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Stop and No!

Community activists finally got a win against “Stop and Go” corner liquor stores as Governor Wolf signed a bill last month cracking down on these nuisance establishments.

Pictured (l to r): Darece Williford, Cheryl Spencer, Pam DeLissio, and Denise Whittaker – three members of the Community Action Group with Rep DeLissio.

For years, activists in Allegheny West fought what seemed a losing battle against a surge of corner convenience stores whose only convenience seemed to be cheap beer and alcohol shots to go. Advertisements outside for cheesesteaks, hoagies and Chinese food didn’t square with what was inside — no chairs, tables, or even food.

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Grandma Got Run Over by Some Rein-beers

Favorite beers to take the pain out of reindeer/pedestrian collisions over the holidays.

It’s the holiday season once again and I’m already suffering from the Holi-daze.

Holi-Daze (n): Confused & anxious behavior exhibited between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, associated with family gatherings, extensive travels, enormous meals, unwarranted advice, excruciating Christmas song radio play, long checkout lines, and overall yuletide yada yada yada.

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and he LOVES beer! Think about it, who other than a beer bellied, heavily-bearded, red-nosed, jolly fat guy, who lives in an arctic climate with flying reindeer and elves, and insists on spreading goodwill and cheer during the holiday season, could be responsible for such great seasonal beer offerings! Okay, so take away the below-freezing temperatures, reindeer, and elves and I just described every brewer, beer-geek, and heavier hipster I know……but I WANT TO BELIEVE!

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Tapping Out

Falls Taproom has closed and the neighborhood is bummed. (But not, evidently, all that surprised.)

After more than a decade on Midvale – and months of online debate — this cozy bar/restaurant shuttered its doors last October. Co-owner Jess Mellen-Graaf’s poignant Facebook 10/16 post followed soon after:

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Ya Gotta Be Pumpkin Kidding Me

Oh my gourd, it’s pumpkin beer season again! Here are some of JK’s top picks

It’s that time again….the time of year where EVERYTHING from coffee, pancakes, lip-gloss to even our beloved beers, become beholden to the great pumpkin gods and are infused with everything pumpkin.  No need to worry, if you are not a pumpkin fan, this columnist understands your plight and, as always, I write for everyone, so I’ll also being reviewing some great Oktoberfest beers which are easily enjoyed in this beautiful fall weather.

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Local Tap Takeover Times Two

Welcoming our favorite beer to our favorite bar: WBC brings two of their most popular brews to Murphy’s. EFL was there!

When Tim Gill of Wissahickon Brewing Company reached out to us in email about his brewery’s first local keg delivery to Murphy’s, we dropped everything and raced right over. And it wasn’t just the chance to toast the occasion with the first drafts.

Then again, maybe it was.

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Hold Your Beer

Feats of strength & great prizes from Victory Brewing at Castle Ringstetten. With Billy Murphy’s Beer Garden and the behemoth Tapasaurus!

Masskrugstemmen – or, beer stein holding – is a Bavarian competition that’s pretty self explanatory: you see who can hold their beer in one hand the longest. A full liter glass stein. Straight out in front of you. Parallel to the floor or you’re out.

How long do you think you could last?

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EFFF: East Falls’ Frank Furness

Come to the Castle for East Falls Oktoberfest! This historic boathouse is one of the few remaining buildings by Frank Furness, a gun-toting, spear-stabbing Civil War hero with a flair for mad design. 

You’ll see this September 30th — Frank Furness was one sassy architect!

When the rest of Philadelphia (and the US, really) was still copying Europe, he looked West to define a bold new style unlike anything seen before. He’s also the only famous architect ever to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Castle on Tap is Back

Parks, schmarks — in East Falls, we take over CASTLES! Join guests and neighbors for a pop-up beer garden at Undine Barge Club’s historic boathouse aka Castle Ringstetten.

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Hard Pressed to Drink Better

Last year we had a brewery open, this year it’s a cidery in nearby Germantown with cozy tasting room steeped in local history. BONUS: their fool-proof recipe you can try at home!  

Young American Cider is an emerging Germantown business producing distinctive hard ciders with crisp and complex profiles that we desperately want to tell you is available for purchase.

But no! They’re still jumping thru LCB hoops before they can sell their product – however they can provide it free at tastings.

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Beer Gardens a Go-Go

Beer’s back in the Falls this year — big-time!  The huge success of Wissahickon Brewing Company’s grand opening last April has kicked off a whole series of pop-up beer gardens, including a mid-summer pool party in Art Deco grandeur. 

Last fall, some neighbors were doubtful that Wissahickon Brewing Company’s proposed “tasting room” on Schoolhouse would attract any new business to the area outside of rowdy college students.  Famous last words from the zoning meeting: “Who goes out for craft beer when they’ve got kids at home?”  Ummm… everyone?

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