(photo courtesy of Grey Lodge)
We're just 6 days away from the original, knockout beer festival in Philadelphia, Friday The Firkinteenth at the Grey Lodge Public House in Northeast Philly, to my mind the most sociable and best single beer event in Philly, and the only one dictated by the calendar. This year there is only one Friday the 13th, and therefore, only one Firkinteenth.
This year, owner/publican Mike "Scoats" Scotese promises THIRTY firkins of fine brew, starting at 9AM on Friday the 13th. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served, and I'd advise consuming plenty of food and water, to help with your enjoyment of this terrific lineup, courtesy of the Grey Lodge's website:
Current Cask List(many more to come):
Cricket Hill Col. Blide's Bitter
Dock Street Summer Session
Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA
Flying Fish Farmhouse (Citra hopped)
General Lafayette IPA
Iron Hill (West Chester East) TBA
Iron Hill (West Chester) American IPA
Lancaster Amish Four Grain
Lancaster Milk Stout
Manayunk Black Eye PA
Manayunk Yunkers Gold
Nodding Head Rufus
Prism Bitto Honey IPA naturally carbonated with fresh local honey
Six Point Righteous Rye
Sly Fox Chester County British Bitter
Sly Fox Standard Porter
Stillwater Stillwater Stateside Saison
Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
Stoudts ESB (oaked)
Stoudts Tripel (blended with IPA)
Troegs Hopback Amber
Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter
Victory Hop Devil
Victory Pursuit Pale Ale (Amarillo)
Yards Philly Pale Ale (dry hopped with Citra)
Check out these additional details from the website:
Tapping begins at 9am. It's a breakfast Firkinteenth.
Our kitchen will open at 9am serving a special breakfast menu. At 11am our full menu will be available. For the Firkinteenth, all food service will be 2nd floor only.
We are hoping for 30 firkins since this is the only F13 of 2010. Looks like we are at 30, hopefully we'll find a couple more too.
With 30 firkins, we should have cask ale going until at least 9pm. Time permitting Scoats will be updating the news page and tweeting throughout the day with cask status.
7 firkins will be pouring at any time (except when we get down to less than 7), tapping a new one as one kicks. The order of the casks will be random, but hey there should be no stinkers in the line-up.
See you there! I wish I knew when I'll be getting there, but that's still up, up, up in the air.