Got a sneak peak of Boiler Maker tonight. The new bar from the Matts behind Farmers Cabinet is set to open at 5:00 on Saturday, March 24th. It’s located at 216 S. 11th St in the former location of the Blue Bear Tavern and previously the more known Doc Watsons. The bar is opening very quietly after the Blue Bear suddenly closed and the Farmers Cabinet crew quickly moved in and redesigned in time for tomorrows opening.
The bar looks awesome: think a more medieval take on Farmers Cabinet. The beers are all American this time around though. There are 40 taps in total. 28 downstairs that cover the whole country and 12 upstairs that focus locally and even include a steady handle from the drastically underrated McKenzies Brewhouse.
Food is set to be basic pub food consisting of burgers, hotdogs and even some gigantic turkey legs for some fork free eating. This isn’t going to be a gastropub (something neither Matt wants it to be). The heart and soul is going to be a beer and a shot bar that’s fitting for any level of drinker. Pairing spirits and beer is a goal.
Starting tomorrow night, the mostly candle lit Boiler Maker is set to be a great addition to the neighborhood. Destined to be a late night destination with the kitchen open till close and reasonably priced drafts, this is a great step up from the previous Blue Bear Tavern. There will also be live old-school blues on weekends. I know we personally are looking forward to some great American beers in a Medieval type setting.
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada
North Coast Old Rasputin (nitro)
St Somewhere Lecto Divino
Bruery Saison de Lente
Ballast Point Sea Monster
McKenzies Saison Vatour
2 Cabinet Artisanal beers
UPDATE: Just received the press release from them. Here it is as it covers a few more details:
I am emailing you to announce tonight’s soft opening of The Boilermaker – the newest venture from the team at The Farmers Cabinet. The Boilermaker is located around the corner in Blue Bear Tavern’s former space (216 South 11th St) and features you guessed it, Boilermakers!
Undoubtedly Philadelphia’s favorite couple – a beer and a shot – is finally here. Headlining this new endeavor is a rotating Boilermaker menu featuring 8 unique beer and liquor pairings. Patrons can expect dynamic duos that push the boundaries on a new drinking experience.
The 150-seat space has been heavily renovated over the past week with a primary focus being on bringing the tap count from 12 to 40. Patrons will be pleasantly surprised with the accessible price point and eclectic, medieval décor with gothic accents and lots of candlelight. The American Craft Beer program will be split between the two levels, with 28 rotating drafts downstairs and 12 “local” drafts upstairs.The upstairs bar will also feature a focused cocktail menu heavily influenced by traditional American concoctions – Cobblers and Sazeracs.
Farmer’s Cabinet Executive Chef Steve Forte lets the ingredient’s speak for them-selves in his unpretentious take on classic comfort food. “We are having a great time putting together this menu because, it reflects what my team and I feel chefs want to devour after a long day,” says Forte.
The menu boasts a bevy of scrumptious comfort fare, including house-smoked meats, hand carved roasts, rotisserie chicken,
hamburgers, and hot dogs. Boilermaker will open today at 5pm with a select menu, and will become more robust over the next few weeks as the food and beverage program fully develops. Also, there will be a live music program heavily influenced by old school Blues. Music will start tonight at 9pm w/ Dave Mattock and JAred Wilayto. Beginning Sunday, our regular business hours will be from 3pm to 2am daily, with food being served until 1:30am.