TODAY: Preview LaColome, Yards, Icelandic Beer

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Maybe you’ve seen a can of the Icelandic beer, Einstök? The beer can features a too-cool-for-school viking, complete with hip sunglasses. I’ll admit I was sceptical as it felt a bit more Los Angeles ad agency than Arctic Circle. But it turns out it is a real brewery and not just a marketing concept.

Even better, Yards Brewing’s Tom Kehoe and La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael were recently in Iceland where they brewed up a collaborative beer with Einstök. Kehoe and Carmichael were in Iceland to film an episode of Dangerous Grounds and visited Einstök Brewery’s founder, Jack Sichterman. While there, they brewed a coffee pale ale called Snorri’s Awakening and you can preview it today at the Yards Tasting Room at 4 p.m.

Get to the brewery promptly in order to raise a pint with Kehoe, Carmichael and Sichterman, and figure out what the heck a Snorri is.

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Taste Illustrated: Whiskey Business

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  1. Pollyodd, South Philly: Limoncello and other flavored aperitifs.
  2. Philadelphia Distilling, Northeast Philly: Vodka, gin, whiskey, absinthe.
  3. New Liberty Distillery, Kensington: Bourbon, rye, whiskey.
  4. Hewn Spirits, Pipersville: Rum, whiskey.
  5. Jersey Artisan Distilling, Fairfield: Rum.
  6. La Colombe Distillery, Fishtown, Rum.
  7. Manatawny Still Works, Pottstown, Vodka, rum whiskey.
  8. Rowhouse SpiritsKensington: Irish moonshine, gin, herabal liqueuer.
  9. Cooper River DistillersCamden: Rum.
  10. Dock Street Spirits, West Philly: Mezcal.

Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine

Coffee and Booze Makes a Happier Happy Hour

La-Colombe-Happy-HourLa Colombe’s big and beautiful cafe in Fishtown has a happy hour where La Colombe rum drinks, all the draft beer and select wines are half price.

Currently on draft is Conshohocken Brewing Co.’s La Colombe Tandem, a Belgian-style coffee ale and a version of Yards Brewing’s Love Stout with Corsica coffee from La Colombe.

Happy hour at La Colombe is available Monday to Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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La Colombe Raises $28.5 Million; Plans Nationwide Expansion

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There is no shortage of news coming from the La Colombe camp recently. As we, not so patiently, wait for co-owners Todd Carmichael and  JP Iberti to open their Fishtown flagship cafe and rum distillery, the Philadelphia based coffee roaster has announced it has raised $28.5 million towards opening 100 cafes in the next five years and has also released “The Dragon,” a $359 coffee making device that has coffee geeks salivating. This is all happening as La Colombe has been busy opening new cafes in Washington DC, New York and Chicago. And that’s not to mention that the original 19th and Walnut location is getting revamped and Iberti is a recent father.

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Six Pack: Coffeeshops In Philadelphia

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 Recently, I returned to the states from 5 months of studying abroad in Paris. One of the (many) wonderful aspects of living in Paris as a college student are the multitude of cafes that offer free wifi and a retreat from the bustling city streets.

My friends and I would rotate our preferred cafes before and after classes, feeding our caffeine craving and indulging in the pleasures of a handcrafted cup of coffee. Our ritual café crèmes were what we drew inspiration from while writing our midterm papers; they nursed us back to health after a long night out, and a really good café crème would spark long, somewhat philosophical debates. It’s remarkable what an extremely good cup of coffee can do.

Back now in Philly, I’m lucky to live in another city equally enamored of coffee culture. Philadelphians, like Parisians, are fortunate enough to have many high quality coffee shops to choose from and that list continues to grow every day. Below, I’ve compiled my six pack of the best spots in Philly to grab an exceptional cup of joe in an atmosphere that will deliver a jolt to your creative senses.

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Todd Carmichael’s Dangerous Grounds Returns Tonight

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Season two of Dangerous Grounds premieres tonight. The show, which stars La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael, focuses on the adventurer and business owner’s trips to the far corners of the world in order to source coffee direct from the source.

Dangerous Grounds is on the Travel Channel and is shown every Tuesday at 9 p.m. In tonight’s episode, Carmichael heads to Mexico to find a coffee suitable for chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Viewing party at Frankford Hall tonight » 

News and Rumors About 2014 Restaurant Openings

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Michael Klein posted his 2014 Philadelphia Restaurant Forecast with all sorts of juicy bits of news and rumor.

Stephen Starr and Aimee Olexy are going to be collaborating on another new restaurant. Not many details are revealed but we know Starr has been hiring for a new Italian concept in Philadelphia. Whether this is it or not isn’t so clear. But we have heard whispers of not one but two wood-fired ovens.

UPDATE: Michael Klein is now reporting that Starr and Olexy are going into business together in Fishtown. The next collaboration will be at 1526-30 Frankford Avenue, next to Philadelphia Record Exchange. The project will contain a vegetable garden and will open this spring.

More opening dates and rumors » 

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