In part one of a two part Elite Event where Philly yelpers got to choose between beer or wine-themed parties, beer reigned supreme. Hawthornes, one part growler and bottle shop/one part gourmet eatery, was the perfect place to spend a crisp Sunday night. As the fireplace roared, yelpers got toasty and toasted with Left Hand Brewery's Fade to Black, Long Trail Brewing Company's IPA and Victory Headwaters Ale.
Tasty noms including housemade chips with creamy onion dip, pita with hummus, turkey, brie & apple quesadillas and tuna salad on baguette were served. Blake F was an instant fan of the "highly addictive" French toast sticks with strawberry coulis, and plans to forgo her "usual inclination for savory" to instead opt for sweet on her next brunch visit.
Dan from Left Hand Brewing was on hand to talk beer and answer any questions, which yelper Vinny P and his plus one were eager to do as they received "hefty pours" at the growler station.
Best of all? At the end of the night, yelpers were able to purchase brews to-go at the bottle shop. Karen B mixed her own six and Christopher R put it best by saying, "you gotta love an event where you can leave with an insane build-your-own craft beer six pack after the open bar gravy train has run its course.
Huge thanks to the staff at Hawthornes for welcoming us with open arms. Peep the pics that Erika Letitia snapped here, and check out the glowing reviews and the official talk thread for the event, while you're at it.
Now excuse me, I have a Ballast Point Sculpin to crack open.