South Philly craft beer mecca Devil’s Den is celebrating tart, funky sour beers next week: in honor of this year’s Sour Beer Fest, they’re pouring more than 60 varieties from August 12th to August 20th.
Did you know there is a day just to celebrate watermelon? Neither did I, but apparently it is a thing and to celebrate the day, two bars are hosting Watermelon Day events on Wednesday, August 3rd.
City Tap House – University City is hosting a good old-fashioned watermelon eating contest. At 6:30 p.m. you can attempt to win some Phillies tickets and $100 gift card to City Tap by eating the most watermelon. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org.
So adult coloring books are a thing now, right? And as with (almost) all things, one way to make coloring even more fun is drinking while you do it. And tonight at 7 p.m., Tröegs is bringing their beer and their coloring books to Devil’s Den so you can do just that.
Devil’s Den of South Philadelphia kicks off a series of events this holiday season, beginning with their annual fireplace lighting this evening, December 1st.
The Fireplace Lighting Party benefits the Toys for Tots Foundation takes place at 7pm. The event also features rare wood-aged and smoked beers on tap. If you bring a toy to contribute, you’ll get a complimentary Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery beer.
If your Facebook feed is anything like mine this week it has been nothing but Pope maps and port-a-potties. That and some good people who are actually embracing the Pope coming to town and celebrating like its a blizzard.
Here are some of our favorite bar happenings this weekend.
Saturday, August 15th marks the kick off of Devil’s Den’s annual Pucker Up! Sour Fest. For the weekend, the entire draft selection at the bar (17 in all) will be dedicate to funky sour beers. Then through Friday, August 21st, the bar will continue to offer a rotating selection of sour beers on eight of the taps.
The lineup will include over 50 tart beers throughout the week, including award winning beers as well as rarities like:
- Yards 20th Anniversary Sour
- Bruery Tart of Darkness
- Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau
- Dogfish Head Festina Peche
- And five sours from Free Will Brewing Co.
To see the complete list of sour beers on draft, check out the Pucker Up! Sour Fest event on Facebook.
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Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays The Mountain on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is in town this week to play King Thor at the Renaissance Faire in Fairmount on Saturday and Sunday. To get prepared, he must eat like the monster he is, so he’s been
sampling devouring some Philly grub.
Photographer James Zeleniak tells me that Chef Caitlin Mateo delivered him some grub from Square 1682 yesterday afternoon when he visited the Philadelphia Weekly offices, and last night he moved on to South Philly to put away some grub and pal around with fans at Devil’s Den. I’m told he enjoyed a large portion of chicken wings with Korean BBQ that chef Eric Wallace “kicked up a notch.” For his second course, he had a house-blend burger. “Björnsson did not partake in the special Game of Thrones brews from Barren Hill Brewery nor Ommegang‘s Three Eye’d Raven. He drank orange juice,” Zeleniak says.
Zeleniak sent some photos of the 6 foot 9 inch, 400 pound mammoth in action. Ladies, feel free to swoon.
Because if you do, the actor who plays him, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, is going to be making an appearance at Devil’s Den tomorrow night. And Devil’s Den is preparing for his arrival by stocking up on beer. Lots and lots of beer.
In case you missed The Hammer of Glory (HOG) pub crawl in March, you can join the #HOGTour in South Philly on Thursday, Apr. 30.
The crawl will be led by Grand Marshal Curt Decker of the currently relocating Nodding Head Brewery (leading a South Philly bar crawl, hmmmmm), and will travel around East Passyunk Avenue from 6-10pm, beginning at Taproom on 19th. Other stops include South Philadelphia Tap Room, Pub on Passyunk East, and Devil’s Den, “plus craft beer specials and other surprises along the way at the whim of The HOG.
If you can’t make this one, have no fear: there is one more crawl on Thursday, May 28 in the Fishtown/ Northern Liberties neighborhood (which is the night before Philly Beer Week officially begins on Friday, May 29.)
Check out more about Philly Beer Week here.
Devil’s Den (11th and Ellsworth) is celebrating their seven year anniversary today with a whole lot of beer. Starting tonight at 7 pm, they’ll be tapping some limited release beers, alongside bar favorites.
The bar will also tap their special Anniversary Beer, designed by the customers and brewed by sister pub, Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery.