Yesterday, Tom Peters of Monk’s Cafe sent out an email to his mailing list announcing that the beer temple would be pouring the highly sought after Russian River beer on Monday morning, March 2nd at 11:30 a.m. The event is cash only and raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. In addition to Pliny the Younger, Monk’s will be pouring other Russian River favorites including:
Celebrating the release of DuClaw Colossus, a high-gravity hybrid beer, City Tap House will be hosting a massive brunch that will include a slew of brews (at least four high-gravity beers on tap) and a menu of giant-sized brunch items from Chef Chad Vetter.
Oddly shopped renderings aside, the highly-anticipated City Tap House in Logan Square opened yesterday, with a full dinner menu and all the craft beers you could possibly want. For now, the Logan Square Tap House is opening at 4 p.m. daily and running as a dinner-only operation, but lunch and a bar menu will be added starting November 10, and brunch service is scheduled to begin some time in December.
City Tap House has been on a bit of a tear lately. For the past year or so — ever since chef Chad Vetter took over the kitchen — the beer bar has been showing new culinary aspirations. Sure, there are still nachos on the menu, and chicken wings and other snacks friendly to the 60-plus beers on tap. But those wings are rubbed with a house blend of 10 spices, and the nachos are crowned with pulled pork and topped with a Walt Wit white cheddar sauce. What’s more, Vetter does shrimp-topped fried green tomatoes, and chicken and waffles with honey-thyme butter. And as if all that isn’t enough to convince people this is a perfectly respectable place to settle in for dinner and drinks, he recently added a spread of new gourmet pizzas topped with everything from Cantimpalo chorizo to Benton’s ham, peaches and arugula.
Explore one of the city's most enchanted locations, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, by the moonlight this Friday. The Twilight in the Gardensseries offers an evening of art and live music, with a performance from Philly-based band Jackie Paper, and a zine-making demonstration led by artist Kat Zagaria. The event is BYO, so guests can explore the beautifully lit sculpture garden, plus the rarely seen mosaicked basement, while sipping a drink of their choice. You can also join in on a scavenger hunt through the gardens in addition to the mini guided tours, or just bring a blanket, get cozy, and enjoy the tunes. Friday, August 22nd, 7 p.m., $10 for adults or $8 for students, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street.
Hey, movie buffs: Life After Beth, starring Parks and Recreation's Aubrey Plaza (who grew up in Wilmington, Delaware!), opens at the PFS Theater at The Roxy this Friday. The comedic horror flick also stars Dane DeHaan (True Blood, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Plaza's significant other, who is devastated after the recent death of his girlfriend–but is in for a shock when she returns from the dead to shake up his world. The PFS Theater, focused on screening independent films, has undergone quite the renovation since becoming the new home of the Philadelphia Film Society. For more information about the theater, as well as showtimes and tickets, click here. Friday, August 22nd, PFS Theater at The Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street.
From G Philly: Quince Productions‘ LGBT theater festival GayFest! may be entering its last few days, but, lucky for you, there are still several opportunities to catch a handful of its best productions before the lights go down. More here.
Catch the ultimate tribute show at the Ardmore Music Hall this Friday night, with Bold As Love performing tunes by Jimi Hendrix, Everyday People belting out hits by Sly & the Family Stone, and Sister Blue covering Janis Joplin. With authentic costumes and instruments, solid set lists, and killer voices, it'll be as close to the real thing as it gets. Friday, August 22nd, 7 p.m., $20, 21+, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA.
[redacted] Theater Company invites audiences to experience theater like never before. The company describes its current show, Juniper Street, as a "play/feast/sleepover/party in three parts." The play, which focuses upon multiple generations of a family and their relationships with death, begins with part one, "The Wake.” Part two, "Alive,” finds the audience treated to a three-course meal by cast members. Part three, or "A Sleep," (fueled by sponsor GreenStreet Coffee) lasts throughout the night, where the audience can participate in the family's tale. Should they fall asleep, subtle musical influences will carry the story into their dreams. More information, and tickets, can be found here. The show is pay-what-you-can, though a $20 donation is recommended. Friday, August 22nd & Saturday, August 23rd (Also August 29th & 30th), 8 p.m., 50th and Baltimore Avenue.
From Be Well Philly: The Philadelphia Marathon is 14 weeks away! If you’ve been slacking off on your running schedule, we’ve got just the thing to get you in gear: Team Philly officially kicks off their training program this Saturday morning at Philadelphia Runner in University City. More here.
From Philadelphia Wedding. Saturday's bridal open house will take place as part of Terrain's annual Heirloom Tomato Festival and will feature local vendors—including The Styled Bride, BHLDN, Magpie Vintage Rentals, and Love Me Do Photo Booth—and loads of inspiration for your Big Day. Terrain's skilled events team will be available for questions and tours of the property, so you can get a feel for what it's like to host your wedding there. More here.
City Tap House is providing you with the perfect Saturday plan: an afternoon of al fresco jams coupled with craft beers. Local indie rock band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (pictured)–plus Mo Lowda & The Humble and Illinois–will play outside the bar starting at 3 p.m. There will be beer specials all day long from Brooklyn Brewery, who teamed up with City Tap House and The Blockley to present the show. If you can't make this weekend's performance, the concert series will continue on with new bands next Saturday. Tickets are available online. Saturday, August 23rd, 3 p.m., $15, 21+, City Tap House, 39th & Walnut Street.
The Suzanne Roberts Theatre will transform into a roaring 1920s jazz club this weekend as Club 44takes the stage in a play that follows the struggles of a middle-aged couple and "the innate need we have to feel loved and the lengths we are willing go to in order to fulfill that need." There are showtimes both Saturday and Sunday evenings, and tickets are available for purchase online. Saturday, August 23rd, 7 p.m. & Sunday, August 24th, 6 p.m., $35+, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad Street.
We offer capsule reviews and trailers of the new movies opening this weekend in Philadelphia, including the fantastic Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, and Island of Lemurs. See our complete coverage here.
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Chef Chad Vetter and beer steward Andy Farrell are teaming up for the 5th Annual CrabFest at City Tap House in University City. On Sunday the 17th, from noon to 4 p.m., indulge yourself with all-you-can-eat blue crabs, corn on the cob, potatoes, and beer from Carton Brewing Company. Specific taps include The Wit Whale, a wheat beer-pilsner hybrid brewed with lemon-y Sorachi Ace hops; Panzanella, a salted ale with bread-y malt, garlic-y Summit hops, tomatoes, and cucumbers; and more.
In addition to all the food and brews, enjoy music from Delaware’s Cassidy & Barely Rarely as they play a mix of Top 40 covers and classic rock.
Tickets are $35, including tax and gratuity, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 215-662-0105 to reserve your spot.
As a thanks to those who supported the University City location and in celebration of the soon-to-be Logan Square location,City Tap House is hosting Pop-Up Wednesdays in the courtyard of One Logan Square. Every Wednesday until September 3rd, you’ll not only get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the fall, but complimentary food, as well.
Each week, the restaurant will pair up with a different beer distributor to give you an on-the-house treat. Today, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., enjoy a Victory Root Beer Float and Bacon Popcorn.
City Tap House is rolling out a new seasonal pizza menu and they’re making a big deal about it. In fact, they sent over three pizzas today and we thought, seems like an odd time to be trumpeting what looked like ordinary pizza. But hey, pizza is pizza and we dug in. That’s when we realized there was more going on than we imagined. The salumi pizza was topped with pepperoni made with Cantimpaolo chorizo. The second pizza appeared to be the standard ham and arugula but instead it was Benton’s Farm ham with fresh peaches. Peaches on a pizza? It worked. The third pizza featured Jersey corn, roasted and pureed with a little cream and then topped with raclette, cilantro pesto and spicy pickled fresnos.
Andy Farrell, City Tap House beer steward sent us a video today that should please Public House haters (and we know you’re out there). The video shows the demolition currently happening at the former happy hour haven on 18th Street as it gets set to become Philadelphia’s second City Tap House this fall.
What do you get when you combine yoga and beer? Detox Retox and some very happy Philadelphians. On August 3rd, Core Fitness and City Tap House are teaming up for the first time to put on an event that will be as rigorous as it is refreshing.
Starting at 10 a.m., join yoga instructors Cindy Brown and Sandy Aurelia for a 50-minute class on the outdoor patio of City Tap House, followed by a cold draft beer inside.
Group fitness instructor Lauren Rybas spoke to event saying, “[Core Fitness] has a social group of people that already go out after a workout, and we thought we would combine the two.” So whether you’re a yoga lover, beer drinker, or someone who just needs to spice up their Sundays, the first-ever Detox Retox has something for you. Tickets are $20, and include the class and a beer. Purchase them at the door or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for those of you looking to brunch afterwards (it is Sunday after all), stick around and check out the City Tap House’s brunch menu. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins will be accepted as well.