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Weekend Picks, 2/23-2/26

Thursday, February 23

Troegs Nugget Nectar Release Party

What:
2012 Nugget Nectar Release Party
Where: Kite & Key, 19th & Callowhill (Fairmount)
When: 5 PM–close, Thursday, February 23
Price: PAYG

Treogs Brewing is back at Kite & Key with this year’s batch of Nugget Nectar (Imperial Amber, 7.5%), as well as other Troegs brews including Scratch 56 (American Pale Ale, 6.3%).  

Troegs Late Night Happy Hour

What: Troegs Tap Takeover
Where: McCrossen’s Tavern, 20th & Spring Garden (Fairmount)
When: 10 PM–2 AM, Thursday, February 23
Price: PAYG

Expect to find Nugget Nectar among the four different Troegs drafts on offer, along with special prices on late night snacks.


Friday, February 24

Countdown to St. Patrick’s Da
y

What: Irish themed food and beer
Where: McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 13th & Chestnut (Center City)
When: 8 PM, Friday, February 24
Price: $2 cover, PAYG

The folks over at McGillin’s are getting antsy waiting for St. Patrick’s day, so this Friday (lasting all weekend) they are kicking off a Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Come in Friday night for live Irish music from Patsy Whelan & Maxie Courtney; O’Hara’s Irish Stout will be on tap alongside O’Reilly’s Stout from Sly Fox and Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Co.. Irish cocktails will also be available as well as dishes, including: bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, Irish lamb stew, and corned beef and cabbage – which will be available through to St. Patrick’s Day.  


Saturday, February 25

First Annual Bierfest

What: German Beerfest
Where: German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St.
When: 12–1 PM & 1–5 PM, Saturday, February 25
Price: $38 General admission, $25 for noon seminar

This Saturday, the German Society of Philadelphia is teaming up with Marnie Old (local drinks author) and the Philadelphia Roller Girls, to throw the first annual Bierfest. To celebrate a rich history of German brewing, 12 local breweries will be in-house pouring drafts; food  tastings will also be available courtesy of Brauhaus Schmitz. The festival lasts from 1–5 PM, a $38 admission price gets you access to the event, including unlimited samples from all 12 breweries; for $25 extra you can experience a tasting seminar led by Marnie Old at 12 PM. Be sure to stick around until 4 PM for an expert panel on ‘The Future of Craft Lager - PA’s Leadership in Brewing German-Style’, which will include Drink Philly’s own Adam Schmidt.


Sunday, February 26


Dogfish Head Weekend

What: Tap takeover and food pairing
Where: Devil’s Den, 11th & Ellsworth (South Philly)
When: Saturday 10:30 AM until Sunday 11:30 PM, February 25-26
Price: PAYG

All weekend Dogfish Head is taking over Devil’s Den with an impressive tap and bottle selection. Brews not being tapped until Sunday are: 2009 & 2010 World Wide Stout (15-20%), 2011 Red & White (Witbier, 10%), Buron Baton(Imperial IPA, 10%), Chateau Jiahu (10%) and whatever wasn’t polished off Saturday. For a full beer listing check out their Facebook event page.

"Off Centered" Beer Dinner

What: Four-course dinner with Dogfish Head beer pairings
Where: Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St. (Wash West)
When: 6 or 8 PM, Sunday, February 26
Price: $65 per person

Choose from three of chef Evan Turney's delicious food options for each course of this special dinner, and enjoy an "off centered" Dogfish Head brew to go along. Call 215-627-5200 for reservations.

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