The behemoth that is Philly Beer Week is just about upon us. The ten-day week that includes more than 180 participants, more than a thousand events and countless bent elbows. So how do you figure out what to do?
Well we hope to provide you a guide on how to attack Philly Beer Week.
Drink a Collaborative Beer
A beer event as big as Philly Beer Week can't just have one collaboration beer, in fact Philly Beer Week has eight. The official collaboration beer is Philly Tripel, a Belgian Abbey Tripel brewed by Dock Street's Justin Low and Anne-Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns. The beer will debut at Opening Tap and will also be at the PBW Beer Garden as well at Dock Street Brewery. There is also Brotherly Suds V, which was brewed at Victory Brewing Company, with Flying Fish, Yards Brewing, Sly Fox, Iron Hill, Nodding Head and Earth Bread + Brewery participating in the brewing process. Other collaboration beers to keep an eye out for:
- Free Will and Full Pint teamed up on Mango Habanero IPA
- Free Will also worked with Philly Philms, the production company behind the movie “Beeradelphia,” to create Dry Irish Stout “William”
- Nodding Head and Fat Head’s are working together on “something hoppy”
- Standard Tap and Sly Fox combined forces on a German-style pilsner
- City Tap House and Yards introduced Just Off Walnut, a Belgian Brown Ale
- Monk’s Cafe and Dogfish Head Brewpub collaborated on Blood Moon, a pleasantly smoky, rye red ale
Try a New Beer
Luckily, the Philly Beer Week website has an entire section dedicated to product debuts. Unfortunately, there's a ton of them. But here are some of the ones that have us excited:
On Thursday, June 5th, Brauhaus Schmitz doubles the number of towns where you can drink Andorfer Weizendoppelbock. Get there early to try the wheat beer that is being poured for the first time in the United States.
Keep an eye out for a beer from Saint Benjamin Brewing. The Philly nan0-brewery will be hitting the scene for real this Beer Week. As for where, we'd suggest following them on Twitter.
It's Not Foobooz Without the Foo(d)
Once again the Philly Beer Week website (and app) comes up big with a food and beer category. Once again, there's a ton of stuff. Here are just some of the events that we highlighted:
The Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting is serving up Victory beer and bratwurst. This will definitely make your Friday night grocery shopping go better.
The annual Founders Dinner at SPTR is epic. Scott Schroeder prepares a feast and the Founders crew bring their best. Get your tickets now to the June 2nd dinner.
In the food or beer industry? Then Alla Spina's Industry Night on Monday, June 2nd will be where you want to be. The late-night feast features free food from Alla Spina as well as from collaborators at the brewpubs of Victory and Tired Hands.
June Means Outdoor Drinking
The sun wouldn't dare not shine during Philly Beer Week. Here are some of the outdoor events that tickled our fancy:
On Wednesday, June 4th, The Four Seasons brings back its beer garden. $25 admission gets you unlimited cans of beer and look for the food carts that will also be set up.
Do Something Ridiculous
Philly Beer Week luckily doesn't take itself very seriously and we really like that about PBW. Below are some events that will definitely come with laughs.
Join a couple legs of the Hammer of Glory Relay and celebrate the kickoff of Beer Week on Friday. Each bar or brewery on the path really goes all out in getting the HoG to the next location.
The Throwdown in Franklintown returns on Sunday, June 1st as Kite and Key brings back its civil war. In the past there has been sumo wrestling, boxing and even chariot races. This year, we don't know but we do know it will be one heck of a block party.
Mix in Something "Healthy"
After all that beer, mix in a run. Even if is just to justify the fried chicken at the finish line:
Sweat some beer out at the ShawneeCraft 5K(egs) run on Sunday, June 1st. It all kicks off at Coco's.
We'll be continuing to cover Philly Beer Week, picking out other great events and updating this post across the ten-day event.