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The 10-day celebration of hops and pints, better known as Philly Beer Week, kicks off on Friday, June 3, with Opening Tap from 7–10 p.m. at The Fillmore Philadelphia (29 E. Allen St.), in Philadelphia’s Fishtown.
Tickets are now available for the opening event, including three tiers of admission—general ($46), VIP ($92) and designated driver ($25). General admission includes complimentary 4-ounce tastings from over 30 local breweries, as well as a souvenir glass. Attendees can sample the debut of Fire, Flood & Plague, the collaborative brew created by Amsterdam’s Brouwerij de Molen and Philly’s own Yards Brewing. The porter is brewed with licorice—a favorite candy in The Netherlands—and hopped with Amarillo and Galena that clocks in at 9.9 percent ABV.
VIP admission includes an additional hour of access, beginning at 6 p.m., plus rare and exclusive beers from Brewery ARS not yet commercially available. VIP ticket holders will also be treated to a delicious buffet provided by Whole Foods Markets.
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Festivities will begin with the arrival of the Hammer of Glory and the ceremonial tapping of Brotherly Suds 7, a collaboration beer created by seven distinctly local breweries, including Iron Hill, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Victory, Troegs, Yards and Stoudts.
In an effort to highlight the incredible brewing talent of the Philadelphia region, Philly Beer Week has narrowed its definition of local—all participating breweries must be located within a 100-mile radius of City Hall. Breweries pouring at Opening Tap include Main Line favorites 2SP, Barren Hill Brewery, Conshohocken Brewing, Forest and Main, Iron Hill, Sly Fox Brewing, Stable 12 Brewery, Victory Brewing Company and many more.
Opening Tap isn’t the only must-attend event on the calendar during Philly Beer Week. The celebration take place throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs, including the Main Line, featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings, meet-the-brewer events and more.
For more information, visit www.phillybeerweek.org.