Thursday, May 03, 2012

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: May 3 - May 9

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: May 3 - May 9

May's an extremely busy month in the world of great beer events in and around Philadelphia. Without further ado or fanfare, let's get started with the next seven days worth. Buckle up.

Check out the entire May 2012 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.

Brewery Promos and Samplings
@Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - Friday Night Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free tasting samples from Sierra Nevada)

@Blue Dog, Lansdale, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - Widmer Brothers Tasting (6:30pm; $Free Tasting samples)

@Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - Beer Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free tasting samples of Lancaster Brewing's Rumspringa)

@Fegley's Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa.--- Thu. 5/3 - Charity Cask Night (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG to try Fruit Lover's Wit, a fruited version Steelgaarden Belgian Wit, to benefit WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio)

@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - Friday Night Tasting (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tasting samples of Victory)
@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Sat. 5/5 - Saturday Tasting (12:00pm-2:00pm; $Free tasting samples of Dos Equis)

@Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - Barnstormers Tailgate Party (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for a tailgate party featuring Ballpark inspired beer & dogs)
@Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - Tim –vs– Matt Cask Challenge (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG as head brewer, Tim, goes up against assistant brewer Matt in a cask challenge pitting Mattie’s Sugar Shack Brown Ale, an 8.0% ABV imperial brown ale against Tim’s Super Ironbound, a 4.8% ABV American pale ale)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - Incubus Friday (11:30am; $PAYG for the draught version of the Belgian-style Tripel which pours until the keg kicks, usually by 7 p.m.)

@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 5/3 - 12 Percent Imports Beer Sampling (7:00pm-9:00pm; $Free tasting samples from the 12 Percent Imports portfolio)

@TIME, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 5/7 - Mutha Firkin Monday (6:00pm; $PAYG for a cask of something tasty from Stone)

@Trolley Car Diner, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - First Friday Free Tasting (5:30pm-7:30pm; $Free tastings from Philadelphia Brewing)

@Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.--- Thu. 5/3 - First Thursday Beer Tasting and Pig Roast (6:00pm-8:00pm; $Free beer samples and our featured new pig roaster on the rooftop café, along with fresh pork tacos at our Blue Route Taco Truck)

"Takeovers", Debuts, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Canal Street Pub, Reading, Pa.--- Sat. 5/5 - S.I.P. Firkin Fest (6:00pm-10:00pm; $40 for sampling of real ales from local, regional breweries, roast pig and fixins', live music, and a Canal Street pint glass.)

@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 5/9 - Ommegang Goes to the Opera (7:00pm-11:00pm; $PAYG for a selection of limited release drafts from Ommegang along with a special cheese plate from DiBruno Bros. Hennepin, Adoration, Art of Darkness, Seduction, Witte, and Duvel Single. At 10 p.m., the Center City Opera Theater will be performing their After Hours Arias. Artists will be in to performs timeless drinking songs from famous operas and sing along with members of their Young Artist Program.)

@Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 5/6 - Big Bottle Release (12:00pm-4:00pm; $PAYG for lunch, live music, and beers. Bottle available for to-go purchase include: Flemish Red Sour Ale; Dude de Garde; Belgian Black IPA; Super Saison; Abt 6; Abt 8; Abt 10; Abt 12)

@Drink Philly, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 5/4 - First Friday (5:00pm-9:00pm; $Free to only Drink Philly subscribers for food and drink tastings from the new Boilermaker and check out some great art and music.)

@Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 5/5 - IPA Block Party (12:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for over 24 IPAs, live music, and great Hawthornes food)

@High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ--- Sat. 5/5 - Spring Craft Beer Fest (1:00pm-6:30pm; $40/$60 for bourbon barrel-aged beer lunch, Mexican food, the Kentucky Derby on TV, and plenty of great craft beer. Proceeds to Benefit St. Patricks Parade Committee.)

@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Sun. 5/6 - Bus Trip to Sly Fox Bockfest & Goat Race (9:00am-5:00pm; $50 for a seat on the bus, breakfast, tickets for beer, food, and Sly Fox merchandise.)

@Lucky's Last Chance, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 5/8 - Oskar Blues Tap & Can Takeover (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for Dale's Pale Ale, Deviant Dale's, Gubna, and G'Knight on tap along with Old Chub and Mama's Little Yella Pils in cans. Flights will be available.)

@McFadden's at the Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 5/5 - Beer Fest at the Ballpark (2:00pm-7:00pm; $20/$40/$50 to sample over 50 different beers from 30+ craft breweries all while listening to live band & DJ music, indulging on great ballpark food with a Mexican flair.)

@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 5/6 - 9th Anniversary Party (12:30pm-3:00pm; $PAYG for a complementary brunch buffet and dollar-off drafts)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Sun. 5/6 - Bock Fest & Goat Race (11:00am-6:00pm; $PAYG for a family-suited afternoon of food, beer, goats, music, dancing, and outdoor fun)

@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 5/5 - Saucy Saturday & Cinco de Mayo (6:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for a spicy menu infused with Oskar Blues and Stone Brewing hot sauces, music, mixed drink specials, and all the food that your taste buds can handle.)

Food and Beer events
@Barbuzzo, Philadelphia, Pa.-- Wed. 5/9 - Belgian Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $55 for a four-course meal paired with Sünner Kölsch, St. Feuillien La Blanche, Urthel Samaranth Quadrium, and Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet)

@Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, Pa.--- throughout May 2012 - Spargelfest ($PAYG as every Thursday through Sunday in May, Chef Jeremy Nolen will be preparing some special dishes highlighting asparagus. An amazing draft/bottle list packed with tons of delicious beers to pair with the courses.)

@Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Tue. 5/8 - Ocho de Mayo Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $70 for a five-course meal paired with Belgian Wit, Smokin Blonde, Hoppopotamus, Pig Iron Porter, Maibock, and Tripel Sec)

@Jon's Bar & Grille, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 5/3 - 5-course Beer Dinner (6:00pm-8:00pm; $40 for a five-course meal paired with Schneider Aventinus, Unibroue Don de Dieu, Southern Tier Unearthly, Dogfish Head Noble Rot, and Terrapin Hoohoo)

@Uno's, Exton, Pa.--- Wed. 5/9 - BackYARDS BBQ Beer Dinner (7:00pm-9:00pm; $55 for a five-course meal paired wtih Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale, Brawler, General Washington's Tavern Porter, Philadelphia Pale Ale, Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, and Love Stout)

Homebrewing, Charity, and Education
@Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, Pa.--- Mon. 5/7-Sun. 5/13 - 6th Annual Homebrew Contest (see website for details)

@Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, Pa.--- throughout May 2012 - Liters for Litters ($PAYG as every Saturday in May from opening until 5 p.m., 50% of all draft beer sales will go to PAWS. Order a liter and get a raffle ticket for a great prize.)

@Hibernia County Park, Coatesville, Pa.--- Sun. 5/6 - SPCA Walk for Paws (11:00am-2:00pm; $PAYG to raise money for the SPCA by walking your 4-legged friend and then music and games for kids of all ages, food from various vendors including Victory Brewing Company, and various animal-related demonstrations and merchants.)

@Keystone Homebrew, Bethlehem & Montgomeryville, Pa.--- throughout May 2012 - Beer Making, Cheese Making, and Wine Making classes (See website for all the class details)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 5/9 - Monthly Beer School (4:00pm; $Free to learn about Dogfish Head and its beers along side Resurrection Ale House's staff)

@The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 5/8 - Philly Beer Geek Preliminary Round (7:30pm; $PAYG as the pub and the Lucky 13 Homebrew Club host a preliminary round for the annual 2012 Philly Beer Geek competition and we are looking for people to come on out and join us for a fun time with local beer trivia for those who are interested in joining the competition and those who just want to have fun! There will be samples of some of our members best homebrew and of course many fine beers on tap as well as a fantastic menu.)

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