If you see a lot of homebrew-looking guys (mostly guys) wandering around Philly this week, it's the National Homebrewers Conference that has dropped off reportedly over 3,000 of them. Some events here in the last days of the month are geared towards them and others are just the standard fare. Drink up; it's hot out there!
Check out the entire June 2013 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.
@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 6/28 - Friday Night Sampling (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Sierra Nevada beers.)
@Trolley Car Diner, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 6/28 - Finally Friday Beer Tasting (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $Free tasting samples from Boston Beer Company.)
Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 6/27 - Summer Movie Series (8 p.m.; $PAYG for craft beer from Allagash, popcorn and other classic movie fare, and The Goonies on the big screen outdoors on the patio.)
@City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 6/29 - The Battle for Crooked Billet IPA (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $35 for live music, a pig roast and to sample six varieties of Crooked Billet IPA with the intention to name one the next Great Local IPA.)
@City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 6/30 - TJ Kong Presents: The West End Summer Brunch Party (2 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG for select craft cans, craft draughts, beermosas, and featuring beers from Dock Street Brewery. Music by DJ Apt One, Ed Blammo, Shawn Ryan, and DJ Bruce.)
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 6/27 - Devil's Backbone Night (7 p.m.; $PAYG for Congo Belgian Pale—a Belgian inspired IPA, Dark Abby, Kilt Flasher, Schwartz Bier—a summer seasonal "black beer", and the collaboration IPA, Scratch 97 (aka Gold Standard or Black Rye IPA) brewed with Tröegs and Church Brew Works.)
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 6/28 - Freigeist Bierkultur Night (7 p.m.; $PAYG to meet Sebastian Sauer, Freigeist brewer of Braustelle Brauerei in Köln, Germany and drink his Ottekolong—an unfiltered Kölsch, Abraxxxus—a smoked Berliner Weisse, Geisterzug Gose, Sauer Porter, Biere de Vie—a sour ale or wild ale, Monarchy of Musselland Grodziskie, Monarchy of Musselland Münchhausen, and Monarchy of Musselland Preussen Weisse.)
@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.-- Thu. 6/27 - Tap Takeover with Dock Street Brewery (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for Summer Session, Rye IPA, Johnny Berliner, Pre-Prohibition Pale Ale, That's What She Said Chocolate Saison, and the commercial release of their Session IPA.)
Special One-offs or Debuts, Anniversaries/Parties, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 6/28 - As Seen In Philly (6 p.m.; $PAYG for highly sought-after beers from Russian River, 4 Hands, t'Gaverhopke/Tired Hands, Ballast Point, Perennial, Port Brewing, Brasserie Dupont, and Maine Brewing.)
@Devil's Den and @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 6/29 through Sun. 7/21 - Tour De France with Ommegang ($PAYG to watch the race, drink Ommegang or Duvel to be entered to win some great Ommegang Duvel/Devil's Den/Old Eagle prizes. Ommegang Belgian Independence Day - End of the Tour De France Brunch at the Devil's Den on Sunday, July 21.)
@Prism Brewing Company, North Wales, Pa.--- Fri. 6/28 - Prom & Anniversary Party (7 p.m.-11 p.m.; $65 for a sit-down, catered dinner, all-you-can-drink for four hours, music provided by DJ Matty Mal (our brewer), a photo booth, and a commemorative glass.)
Food and Beer events
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 6/30 - Yards Meet & Greet Beer Brunch (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG for a special brunch menu and Yards' Bourbon Barrel Aged Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, Extra Special Ale [ESA], Brotherly Suds, and a firkin of a special dry hopped IPA. Guests will also have a chance to meet the brewers and crew from Yards Brewing.)
@Station Taproom, Downingtown, Pa.--- Sun. 6/30 - Goose Island Beer Dinner (6 p.m.; $75 for a six-course meal paired with Summertime, Sofie Paradisi, Pepe Nero, Matilda, Pere Jacques, and Big John.)
Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 6/27 through Sat. 6/29 - National Homebrewers Conference (Sold out and closed to general public. See website for all the details.)