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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Anyone around Philly gonna be busy in March?
Do you realize a couple of weeks back that I tried to bring attention to what was shaping up to be a pretty nice looking calendar of events for the first couple of weekends of March? I mentioned something like don't-call-me-Philly-Beer-Week? Scratch That! What is happening is downright....well, it's downright something. Stupefying!? Here's the thing, I'm not sure that we really need a Beer Week in Philly anymore. Say what? We'll put on what some are saying will be 1000 events during 10 days in June? Big deal. It's pretty obvious that Philly does this type of thing year-round. I've heard other cities say that a Beer Week for them is a chance to have a bunch of events to draw attention to themselves. Heck, Philly's publicans and breweries are drawing attention to themselves year-round. Check out the Brewing News calendars. In any given month, does any other region's calendar overflow the way the Mid-Atlantic's does? And, a majority of it comes from the Philly Metro area. Philly Beer Week is really just a hallmark event that brings world-wide attention to what we've already known around here for quite some time. We're awash in great beer and that means both homegrown and imported from elsewhere. And, our pub scene and publicists do a great year-round job of marketing this. Should we just call March Philly Beer Month? Or the I'm-not-'Philly Beer Week'-ends? Oh, I've got an idea! It's time to call Philadelphia "The Best Beer-Drinking City"...er, wait. Here's the best I can do (at this point in time...of course, it will probably double in size by the end of the week) to pull together most of the events that are taking place during the first half of March. And, I threw in 3/20 and 3/21 just because these, like all of the other events listed here, are not your ordinary type of events. Like I said, March is shaping up to be Philly Beer Month. How's your beer budget looking? Don't forget to save some for June! Friday March 5, 2010 - Ithaca Night beer and food pairings at Teresa's Next Door (that is, if the joint has recovered from throwing the 'Nick Johnson Birthday Party just the night before...sheesh, anything for a party, eh?!) Saturday March 6, 2010 - Philly Craft Beer Festival, $10/$45/$60 , 12:30pm-4:00pm --- 6:00pm-9:30pm Saturday March 6, 2010 - All Cask, All Day at TJs, 12:00pm-12:00am, PAYG Saturday March 6, 2010 - Tomme Arthur Day at Teresa's Next Door Saturday March 6, 2010 - Glenside Pub Crawl, 12:00pm-10:00pm, PAYG Saturday March 6, 2010 - Look for an announcement, from let's say me!, about a Philly Beer Run lead-in to PBW, 11:30am, free Sunday March 7, 2010 - Allentown Brew Works Cask Beer Festival, $20/$25, 3:00pm-6:00pm Sunday March 7, 2010 - Stoudt's Beer Tasting at Hawthornes, 3:00pm-5:00pm, PAYG Sunday March 7, 2010 - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary collaboration release party at Hawthornes, 7:00pm-9:00pm, PAYG Sunday March 7, 2010 - Oskar Blues Pajama Party at The Institute, 8:00pm-12:00am, PAYG Monday March 8, 2010 - Old Ales at McGillin's Olde Ale House with Yards' Tom Kehoe, $45, 6:30pm Tuesday March 9, 2010 - Tasty Tuesday with Sierra Nevada at Teresa's Next Door 5:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday March 10, 2010 - Victory Sampling at Hawthornes Wednesday March 10, 2010 - Guinness Beer Dinner at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, $50, 6:00pm Thursday March 11, 2010 - Beer Brunch with Allagash's Rob Tod at Jose Pistola's 12:00pm-2:00pm Thursday March 11, 2010 - Meet and drink with Allagash's Rob Tod at Teresa's Next Door 5:00pm-7:00pm Friday March 12, 2010-Sunday March 14, 2010 - Lititz Cask Beer Fest, PAYG, 12:00pm-10:00pm daily Saturday March 13, 2010 - Michael Jackson-A 20th Anniversary Celebration, hosted by Randy Mosher, $50/$60 , 1:00pm --- 3:30pm --- 6:00pm Saturday March 13, 2010 - The Craft Beer Express (Bus), 11:00am-7:00pm, $15 + PAYG, check out the deets below Sunday March 14, 2010 - The Brewers Plate, $55/$65/$115, 4:00pm-7:30pm --- 5:00pm-7:30pm Sunday March 14, 2010 - Beer Geek Brunch at Hawthornes Sunday March 14, 2010 - Stone Brunch at Teresa's Next Door Saturday March 20, 2010 - Pliny the Younger and Friends at TJs, 12:00pm-10:00pm, PAYG Sunday March 21, 2010 - Real Ale Fest at Triumph...I saw this printed somewhere, made a note of it, and now can't find any details about this. The Bars and Events of The Craft Beer Express: ~ 2nd Annual Stout Brunch at Johnny Brenda's ~ Standard Tap's Big Wood Weekend ~ The Institute will be pouring a beastly-good line up of Barleywines all day ~ Brauhaus Schmitz will feature Carol Stoudt's newest creation "Karnival Kölsch" as well as many other great Stoudt's and German beers ~ "Around the Clock" with Dogfish Head at the Kite and Key where you can get 60, 90, and 120 minute IPA on draft along with other DFH surprises. ~ Devil's Den is boasting a new chef to compliment its already top notch beer list ~ Jose Pistola's always has something great going on and this day is no exception