Archive for March, 2012


Beer Buy: Great Lakes Doppelrock

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Trying to crown the best American craft brewer would be a thankless, somewhat pointless task. With so many different styles, and so many individual tastes, it’d be impossible to placate everyone. That said, if the main characteristics were consistency and balance, Great Lakes would have to be near the top of the list. Every beer from the Cleveland-based brewery is well-made, achieves a remarkable balance between malt and hops, and is wonderfully tasty.

Though I have yet to have a bad Great Lakes beer, if pressed to pick a favorite, it would likely be The Doppelrock, a Spring Seasonal / bock offering. Like others from Great Lakes, this brew manages to pack a huge amount of malty love, hoppy goodness and alcohol power into a smooth, stunning beer that never seems off-center. The malt brings loads of chocolate, caramel and nutty sweetness, but there are just enough hops on the finish to even things out. Despite it being close to 8% abv, the heat is barely noticeable. This is everything great about a traditional Spring bock, “amped” up in truly American style (hence the dueling guitars on the label).

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Citron and Rose Coming to Merion

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

 

 

Read our review here

First, the good news: big time Philly restauranteurs Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook, most famous for modern Israeli cuisine at Zahav (but also for Percy Street BBQ, Federal Donuts and the original Marigold Kitchen), are opening a spot on the Main Line. It’ll be in the same strip mall as Hymie’s Deli and Town Hall Coffee in Merion Station, where Shalom Catering currently lives.

The bad news? It’s not open on Friday or Saturday nights. Whaaaaa? That’s because the restaurant will strictly follow glatt kosher guidelines, part of which includes being closed in observance of Shabbat. Though I obviously don’t know as much about the restaurant business (or being kosher) as Mike Solo, I can’t help but think that Main Liners who don’t observe these guidelines would still want to visit the restaurant on a weekend night.

Citron and Rose’s décor will feature an open kitchen with a chefs counter, a dining room for up to 60 guests, and a dark wood-marble topped bar featuring an all-kosher cocktail, wine and beer list.  Chef Solomonov’s menu will feature meat cooked over a charcoal rotisserie grill, house-made Jewish charcuterie, an assortment of traditional pickles, vegetable dishes and salads, and freshly baked breads and desserts.

There will also be a full-service catering company for on and off-site events.

Citron and Rose
368-370 Montgomery Avenue
Merion Station, PA
www.citronandrose.com

Review: Rosalita’s Fresh Mexican, Malvern (Frazer)

Sunday, March 11th, 2012
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Local Cheese: Spatola’s Pizza, Melt Down

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The Peace a Pizza in Wayne has been replaced by Melt Down Grilled Cheese, a chain concept opened by the owners of… wait for it… Peace a Pizza. There’s already a location in North Wales, and they sold sandwiches at some Eagles games this past season. Check out their menu and more info on their website.

Missing your chain pizza? Well, Spatola’s Pizza, another mini-chain that got its start in Bucks County, is coming to Paoli. There’s a sign up in the shopping center that houses Radio Shack and the original Dunkin Donuts (you know, the one you never go in), but no date is specified. The same family also owns Spizzico Pizza in Wayne. Though they have several locations going, the Spatola’s website is still “under construction”… but if you’re dying for a preview, the Landsdale store does have one.

Garrett Hill Ale House, Rosemont

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

 

 

Update 2.13: As commenter CJ notes below, Garrett Hill Ale House is now under new management, and the menus are very different than originally reported. Great tap list includes a wide variety of local and national craft beers, plus some interesting sample flights and an impressive bottle list. Food is upscale and innovative pub grub such as duck confit sliders and braised rabbit cavatelli. Sounds delicious!

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The Kebob Factory in Garrett Hill is no longer, and will be replaced by Garrett Hill Ale House starting Friday, March 23rd, 2012.

Readers may recall the 2011 controversy surrounding Factory owner Bharat Luthra, who supposedly cut down as many as 45 trees on the former Villa Strafford property without permission or a replacement plan for the sound buffer and runoff aid they provided.

One wonders if the potential fine of $2K per tree might have had any influence on the closing of Kebob Factory, though reports that it was always empty probably have more to do with it. While we never would root against the success of an independent business, we won’t be shedding any tears for a man with such disregard for the community he serves.

[outdated info] As for the Ale House,  they’ll offer straightforward American bar food, including “tot”chos (yep, tater tot nachos), sandwiches mostly made of hand-carved meats, and “house specialty” ribs… nothing too exciting. For booze, their all-American list includes 20 taps (with a disappointing half being macros – do you really need Bud Light, Coors Light AND Miller Lite on draft?). Full menu, including a decent list of hard liquors and an awful wine selection. [end outdated info]

Garrett Hill Ale House
157 Garrett Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610.519.0500
http://www.garretthillalehouse.com
Hours:
MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 11:30a.m.-2a.m.
SUNDAY Brunch @ the Alehouse 10a.m.-3p.m. BEGINS APRIL 1ST!

Beer Buy: Dominion Beers

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

dominion-baltic-porter (via Dominion's Facebook Page)

One of the reasons Philly is always mentioned among the nation’s (world’s?) best beer cities is the plethora of great craft brewers in the area. Interestingly, though there are a few excellent brewers in town, the greater Delaware Valley is home to even more (and arguably better) than inside city limits. From Victory in Downingtown to Weyerbacher in Easton down to Dogfish Head in Delaware, we can compete with any area for quality.

One brewer that doesn’t often make that list, however, is Old Dominion Brewing Company (maker of Dominion beers), located in Dover, DE. Surely, however, if we include Troegs (Harrisburg), Lancaster, and Dogfish Head (Milton, DE) among the cadre of local brewers, we should also include Old Dominion. Or should we?

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