South Philly Tap Room celebrating 10 years this weekend

Can you believe it?

South Philly Tap Room has been slinging craft beer at 1509 Mifflin St. for 10 years, and the Newbold pioneer is throwing a helluva party to celebrate.

SPTR-10 years

The three-day celebration kicks off Friday Oct. 18 with a look at the past, “with food specials from past menus (lion, anyone?) and an early-era draught list (hand poured black and tans!),” according to the event listing on the website. A special quizzo will start at 9 p.m.

On Saturday night, the kitchen will stress the present as the Best of Philly 2103 Bar Burger by strutting their burger stuff starting at 5 p.m. Expect “5 specialty burgers and 10 IPAs. And yes, there will be Russian River Pliny the Elder, Russian River Blind Pig, Green Flash Bullet, Stone Enjoy By 11.12.13, and more.”

And on Sunday, the bar looks to the future by releasing a new menu: “Curious about it? So are we! It’s a closely guarded secret, but check out Chef Scott’s twitter @foodsyoucaneat for hints. We’ll compliment this momentous occasion with a few of our favorite “extreme” beers from Russian River, Allagash, Founders, Lost Abbey, and more.”

Google says this picture comes from Zagat, but we can't find the link to properly credit them. It's just so nice, though.
Google says this picture comes from Zagat, but we can’t find the link to properly credit them. It’s just so nice, though.

Incidentally, if ever there was evidence that a decent bar could help spur revitalization of an area, this is it. We’d love to hear from people who lived in Newbold before it was called Newbold, especially those who live near SPTR. What was it like in the neighborhood 10 years ago?