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Abandon All Hope Ye Who DON’T Enter Here

Posted in bar hopping with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2009 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

(note: this post features sarcastic/”corny” word play.  Feel free to insert a punchline joke drum roll at the end of these sentences.)

The corner of 11th and Ellsworth was rarely populated a few years ago. Even with the typical Italian restaurant monumentally sitting on the corner, no one was ever around.

That is until Lucifer decided to move in.

Devil’s Den is a blissful watering hole filled with plenty of warmth for these cold winter months. Shades of reds and dark browns cover the interior as if the room was a part of Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death”. Red bricked walls separate the dining area from the bar, while the fireplace sits in the center of the den, creating a feeling that you might turn around and see a guy with a pitchfork and horns shoveling logs into the fire.

Beyond the interior the food and beer selection is to die for. The beer list is the baby brother of beer menus from places like Monks and Eulogy. Devil’s Den features 16 craft beers on tap that are constantly in rotation, pages of bottled beer, and three types of beer flights…and all at reasonable non-Center City prices.

If you’re interested in getting some dinner you won’t be disappointed. The food is just as sinful as the beer menu. Featured are mussels and clams; cooked and seasoned in five different styles. There are also plenty of salad, sandwich, and appetizer choices. Some of the items on the list are even cooked in beer! Franziskaner mussels, Hennepin Chicken sandwich, and Arrogant Bastard Cheese Fries- the sound of them alone should make any beer lover’s mouth water. Friendly and knowledgeable waiters and bartenders complete your devilish experience.

Hello Devil’s Den.  Pleased to meet you.  Hope everyone knows your name.

Continue your descent into Devils Den


The Bride of Franziskaner Meets the Pumpkin King

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

Even a man who is pure of heart and says his prayers by night, may become a drunk when the hop plant blooms and the autumn moon is bright.”

–Claude Rains in The Wolfman, paraphrased by Kunoichi Erica

Your Ladies of Liquor would like to wish you a beer-soaked and bone-chilling Halloween weekend. As you stalk the streets bedecked in all your undead finery, we urge you to drink your beer with the same relish that the Count himself drinks blood.

Now we would like to present you, in Abbot and Costello fashion, several beer “monsters” in the same film…er…post.

Oh yeah, and we tried to get Vincent Price to narrate, but he’s too busy partying upstairs…

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier

Hefeweizen/5.0% ABV

Franziskaner Weissbier is older than Frankenstein’s monster, as it taps into Bavarian brewing traditions from as far back as 1363.

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rachel-riot-thumbnail1Rachel Riot: Hefeweizen has been one of my favorite beers for awhile. Sweet and light; it’s perfect for fall nights but also easily enjoyable while you’re sweating in a crowded bar during the winter months. It’s sweetness and cloudy pale orange coloring reminds me of a freshly picked nectar. This is a beer that Persephone would drink and Hades wouldn’t even have to trick her! I know many a gal who drinks Hefeweizen (which can be found at most well stocked bars but appears on tap right now at Misconduct Tavern and The Khyber). And guys, don’t shun this beer, try it! You might be delightfully (and confusingly) surprised!

Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale

ABV 5.5% Pumpkin Ale

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. is yet another brewery with roots in Bavaria.

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Kunoichi Erica: Now, I am NOT usually a fan of commercial beer, but as I had to visit Chickie and Pete’s at least once out of respect for the Phillies (and might I add a very loud and enthusiastic huzzah to the new World Series Champs!), I found myself pleasantly surprised by this feature on their beer menu. As it was brought to the table, immediately the scent of cool apple cider hit my olfactory. The color of burnished gold, its rich texture is far more pleasing than the sickeningly sweet pumpkin flavor of the Avery Kaiser Oktoberfest. In fact, its taste is so distinct, it sticks with you even through those tons of crab fries you’re forced to gobble every time you hit the sports bar. Two zombie thumbs up.

And for all you werewolves out there, beware the moon:

Blue Moon

5.4% ABV

Blue Moon Brewing Company is respectfully buried in “The Sandlot” of Denver, Colorado.

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Philly Lush: Ah, Blue Moon, the beer my father makes fun of me for liking. I started drinking it because it reminded me of my guilty pleasure: Czech beer.

But I digress.

Blue Moon has a lighter taste than most beers. When ordered in bars, its often served with an orange slice, which gives it a slightly fruity flavor.

I like Blue Moon because, unlike a lot of beers, it doesn’t leave me with the sensation of “oh man, I just drank beer and now my stomach feels heavy.” Instead, Blue Moon is refreshing and doesn’t leave one feeling bloated. It’s not a hoppy drink either. It’s a light summer beer.

Drinking Blue Moon gives one the sensation of drinking a refreshing beverage, while sitting on a deck watching the sun set in the summer time over a field of grass and trees, while a breeze blows in from beside you. There is a slight aftertaste to remind you that yes, you are drinking alcohol, and yes, you can get drunk, but that is it.


Now, one last bit of advice before you leave your crypts for the night. Remember, as you hop from pub to pub, ALWAYS listen to the crazy villagers:

Clip from An American Werewolf in London