Circles Hosts Beer Dinner for Philippine Relief

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Alex Boonphaya | Photo by Courtney Apple

Circles Thai in Northern Liberties has been planning a beer dinner on Thursday, November 14th with upstart Saint Benjamin Brewing Company for some time now. But with the devastation of the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan, Circles chef and owner Alex Boonphaya has changed the dinner into a fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the four-course, $35 beer dinner will go to relief efforts.

Reservations are available for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings and can be made online.

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Federal Shutdown Has Local Breweries Sweating

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Several local brewers are starting to see dark clouds on the horizon regarding the Federal government’s shutdown. Breweries are required to get a federal brewery license before they begin brewing for resale and all beer labels go through an approval process. And of course, none of that is progressing right now.

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Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Co. Needs Your Help

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A local nanobrewer, opening his own brewpub, in a historically relevant building, in the ‘hood. That’s my wheelhouse. I love that stuff.

Tim Patton of Saint Benjamin’s Brewing Company, Philadelphia’s first and, for the time being, only nano-brewery, is making moves to open his brewery and pub on North 5th St. in the lovely, scenic Kensington. Why there? The warehouse was once the carriage house of the Theo Finkenauer Brewing Company in the late 1800s. In fact, Kensington, and much of the rest of North Philly, was at one point the hotbed for breweries in this country, but the times changed the neighborhood, and Patton hopes to bring back what once defined this area’s character.

Patton is crowdfunding the construction and facade redevelopment of the historic building though Lucky Ant. $20,000 in 21 days is the goal and in exchange, contributors will receive free merchandise, free food, and even half your bill paid for by the brewpub for life (if you’re willing to put up the right amount of money).

Click here for more information, including funding opportunities, rewards, project description, and more.

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Early Warning: 5th Annual RiverCity Festival

Saturday October 6th from 12 to 5 p.m. Fishtown will host the 5th Annual RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park. Fishtown’s best goods and food vendors will be in attendance selling their wares. All day long there will be live musical acts performing as well as children’s activities like moon bounces, arts and crafts, magic shows, and games. Bottomless beverage cups will be available for a $20 donation to the Fishtown Neighbors Association, to be filled by Philadelphia Brewing Company and Saint Benjamin’s. A $50 donation receives a FNA pint glass as well as fills.

The RiverCity Run will take place at 12pm, and the course will move through Fishtown and end back at the festival. Registration for the run includes a t-shirt and entry to the festival’s Beer Garden.

More information on food concessions and the beer garden are to come as vendor registration is still going on now. For more information, check out RiverCity Festival’s website.

It’s a Brewery Bonanza

The one asterisk in Philadelphia’s claim of being America’s Best Beer Drinking City is the relative scarcity of brewpubs and breweries in the area. But it seems that is a changing with planned breweries and brew pubs from Cape May to Harrisburg. We look forward to checking out all these new beers from nanobreweries to brew pubs to big production breweries.

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