So you guys know about the McRib, right? It’s some kind of mutant, boneless pork sandwich that McDonald’s releases on the world every now and then. People go nuts over it for a lot of reasons, but one of the big ones is that its not available all the time. It’s a limited release, and that makes the McRib special.
Shake Shack has been doing something similar for the past few months–putting their Shackmeister Burger (the first major, burger-based addition to their menu since 2012) onto menus in select locations, then pulling it off again, offering it as a special, then making it go away. But starting on January 1 of 2015, the Shackmeister (pictured above) is going to become a permanent addition to the menu of Shacks nationwide.
But there’s something special just for Philly, too.
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Duke & Winston is hosting a Beer and Cheese Tasting tonight from 6-9 p.m. The cheese pairing will be done by Crow & the Pitcher, and Victory Brewing Co. founder Bill Covaleski will be on hand for beer discussion.
The event is free, just reserve your place online.
Victory x D&W presents Beer & Cheese Tasting [Ticketleap]
Look for Victory Brewing’s first wet-hopped ale in bottles. Harvest Ale is now available, though only for a limited-time. Victory’s Harvest Ale is brewed with fresh Citra and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington. The hops were picked and then trucked directly to Victory’s Downingtown brewery, where the beer was brewed immediately to maintain freshness.
The beer is available in 12-ounce bottles and we’re sure it will be a big hit with fans of Victory’s Dirt Wolf and other hoppy beers, we certainly enjoyed it.
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Seventeen medals, including seven gold were brought home by local brewers this weekend from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Earth Bread + Brewery, Fegley’s Brew Works, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Tröegs and Victory each were among the gold medal winners. Also a winner in its first year of existence, Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery.
Iron Hill also had a strong showing with three medals including two from its Media, PA location.
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Pumpkin-centric shenanigans abound September 27th to October 31st at Shadybrook Farm.
Ditch the concrete jungle for autumnal splendor at the many fall festivals located just outside the city proper. From boozy to spooky to totally kid-friendly, there’s an event for every interest and locale.
Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards
September 13th to November 9th
Pay as you go
Pumpkin- and apple-picking, cornfield mazes, hay rides, and children’s activities at Linvilla Orchards in Delaware Valley. The Apple Festival, September 27th and 28th, features a pie-eating contest, and there’s the annual Costume Parade on October 26th so you can try out your costume before Halloween.
For more information, visit Linvilla.com
Brandywine Valley Harvest Festival
September 27th and 28th, and October 4th and 5th
$15 for a Passport to all six wineries
The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail wineries celebrate the fall harvest with two weekends of live music, picnicking, wine tastings and tours. All wineries will offer Stomp for the Cure Oct. 4, a grape-stomping fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information, visit BVWineTrail.com
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Fantastic rendering by Arthur Etchells
While everyone else seems to be diving head-first into fall menus and brews, Victory Brewing Company is announcing exciting news for Summer of 2015. Victory is adding a new canning line in their Parkesburg facility and has announced its aluminum debut. The first beer coming down the canning line will be the quaffable Summer Love Ale.
Victory is just the latest local brewery to get in on the canned beer craze. Sly Fox has been canning its beers for year and Troegs has recently added cans to its lineups. In fact, the Hershey based brewery is going to be putting its hugely popular Nugget Nectar in 12-ounce cans next year.
Victory Brewing [Official]
Cans of Nugget Nectar Coming From Troegs in 2015 [Drink Philly]
Nodding Head is pouring George’s Fault | J. Fidance for Visit Philly
Joe Sixpack makes a good point in his Daily News column today. Though the Great American Beer Festival is in October, the beers that are judged are due into Denver this weekend. That means local breweries that are submitting beers for judging are putting those beers on tap in Philadelphia this weekend. And Joe Sixpack being Joe Sixpack, he has where you should be heading.
Raise a glass to summer’s final days with local brewers’ championship beers and these beer events [Philadelphia Daily News]
As a thanks to those who supported the University City location and in celebration of the soon-to-be Logan Square location, City Tap House is hosting Pop-Up Wednesdays in the courtyard of One Logan Square. Every Wednesday until September 3rd, you’ll not only get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the fall, but complimentary food, as well.
Each week, the restaurant will pair up with a different beer distributor to give you an on-the-house treat. Today, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., enjoy a Victory Root Beer Float and Bacon Popcorn.
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On Wednesday, August 13th, Amis is hosting a Victory Brewing beer dinner. The four-course beer-centric feast is $65 and includes beer pairings with each course. Chef Brad Spence and his executive sous chef, Ned Maddock have created a menu focusing on the beer, barley and hops of Victory as an essential part of each dish.
The dinner was inspired by the pair’s time at Victory Brewing Co., when they were preparing a 200 pound mortadella for the Great Chefs Event.
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