LGBT Philly history was made last night when Lou Cutler, 33, was crowned the very first transgender Mr. Gay Philadelphia. He took the crown and sash in the wee hours of the morning at a competition at Field House hosted by local party promoters Bruce Yelk and Josh Schonewolf.
After his win, I pulled Cutler aside to ask what being the first trans winner means to him.
“It means a lot to me. … It’s kind of hard to be a gay trans man sometimes. … But I’m very proud of who I am, and I’ve worked very hard to become who I am. This, in some sense, is a dream come true for me. To be able to be part of this community, and also represent my own community—and to just be visible. It’s important for me to be out and visible as gay and trans, to show the community that not every trans person is the same.”
Fourteen contestants showed up to compete for the prize, showing their stuff in a casual and swimsuit round, then answering a series of questions from judges. Besides looking dapper in both clothing rounds, Cutler stood out for his positive, fun-loving personality. He didn’t blink an eye in the Q&A round when he was asked one of the sillier questions out of the bunch: “How big is [host] Brittany Lynn’s penis?” (The answer? As big as you want it to be.)
Other winners of the night included Mr. 12th Street Gym, Felipe Carrillo, who won the second place prize, and Billy Cavallo, the reigning Most Original Stoli Guy, rounded out the top three. Cutler also took home the prize for Best Body, and Robert Touchton won Mr. Congeniality.
Congrats to Cutler, and all his competitors. It was a great night.
Have you ever wondered what event involves beer pong, capes, and wizards? Well wonder no more. In celebration of Wizard World coming to the Convention Center, Field House is throwing a Kegs and Kapes party on Friday, June 20th at 7 pm.
The event will be full of taps from DuClaw Brewing Company, beer pong tournaments and costume contests. So be sure to bring your A game (whether you’re playing pong or putting on a cape) and be ready to get down and nerdy.
The event is hosted by Ming Chen, from the Comic Book Men podcast, and special guest Mike Zapcic.
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Yards Brewing is on an exclusive beer kick. Last week they debuted Sons of Ben Rowdy Style Ale. A beer dedicated to Philadelphia Union’s supporters club. And over at Morgan’s Pier, they’ve just begun pouring Yards Petty’s Island Ale, a nitro cream ale brewed for the outdoor bar with summer-day drinking in mind.
And tomorrow, City Tap House is debuting their exclusive Yards Brewing collaboration, Just Off Walnut. This beer is a Belgian Brown Ale brewed with a De Koninck yeast strain, leaving a fruity nose and spicy crisp finish. City Tap House managing partner Andy Farrell and Yards brewmaster Tim Roberts went back in forth in creating an accessible beer that is light and easy but sophisticated enough for the beer snob as well.
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Philly gays (and allies) will channel their inner frat boy for the Gay Bowl Committee and National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s first annual Flip Cup Tournament. The event — a fundraiser for both organizations — calls on different teams to play everyone’s favorite college drinking game in the attempt to be crowned Philly’s Flip Cup
“The MS Society has long traditions of doing innovative and out-of-the-box fundraisers, and the gang at Gay Bowl wanted something unique that seemed kinda sporty,” says Chatterblast founder Matthew Ray, explaining the thinking behind the tournament. He, along with Field House and Gay Bowl rep Tim Adams, helped organize the event. “We gays haven’t always embraced our ‘frat-tastic’ side,’” he says, “but over the last few years I have participated in more and more drinking games at homo parties. So it seemed like something cuckoo that might be fun.”
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I’m always early when I go places, despite the age-old (and rather annoying, might I add) principle that gay men are supposed to be “fashionably late.” So, naturally, I arrived at 8:45 p.m., about fifteen minutes before the start time of March’s Guerrilla Queer Bar at Field House, the sports bar located next to the Reading Terminal Market, a mere two blocks from the Gayborhood. I walked right in, hung my coat on one of the numerous hooks located throughout the restaurant, sat at the bar, ordered a Moscow Mule, and waited.
Five minutes before the event was scheduled to begin, a young female employee of Field House started running around, hanging what appeared to be freshly printed signs adjacent to all of the coat hooks that read “COAT CHECK: $2 per coat.” A line formed outside, where a bouncer began charging the $5 “cover” to get in the door.
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On Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m., Philly Beer Week will host its annual Win a Trip to Belgium Raffle at Field House. The grand prize is for one lucky winner will travel to Belgium along with his or her favorite brewer in order to consult on Philly Beer Week’s annual collaboration beer. This year the beer will be brewed with Belgium’s youngest female brewer, Anne Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns.
There will also be other secondary prizes, including baskets of cheer, gift certificates from local bars and restaurants plus Beer Week event tickets to be awarded.
Raffle tickets are still available online. The tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20.
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3,400 home-brewers are in town starting today for the three-day American Homebrewing Association conference. In addition to all sorts of beer-nerdy happenings at the sold-out conference itself, many local bars are pulling out some bad-ass beers. Strangelove’s in Center City will be catering to the beer geeks with the likes of Cantillon Classic Gueuze as well as Russian River’s Pliny the Elder.
Devil’s Den is also holding events each night. Tonight it is Virginia’s Devil’s Backbone will be in the house. The beer isn’t normally available in Philadelphia, but the Great American Beer Festival award winning beer will be on special tonight. Tomorrow it is German brewer Sebastian Sauer in the house. Sauer is as rebelious as a German brewer gets, he even ignores the rules of the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Law). And Sunday, Yards will be on hand for a meet and greet.
Philly Tap Finder has the details on two more events. The Field House is doing an exclusively local beer event this evening and University City’s City Tap House is hosting rarities from around the world.
For more on the homebrewing conference, check out Don Russell’s column in today’s Daily News.
Snow crabs tend to be weirdly addicting. You crack one open, suck it down, and sooner or later you’re ten deep, you’re covered in crab carcasses, and you have no idea what year it is.
At least that’s been the constant on my end…
The Convention Center’s recently renovated sports bar/beer hall, Field House, is now offering snow crabs every Tuesday, all you can eat of them. For $25, chef Andrew Brown (previously of White Dog and Opa) will serve you an endless supply of snow crab, fries, and drawn butter. They’re an easy pair with local crafts too, so grab a long table, throw down some beers, and gluttonize in snow crabs forever.
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This Saturday, the Field House is sponsoring a bubble hockey tournament. $10 admission gets you into the tournament, two Stoudts drafts and a Winter Classic ’13 t-shirt. Will you be able to beat Team Foobooz?
The tournament starts at 2 p.m. If you’re interested in competing, contact Maura firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This Saturday at the revamped Field House, Philly Beer Week will be holding its third annual raffle to win a trip to Belgium for you and your favorite brewer.
The lucky winner and brewer will then get to travel to Belgium to brew a world-class beer for Philly Beer Week 2013. This year the beer will be brewed at the renowned De La Senne brewery in Brussels. De La Senne is known for their Taras Bulba (one of our favorites) among other highly regarded beers.
A second place winner will receive a Philly Beer-Stravaganza gift package, packed with great beer and Beer Week festival tickets.
Ballots are $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds benefit Philly Beer Week. You can vote online, or print the official ballot and bring it to the final drawing on Saturday, January. 12. The drawing will happen right before 3 p.m.
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