It’s officially May in Philadelphia, and that means we’re about to embark on a month with a summer’s worth of festivals crammed into the three weekends before Memorial Day weekend. For the eaters and drinkers among us, there’s no shortage of beer festivals, cider fests, Kentucky derby block parties and — wait for it — even a goat race. Happy spring, Philly.
Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico have been rather busy recently. Their Mexican bar at the corner of 16th and South, Tio Flores looks tantalizingly close now that the paper is down from the windows (we’ve been told it will open within a couple of weeks). And their other two establishments are hosting events this weekend. Hawthornes is hosting their annual fall block party on Saturday, November 7th from noon to 8 p.m. 11th Street will be shut down and there will be live music, food from Hawthornes’ kitchen and fall beers and ciders.
On Sunday, the couple’s South Street West bar, Cambridge will be hosting its annual chili competition. Twelve competitors will go head-to-head in Cambridge’s courtyard to battle for the Best Chili title. Guests will be able to sample from all competitors and vote for their favorites. On tap will be plenty of pumpkin beers including a sour pumpkin IPA, imperial pumpkins and even pumpkin cider. The fun kicks off at 3 p.m.
This Saturday, May 9th, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Hawthornes is throwing its 6th annual IPA Block Party. The party blocks off 11th Street between Fitzwater and Catharine Streets and is free to enter. The block party is also kid and pet friendly. All the beer is $5 (cash only) a pour. In addition to 36 IPAs pouring, there will be “over the top” street food, and live local music all day from New Pony, George Ugo Blues Band and Ill Swill.
For the Hop Heads, this event has all of the heavy hitters from the IPA world.
Beer List at Hawthornes IPA Fest »
Tomorrow, Friday, March 6th, Hawthornes will kick off its Quick Sip delivery service. The service, which was made legal by a recent PLCB ruling, will allow the beer cafe to deliver beer to customers via a fleet of bikes. The service requires ID upon delivery and is subject to the same restrictions that takeout beer is, namely no more than three six packs of beer.
The service will allow users in Most Center City and South Philadelphia neighborhoods to order growlers, local, imported and even some macro beers as well as cider and variety packs. Delivery times are expected to be within an hour.
A twelve-pack of something like Bud or Bud Light is $18.95, a craft six-pack of Sly Fox Pils is listed at $16.95. Those prices include the tax and delivery fees. Gratuity is extra.
We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
Yesterday we told you that Hawthornes is close to coming back and was teasing a big announcement. We assumed that it would be related to passing a health inspection or something similar.
Turns out it’s much bigger than that. Hawthornes will be delivering beer. Dribs and drabs of a recent PLCB decision to allow licensed restaurants to also have a Transporter-for-hire (delivery) license have been popping up. Turns out that decision was reached because of petitioning from Hawthornes owners, Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico. You can read the whole opinion rendered here.
So when Hawthornes reopens during the first week of January, Hawthornes Quick Sip will have a fleet of motorbikes that will deliver beer on ice.
How is that for a happy new year?
Hawthornes, which has been closed since a fire in March is teasing that today is a big day as they close in on reopening. If we had to guess, we’re thinking it might be final inspection before they get the go ahead to reopen. The beer cafe also debuted a new logo which has inspired us to play another game of Logo Throwdown.
So which do you like, the old or new look?
Hawthornes is coming back, and with a bang, people. After a fire above the Bella Vista bruncherie and beer store in February damaged the building, Hawthornes is expected to reopen around the end of November. The restaurant will return with new menu items, more seating, and more booze, thanks to a full liquor license. Along with the new drink options, more beer taps will be added, as well as a new growler station.
Hawthornes has also mentioned another beer surprise, “an ace up their sleeve,” that they feel will revolutionize the beer side of things.
The cafe has added a baking department, which will be whipping up muffins, rustic loaves of bread, and more, every morning. Not only that, there will also be an eight-seat breakfast counter, right next to a new and bigger fireplace.
Sunday dinners will also be available, and Hawthornes will also be opening for earlier hours during the week.
Despite a fire closing down Hawthornes earlier this year, nothing can stop the beer cafe from enjoying a full day of beer, food and music.
This Saturday, July 5th, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. join Hawthornes as they host the 5th Annual IPA Block Party. With drafts from all over, great food and live music going on the entire day, you should start getting excited for the weekend now. Entry is free – just pay as you go (cash only) and enjoy all this party has to offer.
Check out the official draft list below.
It appears that this year’s supply of Russian River Pliny the Younger has just about run dry. Philly Tap Finder’s last published tapping happened just a few hours ago. But since this is Philadelphia, our taps certainly haven’t run dry of great and in several cases, rare beer.
Bishop’s Collar, which poured the city’s last known keg of Pliny still has plenty of great IPAs pouring and is worth a trip today. The Sidecar’s monthly High Gravity Night is also tonight and includes high alcohol favorites like Bear Republic Apex, Bell’s Hopslam and Mikkeller Monk’s Elixr.