If you own a bar or restaurant or sell beer in Philly you know Tracy Mulligan.
She's as sweet as they come although her Facebook "check-ins" have me knowing her every move- which makes me feel like a stalker.
September 27, 2011
If you own a bar or restaurant or sell beer in Philly you know Tracy Mulligan.
September 26, 2011
|In BELL's Brewhouse Sept. 2009|
Capones is hosting a Bells Tap Takeover with the ever-knowledgeable Derek Zomonski- Mid Atlantic Rep for Bells. I hope Derek likes crabs because it's also "All you can eat Snowcrab legs night" Things get going at 6.
Bells Two Hearted Ale IPA
Bells Kalamazoo Stout
Bells Consecrator Doppelbock
Bells Cherry Stout
Bells Quinannan Falls Lager Double Dry Hopped "Limited Release"
Bells Best Brown
Bells Wedding Ale "Limited Release"
Oracle Double IPA "Limited Release"
SATURDAY, Oct 1st is the return of the "Charlie's Pumpkin Patch" at The Institute.
From their website:
"Once again the first 20 people to put down 6 pumpkin beers gets a free pumpkin pie and the first 10 people through the door get a free 22oz bottle of Brew Works the next 5 get a free ticket for the November CBX. We will be decked out in hay. and will be playing charlie brown videos on the 2nd floor.
I checked in on my twitter feed for the first time all day and saw not one but two r
|Photo Credit : Lou Perseghin|
11:15 am Sunday morning-Brunch decision time. Lance decides after randomly looking on Yelp for a few minutes that he wants the lunch part of brunch- whereas I was wanting breakfast.
He had burgers on the brain- I thought Pub and Kitchen would be perfect. Their iced Stumptown coffee would make the pain of the 5 drinks and one glass of malbec I had on Saturday night go away with a quickness.
We started with the grilled peach salad- which was a wee different than other grilled peach salads (as thought I eat these all the time and have a reference point). They grill the peaches them chill them. Which I really enjoyed because when you're hungover- everything is better cold.
I was already on the road to recovery- so I could go with a warm entree. I usually do savory but went sweet with a hint of savory in that of the Brioche Pain Perdu with toffee bacon sauce and bourbon syrup. Holy Moly. Best bite of the week. Pain Perdu translates to "lost bread." Traditionally- like bread pudding you would use bread that would otherwise get thrown out.
The crust had a nice caramelized crunch to it- the sauce was rich and bacon was plenty. They always have Allagash White on tap- but this called for a black, or maybe a dubbel.
They also make a cocktail with the White- the Alsance Lorraine- featuring White, Lemon Soda and Torani Amer.
What is Torani Amer? It is a liqueur made in a similar style to Amer Picon, a French aperitif with notes of bitter orange, cinchona bark and gentian. Amer Picon is barely in the U.S. so many sub Torani Amer out of San Fran.
I've run into Belukus Matt a few times in the last week. It's always nice to see him and he's done a fantastic job with the Belukus portfolio since his start. If you see a bunch of Wells and Young beer on towers around Philly five county- that's him (and Origlio of course).
One of the biggest hits for the importing company of the last couple months is the Wells Banana Bread beer. Accounts that are right on the tip of doing better with craft beer -even places like Jon's on South St. are crushing it with the banana.
Matt shared with me a video that he put together on how to make a banana bomb- sort of the Car bomb concept but with wells banana beer and some different liquers. Oh and it involves some fireworks!
Check check it out!
September 20, 2011
This week's two track comes to you because of color.
I am loving Allagash Black. We have been brewing it for some time but now draft is in Philly. I know it was on at Bishop's Collar last night and City Tap House got a sixtel of it today.
So keep an eye out. It's a Belgian Stout.
I went through a list of black/white songs and bands/musicians with buddies at the P.O.P.E. a couple weeks ago. There's definitely enough to do a music-centric promo night.
I chose the Black Keys this time around because I bought the "Rave On" album of Buddy Holly covers and Black Keys do "Dearest." I think it's one of my favorite tracks on the album. Here's the listing on amazon.
Buddy Holly 1958- Recorded from his apartment
Black Keys 2011
Tomorrow night starting at 5pm- help Resurrection Ale House celebrate their TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY.
From the folks:
The celebration kicks off with an afternoon of Twice Fried Chicken goodness (starting at noon), followed at 5pm by a big old 'happy birthday to us' bash when we'll start passing complementary nibbles from the kitchen until 10pm! (Please note, we're suspending our regular menu for the entire day.)
Our special 2 Year Anniversary draft list inculdes:
De Dolle Dulle Teve, St. Bernardus 12, Schneider Aventinus Eisbock (Poured from a wooden barrel off the bar), Leipziger Gose, and Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu (Randallized with Sake-Soaked Hop Leaves) AND MORE...
To keep the birthday celebration going, the Twice Fried Chicken will be a permanent addition to the menu starting bright and early Thursday morning! Happy Birthday to us!
I got a text from my beer buddy John Doherty today, "Will I see you tonight at Teresa's?"
ME: I don't know John- what's tonight?
So before he can text me back I take a look at their website and see "ALLAGASH ALLEY" listed under events. How about that?
There's even a mention of their "new" sales rep possible making an appearance.
Well as soon as their new sales rep found out about it- she rearranged her schedule so she could be there.
The website promises 10 taps and vintage bottles. I might have to train this one ;)
There will also be a few food pairings featuring favorites of the New England Region!
September 15, 2011
I present you with Two Track Tuesday on this Wednesay. I'm a day late because I am living the life in Portland, Maine (The license plate even says "vacationland").
It's sort of a double tribute--you see it's National Chicken month. This Two-track will celebrate birds.
The Eagles came out of the season's gate pretty strong on Sunday with a numerical palindromic victory-
31-13 against the Rams. I'm not the biggest football fan-but sports sell beer and I am a capitalist.
Here's to da BIRDS.
This is also in tribute to the Resurrection Ale House Fried Chicken that reappears on the menu this week. You definitely have HEARD ABOUT THIS BIRD!!! Next Wednesday-Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are celebrating two years on Greys Ferry. They'll be toasting their crowd all night with special treats and a great tap list as usual. Come celebrate their terrific twos.
The Trashmen 1963
The Ramones 1982
September 13, 2011
"Sister bars," Kraft work and Sidecar located in opposite corners of town will both be playing host to "brother breweries," Mikkeller and Evil Twin.
I am in Portland- so I can't make it.
If you are in Philadelphia- you should definitely get there for a few of these rare, buzzworthy beers.
Six different versions of Mikkellers "Black Hole" Red Wine, White Wine, Tequila, Bourbon, Scotch, Cognacand Limoncello IPA, The American Dream Pilsner, Beer Geek Breakfast, Big Worst (Barleywine) and more and from the Evil Twin corner: Ying, Yang, Katz Pis, Ryan the Beaster Bunny saison, Ashtray heart- Imperial Stout and MORE.
SIDECAR- Thursday night
Black Hole (bourbon) - Russian Imperial Stout
Draft Bear - Imperial Pilsner
US Alive (brett) - Strong Ale
Drinkin' in the Sun - Pale Wheat
Soft Dookie - Imperial Stout
Biscotti Break - Porter
Ryan and the Beaster Bunny - Saison
B/D/A Christmas - Imperial IP-
More Details can be found over at foobooz.
September 12, 2011
You've got a week to clear your schedule and scoot to Fairmount. Terry and Chef Michael Mcnally are celebrating 20 years of serving up great food and drink at London Grill on Monday, September 19th.
I gotta get some sleep. Big day tomorrow- so quickly-
I knew peach season was coming to an end- and I hadn't taken advantage of it at all.
I was on Philly.com - probably looking up a food review- when I saw an old recipe from 1951.
I used that for the filling then this one for the crust.
I had a few switch ups like I used a two tsp of bourbon vanilla in the filling.
I really messed up the lattice work. But the taste and texture of the crust was perfect. Lance thought it was a lil underdone. But he likes everything crispier than I. So we threw it in the oven to warm it up and my goodness it was the best pie ever. I made some cinnamon ice cream from scratch. Most of it went to Lance. Since I will be in Portland all week-it was an "I'm leaving you for a week" pie.
Wendy got a piece. And I brought a piece for my pops when I went to drop off my month-long rental car. He said, "Suz -don't you remember the Timmy Trainer Peach Pie story?" Apparently he hasn't been able to eat peach pie since his classmate Timmy Trainer got sick off of a Tastycake peach pie back in the early 50s. But he said he would make an exception. He thought it was more like a dumpling and an excellent dumpling at that.
My sister has offered to give me a class in crust. So I think I will try this pie thing again. Pears will be in season soon. I'm thinking ginger ice cream as an accompaniment.
September 8, 2011
come out dressed like your favorite REALITY TV star and get $3 Left Hand drafts and $3 whiskey shots... or don't and pay double. your pick.
9pm to 2am.
come rub elbows with hoarders, toddlers in tiaras, donald trump, the ulitmate warrior, dog the bounty hunter, the real housewives of whatever stupid county... and many many many more.
prize for the most creative and most realistic.
come out and witness it for yourself...
September 6, 2011
The shelves of the school supply aisle at Target are all but empty and the wheels on the bus are in motion this week as students take to their desks and meet new friends and new challenges in subject matter.
Picnic chow like Cold Fried Chicken, Deviled Eggs, DELICIOUS house made hot dogs, tater salad etc...
12 till ?
Twin Lakes Route 52 Pilsner
Southampton Keller Pils
Victory Braumeister Pils with Saaz hops
Victory Braumeister Pils with Sladek hops
Victory Braumeister Pils with Tettnang hops
Troeg’s Sunshine Pils
Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
Dock Street Bohemian Pils
Sixpoint Sehr Crisp Pils
FIRKIN of Stoudt’s Pils!
plus the Victory Beer Barrel!!
September 1, 2011
I couldn't get it out of my hair and had to go to a nearby salon to get the glue out. Unfortunately -there is no photographic evidence.
*When the Phillies won the World Series in 2008 - I was hosting a beer club viewing party at the now defunct Tied House. We marched all the way from Fairmount down to Broad St. I had a backpack full of cans and became at least 15 people's heroine when I passed them a cold Pils or Pale.
*On the first day of Christmas I bagged a bunch of nuts...Two Christmas's ago I baked winter-spiced nuts- bagged them and attached them to Sly Fox Christmas bottles for a bunch of our accounts then I delivered them. It was quite the project. Just ask the Raging Panda.
In the Winter of 2006 I was dating a guy from Phoenixville. This dude had so much P-ville pride he wanted the zip code tattooed on his chest. He got me into Sly Fox. He was obsessed with his hometown lager. At the time it was only available at a handful of bars. We would often drink it at Skinners or Eulogy. He would talk about the Goat Races all the time. Finally the first Sunday in May was approaching but we broke up the Monday prior. I thought- "$#!% it- I'm still going" So I got a ride out there in my friends convertible. It was a gorgeous day. I had a blast-I met John Giannopolous and hung out with Brian and Tim. They had no one doing sales for them at the time. Sometimes they would even break time away from the tanks to say thanks to Mark at the Abbaye or William Reed for pouring their beer. So we met some time later and I came on part-time for a year. We sat in a back booth in Royersford and they asked me what I thought my title should be. I thought Beer Lass- I thought it would beg the question- "Well- what does a beer lass do?" So "Beer Lass" was born. The namesake Blog wouldn't start till August of 2007. Even though my days of Sly Fox are in the past- you can count on me making that Goat Race every year. And- you should do the same.
*During Beer Week 2009- I went on the 10! Show to talk beer and promote beer week. I could've done any beer- but I was a hard core company gal- so I brought Saison, Incubus and Black Raspberry Reserve with me. When the Black Raspberry Reserve erupted all over a table- my nephew Tanner watching at home said to my sister, "Mommy- Aunt Suzy spilled beer on tv."
*I always wanted to do a beer dinner at a BYO-so it was such a delight when pioneering BYO, Matyson's chef/owner Ben, reached out to me and invited Sly Fox to partner up for an event. They brought Jesse Kimball in from Memphis Taproom. The two of them put together quite a menu. It was a hectic night. I was charged with pouring every glass all night long. A server would be like "Suzy seat table 32 is ready for course 3." I sorta got my ass kicked- but it was an awesome experience. (And we did shots of Jim Beam out of Rammekans afterward). The clientele is not typically a "beer crowd." (or are those words becoming passe as craft beer popularity increases? hmmm....) Before that dinner- many of the guests had never conceived of "craft beer in a can" for the golf course. It was awesome. The perception of beer at the dinner table was elevated. And once you have that epiphany- there's no turning back. I'm sure they're still going to be thinking wine 90% of the time- but at least beer is a possibility now.
*Pairing beer and food is one of my favorite past times. I don't often drink at the house but I had an endless supply of samples for accounts- so I would cook with it when I had the time. I came up with some great recipes for a variety of beer ice creams, risotto, meatballs etc...Here I am pairing the Dunkel with pierogies and caramelized onions
*ATLANTIC CITY Beer Fest- Dear Lord. Darn near kills me year after year. I'm pretty much back to normal then Beer week smacks my poor pancreas around ten times harder. This year was not the same as my beer gals Wendy and Megan didn't make it. One of Wendy's all-time favorite stories is rooted in this weekend in 2010. It's a good one.
Moving on from Sly Fox means that I won't be invited to local events anymore. Have I really poured at my last Royal Stumble?
Through the years I always enjoyed coming up with a costume and hanging out with all my buddies even if Sly Fox never ever won.
|Running of the Beers 2007|