Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia’

Phillies fans, this is going to be the most valuable information that you receive all year. Let’s face it, this season is shaping up to be a real stinker. Playoffs?! You kidding me?! Besides screaming “CHOOOOOOOOCH” and stuffing your face with overpriced Philly cuisine, the only other thing to do while at a game at Citizens Bank Park this season is drink beer, and LOTS of it.

We present to you, a Google Spreadsheet containing the name and location of every decent beer sold at CitizensBank Park. Kudos to the folks at the food blog ChocolateCoveredMemories.com for gathering this priceless information.  Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA, Lagunitas IPA, who knew that they could both be had at the Irish Pub in Section 102, which judging from the spreadsheet, seems to offer the greatest selection of suds in the joint. Looking for a nice cold locally brewed Philadelphia Brewing Walt Whit? Head straight to the beer kiosk at Section 132.

Enough talk. Here is the link. The spreadsheet was updated on June 6. Download it. Print it. Put it on your smartphone. Tattoo it on your arm. And forward this email to every beer-drinking Phillies fan that you know.

Thank us later. For now, CHOOOOOOOOOCH!!

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As we mentioned to you earlier this year, The 5th annual Roots Picnic will take place this Saturday and Sunday at Festival Pier in Philadelphia. The festival features a diverse line-up of hip-hop, electronica, and indie rock including De La Soul, Rakim, Major Lazer, Tuneyards, James Murphy (DJ set), and of course house band / headliners, the Legendary Roots Crew.

To get you ready, the Legendary Crew has released the OFFICIAL ROOTS PICNIC 2012 MIXTAPE, available for free download on their website, complete with tracklisting. The old school style mixtape, mixed by Philly’s own DJ Low Budget, has 30+ jams and runs over an hour long. It features tracks by many of the artists that will be appear this weekend plus some others, including songs by: The Beastie Boys, Childish Gambino, De La Sol, Kid Cudi, Major Lazer, LCD Soundsystem, Diplo, Tune-Yards and more. We just test blasted it in the car and it sounds SUH-WEET!

While you’re getting ROOT DOWN, check out this video of a drum ladden tribute to fallen Beastie, Adam Yauch “MCA”, performed by The Roots at last weeks UCLA’s Jazz/Reggae Fest last week.

And finally, ONCE AGAIN, The Roots will headline and serve as house band for this Summer’s Fourth of July Jam, FREE, on Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, featuring Daryl Hall, Common, and more.

Brooklydelphia… OUT!

We’re baaa- aack! We spent the last few weeks on the west coast eating fish tacos, petting sea lions, and shredding narly waves. California was all that we thought it would be: laid back beautiful people, dance music, plush leather seats, and mood lighting. And that was just on the flight to LAX on Virgin America Airlines. If you have not flown on Virgin America, you have yet to experience air travel as it should be. (CLICHE ALERT!) Airline travel is now sexy again! I’m not exactly sure when it was ever sexy – it hasn’t been in my lifetime. I’m guessing not since Orville Wright used to take chicks up in the sky for a quick ride in the Kittyhawk in return for a handie at 1000 feet.

The deets: We flew out of Philadelphia International Airport to LAX, Approaching the check-in counter, we were surprised to hear the bumping sound of David Guetta’s “All the Crazy Shit I did Last Night” pumping from the overhead speakers. Imagine that! Dance music being played at the check-in counter at the airport. Sir Richard Branson, you are a genius. Check in was a breeze. The woman behind the counter was genuinely friendly, laid back, and pretty hot! The plane boarded 45 minutes before departure time. ATTENTION USAIR, SUCK ON DEEZ NUTS! Upon boarding the plane, the first thing that we noticed was that all of the passenger seats were black leather. Straight up BALLER style. And a sexy purple glow illuminated through out the plane which made us feel more like we were entering a lounge in South Beach than an airplane. Behind each headrest was an on-demand entertainment screen that sits in front of every passenger and is loaded with recent tv shows, music and movies, some free and some not. You could even create your own playlist from their catalog of songs. Best of all – the system is connected to live tv. I sat back and watched some NBA playoffs, Lakers beating up on Denver, live from 26,000 feet in the sky, before dozing off to my happy place. I arrived in LA feeling refreshed and ready to do some damage and convinced that I will never fly on another airline.

For now, from New York and Philly, Virgin America only flies to LA, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Seattle.  It will cost you around $200 each way to fly out west. As the summer heats up, so should the airfare battle.  Keep an eye out for last minute specials and deals for Fall travel.

Here at Brooklydelphia headquarters, we are ALL about coffee and beer.  After hanging out at Brew/Ultimo in South Philly  for a few hours, we are seriously considering relocating our HQ. Brew/Ultimo is a coffee shop and “beer boutique” shop rolled in to one. Walk thru the front door and you’ll find an open layout with rustic and industrial features and design.  Your first stop will be Ultimo’s coffee counter.  Order yourself a hand poured drip coffee – we had the house brew, cafe americano style and were quite pleased. Or do it proper and order a cappuccino.  It’s probably going to be warm outside so the garage door on the side wall will be rolled up. Grab a seat and enjoy the chill vibe.

After you kill the coffee and the caffeine buzz starts kicking in, take a glance over to the opposite wall and admire Brew’s eight refrigerated coolers filled with about 500 different kinds of beer. The first two coolers will have local stuff, including our faves Yards and Dogfish Head. The next four coolers are loaded with fine U.S craft beers. The last coolers have international beers from Belgium, Germany and more. Grab a few bottles (we were craving some hops and went with this one and this one), take a mug and jump out to an outdoor table. Pull those sunglasses over your eyes, and enjoy. We’ll be doing the same at the table beside you.

Thank you Brew / Ultimo, we heart you too.

Brew / Ultimo 1900 S.15th street and Mifflin, South Philly

Brew: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday -Saturday 11am-10pm
Ultimo: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-9pm

It’s not often that we recommend spending your valuable free time going to an art museum. But when the art is by Keith Haring, this exhibit is one worth checking out.  The Brooklyn Museum, located in Prospect Park, is showing a large scale exhibition of one of our favorite artists.  Haring was greatly influenced by the graffiti in New York City in the 1980’s , the pop-art of Andy Warhol, and his devotion to numerous social causes.

Or if museums are not your thing, go check out the mural that Haring did in 1987 on the side of a house in Philadelphia at S.22nd and Ellsworth in Point Breeze. It is one of Haring’s few original public works that is still on display. Or locate his public NYC art works here.

                                Keith Haring Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum,  now through July 8, 2012

Picture a map. If Philadelphia is the left leg and Brooklyn is the right leg, that would make New Jersey the stinky twat in the middle. It’s not often that we give praise to NJ, however on your next drive thru the Garden State, you may catch a waft of something other than shit or Drakar Noir.

Yesterday, the State of New Jersey issued its first permit to allow the growing of medical marijuana to one of six non-profit organizations that it has licensed to do so. The Greenleaf Compassion Center was the first of the six organizations to find a grow location and receive local approval. Greenleaf’s grow facility is located in Montclair, NJ and now becomes the first to be granted authority by the State to grow weed. Full story here.

There are still several hurdles to overcome such as how the weed will be dispensed (we’re partial to dime bags) and how long before the Feds kick in the door.  But we are strong supporters of legalization and are remaining optimistic that one day we’ll cross the bridge to buy not only gas and alcohol but also weed.  

The only thing that we don’t like about this is the thought of Governor Chris Christie with the munchies.

With the EastOver holiday weekend now behind us, warm weather is just around the corner. It looks like it’s going to be a great Summer for outdoor music festivals.  Here are the big ones that will blow through our area this summer and there will be plenty of smaller ones too. Dig out your fanny pack and get ready to jam.

May 18-20, The Bamboozle, Asbury Park, NJ. Impressive oceanfront festival featuring something for everyone: Rock (Foo Fighters), Pop (Blink-182), Metal (who cares!), Electronic (Skrillex), 40 year old white chicks (Bon Jovi), Comedy (Andrew Dice Clay, DJ Pauly D.) and our favorite genre, Sissy Bounce (Big Freedia). Dont miss: Hickory Dickory Dock, OHHHH!

May 19,20 Electric Daisy Carnival New York, East Rutherford NJ. This famous west coast party comes east and if the video on their website is any indication, this will be your best chance to get your ‘rave’ on this Summer. The first phase of announced Dj’s includes Avicii, Fatboy Slim, John Digweed. Head to MetLife Stadium and expect to see great costumes, a ferris wheel, 16 year old kids rolling their faces off, and of course- a shit ton of glow sticks.  Don’t forget to bring: sunglasses, mdma, chewing gum.

May 31-June 3, Mountain Jam Festival, Hunter Mountain, NY. IMPRESSIVE Memorial Day weekend line up at Hunter Mountain is leaving us with major second thoughts about heading downashore for this weekend. Featuring: Steve Winwood, Michael Franti, The Roots, Ben Folds Five, The Word.  Don’t miss: James Murphy’s late night DJ set.

June 2,3 The Roots Picnic – reviewed on BROOKLYDELPHIA on 3.15.12

June 23-24 Governors Ball, Randalls Island, NYC. Head over to Randalls Island and catch Beck, Passion Pit, Moodest Mouse, Santigold, Cage the Elephant, Major Lazer, Duck Sauce, Fionna Apple, Cults, Phantogram, Atmosphere.

July 20-22 Xponential Music Festival, Camden, NJ. Family friendly festival from local indie station 88.5 WXPN featuring an eclectic lineup of established stars and emerging artists headlined by Wilco, Dr. Dog, Avett Brothers. What to bring: Lesbians

July 20-22 Firefly Music Festival, Dover Delaware. FINALLY our own Bonnarroo! 3 days on 87 acres (Dover International Raceway) with camping and a beer garden. Solid inaugural line up headlined by The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White. Don’t miss: Tax free shopping on your way home.

Aug 17-19 Philadelphia Folk Festival Schwenksville, Pa.  No lineup announcement yet from the Granddaddy of festivals, now in it’s 51st year. Last year’s headliner was Levon Helm. What to Bring: Chocolate covered mushrooms, acoustic guitar, condoms.

Aug 31 Electric Zoo, Randalls Island, NYC- One more trek to the sprawling island of Randalls to get your dance on.  Something for all electronic music fans here: House, Trance, Minimal, Breakbeats, Electro, Techno. Our old favorite Sasha, and our new favorite Maya Jane Coles. All of the big name DJ’s from the last few years will be spinning and find your new favorite too. Expect: a lot of fist-pumping and douche-juice but if you can ignore all of this, you will hear a lot of great music.