Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pour the Core: Part Deux



This past Saturday was the second installment of the Pour the Core hard cider fest. This Drunk Bitch attended last year's inaugural event, which was less than perfect.This Drunk Dude and I attended this year, and I'm thrilled to say that Starfish Junctions seems to have listened to the people and they put together a much improved event this year.

To start off, the sampling was spread out into 3 main tents in addition to a dedicated tent for Woodchuck products- a monumental improvement to the overcrowded one-tent event last year. Also like last year, it was a hot ass day, so it was nice to see the food trucks lined up in the shade. I myself started the afternoon with a delicious veggie sandwich on an authentic pretzel bun from Fresh Phood. It was definitely the perfect base for all of the Drunk Bitchery that was about to happen.


There were a ton of new ciders this year, way more than last year. I was really into some of the more unique ones, like Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie. It was a delicious French cider that was very crisp and dry, just like I like my cider. The sweet ones in my opinion tasted too much like juice, and they just make me feel like an alcoholic child, which no one likes. I also went back several times for the Elderberry Cider by Original Sin. It was very balanced and unique, and again not too sweet.

I honestly am usually not a hard cider fan, but Pour the Core has really opened my eyes to the diversity of hard ciders. I definitely recommend stepping out of the Angry Orchard box and trying some of these new, local and delicious ciders. I doubt you will be disappointed. 

What's your favorite hard cider? Let me know in the comments. I'm definitely looking for new ones to try.

Stay drunk, bitches!

Monday, September 29, 2014

IT'S THE FUCKING PENNSYLVANIA BACON FESTIVAL!


I love booze and a close second to my boozy love is my love for sweet little strips of pork candy also known as bacon. Mmmmm bacon. If you're a bacon lover like we are, The Pennsylvania Bacon Festival is an event you're not going to want to miss out on!

On October 4th, 2014 join us and over 40,000 samples of bacon at XFINITY Live! 

Now you might recall we were talking about this event in March, but sadly the previous venue wasn't going to be able to accommodate and so the event planners pushed it back and found a new venue. I have to say I was bummed that it was postponed, but I'm pretty damned happy they had the balls and the foresight to realize that the event wasn't going to be what they wanted and that they made the decision to make sure it wouldn't disappoint. As our regular readers might know, it's a big mistake to push forward with an event in a venue that isn't accommodating, *COUGH COUGH WHISKEY REBELLION COUGH COUGH* Now I'm excited all over again. 

Just a heads up we're less then a week away! Don't hesitate buy your tickets today for this inaugural event. 

There will be cocktail demonstrations, bacon sampling, cooking and full services bar (because bitches need a drink!) and more! Oh yea, be sure to look for a special demonstration by Chef Brain Duffy.

Be sure to keep up with The Pennsylvania Bacon Festival by liking them on Facebook. They post regularly and are good for a laugh too! 

Will we be seeing you at The Pennsylvania Bacon Festival? The correct answer here is yes. 

Stay drunk, bitches! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beer, boats, bitches and booty.


Let's start off with a bit of advice, don't wear dresses on battleships unless you're comfortable with everyone seeing your underpants. The Drunk Bitch team was a whole lot of wardrobe malfunction at this event and I (S) am glad I actually wore underpants, for once.

We started off our adventure lost in Camden, because we're fairly sure that some of the criminals of that fair city misdirected the signs that lead to the waterfront. Nothing says 'Happy Saturday' like a gaggle of daytime hookers hanging out at the bodega. Once we managed to get ourselves to the box office at the Battleship, we found that the instructions provided for us were not quite accurate. Not a problem, we'll figure it out.

We eventually made it to the Battleship and decided to take the complimentary tour before imbibing. The tour was extremely informative, and we had an opportunity to explore the ins and outs of this really awesome battleship (and even break a few rules- see photo). I do wish that we'd known how long the tour was, we'd have taken one of the free passes to come back another day.



The beer selection was pretty great. I was happy to see a wide variety of fall-themed beers (read: pumpkin), and a few breweries I hadn't seen before like Tuckahoe Brewing Co., who had a really great White Belguim Ale that was one of my favorites. I will say that my hands down favorite was a lovely sour brew, the Berliner Weis from Lansdale's own Round Guys Brewery. As a lover of sours (Tara), I was already sold, but I noticed a lot of other folks who typically aren't into the bitter brews also enjoying it quite a bit. Both breweries had such delicious beers and friendly reps, so we will be visiting them soon. This Drunk Field Trip anyone?  - T

I loved the Kenzo, which This Drunk Dude said is because I don't love beer. Oh well, that shit was delicious, maybe it's just because I'm from Kenzo, but who cares, all my teeth are real. - S

We'd also like to give a big congrats to our winners, Michelle Cryder (of the up and coming food blog Dish or Die) and Marek Miller. Both sent us a few words about their experience, so we thought we would share them with you:



The best part of Brew Blast was, unsurprisingly, the beer. We had an opportunity to sample from breweries we may not have discovered otherwise, and the reps were all fantastic. Unfortunately because of the tents, the ambiance of the battleship was kind of lost. It was easy to forget we were even on a boat, much less a piece of history. Due to the long length of the self guided tour we weren't able to partake but were given free vouchers for later, which I appreciated.
-Michelle Cryder, Dish or Die








We all agreed. The only real downfall of this event was that it felt really cramped. Perhaps if it were a lovely 65 degree fall day it would have felt different, but on a hot summer day, it can get very sweaty and VERY smelly. I would have liked to have seen the vendors a little more spread out, which it seemed like there was plenty of room to accomplish. Hopefully the folks in charge took notice and can remedy this for next year. 
SO MANY PEOPLE!

Our second winner, Marek, in true This Drunk Bitch fashion, was very colorful in his recanting of his experience:


                                                         This drunk bitch meets this poorly planned event. Oh, and there was beer, too.

I was fortunate enough to win 2 passes to the WMGK Brew Blast aboard the Battle Ship New Jersey from This Drunk Bitch. I am saying 'fortunate' for 2 reasons: because free passes to anything with beer makes me happy face and, also, because if it wasn't for a random click onto the TDB blog, I wouldn't have even heard of this event taking place. I am not an avid listener of WMGK, so perhaps this was an event aimed at rewarding their target audience, ....

While the venue for the event opened an opportunity for a truly memorable event, the actual execution of the event made it a memorable event for all the wrong reasons. Only utilizing a small section of the actual deck of the ship, hundreds of attendees were crammed into a few small tents with about as much space to move around as a sumo wrestler orgy in a Toyota Prius, with the temperature and odors about roughly as pleasant. Spacing out of the vendor tents would have ensured the comfort of all attendees, limited risk (because hundreds of people + beer + enclosed space = completely safe), and provided better access to the beer vendors, as they were all doubled over while sharing plastic folding tables with multiple breweries arbitrarily sharing space with others.

Now, on to the meat of this event meal: the beer! The number of beer vendors that were represented at this event was actually quite impressive. Between the big players of the craft brew industry like Troegs and Victory and the local favorites like Philadelphia Brewing Company, there was a wide array of representation and beer styles to sample from. The beer sampling itself offered quite a bit to enjoy, but could have served more purpose to be grouped together by beer style. Using a single sample glass with very few opportunities to rinse out said glass makes switching from a cider to an IPA a less than enjoyable experience. As the season is dawning upon us, the pumpkin beer sampling was not in short supply and represented by many of the breweries, much to my joy!

In summary, let's grade this event, shall we?
- Event location & timing: A (It's a battle ship... a BATTLE SHIP. I drank a red ale in front of a war helicopter)
- Event structure & planning: D (Short of turning on heaters or forcing people to walk through Human Centipede style, the comfort level at this event could not have been worse. Between the heat, the layout, the limited space, the floorplan that begged for people to take a sample and stand around to block any movement room, it was a shoddy shot in the dark that, I truly believe, marred what could have been an otherwise great event)
- Beer selection & representation: B (A great selection, overall, given the small space. I would have liked to see more 'B-side' brews represented. A lot of the bigger players showed up with fairly standard ones: Troegs Dream Weaver)

Final notes: Did my wife and I enjoy the opportunity to go? Absolutely. Does a part of me secretly hate all battle ships, as well as tents, now? Most likely. Would I have paid to attend this event, given what I know now? Absolutely not.
-Marek Miller

Bottom line, definitely look forward to Brew Blast next year. But don't wear flowy dresses and DO wear lots of deodorant!

If you were in attendance be sure to check out the photo stream from This Drunk Photographer. Gina is good at those surprise shots! 

Stay drunk, bitches!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Are you ready to Pour the Core?

Boys and girls, it's that time of year again! The leaves are starting to turn lovely shades of golden amber, people are picking pumpkins, and This Drunk Bitch is ready to get smashed on some cider. We attended last year and it did not disappoint, and we are thrilled that Starfish Junction has invited us back (See? People invite us back!) for the 2nd installment of Pour the Core



First off, the venue is fantastic. I love all of the space the Navy Yard offers, and you don't have to worry about amateurs people wandering off into the streets and getting themselves killed. This was also one of the only events we've gone to that seemed to have adequate and not entirely filthy port-o-johns, because these are things Drunk Bitches need to worry about. There's also live music, food trucks, and plenty of picnic tables to sit down and take a breather from the ridiculous amount of ciders they will have. I seriously did not know that there were that many cider brewers out there, but these are the times we live in folks.

Doors open at 12:30PM and the first pour is at 1:00PM. Tickets are still available for $40 ($10 for DD) and can be purchased here. Of course, you have to be 21 to attend and there are no pets allowed, and that includes you weirdos who are always compelled to bring your babies and dogs to festivals like these- What is that about anyway? Can someone tell me in the comments what makes people think this is okay?

So many of our readers tell us that they love beer festivals, they just hate beer. This is seriously a festival tailored to all of you. Make your pretzel necklaces and come out to enjoy the party, and if you see us in the crowd, don't be afraid to say hello! If there's anything we love, it's getting drunk with our bitches from all over the area. 



Stay drunk, bitches!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

THIS DRUNK GIVEAWAY: 2 pair of tickets to 102.9 WMGK 4th Annual MGK Brew Blast.


Hey Bitches!
You may recall we told you about an upcoming event, the 102.9 WMGK 4th Annual MGK Brew Blast in a post a few weeks ago. Well now we're excited to let you know that This Drunk Bitch has two pair of tickets to giveaway!

That's right two lucky Bitches are going to score a pair of tickets to join us on the Battleship New Jersey for the MGK Brew Blast. The event takes place on September 6th from 1-5pm, be sure you can attend if you win! If you are looking to purchase tickets to the event, they are a mere $45 a person and can be paid for by visiting the WMGK website.

We're looking forward to sipping on old favorites and maybe meeting some new brewers, with over 50 scheduled to be in attendance we certainly should!

Now enter for your chance to drink on a big boat!

Rafflecopter after the jump!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Doc Magrogan's knows how to throw a party!


This Drunk Bitch with Carlos, Doc's esteemed GM, and one of the fantastic bartenders on staff.

As you know, This Drunk Bitch attended the Lobster Bake at Doc Magrogan's this past Saturday. We enjoyed some delicious, perfectly cooked lobster rolls, lobster sliders, fried lobster raviolis, lobster mac & cheese (the solid favorite) and of course, whole lobsters with corn and potatoes.
So much food!

The food was executed really well, and the staff at Doc's really stayed on top of everything, ensuring that everyone received fresh, hot food. It was impressive that they were able to keep up with the crowd for the whole 4 hours.

There was also a great team manning the several beer taps and making sure no one was thirsty. This Drunk Bitch definitely had our share of the beers, and there was plenty to go around. I also really liked the varieties- from double IPAs to summer ales to abbey beers, we were definitely covered. Because of the weather, I stuck mostly with IPAs and this really fantastic Dogfish Head beer. Sadly I didn't catch the variety but it was very crisp, sour, and fucking delicious- a must if you're into that sort of thing, which I am. There were even some wines to choose from, including a really great Chardonnay that was perfect for the fantastic summer weather we had.

This Drunk Dance Party!



We were entertained by the one-man musical stylings of Peter Duong, who played a great variety of hits from the 80s, 90s and today. He had a big personality and took a lot of requests, which the crowd always loves. He definitely helped a great deal with getting This Drunk Dance Party started. And as you all know, ain't no dance party like a This Drunk Bitch dance party.



We were glad to be part of this event to benefit MCLEF!




We had a chance to chat with some of the members of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Organization, which benefits the children of fallen US Marines and federal law enforcement personnel. Thanks to the donations they receive, they've been able to award over $63 million in scholarships and have helped over 3,500 children. They are a fantastic charity and we were thrilled to have such a great turnout to benefit their organization.



Also, we'd like to give a big congratulations to our contest winner Jennifer Williams, who, along with her +1 Aaron, seemed to be having a fantastic time.

Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Here's the moral of the story- if you see an upcoming Doc's event (and don't worry, This Drunk Bitch will tell you), you buy tickets and you go. They know what they are doing and you are guaranteed to have a good time. If you don't believe me, check out all of the pics from the event and see for yourself!

Stay drunk, bitches!


*Disclosure - we attended the Lobster Bake compliments of Doc's but the opinions are ours and we had a damned good time.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Seriously, Fuck Diner en Blanc

Let me first say that I am not writing this out of anger. This is not a butt hurt rant from someone who was one of the thousands who were turned away because of their shitty registration system. This event is just fucking stupid.

First of all, you need to be "sponsored" by someone already involved with DEB in order to even be eligible. Then, you pay $68.50 to reserve your seats for you and your guest, because you absolutely must register in pairs. Seriously, that's mandatory. And by "reserve your seats", they mean bring your own fucking chairs. I'm not kidding. You pay $68.50 to bring your own table and chairs, and it MUST be between 28 and 32 inches. Also, the location is of course not revealed until minutes before the event, so there you are, wandering the city in all white, carrying a table, chairs and all of your food/drink, waiting to find out where you get to haul all of your shit.



I know what you're thinking- "Sure, $68.50 is a lot to pay, but surely it goes to a charity or something right?" NOPE. Your money goes right into DEB's pockets. Per their website:

Is the Diner en Blanc associated with a humanitarianism or social cause?
What makes Diner en Blanc so popular is that it's a "distinct" evening. There are no political or ideological agendas and very minimal branding. Le Diner en Blanc is simply a gathering whose sole purpose is to create a magical evening, where guests are in good company, and in an environment which is both unusual and extraordinary. On a private level, hosts can decide to support any humanitarian cause they want, but not associated directly with Diner en Blanc.

Translation: We are greedy as hell and can't be bothered with the needs and struggles of disgusting poor and/or sick people.

Another bizarre tidbit I found while perusing the FAQs portion of their site is that men and women are required to sit opposite each other, for "photogenic" reasons. How nice of them to tell you where you are allowed to sit and eat your own food at your own table in your own chairs. This is an awful lot of shit to go through just to have a couple of cool photos for your Instagram. Luckily, same sex couples are not expected to adhere to this bizarre rule, 'cause DEB is progressive like that.

Also, if you're heading to DEB, make sure you pick up a white raincoat and a transparent umbrella (it actually says that on their website) as well because in the event of rain/snow/apocalypse, your ass is still expected to be there. If you don't show, you are blacklisted from registering for future events. That's right, DEB doesn't take any shit or listen to any excuses. Your ass is banned for life, son.



So, why do people continue to participate in this asinine, outwardly pretentious event? Maybe they are pretentious themselves, maybe they feel like it'll make them sound cool at the water cooler the next day, or maybe they just want some sweet Instagram pictures of 3,500 people wearing white and holding sparklers. I don't know. But this Thursday, instead of attending DEB, I'll be in my backyard wearing whatever the fuck I want, eating hot dogs cooked on my grill at a table I didn't have to carry anywhere. And maybe I'll even spring for a $3 box of sparklers for the occasion.



Stay drunk, bitches!


Update: The cost for Diner en Blanc is $68.50 per pair, not per person, and has been corrected.