Philly’s Bottle Shops Boast Thousands Of Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

Craft beer is big business these days, particularly in Philadelphia, a serious beer town gaining accolades for its suds scene from notable publications like GQ, Draft magazine, Forbes, CNN Travel and others. So what makes the Philadelphia region’s beer scene so great? The bottle shops, for starters. These shops offer hundreds if not thousands of specialty beers to try individually and in “mix-a-six” format (that’s a six-pack of beer with six beers of the drinker’s choosing). What’s more, many of these shops fill growlers of draught beer to go and offer food to accompany the bountiful beer offerings.

Here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s can’t-be-beat bottle shops:

Center City:

  • The Corner Foodery – The king of the local bottle shop chain known as The Foodery, Rittenhouse Square’s The Corner Foodery features wood paneling, booth seating and gourmet hot sandwiches. More importantly, this popular spot stocks 650 bottles and numerous draughts available to drink on site or to take home. This location offers online ordering, while the original, more basic locations have as much, if not more, beer, deli-style food and a casual feel. 1710 Sansom Street, (215) 567-1500,thecornerfoodery.com; 324 S. 10th Street, (215) 928-1111; 837 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-6077; 6148 Ridge Avenue, (215) 238-6077; fooderybeer.com
  • Monde Market – This spot may look like a simple convenience store and take-out deli (with made-to-order breakfast sandwiches for a few bucks and change), but it offers one of the city’s best bottle selections. Rare finds are available here—and at prices that reflect the no-frills environment. 100 S. 21st Street, (215) 496-0564

South Philadelphia:

  • Beer Heaven – Locals don’t let the location in a South Philadelphia strip mall deter them from what may be the best craft-beer bargains in the city. The neatly stocked selections and clean layout provides a well-organized shopping experience for customers who spend less and get more in a wide array of 750 ml bottles from Europe and the U.S. 1100 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 271-5248,twitter.com/beerheavenphl
  • The Bottle Shop – This relative newcomer on the hip East Passyunk strip looks like a take-out spot, but acts more like a bar with cold bottles lining the wall. Customers can hang out and drink their purchases, play Quizzo, sample draught beers and mingle with brewery reps during tap takeovers. The shop sells gluten-free beers and ciders, along with beer glasses, T-shirts and even onsies. 1837 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-5551, bottleshopbeer.com
  • Brew/Ultimo Coffee – This Newbold bottle shop has even more going for it than its impressive several-hundred-strong bottle selection: It’s owned by the same restaurateur who opened the iconic South Philadelphia Tap Room, and it’s the site of Ultimo Coffee, named the best coffee shop in the country by The Daily Meal. Patrons can grab a coffee from the barista, grab a brew from the cooler or sample free monthly tastings led by brewery reps. 1900 S. 15th Street, (215) 339-5177,brewphiladelphia.com

West Philadelphia:

  • Bottle Shop at Local 44 – One of Philly’s favorite bar ownership teams (Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly) opened one of the city’s most carefully curated bottle shops, right next to its destination beer bar/restaurant Local 44. Though the list is relatively compact at 500, managers take great care in selecting some of the world’s finest and rarest brews. Customers can drink a cask ale while they shop, and every Monday a brewery rep leads a happy hour tasting with discounts on bottles. What’s more, the quiet store stays open until midnight seven days a week. 4333 Spruce Street, (215) 222-CANS, local44beerbar.com

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SMIRNOFF® Vodka Banishes The “Velvet Rope” With The Launch Of New Campaign “Exclusively For Everybody”

Waiting in a standstill line that wraps around the block. Being at the mercy of the “bouncer’s discretion.” Blowing three months’ rent just to stand behind a velvet rope and hold a bottle with a sparkler. Sound familiar? Well, SMIRNOFF®, the world’s best-selling vodka, is here to remind people that fun nights out don’t have to be such a hassle. Exclusivity is out. It’s time to let everyone in. Introducing “Exclusively for Everybody” – SMIRNOFF’s new global marketing campaign.

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As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world.  Additionally, vodka, at its core has always been the drink of the people; approachable and accessible for everyone. But somewhere along the way, the spirit became associated with exclusivity and pretension. As the leader in vodka, SMIRNOFF decided it was time for a change. While remaining rooted in promoting responsible drinking, the new campaign celebrates the brands belief that exclusivity for few is less fun than good times for all.

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We wanted to bring a fresh voice to vodka and break through some of the exclusive characteristics the category has come to be associated with.  SMIRNOFF was created to be enjoyed by everyone, from Czars andHollywood stars to you and your friends in the bar down the street. We want to celebrate that we’re there for good times, wherever and however they occur,” said Dan Kleinman, US Brand Director of SMIRNOFF.

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SMIRNOFF has created a digital film and six 30 second spots for the “The Party” which tells the story of two friends planning and hosting a party while poking fun at the elements that get in the way of honest, effortless good times. While house parties are always a good time for the many, SMIRNOFF recognizes that no party is complete without a safe ride home; that’s why one of the 30 second spots titled: Ride Home is dedicated to just that. Under the direction of the renowned Russo Brothers of Arrested Development and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, television superstars Alison Brie of NBC’s Community and Adam Scott of NBC’s Parks and Recreation play host to the epic house party. (Experience “The Party” now at www.youtube.com/smirnoffus.)

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When I read the script for ‘The Party’ I really liked the message and vibe that SMIRNOFF wanted to bring to the forefront,” said Brie. “A good time is always more fun when everyone is included and I think the playfulness of ‘The Party’ videos brings this to life.” Continue reading

Entertaining’s a Breeze with Spring Holiday Recipes from Olema Wines

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As spring arrives across the country, winter-weary wine lovers turn their thoughts and menus to fresh, seasonal flavors and celebrating spring holidays. Olema Wines are here to help you set the table with recipes and pairings that are great for Easter, Mother’s Day or simply embracing the welcome change in the air. Olema Wines was founded by the owners of Amici Cellars in Napa Valley, who were looking to highlight the excellence of Sonoma County’s vineyards with wines that offer both serious winemaking and serious value.

Olema Wines co-owner Celia Shepard invited California Chef John Adamson to create recipes that would make hosting a spring gathering  a breeze—and be a perfect match for Olema’s bright, food-friendly wines.

Spring 2014 Holiday Pairing Recipes

Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Joins Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine As Host Of the Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival July 25-27, 2014

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City is proud to present the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival’s sixth annual celebration, beginning Friday, July 25, with events taking place throughout the weekend. The three-day culinary and spirits festival is the leading food and wine festival in the market and will feature a star-studded roster of some of the country’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities. Headlining chefs include returning celebrity Chef Robert Irvinea proven fan-favorite of festival guests; and the inaugural participation of James Beard award-winning chef and TV personality, Marcus SamuelssonCo-Creator and Executive Chef of the acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant in New York City. More celebrity chef

Caesars Entertainment’s Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food And Wine Festival. (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City)

announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Additionally, in response to the success of the Beach Soiree event last year, the majority of the weekend’s events will be hosted in beachfront and courtyard locations, allowing guests to celebrate this iconic festival outdoors and under the stars. One of the signature outdoor events of the year will be the “Burger Bash,” a first-time event for the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival and one that has risen to popularity at many of the other popular food festivals in the country such as South Beach and New York. Burger Bash presented by “The Beef Checkoff” will be tented on the beach, replete with a Beer Garden and live music.

The 2014 festival will present an acclaimed roster of both local and national talent and will once again showcase several of the world’s greatest culinary influencers as well as authorities in the wine, beer and spirits industry. With access to a multitude of outdoor events including delicious tastings and instructive demonstrations, the festival will offer delicacies for every palate. New and some returning festival highlights include:

  • Beach Soiree: It’s time to let loose and have some fun, when the sun goes down, the festival heats up. Enjoy an evening beachside party while savoring refreshing cocktails and gourmet passed appetizers.
  • Burger Bash: Underneath the festival’s signature white tents the region’s top burger maestros have been carefully selected to bring their best burger recipes and unique side dishes to the Atlantic City Food and Wine festival to compete for people’s hearts and stomachs. Each offering will be perfectly accented by refreshing Beer Garden and wine samples, grab a napkin, foodies, and dig in!
  • Clam Bake: Calling all seafood living foodies for this adventure! The Atlantic City Food and Wine festival is bringing the epitome of this New England tradition to the Jersey Shore with a full-blown Clam Bake. Bally’s Beach will be transformed into a New England backyard with this summer’s Clam Bake, fully equipped with traditional menu items like lobsters, clams, corn-on-the-cob and an atmosphere that feels like home while your feet are in the sand.   
  • The Grand Market: Foodies, prepare your palate for perfection! The signature event of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, The Grand Market will most certainly be the indulgence highlight of your year. Eat and drink your way through this eclectic tasting village. Featuring a wide selection of foods, wines, craft brews and liquors from world-renowned culinary masters, you will experience a true flavor adventure during your three-hour gourmet journey. And when you find something you love, take it home with you! Purchase your favorite flavors while culinary demos by celebrity chefs provide you with tips to enhance your home dining experiences.
  • Blues Brews & BBQ: Throw on your boots, food-lovers … this festival is taking a tasty trip to the south! Kick your feet up as BBQ vendors take over and cook up some the best ribs, chicken and brisket you’ve ever tasted. And let’s not forget about the ice-cold beer! While you’re here, you can purchase some of the latest BBQ merchandise around.

The Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will feature exciting chefs and an incredible new outdoor format, a true celebration of our beachfront location, that we are really proud to bring to our guests this year,” states Jason Spencer, Vice President of Entertainment, Nightlife and Lifestyle Marketing for Caesars Entertainment. “We invest significant time and thought into refreshing the festival year-over-year to reflect the interests of our ticketholders and provide a weekend of unexpected programming that folks can look forward to. With the festival moving outside along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, we are proud to showcase the beautiful beach outside our doors and host both new visitors and familiar faces.

Tickets for the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will go on sale April 18, 2014 and can be purchased online at www.acfoodandwine.comwww.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420.

Kari Hill Unveiled As New Celebrity Hair Colorist for L’Oreal Paris

L’Oreal Paris has announced the addition of renowned celebrity hair colorist Kari Hill to its notable roster of experts. With more than fifteen years of experience coloring some of the most well-known manes in Hollywood, Hill’s artistic perspective lends to her mastery of varied hair coloring techniques and will join long-time L’Oreal Paris Global

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Kari Hill, Celebrity Hair Colorist for L’Oreal Paris. (PRNewsFoto/L’Oreal Paris)

Consulting Colorist Christophe Robin in lending her insights and expertise to trend forecasting, product development, content creation and consumer education for the brand.

Throughout the course of her career, she has worked at Hollywood’s most premier salons including Frederic FekkaiChris McMillanJohn Frieda and Neil George. She has built an impressive roster of celebrity clients including Julia RobertsRenee ZellwegerZooey Deschanel and Anna Faris, among others. Her indelible reputation and innate talent have made her one of the most in-demand colorists in Hollywood, with her hair color work regularly gracing the covers and pages of top beauty and fashion magazines.

From show-stopping highlights and beautiful balayage to complete hair color transformations, Hill is also well-known for her diverse abilities to subtly enhance or completely transform hair. Gathering inspiration everywhere from the red carpet and runways to even her own clients, she loves experimenting with hair color and helping women achieve their most perfect hue. She believes in the power of hair color to help women feel their most beautiful and confident selves. In her new role, she will be sharing her wealth of knowledge and insider tips with all women to help them recreate trend-setting and salon-quality hair color results at home using Mousse Absolue.

We are thrilled to welcome Kari to the L’Oreal Paris family,” said Karen T. Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris. “Her creativity and diverse coloring abilities married with her passion for education will help us further our mission of empowering all women to become their own beauty expert.

I am beyond excited and truly humbled to be working with L’Oreal Paris,” says Kari Hill. “Having the power to provide my clients with instant and tangible results is the most rewarding part of my job. I love the immediate effect it has on their confidence. I am excited to now take that to entirely new level by working with the brand to provide all women with the most innovative and accessible hair color tips and tricks.”

Kari currently works out of the famed Meche Salon in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA. She balances her busy salon schedule with client house calls and hair color work for red carpet events, premieres, film, TV and print.  She resides in Newhall, CA with her husband and teenage daughter.

Savannah College of Art and Design Unveils SCADpad, the Future of Urban Living

SCADpad micro-housing experiment transforms Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community for artful living

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a unique micro-housing and adaptive reuse experiment that transformed the parking structure of its midtown Atlanta location into a sustainable community that proposes an answer to the world’s growing urban housing challenges.  The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.

The SCADpad community’s initial residents – 12 SCAD students from the Atlanta and Savannah locations – will move in on April 15.

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing and adaptable reuse experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste.  (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing and adaptable reuse experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste. (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

  • Over the next two decades, the global urban population is expected to rise to approximately 5 billion.  (Source: UN Report, “World Population to 2300”)
  • Eighty-one percent of the U.S. population resides in urban areas – a 6 percent increase over the last 25 years. (Source U.S. Census 2012; U.S. Census 1990)

SCAD is a global university, so we see firsthand the urban density issues that the world’s most populous cities face,” said Paula Wallacepresident and co-founder of SCAD. “In celebrating our 35th year, SCAD creates SCADpad, an entirely new vision of urban community that focuses the ideas of our students and the expertise of our faculty and alumni in disciplines ranging from urban design, adaptive reuse, and architecture to interior design, service design, interaction design, design for sustainability and fine art. The result is a now solution – a sustainable urban micro-housing community that projects relevance far beyond form and function to the Vitruvian principles of utility, strength, and delight. SCADpad creates an environment for inventive and artful living.”

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, features blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles, copper roof tiles and a fold-up hammock bed to accommodate a desk underneath.  (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) today unveiled SCADpad, a micro-housing experiment that transformed its midtown Atlanta parking structure into a sustainable community, proposing an answer to growing urban housing challenges. Each unit features design themes inspired by SCAD locations: Asia, Europe and North America. This unit, SCADpad Europe, features blue lacquered wood panels resembling travertine tiles, copper roof tiles and a fold-up hammock bed to accommodate a desk underneath. (PRNewsFoto/Savannah College of Art and Design)

SCADpad was designed and developed by an interdisciplinary SCAD team of 75 current students, 37 alumni and 12 SCAD professors from 12 academic degree programs. The experimental community also features:

  • A work station built by SCAD furniture design students, featuring a hands-free intuitive 3D printer interface, which allows any SCADpad resident to issue a print command to create wall attachments without pressing a single button.
  • A community garden watered with filtered greywater from one of the SCADpad units and fed by a fiber optic sun harvesting system and high-efficiency composting systems.
  • A waste management center for recycling, composting and trash disposal dubbed NuBox. The NuBox is constructed of reclaimed wood and teaches residents to view traditional waste management as nutrient management.
  • A park featuring custom-designed furniture from SCAD students that helps to transform the uninhabitable parking deck into a livable space inspired by nature.

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CBS Announces Stephen Colbert As The Next Host Of “THE LATE SHOW”

The CBS Television Network today announced that Stephen Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of THE LATE SHOW, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast. The five-year agreement between CBS and Colbert was announced by Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation, and Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment.

Letterman, the host of the CBS late night series for 21 years, announced his retirement on his April 3 broadcast. Colbert’s premiere date as host of THE LATE SHOW will be announced after Mr. Letterman determines a timetable for his final broadcasts in 2015.

Specific creative elements, as well as the producers and the location for the Colbert-hosted LATE SHOW, will be determined and announced at a later date.

Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” said Moonves. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Stephen is a multi-talented and respected host, writer, producer, satirist and comedian who blazes a trail of thought-provoking conversation, humor and innovation with everything he touches,” said Tassler. “He is a presence on every stage, with interests and notable accomplishments across a wide spectrum of entertainment, politics, publishing and music. We welcome Stephen to CBS with great pride and excitement, and look forward to introducing him to our network television viewers in late night.”

Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” said Colbert. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Adding, “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.

Since its launch on Comedy Central in 2005, “The Colbert Report” has received widespread critical acclaim while earning two Peabody Awards and 27 Emmy nominations, including an Emmy win for Outstanding Variety Series (2013) and three Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program (2013, 2010, 2008). Prior to that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as an on-air personality and writer of news satire for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series.

In addition, Colbert is an accomplished author, with two books, I AM AMERICA (and So Can You!) andAMERICA AGAIN: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t, appearing on the New York Times best-seller list. AMERICA AGAIN also won a Grammy Award for Spoken Word (2014).

In music, Colbert’s original holiday musical special on Comedy Central, “A Colbert Christmas,” won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album (2009) and Emmy nominations for Art Direction, Picture Editing and Original Music and Lyrics. In April 2011, Colbert starred as Harry in the New York Philharmonic presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”

After graduating from Northwestern University, Colbert was a member of Chicago’s acclaimed Second City improv troupe with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The trio later created and starred in the CableAce-nominated sketch comedy series, “Exit 57,” and created the cult-hit narrative series “Strangers with Candy,” both for Comedy Central.

Colbert has appeared on series such as HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He was also a cast member and writer on ABC’s “The Dana Carvey Show,” wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and voiced roles in DreamWorks’ animated films “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

THE LATE SHOW is broadcast weeknights on the CBS Television Network from 11:35 PM – 12:37 AM, ET/PT.