Surprise Philly bar opening: Boiler Maker (new Farmers Cabinet project)

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  1. hhkal17

    hhkal17 Poo-Bah (1,726) Jul 10, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Just around the corner from Farmer's Cabinet is the ex-Doc Watson's/Blue Bear Tavern. The latter officially closed earlier this week, and it appears that it was turned around fairly quickly as the Farmer's Cabinet crew has taken it over and renamed it Boiler Maker. It's opening this afternoon at 3pm.

    It has medieval decor, is mostly candlelit, and has an upstairs bar of 12 local drafts including a dedicated McKenzie's Brew House tap (some "Fork & Barrel"-esque traits there). Downstairs bar has 28 drafts of American crafts from around the country. Simple bar food including giant turkey legs (maybe like the Ren. Faire ones?).

    Full article just came out late last night. It's below and it mentions some of the opening beers - http://www.phillybeerscene.com/2012/03/new-bar-from-farmers-cabinet/
     
  2. ThoreauLikeAGirl

    ThoreauLikeAGirl Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

    my bet is on 4 months.
     
  3. ClockworkOrange

    ClockworkOrange Poo-Bah (1,953) Feb 19, 2006 Pennsylvania

    I wonder how they transferred the liquor license so quickly. Or, they may be opening under "new management" with the old owners still listed until the transfer is done?
     
  4. corby112

    corby112 Poo-Bah (3,910) Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania

    I love farmers cabinet so I'm excited to check this place out.
     
  5. Annesemj

    Annesemj Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2010 California

    was there at 5, doors finally unlocked around 6:30. awesome awesome place. great vibe and atmosphere. 40 taps of varying styles and "rareness". we had some food, which was good. but you can tell they are still in early stages. menus were all handwritten. looks like they are gonna have a lot more to offer once things gets rolling. they are def on the right path though. easily the best first impression i've ever gotten, aside from farmers cabinet
     
  6. alemarva99

    alemarva99 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2012

    What makes you say that? Rather why would you say that? Don't people usually like when a new beer bar opens up?
     
  7. northside

    northside Initiate (34) Apr 16, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Where to begin young alemarva 99, where to begin.........
     
  8. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (558) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    The owners have a history of quick closings and lawsuits. Hopefully, they've got things straightened out because this sounds like a cool place. I still haven't checkout out Farmer's Cabinet, but I want to.
     
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  9. alemarva99

    alemarva99 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2012

    Ah. I see now. Well hopefully they have that stuff behind them. Don't they own or rent a brewery now too? I would have to assume they are taking this more seriously if that's the case.
     
  10. Avalon68

    Avalon68 Initiate (139) Jul 1, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Candle light...how surprising
     
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  11. RC51Mike

    RC51Mike Initiate (155) Dec 17, 2004 South Carolina

    Medieval? Candlelight? Giant turkey legs? Like Renaissance Faire?

    I guess it's a vibe but not my kind.
     
  12. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (558) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    Yeah, I'm definitely not a Renfest person (not that there's anything wrong with that) but dark decor is OK in my book and I enjoy giant turkey legs, so I'll probably check it out if I'm in the area and it's still open.
     
  13. guzzle211

    guzzle211 Aspirant (275) Jul 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    that way there's one less bill to skip out on <zing!>
    Having witnessed their track here in the Lehigh Valley, the main reason I wish them success and viability is for Terry's sake . . .
     
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  14. hhkal17

    hhkal17 Poo-Bah (1,726) Jul 10, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Yea the Ren Faire thing just popped into my head after reading about the bar description and those turkey legs. If they add the pickle wagon, I'm there!
     
  15. PSUDREW

    PSUDREW Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2002 Pennsylvania

    Eh, it was OK. their "house" beers were really good, but over all, it was an odd mishmash of hipster/speak-easy/old west saloon. People keep raving, and while descent, I wouldn't go out of my way for it
     
  16. Annesemj

    Annesemj Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2010 California

    my girl and i are getting married there this fall, farmers cabinet that is. rented out the place for a saturday afternoon
     
  17. northside

    northside Initiate (34) Apr 16, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Please tell me you didn't put out a large down payment
     
  18. Annesemj

    Annesemj Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2010 California

    so far a grand. the rest later on. should we take into consideration they might be out of business by then?
     
  19. oglmcdgl

    oglmcdgl Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2007 Pennsylvania

    with their track record I'd have a back up plan
     
  20. Annesemj

    Annesemj Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2010 California

    great. well we are gonna have them sign a contract or something that states that we get our money back if that does happen, which will cover that end. doesn't cover the end about last minute location plans however, which would be a disaster
     
  21. ThoreauLikeAGirl

    ThoreauLikeAGirl Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

    "with their track record" .... it doesn't appear they care about contracts =/
     
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  22. JimsArcade

    JimsArcade Initiate (191) Jan 20, 2004 Pennsylvania

    They most definitely do NOT care about contracts. :slight_frown:
     
  23. corby112

    corby112 Poo-Bah (3,910) Nov 19, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Finally stopped by Boiler Maker and loved it! It is very dark and candle lit but I didnt really get a medieval/rennassaince vibe. They are lacking in food choices(only hot dogs, burgers, rotisserie chicken and cured meats) but they had a special cheese fries dish that came with three different pickles(sour whiskey, spicy habanero and Jewish deli). Right now they probably have the best draft list in the city with 12 "local" beers all brewed in PA and 28 other American crafts. Highlights included BA Insidious, Saison Vatour, Earth Bread/McKenzie/Tired Hands collaboration, one of Terry's beers, Daisy Cutter, AleSmith Nautical Nut Brown, Maduro and Dark Horse Fore plus stuff from North Coast, Bruery, Stillwater, Port/LA, Founders Imperial Stout, Avery, Ballast Point and Firestone Walker. The most expensive beer was $8 and everything was available in half pour for half price. They also had a great selection of bottles and the service was great. I will be going back to this place often and highly recommend it to everyone else.
     
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  24. JBette01

    JBette01 Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2012 Pennsylvania

  25. hhkal17

    hhkal17 Poo-Bah (1,726) Jul 10, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Pretty close. Turns out it'll be approx. 5 and a half months. I'll remember them for introducing me to Saint Somewhere beers.

    Closing on Mon. 9/10 and then re-opening under a tweaked concept called "The Butcher and the Brewer" (same owners).

    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/Exit-Boilermaker.html
     
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  26. chcfan

    chcfan Zealot (558) Oct 29, 2008 California
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    ^This wouldn't have happened if they had kept the giant turkey legs.
     
  27. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    they had some pretty impressive tap lists here - i never tried the food though. might have to walk over there this weekend before it closes to see if there's anything unusual on.
     
  28. Avalon68

    Avalon68 Initiate (139) Jul 1, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I wonder if the are paying close to 100k for their meat cutter...
     
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  29. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,623) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    This is extremely sad news. The bar was amazing. Best selection in center city, and cheap as all hell, especially during happy hour (half-price everything!). Unmatched ambiance as well.

    I can't recall it ever being busy though...perhaps too off the beaten path to draw in business. Although Varga Bar is just down the street and consistently packs them in.
     
  30. Rifugium

    Rifugium Poo-Bah (5,866) Mar 2, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Wow. These guys.
     
  31. ThoreauLikeAGirl

    ThoreauLikeAGirl Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

    anyone an expert in philly tax law or something? there's gotta be something about opening a new business that works out in their favor.
     
  32. callmemickey

    callmemickey Meyvn (1,229) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, its called skipping out on the taxes your previous company owed, opening a new place, and banking on the City not having the stones to come after your taxes (and the $500 million in taxes owed by similar deadbeats).
     
  33. ThoreauLikeAGirl

    ThoreauLikeAGirl Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2011 Pennsylvania

    well, there's my answer. thanks =)
     
  34. cryme

    cryme Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2011 Delaware

    gonna miss this place during happy hour.
     
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  35. kennyo

    kennyo Devotee (453) Jan 30, 2003 New York
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    Was there once, I lime the place and selection but had the worst waiter.
    Told me that the beer I ordered was the best beer on tap but he hasn't tried it yet then told me the the Berliner Weisse I bought, that smelled like bad cheese, was supposed to be that way. Also it was one of the best Berliners on the market and He seen people holding their noses while drinking it
     
  36. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,623) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Curious if they will do a last-hurrah on Monday for all the regulars (all 5 of us). What will become of the left-over kegs? With 40 taps, plus 40+ more kegs in the back, that's a lot of beer to get rid of.
     
  37. Blanco

    Blanco Defender (608) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    If I hadn't been to the place myself I'd almost have to assume the whole thing was just an elaborate joke played out on the BA forums to make fun of the owners for their past issues. Like the Onion.
     
  38. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    my friend and i had a similar experience, but sent it back and ordered something else. i saw someone order this at another bar and i could smell the rancidness from across the bar. it's quite amazing, really - never smelled anything like that in a beer before.
     
  39. Blanco

    Blanco Defender (608) Oct 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Sounds like reports I've heard about the Round Guys berliner. I've heard some batches are amazing and others smell exactly as your described.
     
  40. kennyo

    kennyo Devotee (453) Jan 30, 2003 New York
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    Yes Round Guys,
     
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