Booze News: Tough Broads and More

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Tough Broad: A collaboration of Yards Brewing and Philadelphia Distilling

In our never ceasing coverage of the always expanding local distilling scene we drop the following booze news. From limited releases to cocktail tasting dinners featuring goose.

Yards Brewing and Philadelphia Distilling have collaborated to make a whiskey. It’s name is Tough Broad, named for Broad Street as well as an homage to “the strong talented women of this great city.” The whiskey started with a distillate made by Yards and similar to Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale. From there, Philadelphia Distilling ran it through its stills a couple of times and aged it in a highly charred American oak barrel. The result is a whiskey with hints of malt.

The whiskey is an extremely limited run (just 300 bottles available) and they are taking pre-orders. And that order will come with a pickup and sneak peek at Philly Distilling’s new Fishtown distillery at 25 East Allen Street in the Fillmore complex. The 375ml bottles are going to be available for $45. Contact Pete at 215-671-0346 x:13 or pete@philadelphiadistilling.com.

 

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Yards Is Hosting Brawlerfest this Weekend

brawler fest 940This Saturday, November 5th, Yards Brewing is hosting Brawlerfest at the its upcoming brewery location at 5th and Spring Garden. Brawlerfest is a “beer ball” that is part beer festival, part old-school carnival, part block party and music fest.

In addition to standard and special edition Yards beers, there will also be food trucks and music by local bands Marah, Blayer Point-du-Jour & Rockers Galore and more. And since it is Brawlerfest, current UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will be on hand.

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Philadelphia Area Winners from the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

Ruby Stigz and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing | Photo via 2SP Brewing

Ruby Stigz and Bob Barrar of 2SP Brewing | Photo via 2SP Brewing

2SP Brewing may have been the upstart winning two medals at this weekend’s Great American Beer Festival but brewer Bob Barrar is hardly a stranger to medal winning success. Barrar won 20 GABF medals over 15 years for Iron Hill Brewery. This year, Barrar’s “The Russian” took home a gold medal in the Imperial Stout category and his Antonym, won a bronze for Belgian- and French-Style Ale.

Not a bad start for 2SP, which opened just over a year ago in Aston, Delaware County. Find 2SP beers at better beer bars across the region or at the tasting room at the brewery. The tasting room is now open seven days a week.

Iron Hill Brewery may have lost Barrar to his own brewery but the federation of brewpubs continued its winning ways. The Phoenixville location locked up a bronze medal for its Bridge Street Bok. It was the 20th year in a row that Iron Hill won at least one medal.

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Burgers and Brews Tasting Dinner at Shake Shack

The Bacon Cheddar Shack at Shake Shack | Photo by Liz Clayman

The Bacon Cheddar Shack at Shake Shack | Photo by Liz Clayman

On Tuesday, August 16th, the University City location of Shake Shack will be hosting a Burgers and Brews Tasting Dinner with Yards Brewing.

The dinner includes four rounds of food and beer pairings with the assembled voting on their favorite beer to be featured on the University City location’s menu for the rest of the year.

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Yards Founder Tom Kehoe on New Brewery Location

Yards founder, president and brewmaster Tom Kehoe

Yards founder, president and brewmaster Tom Kehoe

Last week, Yards Brewing Co. presented plans to the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association for an 85,000 square foot brewery at 5th and Spring Garden. The brewery complex would house the manufacturing, warehouse and distribution for Yards Brewing as well as a larger brewpub with kitchen.

We had a chance to catch up with Yards Founder, President and Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe and get some more details. Kehoe looked at more than fifteen locations before settling on the 5th and Spring Garden location. Other locations included the old F. A. Poth brewery building in Brewerytown to spots along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia as well as within the Navy Yard. 

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Yards Brewing Plans to Move Closer to Center City

A conceptual rendering of the taproom at the proposed Yards Brewing Company brewpub. | Rendering by Digsau, courtesy Alliance HSB

A conceptual rendering of the taproom at the proposed Yards Brewing Company brewpub. | Rendering by Digsau via Alliance | HSB

The planned SoNo development, which was to have converted the former Destination Maternity headquarters in the 500 block of Spring Garden Street in Northern Liberties to creative office space, has found its anchor tenant.

That would be Yards Brewing Company, a local success story whose founder and president, Tom Kehoe, has been a big booster of efforts to promote manufacturing in the city.

The brewery is bumping up against the limits of its current space on Delaware Avenue along the waterfront, and the SoNo building offers the space they need not only for an expanding brewery but also for a brewpub that both Yards and building owners Alliance | HSP see as a catalyst for enlivening a dead stretch of Spring Garden Street. Read more »

The Beer Spear: A New Snack to Relish

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer and pickles? Delicious. But beer pickles? A potential stroke of genius.

On Friday, June 3rd at Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap, Yards Brewing Company and Brine Street Picklery will debut their newest collaboration: the Beer Spear.

“Everyone knows that beer and pickles pair well,” says Gina Vasoli, Yards’ Art and Marketing Manager. “What we’ve done is eliminate the annoying extra step of having to chew a pickle then take a sip of beer.”

The Beer Spears mix Yards IPA, rosemary and chili de árbol, to create a spear that strays far from the typical dill or garlic. P. J. Hopkins, the Head Pickler at Brine Street Picklery, says the “floral, hoppy flavors” really stand out.

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