Mad Elf is one of the most popular Christmastime beers around, so it's hard to imagine what the folks at Troegs Brewing could do to improve it. But this year, they did. The newest beer to come out of Hershey is called Mad Elf Grand Cru, which brothers Chris and John Trogner refer to as their "director's cut." Made with sour Balaton cherries and packaged in corked-and-caged 750mL bottles, this is one every beer lover should get their hands on ASAP.
The seemingly always-expanding Philly restaurant scene gets three new additions this week.
- Monday is opening day for Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books, a combination cafe and bookstore from well-known Temple prof and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill. The Germantown Avenue shop serves La Colombe drinks plus a menu of sandwiches, soups and sweets, and Lamont told the Tribune he envisions it as a place for conversation and community building.
- Over in Fishtown, the former Pickled Heron at 2218 Frankford Ave. is now rolling as Tierce, a breakfast-lunch cafe from the duo behind Helm. The opening menu features dishes like omelets, breakfast sandwiches and a patty melt, all $7-$12.
- In Center City, chef Tod Wentz (Townsend, A Mano) has lit the fires at Oloroso, his Spanish Tapas spot in the former Petruce et al at 1211 Walnut St. Don't miss the shrimp with calasparra rice turned black from squid ink.
In case you somehow missed it, the Philadelphia 76ers have become one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Their 11-7 record puts them fifth in the Eastern Conference, but the standings don't tell the whole story. With last night's 130-111 win over the Magic — which came on a night starting point guard Ben Simmons sat out due to elbow issues — the team has been victorious in five of their last six. They've also sold out all of their home games thus far, putting them second in the league in home attendance. Plus, as they come to national attention, they're bringing out fans on the road. The Process looks more trustworthy than ever.
The innovative dessert masters behind Little Baby’s just launched something entirely new: Ice cream as a service. Thanks to Philly-based tech company called Post, created as a spin-out of Ticketleap when that company was sold, you can visit the Little Baby’s Ice Cream website and sign up for an ice cream subscription. A what? As the LBIC website says, “Join now, lick forever.” Here's how it works.
On the Calendar
American Constitution Society hosts Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) to tell the inspiring story of how he, a child of a migrant worker from Mexico, became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he's held a seat since 2002. Refreshments will be served.
Where: American Constitution Society - Penn Law Chapter at 3501 Sansom St. 19104
When: November 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
How much: Free
This year's edition of the annual holiday networking reception for Latino professionals in Philly doubles as a fundraiser. Tickets will benefit the Dr. José Lebrón Scholarship, which grants high school seniors the opportunity to pursue a college degree at Community College of Philadelphia.
Where: Comcast Center, Ralph's Cafe at 1701 JFK Blvd. 19103
When: November 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15-$25
Of course Mayfair's Grey Lodge Pub would be the place to host an all-Philadelphia-themed Quizzo night. Anyone's welcome to join, just make sure you bone up on your Philly sports, history, culture and anything else this fair city has to offer.
Where: Grey Lodge Pub at 6235 Frankford Ave. 19135
When: November 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Starting this week and running through the end of the year, Thursdays in Old City are now "Historic Holiday Nights." That means more than 50 boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes will offer special sales, discounts, promotions, seasonal cocktails, added menu items, events and extended hours. Expect carolers and a tree lighting on the series' first night.
Where: Old City District at Old City Philadelphia
When: November 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
For one night only, the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center just outside Philadelphia will host Theatreworks USA's performance of the musical "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Inspired by Clement Clark Moore poem “A Visit with St. Nicholas,” the show is full of music, costumes and is a general crowd-pleaser for everyone ages 4 and up.
Where: Upper Darby Performing Arts Center at 601 N. Landsdowne Ave., Drexel Hilll
When: December 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: $10-$12