2012 Fall Guide: Beer & Food Events

By Stephen H. Segal
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Question: How does Frankford Avenue celebrate Oktoberfest? Answer: With an Oktoberfest Street Festival and Ceremonial Keg Tap. Starting at noon on Sept. 22, a full day and night of revelry will occupy the strip between Girard Avenue and Shackamaxon Street, as Great Lakes Brewing Co., Hofbrau and Spaten/Franziskaner all set up decorated tents and beer trucks. Host venue Frankford Hall, meanwhile, will serve up the food: Bavarian pretzels, rotisserie chicken and all the wursts.

Question: Is Yuengling really going to give everyone in Philly a free beer? Answer: It sure sounds like it. Sept. 28 has been dubbed National Drink Beer Day, and at precisely 6:30 p.m., Dick Yuengling is scheduled to appear on Comcast SportsNet to raise a glass to us all in a Phillywide Lager Toast. Check out yuengling.com for a list of 250 local bars that will be giving you a free bottle to hoist in response.

Question: Does it seem a little weird to use a children’s cartoon to promote an alcoholic event? Answer: Maybe—and yet. The Institute Bar is hosting its fourth annual Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Beer Festival on Oct. 6, turning the sidewalk at 12th and Green streets into a Linus-esque patch of orange-hued tastiness, starting the day with a $15 pumpkin brunch at 9 a.m. before opening up at 11 a.m. for a long-into-the-night showcase of 50 different pumpkin beers and ciders. And, of course, pie.

Question: What the hell do vampires have to do with beer, food, autumn or Philly? Answer: The city’s most erudite drinking night, the monthly Science on Tap happy-hour lecture series hosted at National Mechanics in Old City, has scheduled local Dracula scholar Kathy Haas of the Rosenbach Museum & Library to hold forth on The Science of Vampires at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8, exploring the biological realities that lie beneath Bram Stoker’s most famous literary creation. Eat, drink, listen and be merry—or, at least, be relieved that no fang-toothed humanoid carnivore is drinking in turn from the viscous tap of your jugular.

Question: Is PW going to feed you well once again this November? Answer: You know it! Our sixth annual Taste of Philly event returns to the Crystal Tea Room on Nov. 14, offering up a glorious sampling of the menus of some 35 local restaurants for just $35. Last year’s event sold out to a packed room of 1,100 hungry readers—so stay tuned at philadelphiaweekly.com for the latest details.

Question: Is there a way to make the National Constitution Center’s upcoming fall exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, even niftier? Answer: How about if Philly Beer Week takes over the center on Nov. 15 and holds a Bathtub Beer Fest , re-creating authentic period brews served straight from the tub, Prohibition-style? The $45 ticket price covers three hours of beverage sampling, admission to the exhibit, and an appearance by exhibit co-creator Daniel Okrent, author of the book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

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