Bottle Bar East and Joe’s Steaks Bring You Beer Floats

beer-floatsRoot beer floats are great. When you’re a kid and it’s summertime and it’s hot, there are few things better than that classic soda, ice cream combo. But when you’re an adult it can get better. What’s better than root beer? Real beer.

This is where the folks at Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop and Bottle Bar East come in with their timely collaboration: beer floats.

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La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael Set To Transform Your Daily Coffee Routine

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

Todd Carmichael, CEO of La Colombe shows off his latest creation: Draft latte in a can. (Photo by Jared Shelly)

“If you stopped by La Colombe‘s flagship location in Fishtown this weekend, you were likely offered a sample of its latest creation: The draft latte — a coffee and milk combo poured from a keg that has a semi-sweet taste and a slight milkshake-like texture,” reports BizPhilly on their interview with La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael.

Unbeknown to me, I was one of those people this weekend. When I walked into La Colombe’s flagship in Fishtown, I had no idea about Carmichael’s plans to package this drink and sell it nationwide. As I walked through the door someone asked if I’d like to sample the draft latte, and I looked at the long line ahead of me and thought, “Obviously.”

The result?

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Celebrate Kraftwork’s Birthday


Happy 5th birthday to Kraftwork. Tonight, June 23rd, the Fishtown bar is honoring its loyal patrons in style. Help them celebrate all day and night with draft beers, vintage bottles, dinner specials, live music and birthday cake.

Booze is served from open to close, dinner starts at 5 pm, music comes on at 7, and birthday cake (provided by Kermit’s Bakeshop) is somewhere in between.

Read on for the full draft list and “upscale bbq” inspired menu.

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Trinity Tuesday: Want to Live in Fishtown? This Porched Two-Bedroom Is For Sale

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

The neighborhood it’s in is probably one of its bigger draws, but it’s also worth noting this home has several other things going for it. Chief among them? A covered porch and two bedrooms, the first of which comes with built-in bookshelves and a glass door leading to a deck; the second, a small staircase up to a private loft space.

According to the listing, the 756-square-foot home is also well maintained, noting a bathroom with “vintage charm” offering a farmhouse sink and a Victorian-style soaking tub. Hardwood floors are throughout and the basement is finished and comes with closet space. More built-in shelves can be found on the first floor living room, where there’s exposed brick; while the kitchen, which has porch access, includes granite tops, gray cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.

The home is nestled right off the Frankford Ave. and  East Girard. Specs and photos below.

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First Look: Philadelphia Distilling’s New Home

philadelphia-distilling-1000-frankford-940Today, Philadelphia Distilling, makers of Blue Coat American Dry Gin, The Bay Vodka, Penn 1681 Vodka and other spirits announced it is moving to the Ajax Metal Building at 1000 Frankford Avenue this fall. The building is also the home to Live Nation’s upcoming music venue, The Fillmore.

The distillery will add 13,000 square feet in the move from Northeast Philadelphia as well as a tasting room, bottle shop, event space, restaurant and outdoor patio.

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Of Vinyl, Ramps and Stinging Nettle: Helm Reviewed


Tortellini with brussels sprouts | Photo by Jason Varney

You knew this was coming. In Philadelphia, where chefs are constantly popping up in one another’s kitchens or dueling each other at Cook, it was only a matter of time before two of them would notice a FOR RENT sign as they carpooled home one night and decide to take the next logical step and move in together. Read more »

La Colombe Hosts Home Grown Supper Club


La Colombe Fishtown will host its first Home Grown Supper Club on Wednesday June 17th. The event (for which tickets are on sale now for $60), includes four courses of veggies, cheeses and meats, one cocktail or beer, and presentations from local farmers and producers.

Greensgrow Farms, Valley Milkhouse Artisan Cheese Makers, Griggstown Farm and La Colombe Fishtown Kitchen & Pastry will provide ingredients and insight about the food’s path from farm to table.

Refreshments start at 6:30 pm and the meal, served family style, will begin at 7pm.

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Celebrate Beer Week By Funding Beer Bagels

Everything bagels from Philly Style Bagels.

Everything bagels from Philly Style Bagels.

A really great bagel is kind of the unicorn of the bread realm. Elusive. Ephemeral. Often the main character of an all-too-realistic, carb-based dream.

They’re contentious– what even is a great bagel, and does it really matter if it is about to be toasted and topped? (Serious Eats recently addressed the matter).

Whatever your definition, really show-stopping bagels are few and far between. Especially in Philadelphia.

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