Old City’s Eulogy Tavern Closes; Owner Blames Philly’s “Drug and Crime Spree”

Eulogy Belgian Tavern. Photo via Google Maps

This story has been updated.

After 15 years at the corner of 2nd and Chestnut streets as one of the city’s premier Belgian taverns, Eulogy has closed up shop. According to a statement, it “was the last remaining authentic Belgian-owned restaurant in Philadelphia after Cuvee Notredame and Zot restaurants closed.” Read more »

Six Local Bars Make Best Beer Bar List

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Looking for weekend drinking options? Perhaps you’ll find inspiration in Draft Magazine’s 2014 Best Beer Bars list. Six area bars make the list, which has been reimagined for 2014. In past years, having a ton of tap lines might matter, but today Draft Magazine defines a great beer bar as more than that. “We needed to walk out of these places saying, “Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer.”

In the Philadelphia area, six bars made the list including two from Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida.

The six from Philadelphia » 

Beer Week Event Commemorates Battle of the Bulge

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We’re pretty excited that Philly Beer Week is just two months away. And exactly two months from today Eulogy and Bierstube are co-hosting a special event based on World War II’s pivotal Battle of the Bulge. The battle brought US forces directly against Germany in the Belgian Ardennes forest and this version of the battle will happen in Old City between the German Bierstube and the Belgian-themed Eulogy.

Contestants will have to drink a full liter of German beer with a one-pound pretzel before “retreating” to Eulogy for a glass of Kwak and a pound of Belgian fries. Prizes will be awarded for fastest combined times, fastest Belgian and fastest German individual times.

What better way to commemorate a battle that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called “the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.”

Battle of the Bulge [Philly Beer Week]

A Gnome Comes to Town

Chris Bauweraerts, owner of the Belgian brewery Brasserie d’Achouffe is in town today and tomorrow with his La Chouffe in tow.

Tonight he and his beers will be at Belgian Cafe from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tomorrow he will be at Jose Pistola’s at noon and Eulogy at 7 p.m.

Notice, Ink & Awards

Green Aisle Grocery is featured on Food & Wine’s blog. Stop in Monday for another cocktail hour from 6-8pm.  [Mouthing Off]

Pub & Kitchen’s bartender Nashia Tanner is featured in this month’s Inked Magazine. [Pub & Kitchen]

Chef and owner of James, Jim Burke will be competing for a spot on the US Bocuse d’Or team on the weekend of February 5th and 6th. The Bocuse d’Or is a biennial culinary Olympics, Kevin Sbraga of Rat’s and formerly Jose Garces’ culinary director represented the US team in 2008. [The Insider]

Nightclub & Bar Magazine has two Old City establishments up for awards. 32° is up for Ultra-lounge of the year and Eulogy is up for Best Beer Bar of the Year. [Nightclub & Bar via Grub Street]

And Now, a Word from Sir Mike Naessans of Eulogy

Michael Naessens, owner of Eulogy Belgian Tavern sent us the below email this morning that we wanted to share.

Not sure your list really matters anyway BUT

Eulogy just named Top 50 bar in USA, top in Philadelphia yet Foobooz choses to continue to ignore. Get in touch with the people or could this have something to do with an angry little ex employee at Foobooz ? As I said doesn’t matter, I just heard about the list five months later and found it funny and interesting Eulogy was left off deliberately

http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/g64227/opentable-announces-2009-diners-choice-awards-for-restaurants-with-the-most-vib

As per Joe Sixpack:

What about Eulogy? That’s hard to judge. In beer geekdom, there’s been a Monks vs. Eulogy battle going on for years. But I don’t think that’s the case here because other than a handful of beer writers, the poll’s respondents aren’t tuned into that scene. http://foobooz.com/2009/09/following-up-on-our-top-50/

Sante,

SIR Michael Naessens
Belgian Knight of the Beer Guild

To be clear, Foobooz has no employees and Eulogy’s absence from our Top 50 Bars list was not deliberate, but a direct result of a lack of votes from “the people.”

Top 50 Bars [f8b8z]

Dispatches From Dave: Inside Oyster House

Here’s a quick look at the new Oyster House on its opening night, featuring some deft shucking by one of the chefs. The space is a sophisticated modernization of the old Sansom Street Oyster House, with an L-shaped oyster bar and overall good vibe! Looking forward to an oyster sampler, some cherrystones, and a Victory beer.

National Recognition

Esquire Magazine names Pat’s Steaks one of the best steaks in America joining a list of tonier spots like Peter Luger, The Palm and many others. [Esquire]

Imbibe Magazine names Tria, Eulogy, Monk’s Cafe and Standard Tap among the top 100 places in the US to have a beer. [Beer Yard]

Wine Spectator gives major shout-outs to two of our cheese shops, DiBruno Brothers and Chestnut Hill Cheeseshop both make the list. [Wine Spectator] via Phoodie.info

Tonight: Cooks for Cops

Drinking on a Tuesday is usually a good idea, but drinking on a Tuesday for a good cause is an even better idea.

Eulogy owner Mike Naessans has organized a ‘Cooks for Cops‘ event for tonight, Tuesday, May 20th. Participating restaurants and bars in Old City will be donating 10% of their proceeds to the family of Sargent Stephen Liczbinski who was killed in the line of duty. Details after the jump…

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