WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4
Spring House Punk Party. 6pm. TIME Restaurant, Whiskey Bar & Tap Room, 1315 Sansom St. We’d never tasted Spring House’s beer before sampling it at Opening Tap last week, and we gotta tell you: Their chocolate peanut butter stout puts the bottled stuff you might’ve had to shame. Come try it yourself at this evening of local art and music.
Beer Cupcakes with Dia Doce and Victory Brewing. 5:30pm. Whole Foods Market, 821 Lancaster Ave., Wayne. We don’t usually send you out to the Main Line—or, you know, go there—but if anything could motivate us, it’s the beautiful two-word phrase “beer cupcakes.”
Brew Ha Ha. 8pm. Field House, 1150 Filbert St. It’s a simple concept: local comedians entertaining you while you drink local beer from Yards Brewing Company. Just don’t do a spittake on that girl’s shirt.
Lip Sync Contest with Southern Tier and Smuttynose. 10pm. Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St. Varga has a way with throwing bashes everyone gets a kick out of—last week’s pinup block party, for example—and tonight’s lip sync contest is no exception. Prepare your songs, warriors.
THURSDAY, JUNE 5
An Event 13.98 Billion Years in the Making. 11:30am. Grace Tavern, 2229 Grays Ferry Ave. Beers from all over the world—New Zealand, Norway, across Asia—come to roost in South Philly. Expect deep discussion; Grace Tavern’s a bar with an intellectual bent.
Throwback Thursday: Discount Vintage Beers. 4:30pm. Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon St. While you’re busy posting selfies from seven years ago, come out to North Broad and down an appropriately aged brew while you do it. Discounts up to 50 percent run all night long.
Beer vs. Wine Locavore Smackdown. 5pm. London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Ave. It is, of course, futile to argue about whether beer or wine is better. That will not stop a crowd of Fairmount Avenue drinkers from trying. Featured: Shawnee Craft Brewing and Karamoor Estate.
Some Guys You Don’t Know Wanna Be City Planner. 5pm. TIME Restaurant, Whiskey Bar & Tap Room, 1315 Sansom St. In the finest tradition of Philadelphia culture, you are hereby invited to join Weyerbacher Brewing for an evening of drinking beer and mouthing off about local politics.
FRIDAY, JUNE 6
School of Hops with Jim Koch. 4pm. Kite and Key, 1836 Callowhill St. It’s a Quizzo-type game in which players have to identify which beer they’re drinking. Some of these are tricky, though: Kosmic Motherfunk, Roggen Wolf, Third Voyage, Porch Rocker? Good luck.
A Bacon-Wrapped Happy Hour. 5pm. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. The folks at City Tap pair Lansdale’s Bespoke Bacon, wrapped around an assortment of delicacies, with English and Belgian ales from Yards. A portion of proceeds will support local farmers.
Ommegang Raw. 5pm. Pennsylvania 6, 114 S. 12th St. It’s a night of raw-bar glory curated by the food-and-beer mavens of Brewery Ommegang. In their words: “Expect dynamic crudos & ceviches, beautiful manicured seafood towers and rows and rows of fresh shucked oysters.”
Tapping Tandoor with Firestone Walker. 5pm. South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. Is there anything in the world better than Indian food? Yes: Indian food with good beer. Chef Scott Schroeder prepares a menu paired with ales from Firestone Walker.
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
Fishtown FestivALE. Noon. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave.; and Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. It’s the third year for this neighborhood brew fest that runs from noon to 8pm along Frankford Avenue between Girard and Shackamaxon. Face the dunk tank; get your photo taken with Philly Beer Week’s Hammer of Glory; and much more!
South Street Beer Garden Grand Opening. Noon. Jon’s Bar and Grille, 608 S. 3rd St. It’s Philly’s newest beer garden, and it plans to feature 20 canned craft beers—for $2 at this opening celebration—plus an assortment of specialty drafts.
Who the Hell Let Tom Into the Brewery? Noon. Monk’s Cafe, 264 S. 16th St. Enjoy exceptional beers, and equally exceptional anecdotes, served up by one of Monk’s mad genius Tom Peters. Try Allagash PNC Broken Elevator, Brouwerij DeMolen Rook & Leer, an assortment of Philly Beer Week/Belgian brewer collaborations and more.
Trolley Car Diner’s Annual Beer-B-Q. 2pm. Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave. Flying Fish, Lancaster Brewing and Manayunk Brewing are all on hand at the Trolley Car’s spectacular barbecue extravaganza, where a $5 wristband grants all-you-can-drink admission.
Lagunitas Hop Vape. 7pm. TIME Restaurant, Whiskey Bar & Tap Room, 1315 Sansom St. Well, this is a new one: TIME will be serving hops to smoke in your vaporizer, as well as the more traditional beer in a glass from Lagunitas.
Victory Presents: Birdie Busch & The Philly Opry. 8pm. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. Local musician Birdie Busch hosts a bluegrass night where the twang of banjos will be augmented by the tang of Victory brews including White Monkey and Spalt Pils.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8
Made in Philadelphia Sample Day. Noon. Philly Homebrew Outlet, 1447 N. American St. You read about them in last week’s PW—now come sample the DIY wares of these home-brewing gurus.
Dock Street PBW Free Music Fest. 4pm. Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th St. Check out a multi-genre lineup of great West Philly bands including Grandchildren, Gliss and the West Philadelphia Orchestra—and accompany the music with some wood-fired pizza and Pimp My Rye IPA.
Complete information at phillybeerweek.org.
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