Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Taco Tuesday

It's another Taco Tuesday here at the Grey Lodge!  Come out and enjoy three unique tacos every week with some awesome beer...

Fried Chicken Taco with baked mac and cheese and buffalo tartar sauce

Mexican Breakfast Taco with egg, tomato, fried hominy, chipotle salsa, and cheddar

Pepperoni Pizza Steak Taco

Monday, March 02, 2015

Mon, 02 Mar 2015

This Week at the Grey Lodge 

Monday: Beer and Cheese Week 4 Catch-up: The ice storm kept many folks at home last night. Probably wisely. If you missed last night's Beer and Cheese Odyssey selection, no worries. You have a chance to catch up. Week 4's pairing is combo is Seven Sisters and Narragansett Coffee Milk Stout.

Taco Tuesday: Tuesday is Taco Tuesday from 5pm to midnight. Our kitchen krew comes up with three different tacos every week. Tacos are 3 for $8, mix and match as you like. The current week's selections are updated here every Tuesday afternoon.

Quizzo: Wednesday we have Quizzo at 8pm. This week's Quizmaster is Chris Fish, who will have a Philadelphia Quizzo. As usual Quizzo will be on our 2nd floor.

Weekend Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, we serve Brunch from 10am to 3pm. In addition to our regular brunch menu, Big Dan has a brunch special every weekend. Our regular menu is available too. This weekend's brunch special is Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Sunday Night Special: Beer and Cheese Pairing. It's week five of our week 169 week Beer and Cheese Odyssey. For 169 weeks, we will feature one of the 169 cheeses profiled in Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings by Tenaya Darlington. This week's pairing will be Berkswell, an unpasteurised sheep cheese from England, and Andechs Dunkel Weisse.


Draft Beer Update 

On our black beer line, Conshohocken Belgian Stout replaced Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout. I haven't tried this one yet, but I'm very excited by it. Like all good Belgian stouts this one has notes of chocolate and coffee and raisins and figs and what not, but unlike many Belgian stouts, this one does it with 1/2 the usual alcohol and calories. ABV is 5.3%.

Do Good United Ale (quarter) replaced Cape May King Porter Stomp. Do Good is a nanobrewery in Port Richmond. Unity is a very tasty and interesting blood orange cream ale. I recommend.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sunday Night Special Beer & Cheese Pairing, Week 4

The Grey Lodge Pub
Sunday Night Special
Beer and Cheese Pairing

169 cheeses! 169 beers! 169 weeks! It's a beer and cheese odyssey!

Scoats's wonderful wife gave him a copy of Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings by Tenaya Darlington for Christmas. The author lists 169 artisan cheeses and Scoats wants to try them all. He suspects that he is not the only one. To keep things interesting we will pop around the book, serving a different cheese every Sunday until we taste them all.

Tenaya was originally scheduled for tonight, but due to weather, her book selling and signing has been rescheduled for Sunday, 15 March. 

If the weather keeps you away tonight, don't worry. The beer and cheese pairing will also be available Monday and Tuesday this week. 

Week Four: 01 March 2015


Seven Sisters, page 60.
This raw cow cheese from Chester County shows that great cheese can be made locally. Sweet milk flavor up front, finishes with a nutty-butterscotch flavors.



Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout. We think this flavorful cheese can stand up well to a flavorful beer. Tenaya recommends a milk stout, we are upping the ante with this coffee milk stout. 5.3% ABV.

Beer and Cheese $11

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sat, 28 Feb 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Voodoo Big Black Voodoo Daddy replaced Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Another high ABV oak aged stout on for you.

Duck Rabbit Milk Stout replaced Youngs Double Chocolate Stout. A firkin of a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar).

Old Forge Celestial Blond Ale replaced Stoudts Smooth Hoperator. A sweet Belgian-style Blond ale.

9pm Update:

Allagash White replaced Breckenridge Ophelia Hoppy Wheat. Their interpretation of a traditional Belgian wheat beer.

Naked Hop Spyder IPA replaced Neshaminy Creek Blitzkrieg Hops. An IPA with an earthy hop profile and a grassy citrus nose.

Breckenridge Marzen replaced Pizza Boy Blue Collar Lager. A German style lager.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fri, 27 Feb 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout replaced Southampton Imperial Russian Stout. We scored one sixtel of this much sought after Imperial Stout. It probably won't last long so get it now.

Cape May King Porter Stomp replaced itself.

Naked Freckles Angry Brown Ale replaced Shiner 106 Birthday Beer Chocolate Stout. An all American take on an English brown ale.

10pm Update:

Coronado Hibiscus IPA replaced Bullfrog Sacre Bleu. A centennial, chinook, and nugget-stoked IPA, made floral with the addition of hibiscus flower.

The Goose Island Bourbon County Stout  is still on surprisingly. There is less than half the sixtel left so there is a good chance it could kick tonight.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thu, 26 Feb 2015

Today was busy. We now have a couple of candidates lined up for meet and greets, with more to come. And we have updated Friday the Firkinteenth details. Plus we made that Top 30 Fries List, which has its own post below.

Darts for my team are away tonight, so I won't get to drink any great beer here. I plan to make up for that tomorrow night. Bring your darts, it will be a Friday so we'll be shooting. I will also be tearing up that Salmon Mac & Cheese special tomorrow too. Though Mercades did rave about the Coq Et Vin special, so that's an option too. Too many good choices.

Tomorrow night is the Bourbon County tapping at 6pm. If the Bourbon County kicks too quick, we have a Voodoo Big Voodoo Daddy to go after.

Beer Season Shirts
Shirts should be available by Thursday. If you drank all 13, come in and claim your shirt. The design this time around is by my co-blogger Chris Dominski.

Draft Beer Update
On our IPA line, Neshaminy Creek Blitzkrieg Hops replaced Troegs Nugget Nectar. I haven't tried ths one yet, but it's from Neshaminy Creek so you know it will kick ass.

MSN's Top 30 French Fries List in the USA - We're on It!


It's great to see our Kitchen Krew getting the recognition they deserve.

America's 30 Best French Fries at MSN.com

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wed, 25 Feb 2015

Today I've been working on Friday the Firkinteenth, Meet the Candidate Nights for March and April, setting up the Duane book signing (see previous post), and March's Log, which is our monthly email list. If you aren't a subscriber yet (or if you changed email address since signing up), you can sign up here. There might be even be a hint about a certain beer.

Draft Beer Update

Last night I had a few Pizza Boy Blue Collar Lagers while somehow winning two games of darts before wisely retiring undefeated for the night. Man, that's a really nice low abv helles lager.

On our big beer/small pour line, Southampton Imperial Russian Stout (sixtel) replaced Free Will Bonesaw Barleywine
(sixtel). Southampton has been making this one for years and they have had it perfected for a long, long time now. If you want a big, big stout, this is the one. 


Fri, 27 Mar 2015 - Meet the Author Night: Duane Swierczynski

Friday, 27 March 2015, 6-9pm
Meet the Author Night: Duane Swierczynski

Neast Philly's own Duane Swierczynski will be on hand to sell and sign copies of Canary, his latest novel. Canary is set in Philadelphia with a lot of places that will seem very familiar; a local bar you may know is even featured.


If you have read any of Duane's books, you know he is a GREAT novelist. Tight prose that roller coasters along, they are always a great breezy, fun ride that are over before you know it. 

Copies of Canary will likely be $25. Duane will also bring some comics and paperbacks, so there will be something for every price point! He may even have some free posters to give away, too.

“Duane Swierczynski writes the ‘new noir,’ full of bad choices, courage, and sudden disaster, all delivered at a break-neck pace.” —Charlaine Harris, author of the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels, including Dead Ever After



Meet the Author Night: Duane Swierczynski
Friday, 27 Mar 2015
6pm - 9pm


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Food Specials

Blackened Tuna Loin with rice noodles, red cabbage and bok choy slaw, and ginger-sesame sauce. -$17

Salmon over Mac and Cheese with arugula and tomato-fennel burre blanc. -$16

Coq Au Vin with rutabaga mash. -$14

Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich with
red cabbage slaw, tomato, and smoked tartar sauce
on brioche. Served with a side of fries. -$11

Baked Lasagne: spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, roasted peppers, goat cheese, ricotta, mozzarella,
and marinara. Served with garlic bread. -$10

Napoleon (Mille-feuille) -$6

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Troegs Nugget Nectar replaced Fegley's Brew Works Hop Explosion. The last of this seasonal favorite we have here.

Stoudts Smooth Hoperator replaced Blue Mountain Full Nelson Pale Ale. An American-style Doppelbock.

Pizza Boy Blue Collar Lager replaced Russian River Damnation. A soft and malty German style Helles lager.

Taco Tuesdasy

Tuesday is Taco Tuesday from 5pm until we run out. Our kitchen krew comes up with three different tacos every week. Tacos are 3 for $8, mix and match as you like...

Short Rib Taco with kimchi slaw, cucumber, and gruyere

Tamarind Glazed Meatball Taco with lettuce, tomato, and onion

Herb Tilapia Taco with smoked tartar sauce, lettuce, and tomato

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mon, 23 Feb 2015

This Week at the Grey Lodge 

Taco Tuesday: Tuesday is Taco Tuesday from 5pm to midnight. Our kitchen krew comes up with three different tacos every week. Tacos are 3 for $8, mix and match as you like. The current week's selections are updated here every Tuesday afternoon.

Quizzo: Wednesday we have Quizzo at 8pm. This week's Quizmaster is Chris Fish, who will have a General Quizzo. As usual Quizzo will be on our 2nd floor.

Friday Firkinteenth: Friday is Friday the 13th, which means it is Friday the Firkinteenth, our world famous cask ale event. The Firkinteenth is an all day event with two sessions of 13 firkins each. Come to one; come to both; there's no cover.

Weekend Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, we serve Brunch from 10am to 3pm. In addition to our regular brunch menu, Big Dan has a brunch special every weekend. Our regular menu is available too. This weekend our special will be Corned Beef Hash.

Sunday Night Special: Beer and Cheese Pairing. It's week two of our week 169 week Beer and Cheese Odyssey. For 169 weeks, we will feature one of the 169 cheeses profiled in Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings by Tenaya Darlington. This week's pairing will be Seven Sisters paired with Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout.

Tenaya will be on hand Sunday from 7 to 9pm with copies of her book for just $20, which is $5 off the list price.


Draft Beer Update 

Our final beer of the week for the current Beer Season is Cape May King Porter Stomp, which replaced DuClaw Euforia. King Stomp is a chocolate porter, which we seem to have a lot of right now. Shirts should be in next week.

On our session beer line, Brooklyn Half Ale replaced Manayunk Belgian Session. Half is a really great, somewhat new session ale.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sat, 21 Feb 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Blue Mountain Full Nelson Pale Ale replaced itself.

Fegley's Brew Works Hop Explosion replaced Troegs Nugget Nectar. A nice hoppy ale brewed in the tradition of West Coast ales.

Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout replaced Helltown American Porter. A lovely stout with a nice blueberry aroma and flavor.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fri, 20 Feb 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Shiner 106 Birthday Beer Chocolate Stout replaced Lancaster Milk Stout. To celebrate the 106th birthday of the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, they crafted this special limited-edition brew that’s a sweet treat for all. Brewed with chocolate malt and real cocoa.

Free Will Bonesaw Barleywine replaced Heavy Seas Siren Noire. An English Barleywine aged in french oak pinot noir barrels.

- Chris

6:20pm Update

Russian River Damnation replaced Sly Fox Pikeland Pils. Damnation is a Belgian style strong ale along the lines of Duvel, from a real master of Belgian style beers.

On our wheat beer line, Breckenridge Ophelia Hoppy Wheat replaced Free Will Destiny's Wit. Ophelia is as it says a hoppy wheat.

- Scoats


Meet the Author Night: Sun, 01 March 2015 - Tenaya Darlington, author of Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

Tenaya Darlington, the author who's book inspired our weekly Sunday night Beer and Cheese Odyssey will be on hand to sell and sign her book, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

Copies are just $20!.. a $5 savings off the list price.






Meet the Author: Tenaya Darlington, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings
Sunday, 01 March 2015
7pm-9pm

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thu, 19 Feb 2015

Local Artist Showcase

As mentioned yesterday, some local artists will be showcasing their work tonight from 7:30pm until 9pm or later. It costs nothing to look. And not too much to buy.



Draft Beer Update

On our IPA line, Troegs Nugget Nectar replaced Roy Pitz Daddy Fat Sacs IPA. I predict this keg won't last til Saturday night.

On our cidar line, Woodchuck Winter Chill replaced itself. This one is so tasty, we backed it up with another while it lasts.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

Picture of the Day
Thanks to David Schofield for this picture of dawn breaking at the Grey Lodge on Groundhog Day.


Tomorrow: Artist Showcase
Somehow we dropped the ball on putting up signs for this. Guess Firkinteenth and Groundhog Day had us preoccupied. So we apologize for the short notice. A bunch of local artists will be setting up shop at the Grey Lodge tomorrow between 7:30 and 9 to show and sell their work.


Draft Beer Update
On our session beer line, Manayunk Belgian Session replaced Cape May Turtle Gut. Belgian Session is a 4.5% golden ale. I recall really being surprised that this style especially stood out to me the first time I was Belgium. I would have thought with all the great lambics, dubbels, tripels, and quads, a blonde session ale wouldn't have even appeared on my radar during that marathon. I was wrong. This is a great style of beer. Evan Fritz, Manayunk's head brewer, is really proud of this beer, so you know it will be a good example of the style. I plan to drink a couple of these tomorrow during darts.


Food Specials

Gremolata Chicken Sandwich with portobello, lettuce, tomato, and goat cheese on brioche.
Served with a side of fries. -$10

Chorizo Chicken Patty Melt with Swiss Cheese, Russian dressing, and fried onions on pita bread. Served with a side of fries. -$10

Braised Pork Grilled Cheese with kimchi puree and gruyere on garlic hoagie roll. Served with roasted garlic and basil tomato soup. -$10

Seafood Drunken Noodles. -$15


Cran-Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with cherry coulis. -$6

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Taco Tuesday

It's Taco Tuesday!  The roads are looking much better now, so come in and grab some tacos and beer!

Chipotle Chicken Taco with avocado-lime slaw

Braised Pork Taco with pickled green tomato salsa

Scrapple and Egg Taco with potatoes lyonnaise