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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development


The spring beer gardens will be held on Thursdays in May and June beginning May 18

PHILADELPHIA, May 15, 2017—The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library, in collaboration with Brûlée Catering, will host Brews & Views, a spring beer garden series held on the Parkway Central Library’s Skyline Terrace. Attendees can enjoy drinks and take in spectacular views of the city on Thursdays from May 18 to June 29. The beer garden will be open from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The beer garden is free to enter and no advance registration is required. Guests must be 21 and up to attend; staff will check IDs before allowing guests up to the rooftop. Local craft beers, wine, and refreshing cocktails will be available to purchase, along with a menu of made-to-order snacks from Brûlée's chefs. The menu will vary from week to week; the kick-off menu  will include nachos, pretzels, cheese plates, sandwiches, and more.

There will also be entertainment every week to energize the crowd. In addition, the street team from radio sponsor Today’s 96.5 will be on-site each week. Listeners should tune to Today's 96.5 for details. And in an effort to ensure guests’ safety, the Library has enlisted Lyft as its official ride-share partner. Lyft will offer beer-garden attendees ride discounts to and from the Parkway Central Library, via a weekly promo code.

For more information on the spring beer garden series, visit the Brews & Views event page on Facebook and follow @freelibrary and @Brulee_Catering on Twitter and Instagram

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About the Free Library of Philadelphia
The Free Library of Philadelphia system, with 54 locations and the Rosenbach, advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi, including neighborhood Hotspots; and rich special collections, including  those at Parkway Central Library and at the Rosenbach. With more than 6 million in-person visits and millions more online annually, the Free Library and the Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.

About Brûlée Catering by Chef-Jean Marie Lacroix
Brûlée Catering by Chef-Jean Marie Lacroix is a GuestCounts Hospitality company. With more than a dozen exclusive venues in its portfolio, including the Free Library on the Parkway, Brûlée, serves as a premier catering company in the Philadelphia region. It was founded by Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen, business partners since 1995. After joining the group in 2010, Chef Lacroix formed Brûlée Catering in 2011. The company serves more than 3,000 events annually. Brûlée Catering has handled noteworthy events including the Liberty Medal Awards Ceremony, the annual Red Ball benefitting the American Red Cross, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Borrowers' Ball, and Evening in Franklin Square. For more information and facility rental requests, visit 


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850