The third annual Philly Beer Week opens up to full fermentation on June 4, 2010 and folks are all very excited about the pending events. Philly Beer Week will be going on its third year and there are over 1000 events at 195 different venues both in Philadelphia and in the Philadelphia suburbs. There will be plenty of action going on virtually everywhere from Friday June 4th’s “opening tap” event at Independence Visitors Center (which comes with a $40 cover charge and a $25 “designated driver” rate) to the final “scheduled” tattoos and tank-tops event happening at Prohibition Taproom on Sunday June 13 (an event which is actually scheduled to extend into your workweek.) But whatever your interest in Philly Beer Week you should know a little bit about it, where to go, and what to do while you’re there to get the most enjoyment for your beer drinking dollar.
Philly Beer Week: What is Philly Beer Week: Philly Beer Week is a 10 day event which highlights the whole region’s rather diverse beer scene. Because Philadelphia is such a long-standing community in the United States it offers a little bit of everything for its beer drinking public. From the more cosmopolitan, world-class breweries to its more historical taverns to its forward thinking private breweries; the Philadelphia area really has something for everyone. Beer fans have traveled from far and wide to attend the first of these Philly Beer Weeks; my brother and I plan on making the trek up I-95 to definitely check out Philly Beer Week and see what this thing is all about. Philly Beer Week is organized by “Philly Beer Week, Inc., a non-profit 501©6 organization overseen by a board compromised of brewery owners, distributors, restaurant owners and others, to promote Philadelphia’s beer and hospitality industries.”
Philly Beer Week: Best Beer Drinking City in America: While some other classically beer affiliated cities may take umbrage with this claim, during the first week of June, Philadelphia PA is where it’s at and the Philly Beer Week takes center stage as America’s Best Beer Drinking City.
Philly Beer Week: City Tavern Restaurant: One place I’m definitely interested in checking out is the City Tavern and Restaurant (138 S 2nd St Philadelphia PA) during Philly Beer Week 2010. City Tavern and Restaurant has been in existence since 1773 and are celebrating Philly Beer Week with Yards Brewing Company’s ‘Ales of the Revolution.’ Their menu will feature ales “based on the original recipes from some of our nation’s founding fathers.” If it was good enough for the founders, it certainly must be good enough for me! (Food menu paired with beer is $45 a person and runs from 11:30AM-9PM)
Philly Beer Week: Craft Beer Express: Another place I’m definitely going to try and get a seat on is the Craft Beer Express bus. The bus departs on June 9 at 4PM and runs until 11PM and basically consists of getting onto a bus, checking out some great beer, and then getting back on the bus to go somewhere else. There are a number of busses and routes so you can take whichever way you’d like to go. Some of the places they’re going to include Kraftwork, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, The Institute, Bishop’s Collar, Sidecar Bar & Grille, and many more. Tickets for the bus are just fifteen bucks so it’s definitely worth a look!
Philly Beer Week looks to be one of those events you’d be sore to miss. Check out their website to see what you’d like to do, where you’d like to go, and what brews will titillate you into intoxicated wonderland bliss.