Suburban Snacks: Strip Bar Comes to Boardwalk, McKenzie’s Opens a New Brewpub

The Taj Mahal gets the go ahead for a Scores Gentlemen’s Club. No couch dancing, and total nudity is out as well. [Press of Atlantic City]

McKenzie’s Brew Pub has opened its third location, this one in Berwyn at the site of the old Charlie Browns.

Mark Berenato has opened da Soli, Italian for “on my own” in Haddonfield. He was the chef at Tre Famiglia but that evidently didn’t end well. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Safeway is selling sixteen Genuardi’s to Giant. Eight others are on the market to other buyers and  stores in Exton, Norristown and Royersford will close. [Philly Burbs]

Around the Web: Brewer’s Plate Edition

Royal Tavern Roast Pork | Bridges, Burgers & Beers

The annual Brewer’s Plate fundraiser for Fair Food was held this past Saturday at the Penn Museum. It’s one of our favorite events of the year and this year it was bigger and better than ever. The event received plenty of coverage that we’ve compiled below.

West Chester Dish filled up and declared the turkey meatball and chana masala from Bindi as the clear food winner. [West Chester Dish]

Brian from Bridges Burgers & Beers gave up meat for Lent but what he couldn’t enjoy, he photographed. [Bridges, Burgers & Beers]

We spotted Messy & Picky’s Albert Yee racing around snapping pictures. He may have forgotten to take photos of some of his favorite bites but we’ll forgive him since he uploaded a slide show of 1200 pixel wide beauties. [Messy & Picky]

Philly2Philly was also there and scored an interview with Marcie Turney. [Philly2Philly]

As for our favorites, we enjoyed the foie gras and terrines but found the roast pork shoulder and broccoli rabe sandwich from the Royal Tavern was a delightful upgrade to the traditional roast pork sandwich. On the beer side we had several favorites including McKenzie Brew House’s award-winning Saison Vautour and Flying Fish’s just released Exit 9 Scarlet Ale.

Lager Roots

Local brewers did better than ever at the Great American Beer Festival last week and they did it with in lagers, harking back to the region’s brewing roots.

The fourteen medals won by Philly-area brewers last weekend at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver was the best showing ever for the locals. More than that, it was a tribute to some of the region’s classics.

Often, the awards go to fairly obscure brewpub varieties that are brewed especially for the competition. While those beers show off a brewer’s talents, you’d be hard-pressed to find them on tap.

This year, though, some old names – names that you might’ve forgotten about in the pursuit of the next new thing – brought home the hardware.

Joe Sixpack | At lager-heads at beer fest, and at last: Victory [Philadelphia Daily News]
Joe Sixpack [Official Site]

PA Brewers Bringing Home Medals

Pennsylvania has a great brewing tradition that continues today and this past weekend it was acknowledged at The Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado. Phoenixville’s Sly Fox Brewing was awarded a gold medal for Pikeland Pils and a bronze for their Instigator Bock. Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Co. picked up a gold medal for their seasonal Festbier and silver for their Prima Pils. Harrisburg’s Tröegs is enjoying the shine of gold for their Troegenator.

Local brew pubs also brought home some hardware with the McKenzie Brew House getting a gold and bronze medal. Rock Bottom King of Prussia received a gold for its Broad Street Barleywine and Iron Hill Media took home a bronze for its Kriek de Hill, a Belgian style sour beer.

Great American Beer Festival [Official Site]
2007 Medal Winners [Official Site]