|Growlers hosts Yards Brewery on Thursday|
The two main ingredients of beer are malts and hops, and the flavors of different styles swing between the two. Old City’s Khyber Pass Pub is hosting a face-off between two extremes in an all-day drinking battle called “HopScotch.” At one end are hoppy IPAs, American pale ales and double IPAs, and at the other are malty Scotch ales and what are known as "wee heavies." Which do you prefer? Stop in and find out, you might also score a cool limited edition t-shirt (215-238-5888).
If you didn’t get oystered-out over Valentine’s Day, get your fix at SoWe in Graduate Hospital. Tuesdays from 5-10 PM bring dollar oysters, which you can order raw or fried (aka “naked or dressed,” in the restaurant’s lingo). To go along, take advantage of a the $2 tallboy beer of the week, which can also be paired with a shot of Jim Beam for a total of $5 (215-545-5790).
Chestnut Hill’s Mica is hosting a special four-course dinner focused on lamb. Your $45 seat brings lamb three ways from chef Chip Roman, including charred tataki-style, leg slow-cooked with sweet potato ravioli and loin slow-roasted with rosemary. Follow it up with banana panna cotta for dessert. Wine and beer pairings will also be available, call for reservations (267-335-3912).
Growlers is throwing a party with Yards Brewing Company from 4 PM-close. “Major Yardage” will bring brewers to the Bella Vista bar along with several one-of-a-kind beers by the Delaware Avenue brewery. Look for bourbon-barrel-aged Love Stout, ‘09 vintage Olde Bartholomew barleywine, a firkin of Trubbel de Yards and other rarities. Everything is pay as you go (267-519-3242).
When you’re an Irish pub, not to mention the city’s oldest bar, St. Patrick’s Day is a monthlong celebration, or at least a holiday that needs a month’s worth of training to do right. “St. Practice Daze” starts February 22 at McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Midtown Village with live Irish music, green beer and Irish food. Partiers, start your drinking engines (215-735-5562).
Make your day drinking even sweeter by preceding it with some intense yoga. Victory Brewing Company is hosting its second monthly “beer and yoga” event at its Downingtown facility. A 10 AM yoga class will be followed by light appetizers and plenty of Victory brews. All-inclusive $25 tickets are available here (610-873-0881).
It’s the first day of the first-ever East Passyunk Restaurant Week. More than 25 restaurants on the hot South Philly strip will offer $15, $25 and $35 prix-fixe menus at lunch and dinner, so make sure to scoop up your advance reservations.