We Pennsylvanians believe very strongly in rodent based weather forecasting. We at the Grey Lodge respect our state's long and wonderfully weird tradition, so we assemble every Groundhog Day at 7am to catch Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication.
We started our Groudhog Day Beer Breakfast back in 2002; it has become one of our iconic events. 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.
Groundhog Day Beer Breakfast
To chase away the mid-winter blues, we wear our best/worst Hawaiian shirts and have beer for breakfast on Groundhog Day, which is always February 2nd. We feature some very special beers, some of which we have aged for a year or sometimes three. And our kitchen always comes up with some tasty breakfast selections.
Once Phil has made his prognostication, we continue the fun with zany events every hour, including Wissinoming Winnie's Beer Prognostication, a Hawaiian Shirt Contest, a Hula Hoop Contest, the Yards Dance Off and more.
Groundhog Day Video from Drink Philly
2016 Groundhog Day Beer Selections
Allagash 2014 Interlude - wine barrel aged funky Belgian style strong ale that we've aged for another year and half for extra funk. ABV: 9.5%
Brooklyn / New Belgium 2015 Wild Horse Running Porter - classic rich, roasty and robust porter fermented with Brettanomyces. We've aged it an extra year for extra funk. ABV: 7%
Flying Fish Exit 18 Baltic Porter - World Debut! of the latest entry in Fish's Exit series. ABV: 9.5%
Manayunk 2015 Schuykill Funk - Schuykill Punch 100% fermented with Brettanomyces. We aged this one too for extra funk. ABV: 6%
Russian River 2014 Consecration - the aged Russian River beers always a high light of Groundhog Day at Grey Lodge. And as usual we give them a little extra age. This is a sour red. ABV: 10%
Russian River 2014 Supplication - sour red with cherries. Aged for 2 years. ABV: 7%
Sly Fox Royal Weisse - hefeweizens make for a great breakfast beer and this a great hefe, which makes it a doubly great breakfast beer. ABV: 5.4%
Troegs Nugget Nectar firkin - for sour beers, a little age can be really nice. For hoppy beers, the fresher the beer. This beer has become easier to find, but it's still as delicious as ever. ABV: 7.5%
Yards Brawler - if you want something lower octane but still super tasty this English Mild more than fits the bill. ABV: 4.2%
Yards Washington's Reserve - bourbon barrel-aged General Washington Porter. ABV: 7%
2016 Breakfast Menu
Big Kahuna Breakfast Sandwich- egg, grilled pineapple, glazed spam, and smoked gouda
Cream Chipped Beef Hash
Neapolitan Pancakes Foster- one each strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate pancakes with bananas foster
Shrimp and Cheddar Grits Etouffee
Ground Hog Breakfast Burger- ground pork and bacon burger with grilled pork roll, American cheese, and a fried egg
Beer Brat Breakfast Wrap- grilled beer marinated bratwurst with hard boiled egg, spaetzle, fried brussels sprouts, fried onions, and honey mustard vinaigrette
2016 Groundhog Day Schedule of Events
Last update: Tuesday, 26 January 2016.
07am Punxsutawney Phil's Weather Prognostication
Our doors will open at 7am, the earliest we are allowed to open by law. We open at 7am because Punxsutawney Phil does his prognostication at 7:20am, and we can't miss that; that's the whole point of Groundhog Day!
We will have our large-screen, high-def TVs tuned to PCN, ready for Phil's pronouncement. We'll have loads of noisemakers to greet Phil's appearance.
Fuel up for the morning ahead with something from our special breakfast menu.
08am Troegs Hawaiian Shirt Contest
The Hawaiian Shirt contest is an annual Groundhog Day tradition.
Wear your best (worst) Hawaiian shirt.
Troegs will have prizes for the best (worst) ones. Best/worst - same difference.
Start hitting thrift stores now!... you've got a prize to win!
09am Groundhog Prognostication Reenactment
Two years ago, we couldn't open until 9am because it was a Sunday. So took lemons and made a radler or something like that. We had a live reenactment of the prognostication in Punxsutawney. It was so much fun that it is now a tradition.
If you would like to volunteer to participate in this year's reenactment, please email Scoats at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Mike Lawrence for this video of the 2014 reenactment. If you want to volunteer to be a reenactor, please email email@example.com.
10am 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.
11am Yards Dance Off
Yards Brewing Company invites us to shake your money maker for prizes! This year Yards wants to know how low you can go with a Limbo contest. You can still shake your money maker if you'd like.
12pm Flying Fish Fish a Barrel
We almost always do a Groundhog Day event with Flying Fish. This year is no exception.
Flying Fish in a Barrel was a lot of fun last year, so we're doing a repeat.
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.
After the Prognosticaion, it's time to go home for a well deserved nap. Or have some lunch and stay a spell filling up on aged beers, we'll be here til 2am.
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 or Uber to the Grey Lodge.
Bar: Daily 10am-2am Kitchen: Mon-Thu 10am-midnight. Fri-Sat 10am-1am. Sun 10am-11pm Brunch: Sat & Sun 10am-2pm