The Cambridge – Since you’ll surely be up and shopping by 4 a.m., you’ll be ready for a Bloody Mary by 11:30. And that works out well since that’s when the Cambridge opens and your first Bloody is free through 2:30 p.m.
Kraftwork and Sidecar – Both these bars are offering their annual Blackout Brunch. Sidecar is making Thanksgiving leftovers sound appealing with specials like “green bean casserole quiche” and yam soup plus dark beers like Great Lakes Blackout Stout and Goose Island Bourbon Country Stout. Kraftwork is offering almond pumpkin coffee cake and Thanksgiving biscuits and gravy. The Fishtown bar will also be going dark on tap with Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout highlighting an impressive list.
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Were you feeling left out during Philly Beer Week? Or have you always longed to sharpen your knowledge of good brew?
Well, all beer novices or thirsty experts are in luck—Local 44 is hosting a Beer Summer School that’s gonna be off the chain. On the docket are wheat beer tastings and in-depth discussion on the ins-and-outs of hot weather beer options. Taras Boulba, Penndemonium, Midnight Expression and Adnam’s Southwold Bitter are among some of the beers being sampled.
Class will be in session at 5 p.m. TONIGHT and there is no cost to attend Beer School. Just don’t be late.
Local 44 [Official Site]
Local 44 in West Philly is having two noteworthy events over Memorial Day weekend for those of us who are not lucky enough to be heading to the shore.
First, Local 44 is giving 20% off all can prices at The Bottle Shop from Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 so you can stock up for the weekend. Naturally, they have labeled the event as “cantastic,” which is exactly what it is.
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Having snack options at the movies other than popcorn are great, but popcorn is still our snack of choice. We just wish these restaurants and bars sold their varieties of popcorn in theaters.
Here are our votes for best popcorn in Philadelphia.
Best Popcorn in Philadelphia »
Kraftwork isn’t the only bar turning its tap handles over to an out-of-town brewer today. Starting at 4 p.m. this afternoon Fishtown’s Barcade will have 18 taps of Clown Shoes beers on tap. Some of Clown Shoes’ ingredients are unusual. There’s chocolate malt, ancho chili, cinnamon, and vanilla in their Chocolate Sombrero Stout and Clown Shoes Genghis Pecan is a porter brewed with brown sugar and roast pecans. Not sure if we believe this one but we’d still try it, Clown Shoes Vampire Slayer, an imperial Stout brewed with holy water, ash, and vampire killing stakes.
Over in West Philadelphia, Local 44 will be showcasing draft beers from Great Divide Brewing Company. The bar will be pouring Titan, Hercules, Orabelle, Heyday, Nomad, Colette, Chocolate Yeti, 19th Anniversary and some rare Vintage Yeti starting at 6 p.m.. Next door at the Local 44 Bottle Shop from 6-8 p.m., there will be complementary samples of other Great Divide beers and head brewer, Taylor Rees.
Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft’s Memphis Taproom and Local 44 are putting some special beers on tap today.
At Memphis Taproom a lineup of great beers will be on tap all day.
- Russian River Blind Pig
- Russian River Consecration
- Leipziger Gose
- Stone Enjoy By 02.15.13 IPA
- Ridgeway Porter
- Tröegs Mad Elf
- Marston’s Pedigree (on cask)
- Greene King Abbot Ale (on cask)
- Yards Love Stout
- Baladin Noel
- Corsendonk Christmas
- Russian River Pliny the Elder
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So yes we know Black Friday is a big shopping day, but who says it can’t be a big drinking day too? And it seems like every bar out there is running specials with black and other dark beers.
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Okay, let’s face it: Tomorrow’s going to be a long day. More than likely, it’s going to be the kind of long day that stretches on long into the night, too. And when it’s done, about half of the country is going to be happy, while the other half is just furiously pissed off.
But whether a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, a person’s gotta eat. And all over Philly, cafes and pubs alike are making sure you don’t spend election night alone and hungry with viewing parties and special Election Day deals.
Click through the jump to figure out where you want to spend Election Night.
Where to eat (and drink) on election night
Though Local 44 has been serving from scratch food since its opening almost four years ago, the West Philadelphia bar is just now hiring its first executive chef, Justin Bennett. The former chef de cuisine at Zinc and has also been spotted in the kitchens of Stateside, Kennett and The Corner comes to the job.
The menu changes will be rolled out slowly with the goal being to step up the food game at Local 44 and become more of a food destination.
Also of note, starting on Friday, August 10th the Bottle Shop at Local 44 will be slashing the prices on some inventory as they want to clear out some room for all of the Fall beers that are right around the corner.
Local 44 [Official Site]