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.
Bjornsson crushes this Devil's Den guest's head.
Takes a punch in the gut.
Poses with Ommegang's Megan McGuire.
Chills with some guests dining outside.
Poses with Devil's Den owner Erin Wallace
Crushes photographer Stephen Lyford's head.
Gets friendly with these two.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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This 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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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).
Devil’s Den [Official]
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 »