On March 1st, Pinelands Brewing Company will open to the public. Led by former homebrewer Jason Chapman, this start-up “blue collar” craft brewery is keeping things in the neighborhood with a team, ingredients, water and even the equipment (which was hand-built by Chapman and his crew) all coming from local sources. They’ve been working on things for a while now, but March 1st is the first time they’re opening the brewery and taproom to the public.
Right now, Pinelands is doing six beers and two sodas. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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Matthew Ridgway, owner of The PASS in Rosemont, NJ is hosting a new Sunday supper, simply named “Oysters and Charcuterie.” The meal is served from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Ridgway says, “we know our local guests will love it, and we think it will be a great light supper for weekenders and daytrippers who are shopping in Lahaska, New Hope and Lambertville, or antiquing in Bucks and Hunterdon Counties.” Ridgway, who has made his name with his PorcSalt brand of sustainable, artisanal and local charcuterie.
Philadelphia diners may recognize the guy running the front-of-the-house, it is Steve Schiavo, who won the 2011 Best of Philly award while he was working at Fond.
The PASS is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday.
The PASS [Foobooz]
Craig LaBan has tons of praise for Marc Vetri’s Osteria outpost at the Moorestown Mall in New Jersey. Not the least of which is the cheaper wine prices. But other dishes stand out as well.
My ultimate Osteria splurge, though, is the $36 lobster spaghetti, a dish so intensely infused with lobster-ness – the sauce enriched with tomalley and roe, plus a stock fortified with shells – that casual seafood pasta eaters might not love it at first. But with the tender meat from a 11/2-pounder twined up in the al dente strands, a flicker of spice, brandy, and basil lighting the sauce, it was soon impossible to resist. (Plus, it’s no longer available in Philly.)
Three Bells – Excellent
Osteria Moorestown: A Vetri marvel at Jersey mall [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Osteria – Moorestown [Foobooz]
Honeygrow, the stir-fry, salads, smoothies and honey bar quick-serve spot that first opened on 16th Street back in June of 2012 is now looking towards location number three and four. Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg tells us he’s heading to Cherry Hill at the Ellisburg Circle. It’s all part of a large Whole Foods renovation.
Hold your honeybar horses though, the New Jersey location won’t be ready until Autumn of this year. At least the Radnor location is coming up sooner.
Honeygrow [Philadelphia Magazine]
Inquirer politics reporter Jonathan Tamari reports that G. Cobb may only be “considering” running for Congress.
Not content with his empire of a radio hosting gigs, a Philadelphia sports analysis website and possibly dangerous video blog series, ex-Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb is going to run for Congress! Newsworks’ Dave Davies writes:
Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb will seek [New Jersey's] 1st Congressional District seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, according to Camden County GOP chairman Thomas Booth.
“It’s certainly a great opportunity to take back this congressional seat as what it truly should be, which is the people’s seat,” Booth said in a telephone interview.
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Josh Lawler has made a name for himself in Philly with his postage-stamp-sized BYOB on Pine Street. Everything is fresh because there isn’t enough room for a freezer. But now with his second restaurant—the awkwardly named Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market—Lawler has plenty of room to spread out. The Cherry Hill outpost is a 150-seat bar and restaurant that also boasts an attached market. Unfortunately you won’t find many of the dishes he’s doing in Midtown Village here in Jersey. (The menu is definitely more accessible, but it would be wrong to call it dumbed-down.) Offerings change continuously, but expect burgers, sandwiches, and a host of local ingredients. If you spot a steak among the supper plates, jump on it. It might be the best you have all year.
Farm & Fisherman Tavern + Market [Foobooz]
First appeared in the February, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Update: That mystery law firm is Dilworth Paxon, and The Donald will indeed be running for Andrews’s seat.
South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month, according to a report from the Inquirer‘s Jonathan Tamari. And in news that should surprise exactly no one, he will become a public affairs person at a (yet unnamed) leading Philadelphia law firm (read: lobbyist) and
his interim replacement will be state senator Donald Norcross, brother of political boss and Inky co-owner George Norcross, is expected to run to replace him.
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Two! There are two! Medford and Barnegat, congratulations! Here’s this list the Star-Ledger compiled, using SafeWise’s data.
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Osteria Moorestown is rolling out happy hour tonight. The happy hour or more precisely, happy hours run from 3 to 6 p.m. and include drink specials plus free bites to eat. Grissini with pecorino and prosciutto, polenta panino with taleggio and porcini mushrooms and pizza al taglio will all be available free of charge.
Drink specials include red and white wines for $5, Menabrea beer for $3.5 and $7 specialty cocktails.
And with happy hour at Osteria Moorestown being a seven day a week deal, it’s worth noting that the Regal Moorestown 12 is now open for business. Osteria happy hour followed by a movie? That’s a solid date night.
Osteria Moorestown [Foobooz]
Flying Fish Brewing Company is getting comfortable in its new Somerdale, New Jersey brewery. And with that comfort and expanded capacity, they’re bringing back some old favorites as seasonal releases.
Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout is rolling out today as a late winter seasonal. The export style stout will be available as 12-ounce bottles, sixtels and half-kegs.
Can’t wait for your favorite bar or bottle shop to get the beer. Head to the Flying Fish Tasting Room this evening where they will be have the beer on draft. There will also be a special version of the beer that has been infused with cocoa available on the bar.
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