Since locally crafted microbrews with delicate, complex flavors take years to perfect, and because you're not likely to possess the license required to run a brewery, it's more economical and rewarding to let someone else do it for you. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $25 worth of locally brewed beers and tasty eats at Triumph Brewing Company. Taste the ethereal spectrum of hoppy goodness with friends, and put gourmet fuel in your tank for all-night conversation and heated surgery competitions. If she says yes, she is into you. Also, you are at a Star Wars convention, not a bar, and you probably shouldn’t be drinking.
With six handcrafted beers on tap and a full menu of delicious pub provisions, J.J. Bitting Brewing Company enrobes taste buds in warm, comfortable flavors. The Blazing Brewhouse wings ($5.95) perk up palates with a tangy zest that earned them the title of Best Hot Wings in Woodbridge by BestHotWings.com. Wrangle the Colorado burger's bison patty into hungry mouths aided by sautéed onions, mushrooms, and sun-dried-tomato pesto mayo ($7.95), or follow the delicate salmon steak's incredible journey through pan-searing and potato-breading before rousing it from snug beds of rice and fresh veggies ($15.95). Like the cool table in a high-school cafeteria, Bitting's homegrown pints ($4.50 each) stay popular with or without delicious food. The Garden State IPA balances appealing bitterness with a floral aroma, and the heavily roasted Black Jack Stout swoops up from cellars to slake any thirst in the house.
Dock Street Brewery is a pub and restaurant located in Philadelphia and has become a local favorite for its quality beer options, but almost equally importantly its delicious pizza. The brewery was founded in 1985 and was the first microbrewery in Philadelphia and became one of the leading breweries in the country. Several award winning beers have been produced at Dock Street Brewery including the Dock Street Amber beer, Bohemian Pilsner and more. There are few breweries in the area that take as much pride in their beer as they do with their food, and for hungry patrons there are several choices available including vegan and vegetarian pizzas and several ingredient options for pizzas, calzones, breakfast pizzas and frittatas, and more. There are also some of the most unique and unusual pizzas that you can find anywhere at Dock Street including the Fig Jam Pizza and the Bacon and Onion Flammenkuche.
Only King Arthur's flour is good enough for the bread bakers at Philadelphia's own Earth Bread & Brewery. Not only is the bread undeniably amazing, but so are the creative toppings. Imagine a flatbread topped with roasted garlic, pine nuts, pumpkin and sesame seeds, mozzarella, and red pepper flakes. Yum. The mozzarella is also freshly prepared daily in the Earth Bread & Brewery kitchen. Along with their breads, Earth Bread & Brewery serves impressive salads, a cheese plate, hummus sampler, dip of the day, and housemade sweets. Round out the meal with an extensive list of wine and sipping spirits.
Bitter & Esters brew maestros shepherd beer aficionados 21 and older through the basics of crafting their own libations during the two-hour introductory brewing courses. These knowledgeable instructors sprinkle their lessons with useful tidbits as their students immerse themselves in the process, communally brewing a bubbly batch of hops-laden liquid like witches on Super Bowl Sunday. Classes cover need-to-know facts about extracts, malts, grains, and yeasts as well as common trouble-shooting methods for when batches go awry. The hands on lesson includes all the necessary ingredients and reference materials required to whip up a hearty brew, with starter kits available for purchases if students want to continue fashioning beer in their home or underground speakeasies. Classes conclude with students sampling the fruits of previous home brewed labors, opening their taste buds to all the different possibilities craft beer making affords.