The May calendar of beer events in and around Philly gets off to a good start with a strong push from the end of April.
Check out the entire May 2011 calendar over here.
If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.
Tastings, samplings, and brewery promos
@Beer Yard, Wayne, PA--- Fri. 4/29 - Friday Night Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; Free tasting samples of Yards beers)
@Bell's Beverage, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 4/29 - Friday Night Tasting (4:00pm-6:00pm; Free tasting samples of River Horse beers)
@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Tue. 5/3 - Tuesday Morning Tappings (11:30am; PAYG for at least four specially Off-Centered Ales from Dogfish Head)
Two more tastings, one a bit spicy and one a bit funky - you decide which is which
@Iron Hill Brewery, Lancaster, PA--- Fri. 4/29 - Makin' it Funky (5:00pm-8:00pm; PAYG for a barrel–aged Sour Beer Release Party featuring 5 different sour beers that have been aged from 6 –18 months)
@Iron Hill Brewery, Maple Shade, NJ--- Sat. 4/30 - Saizanne Release (12:00pm-5:00pm; PAYG for a Peppercorn Saison, guest-brewed by beer writer, brewery representative, and women's beer club founder Suzanne Woods.)
@Khyber Pass Pub, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/30 - Firkins for our Furry Friends II (12:00pm-8:00pm; PAYG to benefit P.A.W.S.-Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. $20 gets you a bottomless cup of delicious beers from cask conditioned bartop kegs graciously donated by our favorite breweries like Yards, Philadelphia Brewing, Sly Fox, Sixpoint, and more)
Food and beer events
@Chifa, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 4/28 - Bell's Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $65 for a four-course meal paired with Kalamazoo Stout, Special Double Cream Stout, Batch 10,000, and Expedition Stout)
@Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, PA--- Wed. 5/4 - Meet the Brewer Series...Stone Brewing Company (7:00pm; $45 for four firkins accompanied by a sumptuous paired menu prepared by our Chef)
The arts and beer in a class by itself
@Stoudt's Brewing Co., Adamstown, PA--- Sat. 4/30 - Battle of the Brewery Bands (6:00pm; $30 which includes food, great beer, and music from our talented breweries)
@World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 4/28 - A Philadelphia Ale & Arts Adventure (5:30pm; $35 includes both a trolley tour of the world-renowned murals of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and a tour of Philadelphia's own Dock Street Brewery)
@Burlington County Prison Museum, Mount Holly, NJ--- Sat. 4/30 - Beer at the Big House (1:00pm-5:00pm; $35/$40/$55 for a prison tour, live music, and beer from 25 breweries. Food and soda available for purchase)
@Cannstatter Volksfest Verein, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/30 - 2011 Stiftungsfest (6:00pm; $10/$12 for music, performances, and good times at the first festival of the season. Hot and cold food available for purchase)
@Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PA--- Sat. 5/1 - The Biergarten (1:00pm-4:00pm; $15/$40 for beer from regional microbreweries, live musical entertainment, a "cooking with beer" class and tasting, and learn how to brew your own homebrew with Lancaster Homebrew)
@Manayunk Brewery, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 4/30 - Brew Fest Extravaganza (1:00pm-5:00pm; $45 for 20 breweries and over 50 craft beers all outside on the banks of the Schuylkill River, weather permitting. Live music by Plan B.)
And, a Festival like no other
@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA--- Sun. 5/1 - Bock Festival and Goat Races (11:00am; PAYG for a day of goat racing and bock beer drinking...and plenty of both)