Field Guide: Where to Find the Best Fried Chicken in Philadelphia

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Fried chicken from Fat Ham | Photograph by Vanessa Beahn

While Philly isn’t a traditional bastion of poultry excellence, its fried chicken game has gotten strong. Today’s restaurants have innovated, resurrected classic styles, and even won awards for dunking birds. So check out these joints (some new, some old) next time you feel like getting a little fried chicken in you. We give you: the best fried chicken in Philadelphia.

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Two Beer Gardens Debut This Weekend

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

Last minute prep work at Independence Beer Garden

The first two beer gardens of the season open this weekend. Today, Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden softly opens at 6th and Market and tomorrow marks 8th anniversary and beer garden opening at Memphis Taproom.

Memphis is celebrating inside with some great beers from their cellar plus some of the newest beers in the state. The bar will be pouring four beers from Highway Manor Brewing of Camp Hill, PA. The beers are all all open fermented and barrel aged. The beers will be Mr. Blueberry, Taste My Place, Mr. Strawberry, and Sayjohn Saison.  There will also be bottles on hand for takeout, with labels illustrated by Memphis Taproom’s own Keith Warren Greiman.

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Two Beer Events for Boxing Day

Illustration by Arthur Etchells | Images from Shutterstock

Illustration by Arthur Etchells | Images from Shutterstock

Memphis Taproom has been hosting its Boxing Day Beer Festival for seven years now. The bar will be pouring some of the best holiday and seasonal beers from around the world on Saturday, December, 26. To make it an even better day, $1 from each draft beer sold on Boxing Day will be donated to Share Our Strength.

The bar will also be collecting canned/non-perishable food for Philabundance.

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This Saturday: Hang Out With Tired Hands Brewing Co.

Tired Hands Brewing Co

This Saturday, April 18th, Jean Broillet and the rest of the brew team at Tired Hands Brewing Company are hitting up five different bars, showing off beer brewed from their operational (but not yet open to the public) Fermentaria.

The brewers will be at Local 44 from 12-1 pm, Strangelove’s from 2-3 pm, Standard Tap from 4-5 pm, Memphis Taproom from 6-7 pm and Alla Spina from 8-9 pm. They’ll be pouring their popular HopHands as well as debuting Rutilant, their new IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Cascade Hops.

Plan on meeting up with them at one spot or another. Just don’t follow them around all day. That’s stalking.

Tired Hands Brewing Company [Official]

Memphis Taproom Beer Garden Opening Saturday, April 18

The Memphis Taproom Beergarden is just waiting to be filled with happy beer-drinkers.

The Memphis Taproom Beer Garden is just waiting to be filled with happy beer-drinkers.

It’s that time of year again when the weather decides to get drunk and say it’s cool to have 40 degree mornings, 68 degree afternoons and violent thunderstorms. But we put up with this transition stage for the same reason we put up with adolescence: it’s unpleasant now, but soon it will be over and things will be better.

To celebrate the onset of almost summer (did I just jinx it? Sorry…), Memphis Taproom is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a special draft list inside, and a  grand re-opening of its outdoor beer garden on Saturday, April 18th at noon.

The beer garden will feature a brand new menu for their truck. Expanding beyond just hot dogs, the new menu offers “truck fries” (fries covered in ground beef, fried onions, cheddar cheese and “truck sauce”) and a New England clam roll. The beer list for the season is also set to be released in the coming week. Additionally, every Thursday there will be Beer Garden Quizzo at 6pm.

Get ready, it’s almost beer garden season. We promise.

Memphis Taproom [Foobooz]

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

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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

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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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