Sweet Treats at the Philadelphia Honey Festival

Bee prepared, the Philadelphia Honey Festival is right around the corner. See what all the buzz is about from September 7th to the 9th as the city’s beekeeping community comes together to raise awareness about the importance of bees, while having fun and tasting delicious products. Activities range from kiddie crafts to cooking demonstrations to honey-based beer tastingsFranklin Fountain and Little Baby’s will be among the businesses participating.

Read on for highlights from the un-bee-lievable schedule. Read more »

Brewers Bouncing

Since the end of Beer Week we’ve seen several brewers head off to new jobs, local and out-of-town. Nodding Head assistant brewer Mike Fava is leaving the Sansom Street brew pub and is heading to Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle, Maine. [Seen Through a Glass]

Terry Hawbaker, the well respected brewer from Farmers’ Cabinet’s Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse has moved on. Hawbaker will now be brewing for [Seen Through a Glass]

In a local move, Jon Defibaugh is moving from Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy to Tired Hands Brewing in Ardmore. Defibaugh had been at EB+B since it opened three and a half years ago. Defibaugh’s departure will mean Earth owner Tom Baker will be the lead brewer. [Tired Hands]

Speaking of Tired Hands Brewing, Bruno from Brouwerij t’Gaverhopke in Belgium will be on hand today after 4 p.m. The Belgian brewer is brewing a collaboration at Tired Hands this morning and will be around for a meet-and-greet this afternoon starting at 4 p.m. He is also likely to have some of his own beers in tow. [Philly Beer Scene]

Quick Bites: More Openings

Ulivo joins the cavalcade of openings this week as Joe Scarpone’s Italian BYOB opens this Thursday. [Meal Ticket]

Vedge is just around the corner. We suspect some of you may have already received an invite to a special open house. The grand opening is currently slated for Monday, November 21st.

Jake’s Wayback Burgers has opened in the Great Northeast. It is the first Philadelphia location for the rapidly expanding burger and shakes chain.

M Kee (not inspired by South Park’s Mr. Mackey, mmmkay) has opened at 1002 Race Street. The duck house is a bargain, with most dishes under $7. [The Insider]

Now open seven days a week is Earth Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy. The bar/restaurant will no longer be dark on Mondays.

Konak has closed its doors. The Old City Turkish restaurant had been open since 2003.

Local Beers of Beer Week

We very much enjoyed the Opening Tap event of Philly Beer Week. It is truly amazing so many great beers are brewed so close to Philadelphia. We made sure to try all the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Brew-vitational winners that we could and were especially impressed with Earth Bread + Brewery’s La Saison du Capitaine and Sly Fox’s Standard Pils. A special nod of appreciation to the EB+B crew who made sure they weren’t carrying any beer out of the Visitors Center with them.

We also got our first taste of the Beer Week collaboration beer brewed by Sly Fox brewer Brian O’Reilly and the De Proef brewery in Belgium. Broederlijke Liefde (Brotherly Love) is a delightful saison that you should make sure you can grab before Beer Week ends. Tonight you can find the beer at Race Street Cafe at 7 p.m.

Next up we’ll be trying Victory’s Summer Love. We really enjoyed this one last year and look forward to seeing if it lives up to our memories. It’s official 2011 debut is tonight at the With Love Beer Garden at the Four Seasons.

Speaking of last year, 2010’s Philadelphia beer luminaries’ collaboration with Sierra Nevada is back after a year of aging in Russian River barrels. The beer, Exportation has already popped up at a few events and will definitely be at Fergie’s June 6th Sierra Nevada event. Word on the street is that this one is smooth.

Have any other must-try local beers? Let us know.

Tonight

A couple interesting beers are out there tonight. Grid Magazine’s release party at Johnny Brenda’s will feature a firkin of Vanilla Love Stout from Yards.

And in Mt. Airy Earth Bread + Brewery is unveiling Cuvée de Cliveden, a beer they’ve created with the help of the Cliveden Brewers club. Each glass sold benefits the Cliveden mansion’s educational efforts.

Tonight

Every Tuesday night Earth Bread + Brewery designates a keg to kick. That keg will then be featured with $2, 13 oz pours till the keg kicks. Tonight the keg is Pennsylvania Pale Ale from Philadelphia Brewing Co.

It’s also Table Tennis Tuesday at the Mt. Airy bar.

Tonight

And since it is Earth Day, what better place to spend it than at Earth Bread + Brewery. On tap tonight, Jon’s Fault (altbier), Liquid Bread, St. Arthur Stout, Free the Hikers scotch ale, ResinToSmile IPA, Browne Ale, Six Day Bitter (on cask), Oh! Peg Belgian-style porter and The Duke barleywine.

Also it’s part two of the Pumpkin/Pub & Kitchen collaboration with Ian Maroney cooking at P&K this evening.

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