Eat Beat loves beer. A lot. So when a new brewpub opens, we hustle over to inspect the goods. Dock Street opened on Aug. 20 in the old firehouse and former farmers market on Baltimore Avenue. We went for the beer, but the pizza turned out to be the surprise star of the show. Chef Daniele Tomasi has "turned flour and yeast into a miracle," says owner Rosemarie Certo. The restaurant is fairly minimalist: Copper kettles set behind glass offer a view of brewing in real time, subway tiles cover the walls, and a long bar runs the length of the room. Our beers were bright and fresh. Although the white beer--a coriander-laced brew--was a bit wan in the spice department, a rye IPA stood proud, punchy and pine-forest strong. There's a strictly Pennsylvania wine list as well, but you're here for the beer, right? Actually, you might find yourself here for the pizza too. >> Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th St. 215.726.2337. www.dockstreetbeer.com
Check It Out!
After years of passing by the empty Carriage House Caf� (on the corner of 13th and Buttonwood) and wondering why some entrepreneur didn't revamp it into a pub, the wondering is over. Standard Tap bartender Paul Browning and former Rembrandt's and Copa Too! bartender Kelly Canavan have gutted the place, turning it into Maker's Local, a neighborhood bar that brightens up the Loft District (a neighborhood that otherwise feels pretty bleak after the sun goes down). It's a very masculine place, with warm-hued woods and rumpled couches that seem cribbed from a well-stocked bachelor pad, although someone with a feminine side clearly recommended the sponge painting that covers the walls. Serving tasty Sly Fox stout on tap earns it extra kudos. >> Maker's Local, 501 N. 13th St. 215.627.0731. www.myspace.com/makerslocal
Drink It Now Before It's Over!
Like white shoes and barbecues, Center City Sips--the summertime Wednesday happy hour--is dunzo after Labor Day. On Wed., Aug. 29, enjoy the last opportunity to drink for less in some of Center City's finer boites, which will serve $4 cocktails, $3 wines, $2 beers and $1 appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. We've been to a few of these, and while they tend to be teeming clusterfucks of sweaty humanity shouting drink orders at overworked bartenders, they've become something of a tradition, and we're nothing if not a slave to tradition. Participating restaurants include XIX, Susanna Foo, Devil's Alley and Alfa, among others. >> www.centercityphila.org/summerinthecity
Should you desire to eat before, during or after dancing and drinking at the Walnut Room on the second floor of this location, head directly downstairs to this spot that focuses on fun, rather than serious, comfort food. Judging from the length and prominence of the bar, drinks are still of primary importance on the first floor as well....