's has been pretty steady with providing us with interesting brunches: stouts, triples, gospel, etc...
Now's the chance to get into some farmhouse funk during the Saison Brunch.
Actually the funk will only be in the glass because the music will be
French Pop spun by DJ marbles.
Starts at 11 am and goes all day.
Hey beer industry peeps- let's meet up there say 12:30?
I headed to 5th and Master last night to support the POPE in softball. It was their 2nd to last game of the season. They have lost 13. I saw some talent last night so I'm not certain why they have such a poor record.
Their coach alluded to the fact that they drink more than any other team.
I'm not sure if that's true because Sly Fox sponsors Standard Tap's softball team and they go through two cases a game. How many players are on the team? You do the math.
But last night despite the throwback-it was a 9-8 victory for the South Philly Bar against Johnny Brenda's in what has been titled the "hipster world series."
Pope led the majority of the game. JB's snuck up with a great top of the 9th but not enough.
At first I wasn't sure who to root for because they are two of my favorite bars. I was a bit bipolar because I wore a JB's tank top under my button down, but then sat on the POPE side.
The POPE is now 2-13. Their last game is tonight in South Philly. Let's hope they can finish the season at 3-13.
Ladies of In Pursuit of Ale will gather round the fire at
City Tap House starting at 7:30 manana.
For $25 inclusive- ladies will try 5 different dishes (not full portions of course) with different beers. You can check out a spreadsheet of their beers here....
The tasting menu includes:
*Macaroni and Cheese Squares
*Bliss Potatoes with Filet and Valdeon bleu
they're even throwing in a <<
This meeting is still open to any ladies.
Please RSVP by tomorrow morn so I can give a final count. firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Institute's site:
Let the jokes fly. Go ahead.
Then get your collective behinds to our place for a collaboration with Brauhaus Schmitz. They have been kind enough to have their stellar chef Jeremy make us sausages for your eating enjoyment.
We'll have a German potato salad and some other items as well. Our full menu will be availible.
On tap for the day? Smoked beer.
Our draught list will focus on quality over quantity and will include offerings from Stone, Victory, Furthermore and a few others.
From the G Lodge's web site:
I wrote about a potential splinter and suddenly 2-----2! people unfollowed me instantly.
I guess I should keep it to all beer all the time-=and leave my foot ailments to myself?
Wow- not the news I expected to wake up to this morning.
A SEPTA bus crashed into the front of Monks after having an incident with a Port Authority SUV.
Publican Tom Peters was there on the scene.
As expected, he does a great job fielding questions from NBC's Justin Pizzi in this interview.
You can see the time is 5:02 in the morning.
License and Inspections will be there this morning to assess the building.
We Love Tom, Fergie,and Monks. They'll reopen asap.
In the meantime if you were craving mussels, burgers and tasty beers, don't forget Grace Tavern, Fergies, Belgian Cafe and Nodding Head-=
N.B. Michael Klein first broke this -I noticed it on twitter. He has official report here.
Those who have hung out with me in the past two months, know I have gained an affinity for the 1976 rock and roll hit "Do Ya."
Lance makes fun of me that I am now just diggin' on the song that was popular before I was born.
I don't care.
"Do Ya" changes the party. You could be throwing back some beers, enjoying the company of friends, or strangers, and that first chord comes on and things are just a little more fun.
I love a song that can do that.
So I was determined to get in on vinyl. As much as I love flippin through records I don't always have the time. So I went on amazon.com about a month ago and ordered Electric Light Orchestra's jam on vinyl. I got that and Jesus and Mary Chain's 21 singles for $21.95.
I waited and waited for them to arrive via the post. After a week and a half I wrote a love letter to the sender asking where they were.
He said they were to ship the next day. Three days later I check my mail and find a puffy white envelope approx 5 by 5.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. They were compact discs.
I kept them and uploaded them to itunes. But I still wanted both on Vinyl.
Then yesterday- I am walking back from Dibrunos when I notice that Molly's Bookstore right by me has records. And there it was - "A New World Record" on vinyl. for $4.95.
And in the sleeve was this T-shirt advertisement. Only $4.95!
I think I've posted the song here before- but I'll do it again.
Dating someone from Medford Lakes has its advantages...like homemade chocolate covered blueberry clusters...and Canoes Carnivals (that's later tonight- pics tomorrow)
I will be headed North in the Subaru this Sat to Lawrenceville, NJ from 2 till 4.
I'll be pouring samples of Sly Fox, and growlers are available for purchase of Royal Weisse, Saison, Pikeland Pils, as well as our Phoenix Pale Ale- all of which oddly enough aren't seen often in the Garden State.
The Canals does a great job there. It's a beaut of a store. I hope people in the area can come out- and gents bring your ladies so I can chat beer with them too-=
Then I am off to a Canoe Parade in Medford.
I've never been to a canoe parade...
It's been two weeks since I made a batch of ice cream.
I've had Rosalita in the works for some time.
Pink Peppercorn and Smoked Sea Salt (which also has a pinkish/salmon hue) thus "Rosalita."
I thought about naming all my frozen concoctions after Bruce Springsteen songs...but decided I would not-though- you can most certainly anticipate a take on "Rocky Road" called....
I also purchased these fancy insulated ice cream holders which makes transporting it as a solid rather than sweet sludge much easier.
Next time I think I will add more peppercorn and perhaps have a chocolate base. A shout out to Dibruno Brothers- who once again provided inspiration.
Here's the boss performing "Rosalita" 1978
"My tires were slashed and I almost crashed but the Lord had mercy
My machine- she's a dud, I'm stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey"