Thursday, June 23, 2011

Black and Blue update for Easton hipsters, beer lovers and Which Brew alumni

I received a sweet e-mail from a reader who is connected to the Black and Blue restaurant project in Easton. The restaurant opened this week, and one of my favorite bloggers, Noel from Neighbors of Easton, reports that all is witchy good over there (read her report, here).

My source gave a great description of why Black and Blue's opening is such a big deal to hipsters in Easton. Which Brew was a special gathering place for this group, and regulars understood the connection with each other. The bar's allure derived from its proprietor, Kelly-Jo Ditze, initially of Weyerbacher Pub fame, whose blended sarcasm and friendly conversation made for a unique dining and drinking experience. I experienced this myself many times. I recall one special night where old friends gathered and shared nibbles and drinks in the dining room to the far left of the entrance, and another evening spent on the beer garden patio.

Which Brew's food menu was peculiar, yet addicitive, and the beer selection was probably the second best in Easton to Porter's Pub, Which Brew's brother/sister bar across Northampton Street. Which Brew's somewhat sudden closing resulted from circumstances beyond the proprietor's control and the word most people use to describe it is "shady." Not being able to confirm any more details, I'll leave it at that.

Now, with the impending opening of Black and Blue (and the illustrious Kelly Jo returning as proprietor, along with beloved servers and bartenders), "the coterie of Which Brew groupies can be reunited," (my source's words - I love them). Fans of Tap & Table (closed), Porter's Pub, Pearly Baker's, and The Bookstore (still open) will enjoy the vibe and would be wise to get in on any mug club early.

Food items range from $4 - $9, beers range from $4 - $24 (for a couple of the wine-sized bottles of import beer), and absinthe runs $9 - $11 a glass. Black and Blue is located at 683 Walnut Street in Easton, across from the courthouse, and is open Tues - Fri 4-11 and Saturday noon to midnight. They do not take reservations, but for more information call (610) 438-3604. (Source: Neighbors of Easton)

My source visited the new spot a few months ago, and many patrons got a peek inside during the recent Easton Pub Crawl event. The remodeled space is cool and inviting...and dark, the way that Which Brew was, but styled more Art Nouveau than Halloween chic. I'm looking forward to checking it out for myself when they open very soon! Places like Which Brew are neighborhood gems and regional draws, the kind of places where people meet their future spouses, talk about anything but work, and experiment with new ways to excite their palates.

Remember Which Brew? Excited about Black and Blue? Did you love a place like this where you lived before you moved to the Lehigh Valley?


  1. I am hoping to dine at Black and Blue this evening and will let you know how it goes. Loved Which Brew and was sad to see it close. Glad that Kelly Jo is back in action.

  2. I've heard great things about this place. This is sealing the deal for me.