You'll be a beer champ in our books if you make your way through the 10 Belgian trippel-style ales on tap at Johnny Brenda's this weekend. The event taps off at 11 and goes all day or until the beer is gone. Flights of five brews are available for $10. High-booze brews on tap include will include Sly Fox Incubus, Weyerbacher Merry Monks, Stoudt's Triple, Manayunk Triple (Monk from the 'Yunk), Iron Hill Triple, Riverhorse Tripelhorse, Flying Fish Exit 4, Legacy Euphoria, Victory Golden Monkey and Dock Street Prisoner of Hell. Hearty grub specials, like house-made sausages and terrines, will be available till 1 a.m. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Get it on at South Philadelphia Tap Room's second annual Beef and Beer party this weekend. Firkins tapped will include Tröegs Nugget Nectar, Weyerbacher Hops Infusion, Sly Fox Chester County Bitter, Flying Fish Hop Fish, Philadelphia Brewing Co.'s Newbold and Scotch Ale and more. Pair that with slow-roasted prime rib, smoked brisket tacos, beef tartar topped with black pepper sabayon and assorted vegetables. South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St, 215-271-7787, southphiladelphiataproom.com.
All this week, proceeds from dessert sales at Las Cazuelas will be donated to the National African Religion Congress to benefit those affected by the earthquakes in Haiti. From now until Sunday, try the flan metropolitano in caramel coating, fried banana crepes with creamy dulce de leche, cheesecake Buñuelos with mango jam or a slice of traditional Mexican vanilla tres leches cake. Las Cazuelas, 426 W Girard Ave., 215-351-9144, lascazuelas.net.
Indulge your inner carb-lover during pierogie week at The Green Rock Tavern. It's a happy marriage between pierogie company Polish Goodness and Philadelphia Brewing Company; $10 gets you an order of six pierogies plus a 12oz pour of a suggested PBC brew. Choose from potato, potato-cheese-chive, potato-cheese-chive-bacon, sauerkraut, cheese, or buffalo chicken varieties. Or, try out one of three rotating cheesecake dessert pierogies (in cherry, chocolate and pumpkin) with accompanying sauces. Green Rock Tavern, 2546 E. Lehigh Ave, 215-203-0840, myspace.com/greenrocktavern.
Skip the coffee this Tuesday and go straight for an "espresso" at Grey Lodge. The bar is opening at the earliest legal time for brews, breakfast, and a bit of bizarre fun in conjunction with Punxatauny Phil's annual weather prediction. Try out early-morning beers like Flying Fish Espresso Porter, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and Philadelphia Brewing Company's Joe Coffee Porter. A special breakfast menu will feature pancakes, home fries, cream chipped beef and breakfast sandwiches stuffed with egg, cheese and your choice of scrapple or bacon. The morning's events also include an Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt contest, hula-hoop competition, diaper drive for charity and, of course, a screening of the famous groundhog's TV appearance. Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Ave, 215-825-5357, greylodge.com.