Monday, April 30, 2012

Beer Calendar: What To Do in May 2012

The weather has turned and spring is in full force. More outdoor beer events will be popping up on the Philadelphia regional beer calendar. Perhaps no where will spring be more signaled than at the annual Sly Fox Bock Festival and Goat Races in Phoenixville, Pa.

If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.

And it will also be a busy month across the country. Kicking off the month is the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego from May 2-5, then the Big Brew day to mark National Homebrew Day, and finally American Craft Beer Week from May 14-20. Check the websites for plenty of details on how to participate.

$20 and under, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here

Every Thursday through Sunday during May 2012 - Spargelfest @Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Every Saturday throughout May 2012 - Liters for Litters @Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 5/1 - Movie Night (Movie: The Artist) @Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG)
Wed. 5/2 - Monthly Beer School (May theme: Widows & Orphans from our bottle list) @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $Free)
Wed. 5/2 - IPA Tap Takeover @Interstate Draft House, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/3 - 12 Percent Imports Beer Sampling @The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $Free)
Fri. 5/4 - First Friday Free Tasting (Philadelphia Brewing) @Trolley Car Diner, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:30pm-7:30pm; $Free)
Fri. 5/4 - Beer Sampling (Lancaster Brewing Rumspringa) @Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)
Fri. 5/4 - First Friday (with The Boilermaker) @Drink Philly, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $Free to only Drink Philly subscribers)
Sat. 5/5 - Saucy Saturday & Cinco de Mayo @The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 5/5 - IPA Block Party @Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG)
Sun. 5/6 - Big Bottle Release @Dock Street Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm-4:00pm; $PAYG)
Sun. 5/6 - 9th Anniversary Party @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:30pm-3:00pm; $PAYG)
Mon. 5/7 - Mutha Firkin Monday (Stone Brewing) @TIME, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG)
Tue. 5/8 - Philly Beer Geek Preliminary Round @The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30pm; $PAYG)
Tue. 5/8 - Oskar Blues Tap & Can Takeover @Lucky's Last Chance, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Wed. 5/9 - Monthly Beer School (May theme: Dogfish Head) @Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm; $Free)
Wed. 5/9 - Ommegang Goes to the Opera @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-11:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/10 - Dinner, Beer, & A Movie (Movie: Monty Python's Holy Grail) @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/10 - Flying Fish Tap Takeover @Tapestry, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/10 - Founder's Tap Takeover @12 Steps Down, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/10 - Allagash Tap Takeover @Chestnut 7, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/11 & Sat. 5/12 - Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta – “Love Local” Beer & Wine Garden @Kelly Drive/Schuylkill River, Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 5/12 - Don't Block the Bocks @Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, Pa. (All day; $PAYG)
Sat. 5/12 - Monkey Madness @Nodding Head, Philadelphia, Pa. (3:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG)
Tue. 5/15 - Fegley's Brew Works Night @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/17 - Brooklyn Brewery Beer Sampling @The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $Free)
Thu. 5/17 - Beer Garden Blast with Sixpoint Brewery @Wedge + Fig, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $6)
Sat. 5/19 - Mayfair May Fair @The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 5/19 - Kona Tap Takeover @The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $15)
Tue. 5/22 - Philly Beer Scene Best Of Awards Show @World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30pm-10:30pm; $10/$15)
Thu. 5/24 - Night Market @2nd/Poplar in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/24 - Philly Beer Week Pre-game Party @Triumph Brewing, Philadelphia, Pa. (All day; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/31 - Victory Baltic Thunder Vertical @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/31 - Lex Lurhor IPA Release Party @Iron Hill, Chestnut Hill, Pa. (5:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG)

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 5/1 - Smuttynose Tap Takeover @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/3 - First Thursday Beer Tasting and Pig Roast @Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (6:00pm-8:00pm; $Free)
Fri. 5/4 - Friday Night Sampling (Sierra Nevada) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)
Fri. 5/4 - Widmer Brothers Tasting @Blue Dog, Lansdale, Pa. (6:30pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/10 - Weyerbacher Tap Takeover & Firkin @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/11 - Friday Night Sampling (Ommegang) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)
Wed. 5/16 - Founders Tap Takeover @Fingers Wings and Other Things, Conshohocken, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/18 - Friday Night Sampling (Southampton) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)
Fri. 5/25 - Friday Night Sampling (Yards) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 5/1 - May Day, Play Day @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG)
Tue. 5/1 - Mayday Mayday! @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 5/3 - Charity Cask Night (Fruit Lover's Wit to benefit WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio) @Fegley's Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/4 - Barnstormers Tailgate Party @Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/4 - Incubus Friday @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/4 - Friday Night Tasting (Victory) @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free)
Fri. 5/4 - Tim –vs– Matt Cask Challenge @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 5/5 - Saturday Tasting (Dos Equis) @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa. (12:00pm-2:00pm; $Free)
Sun. 5/6 - Bock Fest & Goat Race @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (11:00am-6:00pm; $PAYG)
Sun. 5/6 - SPCA Walk for Paws @Hibernia County Park, Coatesville, Pa. (11:00am-2:00pm; $PAYG)
Mon. 5/7-Sun. 5/13 - 6th Annual Homebrew Contest @Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, Pa. (see website for details)
Fri. 5/11 - Meet The Brewer (Beau Baden from Fegley's Brew Works) @Pearly Baker's, Easton, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG)
Mon. 5/14 - Storm King Monday @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG)
Sat. 5/19 - 15th Anniversary Party @Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, Pa. (3:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 5/19 - Home Brew Festival/Expo @Appalachian Brewing Company, Camp Hill, Pa. (12:00pm-4:00pm; $20)
Sat. 5/19 & Sun. 5/20 - Yorktoberfest Beer Garden @York Fairgrounds, York, Pa. (1:00pm-6:00pm; $15)
Thu. 5/24 - Flying Fish Tap Takeover @Goodnight Irene's, Wildwood, NJ. (7:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/25 - Third Friday Firkin Fest @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/25 - Hop Attack! @Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa. (11:00am-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 5/25 - Mahalo, Apollo! Release Party @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (1:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)

Events Over $20

Thu. 5/3 - 5-course Beer Dinner @Jon's Bar & Grille, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-8:00pm; $40)
POSTPONED UNTIL LATE JUNE Thu. 5/3 - Yards Beer Dinner @Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-9:00pm; $99)
Sat. 5/5 - Beer Fest at the Ballpark @McFadden's at the Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pa. (2:00pm-7:00pm; $20/$40/$50)
Wed. 5/9 - Belgian Beer Dinner @Barbuzzo, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $55)
Sat. 5/19 - Wheat Beer Fest @South Philadelphia Tap Room, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $TBD)
Sat. 5/19 - Northeast Philadelphia Beer Festival @Cannstatter Volkfest Verein, Philadelphia, Pa. (1:00pm-5:00pm; $30/$35)
Sat. 5/19 - Beer Barons to Homebrewers: Tour The Past. Taste The Present. @West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa. (1:00pm-5:00pm; $25)
Tue. 5/29 - Russian River / Sierra Nevada Collaboration Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $95)

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
throughout May 2012 - Beer Making, Cheese Making, and Wine Making classes (throughout the month) @Keystone Homebrew, Bethlehem & Montgomeryville, Pa. (See website for all the class details)
Sat. 5/5 - Spring Craft Beer Fest @High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ (1:00pm-6:30pm; $40/$60)
Sun. 5/6 - Bus Trip to Sly Fox Bockfest & Goat Race @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (9:00am-5:00pm; $50)
Thu. 5/10 - Artisan Cheese and Beer Pairing @Iron Hill, Media, Pa. (6:00pm & 8:00pm seatings; $35)
Sat. 5/19 - Brandywine Valley Craft Brewer's Festival @Iron Hill, Media, Pa. (1:00pm-5:00pm; $5/$45/$50)
Sat. 5/19 - Hampton BrewFest @Phoenix Sports Club, Feasterville, Pa. (1:00pm-5:00pm; $10/$35/$40/$45)
Tue. 5/29 - Spring Beer Dinner @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ (7:00pm-9:00pm; $70)

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 5/5 - S.I.P. Firkin Fest @Canal Street Pub, Reading, Pa. (6:00pm-10:00pm; $40)
Tue. 5/8 - Ocho de Mayo Beer Dinner @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (7:00pm; $70)
Wed. 5/9 - BackYARDS BBQ Beer Dinner @Uno's, Exton, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $55)
Fri. 5/11 - Stoudt's Epic Anniversary Party @Stoudt's, Adamstown, Pa. (6:00pm-11:00pm; $35/$145/$290)
Sat. 5/12 - Brewfest at Mount Hope @Mount Hope Estate, Manheim, Pa. (11:00am-3:00pm, 4:30pm-8:30pm; $15/$20/$40/$45)
Sat. 5/12 - Washington Crossing Brewfest @Washington Crossing Historic Park, Washington Crossing, Pa. (12:30pm-4:30pm; $10/$40)
Wed. 5/16 - Lancaster (England) Beer Dinner @Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pa. (6:00pm; $50)
Sat. 5/19 - AC Beer vs. Wine @Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ (7:00pm-11:00pm; $40/$70/$75/$80)
Tue. 5/29 & Wed. 5/30 - Spring Beer Dinner @Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa. (6:00pm-9:00pm; $70)

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