Stillwater Artisanal Ales at Resurrection Ale House Tonight!

It’s cold and wet outside, and days like this tend to be long and depressing. So cap it off with cheer tonight at Resurrection Ale House where Stillwater Artisanal Ales brewer Brian Strumke, brings some of his best beers.

The list entails Why Can’t IBU, Stateside Saison, Cellar Door, Folklore, Premium, Autumnal, and Existent—all delicious, all only $5 all day.

While you’re at it, bring your donation for their Book & Pajama Holiday Drive, where they bring all NEW books and pajamas directly to homeless kids in the Philadelphia area.’

Resurrection Ale House [Official Site]

New Chef for Resurrection Ale House

Fear not, the fried chicken will not be lost.

Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are bringing in their first executive chef at Local 44 this fall and that isn’t the only chef news coming from the couple behind Local 44, Memphis Taproom and Resurrection Ale House.

Resurrection’s chef Joe Chmiko is moving to New York City and Rhett Vellner, already on the staff at the Graduate Hospital bar and restaurant is stepping in as executive chef.

As Vellner adjusts to his new role, the menu will feature some of Resurrection’s favorite dishes including Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly 2011 pork sandwich.

Then on Wednesday, September 26th, Resurrection will be celebrating its third anniversary with complimentary samples from the new menu and an impressive special Allagash tap takeover list, including:

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Pliny the Younger in Town, Bunch of Confirmed Tappings

Pliny the Younger fever is heating up as the rare and highly sought after Russian River beer was delivered to local bars yesterday. City Tap House’s Andy Farrell tweeted a photo of the white whale of the beer world.

The beer is a triple IPA and its late winter release creates a nerdy hysteria across the country. The vast majority of the beer is distributed in California and the Pacific Northwest with some kegs making it to Denver. In past years Philadelphia has been the only East Coast city to receive shipments and it looks like that’s the case this year too (Take that DC, Boston, New York!). Farrell’s already fielded phone calls from Washington DC, Trenton and New Brunswick, New Jersey about his plans for tapping the sixtel.

Who gets to pour the beer is almost as geekily anticipated as who gets to drink it. This marks the first year that City Tap House will have a sixtel and of course Farrell and company are planning an event around the tapping.

UPDATE #7: We’ve moved our coverage to a listing format. Check it out here.

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Resurrection Hosts a Changing of the Guards

Philadelphia beer personality Suzanne Woods had been a Sly Fox’s Philadelphia area beer rep for the past several years before becoming Mid-Atlantic sales manager for Maine’s Allagash Brewing. But there’s no hard feelings and we the consumers are the big winners tonight as Allagash and Sly Fox are combining for an event at Resurrection Ale House.

There will be plenty of great beers from both breweries featured:

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Fried Chicken Cometh, Fried Chicken Leaveth

Resurrected Fried Chicken

The Bon Appetit praised fried chicken is going back on the menu at Resurrection Ale House. On Wednesday, September 21st the Grays Ferry Ave bar will be celebrating its second anniversary with nothing but fried chicken offered from opening till 5 p.m. From 5 onward it is complimentary small bites. On the 22nd, the honey drizzled twice-fried chicken will again grace the menu.

But before we could even come down from the joy of this news Meritage punched us in the gut with the news that this is the last week for Korean fried chicken at the 20th Street restaurant. You only have tonight and tomorrow to enjoy the sweet and spicy sesame glazed chicken. It’s $18 and served with collard greens and mac & cheese.

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Fried Chicken Resurrected At Resurrection

Several people have tried to explain to us why Resurrection Ale House’s much acclaimed fried chicken was taken off the menu. We still can’t grasp the reasons but we’re happy to see it is returning, even for just one day.

On Tuesday, March 29th chef Joe Chmiko will be cooking nothing but the Bon Appetit praised bird until supplies run out. After that it will again be off the menu.

And not to look a gift horse in the mouth but we have to ask, is the chicken’s German potato salad sidekick also making a comeback?

Resurrection Ale House [Official Site]

We’re Getting Younger, But How Much?

It’s Pliny the Younger season again. The once-a-year triple IPA from Russian River makes beer geeks totally lose their freaking minds. The limited run beer is only shipped to select markets (Philadelphia is the only location east of the Mississippi to receive it). Last night it was tapped and kicked in no time at TJ’s in Paoli. Last year there were only 10 or so sixtels delivered to Philadelphia and each of them created its own spectacle.

Tickets are on sale now for Sunday’s tapping at the Khyber Pass Pub. Each ticket is $15, the profits of which go to The Free Library Of Philadelphia Foundation.

Monday has the Younger and seven other Russian River beers on tap at Monk’s Cafe. Younger will be tapped at 11:20am and sold for $15 per glass. All the proceeds all go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

We’ll update this post as we learn of more Pliny the Younger tappings.

Update: St. Stephen’s Green is tapping their Pliny the Younger at noon today (Friday March 4th). Look for the Sidecar Bar & Grille to tap their keg next Friday during their weekend of IPA’s Greatest Hits.

Update 2: Saturday, March 5th will see Devil’s Den tapping their keg at 11am.

Update 3: Resurrection Ale House will tap their Younger along with the Elder and Sanctification and Redemption on Tuesday, March 15th. First 50 who replied to Resurrection’s newsletter will get in at 11am. Doors open to the public at noon.

Update 4: The Drafting Room in Exton pre-sold tickets for their HopFest this Saturday. That’s 8 kegs accounted for.

Pliny the Younger [Official Site]

Resurrection Kills Fried Chicken

Since Bon Appetit called Resurrection Ale House’s fried chicken one of the ten best in America it has seemed the fame has sat awkwardly with the Resurrection staff. Just this summer the “Cockamamie Rule about the Chicken” was added, limiting the ordering of fried chicken to three per table and now Meal Ticket reports it is off the menu entirely.

Scanning the most recent menu indeed finds no mention of the much praised dish and the cockamamie rule is gone as well. Meal Ticket says it will return to the menu from time to time as a special and they aren’t ruling out a resurrection of the twice fried chicken but as of now, it is gone.

If you’re bummed about the 86ing of Resurrection’s chicken, at least there are still these other choices on our Fried Chicken Map.

Farewell to Resurrection Ale House’s Fried Chicken [Meal Ticket]
Resurrection Ale House [Official Site]

Happy Birthday Resurrection

Resurrection Ale House is turning one on Wednesday and  they are throwing themselves a well-deserved party. Starting at 5pm there will be complimentary snacks and what promises to be a “spectacular” draft list.

But that’s not all, at 8pm Resurrection is going to be part of Dogfish Head’s Randall, the Enamel Animal 3.0 extravaganza. We’ll leave it to the Dogfish Head web site to describe what a randall is and what it does but suffice to say, Dogfish Head’s Olde School Barleywine will be tapped and the Randall will be infusing the beer with prunes soaked in 1997 JW Lees Barleywine.

Resurrection Ale House [Official Site]

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