It’s been a little more than a week since Tangier, a Graduate Hospital neighborhood bar, closed after 32 years in operation. Owner Jack Roe decided to finally sell the building and bar after receiving an offer he could not turn down.
Though I lived but four doors down from the bar, I was by no means a regular at Tangier. Friday happy hour or Saturday nights would usually take me to other neighborhood establishments. Many of my visits consisted of just picking up take out food or filling up growlers. Still, it was always a nice comfort having it there. It wasn’t just any neighborhood bar; it was MY corner bar. The bartender and chef knew me by name and were always friendly.
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The number of small breweries with Philadelphia city limits is due for a welcome increase. Saint Benjamin Brewing Company in Olde Kensington is hooking up electricity and equipment. The three barrel nanobrewery should begin beer production in late May, in time for Philly Beer Week. Meanwhile, out in Brewerytown, Crime & Punishment Brewing Co. has its space hosting some special events and is scheduled to officially open this summer.
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A couple of months ago, I was with friends at Tired Hands Brewing, an excellent small brewery in Ardmore. Because of its small size, Tired Hands does not yet distribute to stores, so its beer is essentially only available at the brewery. After having lunch and enjoying a couple of beers, one of my friends attempted to fill his growler, purchased elsewhere, with one of the Tired Hands beers on tap. His efforts were unsuccessful. Tired Hands informed him that because his growler had a label from a different brewery, it could not, under Pennsylvania law, fill up his growler.
Everyone knows that Pennsylvania has a convoluted set of beer and liquor laws. It’s no surprise that there are several laws pertaining specifically to growlers. Different bars and breweries have their own policies relating to growler fills (some have no problem filling up growlers from other breweries, others do). Here are the relevant rules I’ve found: Continue reading →