Philly Beer Week sampling

Our picks for the Philly Beer Week events you should definitely check out. | Photo courtesy: Dayna Hemminger

Opening Tap

Philly Beer Week’s signature kickoff event. There will be beer and cider tastings from dozens of local breweries, as well as live music and food. Upgrade to the VIP pass to get access to the venue’s private balcony and private tastings.  | $46 - $92. The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen Str. Thursday, June 1 from 7 – 10 p.m.


Opening Night Afterparty

The official, unofficial afterparty to kick off Philly Beer Week will be happening at Garage Fishtown, just a few blocks from the official-official kickoff event at the Fillmore. There are promises of “rare and delicious offerings.” All your friends will probably be there. | Pay as you go. Garage Fishtown, 100 E. Girard Ave. Thursday, June 1 from 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Midnight Mischief

Kick off Philly Beer Week with a glass of Maudite at Devil’s Den, where Canadian beermaker Unibroue will be serving up food and drink specials. The party starts at midnight. | Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St. Thursday, June 1 from midnight – 2 a.m.

“Oooh Baby, I Like it Raw”

This interestingly titled event is an alternative to those who are in the area of the Fillmore but don’t feel like shelling out the steep entrance fees. Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. will be taking over Heritage in Northern Liberties, alongside Strawberry Mansion DJs spinning hip hop into the night. | Free. Heritage, 914 N. 2nd St. Thursday, June 1 from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.

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Hammer Time

The Hammer of Glory, or HOG, is the symbol of Philly Beer Week. The HOG Relay begins with Philly Beer Week’s kickoff on Thursday and continues well into Friday. It’s pretty much required that you witness the hammer at some point. Bonus points if you can take a HOG selfie.  | Free. Craftsman Row Saloon, 112 S. 8th St. Friday, June 2 at 4 p.m.

Philly Expats

Johnny Brenda’s will be celebrating three brewers who helped put Philly on the map as a beer destination. These OGs of the local beer scene return to Philly from their far-flung corners of the country for a special thank you party. | Free. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave. Friday, June 2 from 6 – 10 p.m.

German Night

German beer from Weihenstephaner, pork schnitzel, sauerkraut and more…at a Mexican joint in Northern Liberties. Don’t ask us how that makes sense. But it promises to be “one of the biggest parties of Beer Week.” | Free. El Camino Real, 1040 N. 2nd St. Friday, June 2 from 2 – 10 p.m.

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The Art of Beer

Fascinated by the aesthetics of beer, from color-changing cans to edgy ink drawings? Hit up Frankford Hall to celebrate the artwork and artists who help package the products, with special guests from Troegs, Neshaminy Creek and more. | $20. Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave. Thursday, June 6 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Beer and Boats

If you’re looking for the most outdoorsy event of Philly Beer Week, look no further than Bartram’s Garden. Taste local brews, take a kayak or rowboat out on the Schuylkill and soak up the sun. | $15. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Thursday, June 8 from 4 – 8 p.m.

Into the Labeeratory

Do you dream of homebrewing? Or maybe you just love beer and long to learn more about the process? Either way, “The Beer Lab” interactive workshop at the Franklin Institute will show you basics of how to get beer out of water, hops, barley, yeast and carbonate. | $30 (includes unlimited samples). The Franklin Institute, 220 N. 20th St. Wednesday, June 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Tailgate Olympics

A giant beer pong table, a giant Jenga game, ladder golf, and plenty of food. What more could you want? Watch local breweries (Yard’s, Evil Genius, et al.) compete in a tournament to determine the greatest tailgater of them all. | Pay as you go. Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St. Saturday, June 10 from noon – 6 p.m.

Beer Can Takeover

Mikeller Label and Can Artist Keith Shore will be taking over Memphis Taproom. Enjoy draft and cans from Mikeller and maybe even score one of Shore’s commemorative prints. For moderate to serious beerheads only. | Pay as you go. Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland St. Friday, June 9 from 4:20 – 7:21 p.m.

Locals Only

Yes, because it’s Philly, there’s definitely an event called “Locals Only.” But you don’t need your born-and-raised-in-Philly ID card to get in. The night is about celebrating some rising local stars such as Tired Hands and Crime + Punishment and others. | Pay as you go. Local 44, 4333 Spruce St. Wednesday, June 7 from 5 p.m. – midnight.

There “Gose” The Neighborhood

Gose is a top-fermented beer from Goslar, Germany. It’s pretty intense, and a must try. So hit up Anderson Valley and Coppertail who will be pouring “nothing by the finest Goses” toward the end of Beer Week. | Free. Jose Pistola’s, 263 S. 15th St. Thursday, June 8 from 7 – 10 p.m.


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