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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Trestle Inn presents The Spirit of Wednesday - Local Brewery Edition!


I'm just a whiskey gal, in a beer city, but there's some great news for you beer loving bitches! The Trestle Inn's Spirit of Wednesday is going to feature beers from local breweries for the months of July and August!

Pencil in that you're busy each Wednesday from 7-9 because you'll be trying out the following beers in July, with This Drunk Bitch:

  • July 1 - Round Guys Brewing of Lansdale, PA - Lansdale Lager 
  • July 8 - Sly Fox Beer of Phoenixville, PA - Grisette Belgian-style Ale 
  • July 15 - Dock Street Brewing Co of Philadelphia, PA - Summer in Berlin Weisse 
  • July 22 - Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co of Croydon, PA - TBA (IT'S TOP SECRET)
  • July 29 - Old Forge Brewing Co of Danville, PA - Paradise Pils
With complimentary tastings and $5 drafts from local breweries this is a beer lovers dream. See you on Wednesday! 

Stay up to date by joining The Spirit of Wednesday facebook event

Stay drunk, Bitches! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Philadelphia Distilling is moving to the waterfront!

In a press release on Thursday, Philadelphia Distilling officially announced what has been called the 'worst kept secret in Philadelphia', their new home in Fishtown! This is great news, not just for the neighborhood but for Philadelphia Distilling as well!

Recently Gina (This Drunk Photographer) and I visited their current facility, and I have to admit I was shocked by the size of the joint. With one beautiful still, and a small operation for bottling I'm even more impressed by the spirits they make.

The beautiful copper still, hand crafted and hammered by A. Forsythe & Son, of Rothes, Scotland is certainly a sight! This absolutely stunning still, and the visual centerpiece of the distillery in it's current location is key in creating Bluecoat Gin, an international award winning gin.  Also, one of my personal favorites. I'm glad I got the chance to tour the current facility and am more excited that these tours are going to be more regular in their next home along the Philadelphia waterfront. If you're a history buff, or a fan of the 'How Things Work' shows, you certainly want to get ready to get on board with the tours. 

After the presentation we were offered the chance to taste some of their spirits, they have quite the line up - Bluecoat Gin, Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin, Pennsylvania 1681 vodka, Vieux Carre absinthe, The Bay seasoned vodka and XXX Shine whiskey.
Gina found her new favorite thing, the XXX
Shine Salted Caramel, which they paired with an apple cider and had us dreaming of boozy cider in the fall.

Check out some of our photos from the distillery tour here:

We'll see all of you at their new location, we plan to be regularly drunk there.

Stay drunk, Bitches!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How awesome was the International Great Beer Expo?

Okay, so now that the Philly Beer Week hangover has subsided, let's talk about how great the International Great Beer Expo was.

First of all, I think Starfish Junction has proven they know how to throw one hell of an event. They started out by inviting us and other members of the press to a Chat 'n' Chew at 11am the day of the event. We were greeted by several food trucks (more on that later) as well as some reps from Victory Brewing, allowing us a chance to sample their new ice cream as well as get the day started with some Summer Love and Kirsch Goose. We also chatted with a rep from Sir Charles Hard Cider and had a chance to try some of their ciders. Sue was a huge fan, so they must be good ciders.

So, as I was saying, we were able to chow down early because of the generous samples provided to us by the food trucks, which was nice because when you're planning on drinking all day, you really should start with putting something delicious in your gut. I won't bore you with a food review, instead I'm going to tell you about my new favorite food truck. The Wandering Chef , who were so kind and made the most delicious god-damned dumplings I've had in some time. As the food was being set up, I saw tacos, and I'm damned sucker for a good taco, upon inspection it appeared that the taco was one of the poultry variety, which was heartbreaking. Side note from Sue: While I eat every meat in the world, I cannot eat chicken without a horrible reaction, I throw-up, because my grandmother made me go to Jesus camp where I was poisoned by chicken. Salmonella is no joke, I was very very ill and to this day eating chicken makes me vomit. Anyway, I asked Tara if they were for sure chicken and she confirmed my suspicion. Lucky for me the owner was mere feet away and began to ask if I would like them to make me a vegetarian one, did I eat pork, FUCK YES I EAT PORK, do I eat steak, I'LL
EAT THE FUCK OUT OF SOME STEAK, so they made us a steak taco with dumplings. It was perfect and I loved them for the rest of the day. Keep an eye out for them at festivals, even if the line gets long these dumplings are worth it! They love their craft and that's exceptional!

It was definitely a cool experience to walk around the festival grounds and take a peek at everything before everyone arrived, and it was agony waiting for the taps to open at 12:30 for the VIP hour. There is one thing that I want to make clear about this and just about all beer festivals: VIP HOUR IS WORTH IT. I know, I know. In a lot of cases, the VIP tickets always cost almost twice as much as general admission, and it's only an extra hour. But that is a long hour because you're not standing in any lines! I'm not even kidding - we tried almost every beer there in that hour, plus all of the "special beers" that were only available for the VIP hour. Now, of course our admission was graciously furnished to us by Starfish Junction, but I swear to you if I wasn't This Drunk Bitch and just some ol' regular bitch, I'd happily shell out the $75 for that.

This is not to say there's anything wrong with the General Admission portion of the event. There
were multiple tents to help people spread out as much as possible, as well as tables in the middle to have a seat when folks needed a break. But there were definitely long lines, especially in the beginning and especially if you wanted to try some of the more popular beers right away. I personally liked the idea of trying most of the beers and then taking my time waiting in the lines to go back for seconds or thirds (or fourths). I will report that there were definitely enough port o potties available, as they were mostly clean and the longest I had to wait was 5 minutes. They even had a hand washing station, which is much appreciated.

Speaking of beer, man did we try some good ones. The winner according to This Drunk Bitch as well as the all day line was Boaks Wooden Beanie, an Abbey Brown Ale with Madagascar vanilla beans and finished in Jack Daniels barrels. I'm really digging this new trend of barrel-finished beers, and this was spot on: Not too sweet, medium-bodied, 7% ABV and, sadly, rare as fuck. If you see this in the bar,
fucking order it. (Even the 'non-beer drinking' me, Sue, loved this beer and had several samples.)

What I loved most about this event was the vast selection. I definitely would call myself a beer aficionado, and there were several beers available that I hadn't sampled before. Every year these events from Starfish Junction get better, and that's because they listen to folks like us and other valued eventgoers. Let this be a great lesson to everyone else who ever wants to throw an event - listen to the fucking feedback! It really makes all the difference.

Remember, boys and girls, buy the VIP tickets, because they're fucking worth it. You'll thank me next time you go to a festival like this.

Stay drunk, bitches!

Craft Beer and Oysterfest at Doc Magrogans

Summer is in full swing, which means events, events and more events. Festivals, beer expos and more are abundant for the summer months in Philadelphia and it's tough to decide where to go. I have a huge suggestion, GO TO ALL OF THE EVENTS AT DOC MAGROGANS! Seriously, they throw the greatest events. They've got this beautiful back street set up that allows for such a great almost intimate feel, live music and always a generous host, general manager Carlos Castillo.

We recently attended Doc's Craft beer and Oysterfest, an event to benefit PAWS and it was as
Peaches cooling off in her VIP pool 
always, an incredible event. A sea of never ending oysters were being shucked through the entire event, beer was available on the beer deck and even some cooling pools for the ever adorable pups.

My favorite part of the event was the Oyster eating contests, because clearly, an all you can eat oyster fest isn't excessive enough. Four contestants were met with the challenge of eating 18 oysters, first one to finish took home the gold! In the end, it was a photo finish and This Drunk Bitch represented by me, Sue, and a grand fella, Tim Guss were declared the winners. After a review of the video, I have to give it to Tim, he killed it, just a second before I did.

Either way, it was great fun and I look forward to joining in the party again next year. Please take a moment to help us thank Doc Magrogans for hosting such a fantastic benefit event by donating to PAWS. For extra credit add Doc Magrogans in your personal message!

Check out This Drunk Photographer's photos from the event!

Also be sure to check out the upcoming events Doc's has in store, which are always to benefit great causes and are always well worth the price!

SUNDAY, JULY 12  |  1-5PM

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Negroni week, drink for charity.

Negroni week, brought to you by imbibe and Campari is upon us. This week long event to benefit charity's of participating bars choice, started in 2013 and has grown significantly and now includes 3530 bars, over 60 Philadelphia establishments!

I love to drink, and I love to drink for charity even more. If you find yourself looking for a beautiful classic gin based cocktail stop in to one of the places listed below and order a Negroni.

For those of you who might not know what a Negroni is, Let me enlighten you - it's a fucking delicious cocktail, composed of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. It's one of those classics that even those you who 'don't like gin' won't be able to deny. That's right, it's delicious and NOBODY CAN DENY!
You can check out the list of participating location here in Philly below.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FoDB - Friends of Drunk Bitches

This is a very special post, addressed to some very special people: Friends of Drunk Bitches. FoDB can be Drunk Bitches themselves sometimes, but when they are in the FoDB role (often also the DD role), it is their job to take care of the Drunk Bitches. As most of you are probably already aware, Drunk Bitches are not easy to take care of. Taking care of a Drunk Bitch is a little bit like babysitting a hyperactive six-year-old on stilts. Your job is to make sure that the intoxicated party is safe and in possession of all personal effects they left the house with. You must keep them from using their cell phone to commit social suicide or hooking up with an ex in the bathroom. It’s not an easy job, but it’s a very important one, and I’d like to share some tips with you that I hope will make your turn being the FoDB a whole lot easier.
First, speak softly and carry a big purse. I always carry band-aids, because Drunk Bitches are accident-prone (although after Tara’s epic drunken fall on the Fourth of July in which her knees looked as if she had been attacked by small dinosaurs, I’m thinking of upgrading to maxi pads and a roll of duct tape). I also carry a fifty-dollar bill that is for emergencies only, in the event that I have to grab a stranger and utter the phrase, “I’ll give you fifty dollars if you X,” with X being a simple but vital request like “let us borrow your phone,” or “carry my drunk friend to the cab.” Hair ties and hand sanitizer are also essential, as is leaving enough room in your purse to hold the Drunk Bitch’s cell phone, wallet, heels, and anything else she may drunkenly discard throughout the night.
Second, have a calm, rational speech prepared for the authorities, be they the bartender who wants to eject the Drunk Bitch or the actual authorities with badges. Nine times out of ten, these people really don’t want to have to deal with the Drunk Bitch personally, and will actually be willing to let you take responsibility as long as they believe you are up to the task and will not allow harm to come to the Drunk Bitch/other people/the establishment you are in, etc. This came in handy one day at an Atlantic City beach when a certain Drunk Bitch refused to keep her top on. Because I explained to the lifeguards that it wasn't mere intoxication that was motivating my charge, but a deep sense of injustice rooted in her feminist outlook, they were content to let me handle the situation and even follow my lead in communicating with the Drunk Bitch as concerned friends rather than oppressive members of the patriarchy.
Third, make sure to remember key points of the night in case the Drunk Bitch loses time or blacks out. Write them down if necessary. If the Drunk Bitch tells someone a secret or says something in confidence and you are privy to the conversation, remember the details so you can update the Drunk Bitch on who knows what the next day. If the Drunk Bitch pays for things, try to have an idea of where and how much in case they find they are missing cash/have a mysterious charge on their credit card. You get the idea.

Finally, if you become a Drunk Bitch while in the FoDB role, and/or disaster strikes, be prepared to do damage control the next day. An apology is a beautiful and underrated thing. Take responsibility for your actions and the part you played in the night’s events. Especially if you committed an offense at a venue where you are a regular, a “sorry for being a shit show” card (and perhaps an accompanying tip) makes a nice gesture, and increases the odds you will be welcomed back.

Stay drunk, Bitches! (Unless you're the sober bitch, then stay sober, bitch.)

This post brought to you by Gina Verrastro - This Drunk Photographer and often a Friend of Drunk Bitches.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Don't miss this event: Great Beer Expo Philadelphia.

Does 75+ breweries and 200+ beer samples sound like a good way to spend a Saturday? You're damned right it does! It's an especially great way to spend the Saturday kicking off Philly Beer Week, #pbw2015. That's why you need to get your tickets for the Great Beer Expo Philadelphia, today!

Great Beer Expo Philadelphia, held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard presented by the Committee to Benefit the Children is an event a beer lover shouldn't miss. This grand event has two types of ticket options: VIP - This ticket gives you early access (one full hour) 12:30 - 1:30, in this early hour you get the opportunity to sample special beers that the brewers have reserved that will not be available to those with General Admission. VIP tickets are available online for $75.
There are also General Admission tickets available online for $46 + fees.

The event runs until 5pm, so there's plenty of time to chat with brewers, sample and discover new beers from around the globe. Some of our very favorite vendy award winning food trucks will be on hand selling their delicious culinary delights. Really, is there any better sort of expo?

If you're really dedicated to beer, make sure that you also check out Opening Tap on May 29th. DRINK ALL OF THE BEER, ALL OF IT!

I always love attending events that StarFish Junction has planned. They're always well executed!

Stay Drunk, Bitches!

*Disclaimer - while we were provided free tickets to attend this event, all opinions remain our own.