As a Maryland girl, there’s almost nothing I like better than craft beer and blue crabs. I can literally spend all afternoon picking crabs and washing them down with a cold craft can. In fact, today’s my birthday and that’s exactly what I’m doing RIGHT NOW.
Everyone in Philadelphia loves Scoats, the owner of the Grey Lodge Pub, and everyone in the world loves cheese. So, other than craft beer and crabs, there’s not a much better combination happening this weekend than the upcoming installment of Scoats’ weekly Sunday Night Special: Beer & Cheese Pairing.
Breakfast, it’s what’s for dinner at Westmont, New Jersey’s Keg & Kitchen’s Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout breakfast-dinner on August 10th. Reprising a pajama theme K&K’s owners rolled out during a KBS brunch a few years ago, patrons are invited to wear their jammies while they eat foie gras, fried chicken and French toast starting at 7pm.
Bartenders will be pouring plenty more Founders, too, including Dark Penance and Alpha Acid Test IPAs like Centennial, Double Trouble, and All Day. The bf and I will be there wearing our matching onesies and celebrating my birthday weekend so feel free to buy me a beer.
Keg & Kitchen [Official]
Attention bike riders: Philly’s own bike share program, called Indego, is partnering with Cuba Libre to offer a free tapas dish to anyone who shows an Indego key and spends at least $15 on food.
Here’s how it works: Present a bike rental key during lunch, brunch or dinner and your server will bring you a free pineapple-guacamole Cubano along with your table’s $15 food purchase. Cuba Libre describes the Cubano as a “classic tapas item (that) features avocado, grilled golden pineapple, roasted jalapeños, fresh lime juice and extra virgin olive oil, and is served with crispy plantain chips.” This is Indego’s first dining partnership.
You can access Indego’s 600 bikes parked at 60 stations (including one close to Cuba Libre at 2nd & Market, just sayin’) by buying a membership or paying on the spot with a credit card – something we wish car shares would get into.
Cuba Libre [f8b8z]
Wanna go for beers at the Zoo? Of course you do. Which is why we don’t even have to try that hard to sell this one.
So we won’t try to be cutesy when we tell you that from 6-10 pm on Saturday, the Philadelphia Zoo is hosting its annual iteration of the Summer Ale Festival that allows beer drinkers to co-mingle with the species they sometimes resemble upon imbibing too much of the beverage.
Sometimes you’ve just had enough beer, right? You’ve drunk all the good stuff, the weird stuff, the low-rent stuff. Whiskey and gin just don’t seem right for the moment and you’re certainly not going to switch to wine. So what do you turn to in your hour of alcoholic need?
Ever true to his pioneering spirit, the producer of the massive Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival is bringing the first cider fest to Jersey. On August 8, Jon Henderson of Good Time Tricycle will host two sessions of the inaugural Atlantic City Cider Social.
Mike Halfacre, who has held the position for three years, didn’t give a reason for his departure but some speculate that he wants to find a job outside Gov. Chris Christie’s administration before the governor either runs for president or his term expires in 2018.
So why is this a big deal? Because Halfacre was instrumental in implementing laws that dramatically reformed the state’s brewing and distilling regulations. The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, as well as prominent beer fest producers, considers him an ally in helping them navigate unfamiliar and tricky rules. And last spring, he worked with them to figure out common-sense regulations for festivals so that reputable organizers could continue to introduce craft breweries to consumers while ensuring that they didn’t promote irresponsible drinking.
So yes, the brewing and distilling enthusiasts in Jersey are, understandably, a little bit worried right now. We’ll keep you posted on any further developments.
If you spend any time at New Jersey’s brewery tasting rooms, you’ve surely noticed some differences from those in PA. No dining. No entertainment. No food trucks. Well, maybe some food trucks.
In some ways, New Jersey brewers have been left to interpret the state’s two-year-old law that allows them to sell pints of beer and has led to the proliferation of tasting rooms and new breweries across the state. But because the law was met with opposition from the restaurant association, it prohibits food service and entertainment at breweries that aren’t brewpubs. However, the law left some grey area and some room to make one’s own decisions about how strictly to follow the law.
Sure, you’ve had lobster mac n’ cheese and mac n’ cheese with pancetta, but have you tried Mexican mac n’ cheese? Or Greek mac n’ cheese? Didn’t think so.
But you can change that tonight by going to the Mac & Beer fest at the Grand Ballroom in Collingswood. The fest, which runs 5-9 pm, benefits the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, who manage the ballroom and the Scottish Rite Auditorium and Grand Ballroom, and the Crossroads Programs, which helps a abused, abandoned, homeless and at-risk young people. So yes, it’s for a good cause.
Thanks to local Allagash sales rep and former beer journalist Suzy Woods, Philadelphia was one of the first cities in the world to host its own women-in-beer group, which invited women to hang out and learn about beer in a social, female-only environment.
But the group has been mostly quiet for a few years, choosing to host twice-annual coed gatherings for the time being instead of its regular meet-ups of yore. A national women-in-beer organization tried to form a chapter here, but its efforts largely failed. Active groups exist in the western and eastern suburbs, and Victory runs an occasional Girls Just Wanna Have Suds series but the city itself has recently lacked any substantive focal point for beer-loving women.