Our hometown of Philadelphia may be emerging as a bonafide coffee town, but it has long been known as a craft beer paradise. Thanks to institutions such as Monk's Cafe, a bevy of breweries including Yards, and an army of dedicated homebrewers and enthusiastic drinkers, Philadelphia was a very early adopter of the craft beer trend that has now pretty much taken over everywhere. Heck, Philly even has our own magazine dedicated to the scene:
Every year, our city celebrates its love of beer with a 10-day extravaganza, Philly Beer Week. People travel from around the world to attend the events, meet rockstar brewers, and get their hands on one-offs, collaborations, and rarities that might never see the light of day after these festivities. Philadelphians, of course, also turn out by the thousands. Philly Beer Week starts today, May 29th and runs until June 7th. In that time frame, there will be more events than even the most ambitious person could attend - the whole thing can be a little overwhelming, actually.
Fear not! We've done a bit of legwork for you, and are happy to share our PBW 2015 cheat sheet:
- Friday, May 29th - 6pm - 8pm at Fiume (45th & Locust), $20: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2014 Flights: Last summer, Sierra Nevada, one of the top dogs of the craft beer world, collaborated with a crazy who's who of breweries (Allagash, Oskar Blues, 3 Floyds, Russian River, it just goes on and on), to create some incredible beers that you basically can't get anywhere. Especially exciting to us is the Ninkasi “Double Latte” Coffee Milk Stout. Because coffee + beer, always.
- Saturday, May 30th - 12pm at Strangelove's, pay as you go: Wells & Young's with Brewmaster Jim Robertson: For those who love English-style beers, this one's for you. This brewery is at the top of that game and here is a chance to meet the brewer in charge, and try some superb cask beers including Special London Ale and Young's Blonde. Cheerio!
- Sunday, May 31st - 12pm (though arriving early is probably wise) at Tired Hands Brew Cafe, pay as you go: Tired Hands' 3rd Anniversary Celebration: We're not certain this is technically part of PBW, but no matter. In our opinion, Tired Hands is one of the best breweries around right now and we are so lucky to have them nearby (in Ardmore). Their 3rd bday party will feature, obviously, a wickedly awesome draft list including St. Thr333r, an IPA brewed with cucumber and Valencia oranges, and Luminous Calcidity, an oyster Berliner Weisse brewed in collaboration with Aldine Restaurant. Tired Hands boasts a true cult following, so a line is sure to form hours before doors open; lucky for you, they'll have ReAnimator cold brewed coffee, donuts, breakfast biscuits, and live jazz for the early -comers.
- Monday, June 1st - 4:30pm - 6:30pm at Barcade, pay as you go: Lagunitas Meet the Brewer Jeremy Marshall: Another chance to meet and learn from the people who actually make the beer you love to drink. If hoppy, non-pretentious California beers are your thing, Lagunitas is your thing. For example: at the event, the brewer and his crew will be vaporizing hops?! Also, for a really intense coffee beer experience, try the High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout, a 12.0% Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and aged in High West rye barrels. And don't forget to bring a pocket full of quarters to rock Barcade's 80's throwback video games!
- Tuesday, June 2nd - 11:30am - 3pm at City Tap House Logan, pay as you go: Lunchables (beer, sandwich & dessert for $25) featuring Stone Brewing Company: We've got to give a shout out to our new-ish neighbors, City Tap House Logan! They're just a block away from our 3 Logan shop, a development we're quite happy about. The Lunchables event is running all throughout beer week, but their Tuesday edition with Stone Brewing Co. and San Diego style fish tacos sounds extra summery and fun.
- Wednesday, June 3rd - 3pm - 11pm at American Sardine Bar, pay as you go: Bell's BBQ: Sandwich wizard (aka chef) Scott Schroeder will be working the grill, and beer from Michigan's excellent Bell's Brewery will be flowing in Sardine Bar's kitschy Point Breeze backyard. There's just no way this won't be awesome.
- Thursday, June 4th - 7pm - 9pm at Kennett, pay as you go: Conshohocken Brewing Company Beer Dinner: Simple and elegant locally sourced food, paired with great local beers. Sounds pretty perfect to us.
- Friday, June 5th - 3pm - 9pm at The Industry, pay as you go: Pig Roast with Founders & Port Brewing: A 200 pound spent beer grain fed pig, with a long list of sought after and limited beers from Port and Founders. Especially intriguing: Founders All Day session IPA aged for 5 months in barrels that once contained BLis Blast, some of the best hot sauce we've ever tasted.
- Saturday, June 6th - 2:30pm - 4pm at The Belgian Cafe, $27: Ladies Beer Tea: Sorry dudes, this one's for the ladies only. All the vibes of high tea (4 courses of dainty sandwiches, sweets and more), but with beer! Fancy hats encouraged.
- Sunday, June 7th - 4pm - 8pm at Dock Street Brewery, pay as you go: 7th Annual Free Music Fest & Scavenger Run: Finish off Beer Week with a bang! Bands, beer, pizza, and good times. The Scavenger Run costs $25 and includes beer, pizza, a t-shirt and a super fun run through West Philly. The music fest is free and open to all ages!
- Monday, June 8th - It's over. Time for some water, green juice, and coffee before getting back to real life!
Hope everyone has a super fun Beer Week, enjoying all the awesomeness that our city has to offer!