Get Ready for Opening Tap and Philly Beer Week


Every Philadelphia beer lover’s favorite holiday is starting this Friday —Philly Beer Week. And it all kicks off at the Opening Tap. This year’s opening event is bigger and better than ever. As in past years, Opening Tap ceremonies will commence at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31st with the traditional “first tap” by Mayor Michael Nutter, held outside on Independence Mall adjacent to the Independence Visitor Center.

Inside the Visitor Center more than 29 regional brewers will be pouring some of their best beer. General admission costs $45 per person and includes a souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets costs $90 per person and will include some of the region’s most unique beers from its very best breweries, a  food buffet and other surprises.  Both tickets can be purchased online.  Tickets will not be available at the door. 

Making its debut at Opening Tap is Brotherly Suds 4, an English summer ale with a zesty citrus hop, brewed at Yards this year by Tom Kehoe, Bill Covaleski of Victory, Gordon Grubb of Nodding Head, Mark Edelson of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant and Gene Muller of Flying Fish.

Confirmed breweries include: