Philly Beer Week Celebrates 10 Years With 100+ Brilliant Brew-Fueled Events

Thirsty? Philly Beer Week, the city’s annual ode to craft brews and breweries, runs June 1-11...

Are you ready to raise a pint? Philly Beer Week, the city’s annual ode to our favorite fermented beverage, douses the city with beer-fueled fun June 1-11, 2017.

Philadelphia reigns as a great craft beer destination all year round, but Philly Beer Week (PBW) annually stirs up this city’s beer scene with hundreds of festivals, dinners, pub crawls, tastings and brewer events throughout 10 sudsy days.

Philly Beer Week Fast Facts

  • Philly Beer Week is an annual 10-day citywide celebration of craft beer.
  • Philly Beer Week 2017 runs June 1-11 and is the 10th anniversary year.
  • More than 100 locations host events, ranging from single-brewery tap takeovers to full-blown beer festivals.
  • Use ticket code VISITPHILLY for 20% off tickets to kick-off event Opening Tap!
  • Check here for the complete calendar of events.
(Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)
Cheers to the 10th Anniversary of Philly Beer Week! Make plans now to hit events like…

  • Opening Tap Kickoff Party at The Fillmore
  • Hammer of Glory Relay Race
  • Shakedown Street Beer Festival at City Tap House
  • Fishtown FestivALE on Frankford Avenue
  • Philly Loves Beer Garden presented by

Philly Beer Week Kickoff

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary year, PBW remains the highlight of Philadelphia’s beer scene calendar.

The events kick off Thursday, June 1 with the huge Philly Beer Week Opening Tap celebration and tasting at The Fillmore Philly, preceded by the citywide Hammer of Glory Relay.

At Opening Tap, join hundreds and hundreds of craft-brew lovers for the official Beer Week launch party.

Plus, now you can score 20-percent off tickets with a Visit Philly ticket code! Use code VISITPHILLY for a 20-percent discount on all tickets. Scoop up tickets here to this epic beer bash.

Not-To-Miss Beer Week Events

Philly Beer Week continues in earnest Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 11 with brewer events, tap takeovers, beer dinners, block parties, games and competitions, beer gardens and so much more.

Below just a few PBW highlights — a handful of big beer fests and block parties not to miss — but there are tons more events on tap. Stay tuned to Uwishunu throughout the week for more highlights.

For the full Philly Beer Week calendar of events, check here.

Cheers to Beer Week!

Philly Beer Week Opening Tap

The Opening Tap kickoff hits Fishtown music venue The Fillmore on Thursday, June 1 for a 10-year anniversary party. Join in the official Beer Week launch party, a tasting celebration with more than 45 brewers pouring tons of suds, including limited-edition brews like the Philly Beer Week collaboration beers. Plus, you can score 20 percent off tickets with a Visit Philly ticket code! Use code VISITPHILLY for a 20-percent discount on all tickets. Cheers!

Philly Beer Week Opening Tap

When:Thursday, June 1, 6-7 p.m. (VIP) 7-10 p.m. (GA)
Where:The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E. Allen Street
Cost:$15, designated driver; $46, general admission; $92, VIP; Use code VISITPHILLY for 20% off

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Hammer of Glory Relay

The iron-clad symbol of Beer Week — a big branded keg mallet called the Hammer of Glory, or "HOG" — makes its way around the city from bar to bar all day long, conveyed by everything from a zip line from atop Standard Tap to motorcycles at TIME. For $10, relay spectators can grab a ticket and trail the hammer around town on a double-decker bus (courtesy of SugarHouse Casino) to such bars as Hop Angel Brauhaus, Saint Benjamin Brewery, London Grill and more before it makes its way to Opening Tap at The Fillmore.

Hammer of Glory Relay

When:Thursday, June 1, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where:More than 25 locations citywide, including Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
Cost:Free admission; Pay as you go food and drink; $10, SugarHouse Casino HOG bus ticket

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Official Philly Loves Beer Garden presented by

Head to the Center City outdoor space at Uptown Beer Garden for the Official Philly Loves Beer Garden — presented by our sister site,! — to enjoy special brews al fresco on a pay-as-you-go basis and score free swag from Visit Philly.

Official Philly Loves Beer Garden presented by

When:June 2-11
Where:Uptown Beer Garden, 1735 Market Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Beer Under the Big Top

Philly Beer Week makes its way down to the Navy Yard when the Great Beer Expo presents Beer Under the Big Top, bringing out more than 150 brews to a sudsy festival for those over the age of 21. Purchase tickets online ($50-$75) to enjoy drinks from more than 60 breweries including Manayunk, Troegs, Victory, Yards, Roy Pitz and more. A number of ciders will be available, too, like Wyndridge and Rebel Seed.

Beer Under the Big Top

When:Saturday, June 3; VIP, 12:30-5 p.m., General Admission, 1:30-5 p.m.
Where:The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad Street
Cost:$12, designated driver; $50, general admission; $75, VIP

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Varga Bar's 7th Annual Pints 'n' Pinups Block Party

Now in its seventh year, the Pints 'n' Pinups Block Party at Varga Bar takes over 10th Street at Spruce with a 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!

Varga Bar's 7th Annual Pints 'n' Pinups Block Party

When:Saturday, June 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where:Varga Bar, 941 Spruce Street
Cost:Pay as you go

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Beer and Boats Party on the Schuylkill River

Take a break from the bar and celebrate Philly Beer Week on the Schuylkill River at beautiful Bartram's Garden. A $15 ticket scores attendees their first beer and a boat or kayak excursion out onto the Schuylkill River. Yup, all instruction and equipment is provided and kiddos boat for free with a parent or guardian! Breweries include Evil Genius, Dock Street, Quaker City Malting Co., Cartesian Brewing. and Highway Manor Brewing Co.

Beer and Boats Party on the Schuylkill River

When:Thursday, June 8, 4-8 p.m.
Where:Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Cost:$15, general admission; $10, Bartram’s Garden members

Shakedown Street Beer Festival

Now in its fourth year, Shakedown Street Beer Festival spreads the Beer Week love during this afternoon-long music event and beer fest at City Tap House University City. Splintered Sunlight, a Grateful Dead tribute band, headlines the music lineup and brews from Sierra Nevada, Terrapin , Fat Heads and more celebrate jam band culture.

Shakedown Street Beer Festival

When:Saturday, June 10, 1-6 p.m.
Where:City Tap House University City, 3925 Walnut Street
Cost:Free; Pay as you go food and drinks

Fishtown FestivAle

Beer festival alert! The restaurants of Frankford Avenue in Fishtown — including Johnny Brenda's, Frankford Hall and Fette Sau — team up to bring beer lovers the annual Fishtown FestivALE, an outdoor day-long beer carnival and block party with cold brews, fine food, live music and more.

Fishtown FestivAle

When:Saturday, June 10, noon-10 p.m.
Where:Johnny Brenda's, Frankford Hall, Fette Sau and more Frankford Avenue bars, Frankford and Girard avenues
Cost:Free admission; Pay as you go

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