Monday, November 07, 2011

All aboard the Craft Beer Express, Nov. 12, 2011

The wildly popular — just looking at the lineup of fun events will tell you why and all you need to know — Craft Beer Express returns this coming Saturday, November 12 in Philadelphia.

There's no set order, just 10 hours of fun-filled beer events at a dozen of the city's best beer joints. You can show up at 1, 2, or all 12 bars and partake in the fun.

The more you do and the longer you stay, the more sense it will make to take advantage of the bus that will link all the venues together.

An unlimited number of rides throughout the day will set you back an easy $10 and can be purchased online or in-person at any of the participating bars. The bus will run approximately every 25 minutes.

If you can only swoop in for a couple of hours and want to park only once, consider visiting any of the following neighborhoods and watch the buses come to you:

Fishtown/Northern Liberties
- consider parking in the area of The Piazza at 2nd and Germantown or taking SEPTA's El (blue line) to either the Spring Garden or Girard stop

Kraftwork, 541 East Girard Avenue
Event Name: "Nitro"
~ Got gas? Kraftwork has gone all "nitro"! We have asked some of our favorite breweries to turn up the gas and send some of their brews in "nitro" form.

Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Avenue
Event Name: 3rd Annual Wet Hop Rodeo and Rancheros Brunch
~ Join us for our 3rd Annual Wet Hop Rodeo, a round-up of local and national wet hopped beers. Come celebrate the awesome-ness that is fresh-hopped beer! We will be kicking the day off with Ranchero Brunch from 11am-3:30pm featuring huevos rancheros, cowboy steak & eggs, and chilaquiles among other brunchly delights. The charming and handsome, Ben Dickey of Blood Feathers, will be spinning records to make you hop-along!

Standard Tap , 901 North 2nd Street
Event Name: Drink Like an Egyptian
~ A special event featuring selections from Dogfish Head Brewery's Ancient Ale Series. Available in flights so you can enjoy them all!

Fairmount/Spring Garden
- consider parking in the area of CCP at 18th and Spring Garden or taking SEPTA's Broad Street Line to either the Race/Vine, Spring Garden, or Fairmount stop

The Institute, 549 North 12th Street
Event Name: 2nd Annual Stout & Porter Event
~ Featuring all stouts and porters from Shangy's - The Beer Authority.

Bishop's Collar, 2349 Fairmount Avenue
Event Name: Bell's Brewing
~ 12 beers from Bell's Brewing, including a firkin!

Kite & Key, 1836 Callowhill Street
Event Name: Cooperstown Invades the Kite & Key!
~ Ommegang will line the taps for the November edition of the CBX. Join us for the finest Belgian Style Brewing this side of the Atlantic.

Center City
- consider parking in the area south of Rittenhouse Square (admittedly, this is a healthy walk between these two places) or taking SEPTA's Broad Street Line to the Lombard/South stop

Jose Pistola's, 263 South 15th Street
Event Name: Funky Ass Shit!
~ Funky cheeses. Sour beers from Russian River, Boon, and more. Live funk bands featuring The Blue Crunk. Brass Monkey cocktails.

The Sidecar, 2201 Christian Street
Event Name: Founders Brewing
~ A day with Founders Brewing from Grand Rapids, Michigan. All the year round favorites will be flowing along with some super duper rarities!

East Passyunk/Bella Vista/South Street
- consider parking in the Italian Market area at 9th and Washington or taking SEPTA's Broad Street Line to either the Lombard/South, Ellsworth/Federal, or Tasker/Morris stop

Pub on Passyunk East, 1501 East Passyunk Avenue
Event Name: Splashing Pumpkins
~ Dear Pilgrims, The P.O.P.E. will be celebrating our favorite season with a wide array of fall seasonal beers including Pumpkins, Ciders and Octoberfests on draft.

Devil's Den, 1148 South 11th Street
Event Name: Bella Vista Beer Bash
~ Fall edition. ALL 16 taps, plus the handpump will be taken over with quality fall beers, directly from Bella Vista.

Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
Event Name: The Bock-It List
~ 10 doppelbock beers to drink before you die.

Old City
- consider parking in the area of the National Constitution Center or taking SEPTA's El (blue line) to 2nd and Market

Race St. Cafe, 208 Race Street
Event Name: Midwest Brewery Battle
~ Great Lakes Brewing Company will be squaring off against New Holland Brewing. Mark Weinmann, from Great Lakes, will pit a rare offering from their brew pub and other limited release beers against Joel Armato from New Holland brewing featuring an indulgent list of one-offs.

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