|Headhouse Farmers Market courtesy of Julia Koprak, ©2011|
On April 23, 1516, the government of Bavaria passed a law that is still in effect today, and Brauhaus Schmitz is throwing a 496th anniversary celebration. The Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law) restricted brewers to three ingredients - water, barley and hops (yeast had not yet been discovered) - and led to the creation of the standard for modern beer. At 5 PM, the South Street beer hall will offer free sips of Ramstein Maibock Wooden Barrel to all who care to join in the toast to an age-old tradition (267-909-8814).
Spring came early this year, so why not summer, too? Hasten the arrival of warmer temps with the launch of the newest offering from Philadelphia Brewing Company, Point Breeze Summer Lager. Enjoy the new community pop-up garden built outside American Sardine Bar at a party featuring $3 pours of the light, crisp ale, plus plenty of chef Scott Schroeder’s creative bar bites (6-9 PM; 215-334-2337).
Does the five-second rule really count? How strict is the expiration date on milk? As part of the week-long Philadelphia Science Festival, two scientists will lead a discussion on food safety at Rembrandt’s in Fairmount. Get a handle on what’s worth worrying about and what’s okay to let slide over interesting food samples and pay-as-you-go drinks (6:30 PM; 215-763-2228).
There's more to sparkling wine than just champagne and prosecco, and Vetri Family beverage director Steve Wildy knows all about these unusual treats. Snag a $35 ticket and spend the afternoon at Osteria learning about “other bubbles” as he leads you on a tasting journey through frizzantes, lambruscos and even an "undisgorged" Slovenian sparkler that he will open in a bucket of water. Enjoy light antipasti while you sip (2-4 PM; 215-763-0920).
By declaration of the Mayor, it’s officially Philly Tech Week, and the signature event to this celebration of science and innovation features an open bar and hors d’oeuvres alongside an expo of locally produced technology. Sip and nosh while you check out Kinnect-based virtual reality, an iPad caricaturist, robots and more futuristic fun at the Moore College of Art and Design, just off Logan Circle. Tickets are available online (6-9 PM; $35; 1916 Race St.).
Cupcakes may or may not have jumped the shark, but they’re still damn tasty, and certainly worth eating for a good cause. Area food bank Philabundance is hosting the second annual Cupcake Smash, pitting professional and amateur cake creators in a bake-off with a sure winner: you. A ticket to the event outside PYT in Northern Liberties scores you all you can handle of over 30 kinds of iced pastries, along with free drinks, live music and other nibbles (1-5 PM; $20 in advance; $25 at the door).
The city’s best farmers market is just one week away from returning on Sundays in Headhouse Square, and to whet your local and seasonal goods appetite, The Food Trust is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser. Take a seat under the shambles and enjoy a hearty brunch prepared by Mitch Prensky of Supper and Lemon Hill, including flapjacks topped with Spring Hill maple syrup and Three Springs Farm apple compote, plus plenty of Philly Fair Trade Roasters coffee. Tickets are limited (9 AM-1 PM; $25).