brewer’s plate 2014

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Two Sundays ago, Fair Food celebrated it’s 10th annual Brewer’s Plate! For its 10th anniversary, the event was held at the Kimmel Center, a change from its previous venue of the National Constitution Center for the past two years.

Cherry Grove Farm from Lawrenceville, NJ

Cherry Grove Farm from Lawrenceville, NJ


In typical Brewer’s Plate fashion, local restaurants/farms were paired up with local breweries throughout. The VIP section this year included a sausage contest, being judged by some Philly famous celebrities, such as Marc Summers (Nickelodeon’s Double Dare), Sheena Parveen (NBC 10 Weather), and Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles).

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Some of the tastiest dishes served included the English banger terrine with curried egg by Chef Sam Jacobson of Southwark, whom was being paired with Nodding Head Brewery. Nodding Head also served this interesting beer named, Lava. Named for it’s strong lavender and vanilla flavors.

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El Camino Real made a “drunken” maple bacon shake infused with Weyerbacher Old Heathen. That was delicious. I wanted them to fill my taster glass with it!

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Ari Miller from 1732 Meats had his black peppercorn bacon in a BLT at the DiBruno Bros. table paired with a beer & cheese soup.

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Samuel Adams offered some great beers, including Rebel IPA poured through a Citra & Amarillo filled Randall and their tasty Flemish red, Stony Brook Red.

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It was exciting to see some new local breweries such as Evil Genius Beer Company and Conshohocken Brewing Company, who will be opening a space soon!

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The Guerilla Ultima Food Truck served unforgettable lechon (roasted Berkshire pig) with sauces made from Evil Genius & Conshohocken Brewing’s beers.

Brewers Plate was and is always a blast. The change in venue, I thought, was a much better fit for the volume of people at the event. If you’ve been always thinking about going, pull the trigger next year!

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brewer’s plate 2013

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A few Sundays ago was Fair Food‘s 9th annual Brewer’s Plate! Brewer’s Plate was held for the second time at the National Constitution Center. This celebration of all things local was a great time. Several restaurants and farms were paired up with breweries to offer food and drink pairings. Here are some photos from the event (Tria’s Dunbarton Bleu Cheese and Consider Bardwell Rupert cheeses shown above):

Table for Fair Food Farmstand, located in Reading Terminal Market.

Table for Fair Food Farmstand, located in Reading Terminal Market.

VIPs were able to experience a guided tasting with Talula's Table's Aimee Olexy.

VIPs were able to experience a guided tasting with Talula’s Table’s Aimee Olexy.

Southwark's Pork Pate was paired w/ Nodding Head's BPA (not pictured).

Southwark’s Pork Pate was paired w/ Nodding Head’s BPA (not pictured).

The crew from Alla Spina, Steve Wildy & Chef Mike DeGanis, having some fun.

The crew from Alla Spina, Steve Wildy & Chef Mike DeGanis, having some fun.

Local brewers Forest & Main had some brews for tasting.

Local brewers Forest & Main had some brews for tasting.

Marcos Espinoza (Side Project Jerky) and Hahri Shin.

Marcos Espinoza (Side Project Jerky) and Hahri Shin.

London Grill's Duck Confit Banh Mi which was paired w/ Desaito Hard Cider

London Grill’s Duck Confit Banh Mi which was paired w/ Desaito Hard Cider

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beer: narragansett summer ale


Ryan Hudak of In Search of Beer is back to review Narragansett’s summer ale.

This summer, I’ve been trying to do three things: run at least four times a week, try to avoid leaving air conditioning at all costs, and explore lighter, more refreshing summer beers. While I’ve been having mild success with the first two (they don’t really go hand-in-hand, after all), I’ve been able to make a lot of headway on the third item. Oddly enough, one of my discoveries came as I was blatantly ignoring #2 on my list and camping.

The Narragansett Summer Ale, from Rhode Island, is a light, crisp and clean blonde ale that doesn’t overwhelm in any sense. It’s 4.2% ABV allows you to “refresh” yourself multiple times throughout the day while the citra hops lend the flavor of grapefruit and citrus. These flavors blend perfectly with the pale malts to give you a laid back and refreshing beer that’s not only highly drinkable, but highly affordable ($26.99 for a case of 18-oz cans).

When the weather has been such that you break a sweat just opening the front door to get your mail, the last thing you want to be drinking is anything that reminds you of thick chocolate milk or bitter hop syrup. Keep it light and keep the alcohol low and you’ll have a much better time than if you were sitting in the sun drinking a 14% barleywine—trust me, I’ve already made that mistake this year.

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the industry – the industry burger


The Industry, the new industry dedicated restaurant/bar by the folks who own Good Dog Bar, has been open for almost a month now in Pennsport. The menu features several delicious sounding items, but what brought me there Monday was The Industry Burger. More particularly, on Mondays, they have a special titled, Burger & Bubbles. The deal is you get The Industry Burger paired with either the “Dive Bar” option, a bottle of Miller High Life, or the “Fine Dining” option, a glass of sparkling Cava.

The Industry Burger is a 1/4 lb. patty made from ground brisket topped with Cabot cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickle mayo. It’s served on a sesame seed bun and accompanied with Kennebec shoestring fries and a side of ketchup. You have the option of having a single, double, or triple burger, as well as adding Nueske’s slab bacon.


You’re not asked how you want it cooked, they take care of that. The thin, 1/4 lb. patty was cooked perfectly to medium-rare! The cheddar was melty, sharp, and complimented the burger well. The red onions weren’t overwhelming. I think some places give you way too many and they gave you a perfect amount here. The burger was delicious. The fries are insanely good. They’re perfectly salty and addictive in that “fast-food” French fry way.

The bun is a little thick, so next time I may get a double to get the vertical meat to bread ratio a little closer. Yup, I just said that…

Here’s my dining partner‘s “Fine Dining” Industry Burger paired with a glass of sparkling Cava:

The beer list is great, the cocktails tasted good (I tried some of my friend’s), and the burger is absolutely delicious. I will surely be coming back to The Industry.

The Industry Bar
1401 E Moyamensing Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.271.9500

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lancaster brewing company: harrisburg – prime burger


Since I was going to be in Harrisburg for almost a week, I did some research on some places to check out. I don’t remember Lancaster Brewing Company having a spot out there a couple years ago, but they certainly had one this time.


The Prime Burger comes on a fresh bun with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, and tomato. It’s accompanied by house cut fries and a slice of a house pickle. Like most of my other recent burgers, it was overcooked to medium. It wasn’t bad though. The burger had a pleasant char from the grill and tasty bacon. The burger was also appropriately sized for the bun.


The main reason I went to LBC was to have some brews! I started off with the Double Chocolate Milk Stout. Following that, I ordered a sampler which I split with a friend. The sampler came with 12 beers, 3 of which were special blends. The 9 beers were: Country Cream Ale, Milk Stout, Strawberry Wheat, Gold Star Pilsner, Celtic Rose, Fest Beer, Lancaster Lager, Amish Four Grain Pale Ale, and Hop Hog IPA. The 3 special blends were a Chocolate Covered Strawberry (75% Milk Stout, 25% Strawberry Wheat), Strawberry Rose (50% Strawberry Wheat, 50% Celtic Rose), and Hog’s Milk (Milk Stout, Hop Hog IPA). My favorite was easily the Double Chocolate Milk Stout.

Lancaster Brewing Company
469 Eisenhower Blvd.
Harrisburg, PA 17111
717.564.4448

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