TODAY: Preview LaColome, Yards, Icelandic Beer

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Maybe you’ve seen a can of the Icelandic beer, Einstök? The beer can features a too-cool-for-school viking, complete with hip sunglasses. I’ll admit I was sceptical as it felt a bit more Los Angeles ad agency than Arctic Circle. But it turns out it is a real brewery and not just a marketing concept.

Even better, Yards Brewing’s Tom Kehoe and La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael were recently in Iceland where they brewed up a collaborative beer with Einstök. Kehoe and Carmichael were in Iceland to film an episode of Dangerous Grounds and visited Einstök Brewery’s founder, Jack Sichterman. While there, they brewed a coffee pale ale called Snorri’s Awakening and you can preview it today at the Yards Tasting Room at 4 p.m.

Get to the brewery promptly in order to raise a pint with Kehoe, Carmichael and Sichterman, and figure out what the heck a Snorri is.

Yards Brewing [Official]

La Colombe Raises $28.5 Million; Plans Nationwide Expansion

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There is no shortage of news coming from the La Colombe camp recently. As we, not so patiently, wait for co-owners Todd Carmichael and  JP Iberti to open their Fishtown flagship cafe and rum distillery, the Philadelphia based coffee roaster has announced it has raised $28.5 million towards opening 100 cafes in the next five years and has also released “The Dragon,” a $359 coffee making device that has coffee geeks salivating. This is all happening as La Colombe has been busy opening new cafes in Washington DC, New York and Chicago. And that’s not to mention that the original 19th and Walnut location is getting revamped and Iberti is a recent father.

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This Is the $28 Philly T-Shirt Todd Carmichael Wore Around the World

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Todd Carmichael filming Dangerous Grounds in Madagascar. | Photo via Travel Channel.

Everyone has a favorite item of clothing. It’s like a security blanket or, at the very least, a no-brainer, throw-on-and-go option. These are the clothes we grab when we have two minutes to get out the door, the ones in the heaviest rotation, the pieces that are soft and worn in and maybe just a bit faded. For Duchess Kate, it’s her LK Bennett nude pumps. For Jennifer Aniston, it’s a pink triangle bikini.

For Todd Carmichael, La Colombe founder and star of Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds, it’s a red Duke & Winston Philly t-shirt.

See it—again and again—here.

The Six Degrees Game of Love, Philly Celebrity Edition

Ever notice how for the bold-faced and famous here, Philadelphia’s social scene resembles a high school? The dating pool is shallow, everyone knows everyone else, and a stroll down the hall (or around Rittenhouse Square) can lead to a memory-lane disaster. Maybe that’s why A-list magnet Roseanne Martin’s latest well-to-do beau is an out-of-towner. Smart move, girlfriend — and a departure for Martin and others whose love connections are local, notable and, like, totes complicated.
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Todd Carmichael’s Dangerous Grounds Returns Tonight

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Season two of Dangerous Grounds premieres tonight. The show, which stars La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael, focuses on the adventurer and business owner’s trips to the far corners of the world in order to source coffee direct from the source.

Dangerous Grounds is on the Travel Channel and is shown every Tuesday at 9 p.m. In tonight’s episode, Carmichael heads to Mexico to find a coffee suitable for chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Viewing party at Frankford Hall tonight » 

Todd Carmichael’s Dangerous Grounds Is Renewed

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La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael’s Dangerous Grounds TV show on the Travel Channel has been renewed for a second season of eight episodes. The show, which has become a weekend morning ritual at the palatial Foobooz estate (mug of single estate coffee in hand), follows Carmichael around the world as he tracks down rare coffees in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

If you prefer to watch Dangerous Grounds in primetime, we suggest coupling it with this Dangerous Grounds drinking game.

Dangerous Grounds [Travel Channel]
La Colombe [Official Site]

LaColombe Opens on Penn Square

LaColombe Torrefaction has opened today across from City Hall in the base of the Residences at Ritz Carlton. The store is Todd Carmichael’s fourth and second in Philadelphia.

Let us know how it compares to the original at 19th and Walnut.

La Colombe Torrefaction [Official Site]