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Better Late Than Never

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Dear Readers,

We apologize for what seems to be a summertime hiatus.  We have our reasons for not being able to fill your mind with reviews, events, and interviews for the past few weeks but we will not take this time to drop a bunch of excuses on you.  Shame on us for not updating as often as we would have liked.

That being said, we are returning next week and will once again provide you with what we refer to as “beer necessities”.  We are also in the midst of planning some great ExBEERiment events for the fall and winter!  So please, stayed tuned.

Thanks again!

The Ladies of PE

P.S. We can neither confirm nor deny the rumors that we have been busy over the last few months traveling through time, trapped in a battle between elemental forces of good and evil:

Clip from Time Bandits (1981), Terry Gilliam

Rock Is in the Air

Posted in event with tags , , , on May 29, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Before the man convinced you to spend your hard-earned money on video games, there was a time when imagination was all you needed to express your inner rock ‘n roll god.

This weekend, go back to basics and rock out at the US Air Guitar Championships!  The event takes place this Saturday, May 30th at the Khyber.  It starts at 9 pm, $15 at the door.  So strap on your best imaginary Fender, and go out and root for your favorite wind shredder.

And remember, NEVER practice your air instruments while driving:

Clip from Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

Cause YOU Can Help By Drinking AND Rocking!

Posted in event with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

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Doc Watson’s Pub is located at 216 S 11th St (between Locust and Walnut Sts.)

Drink Specials include $2 Bud Light drafts and PBR cans, $3 drafts, $4 wines, and $5 well mixed drinks.

Philly Weekly Street Team will be there doing their thing!

Hope to see you there!

Picture Perfect: Philly Beer Week 2009

Posted in event with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

The kegs are tapped, the brewers have gone home, and the events are now just a memory of a successful Philly Beer Week 2009. While you mourn the loss of a good reason to drink everyday, we hope you remember all the good times you had, the people you met, and the good beer you tried.

But let’s face it. Some of you might have partied too hard and can’t seem to remember where you left your hat (it was on the South Philly Beer Bus), who you “accidentally” fondled, and what bar you face-planted in front of.

That’s what we’re here for.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Ladies of  PE are proud to present pictures from our favorite beer week moments. We hope you enjoy!

PCBF 3/7/2009

Philly Craft Beer Festival at the Naval Yard


ROCKBAND @ POPE 3/8/2009

RockBand night at the POPE


PAWS @ Bishops Collar 3/11/2009

PAWS at the Bishop’s Collar


LeftHand Lumberjack night @ SPTR 3/12/2009

LeftHand Lumberjack night at SPTR

View all pictures from Philly Beer Week 2009

We Now Present You with the Button that Says “Don’t Push”

Posted in event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Come on.  Push it.  You know you want to…

Our sister blog Philly Lush, in a fit of spring fever and late-night delirium, has been taken over by March Madness.  All throughout this month, she will be holding a contest among the best things that Philadelphia has to offer.  Featuring smackdowns between Ben Franklin and the Philly Phanatic, and cutthroat competitions highlighting ancient rivalries that could shake the city to its core (okay, maybe we exaggerate a little).  And it’s your vote that gets to crown the king of the city!

So make like the March Hare, and hop to it:

Philly Lush March Madness

And just to remind you how great Philadelphia is, here’s a clip from one of the funniest films ever made, shot right here in the finest city there is.  It doesn’t get much better than Eighties’ Eddie Murphy:

Clip from Trading Places (1983)

Our Recommendations to Keep Your Beer Week a Happy One

Posted in Beer, event with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Everybody drinks on the weekends, but for Philly Beer Week, we’ve decided to list some of the better events going on during the week.  So come out with us and celebrate better beer!

MONDAY

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For all you hip cats and artists who jive with Apollo, lord of the Muses, be sure to check out the following event at one of the coolest bars in South Philly.

Gonzo Art of Drinking with Flying Dog   7:00 PM
P.O.P.E.
1501 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, Pa

TUESDAY

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For the wannabe schnobs, put on your drinking…er…thinking caps and learn some big words to impress your wine-loving friends.

Deconstructing Beer: Beer-tasting seminar. Intro to Beer Flavor & Appreciation with Noted Beer Author Randy Mosher

8:00 PM

Dock Street Brewery
701 50th Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19143

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Make Sawyer proud and spot the con-artists from the truthful tale-tellers.  Bring your friends!

Beer Balderdash

9:00 PM

Standard Tap
901 N. Second St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19123

WEDNESDAY

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For the dogs:

Wrap your PAWS around a doggone good beer

5:00 PM

St. Stephen’s Green
1701 Green Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19130

And at

The Bishop’s Collar
2349 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, Pa 19130

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Bad memories of buses from your childhood trips to school?  Improve them with this crawl-on-wheels!

South Philly Beer Bus Tour

6:00 PM

6 Bars South of South St.
South Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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Vould you like a pint wit da pretty misses in dere lederhosen?  Then this event is the one for you!

Prost! Bohemian Night with German-Atttired Girls .

7:00 PM

For Pete’s Sake Pub
900 S Front St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19147

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And if you’re not into German, there’s always a wee bit of fun going on elsewhere…

Live Irish Music – Irish Fare – and craft beer specials

9:00 PM

Cherry Street Tavern
129 N 22nd St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19103

THURSDAY

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Jazzing it:

Sax and the City II

5:00 PM

Grace Tavern
2229 Grays Ferry Ave
Philadelphia, Pa 19146

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2+2=4 beers!

Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition at Manayunk Brewpub

7:00 PM

Philly Beer Geek
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19127

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Oh, lumberjacks.  They always bring up fuzzy memories of singing Brits in high heels, paper towels, and childhood tales of Paul Bunyan.  Maybe even that strange movie where Patrick Swayze rides around the wild west on a tornado.  Into rugged, outdoorsy stuff?  Then hit up this event!  You may even spot Miss Riot running around in a flannel shirt.  (Patrick Swayze not included.)

Left Hand Lumberjack Night

8:00 PM

South Philly Tap Room
1509 Mifflin St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19145

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Got a thing for short guys?  Well, we can’t guarantee it, but you may be able to spot a leprechaun or two at this event.  You may even spot Kunoichi Erica ditching her traditional black ninja garb for more festive greenery.

Hook and Ladder St. Paddy’s Warm Up

7:00 PM

Bridgid’s Bar and Restaurant

726 N. 24th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130

FRIDAY

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Oi vey!  An event with beer and traditional Shabbat’s fare?  Discuss!

Yo/Oy He’brew Beer & Shabbos Dinner

5:00 PM

The Sidecar Bar & Grille
2201 Christian St.
Philadelphia, Pa 19146

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Let’s crawl some more!

Fairmount Pub Crawl with Magic Hat

7:00 PM

The pubs of Fairmount
Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Meet Kunoichi Erica’s god: Fergal Murray

Guinness Boot Camp with Brewmaster Fergal Murray

5:00 PM

Tir Na Nog

1600 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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And don’t forget to check out as many meet-the-brewer and giveaway events you possibly can!

Q and A: Quenching Curiosity and Answering to Alcohol

Posted in Beer, event, Unofficial News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment
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Raising a toast to the wide array of sophisticated suds in South Philly.

In the spirit of exBEERimentation that pervades the streets of Philadelphia during the days leading up to Beer Week, the Ladies of PE have scoured the beer community in search of interesting personalities to regale you with their yeasty yarns.  The first interview to appear in this sudsy series features Adam Ritter, owner of the Sidecar Bar & Grille and participant in Beer Week’s South Philly Short Bus.

As natives of South Philadelphia ourselves, we can’t help but raise a glass in salute to his community pride!

We only wish we could let you share in the amazing music that was playing in the background.  Nothing pumps an interview up more than a large helping of T-Rex and The Kinks.

rachel-riot-thumbnail2Rachel Riot: What was the inspiration behind the short bus?

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adam-ritter-thumbnailAdam Ritter:  More than anything, we wanted to highlight what’s actually going on in South Philly. We feel as though outside of the city center, going into South Philly a little bit there’s some exciting stuff going on; there’s exciting bars. The events themselves are second to none. We’ve been lucky enough to basically form an interesting association, guild, whatever you want to call it, amongst the different bars here in South Philadelphia, that we’re excited about. We want to showcase what’s going on here, and I figured the best way to do that is to take some of the people right to the bars and make it happen for them. Almost give them no choice.

And listen, it’s a great deal. It’s free, and it continues in its own circle for about 9-10 hours. It actually goes from 4 [pm] to 1 in the morning on three different nights during Beer Week. It [starts on] the first Saturday, which sandwiches the Wednesday, and of course ends on the second Saturday. And we all have fun events, good events going on. And we really teamed up to advertise it well and promote it well in general. And we’re all real excited about it here in South Philly. Anything south of South [Street] that takes beer seriously.


rachel-riot-thumbnail3Rachel Riot: How do you feel that South Philly bars compare to bars in other areas of the city?

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adam-ritter-thumbnail1Adam Ritter:  Just to piggyback what I was saying earlier…I feel as though what we’re doing here in South Philly is second to none. That may be prejudiced, because we’re here in South Philly: we’re proud of what we do more than anything. There’s interesting bars all around this town, but I think there’s a great collection right here within a ten block radius.And we all take what we do so very seriously; and I feel as if we all take beer very seriously. And we’re just trying to take beer, make it fun and mature—combine the two together. And we’re not necessarily doing this for the St. Patty’s Day feel. We’re looking to do this for people who want to check out some good stuff outside of the traditional, typical places in the city’s center.


kunoichi-erica-thumbnail-32Kunoichi Erica: Do you hope for the short bus to accomplish anything besides getting drunk people from point a to point b during the festivities?

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adam-ritter-thumbnail3Adam Ritter:  Oh yeah, of course, more than anything. There’s a lot of savvy folks that are drinking high-end, high-gravity suds right now…I’m going to take myself out of it as a bar owner and say very specifically: if I saw something like this, and I enjoyed good beer, this would be the greatest thing ever. You get to encompass six respective bars all within one evening, or even in three evenings. If you want to drink American-made, Belgian-style beer here at the beginning of the trip, you know that there’s something from Michigan going on at the other end of the street and something from California going on at another bar…You’re essentially going around the beer world in a trip that’s going to take you about an hour and a half to get you all the way around.

Is there going to be some drunkenness going on? I imagine there is. That’s what I was saying before: it’s not like we’re just trying to cart people around to do a bunch of Irish Car Bombs and stuff like that. These are people that are sophisticated, that want to drink something that they typically can’t get their hands on: maybe some one-off stuff, real specialized stuff that’s coming in, that we’ve been working on for a while, each and every one of us. And then also concepts to build around that….

I know Grace [Tavern], for instance, is doing an event with Sam Adams—a chocolate and cheese beer event…On a Friday night we’re bringing Hebrew beer in from Shmaltz Brewery, and my mom’s making traditional Jewish food to match up with what’s basically Shabbat’s Dinner with Hebrew beer….When I first heard about that brewery, I thought it was really cute to piggyback it with the Hebrew thing: and it turned out to be really delicious beer. It’s not just cute; it actually is good beer—it stands on its own. Therefore we came up with the concept to have the Shabbat’s Dinner and I’m going to play Klezmer music from New Orleans to match it, and maybe throw some Neil Diamond in there as well….

You can tell through the Philly Beer Week website, we’ve all got great stuff going on [in South Philly]. For Pete’s Sake has great things going on. Philly Taproom brought beer in that they’re giving away—the New Glarus product. They had a shipment and they’re giving it away, just because it’s that interesting of a beer, that they’re able to do that. I know the Devil’s Den has some really great events as well with the Bell’s people, Founder’s as well. I feel that we’ve got some really well-thought-out concepts going on here. These are beer concepts. It’s not just about carting drunk people around. It’s about saying, “Let’s taste beer for what it is. Let’s appreciate it for what it is. And let’s have a whole lot of fun with it, in a slightly immature, but mature, way.”


kunoichi-erica-thumbnail-31Kunoichi Erica: If you could equate one beer with President Obama, what would it be, and why?

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adam-ritter-thumbnail4Adam Ritter:  Well, I don’t know if I would equate it personally, but Ommegang came out with a beer called Obamagang. So we’re going to do an entire Belgian evening with Ommegang. They’re from Cooperstown, NY, and they do Belgian-style, American-made beer. So we’re gonna do an “Are You Experienced?” night—meaning Belgian food and beer…They did a one-off package in favor of the president—a Chocolate Cherry Stout, that we’re going to have a sixtel of for that event. You’re not going to be able to ever get that beer again. So…we have this particular beer, that there’s probably four sixtels of in the entire state right now. That’s just an example of the uniqueness of some of these events. But, to go back, that’s probably the one that I would equate with him, because it’s named and brewed for him.*

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*PE Writers’ Note: Since the time of this interview, we’ve learned that the feds have put a stop to the name of Ommegang’s new beer. It will now be officially called “Inauguration Ale 2009.” Imbibe more here: Examiner.com