Swap your summer pilsners and pale ales for something with a little more tang. Devil’s Den will soon be serving beers that are sour, tart, bitter and sharp. Beginning Saturday, August 16th until Friday, August 22nd, the gastropub will be celebrating their 5th Annual Sourfest. For seven days one draft tower will be completely devoted to sour beers. That’s a total of 8 lines and plenty of sours to try throughout the week.
In keeping with the celebration, Tuesday August 19th, Don Russell, better known as Joe Sixpack, will be hosting a sour tasting and brewing class. Devil’s Den will serve as your classroom as you learn the fine techniques behind preparing a pucker worthy brew. All students will also enjoy appetizers and a tasting of six different sour beers such as Free Will Peach Lambic, Bruery Oude Tart, Barren Hill Berliner Weisse, Bom Wild & Funky #1, Allagash Confluence and Tilquin Gueze. The class is $35 per person and tickets can be purchased at the bar or online.
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Yes, today really is National Session Beer Day (it’s also just plain ol’ National Beer Day), and you should really get out there to celebrate.
In order to facilitate said celebrations, three bars in town are offering $1 off all session beers (meaning any beer with less than 4.5% ABV). Head out tonight to drink at Devil’s Den, Barren Hill Tavern or the Old Eagle Tavern and you’ll get a buck off a bunch of different Barren Hill session beers that they’re putting on tap (Drunk Monk, Bitter Chef, Berliner and more).
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Barren Hill Tavern [Official]
Old Eagle Tavern [Official]
This week, Devil’s Den exec chef Paul Trowbridge and c-de-c Matt Daggett released their late winter menu of small plates, comfort food and house-made sausages.
While the normal board is interesting and decidedly border-hopping (including everything from confit wings with house-made dry rub to patatas bravas, meatballs, mac and cheese and pulpo with creme fraiche and pomegranate), the most noteworthy new addition are the sausages which come straight from chef de cuisine Daggett.
Apparently, the man just spent a couple weeks bopping around Europe (Germany in particular) in order to eat a lot of curry wurst and brush up on his traditional sausage-making skills. What he came home with was good enough that Trowbridge decided to make them a permanent part of the menu. So be on the lookout for lamb sausage with cannelli beans and honey-thyme mustard, pork belly sausage (really? Why has no one done this before?) with sweet potato and hot mustard, and more.
As a matter of fact, why don’t you just check out the full menu below? I’ll bet it makes you hungry…
Show me the menu
Barren Hill Tavern may not be open yet but head brewer Scott Morrison has been hard at work brewing beers. And tonight, Devil’s Den will be putting his first six creations on tap. Barren Hill Tavern will replace the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill and will be run by same team that’s behind Devil’s Den and Manayunk’s Old Eagle Tavern.
With the debut of the beers tonight at 7 p.m., you can expect Morrison’s beers to be a permanent part of Devil’s Den’s draft lines.
The beers on tap tonight »
Devil’s Den in South Philly is the latest bar to go bonkers for sour beers. Running from Saturday, August 17th through Friday, August 23rd, the South Philadelphia bar is holding its fourth annual Pucker Up Sourfest. Sixteen draft lines will be dedicated to sour beers on Saturday and the remainder of the week, at least half of the draft lines at Devil’s Den will offer sour beers. These sour beers are rare, some brewed only once, some off season, others are just handpicked by owner Erin Wallace because they are just the funky, tart, sour, and lip-puckering flavor you would want from a sour beer.
Pucker Up 2013 at Devil’s Den [Facebook]
Sour Fest Tap List for Saturday [Philly Tap Finder]
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.
In March we told you that the Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern owner Erin Wallace was buying the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill as the site for their new brew pub. Well, the Wallaces officially settled on the property for Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery this week and signed on world renowned brewer and seven-time Great American Beer Festival medalist Scott Morrison as Head Brewer.
The new restaurant will be similar to Wallace’s other ventures with one exception; six of the thirty draft lines will be dedicated specifically to house made brews. Morrison, who was head brewer at McKenzie Brewpubs in 2005 when it was named the 35th best brewery in the world by Rate Beer, is known for his Belgian Ales, plans on getting very creative with his brews, promising to “create new and interesting styles that aren’t readily available in the Philly Market.” Morrison’s special brews will also be available at Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern. Wallace is still shooting to open the restaurant with Paul Towbridge as chef in late summer.
Wood is the traditional symbol of the fifth anniversary. So Devil’s Den is celebrating with wood-aged-beers and tapas. All drafts will be a dollar off until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th.
The wood themed draft list »
Marlborough has a lot of wine. Experts might even agree that the Marlborough region kick-started the now-booming wine industry in New Zealand—their varietal of fame, of course, being Sauvignon Blanc, then maybe Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And although beer is pretty huge in New Zealand, wine has reigned supreme for quite some time. But all the while, Moa Brewing Company has managed to make something of themselves as a beer brewers amidst the many vineyards Marlborough is comprised of, and they make great beer, with everything from lagers, to stouts, to ciders.
South Philly’s Devil’s Den will be pouring drafts of Moa’s Methode and Breakfast beers, as well as bottles of their Imperial Stouts (aged in those Pinot Noir barrels) for brunch, this Saturday, from 10:30 am-3:00 pm. Of course, special food items will be prepared for this event, so don’t miss out, because this is a beer that’s hard to come by.
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Moa Brewing Company - [Official]
Word came down this morning that the Devil’s Den/Old Eagle Tavern team have taken the plunge and are (or soon will be) the proud new owners of the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill. The place has been a regular in the real estate listings for quite some time, but now it looks like it’s going to get new life as a brew pub.
What do we know right now? We know that when it reopens, it will be called Barren Hill (after the original name for the area) and that it will open with 30 taps–6 of them pouring Barren Hill brews with a plan for three of those to be “accessible” (IPA, lager and the like) and three being more “adventurous.” We know that it’ll be a beer-focused joint (of course), but that there will be a menu and that current Devil’s Den chef, Paul Trowbridge, will be manning the burners. And we also know that the beer brewed at Barren Hill will also be sold at Devil’s Den and the Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk.
Oh, and we’ve also heard that the team is looking at a mid-to-late summer opening, so they’d better get cracking.
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