35 things to do in Philly Beer Week's first five days

By Michael Brady
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Over the course of a week that somehow lasts 10 days, close to 250 venues across the Philadelphia region will host a thousand brew-related happenings. How do you choose? Here are three dozen unique options to start with. (Don’t worry—we’ll be back next issue with more.)

Thurs., May 30 (pre-launch)

Lex Luthor Beer Release
Grease your lips with specially seasoned chicken wings as you indulge Iron Hill’s latest beer release, Lex Luthor IPA. 5pm. Pay as you go. Iron Hill Brewery, 8400 Germantown Ave. 215.948.5600. ironhillbrewery.com

Duck Rabbit: Dinner, Beer and a Movie
Dark beer enthusiasts will match their porters and stouts to the absurdity of Looney Tunes. Watch Daffy fail miserable as you eat his metaphorical (and delicious) corpse. 7pm. Pay as you go. Old Eagle Tavern, 177 Markle St. 215.483.5535. oldeagletavern.com

Fri., May 31

Hammer of Glory Relay with the Philly Roller Girls
The glorious journey of the Hammer of Glory begins at Hop Angel with women on roller skates. Watch them zigzag their way to Grey Lodge, 4.5 miles away, indefatigable HOG in tow. 9:30am. Pay as you go. Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Ave. 215.437.1939. hopangelbrauhaus.blogspot.com

Samuel Adams Ice Cream Social
Mix the large and accessible Sam Adams lineup with delicious gelato from Capogiro. Nine beers and three types of gelato await your insatiable palate. 4pm. Pay as you go. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. 215.662.0105. citytaphouse.com

Brotherly Suds
For once, it’s a good thing to be from Jersey. If you have an out-of-state ID, you can get one of their many craft beers on tap for $3. 5pm. Pay as you go. The Irish Pol, 45 S. Third St. 267.761.9532. theirishpol.com

Beer & Cheese with DiBruno’s & House of Cheese Book Signing
Head cheese monger Emilio Mignucci will be matching up beautiful and delicious cheeses with beers on tap while discussing his love and knowledge of cheese. 6pm. Pay as you go. Village Belle, 757 S. Front St. 215.551.2200. thevillagebelle.com

Opening Tap 2013
The exalted Hammer of Glory has finally found its home. Mayor Nutter will smash open the first official keg of the week and then we drink until the belches are long and the hiccups are frequent. 7pm. $45. Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market sts. phillybeerweek.com

Strange Brew Screening
Watch the ‘delicately’ aged ‘80s comedy Strange Brew while eating a bunch of snacks. Any chance to watch Rick Moranis parade around—acting as Canadian as possible—in search of free beer should be taken. 8pm. Free. Malt House Ltd., 7101 Emlen St. 215.242.1700. malthouseltd.com

Post Opening Party
Honky tonk rock and bluegrass from John Train will serve as your lullaby as you gulp down Fergie’s nice collection of Sly Fox brews until you fall asleep on the bar. 10:30pm. Pay as you go. Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St. 215.928.8118. fergies.com

Sat., June 1

4th Annual Fruit Beer Event
Get your daily dose of vitamin C via the tangy selection of lambics, ciders and sours available at the Institute Bar. 11am. Pay as you go. The Institute Bar, 549 N. 12th St. 267.318.7772. institutebar.com

Pennsylvania Brewer’s Block Party
Three Pennsylvania breweries come together to host a block party featuring a number of carnival games and, of course, beer. Noon. Pay as you go. Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant, 120 Market St. 215.925.7691. philadelphiabarandrestaurant.com

Weiss is Right
Test your sudsy knowledge, bid on fancy craft beers and play carnival games for prizes. 1pm. $10. The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St. 215.222.1234. theblockley.com

International Great Beer Expo
Enter the Naval Yard and just weep. More than 50 brewers from around the world are available to an obviously thirsty public. 1:30pm. $46. Naval Yard, 4747 S. Broad St. greatbeerexpo.com/philly

Take It In The Can!! A Celebration of Canned Craft Beers!
Some damn good brewers have started to sell their beers in cans, which has finally started to become a thing. Doobies Bar has brought a bunch of them together. Now you can feel dignified when you crush the beer can on your forehead. 3pm. Pay as you go. Doobies Bar, 2201 Lombard St. 215.546.0316.

Superheroes vs. Supervillains with Bella Vista Beer Distributor
Mix your love for comics and good beer at this costume contest. Wear your favorite superhero or supervillain outfit for prizes. 7pm. Pay as you go. Prohibition Taproom, 501 N. 13th St. 215.238.1818. theprohibitiontaproom.com

4th Annual Broads, Brews & Queens
Celebrate the female presence in the beer industry by partaking in the beverages they have had a hand in creating. 9pm. Pay as you go. Smokin’ Betty’s, 116. S. 11th St. 215.922.6500. smokinbettys.com

Sun., June 2

Craft Beer Day on East Passyunk
The bars and restaurants on East Passyunk want you to create a personal pub crawl, using their stores as pit stops on your way to craft beer oblivion. Various Times. Pay as you go. 1904 E. Passyunk Ave.

6th Annual Coffee Beer Brunch
Coffee stouts and a specially designed brunch menu by the folks at Eulogy are all you need to recover from the rowdy start of Philly Beer Week. 11am. Pay as you go. Eulogy Tavern, 136 Chestnut St. 215.413.1918. eulogybar.com

2nd Annual DAY of GAMES w/ Johnny Goodtimes
Beer-based games meant to embarrass and make you feel bloated are hiding out at the City Tap House. If you wish to participate, bring three foolish/brave companions and make sure to dress with a theme in mind. 1pm. Pay as you go. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. 215.662.0105. citytaphouse.com

Bike to Saint Benjamin Brewery
Dress in colonial clothing and bike to the future site of the Saint Benjamin Brewing Company in Kensington. Along the way, get schooled on the history of brewing in Philadelphia. And of course there will be beer samples, silly. 3pm. Free. Franklin Court, 314. Market St. stbenjaminbrewing.com

Christian DeBenedetti Book Dinner
Papa Vetri will be doling out drool-worthy courses at this food and beer pairing event. 5pm. $45. Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon St. 215.600.0017. allaspinaphilly.com  

Mon., June 3

Spend $10, Get $25 Match Play!
Eat some food and manage to gamble away more money than you thought you could at the SugarHouse Casino. Eat $10 worth of food and the lovely folks at the casino will offer you a $25 match play. 11am. $10. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. sugarhousecasino.com

Philly on Tap Pub Tour
Visit three popular bars in Philly during happy hour while drinking a beer at each stop. The tour guide will discuss the history of beer in Philadelphia as well as the beer-making process. 5pm. $35. Clothes Pin Sculpture, 1501 Market St. 215.280.3746. philadelphiaurbanadventures.com

Philadelphia Premiere of Beer Hunter the Movie
Michael Jackson (not that one) was one of the most influential voices in regards to beer and whisky in the world. A documentary about his life and work will premier in Philly at Dock Street Brewery. Cost of admission includes two beers and a whisky toast. 7pm. $15. Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th St. dockstreetbeer.com

Ancient Beers with Dr. Patrick McGovern
Yes, even the people who didn’t wear pants or have Google were better at making alcohol than you. Dr. Patrick McGovern will discuss the research he put in to the DogFish Head’s ancient ales collection. Philly Homebrew will be giving out samples of said beer after McGovern’s lecture. 7pm. $15. Christ Church Burial Ground, Fifth and Arch sts. christchurchphila.org

High Gravity & Face Melting ‘80s Karaoke
The beer being supplied tonight will make you sweat just through alcohol content alone. Apply the mascara thickly if you are heading to the Cambridge for this ‘80s karaoke showdown. 8pm. Pay as you go. The Cambridge, 1508 South St. 215.455.0647. cambridgeonsouth.com

Varga’s Pinup Prom featuring Allagash and New Holland
You don’t have to hide the alcohol on your breath from teachers this time. Varga Bar is hosting a prom with limo service for groups of eight or more and complimentary corsages and boutonnieres to folks rocking the high school formal dance look. 10pm. Pay as you go. Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St. 215.627.5200. vargabar.com

Tues., June 4

5K Run with Adam Avery
Exercise with Adam Avery of Avery Brewing by running a 5K through South Philly and then immediately negate any work you did by drinking some of his beers and eating the great fried food at Hawthorne’s. 11am. Pay as you go. Hawthorne’s Cafe, 738 S. 11th St. 215.627.3012. hawthornecafe.com

Bier und Klassike Rock
The people at Neshaminy Creek Brewing not only make good beer, but they can rock with the best of them as well. Members of the brewery will take to the stage to show off their chops as well as people off the street. 8pm. Pay as you go. Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South St. 267.909.8814. brauhausschmitz.com

Southern Tier & Cupcakes
This event doesn’t need much of an introduction. Beers from Southern tier are paired with cupcakes from Sweet Elizabeth’s. And then you eat them. It will be the best thing you did all day. 8pm. Pay as you go. Lucky’s Last Chance, 4421 Main St. 215.509.6005. luckyslastchance.com

Dank Dark Beers & Jazz Trio
A great collection of cellared, dark beers will be unveiled and drank in dim lighting as cool, fancypants jazz trickles around the bar. 9:30pm. Pay as you go. 1508 South St. 215.455.0647. cambridgeonsouth.com

Wed., June 5

Crafting A Nation Movie Premier
Be a part of the narrative when you drink a craft beer while watching a documentary about craft beer. 5pm. $15. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. undergroundarts.org

Browse & Brews
Books and beer don’t always go together, and the Free Library of Philadelphia is wondering, why not? Sample local brews with specialized appetizer pairings with George Hummel and Nancy Rigberg of Home Sweet Homebrew and beer historian and author Rich Wagner. Proceeds will support the library. 6pm. $30. Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. freelibrary.org

American Cancer Society Beer & Coffee Triangulation Competition
It’s like the Pepsi challenge, but with beer. Competitors will be asked to try three cups of beer, two being the same and one being different. Identify the different beer first and win a prize! Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. 6pm. $10. Mugshots Coffeehouse, 2831 Girard Ave. mugshotscoffeehouse.com

Philly Beer Week: Beer Tasting 101
All this talk of beer can be confusing, especially if you’ve been drinking all of it. Learn the basics at this one-hour overview of beer components and production. 7pm. $19. Pinot Boutique, 277 Market St. pinotboutique.com

New Holland Presents Olde City Sideshow
Get weird in more ways that one. Join New Holland Brewing Co. and Olde City Sideshow for a night of contortionism, insectivore acts, sword swallowing and more. 8pm. Pay as you go. Pub on Passyunk East (POPE), 501 E. Passyunk Ave. pubonpassyunkeast.com

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