Brew Review

Beer and Event Review – Ommegang Scythe and Sickle Event at Devil’s Den, South Philly

On September 5th, we received the following invitation from Jennie Hatton of Profile PR in Philadelphia:

Brewery Ommegang invites you and a guest

to be one-of-the-first to sample its newest beer

Scythe & Sickle Harvest Ale.

Please join Ommegang representative Megan Maguire

on Wednesday, September 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

at Devil’s Den located at 1148 South 11th Street (corner of 11th and Ellsworth streets.)

Devil’s Den will be preparing beer friendly dishes

for you to enjoy with the Scythe & Sickle

as well as other Limited Edition beers including

Seduction, Belgian Independence Day Tripel, Gnomegang and more.

Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, September 17


As is the case with many of the invites that we receive, we each had a family conflict that kept us from attending what sounded like a wonderful (and free!) event. This time around, we couldn’t attend because of “Back to School Night” at the local elementary school.

Rather then let this very generous invite go to waste, we decided to ask Miracle Max if he could go in our place. Within a few hours of my email, Max replied and said that he would be thrilled to go, and that he would be taking our mutual friend Jay with him.

Our only request for going in our place: a brief write up of the beer and the event.

Here is what Jay had to say about the Ommegang event at Devil’s Den:

I don’t make it to South Philly often, but that may change…

The Devil’s Den and Ommegang paired up for a great event to show off Scythe and Sickle Harvest Ale, the new fall seasonal from Ommegang. This beer didn’t show itself off in a tasting size, but the draft pint was beautiful. Almost a pumpkin amber with a nice, Belgian-style cream head leaving lots of lacing. The beer is medium bodied, with notes of oat and rye, and slightly toasted and earthy. The house Ommegang yeast gives it some estery character as well. This is a solid fall seasonal that swims upstream against the onslaught of pumpkin beers and mocktoberfests.

The Devil’s Den put out some great food to pair with the five Ommegang offerings. In addition to Scythe and Sickle, they tapped Witte, Belgian Independence Day Tripel, Seduction, and a 2011 Three Philosophers. The Chef incorporated the beers into a variety of small plates, including a wonderful pork belly, basted shrimp, wurst in puffed pastry with Ommegang’s mustard, and the totally ridiculous Seduction brownies. We also had fun talking with Jenny and Clare from DD and Megan from Ommegang.

Thanks to all for a wonderful evening, and to G-LO for pointing us in the right direction!


If you’d like to read more about this event and the beer, click on the following links to see what two other Philly Beer bloggers have to say:


Thanks again to Jennie Hatton of Profile PR for this very generous invite!

9 replies »

    • Yo WW!

      I wish I could take credit for the photo. I “lifted” it from the Devil’s Den website (hence the link to their website if you click the pic). I doubt that they’ll mind. And yes, family does come first on most occasions (if we know what’s good for us!).

      It sounds like Jay and Miracle Max had a great time. I’ve only had one or two Ommegang offerings. Pity I couldn’t make it.



  1. Glad the Booze Dancing extended family got to head to this one since the core team was unable to attend. I wish I could have made it. Sounds like a nice event.

    BTW … Love the new photos in the blog’s main header. I think that’s the first pic of me on the blog (even if it’s only my hand snagging a brew). NICE!


    • Totally agree! We can’t let these events slip through our fingers. Besides, Max and Jay are most generous, so it’s nice to pay back when we can.

      Glad you liked the pics. I figured it was time for a tiny refresh.


  2. Thanks Guys!!! Wow, me taking a vacation seems like a great way to get things done (taking ME out of the loop!). It was a GREAT event, thanks for the tickets and thanks for doing the posting.


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