Hawthornes Returning Bigger, Better, Warmer and Offering More than Ever

hawthornesHawthornes 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.

Hawthornes [Foobooz]

Fire Won’t Stop Hawthornes 5th Annual IPA Block Party


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.

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Great Beer Is Running Rampant in Philadelphia

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.

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Fire Above Hawthorne’s Cafe

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Fire at Hawthornes Cafe | Photo via Fox29

A fire has broken out above Hawthorne’s Cafe at 11th and Fitzwater. Fox29 has reported that the fire is in an apartment above the popular brunch and beer spot.

UPDATE: Hawthornes responds


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Before You Start Your Day of Service, Brunch


We’re certain you have your day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. planned out. But if you need a hearty breakfast before you start, Chris Fetfatzes’ Hawthornes and The Cambridge are open for brunch.

We’re sure the Cambridge’s Taylor Pork Roll and Chorizo Egg Sandwich is just the base you need before helping to clean or paint one of Philadelphia’s recreation centers.

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Hawthornes Fourth Annual IPA Block Party Is this Saturday


This Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hawthornes at 11th and Fitzwater hosts its fourth annual IPA Block Party. The free to enter event runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. outside of Hawthornes (weather worry warts, there will be tents) and 24 hop-forward beers (and some gluten-free and wheat beers as well) will be on tap. All beers are $5, including Pliny the Elder and there will also be live music and a special menu of street food.

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Standout Brunch at Hawthornes


Brian Freedman really enjoys his brunch at Hawthornes. He even enjoys the 90-minute wait to be seated.

French toast—really more of a thrice-cooked bread pudding—is a standout. Tucked inside the crisp edges is a dense-yet-light center that’s silky with a bit of every sort of bread the kitchen uses here: brioche, challah, multigrain and more. It’s hearty and elegant all at once, and calls out for a side of some sort of meat. (I’d go with the sausage, all snappy-cased and tender, over the thick-cut bacon, which could have been crispier.)

Other standards are just as carefully crafted, the waffles light and nutty, the omelets delicate, moist, and flavorful with ingredients that have actually been treated as integral parts of the whole as opposed to merely stuffing: Mushrooms and peppers had been sauteed, for example, as opposed to having been dumped in there raw.

The Brunch at Hawthornes is Worth Waiting For [Philadelphia Weekly]
Hawthornes [Official Site]

Hawthornes Doing Big Things

Hawthornes Beer Cafe is expanding physically and conceptually, and we’re very excited to reap the rewards.

The tap system has grown from nine taps to eleven, and right now include Duvel Single, Elysian Night Owl, Stillwater Autumnal, Dock Street Prisoner of Hell, Hawthorne’s house shandy and more. All of the beers can be enjoyed for half-off during happy hour between 4 and 6 p.m. each weeknight.

Hawthornes is also in the midst of renovating their fireplace, which promises to be bigger and better.

And through the end of October, get 15% off any Oktoberfest six-pack. Stock up now before this stupid storm hits.

Hawthorne’s Beer Cafe [Official Site]

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