PW's Picks for Philly Beer Week

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Left-Handed Arm Wrestling Tournament

Finally, drunks and meatheads alike have a chance to come together and put their beer muscles to good use. Their biggest challenge in becoming South Philly’s next arm-wrestling champion: they’ll have to do it with their left hand. Dan Conway, the East Coast sales rep for Left Hand Brewing Co. (aka. “Left-Hand Dan”) will be the emcee and referee of the competition. In preparation for their match-ups, contestants can knock back a few of Left Hand’s favorite brews as well as rarities like Week Sauce and TNT Weizenbock. Of course, should you be a natural lefty, you’re going to have an unfair advantage. But considering the advantage righties have when it comes to using most appliances and devices, perhaps you deserve it. The winner will walk away with some Left Hand merch and beer, a South Philadelphia Tap Room gift certificate and best of all, bragging rights. (Nicole Finkbiner)

Sat., June 4, 7-10pm. Pay as you go. South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin St. 215.271.7787. southphiladelphiataproom.com

Iron Hill Eight-Course Beer Dinner

Good Dog’s Chef Jessica O'Donnell will pair the signature beer from eight different Iron Hill brewers with a creation of her own at this eight-course beer dinner. The four-hour event will feature favorite selections by the head brewers like the Saison paired with a soup starter of coconut and carrots, the Bourbon Aged Russian Imperial Stout paired with truffled mini beer wellington and the Berlin Weiss paired with a delightful cheese plate of goat cheese aged with a house-made raspberry rhubarb mostarda. Each brewer will discuss their prized brew before pouring and Good Dog will be closed to the public during the dinner to ensure maximum, uninterrupted beer-pairing joy. (Abigail Bruley)

Sun., June 5. 6-10pm. $100.. Good Dog, 224 S. 15th St. 215.985.9600. gooddogbar.com

Extreme Homebrew Challenge

 There’s no telling what insane creations will be unveiled during the “Extreme Homebrew Challenge,” but be certain of one thing: You’re in for some completely original, ballsy brews. The challenge will pit George Hummel, author of The Complete Homebrew Beer Book , alongside Home Sweet Homebrew’s Nancy Rigberg and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione in a juried competition sure to knock the socks off any fan of homemade beer. The judges will have a chance to rate some crazy beer creations made by a slate of Philly homebrewers. In addition to the competition, and in the spirit of full camaraderie, the gang at Jose Pistola’s will offer up commercial beers from brewers who got their careers started at home. (Jon Campisi)

Mon., June 6, 7-10pm. $15. Jose Pistola’s, 263 S. 15th St. 215.545.4101. josepistolas.com

Collaboration Beer Brunch

Finally, there’s more to the combo breakfast-lunch than the mimosa or Bloody Mary. And finally, someone is taking the idea of kegs and eggs to the next level, and not in a disgusting frat-boy way. This is a beer brunch, people, and it’s at Standard Tap no less, the hippest tavern in all of NoLibs. It’ll feature a special Saison collaborative beer with Belgium roots. And then there’s the pilsner brewed by Standard Tap’s owner, William Reed, and the folks from Sly Fox. Plus, PBW’s own Don Russell will drop by to chat and offer up samples of the beers he brewed alongside the brewmasters from Sierra Nevada in California. As for the food, well, there’ll definitely be eggs. But we’ll leave the rest up to your hungover imagination. (J.C.)

Sat., June 11, 11am-3pm. Pay as you go. Standard Tap, 901 N. Second St. standardtap.com

Pennsylvania vs. California

In the spirit of a little friendly East-West competitiveness, PBW offers up a little us-versus-them event. The Keystone State’s Weyerbacher Brewing Co. teams up with Yards Brewing Co.—that riverward staple on Delaware Avenue—to take on California’s Stone & Sierra Nevada. Of course, select brews will be available for tasting. And while one hand will be busy holding a drink, the other could easily be engaged in a fierce Wii bowling competition. If you win, you get a free case of beer made up of the four microbrews in the competition. (J.C.)

Fri., June 10, 2-8pm. Pay as you go. The Institute, 549 N. 12th St. institutebar.com

International Great Beer Expo

It’s once again time for our proud, beer-drinking city to open its gates to the rest of the world to show us what they’ve got. The International Great Beer Expo invades the massive Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at the Naval Yard, with breweries from every corner of the globe setting up shop for two separate sessions. Admission gets you a souvenir tasting glass, allowing you to sample German hefeweizens, Belgian whites, English ales and imports from Ireland, France, Scotland, Japan, Poland and the Netherlands. In addition, some of the finest domestic breweries will be pouring, should you crave a decent dose of homegrown hops. Semi-local brews like Manayunk, River Horse (Lamerbertville, N.J.) and Prism (North Wales) will also be on tap. We recommend taking the complimentary shuttle buses between AT&T Station and the Naval Yard, as you’ll probably have sampled your way into inebriation. (Kevin Brosky)

Sat., June 4, 12:30-4pm and 5:30-9pm. $45-$60. Philadelphia Naval Yard,5100 S. Broad St. greatbeerexpo.com/philly

The Beers of Philly Beer Week with Joe Sixpack

There will be hundreds of high caliber, high falutin’ and delicious beers pouring around Philly this week. Given financial and spatiotemporal constraints, there’s no way you’ll be able to suck them all down unless you can figure out how to be 10 places at once and are already sleeping with multiple bartenders who’ll give you free pours. Hat’s off to those who qualify, but for the rest of us, today’s event at Bell Beverage is the best bet if you want to swill some of the finest beers Beer Week has to offer. Local beer connoisseur Joe Sixpack will be holding down the local distributor this afternoon to showcase products from nine killer breweries. On deck will be selections from Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Philadelphia Brewing Co., River Horse, Stoudt’s, Tröegs, Victory, Weyerbacher and Yards. (Elliot Sharp)

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1. pete said... on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:05PM

“I wish alcohol was good enough by itself.

Some of us need 2 or 3 substances to
compliment a night or day of beer drinking.

Some people can't drink anymore because
they won't make it past the 3rd beer without
jonesing for drugs.

Oh well.

I hope everyone has fun.


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2. Drew said... on Jun 3, 2011 at 11:20AM

“You're bumming me out, Pete.”

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