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2014 Groundhog Day
Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast
& Lucky Cat Beer Prognostication

Chase away those mid-winter blues!
Updated: Friday, 31 January 2014

We Pennsylvanians believe very strongly in rodent based weather forecasting, so we assemble at The Grey Lodge every Groundhog Day at 7am (9am this year) to catch Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication. For 2014, Groundhog Day falls on a Sunday. so we will open at 9am. We have networked our TVs. If we successfully record the Punxsutawney festivities, we will show them at 9a. Also we will do a live reinactment of the current prognostication.

Groundhog Day Beer Breakfast
To chase away the winter blues, we wear our best/worst Hawaiian shirts and have a Beer Breakfast. Later in the morning we kick off more oddity as Groundhog Day turns into Lucky Cat Day. Lucky Cat Day features Wissinoming Winnie's Beer Prognostication and other fun stuff.

The Groundhog Day Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast and Lucky Cat Beer Prognostication is probably the stupitest event that we do at The Grey Lodge, and we set the bar on stupit pretty high (or should that be low?), so don't miss it.

With how cold and snowy this winter has been so far, we all need a Groundhog Day Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast more than usual. What better way to tell winter to screw off than with beer and Hawaiian shirts at 9am (usually at 7am but 9am this year since it's a Sunday)?

FourSquare Groundhog Badge
Thanks to the fine folks at VisitPA, you can get the FourSquare Groundhog Badge for joining us on Groundhog Day. It's as 1-2-3! Easier actually as there is no step 3. So it's as easy as 1-2 but that doesn't sound right. 1) follow VisitPA on 4square, 2) check in greylodge on 2/2. This has worked the last three years, so it will probably work again this year.

Beads: There are very few right times to wear beads. There's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but only during Mardi Gras. Any other time and the locals think you're a douche. Groundhog Day at The Grey Lodge is also on the bead appropriate list. If you've been to New Orleans, you've probably bought some cool beads at a souvenir shop (I did), but you were too cool to wear them if it wasn't Mardi Gras. Well this is an appropriate time to break them out.

Events like Groundhog Day and Friday the Firkinteenth are too hectic for us run tabs or accept credit cards. On rare days like those we are cash only.

Groundhog Day is a great day to take public transportation to the Grey Lodge.

    13 Featured Beers for 2014 Groundhog Day:
  • Flying Fish Exit 1 Oyster Stout
  • Free Will Lowercase ipa World Debut!
  • Manayunk 2012 Grand Cru Flanders Red
  • Russian River 2012 Supplication
  • Russian River 2012 Temptation
  • Sixpoint 2013 3Bean
  • Straub Groundhog Brew
  • cask-conditioned Sly Fox Buns Scottish Ale (firkin)
  • Troegs Dream Weaver Wheat
  • cask-conditioned Troegs Nugget Nectar (firkin)
  • cask-conditioned Weyerbacher Old Heathen with chicory and oak chips (firkin)
  • Weyerbacher 2012 Yankee
  • Trubble de Yards 2013

    Breakfast Menu:
  • Banana and walnut pancakes with butter and syrup
  • Bacon or scrapple, egg, and cheese on brioche
  • Scrapple omelette w/ fried onions, bell peppers, poblanos, and cheddar
  • Breakfast burger with American, bacon, tomato, and an over easy egg
  • Barman's breakfast- 2 over easy eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese over pepper and onion potato hash.

2013 Groundhog Day Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast
& Lucky Cat Day Beer Prognostication

09am Groundhog Prognostication Replaying (hopefully) and Reenactment

We can't open until 9am because it’s a Sunday. So we can’t show Punxy Phil live this year. But we have a work-around. We have networked out TVs together. If we successfully record it to some medium that will play out to HDMI, we will replay the Punxsutawney festivities in all of their pageantry.

We will also do a live reenactment of that mornings prognostication in Punxsutawney.

Featured Beers: Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat and Troegs Perpetual IPA (gravity-pour firkin). Troegs has always been a big part of Groundhog Day with us, though sadly Nick Johnson not be able to join us this year. Dreamweaver goes great with eggs and is a nice sessionable alternative to some of the monsters we will have on tap. And we haven't forgotten our hopheads, we'll have a firkin of Troegs Perpetual IPA.

10am: Weyerbacher Hawaiian Shirt Contest

The Hawaiian Shirt contest is an annual Groundhog Day tradition. Wear your best (worst) Hawaiian shirt. Prizes for the best (worst) ones. Best/worst - same difference.

Featured Beers: Weyerbacher 2012 Yankee and Weyerbacher Old Heathen with chicory and oak chips. Yankee was part of Weyerbacher's NATO series of beers. They said it could be cellared, so we did just that.

11am Sly Fox Hula Hoop Contest

Continuing with the Hawaiian theme, it's a hula hoop contest. Prizes for the best and most enthusiastic hoopers. This is always a fun one.

Featured Beer: cask-conditioned Sly Fox Robbie Burns Scottish Ale.

12noon: Yards Dance Off

Shake your money maker for prizes!

Featured Beer: 2012 Trubbel de Yards. This dubbel/triple Belgian combo is always a special treat whenever Yards is able to brew some. This is a beer that should get even more interesting with a little age on it. Which is why we saved a barrel from when it was last around.

01pm: Lucky Cat Day Seasonal Beer Prognostication
Like Punxsutawney Phil, the Grey Lodge's Wissinoming Winnie is a prognosticator. Unlike Phil who prognosticates weather, Winnie prognosticates beer.

Every February 2nd, with the help of her Inner Circle, Winnie determines if there will be 6 more weeks of winter beers or if the spring seasonals will arrive early. Winnie's Inner Circle is comprised of her hand picked (paw picked?) menagerie of local beer folks.

Featured Beers: Russian River 2012 Supplication and Russian River 2012 Temptation. We have been saving these two for at least a year and half. These Russian River sour beers age amazingly. Getting to drink two of them every Groundhog Day is always a great treat.

After the Prognosticaion, it's time to go home for a well deserved nap. Or stay a spell, we'll be here til 2am.

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