Here's just a sampling of upcoming events over the next several weeks, mostly in the Philadelphia area, that look interesting to check out. Let us know if you think you might be heading to one of these events or have been to one of them in the past.
Fri. 2/23 - Firkin of Nectar @Union Jack's, Boyertown, PA (pay as you go)
Sat. 2/24 - Lager Origins in Philadelphia (Rich Wagner) @Yards Brewing, Philadelphia, PA (2pm; free)
Sat. 2/24 - The Best of 2006 @The Drafting Room, Exton, PA (12pm-???; pay as you go)
Sat. 2/24 - Beats, Brews & BBQ @World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA (1pm-5pm; $30/$35 or $50 VIP)
Sun. 2/25 - 5th Annual Victory Chili Challenge @Victory, Downingtown, PA
Fri. 2/23 - Sun. 2/25 - 11th 'Cask Head' Cask Ale Festival @Brazen Head, Brooklyn, NY (Noon-close; pay as you go)
Wed. 2/28 - Lancaster Home Brew Club Tasting @Lancaster Brewing Co., Lancaster, PA (7pm; pay as you go at the bar and BYO Homebrew)
Thu. 3/1 - Pennsylvania Beer Night @Barcade, Brooklyn, NY (pay as you go)
Fri. 3/2 - Drink A Stout Day @Wherever you may be (E-mail to email@example.com and tell us what you drank; we'll write about it)
Sat. 3/3 - Main Line Brew Fest 2007 @Desmond Hotel, Malvern, PA (12:00pm-3:45pm; $35)
Sat. 3/3 - Philly Craft Beer Festival @Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at The Naval Yard, Philadelphia, PA (12pm-4pm, 6pm-10pm; $35/$40, $10 parking fee)
Thu. 3/8 - Sierra Nevada Stricklander Tasting @The Drafting Room, Exton, PA (pay as you go)
Thu. 3/8 - Bell's Brewery Night @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA (7:00pm-9:00pm; pay as you go)
Fri. 3/9 - Michael Jackson Beer Dinner @University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, PA ($85)
Fri. 3/9 - Belgian Beer Dinner @The Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA ($80)
Fri. 3/9 - Friday Night Tasting (Erie Brewing) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (5pm-7pm; free)
Sat. 3/10 - Michael Jackson Tutored Beer Tasting @University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, PA (1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm; $45)
Sat. 3/10-Sun. 3/11 - 2007 Atlantic City Beer Festival @Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ (12pm-4pm; 6pm-10pm; 1pm-5pm; $25)
Sat. 3/10-Sun. 3/11 - Split Thy Brooklyn Skull @Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY (11:00am-'til they kick; pay as you go)
Sun. 3/11 - Michael Jackson Beer Dinner @Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA (6:00pm; $125)
Tue. 3/13 - Brooklyn Brewery Dinner @Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm; $65)
Sun. 3/18 - March's Fancy Brew Dinner @Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach, DE ($39)
Wed. 3/21 - Rogue w/Sebbie Buhler @Tria Cafe, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm-8:00pm; $45)
Wed. 3/21 - Intro. of Malheur @Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA (4:00pm-7:00pm; pay as you go)
Thu. 3/22 - Smuttynose Brewery Night @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA (7:00pm-9:00pm; pay as you go)
Fri. 3/23 - Friday Night Tasting (Pilsner Urquell & Peroni) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (5pm-7pm; free)
Fri. 3/23 - Ultimate Belgian Tasting II @Puck Building, New York City, NY (6:30pm-10:30pm; $95)
Sat. 3/24 - 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party @Pizza Port, Carlsbad, CA (11:00am-11:00pm; $25, plus $1 tasting tix after 5 complimentary drinks)
Sun. 3/25 - The Bryson Sessions - #1 @Ortino's, Zieglersville, PA (5pm; $40)
Wed. 3/28 - Yards Dinner @New Wave Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
Fri. 3/30 - The Dude In Exile @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA (pay as you go)
Fri. 3/30 - Friday Night Tasting (Victory) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (5pm-7pm; free)
Sat. 3/31 - Annual Open House @Weyerbacher, Easton, PA (12:00pm-3:00pm; free)
Sat. 3/31 - 5th Annual BA PA/Philly Gathering @Union Barrel Works, Stoudt's, and Victory (bus leaves Victory in Downingtown, PA at 11:00am)
Jackie and I are probably going to go to the Philly Brew Fest on 3/3. Looks like it should be pretty cool. Too bad the one at the Desmond is the same day.
Adam and Brian, you guys have been to the one at the Desmond... think it would be better than the Philly Brew Fest?
I've been to the one at the Desmond two (or three?) times. It's been fine, but increasingly crowded and raucous each time (not that raucous is bad, but in a overcrowded situation..maybe). Good representation. The draw for me is that it's 1/2 mile from home.
On the other hand, the first Philly Craft Beer Festival sounds intriguing, esp. given its location. If you haven't walked the grounds around the Navy Yard and seen the ships up close, it's impressive. Plus, some good non-local breweries represented, where Desmond is almost exclusively local.
As for me, I haven't decided yet which to do. If they both sell out, that'll make my decision easier!
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