Philly Beer Week returns in 2015 with epic events, tons of happy hours, tap takeovers, beer dinners and the Hammer of Glory relay race. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
Are you ready to raise a pint? Philly Beer Week, the city’s annual ode to our favorite fermented beverage, starts this Friday, May 29 and continues through Sunday, June 7.
Home to dozens and dozens of craft breweries and named “the best beer-drinking city in America” by Esquire magazine, Philadelphia reigns as a brilliant beer town year round.
Once a year, though, Philly Beer Week amplifies this city’s beer-fueled greatness. With hundreds (really, hundreds!) of events over the course of 10 days, it’s tough to know just where to take your first sip.
The events kick off on Friday, May 29 with the Opening Tap celebration and tasting, and continue from there with brewer events, tap takeovers, beer dinners, block parties, games and competitions, beer gardens and so much more.
Below, we’ve rounded up our top picks of beer week events for every day of the festival, giving you a place to start for each day of the 10-day brew party.
We’ve poured through the Philly Beer Week events and below are our picks of sudsy highlights. These are the really big events not to miss, but there’s lots more where this came from, too.
Visit the Philly Beer Week website for a full calendar of events and check back with us for more as the festival gets underway.
FRIDAY, MAY 29
• Hammer of Glory Relay
Friday, May 29, 11 a.m.-noon | Pay as you go
The iron-clad symbol of Beer Week — a big branded mallet called the Hammer of Glory — makes its way around the city, from bar to bar, transported by everything from dog-pulled carts to a parade of pin-up girls. Trail the hammer around town to such bars as Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, Saint Benjamin, London Grill and more before it makes its way to Opening Tap at the 23rd Street Armory. MORE INFO
• Opening Tap Celebration at 23rd Street Armory
Friday, May 29, 6-10 p.m. | Ticketed
This year, the huge Opening Tap kick-off party returns to the 23rd Street Armory on Friday, May 29. At 7 p.m., the doors open on the tasting celebration with more than 40 area brewers pouring for a crowd of thousands. Look out for limited edition brews, including the Philly Beer Week collaboration beer Leuven on a Prayer, brewed this year by Belgian brewers Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal and local brewery Free Will. MORE INFO
• Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at Spruce Street Harbor Park
Friday, May 29 and Friday, June 5, 5-8 p.m. | Pay as you go
The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series will take up residence at the awesome Spruce Street Harbor Park for both Fridays of Philly Beer Week. Come for the drink specials, stick around to see the revamped Spruce Street Harbor Park and the nearby roller-skating rink RiverRink Summerfest. MORE INFO
SATURDAY, MAY 30
• International Great Beer Expo at The Navy Yard
Saturday, May 30, 1:30-5 p.m. (general admission) | Ticketed
The International Great Beer Expo brings 75 international brewers to pour more than 200 beers from 25 countries from underneath tents on the Marine Parade Grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Proceeds benefit the Committee to Benefit the Children, and both VIP ($75+) and general admission ($46+) tickets are still available. MORE INFO
• Pints and Pinups Block Party BBQ at Varga Bar
Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Pay as you go
Now in its sixth year, the Pints and Pinups Block Party takes over 10th Street at Spruce with a DJ, dunk tank, photo booth, games, barbecue and — of course — pints and pints of craft beer. And hey ladies, the block party also includes the bar’s annual search for its calendar girls! MORE INFO
• 5th Annual Fried Chicken Run
Saturday, May 30, 5 p.m. start | Ticketed
On Saturday, a brisk jog with the Fishtown Beer Runners from Philadelphia Brewing Company to American Sardine Bar justifies an all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner. Start the run (or cheer on the runners) at 5 p.m. in Fishtown, then relax with a huge chicken buffet in Graduate Hospital. Tickets are available online and include a t-shirt, three PBC brews and the fried chicken buffet. MORE INFO
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