Saturday, April 28, 2018

Beer Event Calendar: Philadelphia & beyond: What To Do in May 2018

Each year, May sees a plethora of festivals pop onto the beer calendar. No exception this year. A bit light at this point, but I needed to get this done before heading off to the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville. Follow along with me on the socials (Facebook, Twitter, that stuff). There'll be some material here too, if nothing else, winners of the World Beer Cup.

After this, Philly Beer Week is due to land again in the city beginning on June 1. What do the planners have in store for us this year? Time will tell.

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

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

Thu. 5/3; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. — Dock Street Takeover at The Porch at The Porch at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Two Roads Tasting at Beer Love in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/4; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — May The 4th Be With You at Evil Genius Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/5; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. — Maifest at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG or $100 VIP]
Sat. 5/5; 12 p.m. — Derby Day at Khyber Pass Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/5; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Kentucky Derby & Cinco de Mayo Bar Crawl at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 5/6; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. — 5 Year Anniversary Beach Party at Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 5/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 5/12; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — IPA, Champagne, & Rosé Block Party at Hawthornes in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 5/14; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Wed. 5/16; 5 p.m. — Brewery Happy Hour Series at Strangelove's in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Wed. 5/16; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — You Buy The Glass at The Abbaye in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/17; 7 p.m. — Fishtown Beer Runners & Avery Brewing at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/19; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Wheat Beer Fest at South Philadelphia Tap Room in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 5/21; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Wed. 5/23; 5 p.m. — Beer School at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 5/25; 2 p.m.-9 p.m. — Towel Day at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 5/28; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 5/31; 6 p.m. — Founders Tap Takeover at Kraftwork in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]

after May in Philadelphia
Fri. 6/1 through Sun. 6/10; Various times — Philly Beer Week at Many quality breweries and bars in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Varies]

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 5/3; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — 2SP Charity Night at 2SP Brewing Company in Aston, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/3; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Imperial Stout Beer Release at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/3; 5 p.m. — Mahalo Apollo! Beer Garden Opening Party at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/3; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Sterling Pig Happy Hour at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/5; All day — Cinco de Mayo at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/10; 5 p.m. — Rescue 9 Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/11; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Allagash Brewing Tasting at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 5/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Devils Backbone Tasting at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. [$Free]
Thu. 5/17; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Sly Fox Tasting at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 5/26; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Neshaminy Creek Tasting at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, Pa. [$Free]

after May in Philadelphia's close suburbs
Sat. 6/9; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Six Year Anniversary Party at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pa. [$PAYG]

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 4/27 through Sun. 5/6; Various times — Suburban Beer Week at 13 local restaurants and breweries in around far suburbia of Philadelphia [$Varies]
Thu. 5/3; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/3; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Foreign Objects Tap Takeover at Barley Mow Craft Beer House in West Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/3; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Hopocalypse Kickoff at Blueprint Brewing Company in Harleysville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/3; 4:30 p.m. — Vintage & Vinyl — Very Berry Month of May at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/3; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Tröegs Tap Attack at Funck's in Leola, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/4;  12 p.m.-8 p.m. — May the 4th x First Firkin Friday at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/4; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Friday Tasting at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 5/4; 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. — May The 4th Be With You at Oakbrook Brewing Company in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/4; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Victory Brewing at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/5; 12 p.m. — Cinco de Mayo at Berlin Brewing Company in Berlin, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/5; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. — Cinco de Neshaminy at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 5/6; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Bock Fest & Goat Race at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 5/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Beers with Bryan at Chesapeake & Maine in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$15]
Wed. 5/9; 7 p.m.-8 p.m. — May Beer Class: Understanding Hops at The Foodery-Phoenixville in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/11; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Friday Tasting at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 5/12; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — BBQ & Beer at Herman's Coffee in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/12; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Sip Into Spring Festival at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/12; 12 p.m. — 3rd Anniversary Part at Stable 12 Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 5/14; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — HiJinx / U&F collabo — American Craft Beer Week at Union and Finch in Allentown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 5/14 through Sat. 5/19; All day — American Craft Beer Week Celebration at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/17; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Fish Taco Pairing With Evil Twin at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 5/17 through Sat. 5/19; 5 p.m. — Goin' Fishin' — Dogfish Head & Seafood Weekend at Two Stones Pub in Jennersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 5/18; 4 p.m. — Firefly Ale Release at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/19; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Anniversary Fest at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/19; All day — America the Brettiful Limited Bottle Release at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/19; All day — 5th Anniversary Celebration at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/19; 2 p.m. — Brews for Bassets at Levante Brewing Company in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Taps, Tunes, & Trucks at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 5/19; 11 a.m. — Anniversary Party at Station Taproom & Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 5/23; 5:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m. — 5K Race to Benefit the ARL at Fork & Ale in Douglassville, Pa. [$15]

Events Over $20

Wed. 5/2; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — 2018 Taste of the Invitational at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, Pa. [$20-$90]
Sat. 5/5; 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Washington Crossing Brewfest at Washington Crossing Park in New Hope, Pa. [$10-$45]
Sat. 5/12; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level One at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$150-$200]
Sun. 5/13; 12 p.m.-9 p.m. — Punk In Drublic at Festival Pier at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, Pa. [$49.50-$99.50]
Sat. 5/19; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa. [$19.95-$16.95]
Thu. 5/24; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beef, Bourbon, & Beer at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$81-$109]

after May in Philadelphia
Fri. 6/1; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Craft Beer and Cheese Pairing at Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. [$51-$89]

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 5/19; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. [$5-$45]
Mon. 5/28; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. — Memorial Day BBQ & Brews at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$25]

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 5/4; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — May Beer Experience — Intergalactic Space Odyssey at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$48]
Sat. 5/12; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — "Most Craftacular" Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$29.95]
Sat. 5/12; 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival at Kimberton Fairgrounds in Phoenixville, Pa. [$10-$65]
Sat. 5/12; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Brewfest at Mount Hope at Mount Hope Estate & Winery in Mount Hope, Pa. [$50-$55]
Sat. 5/19; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Truffle and Brew Pairing Murder Mystery at 16 Mile Brewing Company in Georgetown, Del. [$40]
Sat. 5/19; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Handcrafted at Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, NJ [$60-$80]
Fri. 5/25; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. — Blues 'n' Brews at Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester, Pa. [$45-$50]

after May in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 6/2; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — Yardley Beer Festival at Delaware Avenue in Yardley, Pa. [$40-$50]
Sat. 6/9; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. & 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Wildwood Beer Fest at Fox Park in Wildwood, NJ [$5-$35]
Sat. 6/9; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Roy-Pitz Inaugural Brewers Bash Disc Golf Tournament at Sedgley Woods in Philadelphia, Pa. [$50 entry fee]

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