Philly Beer Week 2017: Our Top Food Event Picks

Philly Beer Week 2017 is almost here, and just scrolling through the seemingly endless list of beer-soaked tastings, specials, meet and greets, happy hours, tap takeovers, dinners, lunches, and brunches is enough to make your head spin like you just chugged a six-pack of Golden Monkey. Not to worry — we’ve combed through the calendar for the hottest food-focused PBW events, from pig roasts and barbecues to beer high teas and prix fixe menus that will have you eating and drinking in style all Beer Week long.

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We’re Already Pumped for Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap Party

The Hammer of Glory / Philly Beer Week

The Hammer of Glory / Philly Beer Week

It’s not even May, but we’re already excited for Philly Beer Week’s 10th anniversary celebration, running from June 1 through June 11.

The country’s best and biggest beer week — which has spawned 77 imitators across the country since it first took place a decade ago — will kick off with the ceremonial Opening Tap party at The Fillmore on June 1st.

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Philly Beer Week Gets A Re-Branding


The crew behind Philadelphia Beer Week (17 restaurant industry pros and local beer experts) have just announced the debut of Philly Loves Beer, a “year-round entity devoted to raising Philadelphia’s global profile as a destination city for beer tourism.”

So what does this mean? Quite a bit. actually. According to the PBW board, Philly Loves Beer is the country’s first (and only) non-profit organization dedicated to the love and greater glorification of beer that’s not linked to a brewing guild or business association. It exists to “serve as the foremost authority on beer and beer culture in Philadelphia and the surrounding area,” and will do so through education, advocacy and networking 365 days a year–not just during the annual Philly Beer Week bachanal.

Oh, and speaking of Beer Week…

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Check Out the Beer Lineup for Tonight’s Philly Beer Week Event

city tap logan 940Earlier this week we told you that Philly Beer Week is hosting a raffle to send one lucky beer lover and their favorite brewer to Belgium to brew PBW’s annual Collaboration Beer. The raffle takes place tonight at City Tap House Logan Circle and as part of the event that runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Raffle tickets are can be purchased during the event, $6 each or 4 for $20.

And the brewers participating in the event are pulling out all of the stops with a great list of beers on tap.

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Philly Beer Week To Send Lucky Winner to Belgium to Brew

Win a trip to Belgium to brew PBW's 10th anniversary beer.

Win a trip to Belgium to brew PBW’s 10th anniversary beer.

On Thursday, November 17th, Philly Beer Week’s annual raffle to send a winner and brewer to  brew the official Philly Beer Week Collaboration beer will take place at City Tap House Logan Square.

This year, the collaboration beer will be brewed with De Struise Brouwers and head brewer Urbain Coutteau. One beer lover will get to travel to Oostvleteren, Belgium, accompanied by the local brewer of their choice. They’ll also be joined by Tom Peters of Monk’s Cafe who will tour them around Belgium, visiting its most storied breweries and bars.

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Last Events of Philly Beer Week

Street Pub from Philly Beer Week 2015

Deschutes Street Pub from Philly Beer Week 2015

 The end of Philly Beer Week is (sadly) almost upon us. So, if you’re still standing that means squeezing in as much as possible fun before it’s all over. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest events happening this weekend around the city to help you say good-bye. And once it’s all over you can start taking care of that hangover and preparing for next year.

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The Beer Spear: A New Snack to Relish

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer Spears by Brine Street Picklery

Beer and pickles? Delicious. But beer pickles? A potential stroke of genius.

On Friday, June 3rd at Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap, Yards Brewing Company and Brine Street Picklery will debut their newest collaboration: the Beer Spear.

“Everyone knows that beer and pickles pair well,” says Gina Vasoli, Yards’ Art and Marketing Manager. “What we’ve done is eliminate the annoying extra step of having to chew a pickle then take a sip of beer.”

The Beer Spears mix Yards IPA, rosemary and chili de árbol, to create a spear that strays far from the typical dill or garlic. P. J. Hopkins, the Head Pickler at Brine Street Picklery, says the “floral, hoppy flavors” really stand out.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Beer in Philly

Bergner & Engel’s Brewery via the Library Company of Philadelphia

Bergner & Engel’s Brewery via the Library Company of Philadelphia

Beer is big in Philly right now, but it’s not as big as it once was. “I drink no cider,” John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail back in Boston during the run-up to the Revolution, “but feast on Philadelphia beer.” Rich Wagner’s 2012 book Philadelphia Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Cradle of Liberty overflows with tales of the city’s brewers, breweries and drinkers. Beer Week kicks off this week. Here, in celebration, are a few of the facts Wagner’s book contains. Read more »

Philly Beer Week Kicks Off Friday with Opening Tap

philly beer week pbw hog 940Philly Beer Week begins this Friday, June 3rd. And the best week of the year kicks off with the Opening Tap at the Fillmore. The event kicks off with the arrival of the Hammer of Glory, the ceremonial tapping of the first keg of Brotherly Suds 7, a collaboration beer brewed with the help of seven local breweries.

Opening Tap is an especially exciting event for local beer advocates, as more than 40 local breweries, all located within 100-miles of City Hall, will be handing out samples. General admission tickets are $46 and include a 4-ounce souvenir glass and the chance to try Fire, Flood & Plague, the collaborative brew created by Amsterdam’s Brouwerij DeMolenand Philly’s own Yards Brewing. Fire, Flood & Plague is a Porter, brewed with licorice and hopped with Amarillo and Galena hops that clocks in at 9.9% ABV.

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Check Out the Foobooz Events Calendar

The Fillmore will host Philly Beer Week's Opening Tap on Friday, June 3rd.

Philly Beer Week kicks off with Opening Tap at the Fillmore on Friday, June 3rd.

Have you visited the Foobooz Events Calendar recently? Or are you thinking, “what Foobooz Events Calendar?” Yes, mobile users, Twitter followers and Facebook stalkers, Foobooz has an events calendar and we’re committed to curating the best events on it.

The calendar is in the main navigation on Foobooz but might seem a bit buried if you primarily access Foobooz on mobile.

So make a point of checking the calendar and picking out some events to attend.

Events Calendar [Foobooz]

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