Mayor Michael Nutter swings the Hammer of Glory to open the ceremonial first keg of Philly Beer Week during the Opening Tap celebration. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
Thirsty? Philly Beer Week, the city’s annual ode to our favorite fermented beverage, starts today, Friday, May 31.
And tonight, the Opening Tap kick-off event gets underway at Independence Mall and the Independence Visitor Center.
The annual Beer Week commencement ceremonies, with the the tapping of the official first keg by Mayor Nutter, start at 6:30 p.m. outside (weather permitting) on Independence Mall and are free.
See the mayor raise the Hammer of Glory to tap the first key, find out who wins the Third Annual Philadelphia Inquirer Brew-vitational awards and check out live music from TJ Kong & the Atomic Bomb.
At 7:30 p.m., beer-lovers swarm into the Independence Visitor Center for a huge tasting celebration. More than 35 area brewers will be on hand to pour for a crowd of thousands.
Look out for limited edition brews, including the Philly Beer Week collaboration beer brewed this year by Weyerbacher’s Chris Wilson and Brussels’ De La Senne brewery.
Tickets for the grand tasting following the first tap are still available online.
Regular admission is $45, VIP tickets are $90 and any designated driver can come in for $15.
Philly Beer Week Opening Tap
When: Friday, May 31, 6:30-10 p.m.
Where: Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market streets
Cost: Outdoor ceremony, free; Tasting, $45 and VIP, $90
More info: www.phillybeerweek.org