Friday, June 08, 2012

Philly Beer Week 2012: Day 7 Wrap-Up

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The beauty of doing a Philly Beer Week wrap-up is that there's almost no way in which I, or anyone else, can be wrong in my assessment. After all, with an average of 80 or so "events" a day (and let's be honest, after five years, there are still quite a few questionable "events" on the calendar, but let's move along), no one will or can see it all to render an opinion on how the whole of the day went down.

So, instead, here is my account of the seventh day, June 7, of Philly Beer Week 2012 based upon my whereabouts. To the extent that I have credible second- or third-hand accounts of the day, I'll be including them in each day's wrap-up as well.

First, a link to Picasa and my day 7 of PBW wrapped up in pictures.

And, now, some brief notes in no particular order other than perhaps chronologically.

~ Somewhere along the way, probably Ommegang BCTC, I was introduced to Kan Jam by someone like Corey Reid from Sly Fox and was instantly hooked. Last year, they used their With Love Beer Garden event at The Four Seasons Hotel to conduct a competition amongst teams that signed up. William Reed (Standard Tap) and I came within a throw of moving on to the finals.

~ This was the year to make amends. And make amends we did. We cruised, undefeated, into the finals for a best of 3 match. We split the first two games by close margins and then got obliterated 21-11 in the final game. No worries, though, as second prize was a case of great Sly Fox canned beers!

~ Otherwise, at The Four Seasons put on another great show of a featured local brewery, paired with their kitchen's food, and hosted outdoors in their lovely courtyard.

~ After fun 'n' games, we made our way up to Kite & Key for a quick plate of fried pickles (yes, again) and Goose Island leftovers.

~ This was just buying time, though, until TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb set 21st/Green ablaze with their rocking tunes from the back corner of The Belgian CafĂ©. A couple of leftover De Molen beers and some fine kibitzing with Fergie and others that I hadn't yet seen during PBW '12 (looking at you Chris from Teresa's Next Door and Jill — great to see you both) and a bunch of toe-tapping 'til midnight made for an awesome close to day 7 of Philly Beer Week.

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