Beach Day at Kraftwork

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Corn Dogs, Kraftwork-style.


For Kraftwork’s monthly Staff Picks event that’s taking place this evening, Tuesday, July 28th, the Fishtown bar is embracing the hot weather with a beach menu. The menu will feature beach friendly food like grilled corn, corn dogs, and fried oreos. For beer, picks from California beach towns will be highlighted.

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Celebrate Kraftwork’s Birthday

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Happy 5th birthday to Kraftwork. Tonight, June 23rd, the Fishtown bar is honoring its loyal patrons in style. Help them celebrate all day and night with draft beers, vintage bottles, dinner specials, live music and birthday cake.

Booze is served from open to close, dinner starts at 5 pm, music comes on at 7, and birthday cake (provided by Kermit’s Bakeshop) is somewhere in between.

Read on for the full draft list and “upscale bbq” inspired menu.

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Eat This Now: Kentucky Fried Sweetbreads

eat-this-now-fried-sweetbreads-400Chef Brian Lofink is understandably very excited by his latest special at Kraftwork. Last night I had his chicken fried sweetbreads and waffle, with Crystal’s ramps and maple demi glace. The dish is an excellent balance of sweet and savory. The perfectly fried sweetbreads will turn any offal novice into a gluton, demanding “more organs now!”

Lofink has the sweetbreads on special this weekend at the Fishtown bar and he says, “Im not scared to say I’ll stack it up to any sweetbread dish in the city and knock it down.”

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Get Cow and the Curd Curds at Kraftwork

kraftwork-cow-curdsChef Brian Lofink alerts us that Kraftwork in Fishtown will be the first restaurant serving cheese curds from the Best of Philly winning Cow and the Curd food trucks.

Rob Mitchell, owner of the Cow and the Curd has been working with Drexel University’s Food Lab to get his cheese curds out to the masses.

The Curd Caprese Salad, served with classic curds, basil aioli, aged balsamic vinegar, oven dried tomatoes and micro basil salad will be available for a limited time only. So get out there and get yours while you can.

The curd salad will also be available at the Sidecar Bar & Grille starting next Friday, April 24th.

I was lucky enough to try the “salad” yesterday  with some friends and it was a hit. Just one word of advice, don’t pop the whole curd in your mouth at once, bite halfway through and stretch that curd out. It just makes it even better.

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Brewery ARS Kickstarter Party Is a Victory Party

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Sean and Andrew Arsenault, the twins behind the kickstarter to raise money for Brewery ARS, have hit their goal of raising $30,000 (it was all Rose!). To celebrate the end of their campaign they’re throwing  a “Kill the Kickstarter Campaign” party at Kraftwork in Fishtown.

You can check out the event on Facebook, but here are the details: the twins will be serving their “Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout” and “Old Stoop” (a “lightly smoked dark ale infused with wildflower honey”), and the party starts at 5:30.

You can still donate to their campaign and get cool stuff like t-shirts, growlers, or even a pizza party.

A Final Four of Hoppy Pours at Kraftwork

kw_staffPicks_webTonight, Tuesday, March 24th,Kraftwork is hosting its monthly Staff Picks. This month’s theme is “The Final Four of Hoppy Beer.” The event is a blind tasting competition to decide which region of the United States produces the best hoppy beer.

Representing the East: Victory Dirt Wolf

Representing the West: Firestone Walker Union Jack

Representing the South: Terrapin Hopsecutioner

Representing the Midwest: Great Lakes Chillwave

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Burgundy Truffle Special at Kraftwork

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Kraftwork in Fishtown was lucky enough to score some burgundy truffles this week. This weekend, Exec chef Brian Lofink and chef de cuisine Josh Evans whipped up a dish highlighting the truffles.

The special will be house-made pappardelle pasta with a butter emulsion, chopped burgundy truffles and fine herbs with grated black truffle on top. It will be good while supplies last, which at $20, won’t be long.

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Craft Beer Express This Saturday

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What better way to spend your Saturday than doing a Philly bar crawl? And what better way to do a pub crawl than to have you and your friends chauffeured by the Craft Beer Express? This Saturday, November 8th, The Craft Beer Express will be hitting up a slew of beer bars from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Bus tickets are $10 each, or you can start at the bar of your choice and pay as you go. Each participating bar is hosting a different theme, so check the list out below to decide where to begin your crawl:

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About Last Night: Fancy-Pants Brunch

Owner Adam Ritter (left) and Executive Chef Brian Lofink (right) watching the battle from the outside.

Last night, we held our 28th Open Stove cook-off. It was an inner-city rivalry: Fishtown gastropub Kraftwork vs. Graduate Hospital gastropub The Sidecar Bar & Grille. Both restaurants under the same chef/owners; both contenders doing some pretty awesome stuff in their own kitchens. But in the immortal words of Arthur Etchells, “I don’t eat eggs enough for dinner.”

So we made that happen.

It was a booze-y, brunch-y, Scissorhands-y dinner, full of all the breakfast favorites from Bisquick to scrapple. This night, like every other Open Stove, was exceedingly fun. So join us in our recap, and see with your own eyes what went down.

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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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