The Ultimate Guide to Philly Beer Week 2016 June 3rd-12th
We understand your time is valuable. And with hundreds of beer-centric events spread out over 10 days in America’s Best Beer-Drinking City, you don’t have the luxury of cycling through a long list. We created this concise sheet of Can’t-Miss Events for #PBW2016.
Friday, June 3
Hammer of Glory Relay: 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The unofficial start to Philly Beer Week was the brainchild of Mike “Scoats” Scotese (PBW Board Member; owner of Grey Lodge Pub, Hop Angel Brauhaus, SawTown Tavern) and William Reed(PBW Chairman; co-owner of Standard Tap, Johnny Brenda’s). Our beloved Hammer of Glory parades from bar-to- bar in Olympic torch fashion. This year, the Relay will begin around 6 a.m. at 93.3 WMMR and end around 7 p.m. at The Fillmore — with 27 venues participating in crazy and weird ways. Expect motorcycles and 1980s movie references!
Sour Event at Bottle Bar East: 12 p.m. until 12 midnight
In what has become a proud tradition, Bottle Bar East will be putting 16 sour beers on tap to start the week off right. Check PhillyBeerWeek.org for updates on the draft list!
Opening Tap at The Fillmore: 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. (VIP hour at 6 p.m.)
The official kick-off party moves to a new venue: The Fillmore. Whole Foods will be catering a private lounge for VIP guests, along with exclusive pours from Brewery ARS. Opening Tap will beshowcasing 40 local breweries – all located within a 100-mile radius of City Hall – and marks the debut of Fire, Flood & Plague, a Dutch collaboration with Yards Brewing and Brouwerij de Molen. The event will also serve as the awards ceremony for Craig LaBan’s annual Brew-vitational, presented by Philly.com. Tickets are $46; and VIP are $92.
Saturday, June 4
It’s a Firkin Riot! at Johnny Brenda’s: 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
JB’s is the OG of local beer, refusing to pour anything that isn’t close to the 215. They’ll once again sit six local firkins atop their bar, rotating in new ones all day, while serving meat pies and Britishpub fare. Even better, DJs will spinning the likes of The Clash and The Ramones. Great Beer Expo at the Navy Yard: 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Want to try something other than local beer? Great Beer Expo returns for its eighth year, featuring 200 beers from 75 different breweries, from throughout the United States and all over the world. Tickets to this annual rite of spring are $75.
Fried Chicken Run at American Sardine Bar: 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.
One of PBW’s favorite “athletic” endeavors is this annual fried poultry party. Here’s the deal: head to Philadelphia Brewing Company and join the Fishtown Beer Runners on a 5-mile run ending at American Sardine Bar. For $35, you get a PBC brew, T-shirt and chicken.
Sunday, June 5
East Passyunk Craft Beer Day: 11 a.m. until 12 a.m.
This is a marathon, not a sprint! The hottest corridor in Philly – East Passyunk Avenue – will open its streets for a full 13-hour day of eating and imbibing. Featured bars and restaurants will include: POPE, Stogie Joe’s, Birra, Palladino’s, Bottle Shop, Noir, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Le Virtu, Lucky 13, Fond, Plenty Cafe, Brigantessa and Garage.
Philly Homebrew Championship at The Twisted Tail: 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
You know all the rock-star brewers … but before they were celebrities, they were tinkering in their home kitchens. Come out and see the next generation of brewers and vote for your favorites. Prizes will be awarded for Best Beer: Judges’ Choice and Best Beer: People’s Choice.
Bar Olympics at Grey Lodge Pub: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Grey Lodge teams with Manayunk Brewing for the sudsy Olympics (think: flip cup, beer pong …and whatever else owner Mike “Scoats” Scotese comes up with!) This year, Manayunk is bringing a few friends, including: Evolution, 2SP, Heavy Seas and Saint Benjamin.
Monday, June 6
Super Friend Monday at Memphis Taproom: 3 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The League of Super Friends – aka Nodding Head’s Curt Decker and Lost Abbey’s Tomme Arthur – are reuniting for a day of sour and tart beer tastings. Expect to see Ich Bin Ein Berliner from Curt Decker, and Red Poppy from Sir Tomme Arthur.
Cupcakes and Beer at Lucky’s Last Chance: 6 p.m. until 12 midnight
Take the short hop, skip and jump to Manayunk and satisfy your sweet tooth. Lucky’s has partnered with Sweet Elizabeth’s bakery and Victory Brewing on flights of cupcakes and beer, such as Kirsch Gose Sour Cherry paired with Tahitian vanilla bean cake. It’s OK to drool.
Founders Beer Dinner at South Philadelphia Tap Room: 8 p.m. until 12 midnight
Yes, Kentucky Breakfast Stout will make an appearance at this legendary beer dinner. Rare and exclusive Founders beers, such as Vintage KBS, Sumatra Mt Brown, Project Pam and PC Pilsner will be paired with a multi-course feast. Tickets are $100 per person.
Tuesday, June 7
DeMolen Bier and Kaapse Brouwers at Monk’s Café: 12 noon until 12 midnight
We are still waiting on the draft lists – check PhillyBeerWeek.org for updates! – but when owner Tom Peters tells you to save the date, you save the date. This will mark the debut of Tom Peters’ collaboration beer with Kaapse, a Smoked Campfire Coffee Porter.
The Maine Event at Uno Hamilton: 11 a.m. until 12 midnight
Cross the bridge and let Uno Hamilton (NJ) take you on a tour of Maine. They’ll be pouring brews from Maine all day, including Allagash’s Klippenstein and Maine Brewing’s Lunch.
Too Many Cooks at Sancho Pistola’s: 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.
How many cooks are too many? Find out as Sancho’s kitchen and nine of the best cooks in Philly combine forces to “knock your socks off like some culinary Voltron,” according to owner CaseyParker. Tickets are $125 – and this one will sell out quickly!
Wednesday, June 8
Scotch Egg Fest at Victoria Free House: 12 noon until 12 midnight
Scotch Eggs might be the best bar snack around – and no one does them better than Victoria Free. They’ll be serving five different varieties – Classic, Buffalo Chicken, South Philly, Curried Lamb,Philly Cheesesteak – and pairing them with Scottish ales.
Farmhouse Picnic at The Good King Tavern: 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Brewers from Stillwater Brewing will be in the house to educate the masses on saisons. The Good King is going for the French picnic vibe, complete with a build-your- own board of French antipasto.
BYO: Brew Masters at PFS Roxy Theater: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The Philadelphia Film Society conclude their beer-themed movie series by presenting Turd Ferguson – err, Burt Reynolds – and Smokey and the Bandit. Dock Street will be providing freesamples; and guests are allowed to bring one six-pack into the show. Tickets are $12.
Thursday, June 9
SkyGarten at 1717 Arch Street: 11:30 a.m. until 12 midnight
Brauhaus Schmitz hosts the Grand Opening of SkyGarten, their beer garden at the Top of the Tower, located on the 51 st floor. Who says there’s no beer in heaven? This may be one of the bestviews in all of Philadelphia.
CANIVAL at Percy Street BBQ: 5 p.m. until 12 midnight
The circus is coming to South Street as Percy Street teams up with Victory Brewing. Expect fun and games for the whole family, such as beer can plinko, cornhole, ring toss, balloon darts – and plenty of mouth-watering barbecue.
Hugs and High Fives at The Industry: 6 p.m. until 12 midnight
Yards Brewing is helping The Industry celebrate their 4 th Anniversary. They are still sorting out all the details, but they are promising lots of “hugs” and “high fives.”
Friday, June 10
Tecmo Bowl Tournament at Drury Beer Garden: 5 p.m. until 12 midnight
Drury and Yards Brewing are hooking up the old Nintendo to the big screen and getting down and dirty, with the whole gang: Bo Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Lawrence Taylor and, of course, QB Eagles.
Evil Idol at Craftsman Row Saloon: 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
The wacky kids at Evil Genius – the brewery that brought you Stacy’s Mom and Shut Up, Meg! – is hosting a karaoke battle at Craftsman Row Saloon. Come give 8675309% and belt out some party song lyrics. It’s like American Idol, but way better.
Saturday, June 11
Fishtown FestiVALE: 12 noon until 12 midnight
This annual family-friendly block party on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Wayne Music Festival at Teresa’s Next Door: 12 noon until 10 p.m.Why should the city have all the fun? Listen to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, while sipping a Perpetual IPA in the Troëgs Beer Garden.
Deschutes Street Pub at Headhouse Square: 2 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Deschutes Brewery will bring their craft beer block party, complete with a 402-foot custom bar, to South Street. Rare beers and seasonal favorites, such as Hop Slice Session IPA, will be paired with top chefs. Deschutes works with local non-profits; and will donate 100% of the proceeds to Vetri Community Partnership and South Street Headhouse District
Sunday, June 12
Dock Street Music Fest: 2:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
There is only one way to close out Philly Beer Week – and it’s in West Philly, at Dock Street. Their annual Music Fest will cure your 10-day hangover, featuring: live bands, beer, pizza and a scavenger hunt and fun run. Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative T-shirt.