Thursday, May 29, 2014

Philly Beer Week 2014

Hey Bitches! We're sure you've heard of Philly Beer Week by now, and if not you've clearly been living under a rock! We wanted to share with you a list of great events happening this week as a part of #PBW2014 starting with Opening Tap tomorrow, which we'll be bringing the This Drunk Bitch to as press. We're really hoping to get our hands on that H.O.G. and for once I'm not talking about Jon Hamm's penis when I say hog, but rather the Hammer Of Glory which has become the mascot of Philly Beer Week.                                                                                                                                                                              I also wanted to point you all to a really great feature that I plan on using this week, the Philly Beer Week Mobile app! Download yours now to keep track of all of the Philly Beer Week events.   

– From Friday, May 30 until Sunday, June 8, the city’s most buzzed-about bars, restaurants and breweries will be vying for your attention during Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2014.  Whether you are looking for a casual tap takeover or a groovy out-of-body experience, PBW has something for everyone.  The fun begins at 7 a.m. on May 30 with the annual Hammer of Glory (H.O.G.) Relay and officially kicks off at 7 p.m. when Mayor Michael Nutter wields the H.O.G. for the first official tap of PBW.
Fried Chicken Run
Where:  American Sardine Bar (1800 Federal Street, 215-334-2337)
When:  Saturday, May 31, 5 p.m. until 2 a.m.
What:  The nationally-recognized Fishtown Beer Runners will lead a 5-mile run starting at Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC) and ending at American Sardine Bar.  Chef Scott Schroeder will be serving up his famous fried chicken and PBC will hand-select three of their favorite beers for the event.  Participants also receive a T-shirt.
Throwdown in Franklintown
Where:  Kite & Key (1836 Callowhill Street, 215-568-1818)
When:  Sunday, June 1, 2-6 p.m.
What:  It all started with a friendly wager five years ago between Tom Kehoe (Yards Brewing) and Jim Kirk (Kite & Key):  Who would open their establishment first? Since then, it’s blossomed into an all-out war, complete with chariot racing, tug of war, sumo wrestling and forklifts.  Expect the unexpected, including zany beer reps like Suzy Woods (Allagash), Wendy Domurat (Dogfish Head) and Tom Buonanno (Muller Beverage).
Wham. Bam. Thank You, Sam!
Where:  Nodding Head Brewery (1516 Sansom Street, 215-569-9525)
When:  Monday, June 2, 4:30-7 p.m.
What:  Sam Calagione, founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, aka the Pied Piper of craft brewing, will be bringing some ridiculous beers from his own private stash, including 2006 versions of Raison D’Extra, 120 Minute IPA, Immort Ale and Fort.  Not to be outdone, Nodding Head will be pouring some of their own hard-to-find brews.
Dock Street & Dilewyns: Plan B Brew Day
Where:  Dock Street Brewery (701 South 50th Street, 215-726-2337)
When:  Tuesday, June 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
What:  This is the closest you’ll get to being in Belgium. Anne-Catherine Dilewyns, the 26-year-old head brewer at Brewery Dilewyns in Dendermonde, Belgium, will once again team up with Dock Street’s Justin Low – the two collaborated on Philly Tripel, the official PBW collaboration beer.  The brewery will host an open-door party all day as Dilewyns and Low brew a new collaboration beer, Plan B.
Hips ‘n Hops Beer & Yoga
Where:  Whole Foods Market (500 W Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, 610-832-0010)
When:  Tuesday, June 3, 6-9 p.m.
What:  Need a relaxing trip out of the city?  Look no further. New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewery is partnering with Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting for the most yen event of PBW 2014, featuring an hour-long yoga class, led by Maura Manzo, followed by a two-hour Smuttynose Tap Takeover on the store’s rooftop terrace.  Roll out your mats; tickets are $30.
Slider Showdown with Deschutes Brewery
Where:  Di Bruno Bros. (1730 Chestnut Street, 215-665-9220)
When:  Wednesday, June 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
What:  Di Bruno Bros., celebrating their 75th anniversary, is partnering with Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery, for an evening filled with delectable fare and handcrafted beers, including the Philly debut of Not the Stoic, a Belgian-styled Quad aged and sequestered in Rye Whiskey and Pinot Noir barrels.  Di Bruno’s culinary wizards will take it to new levels with a “Cheesemonger Slider Showdown.”  Tickets are $45 and benefit the St. James School.
Welcome to Philly, Hardywood
Where:  Tria Taproom (2005 Walnut Street, 215-557-8277)
When:  Thursday, June 5, 12 noon- 3 p.m.
What:  Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is sending some of their most creative beers to America’s Best Beer-Drinking City directly from their 12,000-square foot Richmond facility.  Beers making the trek include:  Hardywood Singel, a Belgian Abbey-style Blonde Ale;  Hardywood Bourbon Cru, Abbey-style Quadrupel aged in Virginia Bourbon Barrels;  and Hardywood Hoplar, dry-hopped Imperial IPA conditioned on Virginia Tulip Poplar Wood.
Brooklyn Ghost Bottle Night
Where:  Varga Bar (941 Spruce Street, 215-627-5200)
When:  Friday, June 6, 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
What:  Find Scooby-Doo and fuel up the Mystery Machine because all bets are off when Varga Bar invites Brooklyn Brewery’s infamous Ghost Bottles in for a night of haunting intoxication.  They’ll be handing out free Brooklyn swag and playing a game of “Guess the Ghost.”  If you don’t know what we’re talking about, you better ask somebody.
Shakedown Street Beer Fest
Where:  City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street, 215-662-0105)
When:  Saturday, June 7, 1-7 p.m.
What:  Beer guru and managing partner Andy Farrell knows how to throw a party, with his undying devotion to Phish and the “Lot Scene.”  Tapping an array of beers from Sierra Nevada, Anchor Brewing and some classic Samuel Smith bottles, Shakedown Street will take over West Philly, complete with live performances from Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band, as well as Control For Smilers, a local Phish tribute band. Tickets are $15.
Kick the Keg Wing Fest
Where:  Keating’s River Grill (201 South Columbus Boulevard, 215-521-6509)
When:  Sunday, June 8, 4-7 p.m.

What:  Get ready for the city’s biggest kegger, inside the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing, with PBW’s official closing party.  Enjoy majestic views of America’s Best Beer-Drinking City, while diving into buffalo wings and sampling whatever is remaining in the tanks from the best breweries in Philly and beyond. Drink up because there are no liquid doggie bags!

There's the press release! What events are you most excited for this year for Philly Beer Week?

Stay drunk, Bitches!

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