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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Heady Topper Comes to Philadelphia

heady-topper-400The Alchemist Brewery in Vermont is considered by many as one of the best breweries in the United States and its Heady Topper as one of the top beers in the world. In fact, it’s currently ranked number one by Beer Advocate.

And for one of the first times ever, Heady Topper will be available in Philadelphia beyond the cans your friends brought back from their ski trip.

According to the Alchemist’s Facebook page, John Kimmich and Joel Hartman of Alchemist are coming to Philadelphia today with a truck full of Heady Topper. They’ve announced that the beer will be available at five bars around happy hour this evening.

As of now we can confirm that Heady Topper will be pouring at Monk’s Cafe around 6 pm. Each can will be $6. The beer will also be available tonight at 6 pm at Strangeloves for $7.

Look for the beer to also be pouring at these beer bars »

PHOTOS: Lots of Hotties Braved the Cold for OurNightOut at Brü Craft & Wurst

Last night at Brü Craft and Wurst on Chestnut Street, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund hosted its wildly successful monthly OurNightOut networking mixer, and boy was it packed. Sources tell me more than 250 folks came out in the cold to mingle, drink some suds and try some of the Bavarian-inspired grub Brü is known for.

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German Bierfest Set for Saturday


The German Society of Pennsylvania is hosting the fourth annual Bierfest this Saturday, February 21st. The event will take place from 2 pm to 5:30 pm, with early access available to any VIP ticket holders.

The women from Philly Roller Derby will also be hosting the event and will feature acts like Roller Derby Arm Wrestling and Berlin-style BEERlesque, as well as German and American themed live music.

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10 Things to Do in Philly if You Hate Valentine’s Day

If the sight of those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate at CVS makes you ill or you can’t bare to think about waiting for three hours to get a table at some crappy Olive Garden, then this list is for you. For those who can’t stand the thought of Valentine’s Day, we rounded up a host of events that celebrate an anti-cupid spirit. Just make sure you don’t mistakenly leave your house wearing any red or, God forbid, pink.

Help Bartender Theo Webb

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Photo via Facebook

Theo Webb has been serving drinks to Philadelphians for years, most recently at Brü. He was also a popular bartender at spots like James and Fish. Webb was seriously injured in a bicycle accident on Saturday morning. Webb was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he remains unconscious in the intensive care unit. Without his ID, Webb was a John Doe at the hospital and his family filed a missing persons report for him on Sunday.

His coworkers and friends are hosting a fundraiser for him on Sunday, November 16th at Brü. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. and a $50 donation will requested at the door, food and drink will be included. A silent auction will also be part of the fundraiser.

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New Age Rathskeller Coming to Chestnut Street


Teddy Sourias opened Brü last year at 1318-20 Chestnut. And now he’s working to open U-Bahn, a subterranean bar below Bru in the old Jeans West clothing store. The 3,300 square foot space will include two bars and a new kitchen. U-Bahn will offer local beers and food including cured meats, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.

The space will feature an open layout and 16-foot ceilings. Tables will be incorporate reclaimed wood from local barns and tables built from tree slabs. Classic arcade games will also be installed. A private area will offer audio/visual equipment and videoconferencing technology for business meetings.

This isn’t the first rathskeller for Chestnut Street. Soula’s Cafe and Rathskeller was located in the Betz Building at Broad and Chestnut in the early 20th century.

U-Bahn [Foobooz]

Mark Your Calendars: Midtown Village Fall Fest


Boy, Midtown Village sure has changed in the eight years since it started throwing its annual Fall Fest. First of all, are we all really calling it Midtown Village now? Second, it had East Passyunk’s dining scene before East Passyunk did. Third, are we really calling it Midtown Village?

Anyway, the neighborhood’s fall fest has always been a fully legit event, regardless of the name, and this year may be even better. For one, Chestnut Street will be closed for the first time from 12th Street to Broad, and it’s being held on a Sunday – Oct. 6 – from noon to 7 p.m. Trivia tidbit: last year, 40,000 people showed up.

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Adam Erace Reviews Brü Craft & Wurst


Adam Erace goes with the mixed meats and wurst platter at Brü Craft & Wurst for $48, and enjoys almost all the kitchen has to offer.

Like I nearly did under the onslaught of food. Gose in hand (tepid, with a sputtering fizz), the Drury Street breeze fanning me like a boxer’s cornerman, I prepared for the arrival of the hulking $48 mixed-meats-&-wursts platter, which [chef Matt] Buehler describes as “basically the whole menu.” The carnivore carnival sees a dam of pointy, crispy, skin-on fries, the juicy, edgy, whey-fermented kraut (whose secret accelerator I’m stealing for home) and potato-apple latkes constructed for a slew of proteins. There were sausages both housemade (fresh pork greened with marjoram and chive, liverwurst) and from seminal Fox Chase butcher Reiker’s (veal-and-pork weisswurst, a smoky Hungarian-style link), plus pork meatballs, falling-apart braised bacon blocks, curls of pink Westphalian ham and a slab of melting braised pork rib whose tangy glaze was inspired by, according to Buehler, Chinese sweet-and-sour sauce. Not hardcore like Brauhaus, indeed.

But don’t let Buehler’s self-deprecation fool you. This veteran of Striped Bass, Oceanaire, Kraftwork and Bar Ferdinand has sunk more care and energy into this menu that he probably needs to. Those French fries? Brü would be within its rights to use frozen. They don’t, and they’re some of the best in town. The lightly funky liverwurst, poached like a terrine, sliced and seared until dark and crunchy, brought to mind a more finessed scrapple, veined with ground bacon and pork liver.

Brü, Brö [City Paper]
Brü Craft & Wurst [Official Site]

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