Spicy Arrabbiata pizza at Pizzeria Beddia
Yesterday I checked out Harp & Crown for the first time. I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful space. Drank what felt like an especially timely cocktail titled “Dying Declaration” – bourbon, cinnamon tincture, bitters and tried the Spicy Soppressata pizza. Chef Karen Nicholas is the latest to add a deliberately spicy pizza to her pizza list.
At Harp & Crown, the spicy soppressata pizza is made hotter with sliced shishito peppers. Balance is brought to the dish with a drizzle of honey. It got us thinking about some of our other favorite spicy pizzas in Philadelphia.
So we figured we’d rank our favorite spicy pizzas around town »
Tria Taproom’s Happy Hour Starts Tonight
Tria Taproom is now hosting happy hour. The all draft Taproom is featuring breweries, cideries and even wineries within 100 miles of 20th and Walnut. The 100 Mile Happy Hour runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. And to kick off the start of happy hour, Tria will be unveiling a collaborative beer made with Yards Brewing that is called Tri-S-A, a special version of Yards ESA. Yards founder Tom Kehoe will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26th for the tapping.
Tria founder Jon Myerow has been a fan of Yards ESA from Yards earliest days in Manayunk. The Tr-S-A adds bready Thomas Fawcett’s Halcyon malt and citrusy-earthy Boadicea hops and a few other special touches to round out the beer. During the tapping, 3 Yards beers will be on special.
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It’s business as usual at V Street, though they are holding a spot for Pope Francis.
If your Facebook feed is anything like mine this week it has been nothing but Pope maps and port-a-potties. That and some good people who are actually embracing the Pope coming to town and celebrating like its a blizzard.
Here are some of our favorite bar happenings this weekend.
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Tonight, you can get a beer from one of only 10 certified Trappist ale producers–and the only one in the United States.
Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed by the brothers at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Massachusetts, is the real deal. The monks traveled all throughout Europe, visiting Trappist breweries like Chimay and Westmalle and learning how to get it just right. The result? Well, I’ll let them describe it:
Spencer Trappist Ale, Spencer Brewery at Saint Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer, MA · 6.5%) Inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier (“fathers’ beer” in Flemish), these relatively sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically only available at the monastery. This flavorful golden ale is fruity, with dry finish and a light hop bitterness.
It’s being poured right now, and will be until late tonight. So if you’re anxious to taste the first-ever American Trappist ale, head on over and see what all the fuss is about.
Tria Taproom [f8b8z]
Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 14th, Tria Taproom is throwing a “Meadstravaganza.” Starting at noon, the Center City bar will have two meads on tap plus complimentary snacks from Rotisseur and Weckerly’s Ice Cream. Mead, which is a fermented honey drink is rarely spotted around town and even less often on tap. Tria will have a South African mead pouring as well as one from Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Details on the mead »
Can you be a beer bar without a burger? Tria Taproom was for awhile but beginning on Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, the bar is adding a burger to its menu.
It’s a half-pound of beef topped with Chimay cheese, beer pickles and Tria’s “Beer-naise” sauce. It’s $14 and served with a side of crispy fried onions.
In honor of the burger’s kickoff, Tria Taproom is offering Chimay Premiere Trappist ale (the red one) for $5 instead of the usual $9. There will also be a selection of local beers available for just $4 each. Tria Taproom opens on Labor Day at 3 p.m.
Tria Taproom [Foobooz]
Tria Taproom is launching a special “Quick & Delicious” prix fixe lunch. Get a gazpacho or salad and main course for $14. The fixed price lunch is available daily from noon to 4 p.m.
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The team behind Tria Cafe has opened a pizza-and-beer joint. That would be one way to describe Tria Taproom, but not a particularly apt one. The Taproom offers flatbreads, not pizzas. A co-worker wondered if the only difference was pretense, but from my point of view, the Tria team can call them whatever they want as long as they keep making them, whether topped with burrata, balsamic onions and lemon zest or gorgonzola, duck confit and foie gras mousse. The Taproom lives up to its name as well, with 24 beers on tap from a system that’s one part work of art and one part peek into the future. The tap handles are mounted on an illuminated marble backsplash. iPad-based menus describe the beers, which come from Norway, Nebraska and Downingtown. The iPads also illustrate just how much beer remains in the keg, so you’ll always know when one is getting down to the dregs. The wine program is also entirely on draft—a system that promises fresher-tasting wines and incidentally befuddles the city inspectors trying to enforce Philly’s mandatory recycling program: What do you mean there’s no waste? Since this is a Tria operation, cheese, the third fermentable, plays a part on the menu, with options ranging from Approachable to Racy—which is an altogether accurate description of what you get at Tria Taproom.
Tria Taproom [Foobooz]
First appeared in the April, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
We’re half-way through Philly Wine Week, are your teeth stained yet? Here’s what’s going on for Wednesday, March 26th.
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The James Beard Awards finalists were announced today. And though Philadelphia had semifinalists in ten categories including nine nominees for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, few went through to the finals. Brad Spence was the only local nominee to go through for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Marc Vetri was nominated for Outstanding Chef and his Vetri is a finalist for Best Service.
Philadelphia also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Restaurant Design as Tria Taproom was cited in the 75-seats and under category.
James Beard Award Finalists »