With only 45 days until Philly Beer Week kick starts across the region—yes, we’re counting—we highly encourage you to put your clicking finger to use and secure your spot at 2014’s first event, Opening Tap.
Unfolding May 30, 7–10 p.m., Opening Tap is the “it” event of Philly Beer Week, one kicked off by the ceremonial “first tap” courtesy of Mayor Michael Nutter. For 2014, the leading beer tasting has moved to the spacious landscape of the 23rd Street Armory (located at 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia), featuring 30+ breweries, each pouring several of their sought-after releases.
Opening Tap is also the only place to taste the first drops of Philly Tripel, the local collaborative beer of PBW 2014 brewed by Dock Street and Brouwerji Dilweyns of Belgium.
Who else will be attending? Participating breweries to include Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery, Dock Street Brewery, Evolution Craft Brewing, Evil Genius, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Naked Brewing, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Round Guys Brewing Company, Sly Fox, Stoudt’s Brewing Company, Susquehanna Brewing Co., Victory Brewing Co., and many more.
General admission tickets cost $45 per person, with VIP tickets pricing at $90 per person (includes early entry at 6 p.m., exclusive beer sampling, tasty food). Designated driver tickets are also available at $25 per person. Purchase Opening Tap tickets here.
The annual Philly Beer Week celebration will unfold May 30–June 8 throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs (Main Line events included!) featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings, meet-the-brewer nights, and more. Other confirmed highlights of the 10-day celebration of beer include the following events: the Throwdown in Franklintown, an all-out war between Yards head brewer and president Tom Kehoe and Kite & Key owner Jim Kirk; London Grill’s Dunk Tank, a beer-themed charity event that benefits the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS); and The Fishtown FestivALE, an outdoor street festival that features live music and plenty of ice-cold beer.
More details and the full schedule of events available at www.phillybeerweek.org.