Russian River Brewing Company's famed triple IPA Pliny the Younger will return to Monk's Café on President's Day: Monday, February 20 beginning at Noon. This is also the return of our classic, unticketed Younger Day fundraiser, where 100% of the price of 2 Read MoreFebruary, 08 2023 Péché Day 2023
The very first Péché Day event was in 2011 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Péché Mortel, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel's imperial coffee stout. Since then, once a year, artisanal beer lovers have gathered to participate in this world-renowned event. The concept is a simultaneous offering of several different variations of Read MoreFebruary, 08 2023 Orval Day 2023
Join Monk's Café and Orval importer Merchant du Vin on Saturday, March 25 for Orval Day 2023! We will be serving fresh and vintage bottles of the only dry-hopped, Brett-inflected Trappist ale from 11:30am until supplies are exhausted or close of business, whichever comes first. Stay tuned to the Read MoreJanuary, 25 2023 Monk's Nominated for Beard Foundation Award
Congratulations to all of the Philly chefs, restaurants, sausage makers, bakers and somms nominated for the Beard Foundation Awards today! We are thrilled to be in such company, for Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program. Other Beverages Forever!Read More December, 07 2022 25 Best American Breweries, according to beer bars
A fresh and ever-changing draft list is a sign of a good beer bar. But what do the best bars keep on all of the time? Niko Krommydas asked publicans and beverage managers all over the country to claim their permanent lines to come up with the 25 best American breweries–according to beer bars.September, 29 2022 Craig Laban reviews Works of Love: Monk's Café
Huge gratitude to Craig Laban for highlighting our collaboration with Hill Farmstead Brewery, Works of Love: Monk's Café.
"When it was finally released this month, Work of Love certainly tasted more like beer than wine, fizzy, tart and with a hint of earthiness from its yeasty transformations. But what complexity and lengthy! There’s an incredibly juiciness that does, in fa Read MoreSeptember, 07 2022 Hill Farmstead Works of Love: Monk's Café
Way back in April of 2017, Monk's proprietor Tom Peters journeyed to the far-off Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to blend a special beer commemorating Monk's 20th anniversary. As Hill Farmstead founder and brewer Shaun Hill says, "the beer follows its own path," and is only now ready to share with our loyal guests at Monk's Café.
By Sean Lynch, Monk's bartender
I first became aware of Tonewood Brewing in 2016 as soon as they opened in Oaklyn, New Jersey. Once I heard that a new brewery was opening around the corner from my childhood home, by alumni of the same high school I went to, I was immediately curious. At the time I was a year into working as a barback at the greatest beer bar in the Read MoreJune, 29 2022 Tom Peters talks beer distributors on The Jawncast
Monk's Café founder and co-owner Tom Peters caught up with The Jawncast pod crew at KYW, to talk about the recently resolved strike of drivers, warehouse workers and sales reps at three major beer distributors in Philadelphia.
Tom talks about the importance of distributors in the three-tier Pennsylvania system, and why small businesses such as Monk's rely o Read MoreMay, 26 2022 17 Places to Explore the World Without Leaving PA
Want to explore the globe without leaving the Commonwealth? Uncover PA has the scoop on where to find a European castle, Japanese tea house, Celtic-inspired stacked megaliths, and a little place with over 200+ beers from around the world in their fun article on Pennsylvania destinations that take you Read MoreMarch, 25 2022 James Beard Foundation recognizes Philly's Best
The James Beard Foundation Awards (aka the food-biz Oscars) have recognized the greatness of Philadelphia's restaurants and hospitality professionals for a long time. Jillian Wilson collects all of the JBFA nominees and winners in thi Read MoreMarch, 19 2022 Honoring Armand
Today, our friends at 3 Fonteinen are honoring the life of Armand Debelder with an open house at the Lambik-O-Droom in Lot, Belgium. On March 17, 2022, our proprietor Tom Peters shared the following story about the day he met Armand, when we hosted A Toast to Armand&nbs Read MoreMarch, 12 2022 A Toast to Armand Debelder
The sadness of losing Armand Debelder - a giant of the lambic tradition, and dear friend - has been immense, and is being felt all around the world. Though the grief is great, so is the upwelling of love, respect and adoration for the man who taught so many, so much.
If you don't know who Armand is, come find out on Thursday, March 17 at 5pm Eastern Time Read MoreMarch, 09 2022 Monk's Café 25th Anniversary
March 9, 2022 is our 25th anniversary. To celebrate, we are pouring a knockout draft list featuring a variety of our exclusive 20th and 25th Anniversary collaborations and rarities. Today is also the public debut of Monk’s Café 25th Anniversary Collaboration with Russian River Read MoreMarch, 07 2022 Monk's Named Among 13 Best Burgers In Philly
Cheers to Thrillist for naming Monk's among the 13 best burgers in Philadelphia!
Ah, Monk’s... what’s not to love? There’s a menu of seven burgers that are nearly impossible to choose from, so start deciding now if you’re more in the mood for the Brussels, bacon, and cheddar burger or the Antwerp Shiitake mushroo Read MoreMarch, 05 2022 The Infatuation Names Monk's Among Philly's Best
Oh, you know how much we love being called "venerable," right? Just in time for our upcoming 25th Anniversary, The Infatuation names Monk's Café among the best bars in our always-sunny city.March, 01 2022 Pliny the Younger Week A Smashing Success
Vast gratitude to everyone who came out for Pliny the Younger Week 2022, we had an epic time pouring Russian River Brewing Company's legendary Pliny the Younger for you. This year brought a variety of firsts for all of us, including our first-ever curated, ticketed day of Younger tastings, and a full week of keg tappings. It was our hope that the ne Read MoreNovember, 20 2021 Best Bar in the World! Craft Beer & Brewing Mag
Huge gratitude to the readers of Craft Beer & Brewing magazine for voting Monk’s as the number one beer bar in the world!!
Proprietors Bernadette Roe & Tom Peters pose proudly with this Major Award, which is cleverly also a tap handle. Congratulations to all of our fellow publicans, it’s an honor to be on the page beside you. Look for Read MoreJune, 24 2021 Farewell, Falling Rock Tap House
After 24 years of service, Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, one of the greatest beer bars in the USA, will close on Sunday June 27, 2021. Our Tom Peters traveled to meet up with friends from across the country, including Vinnie & Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company, Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey, and Curt Decker from Philly’s own Second District Brewing, to Read MoreJune, 07 2021 Russian River Brewing Collaboration Brew Day
I traveled to visit with friends Natalie and Vinnie Cilurzo in Windsor, California. This was after several phone calls, texts and emails to create a receipe for this special collaboration between Monk's Café and Russin River Brewing Company. This is to celebrate our upcoming 25th Anniversary. We brewed on the cool 5 barrel system enclosed in glass, in one corner of their large dinin Read MoreApril, 20 2021 Brussels in the City of Brotherly Love
“You know when you walk into Monk’s and you have to walk through the three doors, it’s like entering a vortex,” says Tomme Arthur, co-founder of California’s The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company.
Many brewers and beer obsessives know those doors well. You leave the busy streets of Philadelphia—about three blocks from central Rittenhouse Squar Read MoreMarch, 26 2021 20 Ans D'Amité debuts at The French Laundry
For the first time ever, Brasserie Cantillon lambic will be served at Chef Thomas Keller's legendary The French Laundry in Yountville, California - including our exclusive Monk's 20th anniversary blend, 20 Ans D'Amitié.
Our deepest appreciation to Andrew Adelson, head sommelier of the French Laundry, and our dear friends the Van Read MoreMarch, 18 2021 Delivery Debuts!
UPDATE March 18, 2021:
1. As of Thursday, March 18, we are now open for Takeaway & Delivery. That's right – Delivery from Monk's Café! We are partnering with Relay Delivery Service to bring food & beer right to you door for a flat delivery fee of $5.50.February, 16 2021 Fire & Beer: The Godfather of Beer
Have you ever wondered how our fearless leader Tom Peters got his start in the beer world, 35+ years ago? Tom calls in to Fire & Beer podcast to tell his origin story to host Marcel Gomez, and both enjoy a Suarez Family Brewing Lo & Behold - they both happened to have one on hand - which is a Flemish sour, a style Tom helped popularize in the USA.Read More January, 26 2021 Greater Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail Ep. 8
In episode 8 of the Greater Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail, Monk's proprietor Tom Peters welcomes Philly's own Marisa Magnatta and Chill Moody to the back bar to talk beer history, and Philadelphia's crucial role in bringing craft beer to America. Thanks so much to Visit Philly for making us a part of the Greater Philadelphia Craft Beer Trail! See the full episode on t Read MoreNovember, 20 2020 Philadelphia shuts down indoor dining once again
As of this week, Philadephia has imposed new restrictions for indoor dining amid a new spike in COVID-19 cases. Our Tom Peters, along with a host of Philadelphia's best restaurateurs, spoke with Craig LaBan at the Philadelphia Inquirer about the curren Read MoreNovember, 11 2020 Monk's temporarily closes for the winter
After much deliberation, we have decided to “mothball” Monk’s Café for a few months. Cold weather is rolling in and – even though we have gone above and beyond what is required – we just don’t feel it’s wise or safe enough to welcome guests indoors as our only seating option.
COVID cases are rising rapidly in Philadelphia and we love our Read MoreMay, 09 2020 Tom Peters on the 21 Best Widely-Available Beers
Monk's proprietor Tom Peters talks with Sam Dangremond of Town & Country magazine about the 21 best beers you can buy at your local store - from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to benchmark Belgian, Saison Dupont. Read the story here.Read More February, 17 2020 Monk's Cafe Taps Rare Beer for Charity
Deepest gratitude to Monica Herndon of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who visited with us for our Pliny the Younger Day Fundraiser 2020, benefiting Alex's Lemonade Stand.
This year's event raised over $20,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand, who work to find a cure for pediatric neuroblastoma.  Read MoreFebruary, 04 2019 Monk's Café ranked 31 of America's Top 150 Bars
Huge gratitude to The Daily Meal, who named Monk's Café number 31 on their list of the 150 best bars in America. Tom Peters, Fergie Carey and all of the staff owe our eternal thanks to each and every one of Read MoreFebruary, 26 2018 The Belgian Beer Whisperer of Philadelphia
A few days ago, we were pleasantly stunned by an essay in October web magazine about Monk's co-founder Tom Peters. Writer Kevin Koczwara examines how Tom introduced Americans to Belgian beer, by way of Philadelphia.
Koczwara definit Read MoreSeptember, 15 2015 Monk's Cafe Hosts Zwanze Day