A Beer Garden in the Sky Coming to Center City

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

At a height taller than the even the observation deck of Berlin’s famed TV tower, Fernsehturm Berlin, Skygarten will be one of the highest places in the world to hoist a pint or boot of German beer. And that’s what you’ll be doing on the 51st floor of 3 Logan Square (1717 Arch Street). Top of the Tower is teaming up with Brauhaus Schmitz to launch what they’re calling the “World’s Most Celestial Beer Garden.”

The 3,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space will curated by Doug Hager and his team at Brauhaus Schmitz. Hager will have four draft lines plus multiple German beers by the can and select local craft beers. Jeremy Nolen is working with the Top of the Tower’s culinary team to create a menu of bar bites and snacks.

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Brauhaus Schmitz’s Massive Oktoberfest Is This Weekend

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The liter lift at Brauhaus Schmitz

On Saturday, September 19 from 12 noon until 8 p.m., Brauhaus Schmitz, will host its 7th annual Oktoberfest Block Party, shutting down the 700 block of South Street, and 8th Street between Kater and Rodman, for a raucous good time.

Admission is free and all food and drink is pay as you go. You can expect ten German beers to be pouring throughout the event, including the signature Brauhaus Oktoberfest from Traunstein Hofbrauhaus. The block party will also include live Oompah music, face painting, and the finals to the now famous Liter Lift Competition (winner earns free beer for a year), German dancers, Schnapski, and more.

If you can’t wait to get the party started, head to Brauhaus Schmitz tonight for that last chance to qualify for the Liter Lift finals (pre-register here) and there’s also The Race to Kick the Keg. If you order the beer that kicks the keg, you win a prize pack.

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Your First Beer Is Free at Brauhaus Schmitz

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Your first glass of Frankenheim Alt is free. The growler fill, you have to pay for.

If you want to try a new drink, now’s the time. Your first beer is free if you’re one of the first 100 guests at Brauhaus Schmitz, or at least while supplies last today, Wednesday, August 5th. Moral: Wednesday is not the day for fashionable lateness.

At 5 p.m., Brauhaus Schmitz will be the only bar in the United States to tap Frankenheim Alt. The beer is a German top-fermented lager that fine folk at Brauhaus describe as “copper in color, malty and sweet with subtle fruit notes.” The Dusseldorf brew hasn’t been available in Philadelphia since 2002. Brauhaus owner Doug Hager has been working for over two years to bring the rare beer back to Philadelphia.

Going forward, Frankenheim Alt will be available in 14-oz mugs for $5.50, and in growlers if you want to take it home.

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TONIGHT: Karneval Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

fruh kegeratorTonight, Brauhaus Schmitz is hosting its annual Karneval party. The German version of Mardi Gras kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. Brauhaus Schmitz will be offering half-priced Kölsch for the women and raffling off a kegerator at 10 p.m. Each Kölsch gets you a ticket in the raffle and an order of a Kölsch Kranz gets you five tickets.

A costume contest will also be held with the winner walking away with a $50 Brauhaus gift card.
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Brauhaus Schmitz Chef Releases Cookbook

NewGermanCookingBrauhaus Schmitz executive chef, Jeremy Nolen, and pastry chef, Jessica Nolen, release their first cookbook this Tuesday, January 27. But if you’re eager to get your hands on a copy, head over to Brauhaus Schmitz.

New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited is a contemporary, ingredient-driven revival of traditional German dishes. The Nolens hope to make classic German recipes more approachable by bringing them to the modern table.

“At Brauhaus Schmitz, and with our new cookbook, we’ve tasked ourselves with bringing this overlooked culinary style the recognition it deserves,” Nolen said.

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Celebrate an Early Christmas Dinner German-Style At Brauhaus Schmitz

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Starting on Tuesday, November 11th, St. Martin’s Day, and ending on December 21st, Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen will be preparing traditional a German Christmas Dinner for parties of eight or more. The dinner will feature a 10-pound whole roasted goose, served family-style, stuffed to the brim with house-made pretzel, apple and sage stuffing.

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German, Russian, and Eastern European Restaurants and Food in Philadelphia

Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos

Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos

Italian, British, French? Cinch. Even Dutch, Spanish and Belgian food is pretty easy to find close to the heart of Philly’s most tony neighborhoods. But for a long time, this city has also been home to a thriving community that brought all its borscht and sausages along from the Old Countries. So if you’re looking for a hit of post-Glasnost melting-pot Euro cuisine ignored by the likes of Vetri, Garces and Starr, here are some good places to start.
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Food Truck Update for August

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We’ve got the August schedule for food trucks at the Porch at 30th Street Station.

We’ve got a number of food truck updates that we’re packing into this one post.

Food Junkets has the details on Casa Brazil, a new Brazilian barbecue truck that should be hitting the streets this week. Owner Ricardo Berbosa has worked at Fogo de Chao in Baltimore as well as Chima in Philadelphia and Na’Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse in Horsham. The Brazilian native plans on making showing up at 33rd and Arch and other spots around West Philadelphia. Stay tuned for his first day out. 

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