First it played host to a drink between an esteemed beer writer and a tiny statue of an imaginary woodland creature, now McGillin’s is bringing in a dead president to tap a keg? Yes! Because it would not be a celebration in Philly if a re-enactor were not present. Tonight, the oldest continuously operating bar in Philadelphia kicks off 150 days of festivities to count down to its 150th anniversary, with a big bash, starting at 6 p.m. They’ll launch a new Stoudt’s-brewed specialty beer, McGillin’s 1860 IPA, gnome-wrangling beer expert Joe Sixpack will read and Abraham Lincoln will rise from the dead to crack open the first firkin of McGillin’s 1860 IPA. Flights of McGillin’s house beers will be available for $5 pints of the 1860 IPA can be had for $2. Read all about the bar’s history over at the New York Times.
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