I've only got a few nickels to rub together after yesterday's tax man came a-callin', so I'm going to find some good beer amongst the typically full weekly list of beer events below and have myself a good time. Hope you do too.
As my unofficial analysis goes, I'm not sure that this weekly calendar has ever been such a diverse regional showcase of beer. The list tends to lean inward toward Philly quite a bit, but the calendar makers certainly found much going on from the city to the mountains over the next week — something for everyone, everywhere.
Since this following event with Sly Fox spans days and many miles, I couldn't quite fit it neatly into a city category below, so I'll call it out specially here. Check out the "SRT Spree" along the SRT Trail of the Schuylkill River from tomorrow, Friday, April 17 through Wednesday, April 22. The event serves to announce the arrival of the ale and raise money for the Schuylkill River Trail. Sounds like a whole lot of fun and you don't need to join them from start to finish to partake in the fun.
As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.
Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.
Sat. 4/18; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. - IPA Brew Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company ($35 for IPA tasting, hot and cold buffet, and live music.)
Sat. 4/18; 8 a.m. - Brew to Brew 10k+ at Fegley's Brew Works ($45-$130 for the first leg of the running challenges to be held at Fegley's, Weyerbacher, and Funk.)
Fri. 4/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Weyerbacher Tasting at The Beer Shoppe ($Free tasting samples of beers from Weyerbacher.)
Tue. 4/21; 7 p.m. - Spring Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($85 for a six-course meal paired with Dortmunder, Keezer Saison, Sweet Leaf IPA, Biere de Ard, La Flama Blanca, Belgian Rye, Rauchbier, and Crusher IPA.)
Thu. 4/16; 6:30 p.m. - Nibble. Sip. Devour. A Spirited Evening at Nectar ($125 to compare and contrast what Vermont does best with prized Philadelphia-area-creations from local cheesemakers, distillers, and brewers including Forest & Main and Lost Nation Brewing Company from Vermont.)
Cape May, NJ
Sun. 4/19; 9:30 a.m. - A Run To The Taproom at Cape May Brewing Company ($40 for a chip timed 5k to the Taproom of the Cape May Brewing Company.)
Fri. 4/17; 5 p.m. - Philadelphia Brewing Tap Takeover at Pizzeria Uno ($PAYG for Kenzinger, Walt Wit, Fleur, Newbold, Schwarzinger, and a firkin of Hopped Up PPA.)
Dewey Beach, Del.
Sat. 4/18; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Dewey Beach Brewfest at Gary's Dewey Beach Grill ($28-$35 for over 30 local and national breweries, plus beer drinking bites, live music, and raffles.)
Sun. 4/19; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. - Cards Against Humanity with NJ Girls Pint Out at River Horse Brewing Company ($15 for a brewery tour, 4 samples of beer, a pint of your choice and unlimited fun.)
Fri. 4/17; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Samplings at Exton Beverage ($Free tasting samples of Ballantine IPA.)
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Sat. 4/18; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - BBQ and Beer Fundraiser at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery ($35 to support the American Cancer Society and its 43rd annual Bike-A-Thon with great food and select Barren Hill beers.)
Sat. 4/18; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. - Saturday Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar ($25 for a four-course meal paired with beers from Victory.)
Sat. 4/18; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Bottoms Up For Prostate Cancer at Desmond Hotel ($60-$209 for beer and wine tastings paired with food to benefit the outreach and education programs of the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition.)
Maple Shade, NJ
Fri. 4/17; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Full Nelson Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the single-hopped American IPA.)
Thu. 4/16; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - Lagunitas Day After Tax Day Takeover at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for some tasty stuff and some of the very rare High Westafied.)
Thu. 4/16; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Tap Takeover with Jack's Abby at Isaac Newton’s ($PAYG for Framinghammer Baltic Porter, Saxonator Dunkles Doppelbock, Hoponius Union India Pale Lager - Wicked Hoppy Lager, Jabby Brau Session Lager, Leisure Time Wheat Lager, Smoke & Dagger Black Lager, and Mass Rising Double India Pale Lager.)
Thu. 4/16; 4 p.m. - PA Breweries Night at Barcade ($PAYG for a night of beers from Pennsylvania breweries.)
Thu. 4/16; 7 p.m. - An Evening with Smuttynose at McCrossen's Tavern (7 p.m.; $PAYG for Smuttynose's Smuttlabs Daily Brett, Hayseed, Robust Porter, Kindest Find Imperial Red Ale, and Bouncy House IPA. Joanna Manzo from Smuttynose will be here hanging out, and we'll have some great specials from the kitchen as well.)
Fri. 4/17; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Boulevard Smokestack Tasting at Bottle Bar East ($PAYG for beers from the Boulevard Smokestack Series.)
Sat. 4/18; 12 p.m. - Beer Garden Grand Re-Opening and Seventh Anniversary Beer Bash at Memphis Taproom ($PAYG for a brand new truck menu, an awesome canned beer line up, and a whole lot of good times.)
Sat. 4/18; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Dogfish Head Record Store Day Party at Johnny Brenda's ($PAYG for DJ's spinning all vinyl and Dogfish Head beers on tap with special raffles.)
Sat. 4/18 and Sat. 4/25; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Belgian Beer Experience at Philly Beer School ($47.98 for beer styles of Belgium, including Strong Golden Ales, Wild Fermented Lambics, Monk brews, and more.)
Sun. 4/19; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Philadelphia Real Ale Invitational at Yards Brewing Company ($50-$60 for over 40 firkins from breweries all over the country, plus a few from our friends across the pond.)
Mon. 4/20; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($Free tasting samples of beers from Founders.)
Tue. 4/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Long Trail Earth Day at The Grey Lodge ($PAYG for Long Trail beers and a seedling (or something) to plant.)
Tue. 4/21; 8 p.m. - Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance ($PAYG for Lagunitas Rye Cocoa Porter.)
Wed. 4/22; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - Long Trail Earth Day at Hop Angel Brauhaus ($PAYG for Long Trail beers and a seedling (or something) to plant.)
Fri. 4/17; 11:30 a.m. - Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG for a few special beers pouring through the hand pumps.)
Tue. 4/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Beer & Chocolate Pairing at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($40 for chocolates from Bridge Street Chocolates paired with Old Ale 2013, English Brown Ale, Ore House IPA, Quadrupel, and Russian Imperial Stout.)
Sat. 4/18; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. - Reading Craft Beer Festival at Santander Arena ($20-$65 for an unlimited sampling of over 100 fresh beers of all colors, styles, and tastes.)
Sat. 4/18; 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. - America On Tap at Robbinsville Field House & Expo Center ($35-$40 for over 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries, live music, food available for purchase, and vendors.)
Thu. 4/16; 8 p.m. - Yards Preview at Backyard Ale House ($PAYG as Yards' own Doug Mashington will be on hand pouring and answering any beer questions.)
Sat. 4/18; 12 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. - Electric City Craft Brew Fest at Montage Mountain ($29-$49 for a sampling glass, bottled water, beer info sessions, and over 100 craft beers.)
West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 4/17; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - Free Samples at Goshen Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Otter Creek.)
Thu. 4/16; 7 p.m. - Tröegs Beer Dinner at The Yardley Inn ($65 for a five-course meal served with beers from Tröegs.)