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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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Aerial view of needle-topped Liberty One Place (center)
The new project will be aimed at giving visitors a new look at the City of Brotherly Love. It will be on the interior of the top floor of Liberty One Place, the second-tallest skyscraper in the city (Comcast Center is the tallest). And, perhaps more significantly, it will be managed and operated by the Paris-based Montparnasse 56 Group (M56), that seems to specialize in creating attractions. It already has observation projects in Chicago, Paris, and Berlin that attract a million visitors a year and include restaurants and private event space to boot.
On January 1st, the city of Philadelphia will host the 115th Annual Mummers Parade. That's well over a century of tradition taking place on a pretty high-profile day. But drive outside the city limits of Philly, and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who understands the history behind the event. Even many local residents can't answer the question with confidence, resulting in a murky past that has most people scratching their heads.
And that might be one of the main reasons why the parade is dying. The Philadelphia Inquirer put out a grim report on the dwindling participation, attendance, and finances that were the core of the parade for the last century. This year, things are so bad that the route has been reduced by two-miles, cutting out the South Philly neighborhoods where the parade was born.
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Tuesday, September 23 marked the first official day of Autumn and, while some parts of our nation are still basking in overly Summer-y temperatures, the mercury is dropping in others. This is the time of year that Mother Nature sheds her green clothes in lieu of a more vibrant and colorful wardrobe and there's no better place than to witness this in our National Parks and Forests.
These protected pockets of nature are devoted to conservation and education efforts, not to mention they provide a dazzling kaleidoscope of hues once the season changes. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of the the best places for scoring a few captivating snaps of this fall phenomenon:
We’re not saying hunting is cool and we’re not saying that it’s not, but we are passing along new about the rare opportunity to do it at the airport. The Pittsburgh International Airport is looking to control the wildlife in and around the airport grounds, and they’re holding a little bit of a lottery to offer up the chance to thin the population.
It’s not really at the airport in the traditional sense, but it is on land owned by the count airport authority. It’s archery only, and this year things will be limited to less than 1,000 acres or so. They’ve done this in the past as well, but this year due to development and other airport awesomeness—there's less land available, and we guess that's good for the deer!
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After a long winter it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season and warmer weather than with a little food and a little wine. April is packed with food festivals for the next few weekends, so now’s the time to cancel those plans with the family and head out on your own getaway. Here’s three spots worth checking out.
Pebble Beach Food & Wine – April 10 – 13
If you’re not already in California you have until tomorrow to get there, as the events surrounding Pebble Beach Food & Wine kick off tomorrow and run throughout the weekend. Expect celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, plenty of sips and samples, and of course event after event tailored to your food favorites. Most of the cooking demonstrations start at around $100, and things go up from there.
Plenty of tickets are still available on what they call an “a la carte”—ha—basis, but you can also go all in an order a package of events. Things start off at around $1,000 for their magnum set of events, and things get pricier as you select from the jeroboam or imperial options.
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Last fall, we explained why there are so many murals in Philadelphia and recommended one of our favorite tours to help you explore them. This spring, the city’s Mural Arts Program will debut several new tours that will give visitors a fresh taste of its infamous wall art. All tours are led by guides who explain the mural-making process, the neighborhood history, how the murals are made, and the stories behind them.
You can see all the tours and prices here, and below, we list the newcomers set to debut this spring. Each takes you through a different part of the city and focuses on the unique art history of the respective neighborhood:
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The commercials for sales have started, Starbucks has their seasonal selections, and of course the local Target is already stocking Christmas trees, lights, and decorations—it may be November but it’s time to celebrate the season. Even beer festivals are getting in the mood well in advance, so here’s a couple holiday and winter brew fests where you can toast to the season a little bit early.
BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest - San Francisco
Free that ugly holiday sweater from the plastic bin under your bed, as it’s time to celebrate the season at the BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest in San Francisco. This year’s events take place on November 21—the Thursday before Thanksgiving—between 6pm and 10pm at the Fort Mason Center. Organizers are promising over 200 different seasonal and specialty beers, brews, sips, and ciders from over 100 different breweries. Tickets will set you back $45 in advance, and don’t forget your ID—it’s 21 and older only.
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"Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay." It's a cute slogan, and believe it or not it comes from the tourism board of Philadelphia, PA.
The words are backed up by a new commercial following the "selfie" antics around the city by drag queen Miss Richfield 1981, all with the aim of driving Gay Travel to Philly. So what's the big deal? Well, this is actually only the third commercial by a US destination focused on the LGBT audience, and yet here we are in 2013.
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Rainn and his fellow Office cast mates were on their way to Scranton for The Office Wrap Party but their plans were derailed when their flight from Philly to Scranton left 10 minutes early. After missing the flight, Rainn unleashed a Twitter rant on U.S. Airways.
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A slice of Michigan ABC pie
Happy National Pie Day! Yes, this is a real thing and yes, it totally warrants a cheer of "America, f*ck yeah!" Pie is awesome, having a day just to celebrate it is awesome, so go get you some awesome pie.
Or let pie come to you...
Michigan kinda feels sad for everyone who doesn't live in their state, a state where bakeries average 30 fresh pie varieties daily. So, just for today, Michigan will ship out Grand Traverse pies every hour to people who share their pie love on Twitter. Here's how it works:
· Follow both @PureMichigan & @GTPie on Twitter.
· Between 10am & 5pm EST on January 23 (today!), tweet your favorite type of pie at them.
· Include the hashtag #puremichiganpie when you do
· Wait for pie* (*if you're one of the hourly winners)
Speaking of state allegiances, here's Five States Known for Specialty Pies:
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You know we love us a good beer festival, but sometimes we could use a little more entertainment than just the ales and lagers. That’s why we were excited to hear about some of these more unique options going down this month, so let’s raise our glasses to three November beer festivals that offer up a little extra.
Auto and Ales – Hershey, Pennsylvania
Everyone knows it’s not a good idea to mix drinking with driving, but as long as you keep the automobiles and alcohol separate it’s totally fine. That’s what is scheduled for this Friday—November 9—over in Hershey, Pennsylvania at the Antique Automobile Club of America. It’s what they’re calling Auto and Ales, and it’s ready to do its thing between 6pm and 10pm.
It’s the third year of the festival, as organizers promise to bring together some of the area’s best craft brewers and best classic cars. There’s no getting behind the wheel at this event, but you are encouraged to savor a few sips while enjoying the view. Appalachian Brewing Company, Lancaster Brewing Company, and Snitz Creek Brewery are just a few of those scheduled to be in attendance, and the sips and samples can be yours for just $40.