Drink City: 5 events to put on your radar this week

By Randy LoBasso
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Victoria Freehouse

Deschutes and Ladders
Head to Varga Bar in Center City (10th and Spruce sts.) where they’ll be reimagining classic childhood entertainment with a game of what they’re calling Deschutes and Ladders. It’s pretty simple: Contestants will play the board game, except what you’re competing for is Deschutes Beer. Depending on your score, you could pay anywhere from $2 to full price for a pint of the Oregan-based brew.

Women and Beer
Carol Stoudt, the owner of Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown, will head out Wednesday night to Keg and Kitchen in Westmont, N.J. (90 Haddon Ave.), to discuss what it’s like being a woman in a male-dominated industry—while she offers you five of her delicious beers. Stoudt will be joined by Tara Nurin, the author/founder of “Beer and Babes,” a woman’s beer-tasting club. The brews, naturally, will be paired with fine eats.

Scottish Happy Hour
Over at the Victoria Freehouse (Front and Market sts.), they’re commemorating British History Week—which totally needs to exist! Having got Guy Fawkes Day out of the way already, on Thurs., Nov. 7 they’ll celebrate with a Scottish happy hour from 4 to 7 pm, featuring three variants of the 1824-established Macallan Scotch, plus pub snacks. Then, starting at 7, they’ll roll out a five-course Scotch dinner for $50, featuring pork belly, duck-breast risotto and lots more.

Wet Hop Rodeo and Ranchero Brunch
In Fishtown, Johnny Brenda’s (Frankford and Girard) will host the Wet Hop Rodeo and Ranchero Brunch on Sat., Nov. 9, featuring a roundup of local and national wet-hopped beers. What are those, you ask? Simple: beer brewed with freshly-cut hop flowers. Hops don’t last too long after being cut, which is why brewers often dry them before brewing—which probably accounts for most beer you drink. Some of those on tap include Victory Harvest Pils, Port Brewing High Tide and Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Harvest From the Hood. Brunch will take place 11 am to 3:30 pm.

Craft Beer Express Sexy Singles
Saturday is a Craft Beer Express day, and those sorts of activities often lend themselves to single people. At Standard Tap (Second and Poplar sts.), they’re going to be offering single-hopped beers, which is exactly what it sounds like: Each beer will have a single hop variety. The pay-as-you-go event, starting at 11 am, will feature a DJ, too; not a bad way to get your day started.

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