Philly Beer Week promises a robust finish


PHILLY BEER WEEK is in its seventh day. But, as Mayor Nutter declared at the Opening Tap ceremony of the annual celebration, only in Philly does a week take 10 days.

Which means that, if you missed the incredible Stillwater/Hof Ten Bronze Age at Tapestry's Cirque du Saison street festival on Saturday, you can grab a glass of New Holland's Four Witches Black Saison at the beer-and-cheese pairing at McCrossen's Tavern (529 N. 20th St., Franklintown) today.

If you missed Funky Buddha at Monk's Café on Sunday, you can still get a taste of the fruity Berliner Weisse at the Horseshoe Tourney at Bella Vista Distributors (755 S. 11th St., South Philly) today and tomorrow.

If you missed Keystone Homebrew's bacon beer at Opening Tap, you can still try something homemade at the Malt House (7101 Emlen St., Mount Airy) Homebrew Happy Hour today.

And if you missed hairy Philly Beer Scene publisher Mat Falco getting his head shaved to support Hurricane Irene restoration in Vermont while the crowd at Misconduct Tavern enjoyed a keg of Heady Topper last weekend, well, you are out of luck, because there was just one keg of the hoppy ale in town for Beer Week, and there is now just one decidedly hairless Falco. (Heady Topper is from Vermont and lost its brewpub in Hurricane Irene.)

But you get the idea: There is plenty more good beer to be had between now and Sunday. The full event calendar is available online at, as well as through the free smartphone app.

Here's a few of the highlights. (Unless tickets are indicated, all events are open to the public on a pay-as-you-go basis.)



Sansom Street Soiree, between 34th and 36th streets, with live music and food and beer from White Dog Café, New Deck Tavern and Baby Blues BBQ.

Italian Beer Garden, under the Shambles at Headhouse Square, with premium Italian craft brews from Pizzeria Stella.

Weyerbacher Night at Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St., South Philly), with Seventeen, the Easton brewery's latest anniversary beer, plus a one-of-a-kind dry-hopped blend of Merry Monks and Blithering Idiot.

Ommegang & Cupcakes at Lucky's Last Chance (4421 Main St., Manayunk), pairing Aphrodite with cupcakes from Sweet Elizabeth's Cakes. Next door at Kildare's, they'll be pouring specialties from Great Lakes Brewing, including new-to-Philly Wright Pils.

Evening of jazz at Prism Brewing Taproom (North Wales, Montgomery County), with the International Bitterness Unit jazz combo and fresh Prism beer.



All Day Wood, Resurrection Ale House (2425 Grays Ferry Ave., Grays Ferry), with barrel-aged ales including Lost Abbey Red Poppy and Iron Hill Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter.

Prop V: Beerquality for Ale, at Valanni (1229 Spruce St., Center City), featuring beers only from states that support gay marriage.

Dock Street Night at Four Seasons Hotel (One Logan Square, Center City), with the debut of the West Philly brewery's latest Four Seasons collaboration bottle on the final night of Philly Beer Week's With Love Beer Garden.

Belgium Comes From Manayunk at the Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Ave., Mayfair), featuring Flanders Red and other Belgian-style ales crafted by the Manayunk brewpub.

Dogfish Head Tap Takeover at Uno Chicago Grill (Maple Shade, N.J.), with Immort Ale, Palo Santo Maroon, Noble Rot and a bunch of other extreme beers from the Delaware brewery.

South Philly Beer Festival at Xfinity Live! (1100 Pattison Ave., South Philly), where a a $30 ticket gets you samples from local and national breweries paired with beer-friendly food. Proceeds benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand.



Brews Blues and Barbecue, Starlight Ballroom (460 N. 9th St., Spring Garden), with 80 taps plus bottles paired with BBQ and great music. Tix $35.

Fishtown FestivALE (Frankford and Girard avenues, Fishtown) block party, with music and beer from Johnny Brenda's and Frankford Hall.



Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse Showcase at The Farmers' Cabinet (1113 Walnut St., Center City), with house brewer Terry Hawbaker's finest taking over the taps.

Russian River Sunday at Local 44 (44th and Spruce streets, West Philly), where besides Pliny the Elder, Supplication and Sanctification, the bar has managed to come up with a keg of Exportation, Philly Beer Week's 2011 collaboration with Sierra Nevada and Russian River.

Dark Horse Tap Takeover at the Hulmeville Inn (Hulmeville, Bucks County), with a firkin of Crooked Tree IPA, bourbon barrel-aged Plead the Fifth and more.


The Fifth Annual T.T.U.D. at Fergie's Pub (1214 Sansom St., Center City), where you can wrap things up with That Totally Unnecessary Drink.


"Joe Sixpack" is by Don Russell, director of Philly Beer Week. For more on the beer scene, sign up for his weekly email update at E-mail: