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Free Library and Brûlée Catering Host Rooftop Beer Garden at Parkway Central Library

The fall beer gardens will be held in conjunction with Parkway 100 finale celebrations

PHILADELPHIA, October 18, 2018—The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library, in collaboration with Brûlée Catering, will host Brews & Views, an October 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 October 23-26. Each beer garden will be open from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., with the exception of the Oct. 26 event, when it will remain open until 10:00 p.m.

The October 26 beer garden will coincide with the grand finale of Parkway 100, the year-long, centennial celebration of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway organized by the Parkway Council Foundation. Institutions along the Parkway will celebrate on that day with festive offerings, and beer garden attendees will find additional activities popping up in Parkway Central—which will remain open through 10:00 p.m.—including performances by Ballet X and Philadelphia Argentine Tango School in the Grand Lobby. Attendees will also have a last opportunity to see the Library’s Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway exhibition in the West Gallery or check out the new exhibition Philadelphia: The Changing City on view in the Rare Book Department through 9:00 p.m.

The beer garden is free to enter and no advance registration is required. All are welcome; guests must be 21 and up to purchase and consume alcohol. 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 including seasonal favorites. October’s menu features German-inspired items including Grilled Bratwurst, Meatloaf Sliders, Pretzel "Fries" and more.

There will also be entertainment to energize the crowd. In addition, the street team from radio sponsor 96.5 TDY will be on-site. Listeners should tune to 96.5 TDY for details.

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

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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 premier catering company in the Philadelphia region. With an off-premise division and more than a dozen exclusive venues including landmark cultural centers, museums and parks, Brûlée Catering provides award-winning cuisine and service to more than 4,000 events annually. A wholly-owned division of Spectra, Brûlée is known for catering such noteworthy Philadelphia events as the opening gala for the Museum of the American Revolution, National Constitution Center's annual Liberty Medal Awards, the Free Library of Philadelphia's Borrowers' Ball, and An Evening in Franklin Square. Visit us at for more information.   



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