Sunday, August 23, 2015

It's 2015! Hello Update. Goodbye Blogger.

It's 2015 (but you've probably noticed that)
It's 2015 and nobody really uses RSS feeds, which is why we started using Blogger way back when. Google Reader and RSS was the hot thing, which never really caught on. Google pulled the plug on Reader a few years ago and now RSS is really a small niche of Internet usage.

Website Redo
It has taken me many, many hours over many weeks. Most of that was spent learning new tricks. Our Website is now updated for 2015.

Some of the major goals of the update were a new look, easier navigation, mobile friendliness, and to reduce some of redundant stuff that Chris and I have to do.I think we have succeeded on all of those. Please let me know what you think at

Bye Bye Blogger
One of the redundancies we are losing is Blogger. News will now be on our Facebook page, which embeds sort of nicely into our News Page which you can go to if you don't want to go out to Facebook. We respect anyone who doesn't want to be assimilated into the Facebook borg.  

Tacos specials will be listed on our new Tacos Page.

Weekly chalkboard specials now have a prominent spot on our new Food Page.

Beer updates get posted automatically to Facebook now, which feeds the News Page.

See you all on the News Page and/or on Facebook.

Please email me (scoats@greylodge) with any thoughts, comments, or suggestions.

As always, thanks for reading and thank you for your support.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sat, 22 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

4 Hands Resurrected IPA replaced Stone IPA. An IPA with Mosaic hops.

Heavy Seas Red Sky at Morning replaced Pizza Boy Orange Cinnamon Sour Ale. A Saison aged in Chardonnay barrels.

9pm Update:

Stoudts M.P.D. replaced Sly Fox Pikeland Pils. A lager with an IPA complex.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fri, 21 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Kurant Earth Hopped Cider replaced Woodchuck Pear Cider. A traditional off-dry cider dry hopped with Mosaic hops.

Manayunk Hoppa Smurf replaced Victory Kirsch Gose. An IPA with blueberries. I had a taste of it a few weeks ago and the aroma hits you like blueberry waffles.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thu, 20 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Stone IPA replaced Free Will Kragel IPA. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it. Another IPA we haven't had in for a very long time.

Innis & Gunn Scottish Porter replaced Do Good Milk Street Stout. As well as using flavour-packed chocolate and crystal malt, they also added treacle (molasses) which gives the beer its rich, bittersweet character. 100 years ago in Scotland, treacle was used by brewers to create depth and sweetness and to give beers a richer mouthfeel and more rounded finish.

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale replaced Sly Fox Grisette. Made with real Louisiana pecans. The natural oils from the nuts give the ale a light pecan finish and aroma.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Food Specials

Jerk Chicken Kabobs with
pineapple habanero sauce -$7

Broccoli, Cheddar, and Prosciutto Arancini with spicy chimichurri. -$8

Pepper Crusted Pork Loin Sandwich
with poached pear sauce and bok choy slaw.
Served with fries. -$11

House Made Veggie Burger (wild rice, black
bean, cauliflower, egg, and carrot) with arugula,
tomato, onion, and spicy togarashi-
umami ketchup. Served with fries. -$11

Root Beer Tiramisu -$6

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tue, 18 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Pizza Boy Orange Cinnamon Sour Ale replaced Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout. A slightly sour ale with a hint of orange and cinnamon.

Rivertowne Hala Kahiki replaced itself.

Taco Tuesday

It's Taco Tuesday!  Come out to the Lodge for some great tacos and beer!

Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger Taco with house cheese and lettuce

Steak and Eggs Taco with black bean salsa

Chorizo Potato Salad Taco with arugula

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mon, 17 Aug 2015

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our 19th Anniversary Luau last week. It was a blast! 

Now we begin our 20th year as The Grey Lodge Pub. We don't have the luxury of resting on our laurels, which is just as well since that's boring. We will keep doing what works, and trying to keep doing that better, while also trying to learn some new tricks too. 

The craft beer world has really matured and is at a bit of a crossroads. How does a bar be (or stay) a great beer bar in today's world where craft beer is everywhere and there are multiple beer events on a daily basis? Is more really more? We will attempt to figure that out in our 3rd decade. We look forward to figuring it out together. As always, feedback is welcome. If you have any thoughts, please let me know, either in person or by email (,

And mark your calendar for Saturday, 13 August 2016. Our 20th Anniversary will be epic! And we have almost a whole year to figure out what epic will involve. 

This Week at the Grey Lodge 

Tuesday, it's 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 Jack. As usual Quizzo will be on our 2nd floor.

This Thursday is a third Thursday, which means it's time for a Mayfair Night Market. As usual, we have a pop-up Beer Garden for the event. Please join us at Cottman & Frankford for a great night in the neighborhood. 5 to 9pm. 

Saturday and Sunday
Weekend Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, we serve Brunch from 10am to 2pm. In addition to our regular brunch menu, we have a brunch special every weekend. Our regular menu is available too. This week's brunch special will be Spinach, Mushroom and Swiss Quiche.

Draft Beer Update

Conshohocken In Amber Clad replaced Troegs 2014 Mad Elf. "Belgian-style Amber that packs a hearty dose of tropical mango and papaya fruit-like flavors, with hallmark spice characteristics from classic Belgian yeast. Refreshing all around, with a sweet start and dry finish". Mmm that sounds good, which is why we bought a keg. Can't wait to try it. 

On our IPA line, Free Will Kragel IPA replaced Yards Cape of Good Hope IPA. Kragle is a great IPA. 

On our beer engine, cask-conditioned Victory Hop Devil replaced Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter. Hop Devil, a beer that seemed crazy hoppy 19 years ago, is now a "normal" beer. How times have changed, but this beer hasn't. If you haven't had one in a while, now's the time to remember what you're missing. And if you have had one recently, here's your chance to have some more. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sat, 15 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Stoudts Hefe replaced Brooklyn Red Sumac Wit. An awesome local representation of a German Hefeweizen.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fri, 14 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Yards Cape of Good Hope IPA replaced Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA. A West Coast style double IPA.

Forgotten Boardwalk Directory For Gentlemen replaced Flying Fish Farmhouse. A Chai Saison.

Do Good Milk Street Stout replaced Lancaster Milk Stout. The Do Good Milk Street Stout is of course named after the street Benjamin Franklin grew up on. This is a milk stout with vanilla bean and chocolate added. In order to give this beer a smooth chocolate milk gulping sensation, they lowered the carbonation. This gives a true tasty sensation of drinking a ice cold glass of alchoholic chocolate milk.

Rivertowne Hala Kahiki replaced Ithaca Cayuga Cruiser. A nice and refreshing beer made with pineapple.

Sly Fox Pikeland Pils replaced Victory Scarlet Fire. A very good, locally made pilsner.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wed, 12 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA replaced Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA. A well balanced West Coast IPA that we haven't had in here for quite some time. Why? I do not know, ask Scoats.

Food Specials

Armadillo Eggs- ground beef, habanero peppers, pepper jack, bacon, avocado ranch. -$8

Coconut Crusted Fried Shrimp over
spring mix salad of red bell pepper,
carrot, fennel, cucumber, and
sambal-pineapple vinaigrette. -$12

Big Kahuna Burger- black angus burger,
smoked ham, pineapple stuffing, red onion,
arugula, and sharp cheddar cheese.
Served with a side of fries. -$11

Hungarian Goulash
over caraway potato salad -$10

Lemon Pound Cake with blueberry coulis -$6

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tue, 11 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Flying Fish Farmhouse replaced Great Lakes Sharpshooter Session Wheat IPA. A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium.

Taco Tuesday

It's Taco Tuesday!  Come out to the Lodge for some great tacos and awesome craft beer!

Crispy buffalo chicken taco with spring mix, tomato, and bleu cheese dressing

Beef "chili" taco with red onion, lettuce, pepper jack, and sour cream

Philly cheesesteak taco with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese sauce

Lodge Steak Logo Contest

Lodge Steak Logo Contest
Over our 19 year history, The Grey Lodge has developed several iconic menu items such as our Lodge Steak, fresh cut fries, Lucky 13 Burger, and Cajun Fish Sandwich. 

To create more awareness of these, we want to create an iconic graphic for each iconic food item. Something like a beer label. A really, really cool beer label. 

We could do it in house, but we thought it would be more fun to have a contest. 

First up is... you know it, you love it..  the Lodge Steak! The Lodge Steak has been on our menu from when we first opened our full kitchen in February 2005. The Lodge Steak is freshly sliced steak, our house cheese sauce, salami, and roasted pepper mayo.

More iconic food logo contests to come!

- Let your creativity go wild; while the graphic can use unlimited colors, there must also be a version that is reproducible in three colors or less (with one of those three colors being white). 
- Everyone is eligible and no one will get special consideration.
- Winner and runners-up will be determined by Chris and myself. We will post entries on Facebook and Instagram as we get them for feedback to guide our judging.

The winning entry will get a $100 Grey Lodge gift card and other prizes.

Runners up will get assorted prizes. 

Deadline for submissions is August 31st. Email submissions or drop them off at the Grey Lodge. 

The winner will be announced on September 15th. 

19th Anniversary Luau - this Thursday!

Thursday, 13 August, 6pm-9pm

19th Anniversary Luau
Dust off your Hawaiian shirt! We will be celebrating the end of 19 odd years with a luau. Don't miss it; this will be a party and a half!

Special Hawaiian inspired beers from local breweries!

Surf rock by Rey Rico!

Pulled pork specials!

Hawaiian shirt contest!

Great door prizes! - For the door prizes, we will breaking out lots of cool stuff, some new, some vintage. And you don't need a Hawaiian shirt to win, just show up and be lucky. Though wearing a Hawaiian shirt is #winning in our book.

And on August 14th, we begin our 20th year as The Grey Lodge. The journey continues.

On tap:
Neshaminy Creek Mango and Pepper IPA
Troegs Coconut Dead Reckoning Porter
and other fun stuff


19th Anniversary Luau
Thursday, 13 August 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mon, 10 Aug 2015

Tuesday Update: I boned this when I wrote it Monday morning. Sorry for any confusion. 

This Week at the Grey Lodge 

This Tuesday, it's a double dip.

1) 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.

2) Home Brew Club
As usual on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, the Lucky 13 Homebrew Club meets meets on our 2nd floor. This is fun time for any home brewer, whether a beginner or a master.


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


This Thursday is our 19th Anniversary! We will be celebrating Hawaiian style with a Luau. We will have a surf rock band, Hawaiian shirt contest, door prizes, and special Hawaiian themed beers from Troegs and Neshaminy Creek. This will be a party... don't miss it. 6 to 10pm. 

Nineteen odd years is hard to get our heads around but that's what it has been. Thanks so much for being a part of it. 

Saturday and Sunday

Weekend Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, we serve Brunch from 10am to 2pm. In addition to our regular brunch menu, we have a brunch special every weekend. Our regular menu is available too. This week's brunch special will be Amaretto French Toast.

Draft Beer Update

Brooklyn has decided to take extreme beers to the EXTREME with Poison Sumac Wit! Other breweries claim to merely ruin your taste buds. Bah, that's not extreme anymore. But a beer that gives you a crusty, oozing rash, now that's extreme! What? Oh it's RED Sumac. WTF is Red Sumac? It's stuff that can be used to make a lemonade type beverage. Sounds perfect with a wit beer actually. Anyhoo Brooklyn Red Sumac Wit replaced Allagash White.

Victory Kirsch Gose replaced Cape May Apple Bomb. You know the craft beer world has reached a tipping point when we have both a berliner weisse and a gose on tap at the same time. Both were really obscure German beer styles just a few years ago. Gose is a salty, sour, sort of lower octane wheat beer that was available from a couple of breweries. Victory has added cherries to theirs and it was a bit of a sleeper hit for them. 

On our IPA line, Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA, always a crowd pleaser, replaced Cape May Coastal Evacuation. .

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Sat, 08 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Troegs 2014 Mad Elf replaced Manayunk Grand Cru Flanders Red. We had one of these laying around, so we figured we should just put it on for shits and giggles.

Sly Fox Grisette replaced Stone Saison. A Saison that was originally brewed for miners.

Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout replaced itself.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Thu, 06 Aug 2015

Draft Beer Update:

Cape May Coastal Evacuation replaced Great Lakes Erie Monster. A Double IPA loaded with Centennial hops and dry hopped with Apollo hops.