The Weekend: Where the Action Is

Alright, enough about the Jersey Shore, there’s plenty to do right here in Philadelphia this weekend.


The Grey Lodge has Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA tonight. The IPA is brewed with five different hops and what makes tonight’s pouring so interesting, Grey Lodge will also be offering five single-hopped IPAs featuring the hops that go into Latitude 48. Get a flight of all six for just $8. Should be interesting to see how they build upon each other to create the Latitude 48. Neat.


The Rittenhouse Row Festival brings out the masses and great food out to Walnut Street. The street is closed from Broad to 19th with restaurants and vendors offering delicious bites. Jennifer Carroll will be out on the 1400 block of Walnut. Starr takes over the 1800 block with food from seven of the organization’s restaurants and a demonstration stage. Donate canned goods to Philabundance at stations along the stretch.

In Kensington the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival hits the streets with 150 artists booths and great food options including the debut of Violette’s Crepes and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. It will also be the first time Memphis Taproom’s hot dog truck hits the streets serving up its variety of hot dogs.

Speaking of hot dogs, Scott Schroeder’s hot dog cart will be featured at South Philadelphia Taproom’s Wheat Beer Festival. Update: No hot dog cart but plenty of great wheat beers.

Johnny Brenda’s is celebrating Bock beers all day with its Don’t Block the Bocks beer festival. They’ll be pouring ten different varieties of bock beer and serving up German sausages from Illg’s Meats in Chalfont. Who else is serving up German sausages from Illg’s? Oh, that’s right, these guys.

Update: We almost forgot Varga Bar’s All-American Barbecue with Dogfish Head. A portion of all beer and calendar sales goes to the USO as well as all of bartender Rich Colli’s tips. The beer lineup is an impressive one with Bitches Brew, Worldwide Stout, Hellhound, Black and Blue, Midas Touch, 60 Minute, 90 Minute,  Raison d’être, Indian Brown, Palo Santo and Burton Baton.


If we make it through the Rapture, celebrate with brunch.

Farmers Cabinet kicks off its weekend brunch with some interesting twists on brunch staples. Start with Doughnuts and Coffee Yogurt Parfait and wash it down with Death in the Afternoon, absinthe and chilled Champagne. Death, and just when you thought you had survived the end of the world.

Ithaca and Iron Hill Media have gotten together for a collaborative brew that you can get a sneak peek at on Sunday evening at the Good Dog. It’ll be the only time you can try the collab before Beer Week. There will also be other rare Iron Hill and Ithaca beers pouring.