Opening Tap Tickets Now on Sale


It’s 65 days to Philly Beer Week and tickets are now on sale to the Opening Tap Event. Beer Week runs from Friday, May 30th through Sunday, June 8th and officially begins with the official “first tap” by Mayor Michael Nutter. Opening Tap has a new location, the 23rd Street Armory, home of the First Troop Philadelphia Cavalry.

More than 30 local craft breweries will be on hand and will be the first place to try Philly Tripel, the local collaborative beer of Philly Beer Week 2014. The beer is the creation of Dock Street Brewing’s Justin Low and Belgian brewer Anne-Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerji Dilweyns in Dendermonde, Belgium.

The details » 

Philly Beer Week Trip to Belgium Raffle Is Tomorrow

PBWLogoOn Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m.Philly Beer Week will host its annual Win a Trip to Belgium Raffle at Field House. The grand prize is for one lucky winner will travel to Belgium along with his or her favorite brewer in order to consult on Philly Beer Week’s annual collaboration beer. This year the beer will be brewed with Belgium’s youngest female brewer, Anne Catherine Dilewyns of Brouwerij Dilewyns.

There will also be other secondary prizes, including baskets of cheer, gift certificates from local bars and restaurants plus Beer Week event tickets to be awarded.

Raffle tickets are still available online. The tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20.

Philly Beer Week [Official]

Joe Sixpack Out At Philly Beer Week

Don Russell, better known as Joe Sixpack and the founder of Philly Beer Week is out.

That’s the news that’s coming through right now, anyway. Details are still coming in, but check out the main Philly mag page for everything we know right now.

UPDATE: Danya Heninger has statements from Russell and Philly Beer Week chairman of the board of directors, William Reed had to say.

Joe Sixpack Out At Philly Beer Week [Philly mag]

Hammer of Glory Is Missing & Now Is Found


The Hammer of Glory has gone missing. The symbol of Philadelphia Beer Week, a nine pound, four-foot long, silver-topped sledgehammer is inscribed with the word “BEER” and answers to “HOG.” It was last seen on Frankford Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Saturday during the FestivaALE street party.

If you come in contact with the Hammer of Glory, please take it to the nearest bar participating in Philly Beer Week.

The Hammer of Glory Is Missing [Philly Beer Week]

UPDATE: The Hammer of Glory has been found, reportedly under I-95. Mmmm, hmmm.

Weekend: Beer Week and More


Side Project Jerky is being paired with Oskar Blues at for happy hour tonight.

Coffee, cheese, beer and you. This First Friday in Old City.

One of our favorite local bands, Black Landlord is playing at Johnny Brenda’s. First 75 through the door get prizes from Philadelphia Brewing Co.


The Vendy Awards happen tomorrow and all of Friday’s rain will be gone. Get 20% off with our discount code.

Congratulate John Bucci Jr. of John’s Roast Pork on his good health. Then join the Bone Marrow Donors Registry.

Frankford Avenue closes down for FestivALE with Frankford Hall, Fette Sau and Johnny Brenda’s.

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Prison Food Weekend is happening Saturday and Sunday.


City Tap House will be auctioning off growlers of good beer for a good cause.

T.U.D.D. – The totally unnecessary drink at Fergie’s puts an exclamation point on Philly Beer Week. Get there for live band karaoke.

Tonight: The Industry Turns One


The Industry turns one tonight and they’re celebrating with a Philly Beer Week event. They’ll be pouring all the special beers they’ve had on during beer week for $5. There will also be passed hors d’oeuvres. A party bus will also be running between the Industry and Good Dog Bar for people who have no idea where Pennsport is.

And it is all for a good cause with 20% of proceeds going to Pennsport based Edward O’Malley Athletic Association.

Weekend: Beer Week Begins

If you somehow missed the memo, this weekend is the start of Beer Week. There are hundreds and hundreds of events that are going to be awesome, but here are a few of them that you definitely shouldn’t miss.


Michael Nutter taps open the ceremonial first keg of beer week at Independence Mall at 7 p.m., followed by a $45 tasting inside the Independence Mall Visitors Center with 29 regional brewers.

The Hammer of Glory will be traveling through the city opening kegs at a number of bars. You can follow the HOG on the Sugarhouse double decker bus for free.

Memphis Taproom begins No Repeat Beer Week celebration. No repeat kegs at all. After a keg is kicked, it will be replaced by an entirely different keg.


The best way to beat that morning-after-opening-tap hangover is to start drinking again. Standard Tap is hosting the Dogfish Head Brunch with some special Dogfish brews to go along with Standard Tap’s normal brunch offerings. 

Bainbridge St Barrel House is hosting The Roasty Toasty Pig Roast with 4-Hands. 4-Hands brews will be on tap and the brewers will be on hand to talk beer.

Nothing to do with Beer Week, but don’t forget that Collingswood’s favorite BYOB, IndeBlue, is opening their new Philadelphia location in Washington Square West tonight.


If you’re hungover again on Sunday morning (and if you aren’t, you probably aren’t doing it right), you can try to shake the headache by heading over to Eulogy Belgian Tavern for the Coffee Beer Brunch where coffee stouts will be paired with brunch food. 

Di Bruno Bros. cheesemonger Joe Green will be at 12 Steps Down at 7 p.m. pairing cheeses with Perennial Artisan Ales. 

Vegetarian tapas tasting at Jamonera for $40 a head. Surprisingly, not Beer Week related. 

Stop reading and go enjoy Beer Week


« Older Posts