The annual Philly Bierfest returns to the historic German American Society for a day celebrating German and Pennsylvania brews, Saturday, February 22. (Photos by Krista Patton Photography)
Ready to raise a liter, Philadelphia?
This Saturday, February 22 the German Society of Pennsylvania hosts the third year of Bierfest, a festival to celebrate Pennsylvania’s considerable German brewing heritage.
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 spotlights this state’s national leadership in brewing German-style craft beer, and welcomes dozens of local and international brewers to pour their goods.
Read on for more on this sudsy annual affair.
Held in the historic German Society of Pennsylvania hall on Spring Garden Street, the daylong event kicks off at 1:30 p.m., with VIP early access available at 1 p.m.
Festivities continue throughout the day until 5:30 p.m. and Bierfest offers up a packed schedule of beer-fueled fun in both the German Society building and in adjacent Latvian Society building, accessed via a private tented garden.
Besides the brews, count on a lively beer-garden vibe with folk dancing, arm wrestling, a liter lift competition, live music by the Keystone Mountain Boys and the Belleville Quartet, and food from Wursthaus Schmitz.
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.
With a lineup of brews from more than 20 Pennsylvania breweries and two dozen German brewers, the beer will certainly flow.
Look for local beer from such breweries as Barren Hill, Free Will, Lancaster, Lion, Neshaminy Creek, Nodding Head, Round Guys, Samuel Adams, Sly Fox, Susquehanna, Victory, Yards and Yuengling.
Plus, there are a slew of German brewers on tap, too, including those producing rare varietals as well as well-known favorites like Bitburger, Hofbräu, Paulaner, Warsteiner and many more.
Tickets & Staying Over
Both general admission and VIP tickets are still available as of today, but we advise scooping up tickets now before the event sells out.
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. Plus, there are beer-less tickets for just $20.
Don’t want to drive home after imbibing? Make a weekend out of the festival and stay over in Philadelphia.
Folks can ask about the Bierfest room block for $99 weekend room nights at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, or check out the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, a two-night package including free parking.
Check out a preview of the beer-fueled festivities below, too.
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