London Grill To Celebrate Philly Beer Week 2011 With A Line-Up Of Great Events
London Grill To Celebrate Philly Beer Week 2011 With Pairing Dinners, Guest Brewers And Their Annual Dunk-The-Brewer Charity Event
Philadelphia. PA – At the popular Fairmount restaurant London Grill, owner Terry Berch McNally and Chef Michael McNally will celebrate Philly Beer Week 2011 with a host of great events, including beer and wine pairing dinners, guest “Meet the Brewer” tastings and their now-infamous second-annual Dunk-the-Brewer charity party.
“London Grill has long been a haven for beer lovers in Philadelphia, and during Philly Beer Week, we’re thrilled to celebrate one of our favorite beverages with friends old and new,” says McNally. “Whether our guests prefer to sample food and beer pairings, sip new and unusual beers or soak a brewer in our dunk tank, we can’t wait to pour out a pint with them and enjoy being right in the heart of ‘the best beer-drinking city in America’.”
Philly Beer Week festivities will include:
Sunday, June 5: Weyerbacher – Chaddsford Smackdown
4 p.m. Happy Hour / Meet-and-Greet; 5 p.m. three-course “smackdown” dinner
$45 per person
The Wine School’s Keith Wallace will emcee the dinner, and both winemaker Eric Miller of Chaddsford and brewer Chris Wilson of Weyerbacher will be on hand to answer questions and explain their pairings throughout the evening. A raffle benefitting The Food Trust, featuring gift certificates from London Grill and The Wine School and bottles from both producers, will also take place. Guests will vote on their favorite pairings of the night and crown a “winner” at the end of the meal.
Monday, June 6: Deschutes Dinner and Tasting
5 p.m. Press-Only Happy Hour / Meet-and-Greet; 6 p.m. Happy Hour; 7 p.m. four-course pairing dinner
$55 per person / reservations and advance payment required
Brewmaster Larry Sidor will join Chef McNally for a special four-course dinner featuring a variety of popular and unusual Deschutes beers, as well as a fun meet-and-greet happy hour with live music.
Tuesday, June 7: Second-Annual Dunk-a-Brewer Charity Party
4 p.m. until 8 p.m. with 15-minute turns on the tank
$Pay-As-You-Go / raffle tickets, grilled food and of course, beer will be available for purchase
Now in its second year, London Grill’s annual Dunk-the-Brewer Party to benefit Philly PAWS will feature local and national brewers, reps and other beer luminaries in 15-minute turns on the dunk seat. Brewers are encouraged to sport costumes, and grilled foods, as well as PAWS’ own adoption team of pets in search of their forever homes, will be on site.
Thursday, June 9: Happy Hour with Sierra Nevada
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Guests will get one of the first tastes of Exportation, a beer that McNally collaborated on which has been aging in DuMol pinot noir barrels in California’s Russian River region for the past year. Also on draught will be “The King” pale ale and Summerfest.
Friday, June 10: Happy Hour with Forest & Main Brewery
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
$15 door charge for sampling two drafts and a sampling of a special firkin.
Ambler’s Forest & Main brewery, named for the intersection where they’re located, will showcase two draughts and a firkin from their brand-new brewery in one of their first Philadelphia debuts. Guests will pay a cover charge and can then sample all the available beers. Brewer-owner Daniel Endicott and partner Gerald Olson will be on hand to discuss the beers and mingle with guests.
Striking a perfect balance between a cozy neighborhood pub and fine dining restaurant, London Grill has remained one of the city’s most popular destinations since 1991. Located in the historic Fairmount neighborhood, a short walk from the Franklin Institute and its neighboring museums, the restaurant and bar has gained a reputation for its creative menus, which draw on American comfort favorites and cuisines from around the world.
London Grill has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Style, the Wall Street Journal and US Airways Magazine. In his review, Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan wrote, “You can’t get this kind of cooking in most neighborhood restaurants, but the London Grill pulls it off with a blend of laid-back ambience and quality food that sits just right.”
The London Grill
2301 Fairmount Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19130