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Drink Philly's Guide to 2017 Philly Beer Week

by Jessie Donofrio on May 31, 2017 in Beer
Drink Philly's Guide to 2017 Philly Beer Week

Philly Beer Week is back, and bigger than ever for its 10th anniversary year from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 11. Quite possibly the best week of the year for beer drinkers, PBW takes over the city with pairings, classes, games, dinners, festivals and all things beer. There are tons of events going on, most of which are free to attend! So prepare your Untapped accounts, because here’s our guide to Philly Beer Week 2017.
Thursday, June 1
Citywide, 7 AM-7 PM
Follow the famous Philly Beer Week HOG as it begins its journey for the day at WMMR’s studios and makes its way to dozens of bars throughout the city. Its final stop will be at the biggest beer party of the year, Opening Tap at the Fillmore. A map of the HOG relay will be released on Philly Loves Beer’s site a few days before the relay.
The Fillmore, 7 PM-10 PM
Celebrate the kickoff to the 10th anniversary of Philly Beer Week with a huge party at the Fillmore. This event features over 45 local and national brewers, along with live music and other fun. New this year is a cider area and an expanded VIP lounge. General admission tickets are $46 and VIP are $92—get them now before they sell out! (29 E Allen St.)
Weeklong Events (Friday, June 2- Sunday, June 11)
El Camino Real, 2 PM-11 PM
Visit NoLibs for a special beer week beer garden brought to you by the folks at Shangy’s. Each night they will have different features from breweries like Avery, Austin Eastciders, Bell’s, Flying Fish and entertainment like quizzo, live music, and even a dunk tank. (1040 N 2nd St.)
Uptown Beer Garden, 2 PM-12 AM
This Center City beer garden holds the coveted spot as official beer garden of Philly Beer Week. Check Philly Loves Beer’s site for daily programming. (1735 Market St.)
Cinder, 11 AM (Weekend Only)
If you’re a fan of cider and brunch, this event series is for you. During both weekends of Philly Beer Week, Cinder is pulling together some of the best cider lists and brewery features from places like Almanac, Captain Lawrence and Allagash. Check out their Facebook page for each day’s draft list. (1500 Locust St.)
Friday, June 2
The Industry, 5 PM-12 AM
Kick off Philly Beer Week with a pig roast at this South Philly bar. Sip Founders and Fat Heads brews to pair with your pork. Best of all, this event is free to attend. (1401 E Moyamensing Ave.)
Johnny Brenda's, 6 PM-10 PM
Johnny Brenda's is setting aside their “locals-only” policy for a night to celebrate brewers who mad began in Philadelphia and have gone on to brew elsewhere. Renowned breweries Coppertail, Oxbox and Two Roads will be on tap along with other surprises. (1201 Frankford Ave.)
Saturday, June 3
The Navy Yard, 1:30 PM-5 PM
Head to the Navy Yard for a carnival themed beer festival. This beer festival will have over 150 beers to sample plus carnival food, food trucks, stilt walkers, sword swallowers, contortionists and more! GA tickets are $50 and VIP are $75--grab them here. (4747 S Broad St.)
Clarkville, 6 PM-12 AM
Join Jason Steward from Wyndridge and Jason Macais from Vault for a sensory and flavor evaluation class, plus tap takeover. Clarkville will also launch their latest house draft, a collab with Wyndridge—“In the Note Too Distant Future”—a cider brewed with saturn peaches and dry-hopped with galaxy. (4301 Baltimore Ave.)
Hop Angel Brauhaus, 3 PM (Saturday and Sunday)
Head to the Northeast for two days of hoppy, seafoody fun. Hop Angel will feature hoppy beers that have tropical twists from breweries like Alpine, Avery, Ballast Point, Evolution, Fat Heads, Green Flash and more. There will also be live music and outdoor games. (7980 Oxford Ave.)
Sunday, June 4
Garage North, 1 PM-5 PM
Brooklyn and Saint Benjamin will be providing blank cans, and guests will do the rest of the work at this event. Guest judges will pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and of course, there will be prizes. (100 E Girard Ave.)
Evil Genius Beer Company, 12 PM-7 PM
Gather five of your best friends for this Fishtown scavenger hunt hosted by Evil Genius. Participants will meet at Evil Genius, get their list of tasks and bars where they have to complete them, and then head back to the brewery at 6 PM for the final showdown. (1727 N Front St.)
Escape the Room Philly, 11:30 AM-4 PM
Grab your ticket to this one-of-a-kind opportunity to get in on the room escape craze whilst imbibing some of Victory’s craft brews. A $35 ticket gets your Escape the Room Philly tickets and two Victory beers at Jose Pistolas. (1528 Walnut St.)
Monday, June 5
The Good King Tavern, 7 PM-10 PM
Savor a five course food and beer pairing dinner featuring flavors from France, Germany and Austria. It's $55 per person, and you can call 215-625-3700 to reserve a spot. (614 S 7th St.)
Jose Pistolas, 6 PM-10 PM
Homebrew pros will face off at Jose Pistolas for  a chance to brew on the line at Dogfish Head Brewery. Dogfish’s founder Sam Calagione will even be there to try the brews. Tickets are $30 and are available to purchase at Jose Pistolas. (263 S 15th St.)
Tuesday, June 6
Time, 6 PM-9 PM
Come cheer on your favorite Pennsylvania brewery at this local brewer battle. Ten breweries will be facing off, and the more beers that are ordered from a particular brewery, the greater the chance that brewery has a guaranteed tap line at Time. (1315 Sansom St.)
The Free Library of Philadelphia, 6 PM-9 PM
Celebrate the launch of a new book written by anthropology expert Dr. Patrick McGovern with with special guest Sam Calagione. Guests can see the talk live in the auditorium or watch a simulcast from the library’s rooftop beer garden. As a special treat, guests will also enjoy samples of beers from the book, which include Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, a beer that was brewed via a recipe found inside King Midas’ tomb. Free to attend. (1901 Vine St.)
Wednesday, June 7
Franklin Institute, 7 PM-12 AM
Explore the process behind brewing beer all the while imbibing on unlimited samples at this interactive workshop. Tickets are $30 and include the activities and samples from local breweries. (222 N 20th St.)
Martha, 9 PM-12 AM
Get your dance on at this party to celebrate the Free Will Brewing’s beer of the same name. There will be a DJ spinning tunes until midnight along with discounted pours of Free Will drafts and a free sampling table set up with complimentary Kragle IPA and snacks. (2113 E York St.)
Dinner Under the Shambles
Pizzeria Stella, 7 PM
Enjoy a family-style, 4 course menu complete with beer pairings in Headhouse Square, and you'll even get the chance to participate in a meet and greet with local brewers. Call Pizzeria Stella for reservations at 215-320-8000, and tickets are $60 per person. (420 N 2nd St.)
Thursday, June 8
Grey Lodge Pub, 11 AM-11 PM
An all day tap takeover of American craft pilsners awaits at the Grey Lodge. There's no better food to pair your pilsner with than pierogies, which the bar will also have plenty of. Throughout the day, brewery reps will be on hand with giveaways— only if you are able to beat them at a board game. (6235 Frankford Ave.)
Bartram’s Garden, 4 PM-8 PM
Enjoy the urban outdoors at Bartram’s Garden with local breweries Dock Street, Evil Genius, Quaker City Malting Co, Cartesian and Highway Manor. For $15 ($10 for Bartram’s members), attendees will row their way along the Schuylkill River taking off at the Community Boathouse. Tickets also include your first beer. (5400 Lindbergh Ave.)
Drury Beer Garden, 6 PM-9 PM
Grab a can of your favorite Terrapin brew and watch as the little reptiles race each other in Opa’s backyard. All proceeds of the turtle-loving brewing company’s beers at the event will be donated to the Philadelphia Zoo. (1311 Sansom St.)
Friday, June 9
Tria Taproom, 12 PM-7 PM
Vault brewer Jason Macias will be at the taproom to provide some of the Yardley brewery’s coolest, unfiltered beers. Selections include Aussie Double IPA (8.4%), Extra Special Bitter (6.3%), Armada IPA (6%), and Full City Coffee Stout (5%). (2005 Walnut St.)
Good Dog Bar, 5 PM-2 AM
Build a derby car and partake in a race across the first floor of this Center City bar. Sly Fox and Troegs will be on hand to provide the brews, including their collab brew the Brotherly Suds DunkelWeiss. Registration is at 5 PM and the races begin at 7 PM. Read the event listing for derby car rules. (224 S 15th St.)
Saturday, June 10
Devil’s Den, 12 PM-6 PM
Head to Devil’s Den to participate in the the First Annual Tailgate Olympics. Brewers from Levante, Free Will, Yards, Evil Genius, Weyerbacher, 2SP and Saucony Creek will compete in giant beer pong, washers, giant Jenga, Kan Jam and more. A selection of tailgate brews and bites from those breweries will also be on hand for your enjoyment. (1148 S 11th St.)
City Tap House, 1 PM-5 PM
This festival is a homage to beer and the music that many people were introduced to beer through. Splintered Sunlight, the area’s top Grateful Dead cover band, will headline the festival and brews from Sierra Nevada, Terrapin, Fat Heads and more will be showcased. (3925 Walnut St.)
Frankford Ave Starting at Girard, 2 PM-10 PM
What better way to top off Philly Beer Week than by shutting down the streets for a beer-themed block party? The 6th Annual FestivAle will have carnival games, a dunk tank, art, DJs, and of course, lots of beer. (1200-1300 Frankford Ave.)
Bar-Ly, 3 PM-6 PM
Register by June 5 to partake in this beer pong tournament hosted by Bar-ly in Chinatown. The winner will get a custom made beer pong champ jacket and 2nd place gets a $50 Bar-Ly gift card. (101 N 11th St.)
Sunday, June 11
Local 44, 11 AM
Wear your comfy shoes for this one because we’re predicting lines— and rightly so, because this tap list is one to swoon over. The lineup, which features tons of sour beers, features Russian River Consecration, Russian River Supplication, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Russian River Blind Pig, Russian River Redemption, Cantillon Gueuze, Lost Abbey Red Poppy, Perennial Abraxas, Perennial Sump, Cascade Noyaux, Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler, Cascade Elderberry, and Cascade Apricot. No tickets or RSVP required. (4333 Spruce St.)
Dock Street Brewing, 4 PM-7 PM
End Philly Beer Week at Dock Street’s new Cannery where they will be holding a can release party for their Philly-style Berliner Weisse, Summer in Berlin. There will be surf and skate films on the projector as well as fresh juice cocktails and bites. A DJ will be spinning surf rock tunes and Hawaiian shirts aren’t required, but if you have one, why not. (701 S 50th St.)
Photo via Philly Loves Beer


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