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
Last update: Thursday, 01 February 2018.
2018 Groundhog Day Beer Selections
Russian River 2016 Consecration - One of the highlights of every Groundhog Day is sipping on an aged Russian River sour beer. Consecration is a Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants. We aged it for another couple of years. ABV 10.0%
Russian River 2016 Temptation - A blonde ale fermented with a special strain of yeast, then aged in French oak chardonnay barrels. We aged this one for another couple of years too. ABV 7.5%
Sam Adams 2016 KMF - An insanely great sour beer from Sam. We put an extra year of age on it for extra funk. ABV 6.4%
Two Roads Conntucky Lightnin' 2017 - Using good ol' USA corn grits and aged in real bourbon barrels from a famous Kentucky distillery, this unique CONNcoction includes notes of whiskey, oak and vanilla. ABV 8.5%
Heavy Seas Blackbeards Breakfast - Rich porter flavors are enhanced by roast coffee notes and rounded out by bourbon barrel aging, creating a brew of bewitching character. ABV 10%
Sly Fox Mudlust Coffee Porter - this brand spankin new seasonal harnesses the power and spirit of your morning cup of joe and marries it with the roasted malt magic of a robustly crafted porter. Infused with freshly roasted espresso beans from South Philly's Herman's Coffee, the result is a smooth, inviting brew that will have you hooked after just one sip. ABV 6.4%
Troegs Nugget Nectar (firkin) - Troegs's Imperial Pale Ale has been an extremely popular winter seasonal since it came out forever ago. Nugget Nectar is an explosion of pine, resin and mango. We'll have a freshly tapped firkin on our beer engine. ABV 7.5%
Troegs Scratch 310 Experimental IPA - The IPA uses experimental hop No. 06297 (too new to even have a name). Scratch #310 is all about highlighting this hop's "orangerine" notes, with Simcoe added to coax out more citrus and vanilla flavors and Demerara sugar for a touch of caramel sweetness. ABV: 7.5%
Victory Fore Front IPA - a brand new one! 4 Front IPA brings innovative juicy hop varietals to the forefront with generous amounts of dry-hopped Cashmere leading the way. Tropical kiwi, cantaloupe and tangy citrus whole flower hop notes bloom from Azacca, Lemondrop and Cashmere hops. ABV 5.5%
Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen - Hefewizens make for a great breakfast beer, just ask any Bavarian. No Limits is a great hefe in the Bavarian style. ABV 5%
Yards Brawler - For Groundhog Day, we always try to balance out the crazy beers with some great session beers. Fresh Brawler is a delicous beer you can drink for the long haul. ABV 4.2%
Boaks 2014 Monster Mash (bottles) - The very last of this imperial stout. Chocolaty, roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a hidden alcohol presence. This beer was designed to be sipped slowly. ABV 10%
2018 Breakfast Menu
Smoked Salmon Benedict - English muffins with smoked salmon, poached eggs and spring onion hollandaise $8
Chilaquiles Verdes Con Huevos - Nachos sauteed with pico and suizas finished with queso fresco, sour cream and a fried egg $9
Lodge Breakfast Poutine - Pork roll, Scrapple and Tots topped with fried cheese curds and cream dried beef $11
Build Your Omelet - 3 eggs any way served with home fries $7 (meat and cheese additions extra)
Carrot Cake Waffles - Sweet waffles topped with cream cheese frosting and pecan-granola crumble $10
B.L.T French Toast - Bacon, lettuce and tomato served on French toast $8
2018 Groundhog Day Schedule of Events
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.
07:30am Two Roads Exotica Hour - Part 1
After Phil is done his business, Two Roads will take over the audio with a curated playlist of Lounge/Exotica/Tiki music. Two Roads No Limits special if you bring a tiki mug
08am Troegs Hawaiian Shirt Contest & Eagles Super Bowl Pep Rally
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!
This year, in honor of the Eagles being in the Super Bowl in just 2 days, we will have a pep rally. Prizes for the most Eagle'd up fan! Swag for any cheerleaders.
08:00am Two Roads Exotica Hour - Part 2
Two Roads's take over of the audio with continue until 8:30am. After which, the jukebox is open for business.
09am Victory Definitions Quiz
Victory gives you words. You supply the definition. Most Creative answers get point totals based off of how many teams there are. So if there are 5 teams playing, each word is worth 5,4,3,2, and 1 point. However if you actually give the real definition, you also get 1 or 2 additional points.
10am Sly Fox Hula Hoop Contest
Continuing with the Hawaiian theme, Sly Fox will have a hula hoop contest. Prizes for the best and most enthusiastic hoopers. This is always a fun one.
11am Heavy Seas Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
You know the deal: rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, paper beats rock.
12pm 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.
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 Prognostication, 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