Barleywine Bonanza This Weekend

barleywineEarlier this week we told you about the Annual Brewer’s Plate benefit for Fair Food at the Kimmel Center. The eats and drinks there are sure to be epic, but if you need a Saturday pre-game guaranteed to get you blitzed, stop by The Institute for their fifth annual Big Banging Barleywine Bonanza.

For the uninitiated, barleywines are in fact beers, though they typically pack a punch sitting somewhere on the 8-12% alcohol by volume scale. Though they often have a dark amber to chocolate hue, barleywines tend to have a perky, fruit forward flavor. Some stay on the bittersweet side of things while others are aggressively hoppy.

The Institute will be serving more than 20 different barleywines, including locally brewed Old Horizontal by Victory, Flying Mouflan by Tröegs, and Arctic Alchemy by Bethlehem Brew Works. They’ll also be playing superhero movies on all day because apparently you’ll have to have superpowers to try all twenty of the following…

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Fall Festivals Galore

Fall is upon us and that means beer fests, pumpkin fests, and Oktoberfest fests that all roll up into one giant festival fest. Luckily for you, we have the best of the fests all sorted out for you, from fall harvests to beer-soaked extravaganzas and everything in between. Read more »

The Institute Celebrates its 4th Anniversary

On Thursday June 21st The Institute Bar is celebrating its fourth anniversary. From 4-6pm there will be a buffet and there will be beer on tap all night. The tap list includes:

Aphrodite and Art of Darkness from Ommegang
Bourbon Barrel Backburner and Oak Aged Unearthly from Southern Tier
E.S. Bam! from Jolly Pumpkin
RyeIPA from 50/50 Brewing
Edward from Hill Farmstead
Avery 19 from Avery Brewing
Sour Stout fromAndersonValley

A case of North Coast Old Rasputin aged in bourbon barrels will also be given away via raffle.

The Institute Bar [Official Site]

Quick Bites: Dog Carts, Organic Burgers & More Outdoor Seating on the Ave

Scott Dogs is the collaboration between South Philadelphia Taproom’s Scott Schroeder and Southwark’s man about charcuterie, Nick Macri. The hot dog cart will feature Detroit style dogs with a snappy bite. The cart is looking to debut at SPTR’s Wheat Beer Fest on Saturday, May 21st. [Meal Ticket]

The Cantina’s outdoor seating will be expanding in coming weeks as the East Passyunk hot spot is going to add seating to the lot next door. [Grub Street] has opened on South Street. On the menu, organic beef, chicken, turkey and fish burgers. [The Insider]

The Institute adds brunch this weekend. The menu will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there will be $1 Bloody Marys and sangria. [The Institute]

Good news for many that Bitar’s isn’t moving from its 10th and Federal home base. Bad news for our lazy asses as they aren’t moving to near Broad and South, which would have been more convenient for us. [City Paper via Grub Street]

Craft Beer Express, Not Crap Beer Express


On Saturday, March 13th eight bars will be hosting must-hit beer events. But how to get to them all?That’s where the Craft Beer Express comes in. The $15 bus service will run from 11am to 7pm. You’ll never have to wait more than 30 minutes for a bus that will whisk you among the participating establishments and absolutely no green beer.

Check out the bars and events after the jump.

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New Chef & Menu at The Institute

Kyle Grayson has packed a bunch of experience in a short time. After attending the New England Culinary Institute he came to Philadelphia and has worked for Stephen Starr at several restaurants, Root, Witch American Bistro and Blackbird Eating Establishment. Starting next Thursday he will be the chef at the Institute where he’s cooking up an eclectic menu of bar food.

Check out the full menu after the jump.

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Tonight, 30% Off at the Institute

Insti-Tuesdays kick off at the Institute. After half-priced happy hour ends at 7pm, it is 30% off the entire check the rest of the night.

And as we mentioned yesterday, Bosteels Brewery and delicious Kwak, Tripel Karmaliet and Deus beer will be pouring at the Pub on Passyunk East.

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