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Feb 23
Sat   Feb 23  

Annual Pliny the Younger Day Fundraiser - NOON - CASHONLY

The wheels are turning and they can't slow down, because Pliny the Younger is rolling once again from Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California, all the way to Philadelphia, PA.  Our humble home is the only market east of Denver to receive any Russian River beer at all, and what better way to celebrate our embarrassment of beer riches than by giving to those who need it most? 

On Saturday, February 23 beginning at Noon, Monk's Cafe will host our annual Pliny the Younger Day Fundraiser to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit that we have supported for over 10 years.  You are invited to join us to taste this year's Pliny the Younger, plus a mind-bending draft list including bucket list beers from the world's greatest breweries.

As always, one hundred percent of the purchase price of all draft beer will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand, and everyone who joins us will get their Pliny the Younger. This is a CASH ONLY fundraiser. Check out the draft list in progress and FAQ, below. 



Russian River Pliny the Younger (CA) This is why you’re here. Triple IPA loaded with hop flavor, bitterness and aromatics. Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, CTZ, Chinook, Crystal and Citra hops were added. A portion of PtY was fermented in Open-Top Fermenters in Windsor! 1st brewed in 2004 and the basic recipe has remained intact, but Vinnie tweaks it a bit every year with that year’s barley & hop crops. 10.25%abv

Russian River Pliny The Elder (CA) This is the original Double IPA, made by mistake, natch. More hops balanced by bigger malt. Aromas of grapefruit dominate. Finishes surprisingly dry. 8%abv

Russian River Blind Pig IPA (CA) Perhaps my favorite West Coast IPA. Solid hop aromas and finish backed up by the perfect balance of malt. 6.1%abv

Russian River Consecration 2016 Vintage (CA) A brown ale aged in a Cabernet Sauvignon barrel (Silver Oak) for six months. Fresh currants added. I get the beer, the barrel, the wine and the fruit. This is one easy drinking beer, but be careful, it weighs in at 10%abv. This really rocks!

Russian River Damnation (CA) This is the new and improved version of the original, Duvel inspired, Damnation. Less banana, more apple/pear notes. More yeast-driven spiciness. Much drier than the original. 7.5%abv

Russian River STS Pils (CA) A classic, unfiltered, European-style Pilsner. Straw in color. Hop forward with a mild malt foundation, distinct lager yeast characteristic, and a dry, bitter finish. A World-Class Pilsner. Perfectly balance and oh, so quaffable. Seriously…try this! 5.35%abv

Russian River Salvation (CA) A new recipe that starts as a Golden Ale, but Vinnie uses a 100% Brettanomyces primary fermentation. Just a hint of sour. Finishes very dry along the lines of its inspiration – Brasserie De La Senne’s Taras Boulba. 4.7%abv.

Russian River Supplication (CA) Brown ale aged in French oak pinot noir barrels for 6 to 18 months. Vinnie then blends these barrels into this magic elixir. He adds fresh sour cherries and three “wild” yeast strains: brettanomyces, lactobacillus & pediococcus I get malt, oak, wine, cherries, and a subtle pineapple note from the brett. 7.2%abv.

Russian River Temptation (CA) Blonde ale aged one year in a Chardonnay barrel with brettanomyces. 7.75%abv

Cantillon 20 Ans d’Amitié (Belgium) A special blend to celebrate 20 years of friendship between the Cantillon/Van Roy & the Monk’s families. A blend of Nath & Lou Pepe Framboise. A rustic, yet elegant lambic.

Cantillon Classic Gueuze (Belgium) Traditional gueuze; that is, a blend of one-, two- and three-year old lambic. Dry, austere and classic indeed. 5%abv

Allagash Metropole (ME) A golden sour ale aged for 18 months in oak barrels that previously held port wine. Balanced malt and tartness play off oak an aromas of port. 10.7%abv

De La Senne Taras Boulba (Belgium) A truly refreshing session ale. Blond in color with a bitter, dry finish. 4.5%abv

Hair of the Dog Adam from the Stone (OR) This is Adam, a rich and smoky beer with notes of chocolate and dark fruit that is aged for 8 weeks in a concrete egg. 10%abv

Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme (CA) Inspired by Flemish Sours, but amped up quite a bit. A blend of brown ale, raisins, Belgian Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, all aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. The barrels were inoculated with Tomme’s house Brettanomyces. Super rare & super good. 11%abv

Lost Abbey 24 Steps (CA) A special blond sour ale blended by Tom, Tomme & Felicia to celebrate Monk’s 20th Anniversary. We are super proud of this blend. 6%abv

Mikkeller Ginger Brett IPA (Denmark) IPA brewed with ginger and fermented with brettanomyces. 6.9%abv

Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale (Belgium) Our private label brewed for us outside Ghent, Belgium. Medium-body, red hue, fruity aroma, malt flavor with acetic & lactic sourness. A real thirst quencher. 5.5%abv

New Belgium Falling Monk (CO) Another of our 20th Anniversary beers, made in collaboration with Chris Black of Denver’s Falling Rock and the wood cellar crew at NBB. Flemish sour red-style, super dry, deep wood, no acetic acid.

Oxbow Buckwild (ME) A stainless-aged, mixed fermentation biére de garde with buckwheat. 7%abv

Oxbow Le Parrain (ME) A 20th anniversary blend of barrel-aged blonde, smoked and spontaneously fermented farmhouse ales, selected in collaboration with Mike Fava at Oxbow Blending & Bottling in Portland, Maine.

Tilquin Quetsche (Belgium) Pierre’s house aged lambic with the addition of a specific French plum – the Quetsche. One of my favorite fruit aged lambics



**Younger Day FAQ**

"What time should I get in line?"

Unless you plan to stake out a table (we pull all of the barstools to make enough space for everyone) there is absolutely no need to stand in line to get your Younger.  We always have enough. We'll be pouring beer from Noon-5pm and maybe even later.  Don't sweat it. 

"Why are all draft beers cash only?"

We donate 100% of the listed price of all draft beers to our nonprofit partner, Alex's Lemonade Stand, so we don't want to pay credit card processing fees on the donation.  Cash only also speeds up service so everyone gets their beer faster. 

"Can I buy a growler of Younger?" 

Heck no.  We don't have a growler filling system and Russian River doesn't allow wholesale accounts to fill growlers. Good try, though. 

"Can I have more than one Younger?"

We pour one Pliny the Younger for everyone in the house, and once everyone has had one, we will be able to offer second pours. 


PHOTO CREDIT: Sonoma Magazine / John Burgess

Mar 5
Tue   Mar 5  

Lost Abbey Beer Dinner with Tomme Arthur - 7:00 PM - $125

Our annual Lost Abbey beer dinner with head brewer and CEO Tomme Arthur returns on Tuesday, March 5. This much-anticipated event features seven of Tomme's incredible brews, and six paired courses by chef Keith Ballew. We've been doing this dinner so long we don't even know how many years it's been. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 18 at Noon; please call Monk's Café at 215-545-7005 to purchase tickets. 

If you have dietary restrictions. please let us know when you call to purchase tickets - we are happy to accommodate with advance notice.  


Monk’s Café
Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey Brewey
March 5, 2019

7 Beers & 6 Courses
$125 per person, inclusive of tax and service 

24 Steps Vintage 2018
our latest collaboration with Tomme, featuring apricots and peaches

Spicy Ceviche

Citrus Sin
Foie Gras
corn cake, blood orange

Veritas Kriek

Amazing Grace
Pork Medallons

Sinner’s Blend
Local Cheese

Gnoel de Abbey


PICTURED: Tomme Arthur and Monk's co-owner Tom Peters pose with the original painting that became the label for 24 Steps, their collaborative cuvee beer that was blended in 2017 for Monk's 20th anniversary.  PHOTO CREDIT: Eddy Marenco of Marenco Photo 


Previous Events


In the Cellar with 2SP Brewing Co.

Super Bowl Sunday - Closing at 5PM

Resilience Fundraiser for the Camp Fire Relief Fund

Beer Auction for the Camp Fire Relief Fund


New Year's Eve Beer Dinner

Cantillon 20 Ans d'Amitié Bottle Release


Cantillon Zwanze Day 2018

Oude Pinot Gris Tilquin Worldwide Debut

Wild Allagash Extravaganza

Local Food, Local Beer Dinner

Foreign Objects PA Lager Debut

World Cup: Belgian Red Devils at The Belgian Café

World Cup: Belgian Red Devils at The Belgian Café

Russian River Brewing Co. Day - 7 Drafts

Do What's Right Night with Maine Beer Company

Old School Beer Luncheon with Dogfish Head

Who the Hell Let Tom in the Brewery?!

The Alchemist at Philly Beer Week

Liquid Riot Debut in PA

Record Store Day

Major Tom World Debut

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Péché Day

National Orval Day

Pliny the Younger Healing Hop for Sheila

Tonewood Brewing Comes to Philadelphia!

CBS for charity with Founders

Pliny the Younger Day Fundraiser

World Debut of Oxbow Le Parrain

The Alchemist Focal Banger

Eagles Victory Parade

Lost Abbey Dinner with Tomme Arthur

Super Bowl Sunday - Closing Early

Cuvée Day

2SP Barrel Chat with Bob & Ruby


New Year's Eve - EARLY SEATING

New Year Eve's Dinner - LATE SEATING

Maine Beer Company Woods & Waters

Sonoma Pride Fundraiser

Lost Abbey 24 Steps Release with Tomme Arthur

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2017

Draft Debut of Monk's Cafe Grand Cru

Local Food / Local Beer Dinner

Wicked Weed B•Gone Redux


Educational Beer Luncheon with Niño Bacelle

Meet & Greet with Youichi of Hitachino Nest

Wicked Weed Brewery - 15 drafts

National ORVAL DAY

Péché Mortel Day

A Day Without A Woman / International Women's Day

Russian River Pliny the Younger

Russian River Pliny the Younger Charity Event

OrValentine's Day Dinner

Lost Abbey Dinner with Tomme Arthur

Stupor Bowl Sunday


EARLY SEATING - New Year's Eve


December 25th - CLOSED

December 24th - CLOSED

Holiday Beer Dinner

Framboise for a Cure 2016

Raffle Tix Still Available

Cantillon Zwanze Day 2016

Wicked Weed Brewery

Wicked Weed Lucky 13 Labor Day Extravaganza

Meet Olivier from Brasserie Dupont and Tomme from Lost Abbey

14 Sour Beers on Tap

Bring on The Funk - Sour Beer Festival

John Brus of Kaapse in Rotterdam

Jef Janssens from Hof ten Dormaal

Oxbow Brewery - meet local legend Mike Fava

Craft Brewer's Conference & World Beer Cup in Philly

New Belgium Brewery's Lauren Salazar class

The debut of Wicked Weed Brewery in Philly- meet Walt

Jester King Brewery - meet Ron Extract

Meet Picobrouwerij Alvinne

Nova Nation's quest for another National Championship

National Orval Day

St. Benjamin Brewing: Franklin's Abbey

Pliny The Younger Day Fundraiser

Meet the brewer from Jopen

Péché Mortel Day

OrValentines Day

Dinner with Tomme Arthur - Lost Abbey Brewery

Super Bowl Sunday

Lost in The Woods with New Belgium Brewery

Meet Jeffers - BarrelMeister at Firestone Walker

Brewing Beer in Rotterdam and Beodgraven, NL


New Year's Eve - EARLY SEATING

New Year's Eve - LATE SEATING

Day After Christmas

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve

A-Very Merry Christmas with Avery Brewery

A-Very Merry Christmas featuring Avery Brewery

A-Very Merry Christmas

Tom's 23rd Annual Holiday Dinner

Win a Trip to Amsterdam with Tom Peters

Kitchen is fully operational - yeah!


Temporary Kitchen Closure

Temporary Kitchen Closure

Russian River's All Hopped Up For The Cure Framboise

Jean van Roy of Cantillon at Monk's



Cantillon Zwanze Day - 6 Draft Cantillons

New Belgium Brewery Luncheon

Allagash's 20th Anniversary Party.

Fourth of July

What Is A Saison? with Jean Broilette of Tired Hands Brewery

The Effect of Brettanomyces with Terry Hawbaker & Kristen Mullen

Farmer's Lunch with Jef of Hof ten Dormaal

Vegan Lunch with Trinity Brewery

I'm Away at Fermentation School

Philly Beer Week Opening Tap

Monk's Mad Monday with Dogfish Head Brewery

FERMENTATION STATION tickets go on sale

Tired Hands Brewery debut

Lunch with Phil Markowski




Annual Tomme Arthur Lost Abbey Dinner

We're Heading to Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal



NEW YEAR'S EVE - Early Dinner

NEW YEAR'S EVE - Late Dinner

Party Like A Monk

Tom's 21st Annual Holiday Dinner

Russian River Framboise For the Cure Fundraiser

Ancient Brewer Dinner - Hummel turned 60!

Ancient Ales Dinner with Dr. Patrick McGovern

Cantillon Zwanze Day @ Monk's Cafe

Our Annual Sour Festival

Local Food / Local Beer Dinner

We're Frecon Out at Monk's!

Oxbow Brewery - 6 on Tap!

Fourth of July - Of course we're OPEN!

B.United Tutored Tasting

Who The Hell Let Tom Into The Brewery

Cigar City Brewery

Hops at Greensgrow Farms

Orval Tasting w/François de Harrene

Tom will be in Harrisburg pushing for GMO Labeling

New Belgium Lips of Faith Festival

Meet Anne Catherine Dilewyns Beer Luncheon

Philly Beer Week

March Against Monsanto

Tix on sale for our Philly Beer Week events

ANTI -World's Largest Beer Crawl

RRBC Pliny the Younger tapping

Thank's Philly!

RRBC Russian River Mad Monday

Monk's Mad Monday w/De Struise Brouwers

Our Annual New Year's Day Stout Fest


New Year's Eve - EARLY DINNER

New Year's Eve - LATE DINNER

Holiday Dinner

Coast to Coast Toast w/Vanberg & DeWulf

Beer Dinner w/ Deschutes Brewery

Framboise For A Cure Breast Cancer Event


Meet Christine Celis, daughter of the legenday Pierre Celis

Zwanze Day


Who The Hell Let Tom in the Brewery?


Meet Masterbrewer Yvan de Baets

Monk's Mad Monday - 11 Sours + 1 Oyster Stout

Fava visits Philly w/Oxbow

Monk's Mad Monday - Pliny the Younger

Lost Abbey Beer Dinner w/Tomme Arthur

Monk's Mad Monday w/Dogfish Head

New Year's Day


New Year's Eve Dinner - EARLY SEATING

New Year's Eve Dinner - LATE SEATING

Christmas Day

Christmas Eve

La Fin du Monde...The End of The World

20th Annual Holiday Dinner

Zwanze Day 2012

Gobble Gobble

Coast to Coast Toast redux

Home brewer turns pro brewer dinner

Please Vote Today

Post Hurricane Sandy w/Funky Buddha

We Reopen Today!

Monk's Mad Monday - Evil Twin

PA Debut of a new Trappiste Ale

R5 Pub Crawl w/Tired Hands

R5 Pub Crawl

Oktoberfest Dinner

Monk's Mad Monday Russian River

World Atlas of Beer - book signing

Monk's Mad Monday Dogfish Head

We Skip our Monthly Beer Dinner in August

Belgian Independence Day

Local Beer/Local Food

The Festival - Day Two

The Festival - a great beer festival in Worcester,

Brasserie Cantillon with Jean Van Roy

JW Lees Wood Aged Casks

De Dolle Brouwers w/Kris Herteleer

Deschutes is 'da shit

Dogfish Head Lunch w/Sam Calagione

Fifty Fifty Brewery - Todd Ashman Dinner

Browerij DeMolen w/Menno Olivier

Funky Buddha Brewery - BerlinerWeisse

4 Hands Brewery

Philly Bar debut of Dupont Speciale Belge

David Walker of Firestone Walker Brewery

Russian River / Sierra Nevada Collaboration Dinner

Monk's Mad Monday - Duvel/Ommegang

The Beers of the Cellar

Monk's Mad Monday - Malheur

Meet & Greet Tomme Arthur from Lost Abbey


De Dolle Brouwers w/Kris Herteleer

Monk's Mad Monday Russian River

Monk's Mad Monday Allagash style

Monk's Mad Monday Dogfish Head

New Year's Day - 20 Stouts on Tap


New Year's Eve Dinner - EARLY SEATING

New Year's Eve Dinner - LATE SEATING

Bagby's Beers

Tom's 18th Annual Holiday Dinner

Vanberg & Dewulf's 30th Anniversary Toast

Monk's Mad Monday Russian River

Great American Beer Festival

de Molen Brew Day

International Zwanze Day

Monk's Mad Monday Cantillon

FEESTDAG - Belgian Independence Day

Monk's Mad Monday Dogfish Head

Zythos America

Monastery of Christ in the Dessert

Vanberg & DeWulf's 30th Anniversary Dinner

Hill Farmstead w/ Shaun Hill

Lost Abbey w/Tomme Arthur

Sierra Nevada w/Ken Grossman

US Debut of Tilquin Gueuze

Monk's Mad Monday - Sly Fox

Monk's Mad Monday - Flying Fish

Hitachino Fundraiser

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Monk's Mad Monday - Russian River

Monk's Mad Monday - Sierra Nevada

OrValentine's Day Dinner

Lost Abbey Dinner w/ Tomme Arthur

Monk's Mad Monday Stoudt's Brewery

Brooklyn Beer Dinner w/Steve Hindy

Allagash Tuesday

New Year's Day - 20 Stouts on Tap


New Year's Eve - EARLY SEATING

New Year's Eve - LATE SEATING

Annual Holiday Dinner

We Lost a Good Friend on Tuesday

Duvel Day

We lost a good friend today

Leifmans Returns to the US

Monk's Mad Monday Dogfish Head

Monk's Mad Monday for Breast Cancer RR

St. Feuillien - meet Dominique

Local Beer / Local Food Dinner

Russian River Friday

WE'RE OPEN - the entire restaurant now!

Allagash - Monk's Mad Monday 8-9-10

Wring Out Your Liver & Empty the Kegs

Zythos America

Belgian Brewers from D&V Imports

Chimay - Hanging with the Bobo

Lambic Summit

Tomme Arthur - need I say more?

Boon, Cantillon & Drie Fonteinen Dinner

Patrick Rue of the Bruery - Meet the Brewer

Meet 5 Belgian Brewers from 12% Imports

Sierra Nevada - meet the brewer

Philadelphia Global Beer Exposition

Monk's Mad Monday - Mikkeller

Whiskey Tasting

Monk's Mad Monday - Russian River

Lost Abbey / Port Beer Dinner

OrValentine's Day Dinner

Snow, What Snow?

Monk's Mad Monday - Hopfenstark

Brooklyn Beer Dinner w/Steve Hindy


New Year's Day - 19 Stouts on Tap


New Year's Eve - EARLY SEATING

New Year's Eve - LATE SEATING

Monk's Mad Monday - xmas beer

XFEST - Holiday Beer Festival @ U of P

Dogfish Head Monday

Left Hand / Terrapin Beer Dinner

Monk's Mad Monday with Allagash

Monk's Mad Monday for Breast Cancer RR

Oktoberfest Beer Dinner

An Homage to Fromage paired with Foamage (beer)

Tomme Arthur Afternoon

Tom's favorite Local Beer / Local Food Dinner

Meet Prior Isaak from La Trappe

12% Imports Beer Dinner

12% Imports Beer Dinner

Dogfish Head Dog Day Afternoon - Firkin A

Philly Rollout of Duck Rabbit brewery

Meet The Brewer - Nøgne Ø

Drink 'em while we got 'em SPECIAL KEGS

Drink 'em while we got 'em SPECIAL KEGS

Johnny Cask - Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA

Russian River On All 6 Front Bar Taps

Zythos America - @ U of Penn Museum

Meet The Brewer - Jerry Vietz of Unibroue

Meet the Buhler - David Buhler from Elysian Brewer

Night of the Collaborators

Hildegard Van Ostaden Meet & Greet

Rodenbach w/Rudi Ghequire

JW Lees Wood Casks

Stephen Beaumont's "Fire & Ice" Dinner

Zythos Belgium

PHILLY BEER WEEK 2009 March 6-15

OrValentine's Day Dinner

New Year's Day -20 Stouts on Tap


New Year's Eve - EARLY SEATING

New Year's Eve - LATE SEATING

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day - CLOSED

Speyside Whiskey Tasting With John Hansell

New Bottle List

High & Mighty Brewery at The Belgian Café

Victory Brewery at The Belgian Café

Night of The Full Moon Dinner

Elysian Meet & Greet


Palm Beer Dinner

The Funky Monk @ Tria Fermentation School

Russian River Day

25 Years of Chimay in the USA

Local Beer, Local Wine, Local Food

Odds & Ends Night

Allagash Night

The Belgian Café presents Van Steenberge

The Belgian Café presents Yvan de Baets

Samuel Adams Beer Dinner

Brasserie de le Senne Dinner w/Yvan

Ladies Beer Tea at The Belgian Café

Geert Lindmans Beer Dinner @ The Belgian Café

An evening of Meet the Brewer events

Monk's Café and 25 years of Chimay

Phil Markowski from Southampton @ The Belgian Café

PHILLY BEER WEEK March 7-16, 2008

New Year's Day Brunch w/ 6 Stouts on tap


New Year's Eve - EARLY Seating

New Year's Eve LATE Seating

Chrismas Eve & Christmas Day

Dogfish Head & Nøerrebro Bryghus

National Tribute to Michael Jackson

ALLAGASH Beer Dinner


Stoudt's 20th Anniversary Dinner

Meet & Greet with Alain DeLaet of Delirium Tremon

Boon Lambic - single barrel tasting

Everybody Must Drink Stone

Lucy Saunders - The Beer Cook

Stephen Beaumont Beer Dinner


Meet Marc from Brouwerij Kerkom

Introduction of Malheur

Michael Jackson at Univ of Pennsylvania Museum


Lost Abbey Beer Dinner w/Tomme Arthur


Dogfish Head Dinner

Bar Hours: 11:30 am - 2:00 am Daily
Full Menu Served: 11:30 am - 1:00 am Daily
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day