Independence Beer Garden Adds Happy Hour, Yards Exclusive

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New beer from Yards at IBG Wheat.

Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden at 6th and Market has added happy hour. The happy hour includes $4 beer, wine and cocktail specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. There’s also a $4 happy hour menu of food like corn croquettes, beef sliders and spit roasted chicken wings.

Also new is a new beer offering, IBG Wheat is a summer wheat brewed with Yards Brewing. The flavor is described as “candied sugar, orange peel, banana, clove, pepper, grass, lemon” and comes in at 6.5% alcohol by volume.

Independence Beer Garden has already gotten into our heavy rotation this year, the shuffleboard to the addictive popcorn has made us fans. And a special shoutout to Brooke, a server at IBG who might just be the nicest person in Philadelphia.

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Spotted: Progress at South Street’s Beer Garden

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street.

The PHS is returning to the 1500 block of South Street | Photo via Erin Wallace

Work continues at the site of last summer’s Pennsylvania Horticultural Society beer garden at 16th and South. This year, Barren Hill Brewery is the partnering with the beer garden and is promising an exclusive beer crafted for the pop-up. Philadelphia based Dietz and Watson will be serving up its Applegate products at the beer garden that promises a “Bohemian flair,” complete with wooden trellis, container gardens and lots of different greenery.

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Earth Bread + Brewery Team Is Opening on Fairmount

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Rendering of 1720 Fairmount, the future home of Bar Hygge.

Michael Klein has details on Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver’s plans to open a brewpub at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. The pub will be branded as Bar Hygge, a name coming from a Danish expression meaning “cozy camaraderie.”

The brewing side of the production will be called Brewery Techne and is aiming to be operational by October.

Bar Hygge: New brewpub from Earth Bread + Brewery [Philly.com]
Bar Hygge [Foobooz]

 

Another Delay for Crime & Punishment Brewing

zoning-crime-punishment-400Crime & Punishment Brewing Company has hit another roadblock as it attempts to open a brewpub on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown. The City of Philadelphia is claiming that the property must be zoned as Limited Industrial before it can open. The C&P team points out that other brewpubs in the city function under CMX zoning, which the Girard Avenue location currently is zoned as.

A zoning hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17th at 2 p.m. and the Crime & Punishment crew is requesting friends and supporters to sign a petition in support of the brewery.

Crime & Punishment is also presenting at the Brewerytown/Sharswood Community Civic Association this Thursday at the Camelot Academy (26th and Jefferson) at 6:30 p.m.

Crime & Punishment Brewing Company [Foobooz]

Fergie’s Beach Returns on May 20th

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“The Tumble,”” mural by Robert Goodman, created as part of the Freewall series launched by Fergie and Philadelphia muralist David Guinn.

Last summer Fergie’s Pub opened “Fergie’s Beach” next to the Sansom Street pub. The “60-seat beer garden and asphalt paradise” will return on Wednesday, May 20th and will run until construction of the so-called “Fergie’s Tower” begins. That’s expected to be sometime in mid-July. “Last year was so much fun, we decide to do it again this year, while supplies last!” said Fergie’s co-owner Fergus Carey.

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Another Weekend, Another Ton of Festivals

Check out the taps on this truck.

Check out the taps on this truck.

Over on Ticket, they’ve got 19 things to do this weekend. Surely, more than anyone can handle. But as a serious Fooboozer, maybe you can hit these four.

19 Things to Do this Weekend [Ticket]

Four New Beers Coming from Flying Fish

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Brotherly Suds: Pharmhouse beer brewing with soft pretzels.

Flying Fish is setting a personal record in the next month as they are releasing four new beers, the first of which go on tap at the brewery today. Pescado Rojo is a hoppy red ale aged in Cuervo Tradicional 100% agave barrels. Less than 500 cases of the beer were produced and it is being released in the brewery’s Somerdale taproom till 8 pm today. The Pescado Rojo will be joined by two other tequila barrel-aged beers on tap.

Available exclusively at the Tasting Room is NJ 351 Barrel Aged Stock Ale. The beer is made from a portion of last year’s NJ 350 that was aged in Breckenridge Bourbon barrels.

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Hawthornes Is Throwing Its IPA Block Party This Weekend

hawthornes-logo-400This Saturday, May 9th, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Hawthornes is throwing its 6th annual IPA Block Party. The party blocks off 11th Street between Fitzwater and Catharine Streets and is free to enter. The block party is also kid and pet friendly. All the beer is $5 (cash only) a pour. In addition to 36 IPAs pouring, there will be “over the top” street food, and live local music all day from New Pony, George Ugo Blues Band and Ill Swill.

For the Hop Heads, this event has all of the heavy hitters from the IPA world.
Beer List at Hawthornes IPA Fest »

Victory Brewing Opens New Digs in Kennett Square

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The Downingtown-based Victory Brewing Company has officially opened Victory at Magnolia. It’s on Cypress Street in Kennett Square in a new development that’s still under construction but so far includes townhouses and apartments. The surroundings aren’t so exciting: There’s a Rite Aid on one corner; a dance academy and a dry cleaner across the street; and not too much else in the immediate vicinity. But inside the seven-barrel brewery, Victory’s president and brewmaster Bill Covaleski spoke to an opening-day crowd with plenty of enthusiasm about the future for the location, which will feature, he said, plenty of site-specific beers. In fact, Covaleski told us he might one day make a mushroom beer, though he admitted that could be a tough sell.

The food menu is finely tuned for “beer enjoyment,” he said, and made from the freshest local ingredients—including, of course, plenty of mushrooms. The chef comes to the 220-seat restaurant from Victory’s Downingtown location, and is relishing this opportunity to create a new menu.
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