PHS Beer Gardens Set to Open

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

9th and Wharton PHS Beer Garden opens Friday at 5 p.m.

At least two of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s three pop-up beer gardens for 2015 are set to open by Monday, June 1st and probably earlier.

The 9th and Wharton location has come a long way since it was an empty lot just three weeks ago. Today, we have been told that the beer garden backed by David Frank and Stephen Simons (Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern, Royal Tavern and the two Cantinas) will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29th. Look for cocktails, beer, wine, fernet and food borrowing from the Italian heritage of the neighborhood.

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New Seasonal Dishes at Palladino’s

Black Spaghetti

Speaking of exciting stuff happening on East Passyunk Ave, chef Luke Palladino just announced his late spring/early summer menu additions at Palladino’s. The new offerings include eighteen fresh dishes, and are the first major changes in the menu since the restaurant opened in December 2014. And this is only the first round of additions Palladino has planned. Going forward, he will debut new dishes two to three times a season.

Highlights? Palladino’s personal favorite spring antipasti, the NJ Asparagus Two Ways, and two new types of flatbreads. In the coming weeks, other seasonal dishes will be introduced (squash blossoms beware, Luke Palladino is coming for you), but for now the current new additions are available as of this week.

Check the new items out below…

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Hammer of Glory Relay Announced

HOG Relay: Who ya gonna call? | Photo by Stephen Lyford

HOG Relay: Who ya gonna call? | Photo by Stephen Lyford

“Noble carrier, we entrust you with the Hammer of Glory, the omnipotent symbol of our beloved Philadelphia Beer Week. May your journey be safe. Work ye up a thirst, for there shall be a beer waiting for you at your destination. Godspeed!”

One of our favorite events of Philly Beer Week is also the first. The Hammer of Glory (HOG) is used to kick off the opening of Philly Beer Week when a dignitary taps the first official keg of Beer Week, at the beginning of the Opening Tap event. But before the hammer arrives at the 23rd Street Armory, it will go on an Olympic flame-like tour of Philadelphia bars and other destinations. Part of the fun is how the hammer travels from bar to bar. This year the HOG will be transported by Philly Roller Derby, the Two Roads VW bus, horse-drawn beer wagon, the Fishtown Beer Runners, wheelbarrow, motorcycle, and Marie Antoinette.

The HOG will make a whopping 23 stops this year. The relay kicks off at CBS 3 Studios at 6:45 am and culminate at Opening Tap at 6:53. Plan on ducking out of work if the Hammer of Glory passes near or perhaps, hop on the SugarHouse Casino’s double-decker bus which will be providing transportation throughout the day.

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The Khyber Makes Esquire’s Best Bars List


Photo by Arthur Etchells

The Khyber Pass Pub makes Esquire’s list of the best bars in America. The bar is one of 15 new bars on the list, and the only one from Philadelphia. Esquire describes the bar from David Frank and Stephen Simons as:

Back in the 1980s, the Khyber was where all the punk bands played. Nowadays the bands are gone and it’s a lot cleaner. But there’s still a great rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, decent New Orleans food (and cocktails), and a whole lot of craft beer on tap.

The Khyber is the first Philadelphia bar to make the Esquire list since 2007.

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Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap Is Just Days Away


Opening Tap 2014 | Photo by Stephen Lyford

Philly Beer Week officially kicks off this Friday evening with the Opening Tap. The event features 42 local breweries offering samples of their beer as well as the official debut of Brotherly Suds, the local collaborative brew created by Flying Fish, Iron Hill, Nodding Head, Sly Fox, Earth Bread + Brewery, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher and Yards.

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Win Tickets to the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event

Win VIP tickets to the Great Chefs Event (includes access to after party, 200lb mortadella and Questlove DJing) Photo by Steve Legato

Win VIP tickets to the Great Chefs Event (includes access to after party with 200lb mortadella and Questlove DJing) Photo by Steve Legato

Each year, the Great Chefs Event brings the best chefs from all over the globe to the Navy Yard in Philadelphia resulting in dozens of memorable dishes, like last year’s Foie Gras Cotton Candy from Daikaya in DC. Take a look at the 10th annual Great Chefs Event participating chefs’ list and tweet what your dream dish would be and who you’d have make it for you. The best bite you can think of from your favorite chef of all time. For example: “I would go crazy for duck confit pho by Charles Phan” or “I want fried chicken and waffle ice cream from Big Gay Ice Cream.” Get creative—your great, great grandma’s meatballs, want to see Marc Vetri take a stab at Kung Pao Chicken or take a bite of Tom Colicchio’s frog legs?

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Two Bells for Franky Bradley’s

Franky Bradley's

Photo via Franky Bradley’s

Craig LaBan very much enjoys the feel that Marc Bee has created in his new take on Franky Bradley’s, but it is chef David Kane’s food that makes the trek down back alley’s worth it for the food critic.

Pink slices of smoked duck breast are at the heart of a pressed Cuban sandwich, plumped with tender duck confit and tart house pickles inside its fontina-and-butter-crisped crust. Tender slow-smoked brisket is also a highlight. I enjoyed it layered with celery-root slaw and BBQ sauce as a hearty sandwich. But there was something about that brisket, moistened with veal stock and mounded into hollowed-out potato skins with Cabot cheddar and a creamy drizzle of horseradish sauce, that persuasively evoked an old-school aesthetic while updating it at the same time, as though crystallizing Franky Bradley’s weird hybrid as a sort of offbeat modern-day Steak & Ale.

Two Bells – Very Good

Franky Bradley’s offers old comforts in new style [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Franky Bradley’s [Foobooz]

Start Center City Sips a Week Early

center-city-sips-2015-400wCenter City Sips, the Center City-wide Wednesday night happy hour officially kicks off on Wednesday, June June 3rd. The weekly deal includes $3 beer, $4 wine, $5 cocktails and half-priced appetizers at more than 80 bars and restaurants.

This week, on Wednesday, May 27th a special kickoff party will be held on the patio bar at the Marathon at 18th and Market. The event will include Sips specials, 2 Gingers tastings, plus music from DJ Royale. Stop by and get a head start on Center City Sips.

Center City Sips [Center City District]

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