A Beach Picnic, Philly Style

foobooz-down-the-shore-squarePacking a picnic basket for a day trip to the beach can be a monotonous task. Water bottles, ham-and-cheese sandwiches on white, bags of salt and vinegar chips. Or maybe, because you’re a true Philadelphian, you’re making a pit stop at Wawa for an Italian hoagie with extra sweet peppers. There’s nothing wrong with the usual. Old habits die hard and it’s a fact that hoagies taste better with salt water in the air. This summer however, we’re breaking routine and packing up some of our local Philly favorites to bring down the shore because everyone needs a taste of home away from home.

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Save the Date: BBQ at the Ballpark

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On August 23rd, the 7th Annual BBQ at the Ballpark happens at the Jetro lot next to Citizens Bank Park. From 2 to 7 p.m., there will be barbecue, beer, and games. Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse will be serving the food while Conshohocken Brewing, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Philadelphia Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing, and Weyerbacher Brewing will be pouring the beer. Plus for the kid inside all of us, or the actual kid you bring, J-Dogs Amusements will be bringing the games.

This year, all proceeds will go to the Marianne E. Mebert Memorial Fund. The charity is close to the hearts of Rolling Barrel, as one of the co-founders recently lost their mother, Marianne Mebert, to Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Tickets will be $48.50 per person, $28.50 for designated drives, or $22.50 for kids under 12. To purchase tickets, click here.

BBQ at the Ballpark [Official]

Sly Fox Debuts New IPA at Citizens Bank Park

sly-fox-360-citizens-bank-parkTonight, when the Phillies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park, there will be a new beer available at the ballpark. Sly Fox 360 is the beer and it will be available in 16-ounce wide-open lid cans. The can itself will be a matte gray with muted graphics for a stark and unusual look. but this isn’t some all-about-the-design of the can beer. Sly Fox 360 has been in the works for more than a year, making its debut at last year’s Craft Brewer’s Conference in Washington D.C. The 6.2% ABV beer is described as “a combination of Bravo, Cascade, Centennial and an experimental hop variety.”

Look for the beer at Citizen Bank Park’s craft beer stands this weekend, including Ashburn Alley’s Alley Brewing Co. The beer also won’t be exclusive to the ballpark, look for it showing up at area retailers in the coming weeks.

Sly Fox Beer [Official]

This Weekend: Party With Sly Fox

SlyFoxBannerIn case you don’t already have plans for what is supposed to be a beautiful Saturday, maybe you’d be interested in heading out to the ‘burbs to party with the Sly Fox crew.

Tomorrow, from 11am ’til 6pm, they’ll be throwing a “Taps, Tunes & Trucks” event which will bring together food trucks, beer, and live music, all at the Sly Fox brewery out in Pottstown.

Things actually kick off at 10am with the first ever Fox Trot 5k–a competitive run with a complimentary pint of Sly Fox Grisette waiting for all competitors at the finish line. And after that? Well, there’ll be food trucks (those pictures above are all confirmed), music from Hoots and Hellmouth, Christopher Paul Stelling and Hey Fever, free brewery tours, beer from Sly Fox and a fine time out in the sun for everyone.

For more information, check out the link below.

Taps Tunes & Trucks [Sly Fox]

To Do: Sweat at Sly Fox Brewery’s Foxtrot 5K

Photo via Foxtrot 5K

Post-race party info via Foxtrot 5K

Is there any better race than one that ends at a beer brewery? I’d argue the answer is no. If you agree, you will love Sly Fox Brewing Company’s Foxtrot 5K. The charity race, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, starts and ends at the popular Pottstown brewery. And boy, does it have a great ending: After sweating their faces off during the timed 5K, runners are invited to hang out at a day-long post-race party hosted by the brewery, complete with six food trucks, live music, and tons of beer on tap. Now, that’s my kind of race!

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Sly Fox Helles Cans Are Illegal in New Jersey

sly-fox-helles-canThe 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]

Sly Fox FINALLY Takes My Advice, Puts Helles Lager in a Can

sly-fox-helles-canEvery 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]

Winter Fest at The Pub at Wegmans

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]

Bathtub Beer Fest Coming to the Constitution Center

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 »

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