Philly Beer Week: Saturday Picks

festivale-jbs-beer-squareFishtown: Frankford Avenue wil be shut down between Girard and Shackamaxon between noon and 8 p.m. for Festivale, a block party that will feature food, DJs, a dunk tank and of course beer from Frankford Hall, Fette Sau and Johnny Brenda’s.

Around the corner at Sancho Pistola’s, it’s ReAnimator coffee and coffee beers brewed by local homebrewers. $30 gets you Sancho’s brunch and the coffee beers.

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Philly Beer Week: Friday Picks


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Fiume | Photo by Trevor Dixon

City Tap House is wrapping everything in Bespoke bacon for happy hour. Sometimes the best ideas are the easiest. And oh yes, there will be beer from Yards, including their collaborative Just Off Walnut Belgian Brown Ale.

Also in West Philadelphia, Fiume is tapping Freigeist Ottekolong, a Kölsch too Kölsch for Köln.

Across town, Don Russell (Joe Sixpack) is going to be at Victoria’s Freehouse where he’ll be pouring ELGOOD’S Coolship #1.

Tonight: Beer Week with an Educational Slant

christ-church-burial-ground-400Killed enough brain cells this Beer Week? Then how about an event where you can learn something.

The beer gurus of Brauhaus Schmitz will be hosting a guided German beer tasting. The tutored tasting will feature eight .2 liter pours of German beers covering most German beer styles. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and costs $25 per person. Get your tickets online before they sell out.

At Christ Church this evening at 5:30 p.m., you can learn about the history of Philadelphia and its connection of beer through a tour of the Christ Church Burial Ground. Tickets can be purchased at the Independence Visitor Center beforehand or at the time of tour.

Beer Week [Foobooz]


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Free Workout and Beer Tomorrow with Run215 and November Project

Photo via Facebook

Photo via Facebook

Get a free workout and free beer tomorrow morning when you donate a pair of sneakers in good condition. In celebration of Philly Beer Week and National Running Day, the folks over at Run215 and the November Project are teaming up for a killer workout that’ll preemptively burn off all those beer calories.

All you have to do is donate a pair of running shoes and you’ll score a free beer from Southern Tier. Shoes will be donated to Project HOME, a local nonprofit dedicated to fighting homelessness.

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Beer Week Counter-Programming

NegroniWeek_Horiz_smlHas Philly Beer Week already blown out your taste buds? Too many IPAs? Then maybe some negronis or sherry are what the palate doctor ordered. It’s Negroni Week and more than thirty bars and restaurants are participating. Everyone from Avance to Zahav are participating with a portion of proceeds going to the charity of the bar’s choice.

Check out the Negroni Week website for participating bars and the charities they are benefitting.

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Fire Closes Varga Bar


Just hours after hosting hundreds during its annual Philly Beer Week block party, Varga Bar was struck by fire. In a tweet early this morning, the bar announced it would be closed until further notice and do its best to reopen as soon as possible.

The fire apparently started in the basement and no damage was visible in the bar area.

This morning, a bright orange placard declared there had been an electrical fire and an electrician and fire alarm company would be required. The alarms could still be heard chirping inside the bar, dirty glasses stacked high when the bar had been forced to close.

The fire comes at a terrible time for the Washington Square West bar, as the beer bar had another 23 events scheduled for Philly Beer Week.

UPDATE: Sunday’s Lefthand event, originally scheduled for Varga Bar will be held up the block at Valanni at 10 p.m. All of Monday’s Beer Week events for Varga Bar have been cancelled. Michael Klein reports Varga Bar “hopes to reopen in a few days.”

Varga Bar [Foobooz]

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