For the second month in a row we’ve been graced with a Friday the Thirteenth, which of course means two straight months of Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge. For the uninitiated, that means a cask ale festival at the Northeast Philadelphia beer bar. The festival is broken into two sessions, a daytime session starting at noon, and an evening session kicking off at 6 pm.
There is only one more Friday the Firkinteenth this year (November), and in even worse news, only one in all of 2016.
There’s never a cover but it is cash only.
The Grey Lodge firkin lineup »
Mike “Scoats” Scotese received a copy of Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes and Pairings by Tenaya Darlington from his wife for Christmas.
The book lists 169 cheeses and Scoats has decided he wants to try them all. So on Sunday nights, he’s hosting a Sunday night beer and cheese pairing at his Grey Lodge. He’s planning to go through all 169 cheeses and will be will pair each cheese with a different beer.
So for the next 169 Sundays, the Northeast Philly beer bar will be offering a unique cheese and beer pairing. 169 different beers to go with all those cheeses. Scoats will get advice from Darlington and Di Bruno’s cheesemongers as well as his staff at the Grey Lodge for the pairings.
Think it’s crazy? Don’t forget Scoats is the man who created the phenomenon that is Friday the Firkinteenth, and had the guts to open a beer bar in Mayfair to begin with.
The cheese and beer pairings kick off tonight, Sunday, February 8th and will go every Sunday till they run out of cheese.
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As one of the weekly specials at Grey Lodge, a sandwich fit for a king (or the King, Elvis Presley to be exact) is available for only six bucks.
It’s Elvis’s favorite: the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, and it could be your favorite too. Grey Lodge is upping the ante on their sandwich which includes fig honey and bacon. But remember, it’s only here for a week.
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Looking for weekend drinking options? Perhaps you’ll find inspiration in Draft Magazine’s 2014 Best Beer Bars list. Six area bars make the list, which has been reimagined for 2014. In past years, having a ton of tap lines might matter, but today Draft Magazine defines a great beer bar as more than that. “We needed to walk out of these places saying, “Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer.”
In the Philadelphia area, six bars made the list including two from Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida.
The six from Philadelphia »
Friday the Firkinteenth is the event Northeast Philadelphia’s Grey Lodge is most known for. Every Friday the Thirteenth the bar stocks its bar with firkins (small kegs) of cask ale. Today there will be almost 30 firkins tapped, and for the first time, the day will be broken up into two sessions.
Tapping for the first session begins at noon, the evening session starts at 6 p.m. If you’re lucky enough to buy the beer that kicks a firkin, you’ll get an awesome I Kicked the Firkin tee. Because of the nature of the event, the Grey Lodge doesn’t do tabs today and all purchases are of the cash variety.
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Tomorrow it Friday the Thirteenth and as Philadelphia beer lovers know, that means it is Friday the Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge. This will be the 27th Friday the Firkinteenth at Northeast Philadelphia’s best beer bar and its shaping up to be a big one. Twenty-seven firkins (small kegs) will be tapped throughout the day. The fun kicks off at noon with seven firkins being offered at a time till they run out.
For more on the calendar-based event, check out the Grey Lodge’s Friday the Firkinteenth page.
Grey Lodge does it right. They have a calendar filled with worthwhile events, and they’re always rotating through some bad-ass beers.
Take for example today, May 3rd, when they’ll be tapping eight Dogfish Head beers, all of them season or occasional brews (except for the 60 Minute, but you can’t not have the 60 Minute), and all of them delicious.
What the world sees as April 4th the Grey Lodge sees as 04/04. And that means that all day the Northeast Philadelphia beer bar will be pouring four Belgian-style Quads (a quad of Quads). The high-alcohol abbey style ales are all over 10% alcohol by volume and pack quite the punch.
The quad Quads on tap »
So yes we know Black Friday is a big shopping day, but who says it can’t be a big drinking day too? And it seems like every bar out there is running specials with black and other dark beers.
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Yes. Thank goodness, the weekend is finally here. It’s just starting to get chilly, but we’re already over this cold. While we’re strong proponents of curling up in front of a fire and drinking hot chocolate, we think you should bundle up and face the icy temperature for some of the fun events this weekend has to offer. Whether this means sampling top Philly chef’s best dishes in support of healthy babies, taking shots for Sandy relief, or trying out three Stephen Starr alum’s brick-oven pizza spot, we think its going to be worth it.
What’s happening around town »