Thursday, March 04, 2010

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 4th-March 10th

We've been fond of saying 'round these parts that Philly reallly doesn't need a dedicated Beer Week simply for our own sake. We live and breathe great beer and related events year-round. So when the official Philly Beer Week moved to June this year, many said "fine, okay...but, that won't stop us for doing what we do (and then some!) in March anyway." Or something like that.

Case in point, the first half of March is overflowing with options if you wish to get out on the town and enjoy good beer with good friends. Check out the list below and if it's not enough for you, just wait until the second week of March. Remember, though, spend your beer budget wisely, June's PBW will be here before you know it.

Check out the entire March 2010 calendar over here.

If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.

No such thing as 'just a taste'
@Beer Yard, Wayne, PA--- Fri. 3/5 - Friday Night Tasting (5:00pm-7:00pm; Free tasting samples of Ithaca's Flower Power, CascaZilla, Cold Front, White Gold, Groundbreak Saison, White Gold, and maybe a few surprises)

@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - First Firkin Thursday (5:00pm; PAYG for March's selection of Sly Fox's Chester County Bitter)
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 3/10 - Lancaster Brewing Night (7:00pm; PAYG for a wagonful of Lancaster brews including Hop Hog IPA, Winter Warmer, Polestar Pilsner, and Strawberry Wheat)

@The Foodery, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Free Tastings (6:00pm; Free tasting samples of favorites from Victory Brewing)

@Hawthornes, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 3/10 - Victory Beer Sampling (6:00pm-8:00pm; Free tasting samples of favorites from Victory Brewing)

@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Firkin of Exit 4 on the 4th (6:00pm-8:00pm; PAYG of Flying Fish's gold medal winning Exit 4...gravity-poured from the bartop)

@Iron Hill Brewery, Media, PA--- Fri. 3/5 - Firkin Fridays of March (5:00pm; PAYG for Rudolph's Return)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Brewery Promo Night (7:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG for a bigtime lineup from Unibroue)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA--- Fri. 3/5 - Incubus Friday (all day; PAYG for this First Friday Tripel tradition)

@Tap and Table, Emmaus, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Jolly Pumpkin (4:00pm; PAYG for at least 2 kegs of something from Jolly Pumpkin)

@The Abbaye, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 3/10 - Sly Fox Beer Sampling (7:00pm-9:00pm; $10 gets you unlimited pint glass refills on Sly Fox Beers!! O’Reilly’s Stout, Seamus Irish Red, and Abbey Extra)

@Triumph, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (6:00pm; PAYG for a March selection of Nuit de Folie)
@Triumph, New Hope, PA--- Fri. 3/5 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (6:00pm; PAYG for a March selection of Uber Pilsner)

Haven't had a Beer Fitness event on this calendar for too long a time
@Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 3/6 - The Amazing Philly Beer Race (11:30am; free to run, PAYG for food and drink)

Somewhere I heard that Beer and Food go well together
@Amada Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA--- Mon. 3/8 - Stoudt's Beer Dinner (6:00pm; $65 for a reception and a 5-course meal featuring Stoudt's Oktoberfest, Bock, Double IPA, Fat Dog Stout, and Old Abominable Barley Wine)

@The Irish Pub, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - DiBruno Bros. & Victory Beer & Cheese Tasting (6:30pm-8:30pm; $35 for DiBruno Bros. Cheese, Yards Ales of the Revolution, and the ambiance of The Café)

@McGillin's, Philadelphia, PA--- Mon. 3/8 - 150 Minutes for 150 Years (7:00pm; $45 for Tom Kehoe, a hearty buffet dinner, and colorful stories about McGillin's)

@Old City, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 3/6 & Sat. 3/20 - Craft Beer & Artisanal Cheese Tour (3:30pm-5:30pm; $45 for a couple of hours where a fun and knowledgeable food & beer pro will introduce you to 8 Craft Beers in one of the city’s best microbreweries, and a decadent tasting of 4 Artisanal Cheeses in a boutique cheese shop.)

@Parc Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA--- Tue. 3/9 - Yards Beer Dinner (6:00pm; this dinner is currently sold out)

@Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, PA--- Wed. 3/10 Rescheduled from 3/3 - Meet The Brewer Series Presents… (Chimay) (7:00pm; $60)

@Tap and Table, Emmaus, PA--- Tue. 3/9 - Hitochino Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $60 for sushi and tempura before the dinner, then a 6-course meal featuring Hitachino beers including White Ale, Ginger Beer, XH, Commemorative Ale, Expresso Stout, Red Rice)

@Tria Café, Philadelphia, PA--- Tue. 3/9 - Breaking Out: B.United Presents Italian Prison Brews (6:30pm-8:00pm; $50 for beer made by prisoners at The Pausa Café Social Cooperative in Italy. We’ll taste their brews along side international rarities from B. United’s unmatched portfolio.)

@Union Barrel Works, Reamstown, PA--- Wed. 3/10 - Wine Dinner (6:30pm; $45 for a 5-course meal where beer may be substituted for wine)

Beer and Movies, I would have never guessed
@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA--- Sun. 3/7 - Oscar Night: Jeff Bridges (8:00pm; PAYG and come out to show your support for Jeff Bridges winning the Oscar for best actor. All draft beer will be just $4 in his honor. The Memphis abides.)

@The Institute, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Ithaca Brewing & Yelp Movie Club Nite (7:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG for this, the first yelp movie club meeting, as we feature Ithaca Brewing's Apricot Wheat and Ground break American Saison. There will be free popcorn and after intense voting the first movie chosen is Bad Education. Pints are just $3.50)
@The Institute, Philadelphia, PA--- Sun. 3/7 - 2nd Annual Oskar Blues Pajama Party (7:00pm; PAYG and come dressed in your favorite PJs, and watch the Academy Awards with us! We will be pouring 2 great brews from the Oskar Blues Brewery: Dales Pale Ale and Gordon Double IPA. Only$3.50 per glass/pint all night! Those of you who come dressed for the occasion get free candy and popcorn.)

Fun 'n' Games, events with a twist
@McGillin's, Philadelphia, PA--- Mon. 3/8 - Flying Fish Exit Series Release (6:00pm; PAYG for the PA-debut of Exit 16, a Wild Rice Double IPA)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville & Royersford, PA--- every Wed. through 3/10 - St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp (5:00pm; PAYG to get in shape for St. Patty's Day)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Nick's Birthday Blowout ('til Nick says it's finished; PAYG, gifts optional!)

@Varga Bar, Philadelphia, PA--- Tue. 3/9 - March Madness Kick the Sixtel (9:00pm; PAYG to partake in the battle royale of Victory Mad King's Weisse versus Flying Fish Exit 4)

@Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, PA--- Thu. 3/4 - Raise the Roof, Rock the House (5:30pm-7:30pm; $35 for a good cause. Habitat for Humanity of Chester County and Victory have once again teamed up for this fundraising event. Tickets include a selection of Victory beers, food, live music, and a silent auction)

I changed my mind, Teresa's Next Door gets their own section
@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Fri. 3/5 - Ithaca Night (PAYG for Le Bleu by the glass. White Gold, Excelsior '12', Ground Break, and Cold Front will be on tap as well.)
@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Sat. 3/6 - Tomme Arthur Day (PAYG for Lost Abbey and Port Brewing beers including: Angel's Share; Older Viscosity; Red Barn; Devotion; Ten Commandments; Santa's Helper; Gift of Magi; Hop15; Wipeout; Serpent Stout; and Moonlight Lager. Tomme Arthur not included)
@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Tue. 3/9 - Sierra Nevada Glissade (PAYG for one of Sierra's newest)

Any these guys get their own section too, just because I wanted to save some of the best for last
@Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY--- Wed. 3/10 - An Evening with Carol Stoudt (4:00pm; PAYG for 21 of Stoudt's classics, big dogs, and rare treats)

@TJ's, Paoli, PA--- Sat. 3/6 - All Cask-All Day (all day, all night; PAYG for 12 casks: Heavy Seas Hang Ten; BrewDog Paradox Isle of Arran; Harviestoun Ola Dubh 12; Tröegs Nugget Nectar; Stone Ruination; Stone Sublimely Self Righteous; Ballast Point Sea Monster; Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale; Dock Street Rye IPA; Coronado Red Devil; Voodoo (TBA); Bell's (TBA))

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