We’ve already seen several impressive rebirths this year. Hawthorne’s has reopened after a blaze forced the beer cafe and bruncherie to close for almost a year, and they’re now offering beer delivery. Jose Garces has opened the Olde Bar at Bookbinders. The most impressive thing about this Olde Bar might be how little has actually changed. Even the plaques dedicated to faithful customers of Old Orignal Bookbinders remain. Earlier this week, the old Frankie Bradley’s, a well-known restaurant that fed the stars for 50+ years at 13th and Chancellor reopened as Franky Bradley’s. It’s now a nostalgic and sexy bar and restaurant from Silk City’s Mark Bee.
Not bad for the slowest time of year for restaurants.
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Have you resolved to get a new job in 2015? Then let Foobooz Jobs help. We’ve got job listings from general managers to lead cooks. There’s also information on Tired Hands Brewing Company’s upcoming job fair.
Check all the jobs out at phillymag.com/foobooz/jobs/.
Foobooz Jobs, the better and cheaper alternative to Craigslist, where candidates are legitimately energized by Philadelphia’s food scene.
Restaurant Jobs in Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Ardmore has become a beer geeks destination with the rise of Tired Hands Brewing. The tiny brewery was just named to First We Feast’s 12 Bucket-List Breweries That Every Beer Lover Should Visit. The Main Line town has some other things happening as well. The eleventh Iron Hill Brewery location, grandly opened on Sunday at 44 Greenfield Avenue, just a block from Tired Hands. And speaking of Tired Hands, the brewery continues to make progress on its second Ardmore location. The larger location’s brewhouse was just delivered yesterday and the brewery will open in the first half of 2015.
The Saint James is closing. The much ballyhooed restaurant from Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500º) and Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) opened in 2012 but was slammed by critics. Schulson left the partnership earlier this year and Wasserman will close the restaurant on December 30th. Michael Klein reports that the space will undergo six weeks of renovations before producing what Wasserman says will be a “‘very family-friendly'” restaurant.
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Our media partner 6 ABC did a feature on our “Beeramid” of the best craft beers from the Philadelphia area. Check out the FYI Philly feature for peeks at Yards, Tired Hands and Victory Brewing Co.
The Best Craft Beers from Philadelphia [Foobooz]
Philly Beer Week happens this month, and that got us thinking: What is the best local brew out there? So to answer that question, we sampled, then we sampled some more. We argued over the best beer in each particular style and who would be the overall champ — One Beer to Rule Them All.
And then, when all that was done, we ranked the top 25 best local beers and stacked them the way your old man or the corner bar would.
So behold — the Philly Beeramid of Excellence. And drink up.
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Tired Hands Brewing in Ardmore is adding a production facility. The building, which will have a capacity of 10,000 barrels a year will be located just under a half mile away from the original Ardmore Avenue location. The new location will also have a second beer cafe with a “very different” culinary theme.
In addition to the production and cafe spaces, there will also be room for aging beer in hundreds of oak barrels.
No word on when the new facility will open but it is welcome news for one of Philadelphia’s beer scene.
Tired Hands Brewing [Official]
First We Feast interviews several top Philadelphia chefs, including Nick Elmi, Peter Serpico, Eli Kulp and Michael Solomonov among others, about their favorite under-the-radar eating experiences in Philadelphia.
The list is full of great spots including Kim’s Korean charcoal barbecue in Olney.
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For this month’s producers dinner at Southwark, chef Nick Macri is welcoming Tired Hands Brewing. The dinner takes place tomorrow, April 17th at 7 p.m. and for $45 you can try four courses of Macri’s food paired with beer from the Ardmore brew pub.
On Thursday night, Southwark will be tapping Ommegang Hennepin in the run up to Hop Chef. Macri will be rolling out a special sausage from 10 p.m. to midnight (Southwark serves food nightly to midnight), but Hop Chef competitors looking for the inside scoop, Macri assures us this won’t be his Hop Chef dish.
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Jean Broilet from Tired Hands Brewery has brewed a beer he’s calling R5 Saison. And in honor of the beer he’s having a bar crawl along SEPTA’s R5 line this this Saturday, October 20th. The beer includes five ingredients that begin with the letter “R” (Rye, ramon nut, roses, rhubarb and raisins). Each bar will have a customized version of the beer so it’ll be worth trying the beer at all four bars on the bar crawl.
The fun kicks off at Station Taproom in Downingtown at noon, runs down the R5 and finishes at Monk’s Cafe.
Since the end of Beer Week we’ve seen several brewers head off to new jobs, local and out-of-town. Nodding Head assistant brewer Mike Fava is leaving the Sansom Street brew pub and is heading to Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle, Maine. [Seen Through a Glass]
Terry Hawbaker, the well respected brewer from Farmers’ Cabinet’s Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse has moved on. Hawbaker will now be brewing for [Seen Through a Glass]
In a local move, Jon Defibaugh is moving from Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy to Tired Hands Brewing in Ardmore. Defibaugh had been at EB+B since it opened three and a half years ago. Defibaugh’s departure will mean Earth owner Tom Baker will be the lead brewer. [Tired Hands]
Speaking of Tired Hands Brewing, Bruno from Brouwerij t’Gaverhopke in Belgium will be on hand today after 4 p.m. The Belgian brewer is brewing a collaboration at Tired Hands this morning and will be around for a meet-and-greet this afternoon starting at 4 p.m. He is also likely to have some of his own beers in tow. [Philly Beer Scene]