Bar Hygge: More on the Fairmount Ave Brewpub

3 Seating Areas: lounge area, bar and dining room

3 Seating Areas: lounge area, bar and dining room

The folks at Bar Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) have given us an on update on their upcoming full service neighborhood brewpub and restaurant. Construction, headed by Canno Architecture and Design, will start in the next few weeks, setting the bar up for an October opening in the Fairmount Spring Garden neighborhood (1720 Fairmount).

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Crime & Punishment Brewing Announces Grand Opening

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Crime & Punishment team showing off their June zoning approval.

At long last, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. is opening. The delayed brewpub has set Saturday, July 11th as its grand opening.

The brewpub is kicking its opening off with a ticket only event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a commemorative glass, two beers of your choosing and kielbasa with sauerkraut.

After 2 p.m., Crime & Punishment will be open to the public with snacks available and food trucks nearby ($10 can also get you a beer and commemorative glass). And if the brewpub is hit with large crowds, a couple of beers will be available across the street at Brewerytown Beats.

Normal hours will begin on Thursday, July 16. The brewpub will initially be open Thursdays through Sundays.

Grand Opening Tickets [Crime & Punishment Brewing]
Crime & Punishment Brewing Co.
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The Smell of Beer Returns to Brewerytown

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Crime & Punishment’s Adam Fussaro

Over the weekend, Brewerytown’s Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. began brewing its first production beers. It marks the first time the Philadelphia neighborhood, named for its at-one-time numerous breweries, has had the smell of brewing in the air for more than twenty years.

In the fermenters and conditioners, Crime & Punishment’s Pale Ale, IPA and Farmhouse beers. It won’t be long now before the beer starts pouring.

Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. [Foobooz]

Brewing Equipment Arrives at Iron Hill Ardmore

iron-hill-ardmore-equipment-400The Iron Hill Brewing Co.’s Ardmore location has been in the plans since at least December of 2012. And though it looked like it might not happen at all for a time, the brewing equipment has arrived on site today.

The brewpub will be located at 44 Greenfield Avenue and will be the eleventh location for the chain, which stretches from Newark, Delaware to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The brewpub is aiming to open before the end of the year and has named Paul Rutherford, formerly of Iron Hill Chestnut Hill as its head brewer. That move set off a chain reaction in the Iron Hill family. Chris LaPierre, who opened the Maple Shade location has moved to Chestnut Hill and Andrew Rubenstein will be brewing at Maple Shade, with Iron Hill Voorhees head brewer Kevin Walter overseeing both locations. Got it? Good.

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What’s On Tap for 2nd Story Brewing

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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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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.

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Update on Victory’s Kennett Square Brewpub

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Victory Brewing Company has provided an update to their brewpub coming to Kennett Square. The brewpub that will include a seven barrel brewery is aiming to open this fall at Cypress and Mill Roads in Kennett.

The beers brewed on site will include test brews as well as core Victory beers like Hop Devil. The Kennett Square brewpub will also fill growlers and sell merchandise via an onsite store.

The menu will include favorites from the Downingtown brewpub plus items inspired by local ingredients.

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Victory Parkesburg Brewery Is Humming, Offering Tours

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Photo via Victory Brewing Co.

Last week I was lucky enough to be was invited to tour Victory Brewing Co.’s new Parkesburg Brewery. The new facility is located about seventeen miles from the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub. The new brewery is more than 140,000 square feet on 42 acres in Chester County. The capacity in Parkesburg is 225,000 barrels annually, more than double that of Downingtown. In the future, the new plant will be able to output 500,000+ barrels per year. And it isn’t like Victory is exactly small now, The Brewers Association ranked Victory as the number 26 craft brewery in the United States in 2012 (the most recent numbers available and Victory grew by 10.4% in 2013) and with Parkesburg fully operational, significant growth is on the horizon.

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Day In The Life: Vault Brewing Co.’s John Cain

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Photography by Courtney Apple

Coffee is the most important part of my morning. I roast my own and hand-grind it. The whole process takes about 25 minutes. It’s the least efficient way to get a cup of coffee. Rojo’s Roastery in Lambertville is the only place outside of Philly where you can get a good cup. // I’m normally in the [1] brewery, which is in an old bank, by 9 or 10 a.m. We only schedule our brewing four weeks out, but we always try to have certain styles: [2] a stout or porter, an IPA, an approachable beer like Belgian blond, and a special seasonal beer like a hefeweizen. // I wear [3] &Work Vocation shirts—you can wear them to nice restaurants, or to move 50-pound bags of grain. There’s always a penholder in the most ridiculous places. // [4] Charcoal in Yardley is the best fine dining in Bucks County. They’re always rotating their menu. It’s more like a local diner for breakfast. I love the blueberry-pistachio pancakes. They’re decadent. // [5] James Lasdun’s The Horned Man; I think he’s an exceptionally talented writer. Not for the faint of heart. // John’s Barber Shop in Newtown is the best place to get a haircut in Bucks. It’s old-school, and you can get a beer during your cut. // We have [6] live jazz at the Vault every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. But in the city, Ortlieb’s Lounge is an old and funky jazz spot. // Everything that Ardmore’s Tired Hands Brewing Company puts out is fantastic. Inventive beers in a comfy atmosphere. // Finch’s Beer Co.’s Secret Stache Stout is full-bodied, chocolaty and inky black. A perfect winter beer.

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First appeared in the February, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Twin Openings for Lafayette Hill

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Today marks the opening day of both Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery and the reopening of Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. It’s a big moment for Lafayette Hill as the two establishments that face each other across Germantown Pike have both been substantially upgraded.

Erin Wallace who owns Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern has overhauled the old General Lafayette Inn. Head Brewer Scott Morrison (a five time medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival) is brewing six house-made brews. Twenty-four other craft beers will be available on draft. Chef Paul Trowbridge has developed a menu of beer-inspired food.

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