It’s early June in Philadelphia: flowers are blooming, pools are open, and Philly Beer Week is raging! This annual 10 day celebration in praise of beer and the people who brew it is a proud tradition in our city, and we’re always in awe of the sheer number of events happening as part of it. Beer industry folk and civilian enthusiasts alike zigzag to every corner of Philly in search of fun parties, rare beers, and appearances from brewing celebrities.
There is so much to choose from! We’ve combed the listings and come up with a CliffsNotes of sorts for the remainder of Beer Week. We hope you take this opportunity to get out there, try something new, meet some cool people, and enjoy the best of local beer culture (responsibly, of course).
The 2016 HubBub Beer Week Cheat Sheet
- Wednesday, June 8th – Tired Hands Takeover 7PM at the POPE: Our love of Tired Hands Brewing Company is well documented; their rock & roll, break-all-the-rules, dreamy, strange beers are so fun to explore, and rarely disappoint. Usually, a deep dive into their tap list means a trip the ‘burbs to visit their Brew Café or Fermentaria in Ardmore, but thanks to Beer Week, you only need to get over to the Pub on Passyunk East in South Philly to enjoy choosing from 9 Tired Hands beers. We suggest the Rustic Pentagram (a sour mango saison aged in oak), Baby Face Vecchio (a snack stout conditioned atop vanilla beans and graham cracker crumbs), or American Youth (a literal mash up of Half Acre Beer Company's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale with Tired Hands’ Hop Hands).
- Thursday, June 9th – Beer & Boating 4PM at Bartram’s Garden: The Schuylkill River may not be the most exotic place to set sail, but a cold beer and a kayak ride at the city’s edge sounds like a great way to spend the afternoon. Beverages from Weyerbacher Brewing, and food from Baby Blues BBQ and Little Baby’s Ice Cream round it out. Get tix here.
- Friday, June 10th – DiBruno Bros. & Forest and Main happy hour 4:30PM at Alla Spina: Beer and cheese, cheese and beer – few things are as happy together as these two food groups. And few places do beer better than Forest and Main (a beautiful brewery out in Ambler, PA), and DiBruno Brother’s is one of the oldest and most revered cheese shops and gourmet grocers in town. At just $15 bucks for three cheeses and three beers, this a sensibly awesome deal to treat yoself on a Friday.
- Saturday, June 11th – Deschutes Street Pub 2PM at 2nd and South: This is being billed as the “ultimate craft beer block party,” with a whopping 60 beers being poured from a 400 foot outdoor bar, live music, and food. Deschutes is a brewery based in Oregon, and is taking their Street Pub on tour to six different cities this summer, all to raise money for non-profits – in Philly, they’re partnering with the Vetri Community Partnership and the Headhouse District.
- Sunday, June 12th – Russian River Brunch 11AM at Local 44: Finish Beer Week off with a bang! We are fans of Local 44, just a bit further West on Spruce Street from our University City shop. And we’re also admirers of Russian River, a truly legendary brewery making Belgian-inspired beers in Northern California. It can be tough to find their beers on the east coast, so people flock to events where they’re featured. Consider this a bit of fair warning that this event will definitely be crowded, but in a boisterous, convivial way.
- Monday, June 13th – Beer Week is technically over, but if you’re not beer-ed out, plenty of bars around town will be running Kick The Keg specials, unloading the last of the geeky beers for great prices. But if you need a break from the boozing, we’re always here with coffee, tea, and juice!
Philadelphia likes to call itself “The Beer Drinking City in America,” and hopefully Beer Week gives you lots of fun chances to test this claim. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy trying some exciting craft beverages!