Friday, October 7, 2011

Be A Master Mixologist with our Master Cocktail Class!

Our friends over at Excitations sell some cool gifts.  But just calling them gifts wouldn't be doing them any justice...they're experiences.  You can get anything from a ride in a stock car to wolf watching to wilderness safety training to a hot air balloon ride.  Really cool stuff.  But next time, show your love for Alfa and Walnut Room and buy your loved one a Cocktail Master Class (available for two or four people) taught by one of our master bartenders.  You get to make some of our delicious signature cocktails, and by the end, you'll be able to tell your friends about the subtle flavor nuances between their favorite spirits.  You'll also leave with a pretty satisfied stomach - you get to drink, of course, and we give you some of our signature appetizers to make sure you leave here on two feet.  Everyone knows you get a real drink here at Alfa and Walnut Room, and that's the reason why this is the only place in the region that this class is offered!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Alfa Loves...Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale

I know we just told you about Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot, but it's the time of year for us to get really excited about another variation from the Lehigh Valley Brewer - Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale.  Since we are totally amazing, we get dibs on a few kegs each year of their very limited run, and we are happy to say that it's up and running as of now!  You know it's about to be fall when we break out the Pumpkin Ale, and frankly, after weeks of scorching heat followed by an earthquake and Hurricane Irene, we'll take a fresh start. 
This bad boy packs a hearty 8.0% alcohol (careful!), and is brewed with the tastes of fall - Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom and Cloves...just like your grandma's house at Thanksgiving.  WPA is a heartier brew than other pumpkin ales - sweeter and spicier, with distinct pumpkin flavor, instead of the hint that other brews have.
Get in there for a pint or two!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Alfa Loves...Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot

If you are not a beer encyclopedia, you might not know a whole lot about barley wine.  A classic English style of strong beer (it's not wine, it's just called that - huh?) barley wine gets its name because it can be as strong as wine; but since it is made from grain rather than fruit, it's classified as (and tastes more like) beer.

We really like to do tastings here at Alfa (food, beer, wine, liquor) - hey, it's a perk of the job.  So we commissioned our beer people to bring us a whole bunch of barley wines.  After more samples than should be consumed before a shift, our crack staff of boozehounds settled on Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot.  

According to Weyerbacher's web site, Blithering Idiot makes a nice date for full-flavored meats and cheeses, or as an after-dinner drink.  But before you start slamming them down, remember this:  one too many Blithering Idiots will make you, uh, a blithering idiot.  With an alcohol content (ABV, or Alcohol By Volume) of 11.1%, this potent brew is not to be treated like your average beer (most run anywhere between 3 and 7% ABV).

Available year round, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot waiting here for you at Alfa if you are looking for something hearty and strong.  But remember, you get the flag if you fall off your barstool...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Featured Beer - Magic Hat Wacko Summer Ale

If you've walked the streets of Philadelphia in the summertime, you know about wackos.  Well, we've invited a different kind of Wacko into Alfa for the summer.  Magic Hat Wacko is a fruit/vegetable beer brewed with beet sugar, pale malts, Columbus hops and fermented with an English Ale strain. We like it because it is refreshing, the flavors stand out, and it's not too heavy.  At 4.5% alcohol content, you'll still be able to get through the rest of your night without falling on your face by midnight.

Come get one!  It's HOT out there!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The kindess of strangers...or friends.

Buy a drink for a friend...even if they aren't there with you!  Just come in and fill out one of our handy forms, and your friend's name will pop up on our board, so the next time they come in, wouldn't it be a pleasant surprise when they see they have a drink waiting for them!  You can even choose to keep yourself anonymous (hey, we like to keep things interesting here).  But we really think that secret admirers are more poetry than reality...just go for it!  Any drink you buy is valid for 60 days, so there is plenty of time for them to pick it up.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's behind our delicious Mango Margarita?

Summertime brings CENTER CITY SIPS - and we have some wicked drink specials....and this place gets buuusy!  Luckilly, we have Walnut Room upstairs to accommodate everyone who wants to come in and enjoy happy hour.

We feature two signature cocktails on our specials, one of which is the Mango Margarita, a luscious summer concoction of Tequila, Lime Juice, Triple Sec, Sour Mix and yummy Mango Juice.  You can't get addicted to it 'til you try it, so come in between 5 and 7 any Wednesday through August 31st and get 'em for just four bucks!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Wednesday - You Know What That Means!

Another Happy Hour for Center City Sips!  It gets packed in here and that's how you like it!  Here are our fantastic drink and snack specials:

Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Yuengling Lager
Canyon Oaks Merlot, Canyon Oaks Chardonnay
Mango margarita (tequila, tripple sec, lime juice, sour mix, mango juice)
Chooooooch! (apple and cranberry infused vodka, club soda, apple pucker)
Tater tots, Cajun wings, Chips and salsa, Hummus and pita, Edamame

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Reserve The Lounge!

If you haven't joined us here at Alfa, we have a really cool little alcove lounge spot that can accommodate about 15-20 of your friends.  Round them up for happy hour and then call us to book it!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Alfa's Gonna Be in a BURGER BRAWL!

We're getting geared up for June 4th - it's gonna be an all-out brawl to see which restaurant makes the best burger - and Alfa is among the contestants. The other 17 will be Participating restaurants include 10 Arts, 500 Degrees, Adsum Restaurant, Alfa, Barbuzzo Restaurant, Butcher & Singer, Good Dog, Ladder 15, London Grill, Royal Tavern, Midatlantic, N. 3rd Restaurant, Paesano's, Pub & Kitchen, PYT, Rouge, Table 31, and Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery and Bravo's Top Chef.

The event takes place at the Meredith Elementary Schoolyard at 725 S. 5th Street.  Proceeds from the event will go to buy the school a computer lab.

Attendees get the chance to judge the competition, along with celebrity judges Mark Summers (from the Food Network's Unwrapped), Winston Justice (Philadelphia Eagles),  Mike Jerrick (Host of Good Day Philadelphia), and Matt Cord (WMMR).

We could tell you more, but the Inquirer does a better job.

Tickets are $100 and you can get them here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Signs Of Summer: Center City Sips Is Back!

Catch up with old friends and make a few new ones as Center City's best bars and restaurants host the summer's happiest hour every Wednesday, from June 1 through August 31, 5-7 pm. Alfa Bar is a proud participant, and we are excited for another summer of killer Wednesday Happy Hours!  Take advantage of $4 cocktails, $3 wine, $2 beers and half-price appetizers!  Get here to the friendliest bar in Rittenhouse!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The 2011 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Is Coming This Saturday!

Join us at Alfa as we celebrate Spring for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival!  Walnut Street will be closed off from Broad up to 18th streets, and we are right in the middle of the action.  Come in for a drink or a bite!

Check out all of the festival details here.