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Feb 27, 2015
Freddie Kitson

Monthly buzz: Beer and spirit events happening in Philadelphia

The month of March hosts one of the most overrated drinking days of the year: St. Patrick’s Day.

For one thing, the Irish holiday isn’t the only drinking event worth mentioning. This month includes beer festivals, charity events, boozy brunches and more.

Raise a glass to these events.

Misconduct Tavern (1511 Locust St.) teams up with local restaurants to host the first annual Pubs that Care event benefiting Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The evening will feature a five-course meal pairing that include culinary options from Smiths, Sancho Pistola’s, Lucky’s Last Chance, Watkins Drinkery, and beers from Southern Tier and Fegley’s Brew Works. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 and is $40 per person.

Meet the brewers behind your favorite beers. On Thursday, March 5 the Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Ave.) will host a Meet the Brewers event with Philadelphia’s St. Benjamin Brewing Co. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. you can chat with Tim Patton and Christina Burris from the company and try their selected beers. Since spring is just around the corner, bock beer will be on the menu.

Philly Beer Fest returns to the Navy Yard (4747 S. Broad St.) on Saturday, March 7 for a celebration of everything craft brew. Taste over 75 national and local beers from Flying Fish, Lagunitas, Victory, Founders, and more. VIP admission begins at 12:30 p.m. and is $75. General admission starts at 1:30 p.m. and is $46.

On Sunday, March 8, the mid-Atlantic’s best restaurants and breweries lineup inside the Kimmel Center (300 S. Broad St.) for the annual Brewer’s Plate festival. This event features restaurants and breweries paired together including: Dogfish Head, 2nd Story Brewing, Stoudt’s, Village Whiskey, Rosa Blanca, The Industry, and more. General admission to the event starts at $59 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

In honor of American novelist Jack Kerouac, Spodee and Art in the Age Spirits celebrate his birthday at Tattooed Mom (530 South St.) Thursday, March 12 with themed cocktails in honor of his book, On the Road. From 5 to 11 p.m., enjoy $5 Spodiodi’s (Spodee Wine mixed with whiskey), and “The Mad Ones” (Spodee wine mixed with AITA Root). Spodee merch and copies of On the Road will be raffled off throughout the event.

If you missed Friday the Firkenteenth at the Grey Lodge (6235 Frankford Ave.) in February, you have another chance. On March 13, the pub holds its annual Friday the 13th event where they tap over 20 different kinds of firkins of craft beer. The event runs from noon to midnight and is a cash-only event. Some firkins featured for the evening include: Evil Genius mango wit, Yards grapefruit Philly Pale Ale, Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA, Manayunk Clutch peanut butter porter, and Conshohocken single-hop Centennial.

It’s time to hop back onto the Craft Beer Express. On Saturday, March 14 beginning at 11 a.m., bars across Center City are sharing their appreciation for craft brews with you for this annual pub crawl. Tickets are $10 prior and $15 day of, and you can choose any location as your starting point. A bus will take you from spot to spot – that  includes: Kraftwork, Standard Tap, Jose Pistolas, Devil’s Den, Brauhaus Schmitz, Johnny Brenda’s, Kite and Key, Race Street Café, The Sidecar, Pub on Passyunk East, Bishop’s Collar, and The Institute.

On Saturday, March 14, start off your Sunday with a frosty pint and a refreshing Irish breakfast (blood sausage, beans, Irish bacon loin, and more) at Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave.) during the 7th Annual Stout Brunch. Beginning at 11 a.m. the taps will be full of picks from Dogfish Head, River Horse, Troegs, Weyerbacher and more. In addition to the Irish breakfast offerings, oysters will be on special, too.

Take a break from slots and enjoy some brews when the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival returns to the A.C. Convention Center on Friday, March 20 through Saturday, March 21. Tickets to the event will get you unlimited tastings of over 100 international and national brews. Not only will you get to try out beers from brands like Terrapin, Sixpoint, Brooklyn Brewery, and Prism, but vendors and various workshops and cooking classes will be onsite. Tickets are $55-60 and session times are: Friday 8 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Drink your whiskey for a good cause on Wednesday, March 23 when the Trestle Inn (339 N 11 St.) hosts the third Annual Bourbon Battle benefiting PAWS — Philadelphia’s nonprofit organization dedicated to giving shelter and care to animals. Beginning at 6 p.m., four bartenders will face off to create the best bourbon cocktail. Entry gets you all four samples and you can vote for your favorite cocktail. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at door. $20 of your ticket goes directly to PAWS.

Get some knowledge on bourbon at the Institute Bar (549 N. 12 St.) at this whiskey and food pairing event on Thursday, March 26. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and includes: pan-seared creole andouille with Four Roses bourbon, crispy-skin Cornish game hen with Eagle Rare bourbon, smoked brisket over roasted portabella mushroom with Eagle Rare, and bourbon-and-stout ice cream with Prichard’s Double Chocolate Bourbon. Seating is limited to 20 people and tickets run at $40 prior, $65 day of.

Turn your “Sunday Funday” into Sixtel Sunday on March 29 at the Kite and Key (1836 Callowhill St.) as barrel-aged brews from Firestone Walker take over the tap line. The event is a pay-as-you-go and you can enjoy beers such as 2013 Velvet Merkin, Anniversary XVII, Pale 31 Opal, and more. The bar opens at 11 a.m.

Tim Reardon

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Feb 26, 2015
Freddie Kitson

4 can’t-miss March events you never knew existed

You know about the St. Patrick’s Day parade. You know about the beer festivals and the bacon festival. But did you know that there is a whole day dedicated to cardboard costumes or that you can celebrate a fake marriage? Here are four events that you never knew existed, but are worthy of your attendance.  

Saturday, March 7. If you have an imagination and some cardboard, you’re all set! Cardboard*Con is a science fiction and fantasy convention in downtown Atlanta, dedicated to cardboard costuming. See incredibly elaborate and creative costumes, win contests and participate in panels and workshops. Who knew cardboard could be so fun? Event details at

Southern Fried Burlesque Fest
March 19 -22. The 5th Annual Southern Fried Burlesque Fest brings you the most talented group of burlesque dancers in the Southeast. Four days of performances will keep you entertained, and if you’re feeling adventurous, participate in the “most elaborate class workshop schedule you will ever see.” Event details at

Big Fake Wedding
Sunday, March 29. You’re invited to the wedding of the year! There’s just one catch; it’s totally fake. If you’re getting married or you just really love weddings (and who doesn’t?), $25 is the price of admission to dance the night away and celebrate the pretend nuptials of your fake best friends. Event details at

Georgia Elvis Festival
March 12 – 15. This one isn’t in Atlanta, but if you’re up for a road trip to Brunswick and you love the King, you’ll be glad you made the trip. Two Vegas-style headline shows, an ultimate Elvis contest and as much memorabilia as you can buy, this Elvis festival is packed with fun and a hunk of burning love. Details at

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Feb 26, 2015
Freddie Kitson

Redhook finds a home between beer snobs and Bud Light

Redhook Brewery is the U.S. beer industry’s middle class.

Founded in 1982 in an old transmission shop in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Redhook went from a craft beer pioneer to a scorned outcast with little to lose. Founders Paul Shipman and Gary Bowker have been out of the picture for years. Anheuser-Busch

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 bought a 25% stake in the brewery for $18 million back in 1995 and upped its stake to 32.2% when Redhook joined what is now known as the Craft Brew Alliance in 2007.

For years, Redhook drifted aimlessly — tethered to an ill-defined hippie/yuppie personality with a sprawling catalog of beers with names like Rope Swing and Mudslinger. Finally, in 2011, the folks in charge of the brand decided they’d had enough of pouring faceless beer to a group of drinkers constantly wailing about how they felt its ESB and Longhammer IPA weren’t as good as they were before the sale. Craft didn’t want them, and they didn’t want to brew light lager, so they aimed for the space in between.

“We just hired a new creative agency, and we talked about being in the middle and how it’s saturated most of the time, but it really is a void,” says Karmen Olson, Redhook’s brand manager. “Nobody’s willing to go there, but we’re like ‘We’re in the middle and we’re gonna own it.’ We’re totally good with being in the middle, and this is exactly where we want to be.”

In this case, the middle means males 21 to 34 years old, which means sports, jokes and the occasional spokesmodel. In 2011, Redhook signed a partnership with former ESPN personality and current NBCSports host Dan Patrick that got Redhook mentions on the show, slapped Patrick’s name on the brewery’s malty Audible Ale and spawned events like the giveaway of a rolling “man cave” and trips with Patrick to the Super Bowl. In 2012, Redhook partnered with the Emerald City Supporters — a supporter group for Major League Soccer — to brew No Equal Amber Lager and followed it up with No Equal Blonde in 2014.

In 2013, Redhook reached an agreement with Buffalo Wild Wings

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 to brew Game Changer Pale Ale exclusively for the restaurant chain and to put its beer in more than 900 restaurants. It also padded its list of partners by teaming with hoax and celeb-worship site TheChive on its KCCO (“Keep Calm, Chive On”) black lager later that year.

Last year, Redhook recruited former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Joe Tafoya to help brew and promote its False Start Session IPA. However, no deal Redhook has made in the past four years matches the $3.5 million, six-month partnership it just entered with Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s to promote the chain’s Redhook beer-battered cod sandwich for Lent. Because Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s aim for the same target demographic as Redhook, the television ads for that cod sandwich look like this:

“There are definitely lots of female Redhook drinkers, especially in Seattle, but at some point you have to draw a line in the sand and declare who you’re targeting,” Olson says. “I’m totally OK with declaring that I’m targeting young males, if that’s not so obvious by now.”

It helps when that strategy is working. In 2013, with Craft Brew Alliance sales up 7.6% and overall beer sales down nearly 2%, Redhook saw its own sales jump 13.6% to nearly 217,000 of CBA’s 726,000 barrels. That made it a far smaller brewery than Samuel Adams producer Boston Beer Co.

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 (2.9 million barrels in 2013), Sierra Nevada (980,000), New Belgium (792,000) or Lagunitas (400,000), but larger than Brooklyn Brewing (216,000), Stone (213,000) or Dogfish Head (202,000).

A 12% boost in sales across the board for CBA in 2014 and a 5% jump in Redhook sales only bolstered the brewer’s position.

As a result, Redhook has jumped into a spot that craft beer has generally shunned and that larger brewers — including Redhook’s shareholders and distribution partners at A-B — are shying away from. Redhook got a reminder of this when A-B, in part reacting to a multiyear slide in light lager sales, ended a spate of craft brewery purchases by picking up Seattle’s Elysian Brewing in January. In a town where it isn’t the wholly owned subsidiary of A-B that Elysian is and isn’t quite as independent as brewers like Fremont Brewing and Schooner Exact brewing are, Redhook finds itself in a beer demilitarized zone where seemingly none of the rules apply.

In Seattle, that’s not such a bad place to be. It means that cans of its Longhammer IPA are welcomed at Seahawks games at CenturyLink Field and Mariners games at Safeco, but Nick Crandall is also welcomed at Seattle-area craft breweries including Hilliard’s, Black Raven and Triple Rock to collaborate with other brewers on small-batch beers. That the ESB they were making back when Microsoft

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Nirvana and playoff-caliber Sonics teams were just coming into being can still be one of the best-selling beers in the city today. It means that the brewery that Olson considers Seattle brewers’ “hip uncle” from the suburbs after it moved more than a half hour outside the city to Woodinville, Wash., more than 20 years ago can now consider buying a pied-a-terre brewpub in its old neighborhood. (Though Olson admits that plan, which she’s pitched routinely, wouldn’t take effect until late 2016 at the latest.)

“Making it exclusive is part of it, to make Seattle beer drinkers feel special because they [expletive] are, but also so we can be good at it,” Olson says. “When we try to spread everything like peanut butter across the country, we trip up sometimes. It’s hard to manage that from the pure logistics of things.”

Yes, it still has a brewery in Portsmouth, N.H., that it opened 20 years ago and still doesn’t quite know what to do with it — other than contribute to local beer festivals and distribute coasters reading “Born in Seattle, raised in Portsmouth.” Yes, there’s still that 32.2% A-B stake. But at a time when one of Seattle’s most respected craft breweries is wholly owned by A-B and one of its oldest, Pyramid Breweries, is owned by a Costa Rican umbrella company that also brews Genny Cream Ale, there’s a level of security in being somewhere in between upstart craft brewers and fully absorbed subsidiaries of a big brewery. It’s why Redhook can slap 35th anniversary labels on its ESB, pour it into 16-ounce cans and go tailgating this summer. It’s decades beyond its coolest years, but isn’t hunched over a cubicle in some corporate office with all its rough edges rounded off. It’s somewhere in between, and it isn’t such a bad place to be.

“We’re staying really true to who we are because, back then, it wasn’t about delivering the most crafty experience or super-artisan anything. It was just good [expletive] beer, it was a better beer,” Olson says. “It’s the same thing now: We’re not trying to be something that we’re not. We brew good beer, we’re good at it and we do it consistently, which is really [expletive] hard.”

Jason Notte is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Esquire. Notte received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1998. Follow him on Twitter @Notteham.

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Feb 26, 2015
Freddie Kitson

Michigan Brewer’s Guild’s Winter Beer Fest is tomorrow and there are …

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    The Michigan Brewer’s Guild throws, arguably, the most well-respected beer festivals in the state. They’re known for their yearly summer fete that takes place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti as well as an autumnal affair held at Eastern Market. Their events almost always sell out. 

    Tomorrow the 10th annual Winter Beer Fest starts and surprisingly there are still tickets available for the Friday night portion of the festival (tickets for Saturday are sold out). Here’s the catch though, folks, Winter Beer Fest takes place in Comstock Park, which is just north of Grand Rapids.

    The Friday portion runs from 3 to 7 p.m., so if you can wrangle the day off, it might be worth the nearly 1000 different craft beers that will be available to sample. Over 100 Michigan craft breweries will be on-site with their goods and there will be music, food, and other entertainment. 

    Click here to grab tickets while they still last. They’re $45 plus a $4 service fee for buying them online. 

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    Feb 25, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Almost time for the Craft Brew Races!

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      IT’s BECOME commonplace to see two seemingly disparate things handed out together at road race finish lines: Medals and cups of beer.

      The science behind rehydrating with beer may be mixed, but a Venn diagram showing individuals who participate in athletic endeavors has a sizable wedge that overlaps with those who enjoy knocking back a few cold ones.

      Typically, the free finish line beer has “light” or “ultra” appended to the brewery name. These are thin mouthfeel, low-calorie beverages that simulate only a small part of the experience of drinking a traditional German lager. The team at Craft Brew Races saw an opportunity to do something more ambitious. They developed a race series that doesn’t provide a gratis cup of yellow fizzy water at the finish line, but instead has a full craft beer festival awaiting the worthy finishers.

      The combination 5K and craft beer festival makes its Savannah debut on Sunday, March 15 and will be held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The race starts at noon and the festival commences immediately thereafter and lasts until 4 PM. It’s a “21 and over” only event. Tickets can be purchased for the run and festival, just the festival, or as a designated driver at

      There will be a strong local influence, with at least fourteen of the 30+ breweries in attendance based in Georgia. The race features individual and team awards as well as a costume contest.

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        Founder Matt Gray of Gray Matter Marketing sat in on Episode 56 of the Brew / Drink / Run podcast to talk about Craft Brew Races. Here are some highlights from the conversation:

        Brew / Drink / Run: Whose idea was it to put running and the beer festival concept together?

        Matt Gray: “We saw opportunities in road races and beer festivals, and after a year of putting on both, we saw a great crossover in people attending both events. Beer and running go hand in hand.”

        How do you decide which breweries will be at the festival?

        MG: “We’ve had the opportunity to reach out through social media to a lot of folks. We pretty much target every brewery in the geographic area where our event is being held. We reached out to all the Savannah-based breweries first. We’ve had a great response.

        We buy all the beer from the craft breweries. Whether you’re a small brewery like Second Self or a big nationwide brewery like Sam Adams. We purchase the beer because we want to show our respect to the brewers for the craft that they’re creating for us. The race and festival generate enough money for us to sit back and go “we did a great thing here;” but it really is important for us to give back to the brewers and make sure they feel not just welcome, but that we’re celebrating what they do and what they’ve brought to the local economy. As a small business, it’s important for us to share in that.

        We also partner with the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild… In places like Savannah and even Charleston, giving back is hopefully going to mean big things in the future as the emphasis on local breweries becomes more important to the state’s economy.”

        How did Savannah come on your radar?

        MG: “Savannah is obviously a beautiful destination. That’s a great reason to come there. We know the running community is very strong and the Rock and Roll Marathon has been very popular. But personally, I have relatives through my wife who live down there and it’s a tremendous excuse to come down and visit them. It worked out when we reached out to the Savannah Sports Council and travel and tourism bureau and were welcomed with the concept from the outset, which was a huge thing for us. We’re very, very happy with the positive response we’ve had.”

        The Savannah race is happening on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day. Did that influence your choice of dates at all?

        MG: “Actually, it did not. We have a variety of other races and festivals that we produce and it just happened to be that weekend was a target weekend where the convention center was open. As an Irish-American, I’m very excited to be down there. Strangely enough, it was more coincidental than you might think.”

        Coincidence or not, expect a strong turnout for Craft Brew Races’ first-ever Savannah event on March 15. Between the local beer and running communities and the influx of tourists for the holiday week, this promises to be a very well-attended festival, and hopefully one that will return in 2016.

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        Feb 25, 2015
        Freddie Kitson

        A Year’s Worth of Festivities

        The East Bay has an almost overwhelming supply of exciting festivities that take place throughout the year. To help you navigate that landscape of fun, we’ve created a chronological road map of our favorite events and where to find them. We wouldn’t want to lose you amid all the beer festivals and free concerts.


        Alameda Point Antiques Faire Huge outdoor event featuring more than eight hundred antique dealers. First Sunday of every month, 6 a.m.-3:00 p.m., free-$15. 2900 Navy Way, Alameda.

        First Friday Shorts A monthly showcase of short films highlighting films by local filmmakers and community media arts organizations. First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m., free. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland.

        Oakland Art Murmur Monthly art walk in Oakland. First Friday of every month. 6-9 p.m., free. At various galleries in the Telegraph Avenue and Broadway corridor, starting at 27th Street and ending in the Jack London District.

        Piedmont Avenue Stroll Participating merchants stay open late to host art, entertainment, and refreshments. Third Thursday of every month. 6-9 p.m., free. At various stores and galleries on Piedmont Avenue.

        Saturday Stroll A weekly companion to Art Murmur, but with fewer festivities and more focus on the galleries. Saturdays. 1-5 p.m., free.

        Second Saturdays  On every second Saturday of the month galleries on 15th Street open their doors at night to host joint openings and events with music. Exact times vary.


        Bacon and Beer Festival Celebration of bacon and beer presented by Oakland Grown, Bison Organic Beer, and Eat Boston. Sunday, March 15. Jack London Market Building, 55 Harrison St., Oakland.

        CAAMFest The annual event has grown into a ten-day feast with two important main courses: films from Asia and films by Asian Americans. Because it comes early in the calendar year, the festival often steals thunder from other fests with its adventurous selections. March 12-22. Various venues in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland.

        Oakland Running Festival Full and half-marathon, 5K, kids’ fun run, and team relay. Sunday, March 22. Snow Park, 19th and Harrison streets, Oakland.

        White Elephant Sale Biggest rummage sale in Northern California, with proceeds benefitting the Oakland Museum of California. Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. 333 Lancaster St., Oakland,


        Bay Area Craft Beer Festival Sip suds from more than thirty local microbreweries. Saturday, April 18. Noon-4 p.m., $5-$45. Martinez Waterfront Park.

        Berkeley Vegan Earth Day Earth Day celebration with panel discussions, speakers, film screenings, and food demos focused on the intersection of veganism and the environment. Saturday, April 19. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., $10-$15. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.

        Montclair Village Restaurant Walk Co-sponsored by the Lions Club, this event showcases village restaurants and food and beverage outlets, with tastings and more. Proceeds go to charity. Tuesday, April 21. 6-8:30 p.m. Montclair Village and Village Square, Oakland.

        Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival A large, vibrant celebration of Japanese culture and of the Japanese-American community, with a parade, food booths, and live performers spread out over four days. Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12 and 18-19, free. Japantown, On Post St. between Laguna and Fillmore Streets, San Francisco.

        The San Francisco International Film Festival The oldest film fest in the Western Hemisphere is also one of the world’s most interesting, because it plays to the Bay Area’s film-loving audiences instead of to industry types with two weeks of movies you’ll probably never see anywhere else. April 23-May 7. Various venues.

        Oakland Drops Beats A full day of free local music shows in various venues in Downtown Oakland — accompanied by live paining and food. A perfect way to discover new local musicians for free. Also held in the Fall. April 25. Free.


        Bay to Breakers The infamously zany 12K race features runners decked out in costumes as they traverse the streets of San Francisco. Sunday, May 17. Starts at Howard St. at Beale St., San Francisco.

        Bike to Work Day Drop your car keys, grab your bike, and participate in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s annual celebration of the bicycle. With deals and promotions for bike riders at various Bay Area locations. Thursday, May 14.

        SF Carnaval Festival and Parade Parade and street fair celebrating Latin American and Caribbean cultures, with food, non-stop music, dancing, a crowning of the King and Queen, and work by local artists. Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free. Harrison St., between 16th and 24th streets, San Francisco.

        Himalayan Fair Berkeley’s “Little Lhasa” comes alive at the popular annual event, but the “great mountain cultures” of Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bhutan also are represented, with a full day’s worth of elaborately costumed traditional dance and music performers. And don’t forget the spicy, charcoal-grilled food. Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, May 16-17, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m, donations accepted. Live Oak Park, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

        Jazz on Fourth With food, drink, and other merchants lining Fourth Street, and two stages are filled with homegrown talent, culminating in the finale’s big-band pyrotechnics of award-winning, globetrotting Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Sunday, May 17. 12-5 p.m., free. Fourth Street, Berkeley.

        Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival With live jazz performances; a children’s court with arts, crafts, and games; a food court with crafts, community information booths, and vendors; dance performances; poets; DJs; emcees; speakers; and open ciphers. Typically held in May. free. San Antonio Park, 18th Avenue at Foothill Boulevard, Oakland.

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        Feb 25, 2015
        Freddie Kitson

        Center City Bloggers Offer Readers A Tasty Trek Through Philadelphia

        By Chelsea Karnash

        PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Hungry?

        If you’re not already, you will be after taking a look at the blog 22nd Philly.

        From zeppolis at (of course) Zeppoli to a New Orleans-inspired sandwich at Plenty Café to banh mi battles between two Philly bakeries, married couple and Center City residents Bradd and Kristy have eaten it all with gusto – and taken some pretty droolworthy pics.

        “We launched the blog in 2008 and it had its fits and starts before we really got going, but we finally began posting regularly in January 2010, so we’ll say officially it’s been five years,” Kristy says.

        The couple says the idea for 22nd Philly came to them while they were carbo-loading for the Broad Street Run at D’Angelo’s Italian restaurant back in the spring of 2008.

        “We realized that we went out to eat in Philly every weekend (and sometimes during the week) but didn’t have any way to keep track of where we ate, what we liked,” Kristy explains.

        They started writing about their meals in Philadelphia, including both the amazing and the not-so-great ones. That honesty – along with some great reviews and those aforementioned photos — is part of 22nd and Philly’s charm. What’s more, the pair doesn’t just stick to big-name restaurants and newbies; Bradd and Kristy also seek out lesser known spots, including “BYOBs and beer festivals.”

        Five years after they started blogging, 22nd Philly now has thousands of followers on social media, mostly via Twitter.

        “Truthfully, we don’t post about a lot of the places we eat because we just don’t have time,” Kristy admits. “We really encourage people to follow us on [social media], where we post nearly every day with photos and quick tidbits on all sorts of delicious bites around Philly, or wherever we travel.”

        One thing they’re partial to? Sandwiches.

        “Philadelphia is a sandwich town, so in addition to reviewing restaurants, we often write about all the great sandwiches here. And that’s more than just cheesesteaks! There are so many excellent hoagies, roast pork and other sandwiches.”

        “We are also very passionate about Italian cooking/restaurants because of Bradd’s heritage and family focus on cooking,” Kristy adds. “He created a series of posts called the ‘Nana Test’ to compare Philly’s many great Italian BYOBs to the experience of his grandmother’s cooking at home. Zeppoli was our latest Nana Test review and the first-ever perfect score.”

        And while the duo says the city is “exploding with new energy and new people” and they “couldn’t be more excited about Philadelphia’s emergence on the national food scene,” they’ll soon have something even more fulfilling to focus on than food.

        “We’re expecting a new baby in May,” Kristy says. “So our perspective on eating out is about to hit a new level!”

        To read more on Kristy and Bradd’s culinary quests, visit the blog or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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        Feb 25, 2015
        Freddie Kitson

        Craft beer festival Barb City on Tap coming to Convo in March



        Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:30 am

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        Craft beer festival Barb City on Tap coming to Convo in March

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        Barb City on Tap, a craft beer festival, will showcase more than 100 samples of craft beer.

        The event is 2:30-6 p.m. March 28 at the Convocation Center. Craft beers from all over the United States will be available and the festival will feature live music by Todd Donnelly and Destination Unknown Trio.

        Food will be available for purchase. This event is part of America on Tap’s Authentic Beer Festivals. Participants must be at least 21 years old to attend.

        Standard tickets are available for $35 and include a souvenir sampling glass. Tickets will also be available at the door for $45.

        Go to for more information and to purchase tickets.


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        Feb 24, 2015
        Freddie Kitson

        Bulls, Mavs to play NBA preseason game in Lincoln

        The Allan Parsons Project is going to get some serious play here in late October.

        A day before the Nebraska Cornhuskers host Chicago-based Northwestern, the Chicago Bulls will take the court at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Oct. 23 in a preseason matchup with the Dallas Mavericks.

        Assuming that team rosters don’t change too much — last week’s NBA trade deadline shows you can’t assume that, by the way — that will bring Creighton grad Doug McDermott back to Nebraska to rain McBuckets upon the heartland. Oh, and maybe Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Mark Cuban and Benny the Bull.

        Tickets for the preseason game run from $18 on the low end to $203 on the not-so-low end. They go on sale Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. For more information, go to, or

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        Feb 24, 2015
        Freddie Kitson

        Greetings from Columbia, MO

        My name is Will and I’m from a small town called Hillsboro, Missouri. I currently live in Columbia, Missouri. A town in which the craft beer scene is alive and booming for the small college town that it is.

        A little about myself for those who are interested. I have been drinking beer probably since the age of 17 or so, and in that time, it was primarily Bud Light. Frankly, it was the easiest to get and cheap to boot. The more I went to parties, and further headed off to college, I got my first taste of a beer that wasn’t your typical Bud Light, in that of a Blue Moon. I really enjoyed the flavor and wondered what else was out there that I could try that was different. This led me to start hitting up the local World Market to which I would make random six packs of all kinds of stuff. This is where my obsession began.

        Every once in awhile, while at bars, I would still indulge myself in Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller, etc, but if I was drinking at my house, going to parties, or any kind of get-togethers, I was always the guy to bring the “weird” stuff. I am currently 28 years old, and have been using an app on my phone called Untapped since August 2014, which I assume most people on here are familiar with, and since that time, I have tried 500+ different beers. And I have recently attended my first bottle share, and this coming summer, I hope to attend some beer festivals. It is a very exciting time to be a fan of craft beers, and I couldn’t be happier about all the wonderful new beers I have gotten to try.

        I hope to be involved in some trades on this site, as well as stories, recommendations, and other things that will help me in finding the new and most exciting beers to try. I hope to hear from a lot of you.

        Cheers to all!

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