What Mattered To You In 2015: Cheese, Idiots, Beer And Tacos

Foobooz Morning AvatarEvery year we take a moment to look back at the Foobooz web statistics and see what it was that brought you to visit us. There are always some obvious things: Restaurant openings and closings, reviews, and our big packages like 50 Best Restaurants. But there are always some small, odd tidbits and trends that we discover while poking at the data.

So here’s what visitors to Foobooz were most interested in this year, and what we learned.

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Franklin Square Has a Beer Garden

Franklin SquareAs part of this year’s Franklin Square Holiday Festival, events like Franklin Square Fridays, the Holiday Light Show and Ben’s Bites & Brews Beer Garden have all returned for the seasonal celebration.

The free Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show has more than 50,000 lights set to a soundtrack of holiday classics performed by the Philly Pops orchestra. The show begins every night at 4:30 p.m. and one guest gets the honor of flipping the switch to illuminate Franklin Square – which continues every half-hour until 8 p.m.

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Alma Mater Offers Mt. Airy Deals Galore

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Alma Mater opens on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy | Photo via Facebook

Alma Mater celebrates its grand opening today at 7165 Germantown Avenue in Mount Airy. The former home of North by Northwest is a restaurant/bar/beer garden designed for sports watching in an ode to Philadelphia’s prep schools, colleges and universities. Alma Mater is open from morning to late night and offers reasons to come in at anytime of day.

The main floor offers an antique bar with sixteen beers on tap. Outside is a seasonal beer garden with its own boardwalk and ping pong tables. Downstairs is a sports lounge with plenty of TVs for watching live events.

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A Creative Way To Make The Beloved Beer Can Sustainable

11910358_697066010393102_1179145357_nIn honor of DesignPhiladelphia’s upcoming, annual Pearl St. Passage festival covering the streets of Chinatown and North Callowhill neighborhood, retro whiskey and go-go bar, The Trestle Inn, is hosting We Can, a pop-up beer garden to help the city find creative ways to reuse and “upcycle” aluminum beer cans.

The Trestle Inn, located at the corner of 11th and Callowhill Streets, teamed up with MIO to create this event as a “playful tongue-in-cheek response” to the growing number of pop-up beer gardens surfacing the streets of Philadelphia.

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Mütter Museum Hosting One Day Pop-Up Beer Garden

beer-garden-social-media-great-food-newOn Thursday, August 27th, The College of Physicians, home of the Mütter Museum, is hosting a pop-up beer garden from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the museum’s botanical garden (19 S 22nd Street). The event will feature the debut of Ümlaut Fever, a light saison inspired by herbs found in the museum’s medicinal plant garden.

The Barren Hill brewed beer is brewed with fennel (historically a cure for flatulence and bloating) and ginger (used in the treatment of asthma, coughs and digestive spasms).

Entry is free and includes access to the recently installed Mind Illuminated exhibit. Guests will be able to purchase beer and snacks in the garden.

Mütter Beer Garden at the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden [The Mütter Museum]

 

Spit Roast For Drury Beer Garden’s Third Anniversary

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Drury Beer Garden will celebrate its third anniversary with a spit roast this Saturday, July 25th from 12-5 pm. Head over to the beer garden to enjoy complimentary spit roasted pig and organic chicken from chef Bobby Saritsoglou. If that’s not your thing, the full menu will also be available. Oskar Blues Brewery joins in on the celebration as well; they’ll offer Dale’s Pale Ale and Mamma’s Little Yella Pils in cans along with Old Chub Nitro and Pinner Throwback IPA on draft.

We’ve got a feeling Drury will have a lot to celebrate this weekend. Check out our new Best Of Philly issue to see why.

Drury Beer Garden [Foobooz]

La Peg’s Got Movie Nights, Too

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The outdoor beer garden at La Peg.

In continuation of what is turning out to be an unofficial dining-movie series in Philly (we wrote about Le Virtu on Monday), La Peg is also doing movie nights in their beer garden this summer. (To any other restaurant interested, we’ll happily take credit for starting up this trend, because outdoor drinking, food, and movies is pretty much all the best ways to celebrate summer compiled into one evening of awesome.)

Wednesdays at 8:30 PM throughout the summer, La Peg will be screening movies (with no admission cost) while firing up their outdoor grill. Meaning if you’re seated at the outdoor bar to watch the movie, you can order food right there. Meaning no craning your neck to see, and no need to get up for another beer. Sound good? Of course it does.

And the movie line up is pretty excellent, too…

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Point Breeze’s Pop-Up Beer Garden Is Baaaack

Two flyers about the pop-up were circulated  in the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Harrris’ office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

Two flyers about the pop-up were circulated in the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Harrris’ office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

The controversial Point Breeze pop-up beer garden that was shut down last week by city officials reopened on Saturday, apparently to plenty of toasts.

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The City Shuts Down Point Breeze’s Pop-Up Beer Garden

Two flyers about the pop-up circulated were circulated the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Jordan Harrris' office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

Two flyers about the pop-up were circulated  in the Point Breeze neighborhood last month, one from state Rep. Harrris’ office (left) and another from an anonymous critic of the establishment.

[Updated at 6:15 p.m.]

The War on Pop Up-Beer Gardens is back.

On Wednesday, a beer garden located in Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood closed after it received a cease-and-desist letter from the city’s Licenses & Inspections department.  Read more »

Get Ready for the Uptown Beer Garden

uptown-beer-garden-940Center City may not have gotten a PHS Beer Garden this year, but beginning July 1st, Teddy Sourias, owner of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn and Finn McCools is opening Uptown Beer Garden in the JFK Boulevard courtyard of the BNY Mellon Bank Building on the 1700 block of JFK.

The pop-up will feature 9,000 square feet of outdoor space for up to 500 people, picnic tables, granite benches, tree slab communal tables and a 35-foot long bar.

A portion of proceeds from Uptown Beer Garden will be donated to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Association (PAWS), including PAWS’s KATO (Kitty At The Office) program.

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