DO THIS: The Gayest Flip Cup Tournament in Town

1898742_10100933148514834_1740603315_oPhilly 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 queen champion.

“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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Getting (Coat) Checked: Is Philly’s Guerrilla Queer Bar One Big Marketing Ploy?

coat check guerilla queer barI’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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Philly Beer Week Trip to Belgium Raffle Is Tomorrow

PBWLogoOn 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.

Philly Beer Week [Official]

Homebrewers Conference Is in Town; Great Beer Is Out on the Town

HBC_2013_gold3,400 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.

Tuesday is All-You-Can-Eat Snow Crabs at the Field House


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.

Field House [Official Site]

Win a Trip to Belgium With Your Favorite Brewer


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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Field House Reopening This Weekend with Andrew Brown in the Kitchen

We’ve long wished that the Field House next to Reading Terminal Market was the big mega-sized sports bar that we could recommend to tourists and others go. And with its renovation and reopening set for this weekend, maybe with the help of two Andys, it will finally become that.

Andrew Brown, who is leaving Opa on Sansom Street is going to be taking over the kitchen. Brown’s menu will contain Philadelphia staples and other dishes that harkan back to Brown’s days at the White Dog Cafe. And with the Reading Terminal Market across the street, fresh and local shouldn’t be too difficult.

The beer program is being managed by Andy Farrell who also stewards the City Taphouse program. The forty-tap system will stress local beers including some from the next generation of small brewers who have been popping up in the area.

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Quick Bites

Jayson Grossberg who was at the highly acclaimed Alphabet Soup in South Jersey is now in the kitchen of 707. [Food & Drinq]

Drew Lazor has some more details on The Waverly. The spot will have a liquor license and room for 90 diners, dwarfing chef/owner Michael O’Halloran’s Bistro 7. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Michael Klein has the lowdown on the new Field House at the Convention Center. It aims to be just a bar. A bar with 40 TVs including four 60″ plasmas. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Amid all the openings in Michael Klein’s recent 2008 Hot Restaurants post was this newsy item. David Katz of Restaurant M and for a split second, Silk City is looking to open a spot at 24th and Locust. May or June is the hoped for opening date. [Food & Drinq]

If Latin in Chestnut Hill, or just anything new in Chestnut Hill has you excited, rejoice that Miguel Castañeda says his ¡Cuba! will be open “no later than the very beginning of February.” [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

A replacement for J.C. Dobbs is in the works but don’t expect anything till September. In the meantime check out [Icepack, City Paper]

Maybe the name Jin House rings a bell. It was at 11th and Spruce before fire claimed it back in 2003. Well it’ll be back later this month next to More Than Just Ice Cream on Locust. [Food & Drinq]

Quick Bites

The Fieldhouse opened last night at the old Independence Brew Pub. The sports bar is run by the same people as Mission Grill and the Public House. [Food & Drinq]

Michael Klein has some more information on two new spots (Peppercorns, Ugly American) that have opened in the Pennsport neighborhood of South Philly. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is scouting locations in Miami for his third restaurant. [Page Six, New York Post]

Patrick Mullin who has made the Drafting Room a suburban beer mecca over the last 9 plus years is leaving for Sierra Nevada. He won’t even be able to attend the Drafting Room’s debut of Baltic Thunder (Victory’s remake of Heavyweight’s Perkuno’s Hammer) set for January 5th. [Liquid Diet Online]

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