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.
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.
It is movie night at Earth Bread + Brewery and tonight they are showing the silent classic Metropolis. The Mt. Airy brew pub will also be tapping a new beer they promise will taste a bit like cheerios. Next up, Cocoa Puffs?
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 CuvÃ©e 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.
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.
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.
Every first Wednesday of the month Earth, Bread + Brewery creates some ambiance by having the bars and dining rooms illuminated only by candleight. Get there early for some pizza then head up the block to get to McMennamin’s to watch the Phillies.
For other game six ideas, check out our World Series specials.
Phoodie.info has rolled out a new Events Calendar in handy-dandy Google Calendar format.
Of course Phoodie isn’t the only ones publishing food and drink events this way. We’ve got our own Google Calendar and here are some others that you might like.
Open any of the calendars and click the to add it to your Google calendar.
And although not in a Google Calendar format, the Philly Beer Week Calendar of upcoming events is worth checking out as well.
New And Improved: The Phoodie Events Calendar! [Phoodie.info]
Foobooz Calendar [f8b8z]
This weekend, the New York Times discovered that THERE IS A MAGNIFICENT CRAFT BEER CULTURE IN PHILADELPHIA! Of course, we have known this all along, but getting a shout-out in the Times makes it more likely that our out-of-town friends will actually believe us when we tell them about it.:
Much of the upswing can be attributed to Philadelphiaâ€™s bubbling night life. The new breweries, said Don Russell, who as Joe Sixpack writes a weekly column about beer for The Philadelphia Daily News, â€œare filling a need thatâ€™s out there being created by the local bar scene. Every single bar that has been opening up has a multitap system and is featuring microbrews.â€
Combine that robust tavern scene with cheap real estate in emerging neighborhoods, and youâ€™ve got the ingredients for a beer blast. In recent years, a half-dozen breweries and specialty pubs have opened in Philadelphia, ranging from boutique breweries that make micro batches to green-powered plants looking to become the cityâ€™s next biggest thing.
We knew that cheap real estate was good for something. EBB, Yards, and Dock Street are all name-checked in the article.
Breweries of Brotherly Love [NYT]
Craig LaBan knows there isn’t a much better combination than pizza and beer and he makes his way out to Earth Bread + Brewery to sample Tom Baker’sÂ experimental brews and thin crisp pizzas.
There are definitely some choices worth visiting for, including the “Traditional” take on a Margherita, its zesty sauce topped with mozzarella and fresh arugula tufted in the middle. The Mexican adds a jalapeÃ±o- and smoked-paprika tingle to the tomato sauce, which also gets the pop of roasted black beans and corn. But the most memorable bread here is the “Seed,” a sauceless cheese round scattered with enough crunchies – sesame, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, and garlic (whoa, lots of garlic!) – to make a Weaver’s Way bulk-bin groupie go weak in the knees.
Two Bells – Very Good
Earth Bread + Brewery [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Earth Bread + Brewery [Official Site]