Top Picks for Events During the Craft Brewers Conference

cbc philly 2016The Craft Brewers Conference, a week-long education and networking event for those in the craft brewing industry, is happening this year in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, from Tuesday, May 3rd through Friday, May 6th.

While the industry peeps will be attending seminars all day during the week, the real fun is happening in the evening when we the public can all celebrate craft beer together with all the industry types who will be in town.

With that in mind, there’s a lot going on—way more than we could list—so we picked some of our favorites each day for you to check out. If you want to see everything else that’s going on, Bryan Kolesar is putting together a completely insane comprehensive list of every event he can find. Also keep an eye on the Events page over at PhillyTapFinder, where they’re compiling draft beer lists for many of the events.

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Sbraga Offering Happy Hour This Week

Sbraga | Photo via Sbraga Dining

Sbraga | Photo via Sbraga Dining

Sbraga a 440 South Broad Street must have enjoyed feeding wing lovers during the PIFA Festival this weekend as the restaurant is again encouraging people to come in and check out the restaurant differently from dinner.

This week, Monday through Wednesday, the Sbraga bar will be offering specials between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Among the specials, Vadouvan chicken wings. And when chef Kevin Sbraga does anything with chicken (we’ve called him the chicken whisperer in the past), we encourage all to take notice.

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Tickets To The Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival On Sale Now

Philadelphia Magazine's own Wine and Food Festival will tempt your taste buds this Wednesday. Over 650 wines will be available for tasting at Lincoln Financial Field's SCA Club, plus there will be plenty of great food vendors ready to pair their delicious food with your vino. Even better, an on-site wine and liquor store will offer your favorite wines for purchase, so you can continue the fun at home. Wednesday, May 6th, 6:30 pm, $130, Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Avenue.

Don’t forget: If you’re a wine nerd, a food geek, or just like rubbing elbows with Philly’s swells, you can still get your tickets to the Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival happening May 3 at Lincoln Financial Field.

There’ll be 650 wines available for sampling, from wineries coming in from all over the world, plus some of the best restaurants in the city providing snacks for you while you drink. We’ve got all the details on the restaurants coming cataloged right here, and if you’re more into the wines, there’s a full list of participating wineries here. You can get your tickets at the link below.

Philadelphia Wine & Food Festival [Tickets]

The Dirt: Prince Edition

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Tomorrow morning you can skip The Morning Papers and Breakfast Can Wait because you’ve got to drive your Little Red Corvette down to the Alphabet St. farmer’s market to pick up some Starfish and Coffee. I know I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man, but if you Take Me With You, I’ll buy you a Raspberry Beret, I mean sorbet, from Jenny & Frank’s Artisan Gelato. Let’s Go Crazy picking out salad greens because Money Don’t Matter 2 Night. Call My Name if we get separated and I’ll meet you by the Mountains of apples still left from last season at Beechwood Orchards. Don’t forget to pick up some Cream to go with your Starfish and Coffee, maple syrup and jam. I’ll bring 7 quarters for the meter because I’m sure you need a ticket like Anotheroverholenyohead. Oh, and don’t forget your umbrella. I hear that the forecast is calling for Purple Rain.

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The 18th Annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Craft Beer Fest is This Weekend


Saturday afternoon, Manayunk Brewery is hosting their 18th annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Craft Beer Fest. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., not only can you taste over 70 craft beers, but also multiple bourbon samples, plus munch on some BBQ and other food items. Of course, there will be live music throughout the day  including blues and classic rock by The Fermentors. 

Tickets are $50 for general admission, which include unlimited craft beer samples in a souvenir tasting glass, multiple bourbon samples, and an event program listing all of the beers. Designated driver tickets are $25 and include one complimentary BBQ food item and free soft drinks.

Get your tickets here.

BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Craft Beer Fest [Official]

Bernie Sanders Takes A Coffee Break In Limerick


Photo courtesy Julie Barretta

Bernie Sanders had a busy day yesterday. He came out against Mayor Kenney’s soda tax as a regressive burden on poor people. He rallied the troops in Oaks at a rally. And when he was done with that, he dropped in on my favorite suburban coffee shop for a cup of coffee and a snack.

Apparently, someone on the local campaign staff is a fan of Java’s Brewin’ in Limerick, because once the speech was done and the candidate had a chance to take a breath, he decided he wanted a cup of coffee and wanted it to come from a local business. So his team brought him straight to the little shop owned and run by the Barretta family.

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A Beer Garden in the Sky Coming to Center City

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

At a height taller than the even the observation deck of Berlin’s famed TV tower, Fernsehturm Berlin, Skygarten will be one of the highest places in the world to hoist a pint or boot of German beer. And that’s what you’ll be doing on the 51st floor of 3 Logan Square (1717 Arch Street). Top of the Tower is teaming up with Brauhaus Schmitz to launch what they’re calling the “World’s Most Celestial Beer Garden.”

The 3,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space will curated by Doug Hager and his team at Brauhaus Schmitz. Hager will have four draft lines plus multiple German beers by the can and select local craft beers. Jeremy Nolen is working with the Top of the Tower’s culinary team to create a menu of bar bites and snacks.

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SouthGate Opening for Brunch


That’s right—starting this Saturday, April 23rd, you can head over to SouthGate to get yourself some Korean-inspired brunch. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., they’re offering a menu that includes things like kimchi poutine in a hot stone bowl and Korean fried chicken and waffles (pictured above, with green tea Belgian waffles!).

There’s also a nice cocktail list, which you can see below along with the full menu.

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