Now on Draft: Earth Bread + Brewery serves up local wine

Earth Bread + Brewery is now has wine on draft from the award-winning Karamoor Estates winery.After more than a year of searching for the perfect wine to complement their freshly baked flatbreads, owner Peggy Zwerver and her team at Earth Bread + Brewery have finally chosen a local label to serve on tap. The Mt. Airy restaurant is now offering a chardonnay and red wine from Karamoor Estate, a Fort Washington-based winery.

For Zwerver, an eco-friendly mindset has always been at the heart of her business. Much of the restaurant’s interior and furnishings were salvaged or purchased secondhand. The menu supports local agriculture, and the beer list boasts a rotating line-up of in-house and other regional brews. So, purchasing local wine in casks to limit packaging waste seemed natural.

“For us it was the most logical thing to do because it’s such a sustainable way to serve wine and reduce waste,” says Zwerver.

Plus Karamoor, which has only been in production since 2007, is quickly making a name for itself among local wines. Just last weekend the winery was awarded Double Gold—the top prize at the 17th annual Farm Show Wine Competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Stop by and try the custom kegged house white or red by the glass ($7) or the half liter ($20). Earth Bread + Brewery, 7136 Germantown Ave., earthbreadbrewery.com

Grid Alive: The April issue comes to the stage this Thursday

The second Grid Alive is happening this Thursday night and we couldn’t be more excited to hit the stage again. Like before, there will be great guests, live music and local brews, but expect a couple surprises too.

Your hosts Alex Mulcahy, Grid publisher, and Nic Esposito, Philly urban farmer and novelist will be talking with Ron Celentano, a solar PV industry consultant who has found himself deeply involved in the legislative discussion that could kill Pennsylvania’s solar industry. Following him will be Lauren Mandel, a rooftop agriculture specialist with Roofmeadow, who will discuss the possibilities for bringing rooftop agriculture to Philly. We’ll close out the night with a performance by musician Johnny Miles. There will be local beer, cheese and wine from Rolling Barrel, and we’re launching the action table, where we will be featuring The Energy Co-op.

Tickets are on sale now for $5 and available at the door. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 22 at the Trinity Memorial Church (22nd and Spruce Sts.), doors open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 6:15 p.m. 

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