Words and Photos by Autumn Walden
It was a full house last Thursday at Yards Brewing Company in Philly as folks…ahem…came for a Beergasm—to have their senses tickled with beer, food, and music. We were treated to drinks, salad, entrees, and desserts, courtesy of the event partners—Beer Cakes Philly and Collaborate Philly—in conjunction with Dan Berlin, Jason Ranck, Blaise Fougere, Jessica Streeter, 5 o-clock Brew, and Spodee. And the fun also went to a good cause—ticket and raffle sales went to local nonprofit, Philabundance, a hunger relief organization that addresses the issue of food poverty. As a side note on how beer, food, music, and social impact collide, the Philabundance approach to providing emergency food has been recognized as a high impact model by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn, my other gig.
“It’s a great place for people to have fun, let loose, and drink beer,” Lexi Malmros of Beer Cakes Philly, said. I had to ask how the name “Beergasm” was chosen, to which Lexi replied, “I just thought of the most inappropriate thing, as I’m inappropriate all the time.”
The scene was relaxed, yet spirited—a perfect setup for the acoustic music sets by The End of America and Restorations. The End of America kicked things off with songs like “Pick Yourself Up” from their latest album Shakey, as well as a cover of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Restorations then took the stage and played an acoustic version of “New Old” from their upcoming album LP2, as well as “Nonlocality” from their self-titled Restorations album.
You can find a full photo gallery below, complete with the best Beergasm faces and sensual sips from the band members. You can follow @Restorations on twitter and see their tour schedule here. Follow @TheEndofAmerica and watch an album trailer for Shakey here.