img_logo2 More than just a bar and grill.  More than simply a local hangout in Northeast Philadelphia.  Redz  Bar & Grill is a home for anyone in and around Philadelphia to have a great time, with great prices, great service, great food, and of course great drinks; not to mention the best parking in Northeast Philadelphia! Located on Solly and Roosevelt Blvd, Redz has been a home and a supporter of local residents, businesses, and charities for well over two years greatly due to the help from owner/entrepreneur and fellow Northeast Philadelphia resident Matt Applebaum. With the Summer quickly approaching, Redz is reinventing itself and is now introducing new themed nights to the Northeast, including; Movie Madness Mondays,  Live Acoustic Music every Tuesday, and Throwback Thursdays with your favorite music and videos from the 80’s, 90’s, and the early 2000’s; not to mention the weekly Friday and Saturday Dress 2 Impress Dance Party and Sunday Funday with beer pong and flip cup.  And now, to start the season off with a bang, Redz Bar & Grill would like to announce The 1st Annual Redz Idol: Karaoke Competition, Sponsored by Penny Productions and Stoli Vodka!  So, they have one question for you, ”Do you have what it takes to sing your way to Mexico?”

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Starting Wednesday, April 3, 2013, (for eight weeks), karaoke singers will be singing for their life and competing week after week for a chance to win amazing prizes and tons of cash.   Special guest judges, including local DJ, (and the Redz Friday Night Music Master), Mike Stampone, will be naming a weekly winner, (with great prizes from great sponsors), until finally the winners battle it out on June 5th for a vacation to Mexico!  Redz Idol: Karaoke Competition is only the first in many big events to come your way this Summer and all year around! With the help of a fantastic team of managers, bartenders, waitresses, barbacks, DJ’s, security, cooks, and regular customers, Redz will be your destination for great times, great food, and great drinks!  Redz Bar & Grill is looking forward to a great Spring/Summer season and to keep up with upcoming events, live entertainment, and weekly parties, follow them at Facebook.com/Redzbarandgrill or check out their website at www.Redzbarandgrill.com
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img_logoby: Donny Smith & Sean Null Donny: This month, Sean and I went to the Dog & Bull - Brew & Music House in Croydon. The Dog & Bull has been on our 'to do' list for quite some time and I'm so happy that we finally made it! It's right on Rt13 next to the Train Station and it's an easy drive from anywhere. Take Rt13, or 95 to Street road and you're there - Very easy to get to!
Sean: Donny and I had a great time at the Dog & Bull. We went on a Wednesday and it was a pretty mellow night in a genuinely nice place to hang that has live music almost every night of the week. Even better is the beer menu!
Donny: Psst - dude ... they have music EVERY night of the week, hence the name Dog & Bull - Brew & 'MUSIC HOUSE'! Get with the program man, people are relying on us here!
You're dead on about the Beer Menu though, they've got a heluva Beer Menu!
We were greeted at the door by the lovely Michelle who presented us with what I thought was 4 food menu's, however upon closer inspection we noticed that 2 of the menu's were actually 4 page Beer Menu's! Everything that you needed to know about the beers that Dog & Bull had on hand was well presented in their Beer Menu including a description of each brew, the percentage of alcohol, the price, as well as it's origin and style of beer. VERY well done - PROPS!
Actually, everything about the Dog & Bull is very well done! You could tell from the second that we pulled up that the owners put a lot of time and attention into every single detail of the building, and it shows. Not only do they have an awesome selection of beer, music, and food, but the building itself is very well done with some beautiful chalkboard art and some really cool beer advertisements!
The staff the Dog & Bull is equally impressive. Did I mention Michelle? She wasn't just some pretty dame who smiles and brings you your food and beer. Oh hell no! She can tell you anything that you want to know about any of the beers that they have on hand. Very cool!
Sean: No kidding! There are about 15 beers on tap and 10 of those are a rotating craft beer selection which they advertise on chalkboards in both rooms. The bottled beer selection is nothing less than awesome! They have a selection of about 80 different beers in bottles, bomber bottles, and cans! If you are a craft beer drinker this should be your destination especially on a Tuesday night when they have a “Tap Takeover” from recently opened nearby Neshaminy Creek Brewing!
I had been dying to try the beers from Neshaminy’s head brewer Jeremy Myers for quite some time and I finally landed a glass of his Belgian Triple. It was worth the wait! Clear and amber with a nice head this beer smelled of banana bread, flora hops and a malt sweetness. Traditionally “triples” are brewed with three times the amount of grains to make it full bodied and sweet with a higher alcohol content. The trick is to brew it so you can’t taste the alcohol and they have succeeded! If you get a chance you should taste this well balanced malty treat!
Then Donny and I shared a bunch of samples to get kinks out before we settled on our next pint.
First up was Flying Dog Lucky SOB which was a clear red amber color with a nice foamy head, but I think we both agreed that we didn’t like it’s burnt caramel and corn taste with a flat, watery finish.
Donny: Agreed - I didn't care for it at all. It smelled and tasted like watery corn - blah!
Sean: We then tasted a Fleur De Lehigh from Philadelphia Brewing Company and after the triple that I had, it tasted thin, but to be fair, you can’t compare the two. Fleur is made from local ingredients and hops from local Greensgrow Farms, a co-op farm stand in the Kenzo area. It’s a great light beer with a floral hop aroma and light bitterness. Perfect for Spring BBQ’s.
Donny: Not bad! It's a fairly low alcohol beer at 4.5%, and to me this one kinda tasted like a 'Krimpet in a Cup'. It seemed to have a similar smell and taste as a Tastycake Krimpet.
Sean: Our next sample was a Smuttynose Gravitational Ale which is a Belgian Quad which means it’s got quadruple the grains and mega high alcohol.
Donny: YEAH - like 11.3% kinda high!
Sean: It was a dark amber color and had a sweet malty aroma with some alcohol apparent in the nose. It tasted pretty much the same with a full body.
Donny: I'm not sure if this beer is stored in aged whiskey barrels or not (which isn't uncommon), but to me it had a faint smell and taste of whiskey. Pretty cool!
Sean: Next we sampled their Bruery Humulus Lager is actually a double IPA made with double the grains and was a straw color with a full head. It smelled hoppy and medicinal and tasted hoppy at first, then had a sweet bubble gum taste to it. I didn’t like it. I think Donny was on par as well.
Donny: We were gypped! In my opinion this beer was totally mislabeled as a lager. I found it to be very hoppy and dry. It reminded me of used gym socks and I couldn't wait to get through this one (which I never did).
Sean: This is what you do when you are a craft beer drinker. You try new things all the time hoping to find a new favorite. I didn’t find that in a Founders All Day IPA. It’s a pretty amber colored beer with a light piney hop aroma that tasted like wet grass with a bitter finish.
Donny: Wet grass is exactly what it tasted like, and I ain't no cow! Bring on the next brew!
Sean: I did score in finding Flying Fish Hopfish. It’s an IPA and you are going to think, “Bitter”, but you are wrong! It’s a mild and delicious amber colored beer that smells and tastes like sweet caramel malts and nice mild floral hops. So I ordered a pint just in time for our food to arrive.
Donny: I've got to agree, this was the pick of the litter. It had a sweet smell and it tasted a little like watered down cough medicine, but GOOD cough medicine! Towards the end it had a woodsy / piney like taste to it, but it was really good! Since it's an IPA, I was really surprised at how good it was - Not bad at all!
Sean: For dinner, I had a really good plate of Bangers and Mash (English sausage and mashed potatoes). I'm guessing the sausage was handmade because it was great! Donny had a hefty burger!

For desert we had Delerium Tremons and Delerium Nocturnum, both very strong beers from a Belgian brewery called Brouwerij Huyghe.

Donny: Ahhh the pink elephant! If you walk into a bar and you know noting about beer but you want to look like you do, order a Tremons! The Delerium is a lighter colored beer (Sean's fave), and Nocturnum is the darker of the two (my fave). You'll spend a little money on either, but they are worth every cent - Trust me!

Sean: Delerium - What a great way to end a great night of trying new beer, eating good food and listening to live music!

Donny: Agreed! We had a great time at the Dog & Bull and we will definitely be back again soon. More than likely we'll be back on a Tuesday night when Neshaminy Creek is taking over the taps. I'm thinking that it could actually be THIS Tuesday since Sean has been endlessly pestering me about it ever since we left - haha!
See ya there!
If you have any questions, comments, or you want to invite us out for a beer, shoot us an email - Donny: DonnysJokes@yahoo.com - Sean: snull37@gmail.com
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Have you heard of Arnold's Family Fun Center in Oaks PA yet?  It's one of the largest indoor entertainment centers in the country!  This place isn't just for kids and families it's for adults-after all, we just wanna have fun too! Located about 5 minutes from the King of Prussia Mall,  off of Route 422 (next to the Expo Center); it's easy to get to and there is plenty of free parking. And best of all it's jammed packed with fun activities for everyone! There are go-karts, rides, air hockey, arcade games, laser tag, bounce, miniature golf. In the midst of all that you will find Arnold's Bowling Center with 20 lanes lit up in black-lites & laser lighting with 4 huge screens over every 4 lanes so you can watch your favorite sports team or live bands perform. Or you can chill out in the VIP section (the last 8 lanes) with hard wood floors, comfy couches and chairs, and its very own dance floor too!  When that hunger really has to be fed, walk right over to Arnold's Bar & Bistro; a full-sized dining room, featuring some great American cuisine. Sit in the bar area and enjoy daily drink specials. Who doesn't love ROCK & ROLL and DANCING? Well then you've got to check out the newest addition, The Water Tower! A full-sized nite club with state of the art lighting and sound, a full stage with a drum riser, pro sound and light man and a super huge dance floor! No wonder this place is becoming a real hot spot amongst the fun-seekers!  The popularity of The Water Tower is growing so much, stated Joyce; the Manager, the owners are knocking down walls and adding a brand new bar!  Best yet.....there is No Cover Charge! Joyce added that The Water Tower will have live entertainment every night of the week! Sweet! So bands if you are looking for a great gig contact Joyce, via email at thewatertower@arnoldsffc.com Right now on "Thriller Thursdays", from 9PM-Midnight enjoy live music, $2 lager bottles, and unlimited pro-karts, bowling and laser tag for $40. Adults 18+.  Every Friday from 8PM to 1AM- while the kids are getting their groove on with Karaoke in the Fun Center, their mom or pop is getting their groove on at the DJ Dance Party, in the Water Tower!   Every Saturday there is live music starting at 9PM from the area’s top cover bands, playing all of your favorite songs, for Adults 18+. If all this wasn't enough, during the summer there will be an All-U-Can Eat Buffet in the Fun Center every Friday, Saturday and Sunday! If you need a great place to have your next private party contact Joyce or Alison at (610) 666-0100. Whether it's a meeting or corporate event, a birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette party, fundraiser, or benefit; why not have it in the most unique club around, The Water Tower, all lit up in yellow lights. You can't miss it! For more info visit them at http://thewatertower.net/
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"Brittany George" From Chickie's & Pete's & Mc Geehan's Bar photo by Mike Vagnoni 85286986664342563_OVHc4YVd_cBrittany is a resident of Mayfair in NE Phila and works the bar at Chickie's & Pete's on the Blvd every Thursday night, Saturdays, Mondays and Fridays in the day. On Tuesdays she does a shift over at Mc Geehan's Bar. Brittany has been tending the bar for the last two years...and she enjoys meeting the people who are her customers each week... she likes to hear what they all have to say and she's one great personality behind the bar." I like meeting new people each week and I enjoy hearing what they all have to talk about. This is the fun part of being a bartender", she says. One of her favorite nights is Thursdays when she works along with the bands at Chickie's & Pete's. "I really like seeing all the different kinds of bands out here each Thursday when Chickie's and Pete's host the local music series...I enjoy the bands a lot they all are really good and in the spring and summer it really gets kind of crazy here" she says. Stats: Height  5'4'' with dirty blonde hair and green eyes. Hobbies: Going out with her friends! Favorite Radio Station: WXTU COUNTRY 92.5 FM "I'm a country girl" Like the new modern country rock sounds. ON SPORTS: Likes the Phillies! She is a big fan and just can't wait for the home opener. Birth sign : Libra Favorite Drink to Serve: Martinis ( All kinds) Favorite Drink: Margarita...
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Enjoy all the NCAA ACTION...(FINAL FOUR)...Where to see the games in the best area locations -Check out the Out On The Town Entertainment Guide......Brought to you by the North East Car Connection.... call 888-847-0833....... They can help all auto credit needs. Best area sports bars and bars and clubs is what you will find in the OOT Guide... Looking for the best...Look no more because you found the best  in local Entertainment Info..with one Issue of the OOT GUIDE See it now on your iPad www.ootonline.com   Enjoy the NCAA games * See the Final Four.  This weekend.
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The local thursday night music series at Chickie's & Pete's this week on the Blvd has the band WHERE's PETE in the house at 8pm... NO COVER and DISCOUNTED DRINKS / Budweiser specials...the night is hosted by Out On the Town.
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OOT Hot Spot Picks on what places will be offering the best this coming weekend is brought to you by the NORTHEAST CAR CONNECTION...Need a good car? They can help put you into the car you want.  Credit problems are not an issue...they can help with all auto credit needs... go to: www.MyNortheastAuto.com * Ask for Buck... call   888-847-0833 Erin' Go party: St Patty's Weekend 2013...here are the area locations  - we know about that will really get the party started and help you celebrate the spirit of the season.  Enjoy this St Patrick's Holiday...be sure and check out the OOT Hot Spots! Cattle N' Clover  - Wildwood NJ  * Weekend  Event !( Weekend at the shore - Saturday & Sunday) Block Party!  Win a Trip to Ireland! The Green Parrot - 3rd Annual Newtown Irish Festival! Event ( Thurs, Friday, Saturday & Sunday) *The New F.O.P  7 C Lounge, NE Phila *Saturday March 16th No Irish Need Apply and The Gallagher Brothers! (11 am start time!) Harrigan's Pub - Warminster, ( Big Weekend Events ) Daly's Irish Pub - NE Phila, Tony's Place - Ivyland Pa, Harrington's Irish Pub - NE Phila, Finnigan's Wake - Nothern Liberties/ Phila Mc Stews' Irish Sports Bar - Levittown, Paddy Whacks ( All area Locations) Hammerheads - NE Phila, The Irish Rover Station House - Langhorne Pa The Water Tower - Oaks Pa, Fluke's Irish Pub, NE Phila, Freddies Tavern - Bristol Pa, O'Mares Irish Pub - NE Phila/ Somerton The *Stadium Sports Bar & Restaurant -  inside the Holiday Inn / South Phila The 360 Lounge at Parx Casino, Chickie's & Pete's ( All area locations) *Shenanigan's Saloon - Port Richmond The Deck at Harbor Pointe - Essington, * Special Monkey Bus Reunion Show Lazy Lanigan's - Sewell NJ, Dr Lou's Restaurant & Bar - Roebling NJ, Reale's Sports Bar & Grill, NE Phila Pa, Caspers Bar - NE Phila Curran's Irish Inn, ( All area locations) Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Bar ( All area locations) Joe Santucci's Bar & Grille NE Phila, The Knights Tavern - NE Phila, The Temperance House - Newtown Pa The Club House - Newtown Pa PJ Whelihans ( All area locations) Michael's Cafe - Bensalem * Everybody is Irish this weekend! Nick's Roast Beef - NE Phila. Hurricane Jacks - Levittown, * Enjoy the IRISH PARADE Sat March 16th and then enjoy Hurricane Jacks! The Dog & Bull - Croydon Pa. The 3 Monkeys - NE Phila, Hazy's Bar & Grille - Feasterville, The New Sheffield Tavern, NE Phila, Frankie & Johnny's - Warrington Pa, Lazy Joe's Saloon - NE Phila, The Road House Inn - Newportville Pa, Dean Camirri's Colonial Inn- Hulmeville Pa, Cazz's Sports Bar - Levittown Pa, Katie O Donnells - NE Phila. The Red Stallion - Warminster Pa. E's Irish Sports Bar - Waminster Pa. Reese's Bar - Waminster, Pa. Mad River - Manayunk/Phila, * Special St Patty's Palooza! Mc Faddens - Phila The Hulmeville Inn - Hulmeville Pa, Puss n' Boots - Fairless Hills Pa, Da Bar - Levittown Pa. Bailey's Irish Pub - Levittown Pa. Murphy's Bar, Levittown Pa, Sparky's World Famous, Levittown Pa. The Penthouse Club of Phila, Tattletales - Levittown Pa Scruples - Bensalem Pa. The Fireside Beef & Ale - Feasterville Pa Franks Sports Bar & CLub Fizz, Feasterville Pa, La Casa Di Lucia - NE Phila/ Somerton The Brunswick Zone - Feasterville Pa The Trump Taj Mahal Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Harrah's Philadelphia. Harrah's Atlantic City, SugarHouse Casino - Philadelphia The Buck Hotel - Feasterville Pa. Kennys - Southampton, Pa, Pikes Pub - Southampton Pa, Big Heads Sports Bars ( All area Locations!) Wash's Tavern - Warminster Pa, Over Time - Holland Pa. The Langhorne Hotel, Langhorne Pa, Cannstatter's _ NE Phila The Jug Handle Inn - Pennsauken NJ, Top Dog - Cherry Hill NJ, The Coastline - Cherry Hill NJ, Dolan's Irish Pub - Burlington NJ, OTT's ( All area locaitons) Racks, Shatie Katies - Somerdale Nj, Barnabys. ( All area locations) Kildares ( All area locations) Mc Guinns Place, Brownies 23 East Ardmore Pa, Benny The Bums -NE Phila Havana - New Hope Pa, Washington Crossing Inn, Maggie's Waterfront Cafe, NE Phila, Reedys, NE Phila, Out of Wack Jacks, NE Phila, Spencers Irish Pub  NE Phila, The Amber Inn - Doylestown Pa, Finney's Irish Pub - Doylestown Pa. Puck - Doylestown Pa, Chamgbers 19 - Doylestown Pa, The Farm House - Doylestown Pa, Penguins Club - Warminster Pa, The Erin Pub - Bryn Mawr Pa, Cavanaughs  Leprechaun - Phila, The New Deck - Phila, Smokey Joes - Phila, Draught Horse Phila, Pub Webb -Phila, Maxi Pub -Phila, Urban Saloon -Phila, Fox & Hound - Phila, The Irish Pub - Phila, Tir Na Nog -Phila, Con Murphys, Phila, Smiths - Phila, Spamps -Conshohocken, The Boathouse - Conshohocken, Baggatway - Conshohocken, Mansion House. Conshohocken, The Grog, Bryn Mawr, Alibi's West Chester Ramshead  West Chester Ryan's Pub - West Chester, JJ's Irish Pub NE Phila, Coaches Tavern NE Phila, Owens Cafe - NE Phila, Mc Noodles Irish Pub - NE Phila, Christys  Bar - NE Phila, Tom's Sportsmens, NE Phila, General Grants , NE Phila, Leneghans' Pubs..( All area locations) The Lengendary Dobbs - Phila The Stadiums ( All area locations) Bristol, NE Phila, Fairless Hills, Levittown,Bensalem SmokeEaters Pub- NE Phila. The Greenwood - Pennsauken NJ, Brewesters - Maple Shade NJ, Pinsetters - Pennsauken NJ, Cafe Madison, Riverside NJ, REDZ  Bar & Grille NE Phila  ( oops we almost forgot this one...) The new Churchville Inn - Churchville Pa....weekend celebration! * with bar regulars the old saying goes strong today..... Out of Sight is Out of Mind! And that is a fact... OOT REACHING BAR REGULARS in many Ways... (A)In the bars that do matter the most - reaching the many hard core regulars...each week...not only that but all those that do work in the entertainment and bar biz  check it out too... (B)Over the internet and for any-kind of smart device...@ www.ootonline.com Once people come here..they do come back every issue to view online... (C) using two FB pages and all sorts of social media...on a day to day time period...we are big bloggers here at the OOT..and Blog for our area locations and bands and dj's.
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Ale On The Town

Mar 6, 2013
by: Donny Smith and Sean Null
Logo_LoveCraftBeer_PintOrangeHey gang!
Lets just say that you know little or nothing about craft beer, but you sure do seem to be seeing and hearing more and more about it lately. You're intrigued, but a little nervous because it's new to you and you don't want to walk into a bar or beer distributor and look or feel foolish.
Help has arrived!
This is a brand new column for Out on the Town written by myself (Donny Smith), and my good friend Sean Null. In this column we are going to cover the craft beer scene in and around NE Philly. We'll cover not just the different types and styles of beer, but we'll also cover some craft beer terminology, as well as the places that either have been, or are now getting into the craft beer scene.
This is going to be FUN!
About us - Sean and I are great friends! We 'sample' beer together, we brew beer together, and we are both involved in a local brew club called the 'Lucky 13 Homebrew Club'. Sean takes it one step further and writes a blog about the different beers that he has sampled on a blog titled 'Be Green and Flow'. Look it up - it's AWESOME! Someday we're going to open our own brewery called Wissinoming Brewery, but that's a little ways off (insert *looking for investors* comment here).
Lets start with some simple terminology:
Craft Beer - A craft beer is a beer that typically comes from a micro or an independent brewery. To put it another way, a beer that is crafted rather than mass manufactured or mass produced.
Growler  - A growler is a reusable glass container that holds about a 1/2 gallon of beer (4-5 pints), and they typically cost about $10-$15 to fill depending on the beer. Filled and chilled they can last up to 2 weeks, however once opened, you'll probably only get about 2 days out of a fill. Scoats, another good friend of mine who is the crack like dealer who got me hooked on these beers some time ago, explained it to me this way - "Think of it like opening a 2 liter soda bottle. The more you open it and the more air you let in, the faster it'll go flat. Same thing with a growler."
Flight - A flight is hands down the BEST way to sample whats on tap! You walk into a bar, pick 4 beers that you'd like to try, and take a flight. A flight consists of 4 or more 4-6oz glasses of beer that are usually served on a paddle or tray of some sort and are priced right around the cost of a single pint.
Beer Menu - Some places have their beers currently on tap described on individual cards, some places offer them all on one menu, and some places have their menu hanging on a wall somewhere. Either way a beer menu will tell you everything about the beer including where it came from, what type of beer it is, the cost, as well as the alcohol content.
Pint - 16 ounces or 1/8th of a gallon (bet cha didn't know that!). Some places offer Half's or Smalls (1/2 pints), but not all
Featured this month is - McStews Irish Pub
I had been thinking about doing a column like this for quite some time, however after visiting McStews and noticing their new involvement in the craft beer scene, I decided to get off of my a** and get crackin on it. McStews didn't just put a couple of craft beers on tap, they went ALL IN!! They now have 15 beers on tap with 7 of them being craft style beers. The beers are all well described on their easy to read laminated Beer Menus which are placed everywhere throughout the bar. The beers are available in Mugs, Pints, as part of a Flight (which McStews calls "Samplers"), as well as Growler fills. McStews also sells empty growlers should you need one.
But it doesn't end there!!
McStews also has one HELUVA take out section! They offer some of the best craft beers and ciders out there including Wyerbacher, Yards, Victory, Rogue, Great Lakes, Stone, Woodchuck, Angry Orchard, you name it, they've probably got it! Want more info? Another really cool thing that McStews has is a "Beer Book" of sorts that describes everything about every beer that they currently have, or beers that they can order. It's AWESOME and it's sitting right there on the side of the refrigerator - Check it out!
Back in the bar area Sean took a flight, and I'll let him describe his flight and the beers that he sampled.
Sean: Hey Philly! You know, you have the greatest beer history in the United States and you have the greatest beer selection in perhaps the world! I’m glad to see so many of my neighbors taking interest in craft beer even on down to brewing their own now!
Last night I took a flight with a few craft brews from McStews! Donny was making the most of a keg of Stone 12-12-12.
The flights (sampler) that they have consists of four 4 oz. pilsner style glasses (long, tall and thin with a flared rim) on a rack that you can fill with any of the beer they have on tap. I chose:
Stone 12-12-12 - Verticle Epic Ale which, to not go into too much detail, is a holiday style ale that pours black with a brown creamy head and tastes like gingerbread and hops but not overly bitter at the end.  It’s a pretty well balanced beer (hops and sweetness) and a full body (body can roughly be described as either watery or syrupy or middle of the road).  I liked this beer. Donny loved it!
Sly Fox Rauchbier -  Rauchbier is a German beer named “smoked beer”. The grains that they used to brew it were smoked with beechwood just like beef jerky or salmon and you can really taste it in this beer! An amber colored beer with a thin white head that tastes and smells sweet from the malts and heavily smokey and not a lot of hop bitterness.  It was my least favorite of the night.
Allagash Curieux Ale is a beer that is made with 3 times the amount of normal grains and aged in bourbon barrels so it pours a clear golden straw color and has a light malty sweet aroma mixed with bourbon.  It tastes pretty much as it smells and has only a mild hoppy finish.  It’s just enough to make you want more! And I do! I would drink this again for sure!
Sam Adams Alpine Spring was my final beer on the flight and my favorite of the night. It’s a lager style beer mixed with two other beer styles that are slightly higher alcohol and a tad sweeter. It smelled and tasted slightly citrusy and malty sweet with a hint of apricot with a  medium body and creamy sweet finish and barely noticeable hops.
These four beers are a great way to transition from the “big beers” into the craft beer world as they are not bitterly offensive at all! McStews is doing a great job at bringing craft beer to the Northeast! Give them a try!
Donny: Well that about covers this months column gang, and we hope that you enjoyed it and and learned a little something. If you have any questions, comments, or you want to invite us out for a beer, shoot us an email - Donny: DonnysJokes@yahoo.com - Sean: snull37@gmail.com
Life is a garden - Dig it!
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For the past 4 years, the best and longest running open mic in Bucks County is at McStew's Irish Sports Bar.
297539_266728516672125_100000049359018_1178311_3486994_nIt's called OPEN MICWITH A TWIST, and there's definitely  SOMETHING FUN FOR EVERYONE!!!
​​OPEN MIC WITH A TWIST was conceived by Nick Brambila, Dominic Taurino and Brendan O'Boyle with the intention of encouraging CROWD PARTICIPATION. It's not your average open mic. Along with open mic, the night is also home to KARAOKE, DJ, TRIVIA, PRIZES, GIVEAWAYS, FUN and  PERSONAL INTERACTION in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, all bundled into one night. We have instruments, computers and tv monitors for lyrics and karaoke, lights, sound system, etc. It's personalized crowd interaction that encourages fun and excitement. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!!!
OpenMicTwist.wix.com/info --->website with all info
"Open Mic With A Twist" every Wednesday night at:
McStews Irish Sports Pub
5316 New Falls Rd  Levittown, PA 19057
-Wednesdays 10pm-1am
-$2 You Call It's 10-12
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By:  Krista Doran
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Here at the OOT, we feature many great bands and musicians from the local area throughout the paper, but the "In The Spotlight" segment is reserved for the best.  I don't often get to choose the bands I write about, but when I do I choose carefully.  I am very proud to write this issue's article about a band that has been on the scene many years now and who is truly and exceptionally talented.
A few years back I met local musician, Michael Eli.  At the time, I was booking several rooms in the area and he had sent me some recordings of his band.  I had been working with many other bands at the time, but as soon as I heard these recordings, I was blown away.  Everything about this band stood out and I have kept in touch with Mike ever since.  I am a fan myself, and you will be too, once you hear them.  The band I am referring to is Soul Custody!
I spoke to Mike, who is a very humble and hilarious guy.  Mike explained to me that the band actually formed "by accident."  About 10 years ago, Mike had moved back home to Philly after living in Los Angeles for 15 years.  He started out just doing some solo shows and after a while started working with several different area musicians as a duo.  One of the musicians he met along the way was Ed Wall and this is where the current band began.  A short while after, Mike's lifelong friend and bass player Barry Cary started to come and sit in on bass. Things were sounding so good that they decided to call on drummer Steve Shupsky.  Things were sounding great and the guys all felt the band needed one more component.  Mike told me, "Barry and I had seen this amazing guitar player on and off for years and every single time, he just blew us away. Well what do you know, we wind up with him filling in a gig where we needed a 5th musician and we had such a blast that, the rest as they say, is history. We're still in shock that we have John Bushnell in the band!"
Soul Custody has been impressing music lovers of all kinds now for over 7 years.  They have been able to effectively infuse Soul into the Rock songs they play, as well as Rock into the Soul songs. I asked Mike to explain the kind of music they played and he said, "I think it was Duke Ellington that said 'There's only two kinds of music. Good music and bad music'. Mostly I'd say we cover Pop music. Some Rock. Some Soul. Some Blues.  It's a very energetic and danceable fusion of music. We do our best no matter what genre or style we're playing, to play Good Music … In addition to playing anywhere from 4 to 8 public shows a month, we also do a lot of private work where we can also play Jazz, Country, or some current Top 40, by request. Some highlights include: Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Gavin DeGraw, Journey, Train, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Black Crows, Top Petty, Cheap Trick, Beatles, Aerosmith, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Queen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jack Johnson etc."
The kind of music that you will hear at a Soul Custody show is pretty eclectic.  Mike explained, "We've built our band on songs that we love. Luckily for us, they turned out to be songs lots of restaurant and bar goers also love. So we really get into our shows. No need to fake it cause we truly LOVE the songs we do and LOVE playing together in this band."  And this is evident, people.  I have seen them play, and  the chemistry is awesome between all members, whether its the duo, 4 or 5 piece. Each band member has been playing since childhood and have all been working musicians their entire lives. Ed and John teach in addition to playing in the band and Barry is an Audio/Video engineer. All members have toured and worked with many bands big and small, but of course, Mike's humility wanted to avoid the name dropping.  He is such a cool dude.  Mike does a lot of audio recording and editing, as well and writing and producing original music. He told me about his band, "I can tell you that I get to experience hearing and seeing these guys play all the time. And I still catch myself smiling at what these guys do night after night. These guys are all excellent musicians."  Mike is right.  I have to agree with that statement 100%.
When you go out to see Soul Custody in action (which I highly recommend), you will see for yourself how engaging and fun they are.  They'll start many shows off as a duo and play some more mellow instrumental  stuff and will then gradually kick it up as the night goes on.  They can accommodate any room, too, whether a duo, 4 or 5 piece is required. The duo covers all kinds of great songs by Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jason Mraz, Bob Dylan and even Pink. They also mix some Soul and Jazz into their duo shows. The 4 piece version is funky and fresh and will keep everyone dancing all night. The 5 piece version adds a more guitar driven sound. Add in some horns wherever needed and it's an even bigger sounding band! They even do some originals and in fact, they expect to be playing some of them out soon because Mike's original CD is scheduled for release in June.
Soul Custody is a great band with an even greater message for their fans.  Mike told me, "We're just musicians doing our best to help people relax and unwind and disconnect from all the bullshit life throws at them. We don't really take ourselves too seriously. We're just a local band that really loves to play and knows how to have a good time. Seems when we're having fun, it's contagious. Life is Short. Love one another. Look out for one another. Go support live music with your loved ones and get caught up in moment whenever you can. Hearing live music is an amazing blessing if you're open to it's power. We'd love to share that with anyone and everyone that wants to party and have fun."  Wise words from a wise man. How can you not love this guy?
Everyone needs to get out and see Soul Custody.  You can see them playing monthly at some great venues such as The Washington Crossing Inn, The Logan Inn, Chambers 19, The Sycamore Grill, Earl's Bucks County and The Dog & Bull.  They also play pretty regularly at The Ivy Tavern, McStews and Coconut Cove.  You can read up on the band and check out their schedule at www.soulcustody.net.  Go there now to hear some great samples of their jams - you will be dancing in your chair just listening to that!  Soul Custody is Michael Eli - Guitars & Lead & Backing Vocals, Ed Wall - Keyboards & Lead & Backing Vocals, Barry Cary - Bass & Backing Vocals, Steve Shupsky - Drums & Backing Vocals and John Bushnell - Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals.
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