Brews and Chews: Fishtown Hops Debuts Menu for June 22 Grand Opening

Philadelphia foodies and beer garden enthusiasts can look forward to grabbing a plate of Original Philly Cheesesteak Rolls and a cold “Philly’s Winner Yards Saison” from Yards Brewing Company, an exclusive house draft from Fishtown Hops, the city’s newest summer hot spot. The garden’s first-class food and beverage menu, to be enjoyed along with Delaware River views and free parking, debuts Thursday, June 22, at 4 p.m.

Located on the riverwalk behind SugarHouse Casino, Fishtown Hops will offer selections of canned and draft ales and IPAs from regional breweries including Saint Benjamin, Evil Genius and Dock Street, to name a few.

The food menu offers a wide variety of plates, from popular bar bites to unique takes on some Philadelphia staples.

Specialty items include Pulled Pork Fries, Candied Bacon (which features smoked bacon marinated in bourbon and caramelized in a brown sugar glaze) and Mac ’n’ Cheese Crab Bites, (jumbo lump crabmeat meets fried mac ’n’ cheese — all topped with Cajun remoulade and Old Bay seasoning).

Guests looking for a zesty, Mexican fix can take their pick of Cajun garlic shrimp or Jerk chicken tacos, served with Cajun cumin sour cream. Those wanting to savor the best of Philly can munch on Layered Cheesesteak Nachos and Original Philly Cheesesteak Rolls, which come with homemade shaved ribeye, sautéed onions, American cheese and spicy ketchup — it’s classic Philly in a new form.

The eats accompany a bar serving up local brews and craft cocktails. Craft beer lovers will enjoy the Wit or Witout (Saint Benjamin), I Love Lamp (Evil Genius) and No Exit (Dock Street). Philadelphia ties continue with original cocktails including the Front Street Mule, which combines Penn 1681 Vodka, ginger beer and tangerine Red Bull and the Fishtown Gin & Juice, a blend of Bluecoat Gin, honey simple syrup, bitters and orange juice.

“There’s no better place in Philly to watch the summer sunset than our riverwalk with a cold beer in your hand,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino.

Traditional beer garden tables line the riverwalk so guests can eat and drink riverside, while taking in views of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Adirondack chairs circle fire pits and provide the perfect lounge area for sipping summer brews.

In addition to the Fishtown Hops menu, a rotating list of food trucks will be on-site offering guests fast and easy service in between games of corn hole and shuffleboard. The opening weekend schedule will feature Philadelphia favorites Farm Truck (June 22), Revolution Taco (June 23), Foolish Waffles (June 24) and Phoebe BBQ (June 25).

Fishtown Hops is a design of Groundswell Design Group, the creative force behind other Philadelphia hot spots such as Talula’s Garden and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s Spruce Street Harbor Park.

The revolving food truck schedule, as well as live music and DJs, will be programmed all summer long by Mole Street, Philly’s own experiential marketing and music booking agency.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the growing beer garden community in Philadelphia by bringing quality music and the best of the food truck scene to Fishtown Hops,” said Brian LaPann, principal of Mole Street.

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