Philly Beer Week is almost here! PBW is always a fun time in the city – a time to try your favorite brews with other people who love them just as much, expand your craft beer knowledge through sites like beerandwine.guide, so you’ll be able to have in-depth conversations with beer enthusiasts, and perhaps even check out some bearded brewers in the process, but that’s optional. There are hundreds of events happening from June 1st (this Friday!) to June 10th, but tbh, the Philly Loves Beer website is not the easiest to dig through. Lucky for you (seriously – this is more work than you’d think), I’ve scoured the site, read the event descriptions, and I’m here to share my top picks – whether you’re hanging with your buds, going on a date, or are looking for more of a family/pup appropriate event – I’ve got the best.
Before we jump in, I don’t want to forget Friday’s Opening Tap at the Fillmore (29 East Allen Street), where 60+ breweries will be sampling their brews over the sounds of Chill Moody. I went for the first time last year, and it’s such a fun event. Tickets start are $46 for GA and $66 for VIP (I’ve seen some 10% off codes floating around on Twitter) BUT… I am giving away two GA tickets over on my Instagram! If you’d like a bonus entry, pick your favorite event from the list below and head over to Instagram to see how to enter.
For you & your buds
It’s Time to Hula
Saturday 6/2, 2-8PM. Pay as you go.
Uptown Beer Garden (1735 JFK Boulevard)
Kick back and relax outside as we do our best to bring The Big Island to Center City, with a Hawaiian-inspired BBQ cookout, $5 drafts, and live music.
The Wild Brunch
Saturday 6/2, Sunday 6/3; Saturday 6/9, Sunday 6/10, 10AM-3PM. Pay as you go.
Cinder Copper & Lace (1500 Locust Street)
Full brunch service with an extra special lineup of fourteen sour and wild ales on draft. Each weekend will feature a different taplist, including Cascade, Russian River, Almanac, OEC Brewing, Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin, Anderson Valley, Captain Lawrence, Allagash, and many more.
Saturday 6/2, 12-5PM. Pay as you go.
Devil’s Den (1148 South 11th Street)
Join your favorite Local Brewery teams as they compete against you in the tailgate olympics. Bring your friends and try your hand at your favorite tailgate games (Baggo, Washers, Can Jam, Giant Beer Pong, Ladder Golf) against some of your favorite brewers. Teams Weyerbacher, Yards, 2SP, Evil Genius, Love City will be on hand slinging some great can and draft beers. Who will win the Gold?
Omme-Gash! It’s Alla-Gang! Tap Takeover
Monday, 6/4, 5PM-12AM. Pay as you go.
Good Dog Bar (224 South 15th Street)
Ommegang Brewing and Allagash Brewing are back together again with everyone’s favorite beer ladies of Philly!!! Megan Maguire and Suzy Woods will be here with a bunch of amazing beers! From Ommegang we’ll be pouring the Saison Rose, Pale Sour, Smoked Porter, and Fruition. From Allagash we’ll be pouring the Victor, Victoriam Pick Your Own, and the White.
Bad Dad Jokes Face Off
Wednesday, 6/6, 8-11PM. Pay as you go.
Devil’s Den (1148 South 11th Street)
It’s back for another year. Dad Joke Face Off. First One to Laugh Loses. Join Evolution Craft Brewing, Left Hand Brewing and Harpoon Brewery as they face off against each other, you and your friends in an epic joke telling battle. The rules are simple – the first to laugh loses.
Arctic Trash Can Release
Wednesday, 6/6, 7-10PM. Pay as you go.
Garage Fishtown (100 East Girard Avenue)
Come celebrate the release of ARCTIC TRASH: Litter Your Mind, Not the Streets, brewed especially for Garage! A Sour Ale brewed lactose, lemon and tea. Tastes like a Lemon Tea Cooler, and we just know you’re gonna love it! And there will be NOODS!. Neighborhood Ramen will be in da kitchen serving their coveted ramen dishes! Also tapping Evil Genius’s super limited Strawberry Lime IPA they brewed for just for Beer Week.
Late Night Pizza Party
Friday, 6/8, 10PM-2AM. Pay as you go.
Cinder Copper & Lace (1500 Locust Street)
Special $10 pies and $3 giant slices of Red, White, and Meat Lovers, with a hop lover’s draft lineup from our friends at Pizza Boy… and if you’re ready for it, a Redeye Double Espresso firkin of Sunnyside Up Double Coffee Stout. All Pizza Boy drafts $5 until close, and $4 shots of Fernet, which is really going to come in handy if you enjoy more than one tug off the firkin.
Pints and Poses with Grace and Glory
Sunday, 6/10, 10:30-11:30AM. Tickets: $22
Evil Genius Beer Company (1727 North Front Street)
Detox after all that beer with an all-levels yoga class from Grace and Glory. Your class ticket includes your first 16oz beer after class. Don’t forget your mat!
On a date
Saturday Morning Beer Class
Saturday, 6/2, 12-2PM. Tickets: $30. Reservations required.
Tria Taproom (2005 Walnut Street)
Led by our own Celso Garcia, a certified Cicerone, plus the head brewer and leadership team of Atlanta’s Monday Night Brewing. You’ll enjoy two flights of beers, plus thoughtful instruction on styles and brewing techniques, followed by your choice of brunch entree. Tax and gratuity are not included, and additional beers and Crowlers to go are available for purchase a la carte.
Cupcakes & Beer
Monday, 6/4, 6:30 & 7:30PM. Tickets: $20
Lucky’s Last Chance Queen Village (848 South 2nd Street)
We will proudly be serving flights of Terrapin Beer Co. beers paired with cupcakes, and a dessert, made specially for this event from Sweet Life Bakeshop on South Street. These amazing cupcakes featuring items like S’mores Cupcake, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcake, Pineapple Coconut Cupcake and Strawberry Caramel Banana Pudding, will be paired with Terrapins Cumulus Lupulus (New England Style IPA), Watermelon Gose , Chubby Bunny Aged on Woodford Rye Barrels (Imperial S’mores Milk Stout), Raspberry Truffle Wake n Bake (Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout).
Art on Beer
Wednesday, 6/6, 7-9:30PM. Tickets: $15
U-Bahn (1320 Chestnut Street)
Are these labels making you thirsty? Learn the story behind some of your favorite beer labels. Explore with us why the artists and the breweries make the decisions they do – be it an entire re-design, flavor series, or one-off, for the second installment of our Art on Beer moderated panel discussion. Not only does this ticket get you in on a super cool art & beer panel discussion, it includes $5 beers from all breweries represented on the panel (Cape May Brewery, Love City Brewery, True Hand Society, Modern Times Beer, Hop Hedz Gear, Kurant Cider) as well as, a specifically designed menu for the event!
Docked: A Chopped-Style Beer-Cocktail Competition
Wednesday, 6/6, 9-11PM. Tickets: $25
Prohibition Taproom (501 North 13th Street)
Four bartenders. Three rounds. One bartender eliminated each round based on YOUR VOTE. Each round will contain an undisclosed Lo-Fi aperitif and an undisclosed Dock Street brew, basic cocktail ingredient options, and a secret local fresh ingredient. Entrance includes voting rights, butlered snacks, and 2oz tastes of each cocktail. There will be canned dock street beer available for purchase for those wanting to drink in between rounds and a limited dinner menu for those choosing to sit at tables.
Beers with Ben
Thursday, 6/7, 5PM & 8PM. Tickets: Free, but you must reserve your spot.
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company (1710 North 5th Street)
Join Saint Benjamin Brewing and City Brew Tours for a one of a kind experience! For one night only, Benjamin Franklin himself will join us at the brewery and regale us with stories of Olde Philadelphia, and how beer played an integral part in shaping our fair city. Special flights will be available featuring a limited edition collaboration beer brewed with City Brew Tours. CBT will also be hosting in-depth guided tours of Saint Benjamin’s brewhouse, where guests will discover just what goes into making the perfect pint!
A Delco Story
Thursday, 6/7, 9-11PM. Tickets: $11.50
City Tap House Logan Square (2 Logan Square)
Delaware County, Delco, is a special place – the character and intensity of it’s populace is unlikely any other. For one night only, we’re partnering with our nearest and dearest Delco buds, Aston’s 2SP Brewing Co to offer a night of appreciation and, as pure as a St. Denis Fair, unadulterated joy. With the curation of our friends at Laugh On Philly, we’ve assembled the wittiest Prendy, O’Hara, & Bonner alums we could find, with a special appearance from Aunt Mary Pat. Enjoy an amazing selection of 2SP craft ales & lagers, while enjoying some classic Delco bites. Tickets include your first 2SP beer.
Pup + Kid Friendly
It’s A Family Affair
Saturday, 6/2, 11AM-7PM. Pay as you go.
Pistola’s Del Sur (1934 East Passyunk Avenue)
Pouring funky/sour beers for the adults and a mocktail list curated for the kids.
Dog Day Afternoon
Saturday, 6/2, 3-10PM. Pay as you go, but please bring a donatable dog-related item.
Pub on Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.) (1501 E Passyunk Avenue)
We are very happy to welcome Fat Head’s and Troeg’s to our 2nd Annual Dog Day Afternoon benefiting Morris Animal Refuge. We will be dog-friendly for the day, and will be accepting donatable dog-related items. We will have a ping-pong table set up for everyone to enjoy as they drink some great beers, and will be raffling off some great prizes all day long.
Sunday, 6/3, 3-5PM. Tickets: $22
Dock Street Brewery (701 S 50th Street)
Join BarkHappy Philadelphia at Dock Street Brewery in Cedar Park for an afternoon of brews and chews with your pooch! Enjoy an afternoon with fun games and giveaways (and doggie tattoos) to benefit PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society).
Pints for Paws
Monday, 6/4, 6-9PM. Pay as you go.
BAR (1309 Sansom Street)
Join us for some drinking with some Pups. We will have dogs at the BAR helping raise money for PAWS. Victory will be raffling off some sweet prizes. such as tshirts, hats, glassware, and maybe even some limited release beer. Righteous Felon will be selling locally made gourmet beer jerky along with some collaboration tees. $1 from every Victory sold this evening will be donated to PAWS as well as all the proceeds from both the raffle and the jerky.
Thursday, 6/7, 5-7PM. Pay as you go.
PHS Pop Up Garden (36th & Filbert Streets)
For this special Yappy Hour, Jose Pistola’s will donate $2.00 from each margarita purchased (in case you’re beered out at this point) to Morris Animal Refuge! While enjoying your drink, you can meet some of the shelter’s adoptable dogs.
Beer and Boats
Thursday, 6/7, 4-8PM. Tickets: $15
Bartram’s Garden (1727 North Front Street)
Celebrate in the great outdoors with local brews served at the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse on the Schuylkill River. Kayaks and rowboats available on a first-come, first-served basis; all instruction and equipment will be provided. Tickets include the cost of the first beer and a boat or kayak excursion out onto the Schuylkill River from our Community Boathouse. Kids boat free with a parent or guardian.
Saturday, 6/9. 12-8PM. Pay as you go.
Bottle Bar East (1308 Frankford Avenue)
Frankford Ave comes alive in the awesome Philly Beer Week event – the Fishtown Festivale! On this special day – through a great partnership agreement, blessing from our legal team, and dispensation from the pope, our friends at Bottle Bar East will be serving up the Fishtown Iced Tea on the sidewalk during this glorious event!! In addition, BBE will also have some great beers on tap.