Archive for December, 2008

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Beer?

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Then tell the hoary lush to back off!  The Spirit of Christmas demands that you share many things during the holiday season, but never your beer!


“Do not cease to drink beer, to eat, to intoxicate thyself, to make love, and to celebrate the good days.” — Ancient Egyptian Credo

As the holiday season rolls in, be sure to drink a beer or four before that brightly-lit Christmas tree, and maybe make the lights twinkle a little brighter by the end of the night.

As our gift to you, Rachel Riot and Kunoichi Erica would like to offer you our review of a fine holiday beer, available at several great spots around Philadelphia, including the South Philadelphia Tap Room and 1601 Cafe:

Troegs Mad Elf


kunoichi-erica-thumbnail-31Kunoichi Erica:  Like a fine holiday wine, this beer travels down the expectant drinker’s throat as smoothly as hot chocolate on a cold Christmas evening.  With a color that shines like red tinsel and a smell as pleasant as Christmas Eve, the chocolate and cherry taste of Mad Elf will sweeten up your smile as quickly as a piece of candy stolen from a gingerbread house.  While it may be a bit different from your standard ale, it’s a tall glass of crazy fun; odd but pleasant in the vein of Dudley Moore running around in an elf costume.

rachel-riot-thumbnail1Rachel Riot:  It’s a delicious holiday beer that reminds me of sitting by a fire, listening to Christmas music, and being chased around a decorated house by a squirrel that was hiding in the Christmas tree (imagery courtesy of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation).  Mad Elf is light and smooth. It’s coloring and taste reminds me of cherries but also has tones of honey, chocolate, and spices.  This is a great beer to have with your big holiday dinner and hopefully it’ll help you forget about the kids in the parlor fighting over toys or Aunt Sondra asking you when are you getting a girlfriend/boyfriend. Merry Christmas Beer Lovers!

And now for something completely different!:

Anchor Christmas Ale

5.5%/ABV – First Brewed 1975

rachel-riot-thumbnail2Rachel Riot: Anchor Christmas Ale is definitely a Rachel Riot holiday favorite! This is a beer I like to have multiple glasses of at Tattooed Moms. It’s a super smooth dark beer that smells and tastes like roasted nuts, molasses, and pine.  The appearance of the beer is that of a thick stout but with a closer look (and first sip) you realize it’s one of the lighter bodied holiday beers.  I would highly suggest drinking this beer all night or saving it for last when doing beer tastings because it puts most other holiday beers on tap to shame.


Don’t stop drinking till your nose is as red as Rudolph’s!

Now enjoy this clip of everyone’s favorite beer-belly totin’ old man:


To imbibe more about Troegs Mad Elf and Anchor Christmas Ale please visit:

Troegs Brewing Company and Anchor Brewing Company


Remember those Zoetropes that Used to Fascinate You as a Kid?

Posted in event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Well, this is better:

For those of you who joined us for the pub crawl, we hope this slide show will help to fill in the hazy moments from your evening out with us.

For those of you who couldn’t join us, enjoy the pretty pictures anyway.

A Pin-Up in Paradise

Posted in Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

No, this title does not reference the latest striptease to appear on On Demand, nor does it have anything in particular to do with beer.

Rather, we regret to inform you that Bettie Page, legendary model and heroine to pin-up girls everywhere, has passed away at the age of 85.

As Bettie was particularly dear to Miss Riot, we would like to remind you to offer up a toast tonight to that girl who will remain forever in our hearts as the epitome of eternal youth and beauty.


We know she’s causing fuss for the big man upstairs, and she’s probably already taught those saints a thing or two about bondage.

Now we would like to leave you with a clip from the first color strip flick: “Striporama”

“It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me… that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration.” — Bettie Page

Get Ready to Paint the Town Yellow!

Posted in event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

With beer, that is.

We would like to reiterate the final schedule of the Pub Crawl on December 13th for those drunken stragglers who may find themselves lost along the way.  We will be spending about an hour at each bar, with about 15 extra minutes to allow for walking from pub to pub.


7:00 p.m. –Meeting at Pub on Passyunk East, 1501 East Passyunk Avenue

About 8:15 p.m. –Heading down to 1601 Cafe , 1601 South 10th Street

About 9:30 p.m.–Arrive at Lucky 13 Pub, 1820 South 13th Street

Circa 10:45 p.m.–Adobe Cafe, 1919 East Passyunk Avenue

Around 12:00 a.m.–Settle down at South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin Street


And for those of you who don’t like surprises, we’ve decided to tell you ahead of time what kinds of specials you can look forward to:

$1 off Drafts at 1601 Cafe

$2.50 Kenzingers at Lucky 13 Pub

$1 off Beer at Adobe Cafe

$1 off Beer at South Philadelphia Tap Room


Don’t forget to look for Rachel Riot and Kunoichi Erica when you arrive at POPE Bar to get your Philadelphia ExBEERiment stickers!  They’ll open you up to a magical world of beer specials!

Now come on, fellow beer snobs of Philadelphia!  Let’s show this city what we’re made of!

Back to Beer

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , , , , on December 9, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“The church is near, but the road is icy. The bar is far away, but I will walk carefully.” –Russian proverb

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to indulge in our beer-mongering. We’ve been so busy lately telling you about great bars and beer events that we almost forgot what beer tastes like. (Yeah, right!)

As the winter months approach, and the price of heating grows more cumbersome with the advance of the sucky economy, remember that nothing warms you up as well as alcohol.

And once more, we have a Unibroue up for discussion, while Kunoichi finally gets to indulge in an Irish Stout:

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde


photo courtesy of

Triple Style golden ale/ 9%ABV

Imbibe more here

rachel-riot-thumbnail3Rachel Riot: I purchased this $6.00 bottle of beer with the eagerness to experiment with a Unibroue I never tasted before. I am a religious drinker of Unibroue’s Ephemere and Don De Dieu so I automatically assumed I would enjoy this beer too. The first sip lead me to write the following Haiku:

I think I tasted/

A beer that can be described/

As unicorn piss/

This beer bears an odd combination of a thick texture and sweet taste (which in my opinion should not be allowed too often in the brewing world). Disgustingly fruity with tons of spice that even the tiniest of sips were creating the craziest Rachel expressions. It reminded me of teacher’s pet: trying to be something grand while everyone hates your guts. If you like Care Bears, overloading on Jolly Ranchers, and watching Legally Blonde: The Musical I suggest you try this beer. Otherwise, grab a hold of your favorite stout and RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

Rock Bottom Dublin Dragon

Tankard Tidbit: Dark beers are constantly on rotation at Rock Bottom, so don’t expect to be able to taste the same one twice.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, scattered in 29 locations throughout the United States, takes pride in its beer above all else. It’s a restaurant after our own hearts.

Imbibe more here

kunoichi-erica-thumbnail-3Kunoichi Erica: There’s nothing like the look of an Irish Stout on the way to your table. It’s like someone went crazy with the Hershey’s chocolate syrup and poured the whole container into a cup, and then decided to add a dollop of egg nog on top for good measure. A wise friend of mine once remarked that Guiness is the ice cream of beer, and if that’s the case, then Dublin Dragon is certainly the sorbet. While the most unique thing about this beer may be its name, it still passes for a refreshing Irish Stout. Satisfying to the last drop.

Don’t forget to join us for the South Philly Pub Crawl! (More info. in the previous posts!)

And since we’re reviewing a French-Canadian beer and an Irish Stout, we thought this clip might be appropriate. After all, nobody makes a point like the masters, or Monty Python, that is:

For Those of You Joining Us for the Pub Crawl on Dec. 13th…

Posted in event, Unofficial News on December 8, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

We realize that some of you may not know Rachel Riot OR Kunoichi Erica by sight, so if you’re meeting us at Pope Bar, look for the redheaded pin-up girl or the black-haired ninja wannabe handing out the nametags.

Or simply follow your noses to the smell of alcoholism…

Changes to South Philly Pub Crawl!

Posted in event, Unofficial News on December 2, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

For those of you hip cats who have decided to join us on December the 13th, our new meeting-place for the Philadelphia ExBEERiment South Philly Pub Crawl will be at the Pub on Passyunk East, still at 7 pm.

Plus, Rachel Riot and her awe-inspiring entrepreneurial skills have scored us a whole keg-load of specials for the bars along the crawl.  And as we all know, the holiday season is all about sales–so come with us and save some money on a Saturday night!