Once a year, Philly Beer Week stirs up the city’s already brew-tastic craft beer scene with hundreds of festivals, dinners, pub crawls, tastings and brewer events at pubs, restaurants, parks and other locations throughout the entire Philadelphia region.
Established in 2008, Philly Beer Week is the nation’s largest beer celebration of its kind and celebrates its 10th anniversary year during 10 sudsy days from June 1 to 11, 2017.
With more than 100 locations hosting events, it can be tough for a Philly Beer Week attendee to know where to begin. We’ve poured through the event listings to highlight just a six-pack’s worth of top picks. Check them out below!
For the complete Philly Beer Week event lineup, click here.
The iron-clad symbol of Beer Week — a big branded keg mallet called the Hammer of Glory — makes its way around the city from bar to bar all day long, transported by everything from horse-drawn carts to a parade of roller-derby girls. Trail the hammer around town (via Twitter or in person) to such bars and breweries as Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, TIME, Jose Pistola’s, Saint Benjamin Brewery, London Grill and Evil Genius before it makes its way to Opening Tap at The Fillmore Philadelphia.
This year, the huge Opening Tap kick-off party returns to Fishtown music venue The Fillmore Philadelphia on Thursday, June 1. Join hundreds of craft-brew lovers for the official Beer Week kick-off party, a tasting celebration with more than 45 brewers pouring tons of suds, including limited-edition brews like the Philly Beer Week collaboration beer.
Philly Beer Week makes its way down to the Navy Yard when the Great Beer Expo presents Beer Under the Big Top, bringing out more than 150 brews to a sudsy festival for those over the age of 21. Purchase tickets online ($50-$75) to enjoy drinks from more than 60 breweries including Manayunk, Troegs, Victory, Yards, Roy Pitz and more. A number of ciders will be available, too, like Wyndridge and Rebel Seed.
Head to the Center City outdoor space at Uptown Beer Garden for the Official Philly Loves Beer Garden — presented by us here at visitphilly.com! — to enjoy special brews alfresco on a pay-as-you-go basis and score free swag from Visit Philly.
West Philly’s Dock Street Brewery teamed up with multitalented Philadelphia hip-hop artist Chill Moody to brew a pineapple-infused IPA — and now it will be available in a can. Check out the collaboration brew and a live “unplugged” show from Chill Moody during this can release bash at Heritage.
Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue spots Johnny Brenda’s, Frankford Hall and Fette Sau team up to bring beer lovers the annual Fishtown FestivALE, an outdoor day-long beer block party with cold beer, fine food, live music and more.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through June 15, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as a $25 We ♥ 13th Street restaurants gift card, a $25 CHeU Noodle restaurants gift card, a $25 gift card to R2L, a free cheesesteak from Campo's and a $10 Lyft credit.
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