Independence Beer Garden Adds Happy Hour, Yards Exclusive

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New beer from Yards at IBG Wheat.

Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden at 6th and Market has added happy hour. The happy hour includes $4 beer, wine and cocktail specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. There’s also a $4 happy hour menu of food like corn croquettes, beef sliders and spit roasted chicken wings.

Also new is a new beer offering, IBG Wheat is a summer wheat brewed with Yards Brewing. The flavor is described as “candied sugar, orange peel, banana, clove, pepper, grass, lemon” and comes in at 6.5% alcohol by volume.

Independence Beer Garden has already gotten into our heavy rotation this year, the shuffleboard to the addictive popcorn has made us fans. And a special shoutout to Brooke, a server at IBG who might just be the nicest person in Philadelphia.

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Spotted: Progress at South Street’s Beer Garden

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street.

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street | Photo via Erin Wallace

Work continues at the site of last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beer garden at 16th and South. This year, Barren Hill Brewery is the partnering with the beer garden and is promising an exclusive beer crafted for the pop-up. Philadelphia-based Dietz and Watson will also be serving its products at the beer garden that promises a “Bohemian flair,” complete with wooden trellis, container gardens and lots of different greenery.

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Townsend Celebrating 1-Year Anniversary With A 5-Course Dinner

Chef-Owner Townsend Wentz.

On Wednesday May 27th, Passyunk’s Townsend is dishing out a five-course prix fixe meal in celebration of surviving their first year. The menu will showcase favorites from the restaurant alongside new dishes, and everything will be paired with wines from Townsend’s cellar. Sommelier Lauren Harris is bringing experts David McDuff, Seth Biederman, Jason MalumedJames Nolan, and Sean Faeth to join and discuss the pairings served at the meal.

That’s nice, now show me the menu

Watch: Philly Food Crew on the Chew Today

Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia: Pasta at Le Virtu

Joe Cicala making his pasta alla mugnaia | Photo by Jason Varney

Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala, Jose Garces and Holly Ricciardi (Magpie) will be on ABC’s The Chew today. Cicala will be showing off his single strand pasta alla mugnaia, while Garces makes a ceviche and Ricciardi bakes her butterscotch bourbon pie.

Tune in at 1 p.m. (or set your DVR) to see the whole crew repping Philly.

The Chew [Official]

Oink and Moo BBQ Coming to Smokey Pint

smokey-pint-oink-and-moo-bbq-940The Oink and Moo BBQ truck has been making a name for itself touring around New Jersey and Philadelphia for a bit now. And the barbecue food truck is going to be putting down some roots in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia. The Smokey Pint is a collaboration between Oink and Moo and the Bridesburg Commissary that offers space to caterers and food trucks.

The Smokey Pint will offer Oink and Moo BBQ plus beer in bottles, cans and draft at 2549 Orthodox Street, not far from the Aramingo exit of I-95 and the Betsy Ross Bridge. The space will feature beer in coolers and a counter where customers will order and pick up their barbecue. Communal tables will host around 30.

This isn’t the first non-wheeled location for Oink and Moo, there is also a brick-and-mortar location in North Jersey at 54 Broadway, Florham Park, NJ.

The barbecue and beer spot is just a few weeks out from opening.

Smokey Pint [Foobooz]

Earth Bread + Brewery Team Is Opening on Fairmount

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Rendering of 1720 Fairmount, the future home of Bar Hygge.

Michael Klein has details on Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver’s plans to open a brewpub at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The pub will be branded as Bar Hygge, a name coming from a Danish expression meaning “cozy camaraderie.”

The brewing side of the production will be called Brewery Techne and is aiming to be operational by October.

Bar Hygge: New brewpub from Earth Bread + Brewery [Philly.com]
Bar Hygge [Foobooz]

 

Tastings, Demonstrations and More at Eat Retreat Bite

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Photo by James Collier

 

This Thursday, in partnership with Fair Food, Eat Retreat Bite is happening in Philadelphia. Rub elbows and eat bites with the region’s food and drink making elite. The event takes place at Impact Hub (1227 N 4th Street) and includes olive oil tastings, butchery demonstrations and more.

Tickets are $55, $70 with the olive oil training seminar. Food industry professionals can use the code BITEINDSTRY for $20 off tickets.

Check out the full Eat Retreat Bite lineup »

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