Later this month, South Philly’s Pub on Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.) will have the distinct honor of being the first bar in the U.S. to pour seldom seen drafts of the strong Scotch ale Skull Splitter. A rep for the Orkney Islands-based brewery tells Grub that P.O.P.E. was chosen for the debut because it sells more bottles of the heady, 8.5 percent ABV brew than anyone else. For the first tapping on January 24, the bar is hosting a Viking party to honor the beer’s namesake, the seventh Viking Earl of Orkney (aka Torfinn Hausakljuv), where a costumed stand-in for the OG skull splitter will make an appearance. Those who post photos of themselves with the viking to Instagram hashtagged with #skullsplitter will be eligible to win a prize package that includes glassware, and a $50 P.O.P.E. gift certificate.
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