Here is a slimmed-down view of just the events scheduled for Thursday the 13th. It's one last opportunity to change your mind! I will also denote where I will attempt to be during the day.
I've taken liberties to modify the descriptions for each event to conserve space. As always, refer to the official schedule of record over at PBW 2008 website for complete details.
** Where to find The Brew Lounge on 3/13:**
All day pay as you go
Two Dollar Draft Day @ Rock Bottom Brewery
Lagunitas Brewery @ Grace Tavern
Craft Brews from Petaluma, Calif.
Germanic Happy Hour @ Society Hill Hotel
Featuring Franziskaner and Spaten Optimator draft. Sponsored by Origlio Beverage.
Blue Point Leads Here @ The Sidecar Bar and Grille
Blue Point brewery, from Long Island, NY will join us for a night of fine crafted beer.
Meet the Brewer: Philadelphia Brewing Co. @ The Standard Tap
The Standard Tap is hosting a meet the brewers night featuring Brewmasters, Chris Morris, Josh Ervine, John Rehm and Dean Browne from Philadelphia Brewing Company.
Drink with the Pogues @ The Khyber
Two hours of The Pogues music, specials on Sly Fox Stout and Guinness bottles.
Foodery Homebrew Night @ The Foodery
Watch us brew a batch of beer while enjoying free samples of previous homebrews.
Meet the Brewer: Sierra Nevada @ London Grill
Terence Sullivan of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be on hand to discuss the history and growth of Sierra Nevada at one of the oldest Sierra Nevada Pale Ale draught accounts in Philadelphia.
The Avery Experience @ Monk’s Café
Five flights of three beers.
Once Upon A Nation/Tippler’s Tour @ Independence Living History Center
Enjoy traditional drinks and a sip of 18th-century history at Colonial and modern-day watering holes as your Colonial guide shares light-hearted tales of the taverns of old.
History Lecture and Conversation @ Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant
Learn about the history of craft brewing in Philadelphia with Beer Historian Rich Wagner.
Fairmount Beer Tour @ London Grill
Kick off this exciting excursion through one of the city's coolest neighborhoods at London Grill with Terence Sullivan of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Terence will be on hand to discuss the history and growth of Sierra Nevada at one of the oldest Sierra Nevada Pale Ale draught account in Philadelphia.
Great Local Beer Reception and Dinner @ White Dog Café
This past October, six local breweries won medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Come celebrate the winning brews of Iron Hill, Stoudt's, Tröegs, Sly Fox, Victory, and McKenzie Brewhouse paired with local seasonal cuisine. An hour-long beer and hors d’oeuvres reception with the brewers, upstairs in Judy’s house, will be followed by a 5-course dinner, served with award winning beers.
Penn Distributors Beer Sampling @ The Blue Ox
Over 30 different types of Beer. Limited to the first 150. Free buffet.
Chimay night @ ZoT
Luc “Bobo” Van Mechelen will talk about Chimay and its products. There will tastings of the beers and the cheese, followed by a quiz with prizes, including 1.5L bottles of Chimay Grand Cru.
6pm reception in the bar; 6:30pm event in the main dining room $95
"He Said Beer, She Said Wine” Book Launch @ Nineteen Restaurant (XIX)
Five courses with beer and wine pairings. Book launch event for “He Said Beer, She Said Wine,” with authors Marnie Old, wine educator and consultant and Sam Calagione, owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brews. The audience gets to vote on which one they think pairs better with each course. At the end of the evening, the winning beverage will be announced. Autographed books will also be available for sale for $25.
Extreme Beers with Tony Forder of Ale Street News @ Tavern 17
Ticket holders can taste the six featured brews of the evening while learning more about them from the renowned Tony Forder. Each beer will be uniquely paired with a menu item created by the culinary team at Tavern 17.
Meet the Brewer: Tröegs Brewing @ McGillin's Olde Ale House
Meet these Mechanicsburg natives who have been handcrafting world-class beers combining traditional English brewing techniques with the eclecticism of new American brewing.
Pilsner Gala @ Triumph Brewing
Beer writer Lew Bryson and head brewer Jay Misson host a tasting of pilsners from Triumph, Stoudt's, Sly Fox, and more, with a menu of authentic "schmankerl," German beer hall snacks.
Old Beer? Great Beer! @ Tria’s Fermentation School
Pay a visit to the beer cellar with international beer expert Stephen Beaumont as he explores the ins and outs, pros and cons of aging ales and lagers.
Homebrew Tasting @ Brew Your Own Beer
This evening will be a chance to meet other beer and winemakers. Whatever you bring will be shared with others. Expect a wide variety of beers brewed to style guidelines and others defying definition. Anticipate an assortment of too-young and well-aged wines. No program, no lectures, just good company in the form of like-minded individuals enjoying their hobbies.
7pm (doors open); 8pm-10pm (competition); 10:15pm (Tom Dalldorf & The Rolling Boil Blues Band); $5 at the door
1st Annual Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition @ Johnny Brenda's
Do you have what it takes to become Philly Beer Geek 2008? Jason Harris of Keystone Homebrew and Carolyn Smagalski, Beer Fox at BellaOnline present the 1st Annual Philly Beer Geek Finals Competition 2008. Registered Qualifying Semi-Finalists compete for a zappin’ grand prize worth more than $1,000! Our illustrious panel of judges - Carol Stoudt of Stoudt’s Brewing, Adamstown; Tom Dalldorf of Celebrator Beer News, Berkeley; Suzanne Woods of Philly’s In Pursuit of Ale Women’s Beer Club; Larry Horwitz of Iron Hill Brewery, North Wales; Dave Alexander of the Brickskeller, Washington, D.C., Jack Curtin, Philly Beer writer; and Tom Kehoe of Yards – will challenge competitors with beer trivia, taste tests, beer philosophy, and more to select the individual who shows the greatest universal knowledge and passion for Philadelphia beer. Grand prize: gift certificates, merchandise and cash worth more than $1,000 and an engraved plaque announcing the winner as Philly Beer Geek 2008.
Meet the Brewer: The Flying Dog Brewery @ Bishop's Collar
Meet the mutts from The Flying Dog Brewery and sample all the beers in the litter.
Meet the Brewer: Iron Hill Brewery @ Good Dog
Chris LaPierre from Iron Hill in West Chester will be pouring a firkin of his world famous IPA, maybe in a Hawaiian shirt. (correction: see comment section below)
Meet the Brewer: Clipper City @ St. Stephen’s Green
Join James Still of The Clipper City Brewing Co. for samples of there Heavy Seas line-up.
Smuttynose ‘Stache Bash @ South Philadelphia Tap Room
Come into the Taproom sporting a moustache and you'll drink $2 Smuttynose drafts all night. Join Head Brewer Kevin Love in consuming his delicious beers. Can't part with the beard? Fine, $3 drafts. Clean-shaven? Start growing it out now. Full price for clean faces! (The ladies will be offered free stick-on moustaches, so all can be smutty!) Smuttynose Draughts: Shoal's Pale Ale, Old Brown Dog, Imperial Stout, Baltic Stout, and Barley Wine.Samples of rare finds include Indies Dry Pale Ale, Gray Lady White Ale, and Bailey Blonde.
A Bitter Bite with Joe Sixpack @ Jose Pistola’s
We'll explore unusual styles, single-hop brews and classic hop monsters. Discover why bitter ain't so bad!
Meet The Brewer: Geert Lindeman @ Teresa's Next Door
Geert Lindeman, head brewer and family member of Brouwerij Lindemans will be here to meet and answer questions about the mysteries of lambic brewing!
Beer Luncheon featuring Brasserie LeFebvre @ Bridgid’s Bar and Restaurant
Include a sample of four styles of beer and a selection of hors d’oeuvres
Southampton Ales & Lagers Happy Hour @ Bridgewater's (30th Street Station)
Sponsored by Stockertown Beverage.
Southampton Ales & Lagers night South Philadelphia Tap Room
Sponsored by Stockertown Beverage.
Halfway to Oktoberfest Party @ Moriarty’s
Celebrate with the official Oktoberfest brews from Munich, Spaten & Franziskaner, at one of Philly's most celebrated pubs.
Live Music Blow Out @ The Khyber
Great live music from local band Taggart, with DJ’s “Stumble” and “Sweet Jams” in between sets. No cover, and special beer prices on Jever Pils, Gaffel Kolsch and Gosser beers.
Meet the Brewer: Alagash Brewery @ For Pete’s Sake
Italian Beer Tasting with B. United International @ Beneluxx Tasting Room
On this night of nights Beneluxx will be featuring a selection of Italian Micro-breweries provided by B. United International. Come and experience the complexity of the Italian beer culture.
Harviestoun Ola Dubh @ Eulogy Belgian Tavern
Tasting Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12/16/30 year old
Beer Bingo @ The P.O.P.E.
Lancaster Brewing Company's John France will be hosting "Beer Bingo"
Sierra Nevada @ Grace Tavern
Come try a wildly popular Chico, California brewery.
Brassiere Lefebvre Happy Hour @ ZoT
The makers of Blanche de Bruxelles and Barbar will be at ZoT to present their beer portfolio over a happy hour.