The historic German Society of Pennsylvania hosts Philly Bierfest, an annual celebration of German beer-brewing heritage. (Photo courtesy German Society of Pennsylvania)
Get ready to raise a liter in celebration of local German brewing culture.
Philadelphia gets all sudsy on Saturday, February 22 for the German Society of Pennsylvania’s third year of Bierfest, a festival to celebrate Pennsylvania’s considerable German brewing heritage — ever heard of that little neighborhood north of Fairmount dubbed Brewerytown?
Founded by local beverage authority Marnie Old in support of the Philly Roller Girls, the Brewers of Pennsylvania and the German Society of Pennsylvania, Bierfest highlights this state’s national leadership in brewing German-style craft beer, and welcomes dozens of local and international brewers to pour their goods.
In fact, German-style beers are the most popular of all beers, with more than 90 percent of the world’s beer made in the method of lagers and pilsners, which both trace their roots to Germany. And Pennsylvania has the longest history of any state of German immigration and the strongest bonds to German culture.
With so many German brew traditions to celebrate, Bierfest offers up a packed schedule of beer-fueled fun.
The afternoon-long festival runs from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and features a lively beer-garden vibe, a slew of German and German-inspired beers, folk dancing, arm wrestling, a liter lift competition and live music by the Keystone Mountain Boys and the Belleville Quartet.
As for the brews, look for a dozen German varieties as well as local beer from such breweries as Barren Hill, Free Will, Lancaster, Lion, Neshaminy Creek, Nodding Head, Round Guys, Samuel Adams, Sly Fox, Susquehanna, Victory, and Yuengling.
Attendees can also enjoy a free brewer’s discussion panel on “The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of German Beer Styles” at 4:30 p.m. featuring some of the state’s leading brewers.
Tickets start at $45 (plus a small handling fee for online purchases) and are available online. Those interested in early entry, a beer seminar and a German-style snack spread, should go for the VIP tickets for $65. Scoop up tickets now before the event sells out.
Don’t want to drive home after imbibing? Make a weekend out of the festival and stay over in Philadelphia.
Philly Bierfest 2014
When: Saturday, February 22, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: The German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street
Cost: $45-$65, $20 for designated drivers
More info: www.phillybierfest.com