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Nodding Head is pouring George's Fault | J. Fidance for Visit Philly

Nodding Head is pouring George’s Fault | J. Fidance for Visit Philly

Joe Sixpack makes a good point in his Daily News column today. Though the Great American Beer Festival is in October, the beers that are judged are due into Denver this weekend. That means local breweries that are submitting beers for judging are putting those beers on tap in Philadelphia this weekend. And Joe Sixpack being Joe Sixpack, he has where you should be heading.

Raise a glass to summer’s final days with local brewers’ championship beers and these beer events [Philadelphia Daily News]

Happy National Session Beer Day


Yes, today really is National Session Beer Day (it’s also just plain ol’ National Beer Day), and you should really get out there to celebrate.

In order to facilitate said celebrations, three bars in town are offering $1 off all session beers (meaning any beer with less than 4.5% ABV). Head out tonight to drink at Devil’s Den, Barren Hill Tavern or the Old Eagle Tavern and you’ll get a buck off a bunch of different Barren Hill session beers that they’re putting on tap (Drunk Monk, Bitter Chef, Berliner and more).

Devil’s Den [Official]
Barren Hill Tavern [Official]
Old Eagle Tavern [Official]

Pairing Beer With Pie At Barren Hill Tavern

barren-hill-carouselYesterday, we had news for you on pairing beer with Girl Scout Cookies. Today, it’s beer and pie.

Barren Hill Tavern in Lafayette is celebrating National Pie Day by throwing together a beer-and-pie pairing menu on Thursday, January 23. Here’s what the house has to say for themselves:

Throughout the evening, Barren Hill Tavern will offer four exceptionally crafted desserts with optional beer pairings and one pie paired with Barren Hill’s signature cocktail Barren Hill Punch, because as Cartman on South Park says, “more people will come if they think there’s punch and pie”.

Couldn’t agree more. Sous (and pastry) chef Melissa Stout-Greiner has put together a nice menu, too. Click through the jump to see how the pairings will come together.

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Twin Openings for Lafayette Hill


Today marks the opening day of both Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery and the reopening of Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. It’s a big moment for Lafayette Hill as the two establishments that face each other across Germantown Pike have both been substantially upgraded.

Erin Wallace who owns Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern has overhauled the old General Lafayette Inn. Head Brewer Scott Morrison (a five time medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival) is brewing six house-made brews. Twenty-four other craft beers will be available on draft. Chef Paul Trowbridge has developed a menu of beer-inspired food.

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Barren Hills Beers Debut at Devil’s Den Tonight

Barren Hill Beer Release0001Barren Hill Tavern may not be open yet but head brewer Scott Morrison has been hard at work brewing beers. And tonight, Devil’s Den will be putting his first six creations on tap. Barren Hill Tavern will replace the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill and will be run by same team that’s behind Devil’s Den and Manayunk’s Old Eagle Tavern.

With the debut of the beers tonight at 7 p.m., you can expect Morrison’s beers to be a permanent part of Devil’s Den’s draft lines.

The beers on tap tonight »

Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery Names Scott Morrison as Brewer


In March we told you that the Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern owner Erin Wallace was buying the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill as the site for their new brew pub. Well, the Wallaces officially settled on the property for Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery this week and signed on world renowned brewer and seven-time Great American Beer Festival medalist Scott Morrison as Head Brewer.

The new restaurant will be similar to Wallace’s other ventures with one exception; six of the thirty draft lines will be dedicated specifically to house made brews. Morrison, who was head brewer at McKenzie Brewpubs in 2005 when it was named the 35th best brewery in the world by Rate Beer, is known for his Belgian Ales, plans on getting very creative with his brews, promising to “create new and interesting styles that aren’t readily available in the Philly Market.” Morrison’s special brews will also be available at Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern. Wallace is still shooting to open the restaurant with Paul Towbridge as chef in late summer.

Devil’s Den Crew To Open Barren Hill

General Lafayette Inn

Word came down this morning that the Devil’s Den/Old Eagle Tavern team have taken the plunge and are (or soon will be) the proud new owners of the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill. The place has been a regular in the real estate listings for quite some time, but now it looks like it’s going to get new life as a brew pub.

What do we know right now? We know that when it reopens, it will be called Barren Hill (after the original name for the area) and that it will open with 30 taps–6 of them pouring Barren Hill brews with a plan for three of those to be “accessible” (IPA, lager and the like) and three being more “adventurous.” We know that it’ll be a beer-focused joint (of course), but that there will be a menu and that current Devil’s Den chef, Paul Trowbridge, will be manning the burners. And we also know that the beer brewed at Barren Hill will also be sold at Devil’s Den and the Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk.

Oh, and we’ve also heard that the team is looking at a mid-to-late summer opening, so they’d better get cracking.

Psssst, Wanna Buy An Inn? [Foobooz]