debut of two custom beers at Fette Sau, but there was also another surprise special guest in the house. Mayor Michael Nutter showed up for dinner, and joined Carroll, Sly Fox brewmaster Brian O'Reilly and Dock Street head brewer Scott Morrison for some conversation and a few photos.
Nutter had apparently read Craig LaBan’s rave review in the Inquirer, and wanted to check out the Fishtown BBQ joint for himself. After sharing a few sips with the team, he settled into a back table to dig into Carroll’s dry-rubbed smoked meats and vinegary sides.
Back up front at the bar, the new beers were creating buzz of their own. Carroll has served Sly Fox in his Brooklyn restaurant for years, and has apparently been asking O’Reilly to create a swankey-style beer since the two first met. When the Philadelphia outpost opened, they knew the collaboration had to happen.
“There aren't many records of this historic beer style,” O’Reilly told us, “I looked through a lot of homebrewer notes, did a lot of tests with anise, and finally came up with a beer I’d be happy to drink.” The resulting PA Swankey has onlya tinge of anise spice up front, and a pleasantly bitter finish. It’s like a spring version of a Christmas ale.
The Teuton Porter is also a good beer for this time of year, since it’s dark enough for winter but, because it’s brewed with lager yeast, drinks bright and light. At just 4.8% ABV, this is a sessionable porter that complements smoky meats quite well. Stop in to try out the new offerings - you never know who you’ll run into.