ReAnimator Coffee Opens Big New Spot

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While we’ve been all amped up on news from La Colombe, ReAnimator Coffee has quietly expanded with its own bigger and better facility.

ReAnimator Coffee is hosting their grand opening at 310 Master Street on Saturday October 11th starting at 3 p.m. The coffee shop is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, but the grand opening is a great time to tour the new space, a restored elevator factory in the Kensington neighborhood.

The new space serves not only as a ReAnimator cafe, but will also house the green coffee inventory, serve as a training lab for employees and feature a 12 kilo Probat coffee roaster.

Coffee equipment geekery ahead » 

The Lovely Bones: East Kensington Fixer-Upper

A 2009 Google Street View image shows skater hooligans perpetrating their monkeyshines at the corner of Trenton Avenue and Cumberland. These days they're probably building kinetic sculptures.

A 2009 Google Street View image shows skater hooligans perpetrating their monkeyshines at the corner of Trenton Avenue and Cumberland. These days they’re probably building kinetic sculptures.

If there can be said to be a ground zero for Kensington redevelopment and renaissance, it might be cobblestone Trenton Avenue, which anchors the East Kensington neighborhood and whose Trenton Ave Arts Festival gave rise to the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, that most beloved of creativity competitions.

This home is basically at Cumberland and Trenton, and as such, is in a pretty nice spot to appreciate. It also appears to have rather good bones, as well as a large backyard and a “clean” basement. Sold as-is, of course (hence the price), but if you’re looking for a blank canvas and a project, this might be a good place to start.

Gallery of poor-quality photos below.

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This Labor Day Is the Great Boogie Woogie

great-boogie-woogieJoin Kraftwork for a Labor Day party. The Great Boogie Woogie party is happening in a warehouse at 1526 N American Street and there will be live music, food trucks and beer from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Music will include acts from New Orleans, Manitoba and New York combining for a day of electro-rock, N’awlins flavor and Afrobeat. Beer will be provided by Ithaca, Troegs, Victory and Goose Island.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Kraftwork, Kermit’s Bake Shoppe and online at TicketFly.

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Rowhouse Spirits Is Open for Business

rowhouse-spirits-poitinFormer Philadelphia Brewing Company employee Dean Browne has started Rowhouse Spirits across the street from his former brewery in Kensington. Today he’ll be open for retail sales for the first time. Browne will offer sales Thursdays through Saturdays from noon until 7 p.m. Though he says if you’re nearby outside the store hours, give a yell through the back gate, if he isn’t running the still, he’ll be happy to sell you a bottle.

As a Pennsylvania distiller, Rowhouse Spirits can sell direct to consumers and liquor license owning establishments in the state.

This week Browne will be offering his Poitin, an Irish-style moonshine. Look for Rowhouse Spirits Gin to be ready next week. Browne will also be adding Bear Trap, a herbal liqueur that will be like a less sweet Jägermeister.

Rowhouse Spirits [Foobooz]

Cockfighting Ring Busted in Kensington

Animal control officials seized 18 live roosters from a Kensington house over the weekend, part of what officials say was a cockfighting enterprise: Officers arrived to find a “large-scale cockfight” in progress; the incident took place about 3 a.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of E Street.

“Cockfighting is a brutal crime and is still serious problem in our community,” said George Bengal of the PSPCA. “It’s a felony in Pennsylvania and we will hold those who harmed these birds responsible.” (Fox 29)

Saint Benjamin Brewing Brews First Batch

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Photo by Meg Kelly

After years of planning, site searching, recipe developing and dealing with Philadelphia bureaucracy, Tim Patton and Christina Burris have brewed their first beer at Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, their Kensington nanobrewery.

The first batch happened yesterday at 1710 N 5th Street on the brewing operation’s three-barrel system and as Patton promised in a Facebook post, it will happen again today.

The goal is to have the beers ready for select events during this year’s Philly Beer Week, which takes place from May 30th to June 8th.

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Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby Raises Funds with Indiegogo

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The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby (KKSD) is something of a Philly phenomenon. A rare time of year when parade floats meet works of art meet WTF?!. Hand-powered vehicles decked out in moving sculptures and sculptural scenes (spaceships! zombies! working bars!) traverse Kensington, competing for a prize and providing a pretty unique show for onlookers.

To keep the oddities and ingenuity alive this year, KKSD is seeking donations via crowd-funding website Indiegogo. Their pitch calls for keeping the Derby up and running and continuing the tradition of support for local businesses, local art, and local ingenuity. As it grows, so do the expenses, and organizers need folks who care about its authenticity to provide the funds to keep it “fun, accessible, and unique.”

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