Every year Pliny the Younger tappings consume many beer lovers in the Philadelphia area. Philadelphia is the only city east of the Mississippi that gets the super limited release of the Russian River Triple IPA. That scarcity makes the tapping events an even bigger deal for beer nerds up and down the East Coast.
Just about every restaurant in the Philadelphia is doing a special menu for Valentine’s Day. Many of which are being offered all weekend. Instead of listing all of those, here are some more offbeat ideas for Valentine’s Day, like eating budino and binge watching House of Cards, Season II on Netflix (which comes out on the 14th). Significant other, totally optional.
University City’s City Tap House is honoring Eagles quarterback Nick Foles with a dish, Catfish #9. The entree is Foles’ favorite, fresh catfish. At City Tap House, chef Chad Vetter is soaking the fish in buttermilk and then deep frying it. The catfish is accompanied by cornmeal crusted green tomatoes, Andouille white cheddar grits and Creole cocktail sauce. The Catfish #9 is $21 and 25-percent of the sales will be donated to the Eagles Youth Partnership.
Chef Vetter, who specializes in Southern cuisine was excited to learn the red-hot quarterback’s favorite food is fried catfish. ”We’re big Eagles fans here at City Tap House, and we have caught Nick Foles mania over the past few weeks” said Vetter. He and his staff might even don number 9 jerseys this week.
The Catfish #9 will only be available for a limited time. Foles, will hopefully remain hot for a long time.
City Tap House [Foobooz]
Out-of-town breweries coming to Philadelphia for a week’s worth of events sure seems to be a thing. Starting tonight and running through next weekend, Brooklyn’s Sixpoint is hosting a series of events. #GettingWarmer is Sixpoint’s celebration of its new winter seasonal, Global Warmer. The beer is described as an imperial red ale with toasted malts and “dynamic hop character.” Global Warmer weighs in at 7% alcohol by volume.
The kickoff event is at Lucky’s Last Chance in Manayunk. In addition to the winter seasonal, five other Sixpoint beers will be pouring and flights will be available.
City Tap House has recently welcomed a new executive chef. Chef Chad Vetter has been working at the University City beer bar since April before ascending to be the top guy in the kitchen. Vetter previously lived in South Carolina where he worked at Sea Pines Resort, overseeing five restaurants. Vetter is originally from Levittown, PA and now resides in Philadelphia with his wife, who is expecting their first child.
Tonight marks the beginning of the Chip Kelly era in Eagles football. And in this football crazed town that means bars are getting into the spirit by offering special Chip Kelly themed specials and other deals for the evening.
All ten Iron Hill Brewery locations will be offering the Chip Kelly burger. First served during Iron Hill’s burger month, the Chip Kelly burger features Oregon blue cheese, a nod to Kelly’s previous job as head coach of the Oregon Ducks, as well as red onion confit, crushed potato chips and mushroom spread.
Shank’s Original on Delaware Avenue is offering “The Chip” tonight. $5 gets you a cheesesteak and bag of chips for $5.
Pucker up sour beer lovers. City Tap House has an event for you tomorrow. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the University City beer bar will be offering lambics, American wild ales, Flemish Reds and Berlinner Weises. $30 tasting packages will be available that will get you a Sour Saturday glass and ten drink tokens. A little hesitant on getting your tart on? City Tap House is also offering pay-as-you-go options.
Tomorrow, City Tap House is hosting another Day of Games hosted by Johnny Goodtimes. The tailgate style games like beer pong, cornhole and frisbee can jam as well as beer identification tests and scooter ball. Teams of four compete for prizes and bragging rights. The fun kicks off at 1 p.m.
Day of Games at City Tap House [Facebook]
3,400 home-brewers are in town starting today for the three-day American Homebrewing Association conference. In addition to all sorts of beer-nerdy happenings at the sold-out conference itself, many local bars are pulling out some bad-ass beers. Strangelove’s in Center City will be catering to the beer geeks with the likes of Cantillon Classic Gueuze as well as Russian River’s Pliny the Elder.
Devil’s Den is also holding events each night. Tonight it is Virginia’s Devil’s Backbone will be in the house. The beer isn’t normally available in Philadelphia, but the Great American Beer Festival award winning beer will be on special tonight. Tomorrow it is German brewer Sebastian Sauer in the house. Sauer is as rebelious as a German brewer gets, he even ignores the rules of the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Law). And Sunday, Yards will be on hand for a meet and greet.
Philly Tap Finder has the details on two more events. The Field House is doing an exclusively local beer event this evening and University City’s City Tap House is hosting rarities from around the world.
For more on the homebrewing conference, check out Don Russell’s column in today’s Daily News.
A rooftop deck is a terrible thing to waste, and City Tap House has no intention of letting theirs sit idle. All summer, they’ve got events, parties and specials scheduled, and every single one of them involves drinking from the 60-tap beer program run by Andy Farrell.
So now that the long days and warm nights are officially here, what’s on the schedule?