These Bars Are Embracing the Papal Visit

It's business as usual at V Street, though they are holding a spot for Pope Francis.

It’s business as usual at V Street, though they are holding a spot for Pope Francis.

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.

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Tart Times at Devil’s Den

sour-beer-fest-devils-den-940Saturday, 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.

Devil’s Den [Foobooz]

PHOTOS: Game of Thrones’s The Mountain Crushes Skulls and Takes Names at Devil’s Den

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.

HOG Tour Hits South Philadelphia on Thursday

A very important photo of a bear holding the Hammer of Glory

A very important photo of a bear holding the Hammer of Glory

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.

Craft Beer Express This Saturday


What better way to spend your Saturday than doing a Philly bar crawl? And what better way to do a pub crawl than to have you and your friends chauffeured by the Craft Beer Express? This Saturday, November 8th, The Craft Beer Express will be hitting up a slew of beer bars from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Bus tickets are $10 each, or you can start at the bar of your choice and pay as you go. Each participating bar is hosting a different theme, so check the list out below to decide where to begin your crawl:

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Support the Rena Rowan Breast Center while Drinking Beer

saison-de-roseThis October, in light of Breast Cancer Awareness, support the Rena Rowan Breast Center all while enjoying a really awesome pink-hued beer, Saison de Rose.

Erin Wallace of Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery, Old Eagle’s Tavern, and Devil’s Den, joined up recently with Free Will Brewing Company and female writing professionals Marnie Old, Tara Nurin and Carolyn Smagalski to create a delicious saison that would support breast cancer research. Proceeds from this beer will be donated to the Rena Rowan Breast Center at University of Penn.

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Sours Galore at Devil’s Den

2686Swap 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.

Devil’s Den [Foobooz]



Happy National Session Beer Day


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).

Devil’s Den [Official]
Barren Hill Tavern [Official]
Old Eagle Tavern [Official]

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