Philly Beer Week
Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival
May 29-June 7, 2015
Note: The information below is from 2014. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.
The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”
Lasting 10 days and nights, Philly Beer Week is the largest beer celebration with hundreds of festivals, beer-pairing dinners, spirited homebrew competitions, citywide pub crawls and meet-and-greets
10-Day Celebration of Beer
Philly Beer Week invites beer lovers to try special dinners and tastings, go on tours of Philadelphia’s best pubs and breweries, watch home-brewing technique demos, catch a cask ale festival and more.
The events provide great opportunities to sample local brews like Yards, Victory, Triumph and Sly Fox while experiencing Philly’s great neighborhoods.
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Beer Week Highlights
Check out a few highlights during Philly Beer Week below. Want to dunk your favorite brewer or ride a mechanical surfboard? Find our favorite quirky happenings with our Top Funky Events During Philly Beer Week.
Hammer of Glory Relay
The iron-clad symbol of Beer Week — the Hammer of Glory, a big branded mallet — makes its way around the city, from bar to bar, transported by everything from dog-pulled carts to a parade of pin-up girls. Trail the hammer around town to such bars as Grey Lodge Pub, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, Fergie’s Pub, The Institute Bar and or hop on the free double-decker (party) bus as a day-long spectator.
This year, the huge Opening Tap kick-off party is set for Friday, May 30 at the 23rd Street Armory, a brand-new, bigger venue for the bash. At 7 p.m., the doors open on the tasting celebration with more than 30 area brewers pouring for a crowd of thousands. Look out for limited edition brews, including the Philly Beer Week collaboration beer, Philly Tripel, brewed this year by Dock Street and Belgian beer makers Brouwerij Dilewyns.
International Great Beer Expo
Head south to the second massive tasting during Beer Week. Taste test more than 100 beers from 50 brewers at the fifth annual International Great Beer Expo at the Navy Yards, with proceeds benefitting the Committee to Benefit the Children. Tickets are available online, with designated driver passes for $10.
Philly Beer Week Garden
Head to the historic Shambles at Headhouse Square nightly June 3-7 for the Philly Beer Week Garden to enjoy special one-offs and rare brews alfresco, plus live tunes and food from South Street Headhouse District restaurants. The Garden will be open nightly June 2 through June 5, and admission is free, with brews and bites on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Dunkel Dare at Frankford Hall
Get ready, Double Dare fans. Come out to see host Marc Summers lead a raucous German-beer-knowledge challenge for the third year of Dunkel Dare at Frankford Hall. Four breweries face off and folks from The Franklin Institute lends a hand in replicating the challenges from the original game show.
Johnny Brenda’s, Frankford Hall and Fette Sau team up to bring beer lovers the third annual Fishtown Festivale, an outdoor daylong beer carnival with DJs, a dunk tank, fine food, and a heady mix of classic German lagers and full-flavored craft ales.
Dock Street End-Of-Beer-Week Free Music Fest
Finish out the 10-day beer bash with a final daylong music festival. The sixth annual Dock Street Free Music Fest draws crowds to West Philadelphia with free live music all afternoon, plenty of Dock Street brews, delicious pizza and a scavenger run. The live music lineup includes Grandchildren, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Gliss and more.