Philly Craft Spirits Week Kicks Off Thursday

Philly Craft Spirits Week promises 9 days of events.

Philly Craft Spirits Week promises 9 days of events.

Philly Craft Spirits Week
kicks off this Thursday at Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival. The fest will feature a local spirits sectin with tables and bars representing the 11 participating distilleries in Philly Craft Spirits Week.

Beyond Whiskey Fest, each participating distillery is setting up a bevy of exciting events where you may tipple between Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 4.

Among the Highlights:

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Whiskey Bonanza at The Twisted Tail


If you are politically engaged and well informed, you already know that Congress declared September National Bourbon Heritage Month in 2007. And now The Twisted Tail, the southern-inspired restaurant, bar, and live music venue, is celebrating this with their 3rd annual Whiskey Bonanza–a whiskey tasting event featuring over 60 whiskeys, a southern pig roast, and live music.

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Chef Shuffle: New Chefs for Tap Room on 19th, XIX and Twisted Tail

Lucifer Burger and Japanese Fried Chicken sandwiches at Tap Room on 19th

Lucifer Burger and Japanese Fried Chicken sandwiches at Tap Room on 19th

Three chefs are shaking things up this summer and rolling out new menus at their new spots.

Chris Ritter, who has most recently been at Westmont’s Keg and Kitchen after stints at Grubhouse and Brauhaus Schmitz is back in South Philly manning the burners at Tap Room on 19th. Ritter has already made changes to the menu including the pictured Japanese Fried Chicken sandwich and Lucifer burger with 1732 Meats garlic bacon and Lucifer spice pickles.

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Pay Homage to Fromage at the Twisted Tail with Tenaya Darlington

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Tenaya Darlington will be at Twisted Tail

Love cheese? Well, on Sunday, May 1, George Reilly of the Twisted Tail will be hosting a cheese and cocktail tasting with food writer and cheese aficionado Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a sampling of Darlington’s favorite cheeses along with three cocktails inspired by her book, The New Cocktail HourShe is also the author of another book, DiBruno Bros House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

Tickets are $45 and include a signed copy of The New Cocktail Hour. They can be purchased online or by phone at (215) 558-2741.

Twisted Tail [Foobooz]



Leave Thanksgiving Cooking to Someone Else

Bring home this turkey and Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.

Bring home this turkey and Percy Street will donate a turkey to a local food bank.

Not looking to get that blood pressure above 120/80 or your stove above 425º, then here are some Thanksgiving suggestions for the cooking averse.

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The Twisted Tail Celebrates Four Years

Duck nuggets at the Twisted Tail.

Duck nuggets at the Twisted Tail. Because who doesn’t love duck nuggets?

When the month of my birth rolls around, I tend to celebrate for the entire 30 days. The Twisted Tail seems to have the same idea: as July marks their fourth year, they will be celebrating on all the days of the month that have the number 4 in them.

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Happy Bourbon Heritage Month!


So weird that we’d have a whole month to celebrate a bunch of 16th century French and Spanish kings. I mean, Henry the IV? He was a good guy. Made a lot of work for portrait painters. Penned the Edict of Nantes granting rights to Calvinists. But a whole month?

Oh, wait. We’re talking about the drinking kind of bourbon? Well that’s WAY better. And the Twisted Tail (which certainly stocks a fair amount of drinky bourbon) is running all sorts of specials throughout September to celebrate.

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3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Are Back


This Saturday, July 19th, the 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off is back and bigger than ever. Last year’s event featured 11 restaurants and food trucks, and this year’s will feature 20. The judges’ decision will be much more difficult and as a visitor, your stomach will be much more full.

Starting at 1 p.m., guests are welcome to sample the hot dogs, enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewing Company, jam out to live music and even vote for their favorite dog of the day. General admission is free, but food/drinks tickets cost $10 for 4 and $30 for 15. Or, if you’re looking for that VIP treatment, spend $30 and get early access at noon, a VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets. Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Headhouse Square Shambles. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Twelve Drinks for the Holidays


With Thanksgiving looming and the holiday season descending upon us, we bet you’re going to need some new drink recipes. In the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine we asked George Reilly of Twisted Tail, Phoebe Esmon of Emmanuelle and of Hop Sing Laundromat to help us create twelve winter holiday drinks.


The 12 Best Winter Holiday Drinks [Philadelphia Magazine]

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