The Sly Fox Helles 360° cans that we’ve been very excited by here at Foobooz World Headquarters are illegal in New Jersey. Jersey beer blog, Beer-Stained Letter explains that the issue is a 1970s litter law that prohibits any detachable metal being part of the can. As old-timers might remember, beer and soda cans once had pull-off tabs that were replaced by the “stay-tabs” that cans have today.
If any Jerseyites have these contraband Sly Fox Helles cans, we recommend dropping them off at our offices (1818 Market Street) and we’ll take them off your hands, no questions asked.
Beer Minute: NJ says ‘can’t’ to new Sly Fox can [Beer Stained Letter]
Tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Foodery at at the 10th and Pine Streets will be hosting a free sampling of Sly Fox beer and Righteous Felon beef jerky. Six Sly Fox brews, including the newly-canned Helles and at least three varieties of beef jerky will be offered.
Tonight at 10th St. [Facebook]
Every time I would run into Sly Fox brewer Brian O’Reilly or any of the other higher-ups at Sly Fox Brewing, I would gently (or annoyingly) suggest they put Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager in a can. I’d tell them that the drinkable lager would be the perfect gateway beer into Sly Fox and craft beer. Perfect for after a softball (in my case hockey) game or tailgating, it seemed a natural for Sly Fox’s line of canned beers.
But it wasn’t till today that they actually made it available in 12-ounce cans. And even better, it will be beer’s first 360 End can. A can where you tear off the full top, like a can of soup. In an interview with Don Russell, O’Reilly says the new tear of lid will offer canned beer drinkers the chance to smell the aroma and “better appreciate the beer without pouring it into a glass.”
Helles cans are available at both Sly Fox locations starting today and will be on store shelves in April.
Cold case: Beers in cans are cool again [Philadelphia Daily News via Jack Curtin]
On Friday, November 16, The Pub at Wegmans will debut their winter craft beer, Pub Winter Fest, brewed by Sly Fox Brewing Company. The medium bodied lager will be offered in 16-ounce drafts for only $2 and guests also have the chance to win prizes and meet Sly Fox brewers. The Pub at Wegmans in King of Prussia, Malvern, and Collegeville will all be participating in the event.
Pub Winter Fest will be available throughout the winter for $4 and is offered at all three locations of The Pub at Wegmans.
The Pub at Wegmans [Official Site]
Sly Fox Brewery [Official Site]
If you have been counting down the days until Philly Beer Week 2013 (May 31-June 9) you can start counting down until the Bathtub Beer Fest too. On Thursday, November 15 from 7-10 p.m., the National Constitution Center will be hosting the Prohibition-era beer drinking party and PBW 2013 fundraiser. Until October 12, advance tickets are available online for $40 a person, which includes samples from 20 craft breweries and admission to the Constitution Center’s new exhibit “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.”
Read on for details and a list of participating breweries. Read more »
Fairmount’s Lemon Hill is now offering happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specials include $2 off Sly Fox Pikeland Pils and Brooklyn Lager. $6 red and white wines are also available, and most promising in a bar backed by the Frankling Mortgage and Investment Co., a $7 rotating list of specialty cocktails.
And mark Monday, April 16th on your calendar for a special Brooklyn Brewery tap takeover and beer dinner. Details will be forthcoming.
Lemon Hill [Official Site]
Ernest & Scott Taproom has opened in Wilmington. Owner Scott Morrison (Nectar, Chelsea Tavern) and chef Kevin Torpey are presenting a “modern beer garden” menu and had Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione help on the beer list and food pairings. [Second Helpings]
The new brewhouse has arrived in Pottstown for the new Sly Fox brewery. [Liquid Diet]
La Bamba as opened as a Mexican BYOB in West Chester. [WC Dish]
Chef John Brandt-Lee is launching new winter menus at Avalon Restaurant (in West Chester) and Avalon Pasta Bistro (in Downingtown). At the Pasta Bistro diners chooses a pasta and 2 additional dishes (antipasti or flatbreads) for $30. [Avalon Pasta Bistro]
The Paddock at Devon closed abruptly after service a couple of Saturdays ago. Now comes word that Landmark Americana will take over the space. [The Insider]
Friday Sly Fox is celebrating Robbie Burns birthday with the release of its Gang Aft Agley Scotche Ale. The Phoenixville brew pub will offering haggis and other Scottish delicacies plus Celtic music. Kilts are encouraged.
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American Sardine Bar has launched a Facebook page, Twitter account and web site splash page. Each of them promise an October 2011 opening.
HughE Dillon covers the opening of Rumor, Philadelphia’s newest nightclub. [Philly Chit Chat]
A second Yogorino is in the works for near Marabella Meatball Co. on the 1200 block of Walnut Street. [Meal Ticket]
Local brewers Flying Fish, Sly Fox and Troegs are all investing in expanding capacity. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
It appears that New York Bagel & Co. is taking over the vacant Dairy Queen on the 500 block of South Street. [Naked Philly]
Keith Taylor of Zachary’s BBQ in Norristown is opening two new spaces in Philadelphia. Look for Soul Cucinas near Temple and Jefferson University. [The Insider]
Say what, another food truck? Say yes, this one is Say Cheese, a grilled cheese truck serving Temple University. [Around Philly]
So the biggest news this week was obviously the arrival on the stands of Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Pizzas issue. But that wasn’t all we did. No, we were also poking our noses into the kitchens of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants to see who was using Betty Crocker Potato Buds,weighing in on the Amoroso’s strike and subsequent hoagie shortages, giving you the run-down on the just-opened Serafina and figuring out what was happening with American Sardine Bar–which had blown past its opening date like it wasn’t even there.
Here’s some of the other stuff you might’ve missed…
A Sly Fox Beer Dinner at Matyson Scallops, foie gras, pork belly and beer? Sign us up.
A Brunch Menu For Dogs We SO wish this was a joke. Unfortunately, it’s not.
Shola Vs. Blatstein To say that this story of ego, money and the (non)opening of Speck pissed a few people off would be the understatement of the year.
The Great Philadelphia Pizza Quest In which we explain what it was like to eat 1,000 pizzas
The Great Pizza Quest: By The Numbers In which we explain that it was actually more like 1,110 pizzas (and 640,000 calories)
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Foobooz Facebook page and Twitter feed to stay up-to-date on all the restaurant news in the city. And if you’re also looking for some random thoughts on pizza, tacos, foie gras, pie, chicken wings, zombies, robots and Buckaroo Banzai, you can follow me @Jason_Sheehan.