Fishtown: 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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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.
Oftentimes when something seems too good to be true, it certainly is. But we haven’t found the loophole in what Underground Arts is offering tonight. The performance space is offering a $5 all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet as well as Bluegrass music and beers from Saucony Creek Brewing Company and Fegely’s Brew Works.
Tickets are available online.
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Killed 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.
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With delightful weather, celebrating Philly Beer Week outdoors has become a priority. One great spot to do that is at the official PBW Beer Garden at the Headhouse Square Shambles (2nd and Lombard). The beer garden is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and six Pennsylvania brewers are featured this evening.
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We round up some of the week’s best events in Philly:
The entire city is making this a Beer Week to remember, with dozens of events going on across the city through June 8th. Some standouts this week include an all-day $2 Tuesday at Fox & Hound, and a sit down with the master Founders Brewers at Jose Pistola's to talk hops. But the craziest, can't-miss event? Marc Summers, host of the old game show Double Dare, will be at Frankford Hall for Dunkel Dare. (Think the old game show, but with beer). Also, look out for the Philly Beer Week Garden which will be open all week, with new beers and musical acts each night. Be sure to check out your favorite bars specials as well as the full list of Beer Week events. Cheers.
The 20th annual AIDS Education Month kicks off with a free reception and awards ceremony that honors individuals who stand out as exemplars in the community of those fighting for the rights of people with HIV. This year the award will be presented to Francoise Barre-Sinoussi (pictured), PhD and recipient of a Nobel Prize in medicine. Hors d'oeuvres and meaningful conversation is free for all in attendance. Check out the full AIDS Education Month itinerary here. June 3, 5:30 p.m., Free, Independence Visitor's Center, 6th and Market streets. —Joe McGee
The beloved musical Wizard of Oz is getting the stage treatment in Andrew Lloyd Weber's newest production, which opens this week at the Kimmel Center. Rediscover Dorothy and the rest of her friends as she sings her way down the yellow brick road. A few new songs and surprises are in store to make this trip back to Oz unlike any other. Opens June 3rd, 7:30 p.m., $20-$100, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street.
Want to be the one who saw them before they were cool? Head upstairs at World Cafe Live for a free showcase of local talent looking to make it big. Hosted by Bruce Torres, Philly Rising is a weekly event that features a diverse group of artists, so you're sure to find one you groove with. Tuesday, June 3rd, 8 p.m., World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
The Morris Arboretum is the perfect backdrop for these summer night yoga sessions. Led by one of the city's premier instructors, participants can learn the basics while finding relaxation in the surrounding environment. All are welcome for this unique experience that is sure to increase your energy and reduce stress. Sessions will run for ten weeks. June 3rd, 8:15 p.m., $25 per session, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue.
From Be Well Philly: On Wednesday and Thursday, Be Well Philly will be popping up in the rotunda at the Shops at Liberty Place with a few express workouts during your lunch break. Our friends at Red Hot Dance Fitness will lead a get-you-moving dance-fitness class on June 4th from noon to 12:30, and the folks from Yoga Garden will host a super fun, bring-your-own-mat yoga class from noon to 12:30 on June 5th. That’s right—you’ve got two opportunities to get your midday sweat on. More info here.
The annual Center City Districts Sips event (running from June 4th until August 27th) brings with it some of the best happy hour deals around. Bars across Philly will be featuring $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. Each participating restaurant will offer unique food and drink specials in honor of the event. For a list of participating bars and restaurants, check it out here.
Brooklyn-based Streets of Laredo describe themselves as "an indie-folk band of joy" and one listen to their music makes that abundantly clear. Complete with long hair, mustaches and hats, these New Yorkers' sunshine-rock may seem cliche, but their infectious sound will have skeptics tapping their feet. For a few bucks, liven up hump day with the gleeful sounds of this catchy threesome. 21+ only. Wednesday, June 4th, 8:30 p.m., The Boot and Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street.
From Foobooz: Hop Sing Laundromat is a place known for cocktails–for mixing eclectic (and expensive) liquors with fresh-squeezed juices and coming out the other side with something so much greater than the sum of its parts. So it only makes sense, now that Lee has decided to launch a happy hour program, that he would base it around…shots.
Since the release of his first studio album, Pluto, in 2012 Future has quickly rose to the upper echelon of popular rappers, and is no stranger to the Billboard Hot 100. Having already collaborated with artists like Pharrell Williams, Miley Cyrus, and Kanye West, Future is shaping up to be the next big thing. Get a glimpse of the new generation of hip-hop as Future plays from his new album, Honest, at the Trocodero. Thursday, June 6th, 8 p.m., The Trocodero Theater, 1003 Arch Street.
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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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Has 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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In a very Philly Beer Week edition of Sancho Pistola’s Taco Exchange. Nick Elmi and his crew from Laurel are heading to Fishtown to make an oxtail double decker taco with fermented black beans and epazote. Lagunitas Brewery’s beers will be featured for the event that begins at 9 p.m.
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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.”
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