Foobooz’s Arthur Etchells may have been underwhelmed when New Belgium came to town in September but I feel like everywhere I go, there’s another bar having some kind of New Belgium event, and seeing Fat Tire on a tap list has become a regular occurrence (not that I’m complaining). While their beer is solid, I couldn’t help but wonder, “what’s the big deal with them?”
For the 23rd year, Tom Peters is throwing a holiday celebration of beer, food and (more) beer at Monk’s Cafe. If you’re serious about your beer (particularly those Belgians), this one is already on your calendars. But for those of you out there who let it slip their minds this year, here are the particulars.
It’s happening Tuesday, December 8 (yeah, a school night), and will feature seven courses and eight Christmas beers. A ticket will run you $125 per person (that includes tax and tip), but you should hurry because there were only a few left as of yesterday–which presumably means that there are even fewer left today. You can call Monk’s at 215-545-7005 to secure your spot right now.
We also happen to have the menu and beer pairings below. So if you need to be convinced, you know what to do.
For seven years now we’ve polled bartenders, beer reps, booze writers and professional drinkers of all stripes, and asked them to pick their most-loved bars in the area. We then add our own favorites, do a little cocktail-napkin math and come up with the 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia. This year the Best Bars list includes dives, gastropubs, cocktail lounges and even an awesome little spot in Port Richmond.
This year’s list features a new number one bar, but that’s far from the only interesting tidbit on the list.
The Alchemist Brewery in Vermont is considered by many as one of the best breweries in the United States and its Heady Topper as one of the top beers in the world. In fact, it’s currently ranked number one by Beer Advocate.
And for one of the first times ever, Heady Topper will be available in Philadelphia beyond the cans your friends brought back from their ski trip.
According to the Alchemist’s Facebook page, John Kimmich and Joel Hartman of Alchemist are coming to Philadelphia today with a truck full of Heady Topper. They’ve announced that the beer will be available at five bars around happy hour this evening.
Yesterday, Tom Peters of Monk’s Cafe sent out an email to his mailing list announcing that the beer temple would be pouring the highly sought after Russian River beer on Monday morning, March 2nd at 11:30 a.m. The event is cash only and raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. In addition to Pliny the Younger, Monk’s will be pouring other Russian River favorites including:
- Pliny the Elder
- Blind Pig
- and many more
Philadelphia is a quintessentially American city. We have the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Even more important, we have some of the best pies in the country — and there is nothing more American than pie. Here are six of the best places in Philly to get a slice.
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.
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.
Jose Pistola’s co-owner Casey Parker loves Monk’s Cafe and its proprietors Tom Peters and Fergus Carey. So much so he’s offering half-off beers for anyone who comes in dressed as either today. But that wasn’t his only Halloween plan for the day. He’s put a Monk’s Cafe costume on his 15th Street’s bar’s facade, complete with awning, mock neon and beer bottles.
Progressive Halloween parties seem to be a thing this year. Jose Pistola’s is encouraging Halloween revelers to pregame at their bar from 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. And if you want to get a drink for half-price, come as Monk’s Tom Peters or Fergie’s Fergus Carey.
And where might you head after Jose Pistola’s? Fergie’s Pub is going all out with its WonkaVision Halloween Party. There will be spooky quizzo followed by live band karaoke. We’ve been ensured that there will indeed be opportunities to sing along with your favorite Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory songs.