Love Beer? Head to Philly

by Gray Cargill on February 23, 2009

One of the best ways to travel solo is to follow your taste buds.  Wine lovers travel to European or Napa Valley wineries.  Beer lovers go to. . .Philadelphia?  That’s right.  Philly Beer Week is coming up, and it’s looking like the most exciting event for beer lovers this side of Oktoberfest.  Visit Philadelphia from March 6-15, 2009 and sip your way through over 638 events with thousands of other beer connoisseurs.  Chances are, you’ll make some new friends along the way, because nothing brings strangers together like a good pint.

Start your week off with the Opening Tap kick-off event on March 6 at the Comcast Center Lobby and Marketplace.  On March 7, participate in the five-mile Dock Street & BrewLounge Scavenger Run.  Entry is free for participants and is followed by a free buffet.  There’s also a Ladies Beer Tea that day at The Belgian Cafe. And what would a trip to Philadelphia be without a little history?  City Tavern is offering a session on the Ales & Recipes of Washington, Jefferson and Franklin at 5pm daily during Beer Week.

Sleep in on Sunday–you’ve earned it–and then enjoy one of the many brunches happening all over the city, including Bell’s Eccentric Jazz Brunch at the Sidecar Bar & Grille.  But be sure you’re done in time for the 2nd Annual Beer Week Chili Cook-Off at The Khyber.  I can’t think of a better time of year for a chili cook-off, can you?  Later that night, catch the Left Hand RockBand Tournament at the P.O.P.E. (1501 E. Passyunk Ave) at 9pm.

Think that sounds like fun?  There are cool things like that happening every day all week.  You will not be bored.  Beer Week culminates the following weekend with two festivals:  The Philly Real Ale Invitational and Zythos America, both on March 15.  For more details about all the events happening this week, check out the full schedule at the Philly Beer Week website.  If you aren’t headed to Philadelphia for Beer Week, all I can say is “You call yourself a beer lover???”

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