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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pour the Core: Part Quatre

As many of you know, Pour the Core 2016 was yesterday. This is their 4th year, and also my 4th year attending. It's been a real joy watching this event grow year after year from its humble beginnings - each year taking criticism and applying it to the next event. 

Pour the Core with special guest:
This Drunk Dude
This year, thanks to the generosity of Yelp, I was gifted two tickets to attend the event. Since my partner in booze was out of town for the weekend, I headed to the festival on an absolutely pristine 67 degree day with my husband, also known as This Drunk Dude, in tow.

This was probably the most spread out installment of Pour the Core yet. There were 3 main tents, and several other single tents featuring some of the heavier hitters in the industry. While I liked the smart use of the sprawling parade grounds at the beautiful Navy Yard, I felt like there was less actual cider to sample than last year. This made the lines excruciatingly long during the peak hours. Several event goers spoke about this to me as well, saying they were growing tired of standing in long lines in the the hot sun as some of the lines were not sheltered under tents. I can, however, say that Starfish Junction must be doing something right, because each year their attendance grows and grows. I think adding more cider vendors in the future will level this out and create a fantastic experience for everyone.

As far as actual ciders, there were some real winners. Sure, the big boys like Woodchuck, Magners, and Strongbow (thanks for serving your cider with ice by the way!) were there, but we are always interested in the smaller up and comers.
Strongbow had their own tent
complete with a DJ!
This year, the big new trend seemed to be dry-hopped hard ciders. On paper, it seems like a great idea to add floral and herbaceous notes to such a sweet base. Sadly, almost all of the ones we sampled failed miserably. There was exactly ONE that was actually delicious and very drinkable, and that was the Dry-Hopped Cider from Jack's Hard Cider. It was a perfect balance of sweet and crisp with light floral notes that was absolutely perfect for a warm fall afternoon such as this one. It was one of the big winners of the day.

Rebel Seed Cidery is putting out some
great products!
Another Cidery we adored was Rebel Seed Cidery, a Delaware-based up and comer with a great story that we should all keep an eye on. Their flagship First Anthem cider was perfectly balanced and not too sweet, and we went back for several samples. Their cider is currently only available at Mac's Tavern in Olde City, but I have a feeling they will be expanding their footprint sooner rather than later. They also get points for being among the nicest people we encountered at the event, and I think that definitely counts for something.

The biggest surprise of the day came from The DeCider by The Vineyard at Hershey. Their Presidential Peanut Butter sounded like it'd be a total flop, but ended up being one of the best of the day. At the initial pour, the nose was all peanut butter - but not the sugary, Reese's-type flavor I was expecting. No, this tasted like spreading a $10 per jar artisanal peanut butter on a freshly-picked Golden Delicious right there in the middle of the goddamn orchard. It was surprisingly perfect, and I'll be keeping an eye out for this one in my travels for sure.

All in all, I think this event is really helping the hard cider market take off. The growing popularity and taste for innovation shows in each installment of this great event, and I know that next year will be the best one yet.

Stay drunk, bitches!

Sunday, September 11, 2016


            Fifty-one stories above the bustling streets of Philadelphia there exists a photographer’s paradise, and its name is SkyGarten. Sister establishment to Brauhaus Schmitz and winner of Philly Mag’s award for Best New Beer Garden, SkyGarten is a bar that boasts delicious cocktails, large tables for all your friends to gather, and panoramic views of our beloved city. I know what you’re thinking – intoxicated products of the selfie generation trying to get the best shot at a height that makes tractor trailers look like ants sounds like a recipe for disaster, but never fear! Sturdy drink rails, well-placed chains, and high walls ensure that all patrons can safely enjoy the alcohol and the photo op.

            From the moment you step out of the elevator you will find it impossible to deny that Doug Hager has delivered a real gem of an establishment, along with help from General Manager Michelle Curtis, Chef Jeremy Nolen making magic in the kitchen, and beverage program head Jesse Cornell behind the bar. East and West balconies deliver the best of both views while you eat, drink, and mingle with other folks who have no fear of heights.

Don’t just take it from me, grab some friends and make the ascent to one of the world’s highest beer gardens! In fact, getting any higher requires a trip to Germany or Tokyo. SkyGarten is extending into the fall, with a new Happy Hour starting in October from 5-7pm featuring $3 Craft Cans, $4 German Drafts, $5 wines, and a $6 featured cocktail. Did I mention their cocktails are delicious? I also highly recommend the potato pancakes, and of course the pretzel bites - a Philly classic.

            One of the many reasons Philadelphians take such pride in this beautiful city is its long and illustrious history. You will find SkyGarten in the stately former Bell Atlantic Building, now Three Logan Square, at 1717 Arch Street. Oh, and do yourself a favor and bring your camera. At the very least make sure to clear some room in your cell phone's memory. I took 314 pictures in two hours. That might be a record even for me.

Stay Drunk, Bitches!

-Gina, aka This Drunk Photographer

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

La Dolce Vita at Capofitto Pizza + Gelato

Source: Capofitto's Facebook Page
Looking to live the sweet life? Capofitto Pizza + Gelato has a great start for you! Their new summer menu has arrived, and so has a pretty wonderful late night Pizzata "happy hour". Monday and Tuesday from 8 - 10pm stop into the Old City establishment for two artisan pizza pies for only $10. Feed your pizza cravings and sip on some lovely beverages (because they've got a bar, they know you want booze, silly) and have yourself a pizza party. 

Don't feel limited to just Pizza, they've got some really refreshing additions to the menu for the summer season, try out the local Zucchini Salad, a Caprese salad for 2 or throw caution to wind and feed your craving with a beautiful cheese plate. Then of course cool down with some gelato because it's all there in one place. Mmmmmm gelato is everything summer is supposed to taste like. 

I was lucky enough to join Stephanie and other media friends for a preview of the menu and I'll tell you, it's where you want to be. 

Capofitto is located at 223 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Pa 19106 and you can find them all over the web for mouth watering photos and posts. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Trestle Inn's 4th Annual Bourbon Battle

This is an event you bourbon drinking animal lovers are simply not allowed to miss! The battle begins Wednesday March 23rd, at 6pm through 9pm at The Trestle Inn - 11th and Callowhill.

The 4th Annual bourbon battle, hosted by The Trestle Inn and sponsored by Woodford Reserve with proceeds benefiting ACCT Philly Pet Food Pantry is always a great time! Cast your vote for the best cocktail and feel really good knowing that $25 of your ticket price is directly helping those in need feed their furry loves.

This year our contenders are:

They've got two new locations participating in the battle this year, and having dined and drank at both I'm really excited to see what they bring. Side note: there are these spinach chips at Charlie was a sinner that are so fucking good I've been dreaming of them since I had them two weeks ago. Mmmmmm so good, so so good. 

Alright the nitty gritty: the tickets aren't going to break your bank, if you buy them ahead of time you're only spending $35 and if you wait until you show up, you're paying $40. I always encourage people to buy tickets in advance, events like this do have limited space and you might be beat if you walk to the Eraserhood thinking you're going to sip your beverages and watch some Go Go without having a purchased a ticket in advance. What your ticket includes - first and foremost it includes Tara and I in attendance which means DRUNK BITCHES! you're also going to get to try all 4 cocktails so you can vote for the winner, complimentary Hors D'oerveres (please note that if you have time to grab a snack before, you may want to, they aren't providing you with dinner), a silent auction and raffle prizes and Go Go dancing! 

This event is such fun every year - and there's hope that we won't be assaulted with too much fucking citrus (I won't name names but JS you know who you are, BACK AWAY FROM THE DAMNED CITRUS.).

We'll see you at the Trestle! Stay drunk, Bitches! 

Friday, March 4, 2016

A fond farewell to BOAKS beer

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that New Jersey-based BOAKS beer will be closing up their operations for good by the summer.

The pretzel necklace has jerky on it!
There aren't many details as to why this happened, but we are deeply saddened to hear this news. We'd met Brian on several occasions at various beer events and always really appreciated his enthusiasm about his beer. Brian also introduced me to the beauty that is the PRETZEL AND JERKY necklace! The man is pure genius. 

BOAKS beer always knew how to rock a beer festival. Their times releases always ensured they had the longest line every single time. They've never been afraid to be adventurous with creations like Flamethrower, a Belgian Brown Ale with notes of spice and chocolate. They have gotten us VERY drunk on more than one occasion with their Monster Mash, an intensely flavored Russian Imperial Stout with roasty, fruity, chocolatey notes that too an almost too perfect job at masking the 10% alcohol content. They introduced us to Wooden Beanie - Two Blind Monks beer aged in Jack Daniels barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans - which is still one of my favorite beers ever - even Sue (who we all know hates beer) LOVES it!

There is some good news, though. You will still have a few chances to sample their delicious brews before they close up shop. Stop by and see them, and be sure to wish them well.

March 5th Philly Craft Beer Festival at The Navy Yard - THIS WEEKEND!
April 8th & 9th AC Beerfest Atlantic City Convention Center
April 21st Grey Lodge Pub Northeast Philly (a not to miss event)
May 14th Mt Hope Beerfest Renaissance Festival Grounds Manheim PA
June 4th Philly Great Beer Expo (Last planned festival at the moment, should be crazy)

Stay drunk, bitches!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Brewer's Plate is almost here!!
It's the most wonderful time of the year, no not Christmas, Brewer's Plate season!

The Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center has long been heralded as one of the best (if not THE best) events in Philadelphia. Now in their 12th year and still in their home at the Kimmel Center, the beer-and-food pairing event of the year is pulling out all the stops to make this a night to remember.

This year, they added the VIP Plus ticketing option (which has been long sold out - but there were only 150 available). This gives ticket holders ultra exclusive access to an event within an event in the Hamilton Garden above the Perelman Theater, where Victory and Allagash Brewing will collaborate with chefs from The Garces Group to create some out of this world pairings, and then a winner will be chosen by the attendees! We can only hope that this will be a successful pre-event so that we can look our for it next year.

Photo Credit: Donna Conner, Sean Fitzgerald, and Stephen Lyford
BUT, all hope is not lost, bitches! There is still the regular VIP hour that you should definitely take advantage of! Not only do you get a WHOLE EXTRA HOUR to sample all of the deliciousness, but there are always extra goodies reserved only for the VIPs, and you get a super fancy Brewer's Plate Tasting Glass. Last year, it included some great cocktails mixed up by the folks at Drink Philly, and some exclusive brews that the general admission folks didn't have an opportunity to sample.

However, let's face it - even if you don't have the cash to spring for the VIP, you will have a fantastic time with a General Admission ticket as well. Let's not forget, with the help of Rolling Barrel Events, this event celebrates Fair Food, a wonderful non-profit "dedicated to bringing healthy local food to the marketplace and promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture system for the region." They help farmers stay in business and they help you to have access to fresh, local food. So help them out by attending their kick ass event!

The VIP plus hour starts at 4:30pm, regular VIP ($99) starts at 5:30pm, and General Admission ($64) starts at 6:30pm. The event ends at 9:30pm. Purchase your tickets here.

If you still aren't sure if you should attend, just take a look at this fucking participant list!

2nd Story Brewing Co.
Alla Spina
Bainbridge Street Barrelhouse
Bar Ferdinand
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery
Birchrun Hills Farm
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse
Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen
Cherry Grove Farm
City Tap House
Devil's Den
The Farm at Doe Run
Éclat Chocolate
El Camino Real
Epic Pickles
Fair Food Farmstand
Food Underground
Good Dog
Good Spoon Soups
Guerrilla Ultima
High Street on Market
London Grill
McCrossen's Tavern
Misconduct Tavern
Mugshots Coffeehouse
Night Kitchen Bakery
Revolution Taco
South Philadelphia Tap Room
Tap Room on 19th
The Belgian Cafe
The Industry
Urban Farmer
Varga Bar
Vegan Commisary
Victory Brewing Co.
Weckerly’s Ice Cream
Whetstone Tavern
Wild Flour Bakery

2SP Brewing Co.
2nd Story Brewing Co.
Allagash Brewing Co.
Angry Orchard
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery
Bluebird Distilling
Brooklyn Brewery
Cape May Brewing Co.
Conshohocken Brewery Co.
Dock Street Brewing Co.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Evil Genius Beer Co.
Evolution Brewing Co.
Flying Fish Brewing Co.
Forest & Main Brewing Co.
Frecon's Cidery
Free Will Brewing Co.
Iron HIll Brewery
Lancaster Brewing Co.
Manatawny Still Works
McKenzie Brew House
Naked Brewing Co.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.
Nodding Head Brewery 
Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Philadelphia Distilling
River Horse Brewing Co.
Round Guys Brewing Co.
Saint Benjamin Brewing Co.
Sam Adams
Saucony Creek Brewing Co.
ShawneeCraft Brewing Co.
Sly Fox Brewing Co.
SØLE Artisan Ales
Spirit Forward
Stone & Key Cellars
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Subarashii Kudamono
Susquehanna Brewing Co.
The Other Farm Brewing Co.
Three Springs Fruit Farm
Tröegs Independent Brewing
Vault Brewing Co.
Victory Brewing Co.
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Wyndridge Farm Brewing
Yards Brewing Co.

So hurry up and buy your tickets, and we'll see you there!

Stay drunk, bitches!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Award Winning Philly Craft Beer Fest returns to the Navy Yard on March 5th!

That's right, bitches. One of our favorite festivals is celebrating their 10th anniversary, and they're celebrating big. With selections from over 75 breweries and an impressive lineup of food trucks, it looks Starfish Junction and are putting together another event to remember.
Once again, they will be having their famous VIP session. This gives festival goers an hour all to themselves before general admission starts, as well as access to an exclusive selection of beers that will only be available during the VIP hour, including one of your last chances to sample BOAKS Monster Mash before they close up shop for good (We'll tell you all about that another time). I have talked about VIP hours at these festivals before, and I really can't reiterate enough how very worth it this is. There are no lines, you have so much more time to talk to the brewers and reps, and you get to try a whole assortment of beers that won't be available to everyone else! Seriously, don't be a cheapskate and get the damn VIP ticket. You can thank me later.

Since we all need to eat, you'll be able to purchase your noms from several trucks including Wahlburgers, the Cow and the Curd, Kono Pizza, Nick’s Roast Beef, Oink & Moo BBQ, and Foolish Waffles. Look forward to even more trucks to be announced as we get closer to the event.

I'd also like to remind you all that this wonderful event isn't all fun and games. For the 10th year in a row, the festival will benefit the local Committee to Benefit Children (C.B.C.). Representatives from the C.B.C. will be on-site to raise money to fund treatment, care and family support resources for area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. Starfish Junction has donated over $80,000 to date to this charity thanks to Drunk Bitches like yourselves.

As always, the event will be held outside under tents, rain or shine (or snow), so dress appropriately. Also, Drunk Bitches don't drink and drive, so please take a cab or ride SEPTA to the event. Complimentary shuttle bus service will be provided to the festival from Broad & Pattison Station starting at 11 a.m.

VIP admission starts at 12:30, General Admission is at 1:30, and the event ends at 5. Hurry up and purchase your tickets here because this event will sell out soon!

Stay drunk, bitches!