For the whole month of November, the Continental in Old City is celebrating Spirit Month. And if you order a cocktail that features local spirits, including those from Philadelphia Distilling, the drinks are just $7.
Looking for some free drinks? If you’re a fan of Foobooz, of course you are.
Well I have some good news for you. Art in the Age is rolling out a new Happy Hour promotion at their brick-and-mortar store at 116 North 3rd Street which will involve free cocktail samples. Yes, you’ll also have to sit (or stand) through some sales pitches and suggestions that you ONLY use Art in the Age products and barware, but hey, did you miss the important part of the previous sentence? Free cocktails. I imagine you can probably tolerate some be-vested drink-slinger expounding on the wonders of mason shakers from W+P Design or Pok Pok Som drinking vinegars so long as there is a free drink in your hand, right?
Anyway, these AITA happy hours are going to be happening every Thursday from 5-7pm at the Old City store. They’ll be having different specials and promotions every week, and just so you can know what’s happening before you get there, they’ve conveniently launched the #AITAHappyHour hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
Art in the Age [Instagram]
Art in the Age [Twitter]
Art in the Age is all about collaboration this month. First, it was the First Friday Prohibition affair with the Constitution Center and now it’s a four-course pairing dinner tonight at Lotus Farm to Table in Media. In addition to serving cocktails made from Art in the Age’s old-timey Sage, Rhuby, Snap and Root, chef Ryan Sulikowski is putting together some pretty impressive sounding dishes–some of which include said spirits.
To wit: course #1 is Sage-roasted apple, braised cabbage, juniper and smoked basil bread, paired with sage gin, apple cinnamon syrup, burnt rosemary and soda water. And dessert is Root chocolate chip cookie, vanilla olive oil ice cream and candied rutabaga paired with Root, vanilla cream and shaved chocolate. Sounds like one for the ages, huh? Tickets are $55 per person.
Lotus Farm To Table [Official]
To kick off its Prohibition-themed art and ephemera exhibition, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is partnering with the National Constitution Center to host a flapper-icious First Friday fete this evening from 6-8pm. Throughout the month, the edgy-yet-retro clothing and gift apothecary/boutique will display graphic illustrations that depict famous Philly Prohibition characters by local artist Hank Krall, as well as artifacts from the era. It’s Called “Art in the Age of Prohibition.” Get it?
Through the exhibition’s run, the store will also program lectures and workshops on homebrewing, Prohibition cocktails and spirits production. As for tonight, we couldn’t get any confirmation on the drink list, but every time we’ve been to an Art in the Age reception, there’s been a bartender mixing esoteric concoctions with the company’s three historically-inspired liquor brands: Root, Snap and Rhuby. We’re guessing that, tonight, they’ll probably be adding Sage to the mix(ers) as well.
Art In The Age [Official]
Blah blah First Friday, blah blah denim exhibit… What matters here (or at least what should matter most to fans of fine dried beef products and complicated cocktails) is that there will be a tasting of Side Project Jerky, paired with Art In The Age cocktails, being offered tomorrow during the Norman Porter denim exhibit at the Art In The Age storefront in Old City.
I’m not 100% sure, but I’m fairly certain that this represents the first beef jerky pairing in modern (food) history. And even if it isn’t, it’s still pretty cool. I mean seriously… Which would you rather have at a cocktail party? More silly little toast rounds stacked with foie gras, marrow foam and unicorn daydreams, or a handful of damn fine jerky?
Yeah, that what I thought. And from what I hear, the Norman Porter jeans are pretty swanky, too.
Side Project Jerky [Official website]
Norman Porter Company [Official website]
Oh, those crazy cats over at Art In The Age… First they get us to drink boozy rootbeer party juice. Then it’s liquid gingersnaps. Then they find a use for rhubarb that doesn’t involve someone’s grandma making a pie. And now they’re back again with SAGE which, weirdly, tastes just like Froot Loops.
Oh, but I kid. No, SAGE is a “garden gin” and tastes, as you might expect, like sage. And thyme. And rosemary, lavender and fennel. It tastes like drinking an entire herb garden and, according to the Art In The Age website, like the “grace and elegance of post-colonial, pre-industrial America.” And I’m sure we all know exactly what that tastes like.
All you cocktail freaks can start organizing your zesters and atomizers now. Sage is due to hit the shelves in Pennsylvania on August 25th
Okay, so yesterday we got the best kind of delivery to Foobooz World Headquarters: A nice box of donuts. But these were no ordinary donuts. Oh, no… These were the first, hot-out-of-the-robot samples of the new limited edition Art In The Age / Federal Donuts collaboration donuts.
Yeah, I know. What they’re doing over at FedNuts is making donuts that mimic the flavor profile (if not the alcohol content) of the three AITA spirits currently available: Rhuby, Snap and Root. These donuts will be available for a limited time only (April 20-29) at Federal Donuts and, as anyone who has spent any time waiting in the donut-and-fried-chicken line at FedNuts will tell you, will probably sell out unbelievably fast.
On Tuesday, March 13th, known weirdo (and dreamboat) Jason Cichonski will be pairing his love for odd flavor combinations with products that revel in their own small-batch intellectual complexity when he hosts a five-course dinner at Ela, complete with custom cocktails featuring ROOT, SNAP and RHUBY from Art In The Age.
Under normal circumstances, this would be just another booze-pairing event. But it’s Cichonski’s involvement that makes it a curiosity. Those of you who read Trey Popp’s recent review of Ela understand that Cichonski operates with a strange, Rain Man-like facility when it comes to designing dishes. He sees things on the street that kinda look like other things in his pantry, so builds a dish around them. He makes some mistake during testing an experimental entree and ends up constructing an entirely new dish around some accidental juxtaposition of flavors. So when you give someone like that access to the already complicated flavors of the Art In The Age products, who knows what’s going to happen.
Oh, wait. We do.
Check out Art in the Age’s Rhuby as well as their other liquors at Silk City tonight during a special 6 to 8 p.m. happy hour. $4 Cocktails by Art In the Age, Don Q and Sailor Jerry, then later in the night, reggae.
Rhuby, the rhubarb flavored liquor from Art in the Age (Snap and Root) should hit Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits stores this week. Check out Art in the Age’s album of recipes for ideas on what to do with the booze. And let us know if you spot it on a shelf, we are intrigued.
Introducing Rhuby [Art in the Age]