PW's Picks for Philly Beer Week

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Fri., June 10, 4-6pm. Free. Bell Beverage, 2809 S. Front St. 215.468.0222. bellbeverage.com

Pints & Pin-ups Block Party

 Do you fantasize about being dolled up as a 1940s pinup model and ogled by hundreds of drunk dudes? Well then, good news—Varga Bar is once again looking for 12 sassy Philly ladies to grace their 2012 Varga Girl Calendar. To kick off their search, they’ll be shutting down 10th Street for a fun-filled block-party. In addition to live music, outdoor grilling, hotdog and wing-eating contests, a dunk tank, water balloons and a variety of other games, there will be 22 different craft draughts for you to sample. Ladies, if you think you’ve got the T&A it takes to be a Varga Girl, come in your sassiest pinup attire and get your picture taken. Should you want to load up on booze and food without the constraints of a corset, that’s OK, too. You can just submit your photos later when you’re not bloated and drunk. (N.F.)

Sat., June 4, 11:30am-5pm. Pay as you go. Varga Bar, 941 Spruce St. 215.627.5200. vargabar.com

Vegan Food and Beer Dinner

Oh, how far we vegans have come! Just a few years ago, we had to gnaw lettuce and suffer self-induced panic attacks wondering whether or not our beers had been filtered through horse intestines or included shark cartilage. Tonight’s vegan beer dinner at Memphis Taproom is a good sign that those days are slowly coming to an end. The Kensington gastropub’s already home to some of the best vegan pub grub in the city—I’m looking at you, vegan chicken-fried portobello sandwich. Tonight Executive Chef Jesse Kimball will present a special four-course menu and each course will be paired with a unique vegan craft beer. Here’s what the dishes look like: Truffled Puy Lentils, Braised Carrot, Shitake and Leek Dumpling, and Brown Shugga’ Poached Figs. There are also rumors circulating of a vegan cheese plate. Note: Not only can non-vegans eat vegan sometimes, but it’s highly recommended. (E.S.)

Thurs., June 9, 6-9pm. $70. Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St. 215.425.4460. memphistaproom.com.

Vintage Beer Brunch

 That bright and hoppy little IPA you downed last night may turn out to be a stronger, complexly nuanced stunner a few years down the line, having grown and settled in surprising ways. The strange alchemy of time’s passage is a reward to those with appreciative palates and vintage beers have loyal admirers. What tastes crisp and citrusy this year can grow denser, funkier and richer after spending a few patient years tucked away. These are more adult, more complicated beers than their youthful counterparts. Memphis Taproom dives deep into their cellar to bring out some prized specimen. The five-course vintage beer brunch starts the day off with purpose, pairing aged brews with hearty breakfast foods. It’s a terrific opportunity to revisit or reconsider some infatuations with beloved—or even passed over—beers. The second time around it’s serious, with a bittersweet finish. (Micaela Hester)

Sun., June 5, noon-3pm. $65; must be purchased in advance. Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St. 215.425.4460. memphistaproom.com

RockTits with Anderson Valley Brewing and Philebrity Guest DJ Joey Sweeney

Join local musician turned blogger Joey Sweeney of Philebrity for the P.O.P.E.’s weekly edition of RockTits, the vinyl-only DJ night that’s amassed a loyal following of flannel-wearing, pant-less hipsters over the last three years. Aside from guest DJ Sweeney, also upping the ante on this week’s installment of RockTits are special guests from Anderson Valley Brewing: owner Trey White and head brewer Fal Allen. These beermeisters are traveling from Cali to Philly for the first time and are bringing some rare suds like Wee Geech Spiced Pale Ale, Boontlinger Weiss Ale and Rude Eye Hoppy Red Ale brewed with real Redwood chips. Real Redwood chips! Now the flannel seems more appropriate. (Cristina Perachio)

Wed., June 8, 7pm-1am. Pay as you go. The Pub on Passyunk East, 1501 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.755.5125. pubonpassyunkeast.com

Passyunk Avenue East Day of Craft Beer

The streets of Passyunk Avenue East will transform into a craft beer mardi gras today. Take advantage and wander up and down the street for a full day of entertainment, beer and food. Make sure you stop by the delicious trattoria that is Le Virtù for some specialty, award-winning grilled foods and some killer craft beers. Sip from the bounty provided by River Horse Brewing Company, Saranac, Tröegs and Victory, all while taking in some street entertainment provided by drunken South Philly people. (A.B.)

Sun., June 5, 1-4pm. Pay as you go; Le Virtu, 1927 E. Passyunk Ave. levirtu.com

The Bull Strikes Back

For the second year, Philly’s authentic Texas-style barbecue joint is breaking out its mechanical bull for an evening of authentic Texan-style fun. While many brave souls are sure to straddle the bull, they’ll have to stay on for a full eight seconds while being heckled by the master of ceremonies if they want to earn themselves a prize. Since you wouldn’t want to ride on an empty stomach, the restaurant will be offering their normal menu of smoked and dry-rubbed meats with all the fixins as well as some BBQ specials from Chef Erin O’Shea. You can wet your whistle with an array of local drafts including brews from Victory, Yards and Dock Street. Or, should you prefer to drink like they do in the South, you can peruse their impressive selection of whiskey and bourbon. Whatever you do, just remember to leave the stupid cowboy hat at home. (N.F.)

Tues., June 7, 7-11pm. Pay as you go. Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South St. 215.625.8510. percystreet.com

Dock Street to Dock Street Philly Beer Week Run

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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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