A rooftop deck is a terrible thing to waste, and City Tap House has no intention of letting theirs sit idle. All summer, they’ve got events, parties and specials scheduled, and every single one of them involves drinking from the 60-tap beer program run by Andy Farrell.
So now that the long days and warm nights are officially here, what’s on the schedule?
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Just yesterday someone asked when Pennsylvania 6, the replacement for Tweed at 114 S 12th Street was opening. Today we can report the American brasserie concept will open in March.
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We’ve long wished that the Field House next to Reading Terminal Market was the big mega-sized sports bar that we could recommend to tourists and others go. And with its renovation and reopening set for this weekend, maybe with the help of two Andys, it will finally become that.
Andrew Brown, who is leaving Opa on Sansom Street is going to be taking over the kitchen. Brown’s menu will contain Philadelphia staples and other dishes that harkan back to Brown’s days at the White Dog Cafe. And with the Reading Terminal Market across the street, fresh and local shouldn’t be too difficult.
The beer program is being managed by Andy Farrell who also stewards the City Taphouse program. The forty-tap system will stress local beers including some from the next generation of small brewers who have been popping up in the area.
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Pliny the Younger fever is heating up as the rare and highly sought after Russian River beer was delivered to local bars yesterday. City Tap House’s Andy Farrell tweeted a photo of the white whale of the beer world.
The beer is a triple IPA and its late winter release creates a nerdy hysteria across the country. The vast majority of the beer is distributed in California and the Pacific Northwest with some kegs making it to Denver. In past years Philadelphia has been the only East Coast city to receive shipments and it looks like that’s the case this year too (Take that DC, Boston, New York!). Farrell’s already fielded phone calls from Washington DC, Trenton and New Brunswick, New Jersey about his plans for tapping the sixtel.
Who gets to pour the beer is almost as geekily anticipated as who gets to drink it. This marks the first year that City Tap House will have a sixtel and of course Farrell and company are planning an event around the tapping.
UPDATE #7: We’ve moved our coverage to a listing format. Check it out here.
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