Saturday, February 13, 2016

Beer Week's Hammer of Glory missing

The ceremonial sledgehammer was last seen in Fishtown Saturday afternoon.

Beer Week's Hammer of Glory missing

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Ben Franklin (portrayed by J. Ward Larkin) wielding the Hammer of Glory at 2010´s Philly Beer Week.
Ben Franklin (portrayed by J. Ward Larkin) wielding the Hammer of Glory at 2010's Philly Beer Week.

The Hammer of Glory - the silver ceremonial sledgehammer that rides in a grand procession around the city to the opening ceremony of Philly Beer Week and even has its own Facebook page - is missing.

Beer Week reps say it was last seen at the Fishtown Festival about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and they fear it has fallen into the wrong hands.

You can't miss it. 

It's probably the only sledgehammer inscribed with "Philly Beer Week" on the head.

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Director Don Russell told KYW Newsradio that he had filed a report with Philadelphia police.

See Philly Beer Week's plea here. Anyone with info is asked to email find_our_hammer@phillybeerweek.org. If you see it, approach it with caution and take it to a bar participating in Philly Beer Week, which ends Sunday, June 9.

Back in 2010, there was a report that the hammer was HOG-napped, but that turned out to be a hoax.

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