The Agenda: Beer, Beer, Beer & It’s Not Even Beer Week Yet

Looking ahead to this week’s events might have you believing that Philadelphia Beer Week is already here. But that’s not the case as its just another sudsy week of goodness in Philadelphia.

Today the taps at Monk’s Cafe are being taken over by New Jersey’s Flying Fish brewery. Six varieties of Flying Fish beer will be available including bourbon barrel-aged variation of Exit 13 Chocolate Stout.

On Tuesday Varga Bar is hosting a high-alcohol beer dinner where as diners inhibitions lessen, the food gets crazier. Dinner is $60 per person. See the menu below.

Wednesday night sees Sly Fox beer featured this month’s beer dinner at White Dog Cafe in University City. The $50 per person dinner will feature a reception with Sly Fox brewer Brian O’Reilly and three-course, $50 meal. Check out the menu below.

Also on Wednesday, join City Paper and the Philadelphia Business Journal for food, drink and the discussion thereof. The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Trust in Old City. Panelists include: Michael Schulson of Sampan and Izakaya, Mitch Prensky of Supper, Moon Krapugthong of Chabaa Thai and Dana Herbert of Delaware’s Desserts by Dana, winner of the TLC reality show Next Great Baker. The food will include bites from City Paper staffers favorites like; Delicatessen, Koo Zee Doo, Maru Global, Marabella Meatball Co., Oyster House. Tickets are $35 per person and available online.

On Thursday local beer and cheese come together Upstairs at DiBruno Brothers on Chestnut Street. Owners of Tired Hands Brewing Company and Birchrun Hills Farm will be on hand as DiBruno Brothers chef Rob Sidor will create a five-course dinner emphasizing the pairing of beer and cheese. Tickets are $45 per person and reservations can be made by emailing

Varga Bar Beer Goggles Dinner

Tuesday, May 10th

Parmesan & Herb Crusted Pineland Farm Beef Cheeks
w/ Flying Fish Exit 4, 9.7% ABV

”Piggy Wings” Confited Trotters
w/ Troegs Flying Mouflan, 9.3% ABV

Sauteed Milk-Fed Veal Sweetbreads
w/ Weyerbacher Tiny, 11.8% ABV

Lancaster Farm Fresh Head Cheese
w/ Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre, 8% ABV

Housemade Maple-Toffee Ice Cream
w/ Yard’s Bourbon Aged George Washington Porter, 8% ABV

Sly Fox Dinner at White Dog Cafe

Wednesday, May 11th


Pennsylvania Cheese Plate
Jenny Sue’s Pretzel Bites
Flat Breads


Stinging Nettle Ravioli
Farm Fresh Egg, Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Local Asparagus, Brown Butter
Beer- Saison Vos


Maryland Soft Shell Crabs|
Saffron Orzo, Asparagus Cream
Beer- IPA


Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken
Wild Mushroom and Chicken Mousse, English Pea Risotto
Beer- Maibock


Buzby Farm Strawberry Sampler
Strawberry Whoopie Pie, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Strawberry Vanilla Popsicle
Beer- Black Raspberry Reserve