Even though this weekly calendar looks about the same as usual for quality, you might take a closer look to see if you agree that the quality is yet another notch, at least, higher than per normal. Say what, you ask?
Can you handle 75 lines of Sixpoint at Barcade or a massive Dogfish Head takeover at Hulmeville, both tonight? Try on Saturday's bi-annual Craft Beer Express for size. Take Sunday's annual Brewer's Plate extravaganza for example. Then, recover on Monday with the Russian River version of Mad Monday at Monk's. The city of Philadelphia will be buzzing this weekend in many ways. The only question is what you could possibly do on Friday? Well, there are tasting and samplings here and there and two special releases at two different Iron Hills.
However you choose to partake, be safe, enjoy, and drain those kegs. Oh, and donate generously at Monk's for the Alex's Lemonade Stand fundraiser.
Check out the entire March 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.
Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/12 - 4 Hands Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for a relatively new brewery to our area that is making serious waves in the craft market.)
@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 3/6 - Stoudt's Firkin Night (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG for a special firkin from the geniuses at Stoudt's.)
@Sly Fox, Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa.--- Fri. 3/7 - Incubus Friday (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for the Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks.)
@The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, Pa.--- Fri. 3/7 - Victory Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Victory.)
@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 3/8 - Beer Tasting (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beer from Evil Genius.)
@The Greeks Next Door, Narberth, Pa.--- Fri. 3/7 - Friday Beer Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beer from Oskar Blues.)
@Washington House, Sellersville, Pa.--- Fri. 3/7 - Celtic Beer Tasting (5 p.m.; $PAYG celebrate with three flights of three beers each that represent the tradition and influence of Celtic brews. We'll feature Irish dinner specials for perfect pairings with the beers.)
Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 3/6 - Sixpoint Brewing Night (4 p.m.; $PAYG for 75 (!) lines of beer from one of Brooklyn's finest.)
@Blue Dog, Lansdale, Pa.--- Fri. 3/7 - Lagunitas Beer Tasting (6:30 p.m.; $PAYG for some fine beers from northern California.)
@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa.--- Thu. 3/6 - Hair Of The Dog (fish Head) IX (6 p.m.; $PAYG for Dogfish Head's 60 Minute, 90 Minute, 75 Minute Firkin, World Wide Stout, Raison D’Etre, Positive Contact, Sah’tea, Noble Rot, Hellhound On My Ale, Chateau Jiahu, and Midas Touch – on the Randall with mint and lime.)
@Iron Hill, Wilmington, Del.--- Fri. 3/7 - Shokolad Stout Beer Release (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of this full-bodied Imperial Stout brewed with 44 pounds of chocolate and aged with fresh cocoa nibs and whole vanilla beans.)
@Iron Hill, Media, Pa.--- Fri. 3/7 - Simcoe Buzz IPA Firkin (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for this American IPA brewed with generous amounts of orange blossom honey and single hopped with Simcoe.)
@Iron Hill, Voorhees, NJ--- Sat. 3/8 - Café au Cholcolat (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $PAYG for an 8-beer lineup of coffee and chocolate inspired beers.)
@Pub On Passyunk East (P.O.P.E.), Paoli, Pa.--- Wed. 3/12 - Bell's Tap Takeover (7 p.m.; $PAYG for at least ten beers from Bell's Brewery, special event tap list available at PhillyTapFinder.com.)
@TJ's, Paoli, Pa.--- Thu. 3/6 - Southern Tier Happy Hour (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for Southern Tier's 2011 Bourbon Backburner, 2012 Oat, Choklat, Unearthly, Live, 2X One, and 2X Rye.)
Anniversaries/Parties, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@12 local beer-centric bars, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 3/8 - Craft Beer Express (11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $10 for all-the-rides-you-need and $PAYG at each bar along the way.)
@Bulls Head Public House, Lititz, Pa.--- Mon. 3/10 through Sat. 3/15 - 4th Anniversary Celebration ($PAYG; See website for all the tappings, raffles, and other details.)
@Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 3/10 - Mad Monday (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for a very special, cash-only draft list, plus a magnum of Cantillon Gueuze, to raise at least $25,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand. See website for all the details.)
@Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Sat. 3/8 - Pre-St. Patty's Pub Crawl ($PAYG for special beers from Founders, Bell's, Goose Island, and Stone.)
@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 3/11 - Teresa's Travels ($PAYG to, like Spanish dancing, get downright sexy.)
Food and Beer events
@Cavanaugh's (Rittenhouse), Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/12 - Brew and Chew (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $25 for select craft beers from Southern Tier Brewing Company paired with appetizers.)
@High Street Caffe, West Chester, Pa.--- Tue. 3/11 - Victory Beer Dinner (7:30 p.m.; $TBD for Victory beers paired with Creole-Cajun inspired dishes.)
@Inn Of The Hawke, Lambertville, NJ--- Mon. 3/10 - Neshaminy Creek Beer Dinner (7 p.m.; $40 for a four-course meal paired with Trauger Pilsner, Churchville Lager, County Line IPA, Mudbank Milk Stout, and Tribute Triple.)
@Isaac's Pickle Bar, Lancaster, Pa.--- Sat. 3/8 - Saturday Brew Review (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25 for a four-course meal and select drafts from York's Liquid Hero brewery.)
@Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 3/9 - The Brewer's Plate (5:30 p.m.; $55-$135 to sample from the region's outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers.)
@Pronto Bistro Italiano, Thorndale, Pa.--- Wed. 3/12 - Victory Beer Dinner (6:30 p.m.; $55 for recipes direct from Italy and beer direct from Downingtown.)
@The Foodery (Roxborough), Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/12 - Tröegs and Yards Beer Dinner ($TBD for a dinner from Mel's Kitchen served with beers from Tröegs and Yards.)
@The Orchards Ballroom, Chambersburg, Pa.--- Sat. 3/8 - Smoke Em If You Got Em (2 p.m.-12 a.m.; $PAYG for Blowfish BBQ and lots of Roy Pitz Beers.)
Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa.--- Thu. 3/6 - Charity Cask Night (5 p.m.; $PAYG as 100% of Blueberry Oatmeal Stout will be donated to Animal Health and Welfare.)
@Keg & Kitchen, Westmont, NJ--- Mon. 3/10 - Beer School (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $25-$30 to put some of New Jersey's best craft beers against some of the region's best and see who comes out on top. Flying Fish brewery, Carton Brewery, River Horse Brewery, or others versus what we think are great regional brews.)
@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- each Wednesday through 3/12 - St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG to earn chances to win a trip to Ireland. See website for all the details.)
@Sly Fox, Pottstown, Pa.--- each Thursday through 3/13 - St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG to earn chances to win a trip to Ireland. See website for all the details.)