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Just opened this year, Spruce Street Harbor Park includes a beer garden on the Delaware River
From big dogs like Victory and Yards to a handful of local craft brewers, Philadelphia's beer scene has long been on the national map. But what's quietly been brewing behind the scenes the past few years is the way the city serves its beloved beer to its people. Under the Ben Franklin Bridge. In front of the Art Museum. Adjacent to Independence Hall. Between Pat's and Gino's. On the banks of the Delaware River. These are just a few of the notorious locations you'll find one of the city's summer beer gardens.
Some of the beer gardens are privately run as an extension of a restaurant's catering service, but most of the pop-up variety are sponsored by the city and/or an organization. In total, over a dozen can be found occupying public spaces throughout Philly. A few are part of larger projects, like the one at the brand-new Spruce Street Harbor Park, a new public park at Penn's Landing. Others, like the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop Up Garden, transform vacant lots by putting a literal spin on the term "beer garden."
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Good news for those who enjoy an in-flight happy hour, as once again United Airlines is reaching into the craft beer cellar and picking out a new selection.
The airline is continuing their partnership with Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, as this time it’s the Goose IPA that is being loaded into the beverage cart. This is beverage option number two from United and Goose Island, as they have already been serving up 312 Urban Wheat Ale for a little bit of time. Eventually the Goose IPA will replace the former option, as United looks to rollout the new ale worldwide throughout April.
Heavenly converted a ski groomer into a DJ booth
Lake Tahoe, like many ski areas across the country, have had a tough winter in terms of total snow accumulation. South Lake Tahoe's Heavenly Resort has relied on its snow-making system - one of the country's best - and the epic views to stay in good spirits. This past weekend, those views combined with sunny skies and soft snow to kick off the spring skiing a month early. And with spring skiing comes a refocused mindset, one that switches the emphasis from the number of runs to the number of beers.
South Lake Tahoe is no stranger to a good party. Split between Nevada and California, casinos and clubs mingle with a hang loose mentality to create a party atmosphere both on and off the hill. In one of the more creative efforts we've seen by a ski area in past years, Heavenly converted one of its ski groomers into a DJ booth. It can be moved around the mountain for different events, but typically finds itself parked outside of the Unbuckle Après Party at Tamarack Lodge (which, for the record, is the only on-mountain apres party we've seen that has go-go dancers).
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When you combine Sedona’s arid nature with its enticing outdoor opportunities, it’s pretty much a guarantee that visitors will find themselves thirsty at the end of the day. Lucky then that the town has a hell of a watering hole to fall into in the form of its local brewery, Oak Creek Brewery.
Oak Creek brewery has been around since 1995, and it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with plenty of shiny hardware to hang around its neck. It still serves beer at its taproom at the brewery, but its solid lineup of beers and subsequent success prompted it to open a second location in 2001. Both serve the same beer, but there’s a major difference in the atmosphere, one you should certainly be aware of when visiting.
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Now Southwest flights will stock Leinenkugel's seasonal craft selections, along with Dos Equis Lager Especial . We recognize that these aren’t necessarily the microbrews you might be looking for, but we’ve never frowned upon a more varied selection.
It’ll be $5 for either of these new options, or you can you use one of your Rapid Rewards drink coupons. The options from Leinenkugel will change with the seasons, so expect Snowdrift Vanilla Porter if you’re flying anytime soon. Other options will include Summer Shandy during warmer weather, and Oktoberfest in the fall.
Oh—and if you need something to go alongside your drink there’s always peanuts. Southwest is transitioning back to honey roasted peanuts—they’re free—throughout the rest of 2015.
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Ribs at Angelo's Barbecue in Fort Worth
We've talked up the metro-cowboy contrast and cattle drive history that makes Fort Worth special, but now it's time to get down to the good old fashion Texas appeal: Barbecue, beer, and bourbon. In this addition of Street Food Friday, we round up a few of our favorite Fort Worth establishments:
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We have to admit: when we planned a trip to Bordeaux last year we expected a fairly conservative, overly touristy wine city. What we found, however, was a hip and happening sort of place where even the wine trade plays it cool at school.
Determined to get right into the wine scene, we booked a two-hour wine workshop at L’Ecole du Vin, run by Bordeaux’s official wine association, the Conseil Interprofessionnel du vin de Bordeaux (from now on known as the CIVB because we don’t want to have to type that out again). We walked into a high-tech, all-white and walnut laboratory of which Louis Pasteur would be proud.
(Check out the pics in the photo gallery below!)
We have talked about up in the air beers time and time again, and thankfully we continue to do so. That’s because the options continue to improve, and although nothing can replace a pint at the pub—we’re getting some pretty great traytable options.
Delta is the latest to up their offerings, as they recently announced sevencount 'em, SEVENnew craft beer options for the in-flight beverage cart. Sips and suds from Ballast Point Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Stone Brewing Company are just some of the new options.
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The holiday travel season is in full swing, and that means the uncertainty of a layover, an inconvenience, or just some generalized airport anxiety. That’s where alcohol comes into the picture! We’re kidding of course, but a nice glass of wine at the airport never seems to make things worse.
Better than a dingy airport bar is a classy and clean wine bar, and you can’t get much better than Vino Volo. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that they have plenty of locations at airports around the globe, and that they offer up free WiFi along with some light bites to eat. So whether it’s a chardonnay or some merlot to go – here’s where to find each and every airport location of Vino Volo:
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A bar is the last place you want to walk around shoeless. Broken glass, spilled beer, and oh-God-what's-on-the-bathroom-floor leave you nervous even in a pair of boots, let alone barefoot.
But a certain bar in Ghent, Belgium asks for a shoe as a glass deposit. That's an easy way to ensure nobody steals your mugs.
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The Daytona Beach area isn't exactly a cuisine scene, but any visitor willing to venture further than the nearest pizza place will quickly find that it should be. And now that we've shared when to go to Daytona Beach, it's time to discuss the food situation.
Most of our favorites ended up being outside the central downtown area, but easily reachable by rental car.
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As you gaze across from Porto to Gaia, the "wine caves" will stand out for two reasons. The first, as we discussed yesterday, is that many of their terracotta-tiled roofs have turned black. The second is a bit more obvious. Regardless of where you are on the Porto side of the river, you will be able to see the huge signs on top of the wineries that announce their respective brands.
Despite the fact that the wine-producing region of the Douro Valley has always been culturally associated with Portugal, many of the vineyards have British roots that go back to the 1700s. Although most have changed hands over the course of time, there is still one brand, Taylor’s, that has remained owned by its original British family since it opened its doors in 1692.
Aside from its continued role as one of the region’s top port producers and a continued innovator within the style, its history also lends itself as a good place to start for some perspective on Port.