Sausage and beer as a delicious food pairing is right up there with strawberries and cream and peanut butter and jelly.
And Standard Tap is spending a whole week celebrating this iconic duo with the return of their Sausage Fest this Friday.
Behind the Line is our new weekly interview series with the people who make up Philly’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. For last week’s interview with a bartender at iconic city dive bar Bob & Barbara’s, go here.
With Philly Beer Week upon us, we decided to check in with Philly Beer Week chairman William Reed, who, along with his business partner Paul Kimport, opened Northern Liberties’ Standard Tap and Fishtown restaurant/music venue Johnny Brenda’s back when those neighborhoods were nothing like they are today.
Of course you do, right? I mean, who wouldn’t want to? Nugget Nectar is one of those cultish beers that super-nerds get all jazzed over, and on Wednesday, February 1, the guys who make it–Chris and John Trogner of Troegs–and author Josh Bernstein will be at Standard Tap for a small, intimate gathering that is all about the Nugget Nectar.
Here’s the catch, though. This event is going to be small. It’s limited to 40 seats. So if you’re thinking that this is exactly the kind of thing you want to do on a Wednesday night, then you should probably make your reservations now.
But before you do that…
Over at the news desk, they’re telling the tale today of Eric Wagner, veteran sous chef at Standard Tap in NoLibs, who took to the streets to defend the peace and quiet of his customers’ Sunday brunch this past weekend–doing battle against an evil car alarm with the best weapon at his disposal.
Post-It Notes. Lots and lots of Post-It Notes.
When was the last time you sat down and wrote a real letter to someone, on paper, and mailed it to them? I can guess that it’s been a while—at least it has been for me.
Maybe now is the time to sit down with a pen and paper to catch up with an old friend, see how Grandma is doing, or just write to yourself about something that’s been on your mind. Even better, have a little beer by your side.
Every Tuesday in March at Standard Tap, you can do just that: drink beer and write a letter. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Yards Brewing Company is presenting Pub Letters, a special event that will provide free stamps and stationary to anyone who has something they want—or need—to say. And hey, maybe a little beer will get your creative juices going or give you that liquid courage you need before confessing your love to someone (don’t forget to proofread!).
Standard Tap’s yearly sausage fest kicks off on Friday, September 11th. There will be 15 dishes on the menu, all saluting cylindrical meats. Among the offerings, chorizo scotch eggs and something else called “The Mixed Bag.”
And of course the Tap will also be offering a wide variety of Oktoberfest beers to go with all of this sausage.
You know what’s hard? Picking the best ten of about a zillion awesome food instagrams from this past week. You know what’s even harder? Trying to do that without snacks (I couldn’t make it– thankfully the office has cake today).
Moral of the story? Have something delicious by your side before you look at these. You’ll thank me later.
This Saturday, April 18th, Jean Broillet and the rest of the brew team at Tired Hands Brewing Company are hitting up five different bars, showing off beer brewed from their operational (but not yet open to the public) Fermentaria.
The brewers will be at Local 44 from 12-1 pm, Strangelove’s from 2-3 pm, Standard Tap from 4-5 pm, Memphis Taproom from 6-7 pm and Alla Spina from 8-9 pm. They’ll be pouring their popular HopHands as well as debuting Rutilant, their new IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Cascade Hops.
Plan on meeting up with them at one spot or another. Just don’t follow them around all day. That’s stalking.
Tired Hands Brewing Company [Official]