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May 29, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
Some Philadelphians may need to fight the urge to call it "Bar Hoagie. " The young parents around Fairmount Avenue might find "Bar Huggies" tempting, too. Judging from the many families there grazing in the early-evening hours over sharing boards of heirloom radish dips, grilled coconut shrimp, and farmstead American cheese (all the better washed down with a frosty array of stellar house beers) the neighborhood's new brewpub is definitely kid-friendly, down to the high chairs and changing table.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2016
Trenton Pork Roll Festival 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Trenton Social, 449 S. Broad St., Trenton, N.J., $5, $10 (admission at the door after 6 p.m.), $15 (bike ride, admission, and beer), 609-989-7777, trentonporkrollfestival.com. Pork Roll Festival 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Mill Hill Park, 100 S. Broad St., Trenton, N.J., $5, porkrollfestival.com.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - As the question of whether gas stations should be allowed to sell six-packs of beer waits before the state's highest court, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved more locations for customers to both fill up and stock up. By unanimous vote, the LCB on Wednesday added sites in Luzerne, Washington, Huntingdon, Columbia and Allegheny counties to the list of those that can sell gas and beer - a contentious issue in a state...
FOOD
May 27, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
In Philadelphia's thriving craft-beer scene, where hundreds of bars with formidable tap lists vie for the dollars of discerning drinkers, one of the toughest tasks has become to find a way to stand out. Though competition tends to breed excellence, there's also a by-product: collaboration. Increasingly, Philadelphia bars, stalwarts and upstarts alike, are teaming with brewers to create proprietary products - special beers exclusive to specific venues, often made to the nitty-gritty specifications of the people buying them.
NEWS
May 26, 2016
Man falls onto tracks, is killed by SEPTA train A 55-year-old Texas man who had just visited the Liberty Bell was struck and killed by a Market-Frankford El train late Tuesday afternoon in Center City, authorities said. Just before 5 p.m., Woodrow Jackson, who was with his wife, apparently fell onto the tracks on the westbound side at the 13th Street station just as the train was arriving, police said. Jackson, of Cibolo, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to a hospital to be treated for shock.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
IF THE POP-UP of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
NEWS
May 20, 2016
NOW THAT BEER gardens are officially a thing in Philly and - shockingly - the suburbs, it's time for these outdoor drinking spots to get a few things right. Because a beer garden is more than just a bar without a roof. A beer garden is a shared place, in the sun, without solid walls and the typical constraints of a licensed saloon. It is about atmosphere and community and fun. The Germans, who have perfected the biergarten , call that spirit gemütlichkeit . It means warmth and friendship and good cheer.
FOOD
May 20, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
If the pop-up of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Alfred Lubrano, Staff Writer
Guns and alcohol are twin American obsessions that have been part of the republic since before there even was one. This week, an auction brought in big dollars for items tied to those national pastimes - with Philadelphia connections. A letter written by the sharpshooter Annie Oakley in 1920 to a Philadelphia woman - accompanied by two coins that Oakley had shot - sold during an online auction in Boston on Wednesday for $8,000. During the same auction, a check that then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Philadelphia brewer for a six-month supply of beer in 1793 went for $14,700.
FOOD
May 13, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 10, 2016:   Craig LaBan: We held the Inquirer's seventh annual Brew-vitational Competition for local beers at the paper earlier in the week. The private tasting event was our biggest to date, with 35 breweries and 64 beers. I can't divulge any results until our special Brewvi package in the Inquirer Food section June 2. But I had a tremendous panel of judges and there were some big surprise winners. A blind competition always delivers a few. You'll be able to taste most winners June 3 at Opening Tap at the Fillmore, which launches Philly Beer Week . Lovers of sour beer - our featured style this year - will rejoice.
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