Distant Early Warning: Duck Duck Goose Celebrity Chef Dinner At Brauhaus Schmitz

DuckGooseBookYes, the event here is about a month away. And yes, that’s generally kind of outside the window for most peoples’ dinner planning. But this is one of those collaboration dinners where it might be best to reserve first just so you’re not regretting it later, you know?

As of right now, there are 62 tickets left for the November 6 Duck, Duck, Goose celebrity chef dinner and Hank Shaw book signing at Brauhaus Schmitz. The deal here is that six chefs are all coming together to cook a single dinner, with each course inspired by the recipes in Hank Shaw’s book Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, Both Wild and Domesticated.

Cool, right? And there’s going to be booze and a book signing and everything else you’d expect at one of these things. But what’s really cool about this one are the chefs that are involved. For one night only, the kitchen at Brauhaus Schmitz will be home to Jeremy and Jessica Nolen (who, okay, are there pretty much every night), Jenn Carrol, Jason Cichonski, Joe Cicala and Ben Puchowitz.

And wait ’til you see what they’re going to be cooking…

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We Have A Winner! Free VIP Tickets To Brauhaus Schmitz Octoberfest

Women wearing  traditional Bavarian Dirndl pose with beer during 176th Oktoberfest in Munich

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

It wasn’t easy. We got 25 sonnets. A lot of them were excellent. Most of them were basically love sonnet to beer, one of them managed to find a rhyme for Angela Merkel, and almost all of them actually followed the rules. But in the end, there could be only one winner, so this year the pair of VIP tickets to the Brauhaus Schmitz Octoberfest party goes to…

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Free VIP Tickets To Brauhaus Schmitz Octoberfest For the Very (VERY) Clever


We have done this kind of thing before–given out free tickets to things for those who prove their smartness. But never before have the stakes been so high.

See, first off, this is Octoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz–a thing that they do better than just about anyone. Second, what we’re offering are a pair of VIP tickets, which will get you…

-VIP Pass in and Out of the VIP Brauer Bund (PRICELESS!)
-Full wait staff and bar staff, with 5 PRIVATE bathrooms
-Complimentary Appetizers Courtesy of Chef Jeremy Nolen
-6 Tickets Good for Beer from our VIP list or Food Stands
-Commemorative Beer Stein, T-Shirt, and other Brauhaus Swag

And third, if you don’t already have VIP tickets to the Brauhaus Octoberfest festivities, this is your ONLY CHANCE to get them. Because those tickets are sold out. These two tickets are the last ones there are, which makes them, essentially, priceless.

So we’re not going to mess with you here. We’re not going to make you jump through hoops. All we’re asking is that you write us a sonnet14 lines, end-rhymed in the Shakespearean style, bonus points for iambic pentameter, but that’s not absolutely required. Make it about Octoberfest, about food, about drinking, about dirndls–something in that realm. And make it good because there’s only one pair of tickets available, and they’re going to the winner–who will be picked by us on Thursday afternoon.

The contest begins now. It ends at 2pm on Thursday the 19th. And the party is on Saturday, September 21st.

So what are you waiting for? Get sonneting, people.

Brauhaus Schmitz [Official]

Win Two Free Tickets To Hang With the Brauhaus Schmitz Crew At Cannstadter


Hey, speaking of Brauhaus Schmitz

The 141st annual Cannstadter Volksfest Labor Day Germano-palooza is this weekend and as is their custom, the crews from both Brauhaus Schmitz and Wursthaus Schmitz are shutting down operations for a day and all rolling up there in two big buses to hang out, relax and drink a whole lot of beer.

The bad news? That means both places are going to be closed on Sunday.

The good news? You can go with them to Cannstadter if you come up with the best caption for the above photo.

Here are the event details, straight from owner Doug Hager:

  • Bus leaves Brauhaus this Sunday at 2PM sharp
  • Bus leaves Cannstadter at 9PM
  • Free beer all day
  • Bring a little cash for food, games, rides etc.
  • Lederhosen & Dirndl strongly encouraged!

So who’s up for it? Captions go in the comments. Best one wins the free pair of seats on the bus.

Cannstadter Volksfest Labor Day Party [Official]

Andechser Doppelbock: Germany’s Most Perfect Beer, Available in Philly For The First Time Ever At Brauhaus Schmitz


When a bar as highly respected as Brauhaus Schmitz emails an announcement prefaced with, “This is a pretty huge release for us,” even we jaded food journos tend to stop midway to our delete buttons to take a closer look.

In this case, the press release – which elicited, from me at least, a cry of, “Holy fuck!” — was more than worth the read. That’s because for the next year, Brauhaus will be the only Philadelphia location to carry on draft what some consider to be Germany’s most perfect and sought-after doppelbock.

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Brauhaus Schmitz Announces 2013 Oktoberfest Plans


Now in its fifth year, Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest has gotten bigger every year. This year is no exception as the festival will kick off on Monday, September 16th and events will continue through Thursday, September 26th. The big event will be the street festival on Saturday, September 21st. The street party will block off all of the 700 block of South Street from noon to 8 p.m. for oompah music, German food and of course great German beer.

Other highlights inlude:

  • Nightly Liter Lift Competitions
  • Big in Munich, the chef-based band featuring Brauhaus chef Jeremy Nolen will be back for an industry night in Brauhaus Schmitz’s Brauer Bund.
  • Brauhaus Schmitz’ Reading Terminal stand, Wursthaus Schmitz will participate in the Terminal’s new Oktoberfest festival.
  • German Quizzo night with Brauhaus Schmitz owner Doug Hager and Jose Pistola’s Joe Gunn.


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Brauhaus Celebrates Four Years!


There’s a whole lot of brouhaha planned at Brauhaus Schmitz as they celebrate their four-year anniversary on Wednesday, June 26th. In honor of the special event they’re offering complimentary appetizers courtesy of chef Jeremy Nolen and featuring $4 drafts starting at 5 p.m.

It’s been four years of awesome German bier at Doug Hager’s German bar and restaurant. So raise a glass and yell “prost.”

Brauhaus Schmitz turns four! Lets have a party [Facebook]

South Street Spring Festival Will Rock from 2nd to 8th Street


South Street will be closed between 2nd and 8th Street tomorrow, May 4th from noon to 8 p.m. More than thirty restaurants and bars will be serving up food and drink from around the world. The event will also feature Brauhaus Schmitz’s German Maifest, the debut of Hot Diggity’s hot dog cart as well as Lorenzo’s grand re-opening.

Live music will perform all day on the Festival Stage at 5th and South. Five satellite stages will also feature performers throughout the day.

South Street Spring Festival [South Street Headhouse District]

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