Lunch with Phil Markowski   Thursday, April 09, 2015     Noon     $50+

Phil Markowski is coming back to Philly. Phil wrote the book on Saisons...seriously, he wrote the definative book on Saisons. Phil was head brewer at Southhampton Brewery for at least a decade before moving on. That dude has won fists full of medals at both the Great American Beer Fest and the World Beer Cup.

Can't wait to taste the Two Roads Brewery samples that were dropped off today. The kitchen crew and I will gather to taste Phil's beers and come up with food pairings. This is a rare lunch event for Monk's, so we may only serve three or four courses. Go ahead, take the afternoon off.

WOW! Phil makes great beer. Keith & O'Neil came up with a small plate menu with which to pair:

TWO ROADS WORKMAN'S COMP SAISION - Escargot w/hazelnuts, garlic and butter

TWO ROADS ROAD 2 RUIN DOUBLE IPA - House made, spicy, fennel sausage w/sauteed onions & peppers w/pickled mustard seeds

TWO ROADS HONEYSPOT ROAD WHITE IPA - Baby Greens & Spicy Micro Greens with citrus vinagairette, topped w/grilled pineapple

TWO ROADS OL' FACTORY PILS - Jerked Chicken Thigh w/cauliflower puree

TWO ROADS NO LIMITS HEFEWEIZEN - Fried plantains w/rum raisin sauce

As always, beer selection and menu are subject to market conditions.

This Beer Lunch will be held in our back bar area. Very limited seating available.

All this for only $50 (plus tax & tip) is quite a steal. Call Jodi to purchase your ticket today. 215.545.7005

FERMENTATION STATION   Friday, May 29, 2015         tbd

FERMENTATION STATION. Philly Beer Week 2015 at Monk’s Café will focus on your beer education. Philly Beer Week begins on Friday, May 29th and runs 10 days. I'll post the dates and times for these classes as PBW nears.

We’ve held too many of those door-crashing draft events, so every year we seem to add more educational aspect in our events.

Many of these Tutored Tastings will be led by me, Tom Peters, co-owner of Monk’s Café, and three time James Beard Nominee for Beer, Spirits & Wine Professional.  I travel the world tasting beers, brewing beers and hoarding beers. I began offering Belgian beer in Philadelphia way back in 1985. That’s 30 years of hand selling these artisanal ales. Please join me as I tell stories as we taste beer.

These will be ticketed events. Dates, times and more information will be posted soon.

Tutored Tastings w/Tom Part One:  Beer 101

The perfect introduction for a neophyte, but meaty enough for a beer geek.

Of course, we’ll be drinking great beer throughout this hour-long beer introduction.

Learn the History of Beer & Learn About Beer Styles. We'll sample Ales, Lambics & Lagers.

Get to know about The Craft Beer Movement, not just here in the US, but around the world.


Tutored Tastings w/Tom Part Two:  Beer Defects
Learn the lexicon of certified beer judges.

We will taste a “base beer”, then I will add components that will alter that base flavor and aroma.

Learn how to identify DMS, Oxidation, Diacytal, etc.  Know when a beer is really bad as opposed to you just not liking the beer.

Is Oxidation appropriate is some beers? What about sulfur in the aroma?

Learn which style incorporate small amounts of “defects” to enhance their beer.


Tutored Tastings w/Tom Part Three:  Cellaring Beer

Learn which beers age gracefully and how to properly store them. 

Compare vintages of World Class Beer:

Chimay Bleu Vintages 1999 and 2015

3 Orval Vintages: Current release; six months of aging; two years of aging

Cantillon 1996 and current vintage

Thomas Hardy Vintages.

Samichlaus Vintages: 






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