It appears that this year’s supply of Russian River Pliny the Younger has just about run dry. Philly Tap Finder’s last published tapping happened just a few hours ago. But since this is Philadelphia, our taps certainly haven’t run dry of great and in several cases, rare beer.
Bishop’s Collar, which poured the city’s last known keg of Pliny still has plenty of great IPAs pouring and is worth a trip today. The Sidecar’s monthly High Gravity Night is also tonight and includes high alcohol favorites like Bear Republic Apex, Bell’s Hopslam and Mikkeller Monk’s Elixr.
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.
Today, Sidecar Bar and Grille is opening an hour early to host the brewers of California’s Bear Republic Brewery. There will be twelve very special Bear Republic beers on tap including Racer X, Old Scoutter’s (2010) and more.
The “Greatest (Bear Republic) Show on Earth kicks off at 3 p.m.
Sidecar Bar and Grille [Foobooz]
Sidecar Bar and Grille at 22nd and Christian is offering brunch on the 24th, 26th and 27th. And to make the already wait-worthy brunch extra special, Adam Ritter and his crew have dug team into their rare bottle vault for some awesome beers including, 2012 Cantillon Gueuze, 2010 Weyerbacher Riserva Wild Ale and others.
Brunch each day a 9 a.m. for those who find they can’t sleep in.
Sidecar Bar and Grille [Foobooz]
The 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.
To some nutjobs, 11/12/13 is a sure sign of the apocalypse. To Adam Ritter and his fine team at Sidecar Bar & Grille, it’s a sure sign “the end is beer.” Sidecar is pouring twelve beers from San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company. In addition to Stone’s “Enjoy By 11/12/13″ beer, there will also be Vertical Epic 2012, Cali-Belgique, Saison Du Buff, R&R Coconut IPA and Suede.
Whoever drinks the last beer from the keg of “Enjoy By 11/12/13″ wins a prize.
Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]
It’s pumpkin carving season. And the only thing that is better than a parent and child sitting down to carve their first jack-o-lantern together, is you, a beer, a sharp knife and a pumpkin.
Every Thursday through Halloween, Drury Beer Garden (behind Opa) is offering the opportunity to carve a pumpkin. $10 gets you a pumpkin beer, a pumpkin and of course, a pumpkin beer.
At both the Sidecar Bar & Grille and Kraftwork, Tuesday, October 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd are being set aside for pumpkin carving and fall beers, including a number of fresh hopped varietals and pumpkin beers too.
Yes, we know Goose Island out of Chicago is now owned by Anheuser Busch. But we also know that the brewery puts out some real quality beers. And this week, Goose Island’s beer will be all over Philadelphia as part of Goose Island Migration Week. The event marks the nationwide release of 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Honker’s Ale, IPA as well as their seasonal Harvest Ale.