2015 Groundhog Day
Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast
& Lucky Cat Beer Prognostication
Chase away those mid-winter blues!
Updated: Sunday, 01 February 2015
We Pennsylvanians believe very strongly in rodent based weather forecasting, so we assemble at The Grey Lodge every Groundhog Day at 7am to catch Punxsutawney Phil's 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.
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.
The details below for 2015 are subject to change.
Featured Beers for 2015 Groundhog Day:
- Allagash White (bottles)
- Dock Street 2014 Summer in Berlin
- Flying Fish Bourbon Barrel Aged Abbey Dubbel
- Free Will Kriek
- Manayunk Siembra Saison
- Otter Creek 2012 Russian Stout
- Russian River 2013 Consecration
- Russian River 2012 Supplication
- Sly Fox Brewers Select IPA
- Straub Groundhog Brew (bottles)
- Troegs Dreamweaver
- Trubbel de Yards
- Bacon. Egg, and Cheese Sandwich with mixed pepper relish and french fries
- Breakfast Wrap- Scrambled egg, bell pepper, pico de gallo, sausage, potato, and cheddar
- Breakfast Reuben- Pastrami, fried egg, beer kraut, and Russian dressing on toasted rye bread
- Fried Chicken and Country Gravy French Toast
- Granola Pancakes with lemon curd, blueberries, and honey-rum syrup
2015 Groundhog Day Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast|
& Lucky Cat Day Beer Prognostication
||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.
Our kitchen will be open with a special breakfast menu.
Featured Beers: Russian River 2013 Consecration and Russian River 2012 Supplication. We age these sour masterpieces especially for Groundhog Day.
||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.
Featured Beers: Troegs Dream Weaver Wheat (draft) and Troegenator (cans).
||09am Groundhog Prognostication Reenactment|
Last year, 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. Thanks to Mike Lawrence for this video of the 2014 reenactment. If you want to volunteer to be a reenactor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Beers: Straub Groundhog Brew
||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.
Featured Beers: Sly Fox Brewers Reserve IPA (draft) and Sly Fox Helles (cans).
||11am: Yards Dance Off|
Shake your money maker for prizes!
Featured Beer: Trubbel de Yards. This dubbel/triple Belgian combo is always a special treat whenever Yards is able to brew some.
||12noon: Flying Fish in a Barrel|
Going with the barrel aged Flying Fish theme, Mary Grace will have a Flying Fish in a Barrel promo. We don't exactly know what this is yet.
Featured Beer: Flying Fish Bourbon Barrel Abbey Dubbel.
||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: Free Will Kriek.
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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