Tomorrow's the day.
Sly Fox BOCKFEST!
People are arriving by motorcycle, bus and bike.
I am certain this crowd will top last year's estimated 3000 attendees.
Sly Fox has gone the way of tickets in an effort to make the lines go faster. Tickets are $5.
They are also going pretty green this year. They will be selling take home water bottles with the Sly Fox logo. You can fill them at the water station.
Plush goats are available for the tots.
Tees are also available for purchase.
Everything can be bought with aforementioned tickets.
The weather is looking like 69 degrees and partly sunny.
See you there!
April 30, 2011
Tomorrow's the day.
April 28, 2011
|Fish Tacos at M.O.M.s|
I am going to be spending a bit more time out in Bucks Co. I think there's some Sly Fox to be sold. I am still trying to understand how people make decisions out there. A lot of the handles seem to be tied up. When people embrace craft- it seems regional. Lots of Dogfish, some Weyerbacher, Victory, and Troegs.
We hit Maxwells on Main aka "MoMs" (They have a bring your own Vinyl night on Thursdays)
The Penn Taproom (great airy room- Allagash White and Hennepin on tap) Mesquito Grill-of course.
Finneys Pub, Chambers, 86 West (the see and be seen spot- Sierra and Dogfish on tap).
There's a bunch of boutiques if you have the loot- AND Siren records! (One of the most organized record stores I have been in recently). The organic pizza place- Jules- is a must.
I'm even thinking about taking Lance Romance on a date to D-town. We could even take the R5!
The worst part about heading to Doylestown- (originally named for Doyle's Tavern- the town tavern) is the drive. There's no easy way to get there. You are on 611 for a while. But once you sit at a window table at the Penn Taproom- the stress of the drive will be far behind you.
April 27, 2011
|Sunday Special- Smoked Ham with Grits|
PW's Brian Freedman gives a glowing review of the urban farmhouse restaurant situated on a better block of South street across from Whole Foods and adjacent to Percy St. BBQ. Between the food at Supper and the bbq from Percy- the block is full of sweet smells of southern smoke.
We love Supper- and we love that it's five blocks away. Supper has their own farm- and they have a list of daily ingredients that are sourced from it. My brunch favorites are the Mushroom Toast and the Dixie Biscuit. The service is always spot on and the room just feels good. On Easter Sunday -one of my friends was nervous that she wasn't dressed appropriately to join us. That should never be a worry. Despite Supper's nice ambiance- once can feel comfortable in a suit or pair of Pumas.
They just teamed up with The Franklin to revamp their cocktails list. Look forward to that on your next visit. They have a short but thoughtful list of beers. Actually if I were to have a grievance- it would be beer pricing. $8 for a YARDS brawler was a bit of a shock. So I might actually go for a glass of wine there as opposed to my usual pint.
They are also next to the Big Earth store which is fun for some post-brunch browsing.
Check out their website HERE. They are also on opentable.
As you might already know- Lance Romance and I brewed a beer together- a saison with green and pink peppercorns. He wanted to add a lil more peppercorn flavor- so he dry-peppercorned it last Friday.
I really brewed it too.
I didn't just follow him around- taking in the sweet smells while texting people- he had me mill, mash in- even take out the spent grain.
I realized a few things-
1) There's no need to go to the gym when you're a brewer AND
2) when he's tired and wants to hit the hay at 9:30 pm it's A-OK because he worked his brewer butt off
3) Brewer's get a daily facial. Another reason while more Women should be brewing!
We spent the last two nights making ice cream to compliment it. Lance made the "wort caramel" I did the rest. We look forward to sharing our creations with you this Saturday from 12-5.
Read Lance's pitch for your attendance here.
Next Thursday- Le Virtu kicks off their CAMPO for the season.
What is a Campo?
It's a large grassy plain-an outdoor space for recreation.
Le Virtu- often thought of as a wine spot - is excited to serve up a ton of beer in their campo/beer garden on South Passyunk Ave.
Next Thursday kicks it all off with a big party.
For $40 (all-inclusive) you can enjoy
There are plenty of reasons to get out there this Saturday- but this one will make you feel good.
The Khyber Pass Pub is hosting their 2nd "Firkins for our Furry Friends." Last year it was held in December- during the first of three snowstorms that winter. I headed there with a couple of gals and a few pints of cask-conditioned ale later- we were making snow angels on second street.
It's a fun day. $20 at the door gets you a bottomless cup of delicious beer from Yards, Philadelphia Brewing, Sly FOX, Sixpoint and more.
April 20, 2011
|This is a pic of Sugar Mom's wall with "PeeP art"|
I am not sure when doors open. It's safe to say they will at the latest be open by 1 pm.
No draft lists have been made public (that I have seen).
The event isn't even posted on Beer Advocate.
This was one of Philly's first annual events dating back to the mid-90s. Heck- when Lance Romance lived in Boston for a few years- he would even come home to attend the basement rockin' rollicker.
Perhaps the low-key advertisement will result in a nice, laid-back event pleasantly filled with skull-splitting veterans. I've been every year for the last four or so-and plan on continuing the tradition after a visit to the Memphis Taproom Beer Garden first.
April 18, 2011
Evil twins: we all have them. They usually come out after a few beers or a two Manhattans. But one Danish brewery is named Evil Twin and they are headed toward Philly, arriving Tuesday night 7 pm at the Farmer's Cabinet.
The brewer Jeppe
Farmer's Cabinet is taking reservations.
April 15, 2011
But Lance and I are hoping we can convince you to cross the Ben Franklin or the Betsy Ross at head to Iron Hill Maple Shade to try our beer- a saison brewed with green and pink peppercorns. My co-brewer says the beer is tasting nice- but we're looking for yet more pepper character. So we might dry-pepper it! And of course- I will be making an ice cream to complement our beer.
Saturday April 30th
|Here's Jim with his friend Rob|
He was sporting a Scooby Doo shirt and I thought he was laid- back and comical. I'm not sure if he ever wore that Scooby Doo shirt again. He works hard- calling on craft beer bars and restaurants around Philadelphia and deals with all the pressures that the industry soo generously provides.
He enjoys hitting the exercise bike, turkey chili at Bishops Collar and spending time dining out and taking in musicals with his lovely lady friend.
This is quite a switch-up from the ballpark dogs that I personally have banned from my digestive system forever. Last time I went-I got two at at time for $2. One was the crayola color "brick red" The other was a stomach-turning pinkish-gray. Hooray for the Mortadella Di Casa.
|Chicken and Risotto|
I started with the Gnocchi in a Porcini sauce with asparagus and proscuitto. I had to hand over my think slab of proscuitto to Lance because I am a pesco-vegetarian for another week. He went for the scallop, of which I stole two bites. I then moved on to the Seared Tuna with Ginger, Cilantro Sushi Rice and Baby Bok Choy. The rice was a nice addition to the plate-also mixed with a bit of soy- it was a welcome stray off the "american bistro" concept. Lance's Chicken looked just about perfect served atop a rich risotto.
The beer offerings are still a work in progress. Right now guests can enjoy a Darkhorse Crooked Tree IPA, and a DFH 60 minute IPA (and more). They love their wine there- and a few bubblies are served by the glass. I say go with Cava.
Directly next door is Capogiro. If you don't indulge in one of Salt and Pepper's sweets- finish off your dining experience with some apple and marscapone gelato and get a coffee from their crazy $40,000 coffee maker (same one that your excellency, Pope Benedict XVI uses at the Vatican). Cheers!
April 12, 2011
April 11, 2011
Weekend isn't always a word in my vocabulary. I don't clock out at 4:52 on Friday and forget about work until my morning joe on Monday. It's ever present and often requires promos and samplings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This weekend- I had samplings both Friday and Saturday- but they were within miles of my house so it made it a lot easier. It's a little defeating to drive an hour away to sell three cases of beer.
I've done it too many times.
I was teaming up with my friend Megan from Ommegang for that one. I went to Dibrunos and got a couple cheeses to pair. "Comte" -french cow- that I thought would go well with the Royal Weiss, and an aged "Mahon" -Spanish Cow- that I remembered working with the Phoenix, or even the Rt 113 in the past. I brought my boombox, and bonded with Tara- who was manning the store- over Jmy Beer Heaven itunes mix. We didn't sell a ton of beer, but we had a ton of fun. Megs then came over with a bottle of Hennepin and Saison Vos- and we ordered $95 worth of Sushi with our gal Wendy. That's how we do "staying in."
|So Am I|
Grilled Octopus (and sausage) in a red wine reduction,
Gnocchi with crab and mint, in a tomato cream sauce
We then walked it off, then I was off to my sampling at Global Beer in Northern Liberties. I sold at least 10 cases.I was even able to get one gent with his case of Spaten as he was on the way to the register.
As soon as I had recovered from our MONSU indulge- we were at 943 in the Italian Market. It's Argentinian/Italian. Lance and I were waiting for it to open for months.
|Sampling at Global Beer|
I'm still not eating meat- so I stayed with yet more octopus- and the housemade papardelle dish.
|Fresh Pasta at 943|
We stayed in and watched You, Me and Dupree. Lance won't stop talking about this movie (although he fell asleep) Matt Dillon is a disgrace. Him and Keanu should have some beers and toast to the fact that they ever got people to watch their movies (outside of Outsiders and Point Break -I'm sure many of you will think the Matrix).
|Home-Cooked Rise and Shine|
I ran a bunch of errands. Record timing. Hit Staples, IKEA, and BJ's Wholesale with Wendy- in an hour and 45 minutes.
|Tres Colores at Marra's|
I am sure it was better than her Tuna fish sandwich.
We took the two pieces with proscuitto out of the box- because we knew she wouldn't eat them. So I'm walking down 8th st with two pieces of unboxed pizza in my hand. And there is the lovely Charlotte Camels standing outside Bibou. I said to Lance"Oh God- this is going to be embarrassing." She was joined by Michael-a long time bartender of the BARDS and I would later find out that writer and wine connoisseur David McDuff was also inside the restaurant at the time. We chatted a bit. I tried to make light of the pizza in my hand. Then promised we would be in for dinner soon.
That is- if we're invited back;)
April 8, 2011
Good News- Archie Knight is the newest sales rep for Shangy's.
April 7, 2011
Last night at the awesome Shmitten Kitten Kolsch release party I received this awesome literary treat featuring angelic cans.
ENGLISH-STYLE BROWN ALE (5.25% ABV) ...
MEDIUM BODIED AND MALTY WITH HINTS OF CHOCOLATE... MAKES FOR A GREAT DARK SESSION BEER
MOLE GROG (cask conditioned)
CHERRY GROG (cask conditioned)
MOCHA GROG (cask conditioned)
April 6, 2011
Gnomegang hit Philly last Tuesday with a kick-off party at the P.o.p.e.
The beer was enjoyed by all- so much that the South Philly bar almost kicked three kegs.
Party-goers tipped their tulip glasses and were able to cheers the "LaChouffe" gnome throughout the night.
Special commemorative tees were distributed.
Many of the bars that were lucky enough to snag a keg our keeping said keg for Beer Week events.
The beer was the first collaboration between Brasserie D' AChouffe and sister brewery, Ommegang.
They even used the notable yeast strains of each brewery. (Plus 5 malts and noble hops)
The beer is a blond golden ale- 9.5%. It will make you want to eat all sorts of cheese.
It's an extremely limited release so get it while the gettins gouda.
750 ml bottles are available at better beer stores.
April 5, 2011
While you will mostly find me blogging about Phillies beer specials- this switch up caught my attention.
This menu looks delectable.
Beer- Belgian Abbey Dubbel
Beer- Extra Pale Ale
Beer- Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale
In the ten years its been open- I never stopped in at the
|Victory's Bill Covaleski, Emilio Mignucci, and Me |
at the Grand Opening
April 4, 2011
A big Philly welcome to Firestone Walker next Wed. the 13th in Fishtown.
Kraftwork will pour four beers from their barrel-aged Proprietors Reserve series.
If you're not familiar with FW-they're one of the best breweries in the country.
And this is not opinion talk- but rather fact-based on evidence such as SWEEPING the World Beer Cup Pale Ale category in 2010.
That's right. Bronze, Silver, Gold. Unbelievable.
I tried to tell their Export Director how much I enjoyed their beers at the Atlantic City beer fest and that didn't go over too well. I guess he was Ac'd out. Regardless-their beers are magical.
See you there.
Thursday, April 7th
6 pm The Foodery at 2nd and Poplar
I will be pouring the weisse as well as a few other Slys. AND I will have the Foodery's 35th Anniversary ice cream that I made as well. Expect for it to have some hefe characteristics.
Friday, April 8th
I am teaming up again with Megan Maguire of Ommegang/Duvel at BEER HEAVEN on Columbus Blvd.
5 till 7
Saturday April 9th
Global Beer in Northern Liberties from 3 till 5.
My first shift at Bridgids was January 5th of 2009. I wasn't sure if it would be weird making the transition from semi-regular to Monday evening barmaid but it worked.
It's quite a special place- actually one of the first bars I drank in when I moved to Philly in June of 2001.
Mondays are always a bit hectic for me. Well I guess every day is. But every Monday I would drive to Royersford for a meeting then head straight to bartending. Lately the Monday nights have been getting later with the addition of live music. My 12:15 departure is closer till 2 am. And that makes for some weary bones and a tired spirit.
So no more. 86 me from my favorite horseshoe bar. I hope to guest bartend around the city from time to time.
Four hours each.
And ten feet away from "Bopping Heads"
I decided if it was my friends, and music more my speed it could be fun. But Aqua's "Barbie Girl" blasting over and over was unbearable.
I all but lost my voice having shouted Pikeland Pilsner and Black Raspberry Reserve repeatedly for 12 hours.
On Saturday my Uncle Steve joined me to pour beer. He shared with me something I did not know- my great, great aunt Rose Coyle was Miss America 1936.
And the first Miss America to get asked for an encore for her talent segment.
A special thanks for Josh of Unos Maple Shade and Harrison Hitchcock of French Quarter Bistro for volunteering.
Tuesday April 5th- "Beer Schooled" at the Hulmeville Inn welcomes guest instructor Nicole Erny.
This class will focus on Sour Ales.
April 1, 2011
About 9 months ago- head kitten of Shmitten Kitten, Anna Goldfarb, came to me wanting Sly Fox to make her a beer. The lady enjoyed time spent sipping and sweating in bar come-dance halls across Philly such as the Barbary and Johnny Brenda's. She wanted a beer that would quench her thirst after Age of Consent. So we decided on a light Kolsch. She also wanted a beer that her favorite dudes could enjoy pint after pint as they sit at the bar- a kolsch would be perfect. Something so delicate in the midst of a hard-hitting, heavy rock and roll scene.
Months passed- we had to get the beer registered and find time at our ever-busy Royersford brewery to brew it. Then on March 4th-one of her writers, Lora Burns and myself joined her out there at the beginning of March- and helped Sly Fox brewer Max brew it.
Then Anna selected 20 or so bars that she enjoyed drinking in-and we shipped. Here's her slide show on the day.
The Launch party is at the POPE on Wednesday April 6th 7 pm. Come meet the affable Anna Goldfarb and maybe- she'll even share one of her dating disasters about liking guys a foot shorter than her 6 foot self.
Here are just a few that she selected:
City Tap House
South Philly Tap Room
We hope you love it!
Without even recapping "everybody's favorite city" (besides Philadelphia) I am off to Atlantic City for the annual beer fest. Oh spare time why have you abandoned me? I will be there all sessions pouring Sly Fox if anyone is attending. Here's Bruce Springsteen in Paris 1985.
Introducing Yards Torque
It’ll make your head spin.
Today-you get to pick who you think is moving and shaking better than the rest.
It's the annual Philly Beer Scene Awards.
Who's the best brewpub?
Who has your favorite label?
What U.S. brewery do you want to see in our market most?
Here' the link. Take five and acknowledge your Philly favorites.