Is there such a thing as too much local beer? By Billy Penn’s count, there are 25 breweries and brewpubs either open now or slated to open soon in the city — a massive growth for the craft beer industry. Industry leaders aren’t ready to call the market saturated, but several voice skepticism about entering the market without a heavily detailed business plan or the ability to differentiate from the competition. Here's a look at how the scene has evolved and what brewers and brewpub owners will need to do going forward.
You don't have to be a soccer fan to know Sons of Ben, the proud, loyal supporters of the Philadelphia Union MLS team. The group — and the team itself — is mourning former president Kenny Hanson, who died tragically last week. "Whether you were a season-ticket holder or it was your first game, he treated you with respect and he wanted to hear your ideas on how to make everything better," fellow member Jeffrey Mitchell told Dave Zeitlin, who spoke to fans, friends and members of the team for MLSsoccer.com. Here's how the Sons of Ben gave their former president a fitting send-off this weekend.
The list of Philly Democrats who've been investigated for, charged with and incarcerated for corruption is pretty damn long. It makes sense that the new fliers the Pennsylvania GOP is circulating in South Philly can't list all the names. But it only listed politicians of color. The fliers, supporting Republican District Attorney candidate Beth Grossman, make no mention of people like Vince Fumo, Ed Rendell or John Perzel. The party's response? This isn't about race.
After 57 years anchoring the late-night scene on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philly, The Dining Car has ended 24-hour service. Second-gen owner Nancy Morozin said there's nothing that will convince her to change her mind, but that didn't stop loyal patrons from trying. On Sunday, they filled the booths throughout the wee hours, and Billy Penn was there to capture the scene.
In John Carpenter's "Escape From New York," Kurt Russell plays Snake Plissken, a dude who's called back to duty after he opted out of US society — because society has turned into a totalitarian police state. Despite uncomfortable shades of comparison with the actual present, the movie is a blast. Watch it at this Queen Village bottle shop, where you can self-medicate with beer at will.
Where: Beer Love at 714 S. 4th St. 19147
When: August 16, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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But if you still want that late-night Dining Car fix, head down the road to the Blue Duck's original outpost in Holme Circle. They're paying tribute this weekend to the diner's late nights with omelettes, mozzarella sticks and cash-only service overnight Saturday. No reservations, so plan accordingly.
It looks like the national TV networks are starting to Trust the Process. The NBA released its 2017-18 schedule Monday and not only do the Sixers open on ESPN, they'll be on again Christmas Day, one of the marquee dates on the basketball calendar. In all, the Sixers have 22 nationally televised games on ESPN, TNT and NBATV. More importantly, they have 14 back-to-back dates, which immediately begs the question: How many of those will Joel Embiid (or Ben Simmons) be on the court? This is a big season for the Sixers, here's a look at the 82 toughest games, ranked in the order in which they'll play them.