Tonight: Tria Taproom Serving America’s First Trappist Ale

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Tonight, you can get a beer from one of only 10 certified Trappist ale producers–and the only one in the United States.

Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed by the brothers at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Massachusetts, is the real deal. The monks traveled all throughout Europe, visiting Trappist breweries like Chimay and Westmalle and learning how to get it just right. The result? Well, I’ll let them describe it:

Spencer Trappist Ale, Spencer Brewery at Saint Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer, MA · 6.5%) Inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier (“fathers’ beer” in Flemish), these relatively sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically only available at the monastery. This flavorful golden ale is fruity, with dry finish and a light hop bitterness.

It’s being poured right now, and will be until late tonight. So if you’re anxious to taste the first-ever American Trappist ale, head on over and see what all the fuss is about.

Tria Taproom [f8b8z]

 

New (Old) Chef At Southwark, And A Very New Menu

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Typically, we prefer to toot our own horn here at Foobooz, but today we’ll admit that we’re really enjoying Danya Henninger’s column The Spot over on philly.com. In it, she profiles restauranteurs who have been in business for a decade or more. And while she hasn’t yet paid Southwark a visit (yet), they very well could be next on her list. Why? Because it’s turning 10, too, and is looking at some pretty substantial changes to the menu and in the kitchen.

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Tonight: Kevin Sbraga’s Career Dinner Looks Amazing

SbragaCareerDinnerChef Kevin Sbraga is hosting a Culinary Career Dinner tonight at Sbraga, and with it, he will be representing his entire career as a chef with one 7-course meal. Sound a little like the schtick at Volver? Well yeah, it is. But this one is half as many courses and will only run you $85 per person (plus an additional $45 a head if you want beverage pairings). And the dishes Sbraga has chosen to represent himself–everything from oysters and caviar a la Juniper Commons to cheesecake inspired by his father’s shop, Harvey’s Bakery– sound awesome.

Check out the menu and details after the jump.

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Fountain Restaurant Announces Final Dinner Service

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So this is it. We all knew it was coming, but now we have an actual date. The last dinner served at Fountain at the Four Seasons Hotel will be Saturday, December 27.

The official news came down yesterday, but that was just putting an end-date on something that most folks in the food world understood as inevitable. The Four Seasons hotel itself will be closing sometime in the next year (with plans to move into the new Comcast building), so Fountain–with more than thirty years behind it–was operating on borrowed time.

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More BBQ And Beer On A Tuesday Night: Fette Sau Hosts Founders Brewing For Harvest Ale Release

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Founders Brewing will be serving up their seven best brews tonight at Fette Sau to celebrate the release of their newest addition–Harvest AleDark Penance, Dissenter and Backwoods Bastard will all be pouring tonight, plus a few others.

A ticket (only $14) will guarantee you a 10 oz pour of Harvest Ale, two smoked chicken legs, and a can of Founders Centennial in a Founders coozie. The fun starts at 5pm and tickets are limited, so snag one now by calling 215-391-4888. Or you can take your chances and just show up.

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BBQ and Beer On a Tuesday? Bring It On

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If Tuesday is already feeling like the end of the week, it’s time for some good barbecue and a beer–both of which will be available at the Baby Blue’s BBQ and Troegs Brewery BBQ and Beer event tonight.

Between 7 and 9 p.m., Baby Blues will provide a special 5-course menu (including candied jalapeños, bacon-wrapped shrimp and more), with beer pairings, like Troeg’s Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA, for a single $50 price. And along with all the food and booze, there’ll also be gift card giveaways and raffles.

Call 215-222-4444 for details and reservations.

Baby Blues BBQ [Official]

 

Garces Opening Another New Restaurant, This Time At The Newark Airport

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The New York Times recently reported on a $120 million upcoming project at Newark Airport, which will involve 24(!) “high-profile” chefs all doing their part to create an upgraded culinary scene. At an airport. In Newark.

No, really.

Alex Stupak, Amanda Freitag, Paul Liebrandt, Jacques Torres, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione and Alain Ducasse are all part of the project. And (as if you couldn’t have guessed from his smiling photo up there), so is Jose Garces.

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If There’s A Will There’s A Way: Chris Kearse Documentary

 

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Chef Chris Kearse of Will BYOB  tells his inspiring story in a short Vimeo documentary recently created by videographer Oliver Gallini, the first of a short series on some of Philadelphia’s top chefs.

Gallini describes his video not as a tribute to Kearse’s remarkable culinary creations, but as a film that speaks to “his inspiring story and the way he works every day to influence others.”

Updates on the coming documentaries on Philadelphia’s chefs can be found here.

Check out the video

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