A Toast: To Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

captain lawrence ImperialIn order to welcome Captain Lawrence Brewing Company to the Philadelphia dining scene, various restaurants and bars will be participating in the Reserve Toast to Philly, a region-wide toast scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

Raise a pint of New York based, Captain Lawrence’s Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA in celebration of the beer’s arrival in the Greater Philadelphia Area at any of the following local places:

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It’s Finally (Actually) Time for Pumpkin


So even if you’re like us at Foobooz, hating all things too-soon pumpkin, I think we can all agree that since the end of October is near it’s finally time to break out the pumpkin and like it. And for all of you who love pumpkin no matter how early in the season it is, this will send you over the moon.

Tonight, Standard Tap is hosting Pumpkin Head 2014. Starting at 4 p.m., the Tap will have a huge variety of pumpkin beers on tap, and for $10 you can get your very own hallowed out pumpkin from which you will drink the pumpkin beer. It really can’t get much more pumpkin-y that that. As a plus, after you’re finished your first pumpkin head, every refill from then on is only $2.

Standard Tap recommends getting there as close to 4 p.m. as possible because of limited supply of pumpkins.

Standard Tap [Foobooz]

Warm Up with Fette Sau Happy Hour

fette-06I’ve had a flyer for Fette Sau’s happy hour on my desk for at least a month. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to post about their half-price beer,$5 Manhattans and $4 burnt end sandwiches that the Fishtown barbecue joint offers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

And with today’s cold and rainy weather, hot barbecue and warming whiskey seems like the only reason to venture out.

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A Guide to Philadelphia’s Breweries


Forest & Main Brewery & Pub | Photo by R.Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

If you consider yourself a Philadelphian, chances are you love beer. And because there is such a wide variety of beers, breweries and brewpubs to choose from here, it’s not always clear which places are worth a go–mostly because they all have beer and, therefore, all seem so inviting.

So with that being said, VisitPhilly has created an awesomely comprehensive guide to Philadelphia’s beer spots, so you can get the best experience for whatever type of beer adventure you’re trying to find.

Check it out in the link below.

The Breweries, Brewpubs and Craft Beer Trail Of Greater Philadelphia [Visit Philly]

Philadelphia’s Best Craft Beers [f8b8z]

Introducing Victory’s Harvest Ale

victory harvest aleLook for Victory Brewing’s first wet-hopped ale in bottles. Harvest Ale is now available, though only for a limited-time. Victory’s Harvest Ale is brewed with fresh Citra and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington. The hops were picked and then trucked directly to Victory’s Downingtown brewery, where the beer was brewed immediately to maintain freshness.

The beer is available in 12-ounce bottles and we’re sure it will be a big hit with fans of Victory’s Dirt Wolf and other hoppy beers, we certainly enjoyed it.

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The Checkup: Make Fruit Jam in Five Seconds (Seriously!) With this Smart Kitchen Hack



• If you’ve ever made fruit jam, you know: It takes hours, and you have to sanitize everything you use, and it’s kind of a pain. But have you ever thought of just smashing your favorite fruit up with some chia seeds, and maybe some honey, smearing it on a piece of toast and calling it a day? So simple, yet So. Freakin’. Smart. [The Skinny Confidential]

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What’s On Tap for 2nd Story Brewing


Old City’s 2nd Story Brewing is set to open on Tuesday, October 20th in the former home of Triumph Brewing Co. We’ve got the opening beer list and the bar menu as well. Check out what on tap and the bites that’ll be offered at the bar. The brewpub will offer four standard brews plus five rotating selections.

While you’re drinking your beer, the kitchen will be offering bar bites like short rib poutine, smashed fingerling potatoes that are fried until crispy and blakc bean egg rolls with braised chicken.

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Farm & Fisherman Tavern Hosting Beer and Pig Extravaganza


Since it’s an Eagles bye-week and your Sunday afternoon is probably free, Farm and Fisherman Tavern’s Beer and Sausage Fest may be just what you’re looking for.  The Tavern, in Cherry Hill is hosting the big event this Sunday, October 19th  from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.: Beer and Pig. The event will include a cocktail hour with passed pig h’orderves before the four-course meal.

Dishes will be created from two Rettland Farm heritage pigs that will be paired with local beers. At least four of the six beers that will be served (Kane, Cape May, and Forgotten Boardwalk) aren’t distributed in Pennsylvania. They will also be serving a punch containing rum distilled by Cooper River Distillers in Camden.

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Nodding Head Brewery Is Moving Out of Center City

 J. Fidance for Visit Philly

J. Fidance for Visit Philly

Nodding Head Brewery owner Curt Decker just passed along news that he will be moving the brewpub out of Center City. Decker says he has a deal but isn’t saying where he’s moving. Landlord issues are cited as the reason for the move.

Nodding Head Brewery has been on Sansom Street for just under fifteen years. Before it was Nodding Head, the upstairs location was a Sam Adams Brewpub. Decker says, “we have seen downtown go from ‘sleepy’ to bustling, to a new version with tremendous diversity. It has been fun watching the transformation, but now it’s time for a new adventure.”

The last day at the current location will be Friday, October 31st.

Stay tuned for where the brewpub will ultimately land.

Nodding Head Brewery [Foobooz]

More Beer For Old City: 2nd Story Brewing Co. Opening This Month


2nd Story Brewing Co. (117 Chestnut Street) is finally opening its doors in Old City on Tuesday, October 21st.

As a craft brewery and restaurant serving farm-to-table pub cuisine, 2nd Story Brewing Co. will introduce a new collection of classically inspired ales and lagers as well as foods created with regional, seasonal ingredients by working closely with local producers and purveyors.

Much of the 2nd Story Brewing Co. team has some kitchen and/or producer time behind them. Owner Debbie Grady? She’s a working farmer who owns Tilted Barn Farm in Pottstown. General Manager Ken Merriman is a restaurateur who owns District Riverton Bistro in Riverton, NJ. He’ll be overseeing operations at the restaurant and brewery, while adding a bit of appropriate worldly insight, having grown up in Dublin, Ireland.

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