Thursday, May 26, 2011

Philly Beer Week 2011: The Whole HOG

Holy HOG!

We're going HOG wild this year!

All in with the whole HOG!

Are you HOG-gin it?

That's enough. You do know what the HOG is, right?

Hammer Of Glory.

It's became of a bit of a legend around these Philly parts. It has a Facebook page. It's been kidnapped and ransomed. It's been photographed with and fondled by dignitaries and commoners alike. It's been passed around like a cheap.....

Don't mind those that try to game the schedule and put on events at midnight, or 12:01.

The Hammer of Glory "parade" and associated antics - now in its second year - have now become the official kickoff to Philly Beer Week and this year it's bigger and zanier than ever.

Check out below the just-published route for the 2011 Hammer of Glory tour which will conclude at 7 p.m. during Opening Tap at the hands of consummate Philly publican, Mike "Scoats" Scotese (The Grey Lodge Pub and Hop Angel Brauhaus), and Mayor Michael Nutter.

~ 8:00 a.m. Old City Bike Courier to Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Avenue)
~ 9:00 a.m. arrive at Hop Angel Brauhaus
~ 10:30 a.m. depart via Convertible, with Miss Hammer from Hop Angel Brauhaus to Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Avenue)
~ 10:50 a.m. arrive at Grey Lodge
~ 10:58 a.m. depart via Bicycle Convoy from Grey Lodge to Philly Brewing Company (2439 Amber Street)
~ 11:38 a.m. arrive at Philly Brewing Company
~ 11:46 a.m. depart via Kinetic Sculpture (a giant space shuttle known as The Kenzinger Fermanterprise) from Philly Brewing Company to Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Avenue)
~ 12:01 p.m. arrive at Johnny Brenda’s
~ 12:09 p.m. depart via Trophy Bike’s Bar Bike from Johnny Brenda’s to Yards Brewing Company (901 North Delaware Avenue)
~ 12:24 p.m. arrive at Yards
~ 12:32 p.m. depart via Marching Band and Mummers from Yards to Standard Tap (901 North 2nd Street)
~ 12:47 p.m. arrive at Standard Tap
~ 12:55 p.m. depart via William Reed and his Pogo Stick from Standard Tap to Foodery (837 North 2nd Street)
~ 12:57 p.m. arrive at Foodery
~ 1:05 p.m. depart via Beer Bicycle Brigade from Foodery to North 3rd (801 North 3rd Street)
~ 1:20 p.m. arrive at North 3rd
~ 1:28 p.m. depart via Hand Powered Two-Wheel Plumbing Contraption from North 3rd to Delilah's Den (100 Spring Garden Street)
~ 1:33 p.m. arrive at Delilah's
~ 1:41 p.m. depart via Delilah's Girls Convoy from Delilah's to Silk City (435 Spring Garden Street)
~ 1:56 p.m. arrive at Silk City
~ 2:04 p.m. depart via Hand Powered Two-Wheel Plumbing Contraption Take Two from Silk City to Institute Bar (549 North 12th Street)
~ 2:19 p.m. arrive at Institute
~ 2:27 p.m. depart via Wheelbarrow from Institute to The Belgian Café (601 North 21st Street)
~ 2:57 p.m. arrive at The Belgian Café
~ 3:05 p.m. depart via a Hammerhead Industry Motorcycle from The Belgian Café to Kite & Key (1836 Callowhill Street)
~ 3:20 p.m. arrive at Kite & Key
~ 3:28 p.m. depart via Row Boat (reenacting Washington's crossing of the Delaware) from Kite & Key to The Four Seasons Philadelphia (1 Logan Square)
~ 3:40 p.m. arrive at Four Seasons
~ 3:48 p.m. depart via Bellhop's Luggage Rack (napping in style with a custom bed, sleep mask, and chocolates on the pillow!) from Four Seasons to Nodding Head (1516 Sansom Street)
~ 4:08 p.m. arrive at Nodding Head
~ 4:16 p.m. depart via Tandem Bicycle from Nodding Head to Fergie's Pub (1214 Sansom Street)
~ 4:31 p.m. arrive at Fergie’s
~ 4:39 p.m. depart via Tricycle from Fergie's to TIME (1315 Sansom Street)
~ 4:49 p.m. arrive TIME
~ 4:57 p.m. depart via Vintage Cycle"cade" to Bella Vista Beer Distributor (755 South 11th Street)
~ 5:09 p.m. arrive at Bella Vista
~ 5:17 p.m. depart via Fork Lift (accompanied by visiting brewers from across the country!) from Bella Vista to 12 Steps Down (767 South 9th Street)
~ 5:22 p.m. arrive at 12 Steps Down
~ 5:30 p.m. depart via The Philly Roller Girls from 12 Steps Down to Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street)
~ 5:40 p.m. arrive at Brauhaus Schmitz
~ 5:48 p.m. depart via Horse-Drawn Carriage from Brauhaus Schmitz to Varga Bar (941 Spruce Street)
~ 6:03 p.m. arrive at Varga Bar
~ 6:11 p.m. depart via Taxi Bikes from Varga Bar to Opening Tap (Independence Visitor's Center, 6th and Market Streets)
~ 6:41 p.m. arrive at Opening Tap
~ 7:00 p.m. Scoats, owner of Hop Angel Brauhaus and Grey Lodge Pub, will hand off the HOG to Mayor Nutter on a stage outside of the Independence Visitor Center. Doors to Opening Tap will open following the official first tap of Philly Beer Week 2011.

For those who want to find out where the HOG is on June 3 and throughout PBW, follow its twitter hashtag #HOG and on Facebook at For a glimpse of what the relay is all about, click here for videos from the 2010 route.

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