More Wine Week Events: Wine Versus Beer Showdowns

Photo by Michael Gruber

Photo by Michael Gruber

Some of life’s questions are simply too great to ever be answered. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? But this week, two different groups are tackling the age old question: does beer or wine pair better with food?

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Celebrate Boxing Day at Memphis Taproom

Help Philabundance  today at Memphis Taproom.

Help Philabundance today at Memphis Taproom.

All day today, Memphis Taproom will be pouring some of the best seasonal and holiday ales from around the world. The popular beer bar will also be collecting non-perishable canned and boxed foods for Philabundance. Additionally, one dollar from every draft sold today will be donated to  Share Our Strength.

Highlights of the draft list include; Mahr’s Christmas Bock (one of our 12 beers of Christmas, Mikkeller Santa’s Helper and many more.

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Memphis Taproom Celebrates 6th Anniversary & Beer Garden Opening

2013truckThis Saturday, April 18th, Memphis Taproom is celebrating its sixth anniversary and the return of its beer garden and hot dog truck.

The celebratory beer bash will include the debut of Memphis Taproom’s latest collaboration beer, UNITY, a Kölsch-style beer brewed with Hersbrucker hops by Victory Brewing Co.

Outdoors, the hot dogs will be grilling and the sun will be shining. There will also be some  new Memphis Taproom/DeDolle t-shirts for sale.

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It’s Time for Pliny the Younger in Philadelphia


Pliny the Younger – It never lasts long, even at the Russian River Brewing Co.

Every year Pliny the Younger tappings consume many beer lovers in the Philadelphia area. Philadelphia is the only city east of the Mississippi that gets the super limited  release of the Russian River Triple IPA. That scarcity makes the tapping events an even bigger deal for beer nerds up and down the East Coast.

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Six Local Bars Make Best Beer Bar List


Looking for weekend drinking options? Perhaps you’ll find inspiration in Draft Magazine’s 2014 Best Beer Bars list. Six area bars make the list, which has been reimagined for 2014. In past years, having a ton of tap lines might matter, but today Draft Magazine defines a great beer bar as more than that. “We needed to walk out of these places saying, “Now there’s a bar that really, really cares about your experience with beer.”

In the Philadelphia area, six bars made the list including two from Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida.

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It’s Time for Memphis Taproom’s Sixth Annual Boxing Day Festival

boxing-day-memphis-taproomFor the last five years, Memphis Taproom has hosted a Boxing Day Beer Festival. And this year will be no different. Starting at 11:30 a.m. today, the beer bar will be serving some of the best holiday and seasonal ales from around the world. They’ll also be helping neighbors in need. This year they’re collecting new children’s books for area school children. Earn a dollar off each draft beer for every children’s book you donate today.

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Black Friday Brunches Around Town

blackout brunchThe 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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Where to Open Next? Strangelove’s Co-owner Leigh Maida Explains.

Leigh Maida and husband/business partner Brendan Hartranft–along with other parnters and investors–own and operate four neighborhood bistros that emphasize quality brews and delicious pub fare. Each outpost shapes the neighborhood it’s in and is shaped by the neighborhood as well. Their newest project? Strangelove’s in Center City, which is much anticipated.

We asked Maida how the couple decides where to open next. Her answer? “I can totally reveal our master real estate plan for you: there isn’t one. (Ta-da!)” Still, she gamely answered a few questions via email–better than phone when you have a baby on your arm.

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Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur Hosting Beer School Today at Memphis Taproom


On the first Monday of the month the Memphis Taproom hosts a staff training that is open to the public. You, John Q Public can get in depth beer training right alongside the Memphis Taproom staff. Today that class focuses on three lambic beers and because of the pricey nature of the beers, the training will cost $25 (normally there is no cost).

Joining beer school today is special guest, Port Brewing and Lost Abbey head brewer Tomme Arthur. Arthur will help teach the class and his Santas Little Helper, Gift of the Magi, Wipeout IPA, Angels Share 2011, Older Viscosity 2011, Cuvee De Tomme and Red Poppy will be on tap all day.

Reservations are not required but you must arrive by noon and once the bar stools are filled, the class is full.

Those Lambics that will be sampled today »

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