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These Bars Are Embracing the Papal Visit

It's business as usual at V Street, though they are holding a spot for Pope Francis.

It’s business as usual at V Street, though they are holding a spot for Pope Francis.

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine this week it has been nothing but Pope maps and port-a-potties. That and some good people who are actually embracing the Pope coming to town and celebrating like its a blizzard.

Here are some of our favorite bar happenings this weekend.

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Tart Times at Devil’s Den

sour-beer-fest-devils-den-940Saturday, August 15th marks the kick off of Devil’s Den’s annual Pucker Up! Sour Fest. For the weekend, the entire draft selection at the bar (17 in all) will be dedicate to funky sour beers. Then through Friday, August 21st, the bar will continue to offer a rotating selection of sour beers on eight of the taps.

The lineup will include over 50 tart beers throughout the week, including award winning beers as well as rarities like:

  • Yards 20th Anniversary Sour
  • Bruery Tart of Darkness
  • Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche
  • And five sours from Free Will Brewing Co.

To see the complete list of sour beers on draft, check out the Pucker Up! Sour Fest event on Facebook.

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PHOTOS: Game of Thrones’s The Mountain Crushes Skulls and Takes Names at Devil’s Den

Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays The Mountain on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in town this week to play King Thor at the Renaissance Faire in Fairmount on Saturday and Sunday. To get prepared, he must eat like the monster he is, so he’s been sampling devouring some Philly grub. 

Photographer James Zeleniak tells me that Chef Caitlin Mateo delivered him some grub from Square 1682 yesterday afternoon when he visited the Philadelphia Weekly offices, and last night he moved on to South Philly to put away some grub and pal around with fans at Devil’s Den. I’m told he enjoyed a large portion of chicken wings with Korean BBQ that chef Eric Wallace “kicked up a notch.” For his second course, he had a house-blend burger. “Björnsson did not partake in the special Game of Thrones brews from Barren Hill Brewery nor Ommegang‘s Three Eye’d Raven. He drank orange juice,” Zeleniak says.

Zeleniak sent some photos of the 6 foot 9 inch, 400 pound mammoth in action. Ladies, feel free to swoon.


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