Philly Beer Week is one of the best events in our town. The event’s website says it all, “1000 events at 195 venues.” Bars and restaurants all over town are celebrating the arrival in one of the best beer drinking cities in the country. Here are some key events and details to get you ready for Philly Beer Week 2010.
Just as they do in Oktoberfest in Germany, Philly Beer Week kicks off with a big opening party to launch the event. This year’s event happens at the Independence Visitor Center in the heart of Old City, at 7:30 PM on June 4th. Tickets are $40 dollars ($25 for a designated driver) and much be purchased in advance. Event highlights include the ceremonial first tap with Mayor Michael Nutter, samples of beers from microbreweries all over the area, live music, food, and a very fun atmosphere. As with all Philly Beer Week events, you’re best bet is to take the city’s public transportation system. SEPTA features Beer Week passes, and the Market-Frankford subway stops one block from the event.
Global Beer Expos
June 5th will boast two great beer expos tied to Philly Beer Week. The International expo will take place at the Navy Yard for the 2nd straight year, and includes a large variety of beers from all over the world. There are two sessions for the event, one in the early afternoon and one at night. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost for $45 for an adult, as well as a discounted for drivers. The other expo is the Philadelphia expo, held at the Simeone Automotive Museum on Norwitch Drive, about ten minutes from Center City. Tickets cost $45, and this event features 90 beers from 16 countries.
Philly Beer Week also has a great event on June 5th at the German Society of PA located on South Street. This is a pay as you go event, and features a ton of great German beers on tap, as well as food and music, as well as games and other German themed events. The German beers are all very stellar, and this event will give you a great feel of Oktoberfest while you celebrate Philly Beer Week. Also, don’t miss the Belgian Beer Fest on June 13th at the Penn Museum in University City, featuring over a dozen Belgian brewers showcasing their beer.
Forum of the Gods
This is a new event to Philly Beer Week, taking place at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown. Tickets are $25 dollars and you will get samples from each of the brewers. But the event’s main draw is a forum of famous beer men talking shop, including Jim Koch of Sam Adams and Wendy Yuengling from Yuengling beer. This is sure to be a big addition to Philly Beer Week. The event is set for June 10th.
These are just a few of the big events. There are tons more all over the city and surrounding suburbs that make Philly Beer Week such a great event. The website has a free application that helps you manage all the events you might want to attend, as well as easy to find lists of all the events taking place around town. The most important thing to remember among all the fun is to be safe. Use a designated driver, or take SEPTA, which will have increased transportation to all the events. Have fun and enjoy celebrating one of Philly’s great traditions, and enjoy the many good beers you have the chance to try.