Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (710 South Madison St., Wilmington, Del., 302-472-2739, www.ironhillbrewery.com) will host the final round in its annual competition among all nine IH locations, Firkin' March Madness. Each restaurant will bring a firkin, and guests can cast votes. There will be "March Madness-inspired" dishes and a raffle for IH shirts, mug memberships and other fun stuff. "Our brewers are all very supportive of each other, but they also have a competitive streak," said Mark Edelson, director of brewery operations. Chow down on themed dishes representing the regions of the other big March tournament - you know, the one that involves a ball.
They call it "Philly's only craft beer charity event with a dress code." It's the second annual Brews & Bowties, planned for 6-9 p.m. April 5 at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia (1906 S. Rittenhouse Square) for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Philadelphia Chapter. $60 gets you brews, a keepsake glass and hors d'oeuvres donated by Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House and Farmers Cabinet. Presented by Rolling Barrel Events, Mole Street Productions and Henry A. Davidsen Master Tailors & Image Consultants. Ticket details at www.brewsandbowties.com or 215-627-4747, ext. 108.
REX 1516 (1516 South St., 267-319-1366, www.rex1516.com) has launched a new weekend brunch from 11-4 p.m. that will feature the Southern inspirations of Alabama-born Executive Chef Regis Jansen. Expect Shrimp & Grits, Cornmeal Waffles and such.
Lemon Hill (747 North 25th St., 215-232-2299, lemonhillphilly.com), the collaborative restaurant from Executive Chef Mitch Prensky and the partners behind The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., does happy hour weekdays from 5-7 p.m.. Specials include $2 off Slyfox Pikeland Pils and Brooklyn Lager, $6 red and white wines, plus $7 specialty cocktails. Make reservations now for the April 16 Brooklyn Brewery tap takeover and four-course beer dinner, featuring such rare Brooklyn beers as Black Ops. $60 (plus tax and tip). n
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