Regrettably, I'll miss them all. However, you all should help pick up my slack.
Making beer is one thing. How it's distributed and presented to the market is another. The people, the places, as well as the beer all contribute greatly to the success of this industry. It's a primary reason I focus so much on events here at The Brew Lounge.
Check out a few of the best this weekend has to offer.
We've got a couple of festivals. Like at Manayunk Brewery, where I swear I'll eventually get to one of their annual festivals that I undertand are worth the trip. It's on Saturday, April 30 from 1pm-5pm and costs $45.
Also Saturday, at 6pm, Stoudt's is again hosting what has become a nice little festival of its own -- the Battle of the Brewery Bands. The event will have at least five bands playing and costs $30.
Then we have a couple of animal-related events. No, not the human-type of 'animals', the real thing. Like a fundraiser called Firkins for our Furry Friends for P.A.W.S. at Khyber Pass Pub on Saturday from 12pm-8pm, where $20 gets you unlimited fills of cask-conditioned beer.
And, by now, who doesn't know about the legendary gathering of thousands and a couple dozen goats in Phoenixville. It's the annual Bock Festival and Goat Races on the first Sunday of May, it's at Sly Fox, and it's Pay As You Go for a day full of bock beers, goat races, live German music, and loads of outdoor fun.
Then, lastly I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the special release of a beer that I'll be sorry to miss, the Saizanne. It was created by Chris LaPierre and his lovely lady (or maybe the other way around, Suzanne Woods, and her lance romance) and brewed at his Maple Shade location of Iron Hill. The gathering and tasting gets underway at 12pm on Saturday.