Okay, so this is kind of a big deal. If you like beer and Germans and, more important, German beers, then you should already have your tickets in hand for this weekend’s Philly Bierfest, which is being held at the German Society of Philadelphia on Saturday, February 22, starting at 1:30pm. This, from the organizers:
Bierfest is a great opportunity to explore the wide range of Pennsylvania beers made in German styles, like Pilsner and Dunkel, Kölsch and Bock, Schwarzbier and Altbier. Over 20 Pennsylvania brewers from every corner of the state are participating, in honor of PA’s rich historical and cultural ties to Germany, including: Appalachian, Barren Hill, Erie, Free Will, Lancaster, Lion, Neshaminy Creek, Nodding Head, Penn, Philadelphia Brewing, Round Guys, Samuel Adams, ShawneeCraft, Sly Fox, Stoudts, Straub, Susquehanna, Tröegs, Victory, Yards and Yuengling.
Attendees will also sample imported German beers from over 2 dozen brewers, including iconic high-quality producers of rare and unusual beers like Kulmbacher and Kloster Andechs. Other participating German brewers include Ayinger, Bitburger, DAB, Dinkelacker, Döllnitzer Ritterguts, Freigeist, Früh, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu Munich, Julius Echter, König Ludwig, Köstritzer, Lammsbräu, Mahrs, Miltenberger, The Monarchy, Paulaner, Pinkus, Radeberger, Stiegl, Sünner, Traunstein, Tücher, Veldensteiner, Warsteiner, Weissenohe, Weltenburger Kloster, Wolters, and Würtzburger.
If, for some reason, you don’t have your tickets yet, then have no fear. We have you covered because we have just laid hands on three pairs to give away. And all you have to do is write us a little story…
And this time we really mean a little story. In the style of the six-word memoir or the short-short, flash-fiction style of story best typified by Hemmingway’s (possibly bullshit) “Baby Shoes” six-word novel, what we’re asking for is a very short story (no more than 10 words) describing drinking beer in Philly.
The three best stories (as determined by you people out there getting your friends, fans and supporters to vote up whatever story you post below in the comments) will win a pair of tickets to the event, which will include lots of drinking, German snacks, live music, dancing, a burlesque show and roller derby arm-wrestling. And no, I’m not making that up.
We’re going to let this one run until 4pm Thursday–at which point we will announce the winners and be done with it.
So to sum up: 10 words about drinking beer in Philly. Be as good as Hemmingway might have been. The three best win pairs of tickets to Bierfest. Got it? Good.
Now get to writing.
Philly Bierfest [official]