Booze Cruise Season Is Here

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Summer is (almost) upon us which means it’s time to get drunk on boats set sail on the booze cruise of your choice. All you have to do is pick your poison (beer or wine) and leave the rest to the captain.

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Art, Architecture, Food Trucks And Beer Coming To The Oval

Pavilion 3, "The Stuff of Dreams."

Pavilion 3, “The Stuff of Dreams.”

Saint-Gobain, a Parisian building materials company, will be traveling the globe this summer to commemorate their 350th anniversary with an installation exhibition (like you do). Philadelphia, the only stop in North America, will host the event from May 30th to June 6th at The Oval (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway).

And right about now, you’re asking, “So why should I care about this?” And the answer is, because there will be beer. And food trucks. And art and whimsy and wonder, of course. But mostly beer.

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Independence Beer Garden Adds Happy Hour, Yards Exclusive

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New beer from Yards at IBG Wheat.

Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden at 6th and Market has added happy hour. The happy hour includes $4 beer, wine and cocktail specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. There’s also a $4 happy hour menu of food like corn croquettes, beef sliders and spit roasted chicken wings.

Also new is a new beer offering, IBG Wheat is a summer wheat brewed with Yards Brewing. The flavor is described as “candied sugar, orange peel, banana, clove, pepper, grass, lemon” and comes in at 6.5% alcohol by volume.

Independence Beer Garden has already gotten into our heavy rotation this year, the shuffleboard to the addictive popcorn has made us fans. And a special shoutout to Brooke, a server at IBG who might just be the nicest person in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Science Festival Has Some Nerdy Food Events

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If you’re reading this blog you are most likely just as obsessed with food and drinks as we are. We’re in love with the combined flavors of ingredients, the craft that goes into making a really great beer, and the satisfaction they give to our deepest cravings.

Most of the techniques used in the kitchen come down to science. If you think about it, chefs are basically mad scientists, whipping up innovative dishes that may (or may not) work. And we’re their guinea pigs.

I, at least, am pretty content testing the results of these experiments, so I’ll leave the science to the professionals. But I’m still intrigued to learn their secrets.

So it’s good news, then, that we have the return of the Philadelphia Science Festival. From April 24 to May 2, the festival will feature events and exhibitions dealing with the science of a variety of subjects. And for those food-loving closet-nerds like us, this also includes a few special events centered around cooking and brewing.

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Yards Lets You Save Bees While You Get Your Buzz On

yards-bee-garden-940Bees, like sharks, are often popularly mischaracterized as evil creatures when really they do a lot of good. Bees pollinate 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat. I don’t totally know what that statistic means, or how it was figured out, but science says so and it’s not my job to be a scientist, it’s my job to eat dumplings and watch llama videos. I think. Anyway, bees are important, and Yards Brewing Company agrees.

Yards has a goal of planting 20,000 bee-friendly gardens this summer, because bees are dying. Due to a variety of circumstances like habitat destruction and pesticide usage, bees are dropping like flies. I wonder if that simile is too close to home, or, er, hive.

You can plant your own Bee garden by picking up a Yards seed packet anywhere that Yards beer is sold. The seed packets contain local flower species that are conducive to bee proliferation, and once your flower bloom you can snap a picture of it and share it with #YardsBeeGarden. You can read the full Yards manifesto on bees here.

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Six Pack: Food Events For Wine Week And Beyond

Manayunk's favorite foodie fest returns for a fall edition this weekend. StrEAT Festival brings over 40 Philly food trucks to Main street, serving up everything from BBQ to cupcakes, with an emphasis on a special seasonal ingredient: apples! Manayunk merchants will offer sidewalk sales and promotions, plus fresh fruits, veggies, and homemade spices, oils, and jams will be available to purchase from the farm stand and gourmet vendors. Kids will be entertained at Recess, a littles-only zone held at Canal View Park, complete with everything from a moon bounce to face painting. Plus, a pop-up beer garden will be the highlight of Cotton Street, offering samples of craft brews to compliment the food truck fare. Come hungry. Sunday, September 28th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Street, Manayunk.

Spring stirs up a celebratory air in this city, as festivals and events seem to be happening in every neighborhood all of a sudden. And no celebration is complete without an abundance of food and booze. From one last Wine Week blowout to a patio pig-out,  here are six upcoming food events that you shouldn’t miss this season.

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The Monger Games: Di Bruno Bros Pairing Series

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On Sunday, March 22, Di Bruno Bros. is kicking off their new series, The Monger Games. At each themed event, a member of the Di Bruno Bros. team will be paired up with a local food or drink expert. Each team will make a pairing based on the theme and attendees will try each and vote for their favorite.

The upcoming March 22 event will be themed Beer Fondue and will feature local brewers from Yards, Victory and Iron Hill. The series will take place at Di Bruno Bros. Franklin location at 834 Chestnut Street and will start at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available for only $10 per person and can be purchased here.

In April, the theme will be Food Science and it’ll feature folks from Geekadelphia. And in May, it’ll be Classic Philly Flavors, featuring local food bloggers. We’ll keep you updated as these dates get closer, but seriously? Ten bucks for that much cheese? That’s what we call a deal.

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