Hey, Wine Lovers: Registration Is Open for the Run the Vineyards 5-Miler

Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

Photo courtesy Good Day for a Run

Calling all wine-loving runners! You will be very happy to hear that registration for the uber-popular Run the Vineyards 5 Miler, coming up April 30th, 2017, just opened. And in case you hadn’t already connected the dots, the event includes running five miles, partly through Mullica Hill’s oh-so-pretty Heritage Vineyards, then drinking wine at the finish line. Yeah, it’s a pretty good way to spend your morning.

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Pop-Up Beer Garden to Open in Liberty Observation Deck

Max Headroom-style Ben Franklin sculpture at the top of the Liberty Observation Deck; the view from the top

Photos | Dan McQuade

You’ll soon be able to get drunk higher than you ever have before.

Starting next week, the One Liberty Observation Deck will open up an indoor beer garden on Thursdays on the 57th Floor of One Liberty Place. Surpassing the well-reviewed SkyGarten, the new Bar 57 will be the new tallest beer garden in the city. You’ll have to sneak beer to the top of the Comcast Center to drink any higher in this city.

“Sunset is the most beautiful time of day at the Observation Deck,” observation deck GM Evan Evans said in a release. “We wanted to provide an experience where guests can come after work to unwind with friends, preferred beverage in hand, overlooking these gorgeous vistas.”

The Bar 57 beer garden will run on Thursdays from September 27th to October 27th. Tickets for the experience are a tad pricey, however: Normally $19, tickets for the beer garden will be discounted to $14 at the door and $12 purchased in advance. Read more »

Wine Some, Lose Some: Good News and Bad on the Sommelier Beat

Mariel Wega of a.kitchen and a.bar

Mariel Wega of a.kitchen and a.bar: Best New Sommeliers

Mariel Wega, the wine director of a.kitchen and a.bar has been named one of the Best New Sommeliers of 2016 by Wine & Spirits magazine. This is just the latest accolade for Wega and a.kitchen/a.bar as they were also named one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast magazine earlier this year.

But a bit of a bummer comes from across Rittenhouse Square. Justin Timsit of the Rittenhouse Hotel, who was named New York’s best sommelier in April, despite being employed here in Philadelphia, is leaving the hotel for New York City.

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Philly’s First Grocery Store with Wine


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within the IGA Super Market at 2497 Aramingo Avenue is now selling wine. Thanks to the law change that went into effect in early August, grocery stores can now get in the wine business in Pennsylvania. The governor’s office announced the first 84 stores that will carry wine outside Pennsylvania’s Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores less than a month ago and the Port Richmond supermarket was the only Philadelphia grocery store on the initial list.

Keith Wallace, founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia is curating the wine selection. There are currently 100 selections available and Wallace plans to expand his selections that range from pink moscato to his recommended syrahs.

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Pub & Kitchen Changes Up Happy Hour with Some Super Deals

pub-and-kitchen-outdoors-940Pub & Kitchen rolls out a new happy hour menu starting tonight. The deals include $20 bottles of rosé wine, $5 You Call It Old Fashioneds (choose mezcal, whiskey or rum) and P&K Pils made exclusively for Pub & Kitchen by New Belgium.

The Kitchen in Pub & Kitchen gets into the act with a $10 cheese plate, half-priced oysters and P&K’s “Almost Famous Happy Hour Burger” for $7.95. The burger is a changeup from the Pub’s regular burger. For happy hour, chef Eli Collins is topping the burger with caramelized onions, jalapeño queso, pickle slaw and serving it on a sesame brioche.

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Barbuzzo Is Hosting a Rosé Happy Hour

Upstairs at Barbuzzo: Yes, there's an upstairs and it's downright roomy

Upstairs at Barbuzzo: Yes, there’s an upstairs and it’s downright roomy

It’s a Rosé happy hour tonight, Friday, August 12th upstairs at Barbuzzo. The cash only event runs from 5 pm to 9 pm and will feature $10 rosé wines from France, Germany and Spain. Barbuzzo’s kitchen will also be offering bar snacks like papas fritas, marinated sirloin kabobs,  Lolita sliders and more.

DJ Jersey Dan will be spinning hip-hop, soul and disco to keep the in-the-pink revelers partying.

Downstairs at Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean restaurant has turned its whole wine list over to rosé wines. There are 26 rosé wines representing five countries and 36 grape varietals. Elsewhere on 13th Street, Bud & Marilyn’s is serving up slushy Frosé fun all night.

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Liquor Changes Mean Opportunity for PA Wine, Spirit and Beer Producers

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New law allows brewpubs to sell PA wine and spirits.

Yesterday, Monday, August 8th was the day Pennsylvania received its runner-up prize to actual liquor privatization with Act 39 passing into law. The main point that has been covered so far is that supermarkets can now sell wine. But that’s only a kind of can, as the separate entrance, separate cafe area requirements that were required to sell beer are in place for wine as well.

Another touted win for consumers is the ability to have wine shipped directly to your home from out of state producers. That brings Pennsylvania into compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from a decade ago.

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Plenty Cafe Turns Its Focus to Wine

Plenty Cafe is adding more taps and they're dedicated to wine.

Plenty Cafe is adding more taps and they’re dedicated to wine.

Plenty Cafe’s location at 1602 Spruce Street reopens today after a whirlwind redo to make its offerings more in line with the East Passyunk location. That means a fourteen tap system featuring nine tap wines, two cocktails and three beers. Also being rolled out to the Spruce Street location is East Passyunk’s split service model. The cafe will offer counter service from opening till 4 p.m. and then full service from 4 p.m. to midnight. If all goes well, the small plates and evening items will be available by Friday, August 15th.

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Tria Taproom Adds Happy Hour

Tria Taproom's Happy Hour Starts Tonight

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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