Well, summer’s officially over. No more Mister Softee, no more concerts at Penn’s Landing and no more sunny drives down the Jersey shore. What’s the opposite of a fist pump? Because that’s how upset I am that we’re staring down the long road to another Philly winter. Despite the brisk fall weather, Bloktoberfest is sure to get you out and about before you turn in for hibernation.
Bloktoberfest is Philly’s annual all-ages fall festival celebrating craftbrews from around the country, along with some of Philly’s favorite food trucks and local, nationally-recognized bands. This year’s fest will take place this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. on Christian St. between 20th and 21st sts. Proceeds will benefit the historic Shiloh Baptist Church at 2040 Christian St.
Though entry is free, history buffs and beer enthusiasts alike will want to purchase a beer pass that will get them three drink tickets and a Blocktoberfest beer stein. If a three-drink minimum makes you nervous, fear not, lushes! Extra drink tickets are $4 each at the festival.
And the folks behind Bloktoberfest promise you each drink ticket ensures 12 full ounces of beer, “not those wimpy little ‘tasting’ pours,” according to their website (bloktoberfestphilly.com), so you’ll be getting your money’s worth. You can purchase tickets before the fest online or at the Beauty Shop Cafe (20th and Fitzwater sts) and Sidecar Bar and Grille (22nd and Christian sts).
Bloktoberfest’s beer line-up is brought to you by 11 breweries showcasing various seasonal beers. Though the official list of the 33 beers on-tap for the fest won’t be released until a few days prior to the event to ensure ultimate freshness, we’ve scoped out the participating breweries to help you plot your day of 12-ounce curling.
Bell’s Brewery Inc.
Home-base: Kalamazoo, Mich.
Awards: 2008 World Beer Cup Gold Award for Bell’s Porter (Brown Porter Category).
Seasonal beers of note: Octoberfest Beer, Hell Hath No Fury ... Ale.
Home-base: Long Island, N.Y.
Awards: 2006 World Beer Cup Gold Award for their Toasted Lager (American-Style Amber Lager Category).
Seasonal beers of note: Octoberfest amber lager, Oatmeal Stout.
Doc’s Draft Hard Ciders, Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Home-base: Warwick, N.Y.
Brands: Apple, Pear and Raspberry hard ciders.
Fun fact: All ciders are 100 percent gluten-free.
Dock Street Brewing Co.
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