Swing by Molly Malloy's in the Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch streets) today at 4 p.m. for a taste of Engine 1892 Market Stout, a new beer from Philadelphia Brewing Co. created as a nod to the RTM's 120th year of existence. It's a friendly 6 percent ABV chocolate stout crafted with 70 percent cacao Belgian dark chocolate from RTM's Chocolate by Mueller. Molly's will pour it through the end of February, and don't be surprised if you start seeing it appear on draft towers around town, too.
Show your honey you care this Valentine's Day with the gift of excessive violence! Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Ave.) will be holding four movie nights, from Feb. 13 to 16, in honor of what sometimes turns out to be the bloodiest holiday of them all. The "love-themed" films are as follows (OK Princess Bride isn't all that gory):
Monday, Feb. 13: True Romance
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Natural Born Killers
Wednesday, Feb. 15: My Bloody Valentine
Thursday, Feb. 16: Princess Bride
Screenings start at 7 p.m. and they'll do happy hour-pricing for drinks, as well as movie concessions like Junior Mints, popcorn and Sour Patch Kids. The screenings will be held in the outdoor portion of Frankford Hall if the weather is nice.
Yards Brewing is rolling out its annual one-off beer in conjunction with the 2012 Philadelphia Science Festival, and we all get to vote on its name. This year's brew will be a weizenbock, a strong unfiltered wheat beer. Each proposed moniker is a twist on a different scientific theory or principle:
- Heisenberg's Drunken Principle
- Avogadro's Numbeer
- Bucky Ball Bock
- German String Beer-y
- Science FestivALE
- Atom Blonde
The beer will be on tap and in bottles at select bars/restaurants throughout the city from April 20 to 29. You've got until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 9, to vote for your favorite. For more information on each name, check out the PSF's blog. Yes, drinking can be somewhat educational.
Philly food-event collective BigBite, which has put together a number of inspired, high-energy amateur cooking competitions over the past few years, is taking that next step in 2012, landing a real-deal venue for its third annual Philly Chili Bowl. Scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at the Fleisher Art Memorial (719 Catharine St.), the cookoff is currently running registration for its 20-contestant field, the members of which are required to cook six quarts of chili, any style. Sponsored by Herr's and Narragansett, the Chili Bowl will double as a fundraiser for Project H.O.M.E.; it's $10 to compete and $5 to eat/drink/vote in the hotly contested "People's Choice" category.
I'm honored to return to the judges' panel this year, joining a serious murderers' row of Philly eaters — Di Bruno's owner Emilio Mignucci, chef/restaurateur Kevin Sbraga, Cook executive director Lily Cope and resident judge/People's Republic owner Joe Bernstein. We'll be determining who takes home the Philly Chili Bowl trophy, as well as another sweet prize: two seats to any upcoming class at Cook.
Registration closes Feb. 29, or sooner if BigBite reaches its 20-chili limit. Here's all the info you need.
Fresh off he and partner Shawn Darragh's successful (and reasonably porky) Roundeye Noodle pop-up, Matyson chef Ben Puchowitz is running a five-course, pig-based tasting at his restaurant (37 S. 19th St.) from today through Thursday. He's rocking pork rillettes; crispy pig tails with apple/cuke kimchi and Korean chili sauce; pork and clams in a miso/sake broth; choucroute with housemade sausage; and blood orange tart for dessert, all for $45.
Oh, and the word on Roundeye, which we also mentioned in the Jan. 30 edition of Notes from the Weekend — Darragh tells Meal Ticket that they're currently meeting with a handful of potential investors, and that they have a second pop-up event planned for Matyson at the end of this month. There's also talk of a separate takeout-based pop-up, which might be a friendly alternative to those who struck out in line the first time around.
Damien Malfara of Old Forge Brewing Co. will be visiting Perch Pub (1345 Locust St.) tomorrow, Feb. 3, to host a guided beer tasting with Jason Miller of Bella Vista Beverage. This event serves as the official introduction of Old Forge into the Philly retail market — it's the first time the beers are being made available outside their Danville, Pa. brewpub, located about three hours northwest of Philly near Bloomsburg. "We're big on craft beer in cans," says BVB's Miller. "We heard about Old Forge canning their beer to sell to an outside market, so we wanted to jump on the chance to spotlight the brewery."
The tasting comprises three beers — Ol' Smithy, a winter imperial stout; Endless Summer, a pale wheat ale; and T-Rail, an American pale ale. The event is $10 a person and runs from noon to 2 p.m. (day drinking!). Bella Vista, meanwhile, will be debuting one different Old Forge brew a month moving forward.
New England and New York may be playing each other on the field this coming Sunday, but they're also facing off in a culinary match for the Supper Bowl. Mitch Prensky and the fellas at Lemon Hill (745 N. 25th St.) have crafted a menu of dishes from each region — think chowders, pizzas (Brooklyn sausage/peppers, New Haven-style clam pie), pastrami-brined wings (above), sandwiches and dessert (Boston cream pie and NY cheesecake, of course). For $42, guests can enjoy the all-you-can-eat spread and enter a prize pool. They'll have Miller High Life and High Life Light on special for $3, as well as Al Sotack's Old Fashioned for $7. Lemon Hill will open at 5, the buffet's at 5:30 and the game starts at 6:30. Call 215-232-2270 to make your required reservation.
If you'd rather hang at home, Lemon Hill's sister restaurant, Supper (926 South St.), will be doing takeout packages. Make sure you order yours by noon on Friday, Feb. 3, though. Peep the choices after the jump.
The Philly Roller Girls and The Abbaye (637 N. Third St.) have joined forces for the second annual Vegan Wing Bowl, to be held this Saturday, Feb. 4, one day after its decidedly non-vegan counterpart. Starting at 4 p.m. sharp, seitan enthusiasts will have two minutes (the approximate length of a roller derby song) to eat as many "wings" as they can. The $20 regisgtration fee gets participants a Vegan Wing Bowl tee and unlimited beer or soda in addition to the right to compete. For those who don't think they're up to the challenge but want to bear witness to the proceeding, Abbaye's got you covered — spectating is free, Cricket Hill will be on tap for $2 and they'll offer a two-bucks-off wing special. Register for the event by calling 215-627-6711.
Got a note last night about a last-minute-of-sorts Russian River event at Memphis Taproom (2331 E. Cumberland St.) for today. When Memph opens at 11:30 a.m., they'll have a total of five of the cult California brewery's beers on tap: Pliny the Elder (double IPA), Blind Pig (IPA), Damnation (golden ale), Supplication (sour cherry brown ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels) and Consecration (sour black currant dark ale aged in Cab barrels). No word on an appearance of the sought-after Pliny the Younger, the top-ranked beer known to cure chronic diseases and develop superpowers in children.
UPDATE [11:55 p.m.]: Memphis co-owner Leigh Maida checks in with word that they're planning a Pliny the Younger-based beer dinner for this April (!). More on this in the near future.
The awesomely named Iron Fist Brewing Co. makes its grand debut in the Philly market tonight via the bestial 24-beer draft system at Tapestry (700 S. Fifth St.). The San Diego-based brewery will introduce five of their Belgian-influenced beers — a dubbel, a Belgian strong, a double IPA, a Belgian IPA and an American imperial stout — and will be accompanied by choices from Californicated peers like 50/50, Ballast Point and North Coast. Peep a few highlights of the evening's lineup below.
Iron Fist Dubbel Fisted — Belgian Dubbel — 8.1%
Iron Fist Golden Age — Belgian Strong Pale Ale — 9.5%
Iron Fist Gauntlet — Double IPA — 9.5%
Iron Fist Velvet Glove — American Imperial Stout — 9.0%
Iron Fist Uprising — Belgian IPA — 12.0%
50/50 Brewing Totality (Only Keg in Philly) — Imperial Stout — 10.0%
Ballast Point Sculpin — American IPA — 7.0%
Ballast Point Navigator (Brandy Barrel Aged) — Doppelbock — 8.0%
Ballast Point Sextant (Bourbon Barrel Aged) — Oatmeal Stout — 5.2%
Ballast Point 3 Sheets (Brandy Barrel Aged) — American Barleywine — 9.0%
North Coast Old Rasputin (Nitro) — Russian Imperial Stout — 9.0%
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