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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Philly Beer Week 2012: Day 9 Preview

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At least a day prior to each day of Philly Beer Week 2012, I'll be posting up a small look into what to expect both in terms of the day's calendar of events as well as key/significant/interesting events as well as where you might likely spot me during the day and/or night.

Here's a look into the ninth day, June 9.

For the ravenous beer geeks
~ Oh boy. Gravity-fed casks of JW Lees aged in Port, Sherry, Whisky, and Calvados barrels. This is at Monk's and I did this two years ago when the Calvados barrel was featured. Line up now for this tasty treat that will go fast!

~ Terry Hawbaker is coming up from northern Virginia to show off the beers he's been making for the Farmers' Cabinet family in Philly. It's called the Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse and the event is at Boilermaker, but I'm betting you already knew that, my beer geek friends.

~ If you haven't crossed paths with Hill Farmstead this week, today at Teresa's Next Door would be a good time with around 10 of his beers and a bunch from Grassroots as well.

~ There's a whole lot of Weyerbacher beer rolling out at Hulmeville Inn and that should draw off quite a number of beer geeks to this Bucks County gem.

For the hungry
~ The Trolley Car Diner on Germantown Avenue will get you through the afternoon with beer, barbecue, live music, and prizes.

~ Which category to put this in? If you like to run, this event will certainly help quell your hunger. The Fishtown Beer Runners are conducting a Fried Chicken Beer Run from Philly Brewing Company to American Sardine where a whole lot of beer, fried chicken, and buffet will await finishers. Sounds wild and wacky too.

~ Sour beer for brunch at Standard Tap? Sounds awesome enough to say "yes, please". Lot of brunch items should go nicely with a pleasingly sour beer.

For the wild and wacky and downright different
~ One day, we men may get a peek into the Ladies Beer Tea to find out just how wild and wacky they get. I hear it's annually a downright good time (and, a sell-out) at The Belgian Café hosted by Home Sweet Home Brew's Nancy Rigberg, but in reality it wouldn't be a Ladies Beer Tea if they let scruffy dudes like me in.

~ Varga's been hosting some wildly memorable events all week. With New Holland should not be any different. Costumes, hats, general lunacy, etc. are encouraged.

~ Fergie's Pub. Motorcycles. Irish Music. Yards beer. Say no more.

Possibly under the radar
~ I haven't featured The Dandelion pub all week. Today seems like as good of a time as any to do so as they feature Fuller's on the handpumps and cheese from Neal's Yard.

~ Homebrew fests usually have good turn out and give attendees the opportunity to drink some of the best non-commercial beer around. Check out Memphis Taproom for just such an event.

~ Got the kids in tow and don't know what to do with them while you still get your PBW fix? Here's something different. The P.O.P.E. is hosting Ommegang and calling it Puppet Theater Kid's Brunch. Sounds like a blast!

~ Bierstube in Old City is hosting Julius Echter, Wurzburger, Schonramer, Köstritzer, and Round Guys. Interesting. Sounds worth a pop-in for one or two.

~ Nodding Head always does something extreme on the second or third Saturday of the month. Here, they say they are "breaking out the mother lode of our secret stash beers" and I don't think you'll want to miss this one.

And for The Brew Lounge
~ The one drawback to conducting an event so late beer week is that you get to stress about it all week long. With my 5-K race at Dock Street just a day away, I'll be in the city to do some last minute prep, getting runners setup, etc. So perhaps I'll pick up an event or two while I'm there, but otherwise I'll be back home in the 'burbs making sure I'm all set to go for Sunday.

~ Since I'll be in University City at Philadelphia Runner, I'm thinking it will be easy to pop in to Local 44 for some De Dolle leftovers from Friday's event.

~ Nodding Head is an almost sure-lock for me as well.

~ And, then a Breckenridge or two if there are still any leftovers from Friday's eventa at Bridgewater's Pub in 30th Street Station before I hop back on the train.

~ Or anything else I might stumble across along the way. But the theme will definitely be moderation as Sunday and the big 5-K looms.

It seems like Philly Beer Week only just began. That, or it feels like it's been going on for weeks. Depends on your perspective, I suppose. Either way, one more day to go before dry island.

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