Entertainment Corner: Philly Beer Week, June 3-12
by Joseph P. Gushue
Philadelphia is known throughout the country for its well educated beer-drinkers. Luckily, these aficionados are rewarded with a diverse selection of microbreweries and famous pubs. The good people of Philadelphia have been crafting lagers and ales for more than 300 years - since the days of William Penn! The Declaration of Independence was even debated and ultimately drafted in colonial taverns.
This brewing tradition continues today, with two large-scale breweries within city limits, as well as many others throughout the area. What's more, Philadelphia is lucky enough to receive many kinds of beer - both from within the United States and abroad - which are difficult, if not impossible, to find in other parts of the country. These beers are served at the many great Philadelphia beer bars - 14 of which have an "A" rating on beeradvocate.com.
Any day of the year, Philadelphia is one of the best cities in the United States for beer, but Philly Beer Week takes it to the extreme. Occurring every summer for ten days in early June, this is Philadelphia's ultimate celebration of everything beer. From the Opening Tap beer festival at the Independence Visitor Center on June 3 to the many wrap-up beer brunches and "clearance" events on June 12, this is shaping up to be a great ten days for beer lovers.
Philly Beer Week is special because of the many opportunities to drink beer with the actual brewer. Events are being held which will host brewers from Yards (Philadelphia), Philadelphia Brewing Company (Philadelphia) and Weyerbacher (Easton), as well as many others. Appearances will also be made by, most notably, the brewers from Lost Abbey (California), Ballast Point (California) and Cigar City (Florida). At many of these events, the brewers will bring along something special that is not normally available to the general beer consuming public.
Of the "meet the brewer" events, the most exciting one this year is the brand new beer garden created just for Philly Beer Week. "The With Love Beer Garden" will be hosted in the courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel from June 6-10 and will be opening each day at 4 p.m. and going until 8 p.m.
In the garden, a different local brewer will be showcasing their beer each day, allowing patrons to meet the brewer while enjoying the brewery's most famous beer and some amazing food. Victory Brewing Company will start off the festivities on June 6 with their special Summer Love Ale. They will be followed by Weyerbacher, Dock Street Brewing Company, Sly Fox, Yards Brewing Company and Stoudt's Brewing Company.
The beer garden will have a special menu and serve local favorites such as the Philly beef sliders, steamed New Jersey clams, Port Richmond kielbasa sandwich and Lancaster honey-glazed chicken wings.
So come out, support your Philadelphian beer heritage, and consume some of the area’s most interesting and tasty beer.
For details on Philly Beer Week, including a full event list, visit phillybeerweek.org.
Joseph P. Gushue is an associate at Volpe and Koenig P.C. and can be reached at email@example.com.