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Philly Food and Drink News For March 25, 2013

Village Whisky

Drink, Learn and Linger at Village Whisky’s 1st Whisky Social

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Thursday, April 18 beginning at 9:30 p.m.Chef Jose Garces’ sexy cocktail bar and brown liquor library, Village Whiskey (118 South 20th Street, 215-665-1088), will host their first-ever Whiskey Social.  For $60 per person, including tax and gratuity, guests will enjoy an informative yet relaxed class on classic whiskey cocktails, followed by passed bites and a cocktail hour during which they may sample the drinks from the evening’s lesson.

“Whiskey is at the root of so many good, classic drinks,” says General Manager Paul Rodriguez, a whiskey enthusiast and connoisseur who will lead the social.  “We’re looking forward to a casual evening with our guests and the chance to get to know them a bit more over a few straight up, or rocks, cocktails and good food.”

Featured cocktails, including the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour and Sazerac, will be poured and served by Village Whiskey’s skilled bartenders, while guests are encouraged to ask questions and learn more about what distinguishes each cocktail and why specific whiskeys are used in each.  Guests will receive drink recipe books so they may take what they’ve learned and apply it to their home bar.

In addition, a sampling whiskey will also be passed along with a variety of snacks, such as Pickled Cherry Tomatoes and BeetsDeviled Eggs, Duck Fat Fries with Sly Fox Cheddar Cheese Sauce and a Variety of Sliders.  Guests will mix and mingle, getting to know each other as they learn more about the bar’s 80-plus whiskey selection.  The restaurant will be closed for this exclusive event, offering guests a rare chance to casually stroll throughout the space.  Tickets must be purchased in advance at

The Philadelphia Inquirer has called Village Whiskey “the ultimate height of low-down American decadence,” praising their “awesome parade of bottles” and the Village Burger, “my single favorite Philly burger,” according to food critic Craig LaBan.  Philadelphia Weekly gushed over their “cool and composed” service, “very good cocktails” and “rapture on a roll” burger, while Philadelphia magazine admired the “gorgeous bar,” “understatedly cool” vibe and “over the top” food.

Village Whiskey is open Sunday and Monday from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 1 a.m.  For more information, please visit, follow them on Twitter (@VillageWhiskPHL) or call (215) 665-1088.


Full Frontal Fromage

A Bit of Cheese Talk With The Alemonger

About a week or so ago, G-LO agreed to answer some cheese related questions from our good friend The Alemonger. Click the above photo to read it for yourself. Proceed with caution! Don’t say we didn’t warn you.



National Constitution Center’s “Cheers To Beer” Tasting Event

Don’t miss the final evening event for critically acclaimed American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition 

Philadelphia, PA  –  Toast the “Beer Act” of 1933, which legalized beer prior to Prohibition’s repeal, during the National Constitution Center’s suds-filled Cheers to Beer tasting event on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members (ages 21+) and includes live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, samples from local Philadelphia breweries, a commemorative souvenir tasting mug, and one of the final opportunities to tour American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, before it closes on April 28. Reservations can be made by calling 215.409.6700 or at Guests are encouraged but not required to attend in their best Roaring ’20s attire!

Participating breweries/distributors include: Batch 19, Dock Street Brewing Company, Prism Brewing Company, River Horse Brewing Company, Sly Fox Brewery, Stoudt’s Brewing Company, Triumph Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, and Yards Brewing Company. Specialty whiskey cocktails made with Jim Beam Devil’s Cut and Canadian Club Dock No. 57 also will be served.

Guests will tap their feet to live jazz music by the acclaimed Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, whose upbeat repertoire consists of tunes from the ’20′s and ’30’s, paired with classic blues and original works. For a memorable keepsake, guests can strike a pose in front of a ’20s era backdrop and have their photo taken by Peter van Beever Photography.

Beverages will be paired with an all-American menu prepared by Brûlée Catering including boneless buffalo chicken bites, BBQ pulled pork sliders, macaroni & cheese bites, crab tots, and a flatbread station. Vegetarian options also will be offered.

The Cheers to Beer event is the final of three exciting parties held throughout the run of the American Spirits exhibition.

Throughout the evening, guests can watch as the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation come vividly to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition explores America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Featured artifacts include a Budweiser beer bottle and case from 1933, one of the first produced by Anheuser-Busch after Congress redefined “intoxicating liquors” to make beer legal.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is created by the National Constitution Center and curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.  Following its debut at the Center, the exhibition will embark on a nationwide tour.

During regular museum hours, admission to American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is $17.50 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 4-12.  Group rates also are available.  Admission to the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, including the award-winning theatrical production Freedom Rising, is included.  For ticket information, call 215.409.6700 or visit



Root for the Home Team at Iron Hill with the Release of “Phightin’ Phils Pils” and a Menu of Phillies-Inspired Hot Dogs for Opening Day

WILMINGTON, DE – On Opening Day, Friday, April 5, beginning at 12 noon, all nine Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations will celebrate the return of baseball with the release of Phightin’ Phils Pils and a menu of Phillies-Themed Hot Dogs as the Phillies take on the Kansas City Royals.  Each restaurant will be showing the game live on TV and all specials are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

“Phightin’ Phils Pils has become a game-day tradition for us,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson.  “We’re thrilled to bring back this bright, refreshing beer and to welcome our Philadelphia Phillies back for another exciting season.”

Phightin’ Phils Pils is a Northern German-style pilsner that is brewed with traditional German noble hops for magnificent hop aroma and flavor.  It is a perfect spring-and-summer beer that also pairs beautifully with any of their baseball-centric hot dogs.  Phillies dogs will include:

  • The Chili Chooooooch Dog, topped with beef and bean chili, cheddar cheese and chopped onions.
  • The Reuben Amaro Dog, topped with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and thousand-island dressing.
  • The J-Roll Dog, with smoked pork, creamy coleslaw and sweet mustard sauce.
  • The Papelbon Dog, with smoked bacon-tomato jam, chopped red onion and cheddar cheese.
  • The Galvis Dog, wrapped in bacon and topped with pico de gallo, avocado, jalapeno peppers and crema.
  • Harry the K-Dog, with sauerkraut, chopped onion and spicy brown mustard (“outta here” good!).
  • The Ruf Ruf Dog, with egg salad, crumbled bacon and roasted long hot peppers.
  • The Hamels Dog, with coleslaw, chopped bacon and spicy mustard.
  • The “Chase Utley, You are the Man” Dog, with avocado, tomato, red onion and bleu cheese sauce.
  • The Charlie Dog, with chopped onion, tomato, relish, mustard and ketchup.
  • The Bull Luzinski Dog, with barbecue onions, smoked bacon and cheddar cheese.

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to nine locations across the mid-Atlantic with a tenth location in Voorhees, NJ scheduled to open in 2013.  Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Locations include:  Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000);  Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739);  Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000);  West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600);  North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000);  Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333);  Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800);  Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300);  and Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600).

For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

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