Dog Days of Summer at Johnny Brenda’s

dog days summer johnny brendasToday, Wednesday, August 19th, Johnny Brenda’s is celebrating the dog days of summer with Philadelphia Brewing, Commonwealth Ciders and Rowhouse Spirits. The Fishtown fixture is hosting a summer evening of cocktails, beer cocktails and beer and cider from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA which just opened a satellite location on Frankford Avenue.

In addition to all the drinks, Johnny Brenda’s will also be grilling hot dogs, and with every donation to the SPCA, you get a hot dog.

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PHS Pop-Up Garden Making Winter Appearances

PHS Cider | Photo by HughE Dillon

PHS Cider | Photo by HughE Dillon

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Pop-Up Beer Garden will be making two special appearances this winter. The highly successful pop-up will be indoors this February and March. The garden will appear in the rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place from February 14th to March 8th. The dates are a tie in to the PHS’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

Speaking of the Flower Show, there will also be a beer garden during the Flower Show, which runs February 28th to March 8th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The pop-up beer gardens will host music, movies, food and of course beer and other libations. The PHS will be debuting its PHS Horticulture Cider by Wyndridge Farm Cidery at both locations.

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This Weekend: Hard Cider Festival at the Navy Yard

pour-the-core-festNow that it’s officially fall and everyone is being blasted with pumpkin in beer, cheesecake, lattes and anything else that is drinkable or edible, take a moment this weekend to remember the original fall food: the apple.

This Saturday at the Navy Yard will be the 2nd annual Pour the Core Festival, the hard cider festival of Philly’s fall. The Festival runs from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.–hours filled with locally-produced and internationally-sourced ciders, more than 75 in total. The event will feature local favorites like the artfully crafted Frecon’s Cidery Crabby Granny, best-selling US brands like event sponsor Woodchuck Hard Cider, and a variety of imported ciders from Spain, England and elsewhere.

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Petruce et al’s New Cider Program


Petruce et al. is adding to their list of et al’s with a new cider program. In addition to wine, beer and cocktails, Petruce has gotten serious about cider. Tim Kweeder, general manager and wine director, introduced the program a few weeks ago and has since been building up the list of ciders.

Though subject to change, so far Kweeder has received products from Spain, Germany, and Michigan, each with a different taste. From Spain’s Basque Country, Kweeder has a small-production cider with a note of green apple; from Germany, a cider made from 100% Speierling apples; and from Michigan, an American-produced cider available on draft. Kweeder is only offering ciders made from 100% juice and fermented with natural yeast. To see the full list, click here.

Guests can enjoy the cider in 3 oz. tasting pours, full 5 oz. pours, or by the bottle. Prices range from $5 to $46.

Petruce et al. [Foobooz]

Fitler Dining Room Hosting a Cider Dinner Tonight


Despite the snow, Fitler Dining Room is still hosting its cider dinner tonight with Sam Brouwer of Frecon Farms and Catoctin Creek Distilling.

The four-course dinner will have two seatings (6-6:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m.) and will cost $55 per person. Each course is paired with Frecon Farms cider. Call 215-732-3331 for reservations.

Frecon Cider Dinner Menu (PDF)
Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]

First Visit to Tria Taproom


Tria Taproom quietly opened Saturday evening at 20th and Walnut Streets. The former Rum Bar has been totally transformed into a minimal space where the focus is clearly on the bar’s forty taps that pour beer, wine, cider and soda. We stopped in shortly after Tria Taproom opened yesterday at 4 p.m., to check out what was pouring as well as what was coming out of the kitchen.

In addition to Tria’s well-trained staff, Tria Taproom welcomes you with an iPad. From the iPad menu you can check out what’s available to drink and if you’re a true nerd, you can see just how much is left in the keg. You can also do this from your smartphone as well at

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Tinto Calls the “Txotx” – Cider Tasting


First some Rioja, and now some cider.

Tinto’s second installment of their monthly pairing dinners is welcoming in the world of European cider. Every year in the Basque country,  cider houses tap their cider barrels, and the people gather together, drinking the apple wine straight from those barrels. It’s called the “txotx,” and Tinto wants to join in on the celebrations.

On Thursday, April 4th, at 7pm, sidra (cider) will be poured from three regions in Spain and France, from Asturias to Irouleguy, and their accompanying menu looks stellar.

The dinner will only set you back $50 a person, and as is tradition, the ciders are bottomless. Make your reservation soon.

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First Tastes Of Fall: Cider at Capogiro

There are a few things better in the fall than a good apple cider. And now, every Capogiro location in Philly is pouring it. Ask them to add a little cinnamon, nutmeg or dulce de leche (or all three) and they’ll happily do that. Why? Because the only thing better than a warm cider on a cool autumn afternoon is a warm cider with stuff in it.

So get on in there, order one of their seasonally-inspired gelato flavors and a hot apple cider to go with it, then just sit back and wait for the leaves to start changing colors.

Capogiro [Official website]

Commonwealth Cider from PBC on Tap Now

Late last summer Philadelphia Brewing Co. produced a very limited run of cider and this year they’re back with more. Now called Commonwealth Ciders, the first cider to be released in wider distribution is Traditional Dry, described as a very dry and crisp. It is currently on tap in at least seven local bars.

If you’ve already sampled the cider, let us know what you think.

Commonwealth Ciders [Philadelphia Brewing Co.]
Commonwealth Traditional Dry on Tap [PhillyTapFinder]

Philadelphia Brewing Co. Produces a Cider?

We thought it was a gluten deficiency when a recently diagnosed celiac disease sufferer told us about Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Cider. Poor chap was delusional, telling himself it was cider while he was actually quaffing Kenzinger. But we reached out to PBC’s Nancy Barton and she let us know that Philadelphia Brewing Co.’s cider does exist.

The cider was produced in a limited run in June. Simply called Cider, the 150 kegs are already out in the market. It’s a dry, tart cider and comes in at 5.5% alcohol by volume.

The cider sold out fast but they have a few kegs at the brewery for Saturday tours and for growler fills.

There are plans to brew it again but probably not until next year when there will be some extra capacity. The fall is a busy time at the brewery with Harvest From The Hood, Winter Wunder, Shackamaximum and Kilty Pleasure hogging the tanks.

Philadelphia Brewing Co. [Official Site]

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