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Hopped Up for Historic Return

Philadelphia Business Journal’s as excited as we are about WBC’s grand opening April 1st. 

This is not a drill: Wissahickon Brewing Company is opening on Schoolhouse Lane on Saturday April 1st (2pm – 10pm). To Philadelphia Business Journal, we’re making history.

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March Goodness!

Keep your March Madness drinking games and green beers to yourself – our beer expert and renowned foodie suggests sophisticated, artful beers for getting hammered in style.

March is here and that means organizing those brackets and asking those age-old questions, “What will NOVA do?” & “Will Temple get snubbed?”

It also means warmer temperatures, and of course a certain day in which imbibing alcoholic beverages whilst navigating demented leprechauns, kilt-wearers, ginger-inflicted persons, and large green-clad masses becomes a contact sport in small Irish watering holes — such as our own beloved Murphy’s Irish Saloonery! (If you have never experienced the craziness of St. Pat’s at Murph’s, it is something to behold!)

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Heart-On for Beer

Our beer guru reviews five sexy seasonal suds that even a saint couldn’t turn down.

Happy February, to you my neighbors and friends!!!  Here we all are with cooling temperatures, fiery debates, a local QB in the Super Bowl “SO CLOSE MATTY ICE!”, and of course the biggest Hallmark holiday of them of all, Valentine’s Day.

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Just a Taste

Wissahickon Brewing Company’s Tasting room on Schoolhouse lane’s not officially open yet, but you can wet your whistle here with a peek at some recent Open Houses. 

OMG, guys! We have beer here! Really really good beer, too. In a warm, cozy location you will love!

Recently, Wissahickon Brewing Company‘s been opening up to the public for a few hours here & there (they announce times last-minute on social media). We’ve been lucky to hit a few of these Open Houses, and now that we’ve had a sample, we’re thoroughly psyched about their new tasting room OPENING SOON (!!).

If you haven’t been yet, these photos will give you a sense of what you’re missing — and what’ll soon be luring crowds of Hipsters/Gen-Xers to this once-forgotten stretch of Schoolhouse, no doubt.

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Santa’s Holiday Sixer

Beer lovers on your list will enjoy our Guest Contributor’s top picks for the Holiday Season.

Ho, ho, ho! Have we all been good little Fallsers this year? Beer lovers on your list will enjoy our Guest Editor’s top picks for the Holiday Season.

Santa is thrilled to be writing for East Falls Local — not many people know this, but Mrs. Claus is a huge Grace Kelly fan. She’s also one heck of a brewer! Why, the elves love her North Pole lager so much, that’s all she ever makes this time of year (really helps their productivity).

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Taster’s Choice

Attention craft beer fans: Phila Zoning has approved Wissahickon Brewing Company’s new tasting room on Schoolhouse lane. Looks like they’re celebrating with a giveaway! Head to WBC’s Facebook page to enter to win. 

(But wow there was some puzzling push-back when they presented to the community earlier this month…)

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Run For Their Lives

Blood cancer affects thousands of Philadelphians a year — including a Murphy’s regular now facing his second battle. This year’s Murphy Mile raised $1800 for patient support & awareness with a guerrilla-style sprint thru the neighborhood. 

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In a blink, it was over. A one-mile run through East Falls, set for 11 AM last Sunday.

Steve and I scrambled right over after the Pack Walk, only to find Mike Murphy outside, pulling down the tent. “You just missed it, everyone’s inside eating now.”

Wait, what? “Yep, great turnout,” he told us, “We had 30 – 40 people, I’m hoping we raised $1500 for Carve 4 Cancer.” Talk about an efficient fundraiser. And what a blast too!

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So Close You Can Tap It

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*UPDATE 11/16/16* Wissahickon Brewing Company needs zoning adjustments for their tasting room.  The Gills go before neighbors in tonight’s East Falls zoning & land use meeting. Join us at Down’s Hall on Philly U’s campus at 7pm — WBC could use our support to open bring beer, food trucks, and music to this forgotten stretch of Schoolhouse.

A sneak peek behind the scenes as a new East Falls brewery nears completion.

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Having a brewery come to town for the first time in decades can make anybody excited but when it’s opening within 100 yards of your house (i.e.“stumbling distance”), it really amps up the anticipation. So we were giddy last Friday morning to see shiny new brewing tanks and fermenters arrive at the future location of the Wissahickon Brewing Company (WBCO) on School House Lane.

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Fantastic Fun at Fall Fest

What happens when you close Kelly Drive, and invite a couple hundred of your favorite neighbors to a party by the river? East Falls celebrates Autumn with beer, food trucks, dogs in costume, and more family-friendly activities than you can shake a pumpkin at. 

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This time each year, East Falls’ Fire Department shuts down Kelly Drive here as part of community outreach: they offer games, snacks, and activities to promote fire prevention awareness. Kids love exploring firetrucks, trying on equipment, sliding down big inflatable slides, etc. For one day, East Falls gets a really cool riverside playground.

Even more — we all get a whole park! With awesome views of our bridges, plus the steeples of St. Bridget’s and the historic rowhomes up Indian Queen Lane. For the last few years, Community Council has been adding booths, vendors, music, and more to create an exceptionally vibrant, well-rounded festival with something for everyone.

Thanks to Roxanne Gioia for sharing her terrific pictures, which we’ve added to our own in this photo-recap…

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Hark! Who Drinks There?

Parks, schmarks — in East Falls, we take over CASTLES! Join your neighbors Saturday October 1st for a pop-up beer garden at Undine Barge Club’s historic boathouse aka Castle Ringstetten. Plus: local artifacts to browse and buy. 

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When we first encountered Parks on Tap in July, the first question on our minds after “Is this Adirondack taken?” was “How can we do this in East Falls?” 

The answer, when we asked local saloon tycoon Mike Murphy, truly surprised us:  “If you’ve got a venue, I can make this happen.”

Helloooo, Castle Ringstetten! And the most generous and community-minded caretakers in the world, Paul and Joey. Thanks to them & Undine Barge Club members, East Falls’ll have Philly’s coolest pop-up tavern-on-the-river.

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