PW's Picks for Philly Beer Week

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Summon your Dutch courage, strap on your running shoes and enter the 4th Annual Dock Street to Dock Street Philly Beer Run. Runners will gather at Society Hill at 11:30 a.m. to embark on a course that will lead them from Dock Street in Old City, to the so-named Dock Street Brewing Company in West Philadelphia. Along the way, participants will look for clues for a chance to win prizes. The pack will arrive at Dock Street Pub just in time for the kick off of Dock Street’s 3rd Annual Music Festival. (Tamara deMent)

Sun., June 12, 11:30am-1:30pm. Free. Dock Street Brewing Co., 701 S. 50th St. 215.726.2337.

Yards Beer Dinner

 Most of the year, when one thinks of Amis’s delicately mastered Roman comfort food, wine is the drink that comes to mind to temper the ensuing salivation. But this is Beer Week, and the maestros at Amis thought of Yards. This is not a stretch for the imagination. Yards beers seem placed at the fore of many local chefs’ brains when it comes to developing recipes. Finding a Yards beer listed among the descriptive ingredients of a dish is a steady occurrence on many area menus. These brews have a secure place on the dinner table, in a dish or next to it. Chef Brad Spence has cultivated a dinner paired with brewmaster Tom Kehoe’s finest. Both the brewer and the chef have such a dedication to straightforward ingredients and classic technique that their resulting artistry is disarming. The results are hypnotically delicious, enough to keep the wine in the cellar for a bit longer. (M.H.)

Mon., June 6, 6-9pm. $85. Amis, 412 S. 13th St. 215.732.2647.

Iron Chef/Craft Brewer’s Dinner Series: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Dominant renegades in their respective gustatory arenas, Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and Chifa’s Jose Garces are kindred spirits. Both known to smartly play the wild card to finesse taste profiles for a recipe, they imagine concoctions of seemingly incongruous origins—for Chifa it’s Peruvian and Cantonese cuisines, for Dogfish Head it’s beer with intercontinental ingredients and fistfuls of spices—and actualize these as delicious, balanced creations that beguile the synapses when devoured. Their instincts are spot-on; their highly personalized crafts have devoted followings. A specially-paired beer dinner from this duo makes perfect sense. It is the second Dogfish Head Beer dinner held at Chifa, with 120 Minute IPA 2007 and Theobroma 2009 included among the selected brews. Given the breadth of key ingredients the anticipated tastes offered from the four courses are tricky to predict. Deliciousness is assumed, but the complimenting flavors are bound to elevate the dinner to something wholly unexpected. (M.H.)

Wed., June 8, 7:30-10:30pm. $65. Chifa, 707 Chestnut St. 215.925.5555.

Russian River Sunday

Since 2009, many courageous men and women have attempted to brave the monstrous, stormy sea of Local 44’s Russian River Sunday. Several have perished. Last year I was pulled under by the fierce current, and well before noon my body was found floating along 44th Street. Made especially for last year’s event, it was the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based brewery’s Registration Ale—a smooth, citrusy, transgenerational IPA combining RR’s celebrated Pliny the Younger and the Elder—that did many of us in. This year there are at least eight taps to choose from, so prepare to get dizzy and ecstatic with the ecclesiastically titled Supplication, Consecration, Sanctification, Redemption, Salvation, and Damnation brews. They’ll also be pouring the special Sierra Nevada Exportation, which has been soaking in pinot noir barrels at RRHQ for a year. Bring a floatation device. (E.S.)

Sun., June 12, 11am. Local 44, 4333 Spruce St. 215.222.2337.

Breckenridge Meet the Brewer

 Breckenridge, Colo.’s Richard Squire began brewing as a hobby, but his beers were so damn good he opened the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub in 1990. They’ve since started three breweries and an additional pub in downtown Denver. They’re currently pushing 10 quality beers, including the nectary Agave Wheat, the mad hoppy Lucky U IPA, and the smooth but powerful Summerbright Ale. They're also known for the small batch 471 Series, which includes the aggressively hoppy 471 IPA (Beware: it’s 9.2 percent) and the chocolate and coffee-hinted Porter Porter. Breckenridge brewer John Jordan will be at TIME early this evening for a tasting of an undisclosed beer, and then he’ll be next door at Bar sipping on a boss selection of Breckenridge cans. (E.S.)

Sat., June 11, 6-8pm. TIME, 1315 Sansom St. 215.985.4800.

Philadelphia Brewing Company Bar Olympics

Known as the “group therapy bar,” 12 Steps Down is the perfect place for people to group together and play against one another in a drunken twist on the Olympics. There will be two teams—the 12 Steps Down employees vs. the employees of the Philadelphia Brewing Company—but anyone can join in on whichever team they want. There’s no signing up or cost to participate. As of right now, the beer olympics will consist of pool, darts, pin the tail on the donkey, and arm wrestling. More games may be added, though, so make sure you practice your o favorite beer-induced games just in case. If you’re there just to watch, drafts of locally-brewed beers will be $3 during the games. (Brenda Hillegas)

Mon., June 6, 7-10pm. Pay as you go. 12 Steps Down, 831 Christian St.

Zythos America Belgian Beer Festival

Showcasing more than 75 top-quality Belgian and Belgian-inspired beers, this tasting event is a must for any beer aficionado. While offering only the creme de la creme of Belgian beers, Zythos America features a range of different vendors, from big names like Chimay to the smallest of microbreweries abroad. Tickets are limited to 600 to ensure enough space for attendees to eat, lounge, roam and of course, sample the panoply of authentic beers. Brewers will be standing by to answer any questions you may have. (Tamara deMent)

Sat., June 11, noon-3pm. $60. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St.

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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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