Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Philly Beer Week 2017 set to kickoff tomorrow

(Fergie put on quite a show in 2016 during the HOG tour stop at The Belgian Cafe.)

The first day of Philly Beer Week is upon us. For the first two years, it was on a Friday in March. The following seven, it was a Friday in June. This year, the tenth anniversary of PBW, it's a Thursday. Tomorrow to be precise, if you haven't been following along closely enough.

Leading up to the Opening Tap kickoff again is the Hammer of Glory tour around the city. From the organization behind Philly Beer Week - Philly Loves Beer - here's a bit of background and the precise schedule of HOG movement around town. The weather looks nearly as perfect as could be asked for to kick off the annual celebration of great beer in Philadelphia. I'll be out there checking in around town and at Opening Tap. Will you?

The official mascot of PBW, the Hammer of Glory (HOG) is a custom, hand-forged keg hammer that travels throughout the region and across the United States as an ambassador for Philadelphia beer throughout the year. Starting in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, June 1 the HOG will be passed Olympic torch-style from venue to venue along the HOG Relay, a day-long, beer-fueled carnival that visits various bars, breweries and restaurants. Conveyances have included a festive mix of the weirdly absurd (ziplining from atop Standard Tap, for example, or escorting the HOG to Yards Brewing in a DeLorean) and insanely practical (ascending 51 floors to take in the majestic views from SkyGarten, then leading a cavalcade of motorcycles at TIME). This year’s HOG Relay will be sponsored by SugarHouse Casino and revelers can jump on and off their double-decker bus by purchasing a $10 ticket (click here). The HOG Relay will stop at the following venues:
 *This schedule is subject to change
  • 9:00 a.m., Hop Angel Brauhaus, 7980 Oxford Avenue
  • 9:33 a.m., SawTown Tavern, 4717 Princeton Avenue
  • 9:56 a.m., Grey Lodge Pub, 6235 Frankford Avenue
  • 10:24 a.m., Bonk’s Bar, 3467 Richmond Street
  • 11:02 a.m., Philly Brewing Company, 2439 Amber Street
  • 11:31 a.m., Evil Genius, 1727 North Front Street
  • 12:00 p.m., Saint Benjamin, 1710 North 5th Street
  • 12:33 p.m., London Grill, 2301 Fairmount Avenue
  • 12:52 p.m., The Belgian CafĂ©, 601 North 21st Street
  • 1:30 p.m., Billy Penn, 1429 Walnut Street
  • 1:46 p.m., Jose Pistola’s, 263 South 15th Street
  • 2:07 p.m., Garage Passyunk, 1231 East Passyunk Avenue
  • 2:35 p.m., Varga Bar, 941 Spruce Street
  • 3:03 p.m., Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom Street
  • 3:25 p.m., Opa & Drury Beer Garden, 1311 Sansom Street
  • 3:39 p.m., Tiki, 102 South 13th Street
  • 3:53 p.m., TIME, 1315 Sansom Street
  • 4:16 p.m., Craftsman Row Saloon, 112 South 8th Street
  • 4:59 p.m., El Camino Real, 1030 North 2nd Street
  • 5:13 p.m., Heritage, 914 North 2nd Street
  • 5:27 p.m., Standard Tap, 901 North 2nd Street
  • 5:50 p.m., Yards Brewing, 901 North Delaware Avenue
  • 6:13 p.m., Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
  • 6:27 p.m., Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
  • 6:41 p.m., Garage Fishtown, 100 East Girard Avenue
  • 6:59 p.m., The Fillmore, 29 East Allen Street

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