Stephen Starr Invents Novel Way to Overpay for Pitcher

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A Dandy growler at the Dandelion

Yesterday afternoon we received a press release from Stephen Starr’s PR firm regarding a new offer from the Dandelion. Starr’s attractive English pub is celebrating its fourth anniversary by offering a limited number of growlers for sale.

That intrigued us enough to duck out to figure out if this is any kind of deal. It isn’t. But beer and Starr rarely are. The Dandelion is offering the 32-ounce growler for $5 filled, $8 if you just want the glass. Then you are charged for three 10-ounce pours at regular price to fill it. So a growler gets you about two ounces extra. Many bars that fill growlers will fill your 64-ounce growler for the price of 3 pints, resulting in one free beer per growler. The Youngs Double Chocolate Stout was $10.50 for 32-ounces ($3.50 a ten-ounce pour), $4.50 less than the Yards Grapefruit infused Philadelphia Pale Ale that was $15 for 32-ounces.

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Win a Trip to Belgium Courtesy of Philly Beer Week

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Tonight,  Tuesday, December 9 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Philly BeerWeek will host their annual Win a Trip to Belgium Raffle at City Tap House Logan Square.  Upon purchasing a raffle ticket ($5 each, pack of five for $20), guests will be able to select their favorite local brewer to accompany them to Belgium, should they win.

One lucky winner will win the trip to Belgium and will help brew PBW’s, annual Belgian collaboration beer. This year that ber will be brewed with Andre Janssens and Dries Janssens, from Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal, located in Tildonk, Belgium.

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Try These Twelve Beers of Christmas

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Christmas beers are a yearly tradition that actually has some history behind them. As Don Russell notes in his book, Christmas Beer, The Cheeriest, Tastiest and Most Unusual Holiday Brews, Christmas beers have a legacy that goes back to the Middle Ages and maybe even before Christmas itself.

Today, Christmas beers are often dark beers, brewed with spices and strong malty character, but since Christmas beers are more of a tradition than a style, there’s something out there for everyone.

Here are twelve of our favorite wintertime brews »

The Origin of Gingerbread Jesus

Gingerbread_JesusSo you may have heard that Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery is ready to release their newest holiday beer: Gingerbread Jesus.

And if you haven’t – yup, it’s called Gingerbread Jesus. And he’s got all his facial hair and even a little wreath on his head.

A Belgian Dubbel brewed with molasses, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, Gingerbread Jesus has an interesting background. It was named for the collaboration with Reverend Kirk Berlenbach of Roxborough’s St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and the brewery to create the holiday beer.

An avid home brewer, Father Kirk is part of the Franklin Society Homebrew Club and has his own blog,  So This Priest Walks Into a Bar... Basically, he knows his stuff.

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Holiday Beer Dinner at Lolita

Photo by Jason Varney

Photo by Jason Varney

Lolita Restaurant knows that on a Sunday and/or Monday – especially one approaching the holiday – beer is always a good idea, as is saving money.

So, on Sunday, December 7th and Monday, December 8th, the restaurant will host a 3-course Holiday Beer Dinner with a menu of Mexican food meeting Christmas beer. And you can’t complain about the cost, it’s only $35 per person.

Check out the full menu and beer pairings »

Black Beers for Black Friday

black-fridayBlack Friday has become a thing at Philadelphia bars. Luckily, it doesn’t mean getting up at 4 a.m. and wrestling over curved TVs but rather it is all about dark beers.

Here are just some of the Black Friday beer events happening today.

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Cape May Brewing Company Hits Philly

Photo via Cape May Brewing Company on Twitter

Photo via Cape May Brewing Company on Twitter

This December, Philadelphia’s welcoming a new player in the lineup of beer, South Jersey’s Cape May Brewing Company will be served throughout the city after recently celebrating its third anniversary.

Some of the beers to be released in town are the brewery’s flagship Cape May IPA, King Porter Stomp, Devil’s Reach, a strong Belgian-style ale and Mop Water, their 5-spiced ale.

One of the first Philadelphia bars that will carry the brewery’s beer is the Draught Horse Pub on Temple University’s campus. The owners of the Draught Horse also own Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, the first bar to carry the Cape May Brewing Company’s beers in Cape May, so bringing the brews to Philly means the whole thing has really come full circle for the brewery.

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Local 44 Wants to be Your Beer Gift Superstore

HolidayShoppingThe Bottle Shop at Local 44 is ready for all of your holiday shopping needs. The compendium to Local 44 is stocking a host of beer meets food products not to mention tons of beer as well.

Among the beer and food products available are several Victory Brewing related items including Victorious B.I.G. jerky, Crisp & Co. Pint Pickles and Punch Drunk hot sauce. There are also items like draft beer flavored jelly beans, beer soap and dog biscuits from spent brewing grain. The Local 44 team is also excited to have

There is also a pop-up freezer section offering Weckerly’s Cinnamon Toasted Oat on Chocolate Stout Brownies and pints of Porter Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Brown Butter Short Bread.

Of course the bottle shop is also offering beer specials for the holidays. For one, all magnums of beer are $30 through the end of the year.

Holiday Shopping [Bottle Shop at Local 44]

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