This Saturday, April 18th, Jean Broillet and the rest of the brew team at Tired Hands Brewing Company are hitting up five different bars, showing off beer brewed from their operational (but not yet open to the public) Fermentaria.
The brewers will be at Local 44 from 12-1 pm, Strangelove’s from 2-3 pm, Standard Tap from 4-5 pm, Memphis Taproom from 6-7 pm and Alla Spina from 8-9 pm. They’ll be pouring their popular HopHands as well as debuting Rutilant, their new IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Cascade Hops.
Plan on meeting up with them at one spot or another. Just don’t follow them around all day. That’s stalking.
Tired Hands Brewing Company [Official]
Now this is the way that Wine Week ought to be celebrated.
For one night only, the crew at Alla Spina are bringing in chef, manager and Master Sommelier Chris Bates from FLX Wienery in the Finger Lakes to do a special Wine Week menu.
First things first, check out this guy’s bio: “Christopher Bates not only helmed one of the country’s greatest wine programs as General Manager and Executive Chef of 5 star Hotel Fauchere, but won the International Best Young Sommelier competition.” He then went on to bail out of the hotel scene and open a “Modern Hot-Doggery” where he could sling wieners and dogs for a living, which is just awesome.
Second things second, you’ve got to take a look at the menu being offered tonight. There are two options–drop in at the bar for a snack, or sit down in the dining room at Alla Spina for a full tasting menu, with pairings, of course.
Show me the menu!
Photo by Michael Gruber
Some of life’s questions are simply too great to ever be answered. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? But this week, two different groups are tackling the age old question: does beer or wine pair better with food?
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Photos by Jason Varney
If we can all just admit that a) the Buffalo wing is the ultimate chicken wing (so meaty, so balanced, so simple with its fake butter, Frank’s RedHot and nothing else), and b) there are very few decent Buffalo wings in Philly, we can move on and start talking about alternate versions we do well. Here are six to start with.
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Big Gay Ice Cream will be opening at Broad and South Streets one day soon. In the meantime you can get a Rocky Roadhouse sundae, maple-biscoff-bourbon shake plus burlesque and a drag show at Alla Spina on Sunday, March 22nd.
Alla Spina will be handling the savory fare and Big Gay Ice Cream will take care of the sweet stuff. There will also be a burlesque and drag show with host Bambi Galore to entertain. Victory Brewing beers will also be on special.
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Tuscan Tony from Paesano’s
With last month’s surprising news that Hot Diggity closed on South Street and the most recent bummer about Moe’s Hot Dog House at Grays Ferry and Washington Avenue closing, we got to thinking about where else you can get a good hot dog in Philadelphia. Yes, you can get a hot dog at just about every street vendor, but we were thinking about hot dogs a step above.
Here is our list of some of the top hot dogs in Philadelphia.
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They’re not normally the first thing I think of when I think of dinner on a snowy night, but after seeing these, I might change my mind: Beer-battered onion rings with “Samurai Sauce” made with mayo, sambal and Sriracha. They’re on special tonight at Alla Spina, so get on over there if you’re interested.
Alla Spina [Instagram]
Here’s hoping Alla Spina’s North Philly Sausage Cheesesteak is available latenight.
On New Year’s Eve Alla Spina is transforming itself into “Club Vetri.” There will be a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and as importantly, food stations featuring dishes from all of the Vetri Family restaurants (Vetri, Amis, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and of course Alla Spina). Tickets start at $120 and rise as we get closer to New Year’s Eve.
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Behold, the “Have Yourself A Merry Little Brisket” burger, created by Pat Szoke (ex of Alla Spina and The Industry)–a reuben burger with brisket, 1000 Island, swiss and sauerkraut. It’s on the board starting tonight at Rex 1516 and $15 gets you the burger, a beer and a shot of Buffalo Trace–which is a helluva way to do a Citywide.
Rex 1516 [Instagram]
And fried cheese is exactly what chef Julie Kline is serving at Alla Spina tonight in honor of the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
Julie Kline [Twitter]