Drink City: 7 ultra-cool events on tap this month

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1. Victoria Freehouse Pie and a Pint Thursdays. The British love their pies. There’s pork pie, cottage pie, mince pie, lamb mint pie—basically, the animal flesh you shove between two pieces of bread, they bake in pie form. So to celebrate the ancient European coastal tradition of inserting oddly-spiced meat and potatoes in a tin, covering it in bread and heating it up, The Victoria Freehouse in Old City has created their own tradition: Every Thursday, when you head to the British-themed watering hole on Front Street, you can enjoy a freshly-baked British pie and a 20 oz. Imperial pint for $15. Their particular pie combination includes Cornish pastries, lamb mint, potato pasties, steak and ale, and chicken mushroom. Thursdays, 5pm-midnight. $15. The Victoria Freehouse, 10 S. Front St. victoriafreehouse.com


2. Skinky Sunday with Tomme Arthur.
The Nodding Head Brewery is one of our favorite places, and cheese is one of our favorite things. So, we’d be remiss not to recommend their Stinky Sunday event with California’s Port Brewing and Lost Abbey head brewer Tomme Arthur. Arthur is well-known in the beer community for creating fruit-spiked, sour and oak-aged beers, and Serious Eats claims a single taste of one of his beers will both expand your palate and blow your mind. The event, which takes place from 2 to 4pm, will pair some stinky cheeses with “ridiculously good beers,” as the bar says. Beers that’ll be specifically paired with the cheeses for a strong beginning and palate-cleansing finish will be featured at this pay-as-you-go event—which, by the way, is not on a Sunday. Fri., May 2, 2-4pm. Nodding Head Brewery, 1516 Sansom St. noddinghead.com


3. Meet & Greet & Drink La Trappe.
The Netherlands’ La Trappe beer makers at De Koningshoeven Brewery are crossing the world and hitting Philadelphia for an event at the Belgian. La Trappe itself has operated as a monastic brewery going all the way back to the 1884, and the beers are inspired by, and benefit, the monastery way of life. At the Fairmount bar will be Anthony Van Hecke, export manager of La Trappe; Adam Shulte of Artisanal Imports; and Andrew Taggart from Shangy’s. All expert beer makers and bringers-of-beer will be on hand to tell you what you’re drinking and what’s so special about it. They’ll be pouring La Trappe Jubilaris (a Belgian dark ale), Witte (a white ale) and Quad (a quadruple ale) at this pay-as-you-go event. Sat., May 3. 9am-7pm. $50. Belgian Café, 601 N. 21st St. thebelgiancafe.com


4. Philly Homebrew Big Brew Event.
May 3 marks the AHA’s Big Brew, and The Philly HomeBrew Outlet will be celebrating The National Homebrew Day event in their very own parking lot starting at 9am. The shop took home the title of Philly Beer Scene’s “Homebrew Shop of the Year” and will be participating for a third year in a row, brewing one share of five gallons of a Russian Imperial Stout inspired by Left Hand Brewing’s “Wake Up Dead” and a one-year barrel-aged lambic brewed using a 12-step turbid mash and aged for 364 days. All the same recipes, barrels and “bugs” will be used. Bringing your own equipment is required, and the event is limited to 10 shares. Sat., May 3, 9am-7pm. $50. Philly Homebrew Outlet, 1447 N. American St. phillyhomebrew.com


5. 11th Anniversary Party & Big Brew Day.
Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery and Yards Brewing Company will be partnering for National Homebrew Day— and they’ll be doing it outside the Old Eagle Tavern. The event will also mark the 11th anniversary of both breweries, and they’ll be celebrating by taking $1 off all draft beers all day long with a complimentary brunch buffet.The Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery is based in Lafayette Hill and will be featuring selections from their 30 drafts >>> of best craft and imported beers created by award-winning head brewer Scott Morrison (six-time winner of GABF, World Beer Cup bronze medalist).Yards Brewing Company is one of the largest based in the Philadelphia area and, according to the New York Times, produces “one of the best pale ales in the country.” The YTM Homebrew will be brewing a batch of beer sampling some of their greats at the event. Sun., May 4, 11am-5pm. Old Eagle Tavern, 175 Markle St. oldeagletavern.com


6. PA Battle RoyAle.
10 of Pennsylvania’s breweries will compete in the first annual PA Battle RoyAle to take home the title of overall best brewery in Pennsylvania. Of the 10, six surefire contenders will be featured, including Neshaminy Creek Brewing, two years old and based in Croydon, offering five year-round beers; Saucony Creek Brewing Company, creator of the “Kutztown Lagerbier” based in Kutztown and awarded Best New Brewer of 2013, specializing in seasonal ales and stouts; Troegs Brewing Company, established in 1997 and based in Hershey, Pa., producing six year-round and five seasonal beers and bronze and gold medalist winners at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival; Victory Brewing Co, based in Downingtown and opened in 1996, featuring seasonal and year-round beers like Victory Lager; Weyerbacher Brewing Co., based in Easton, opened in 1995 and home of the Brewers’ Select Beers; and last but not least, the Yards Brewing Company, one of the largest in the city and 2012 winner of Philly Beer Scene’s “Best Session Beer.” Tues., May 6, 7-10pm. Time, 1315 Sansom St. timerestaurant.net


7. Beer School at Memphis Taproom.
Port Fishington’s Memphis Taproom will host a beer school event to teach customers about the specialty beers served at the bar and restaurant. The beers on tap are still to be determined, but those in attendance will be happy to know that their donation will go to supporting Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger across the country and in Philadelphia. Wed., May 7, noon-2pm. Memphis Taproom, 2331 East Cumberland St. memphistaproom.com // Compiled by Randy LoBasso and Sarai Flores

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