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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south philadelphia tap room – cheeseburger

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Name: Cheeseburger
Location: South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St., Philadelphia, PA 19145
Protein: Rineer Family Farms Grass Fed Beef
Bun: Baker Street Snowflake Bun
Toppings: Smoked cheddar, lettuce, beer-braised Country Time bacon, red onion, secret sauce
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: Fries, pickled vegetables, housemade ketchup
Price: $13.00

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Notes, etc.: This burger has been on my list to try for some time now. Fellow blogger Albert Yee (Messy & Picky) told me that SPTR makes his favorite burger and when I finally get to try it, to order it rare. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to order a burger rare, especially since many places can’t even sear a medium-rare burger properly enough and it just falls apart. Trusting Albert’s recommendation and having had Chef Scott Schroeder’s food before, I figured it was in my best interest to order it rare.

Talk about a flavor punch… this thing was incredible. From the moment the plate hits your table you can smell the smoke of the bacon. The cheddar was super melty and managed to make it onto every bite. The bacon was some SERIOUSLY thick cut bacon, but yet it was easy enough to bite off without a fight and packed a ton of flavor. The burger itself was very juicy and cooked right. That cross section is sure messy, but the Baker Street bun held together well to all the juices and weight.

I am now a believer in rare burger eating. This was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

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jerry’s bar – brunch burger

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Name: Brunch Burger
Location: Jerry’s Bar, 129 W Laurel St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Protein: Beef
Bun: Brioche (Toasted)
Toppings: Bacon, sunny side up egg, choice of cheese (I went with Cabot cheddar)
Burger to Bun Ratio: Perfect
Accompaniments: House cut fries and a pickle
Price: $13.50

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Notes, etc.: The burger was cooked over to well, when it was ordered medium rare, yet it was still juicy. The egg was not as runny as I prefer as it was cooked more hard at the center. The house cut fries were tasty. Large size was appropriate for curing a hangover and sending you back for your afternoon nap. I’m taking this visit as an off day, as it seemed as though the place was getting mobbed while we were there.

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cedar point bar & kitchen – burger

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My days as a Fishtown resident are unfortunately coming to an end. Fortunately, I was able to stop into Cedar Point one last time (hopefully not) before I move out.

I ordered the burger, despite all temptations to order the fried chicken & waffles. The burger is made from grass fed beef and then topped with pimiento aioli, Herdsman cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato. It’s served on a perfectly sized brioche bun from Baker Street in Chestnut Hill. The burger was perfectly cooked to medium-rare with a nicely charred exterior. It was very juicy and tasted great. Accompanying the burger was a generous portion of housecut regular and sweet potato fries. These were seasoned perfectly and had some crispy sweet potato fries (some places’ sweet potato fries don’t crisp too well).

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As my days wind down here, I’m going to have to come back again for another burger while I sit on the deck with a beer in my favorite Philly neighborhood.

ps. The lady ended up getting the lobster mac and cheese on special, which was incredible. If that’s on special again, get it!

Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen
2370 E Norris St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
215.423.5400

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local 44 – the 44 cheeseburger

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I’ve only been to Local 44 a few times and have always told myself I need to go more. Being a Fishtown resident, I rarely get myself to venture out to West Philly for a lot of things. Fortunately, prior to a show at the Mann Center, Local 44 was the perfect location for pre-show brews and bites.

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The 44 Cheeseburger is made up of ground sirloin and topped with housemade American cheese, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. It’s sandwiched between a fresh baked, toasted Metropolitan Bakery bun. It was just cooked right to medium-rare and the simple ingredients/toppings tasted great together. The bun, although perfectly sized and tough enough to hold up to the juices of the burger, was not my favorite. The crusty outside was a little too tough for me. That aside, it didn’t take much away from the already well made and tasty burger. Accompanying the burger was a good portion of awesome housecut fries. For only $10, this is a great burger for a lower than Philly-average price.

Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.222.2337

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