The Hammer Of Glory Goes On Tour

The Hammer of Glory...in all its glory.

The Hammer of Glory…in all its glory.

The Hammer of Glory, beloved symbol of Philadelphia Beer Week and known colloquially by its pet name “The HOG,” is setting off on a month of pub crawls (aka #HOGTours), all leading up to the PBW’s Opening Tap event on Friday, May 29.

The inaugural #HOGTour pub-crawl will be this Thursday, March 26th from 6-10pm, and will be led by Grand Marshal Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing Company. The crawl will begin at London Grill and then stop at Urban Saloon, The Belgian Café, and Kite & Key.

If you can’t make it this time around, the HOG will be doing another pub crawl on Thursday, April 30 in South Philly and on Thursday, May 28 in Fishtown.

For up-to-the minute information about the pub crawl you can follow PBW on twitter @PhillyBeerWeek.

Fairmount Pig Crawl

fairmount-pig-crawl-400On Saturday, March 21st, 14 Fairmount bars and restaurants are combining for a whole pig tour. Each spot is offering tastes of pork for $2 to $4 plus drink specials. Tito’s Vodka will also be offering complimentary craft cocktail samples at each location.

The crawl kicks off at noon and runs to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online and crawlers can start at any location. How many pork bites you get to is up to you.

Early bird tickets are available now for just $5.

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March is Throwback Month at London Grill

Does this woman not just immediately make you think of chili?

Does this woman not just immediately make you think of chili?

London Grill is turning 24 years old this month, and chef Michael McNally is celebrating with four favorite dishes from the restaurant’s past. Each week, the restaurant will serve up a fan-favorite recipe, some of which haven’t seen the light of day for over ten years.

For example, on Wednesday, March 4, you can try “Chili Elizabeth Taylor,” (which was made famous while the actress was filming Cleopatra because she would frequently send her limo driver out to pick her up an order). The following Wednesday, March 11, you can dine on the 2007 Philly Cooks Dish of the Year, Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi. On March 18 they’re serving “HRC” (horseradish-crusted) Salmon, and on March 25 the special will be Szechuan Duck Spring Rolls.

For more information on the specials click here.

Historic Dye Works Building on Fairmount to Become Mixed-Use Loft Space

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Stepping outside their usual haunt in Brewerytown, MM Partners has embarked on an adaptive reuse project involving the old A.F. Bornot Dye works factory on the border of Spring Garden and Fairmount.  The historic structure designed by Werner Trumbower will be redeveloped into a mixed-use space with several loft homes set to open their doors by the end of this summer.

David Waxman of MM Partners says the property, which is actually made up for four buildings at 1626-44 Fairmount Avenue and 1615-29 Melon Street, will offer 15,000 square feet of retail and commercial space taken up by a “bank branch, yoga, home goods store, coffee shop/cafe,” and possibly a gym. Seventeen of the residential units will be “high end loft apartments,” while two others will be for-sale loft homes with a roof deck and yard plus private parking on Melon Street.Screenshot (82)

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Spotted in Fairmount: Four Loft Units Available In Remodeled Church

All photos by Kate Devlin.

All photos by Kate Devlin.

All units at the Church (the aptly named development by MFD Developers) are for sale! The single-bedrooms come with a loft for office space or additional sleeping quarters, as well as two bathrooms.

We’ve linked to the fourth unit, which is the largest, but you should know each is similar in layout despite the varying square footage. This unit also includes a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, and granite counters. Hardwood floors are also throughout.

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Letters From the (Real Estate) Trenches

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This past fall, after five years of renting in Fairmount, my husband and I finally decided to buy a home of our own in the neighborhood. Now, call me naive — maybe too many hours logged on HGTV? — but I honestly thought that our prequalified mortgage and 20 percent in our pockets meant we’d follow the classic script: We’d find a place, put in an offer, have our agent negotiate with the seller’s agent, and then — voilà! — be happy homeowners.

That isn’t how it went.

In fact, says realtor Karrie Gavin, that’s rarely how it goes these days in Philly. Gavin, a four-year agent with Elfant Wissahickon, prides herself on almost never losing a bidding war — and she’s been in a lot of bidding wars lately. A lot. “The inventory is very low right now, and there’s a high buyer demand,” she says. “I’m seeing a lot of things selling for above the asking price.” Penn’s Fels Institute of Government reports that home prices in fall of 2014 shot up all over the city; average days on market fell from 88 last winter to 67. The takeaway? Gird your loins, buyers: Competition is fierce, especially in hot spots like Fairmount, Grad Ho, Bella Vista, Queen Village, Passyunk Square, even Chestnut Hill and Narberth.

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Kite & Key Celebrates Ben Franklin’s Birthday with Victory

kite-and-key-400Where better to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 309th birthday than at Kite & Key? The beer bar, just off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is going to be pouring many of their favorite Victory Brewing Company beers, including Earth & Flame, a collaboration with Earth, Bread + Brewery. The Victory celebration goes all day, with big Ben himself arriving at 7 p.m.

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Art Museum Area Home on Cherry Blossomed Block of North 21st Now Pending Sale

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach  - Bryn Mawr.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Bryn Mawr.

Shortly after being listed a few weeks ago, this wholly modern townhouse was plucked off the market. Can’t say we’re surprised given the gorgeous scene that envelopes the block once spring rolls around!

But cherry trees aside, the home itself is a splendid construction in its own right: carefully renovated interior, skylights, pocket doors, wood-burning stove, and even a roof deck with a view of the skyline. There’s also a living room with built-in bookshelves crafted from repurposed parts of the original building and an eat-in kitchen with hand-poured concrete countertops and French doors leading to a patio.

The master suite, meanwhile…

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