Philly Beer Week 2019
There are a few things that people should know about Philly:
- Rocky is a saint.
- Cheesesteaks are awesome.
- The beer is better than the water.
The last one isn’t even up for debate — the Schyukill Punch (aka, Philly tap water) is the scourge of Philadelphia, while the beer in the area is really rather good.
Actually, it’s better than “rather good.” Philly beer is awesome.
Since, down in Cape May, we root for the Phillies and the Eagles and the Flyers and the 76ers, we get to consider Cape May Brewing Company as a part of the great beer in Philadelphia, particularly since you’re able to find our beer throughout the city and the counties beyond.
That’s why, when Philly Beer Week rolls around each year, we jump in feet first. And this year’s festival running May 31st through June 9th is no exception.
“Philly Beer Week is one of the best weeks of the year,” says Events Coordinator Randi Friel. “There are a ton of great events throughout the city, and so many awesome bars and venues take part. The City of Brotherly Love becomes one big beerfest. There’s nothing like it.”
While brewing in Philadelphia is not a new thing — William Frampton founded the first brewery in the city at the corner of Front and Walnut streets in 1685 –, Philly Beer Week is a relatively new phenomenon, having begun in 2008, and has since become the nation’s largest beer celebration of its kind.
Which makes sense. After all, Philly has been called the best beer-drinking city in the country.
More than 100 locations will be hosting events throughout the city, with beer festivals, tap takeovers, tastings, homebrewing competitions, classes, and so much more. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to get your picture taken with the Hammer of Glory, the official symbol of Philly Beer Week.
We’ll be at the events below!
The Pink Boots Society is a national organization of women in the brewing industry, and they’ll be holding a fundraiser for their educational and outreach programs at the Devil’s Den in South Philly.
We participated in their annual collaboration brew day, where the women of Cape May Brewing Co. brewed up Maybe She’s Brewed with It, a sour ale with mango and cherries, brewed with the Pink Boots hops blend of Loral, Glacier, Mosaic, Simcoe, Sabro.
There, you’ll be able to sample some of the collaboration beers with the women who created them. The Hammer of Glory will stop by during the annual relay, and $1 from every draft will be donated to the Pink Boots Scholarship Fund.
While the event runs all day, things will kick into high gear around 9pm, after Opening Tap is over.
Opening Tap — Friday, May 31st, 7:30-10:30pm
Each year, Philly Beer Week kicks off with Opening Tap, this year held at the 2300 Arena in South Philly.
With more than 60 breweries including well-known local, national, and international names, you’ll be able to break in those dancing shoes with Fava la Chic spinning tunes. And, if you’ve always dreamed of fronting your very own band, your dreams can come true with live band karaoke furnished by Pat Finnerty & the Full Band.
Head over to 2300 Arena’s website for tickets!
Swing by Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown, grab a seat in their outdoor cafe, and enjoy a major seafood feast! They’ll be serving up clambakes for two, seafood towers, oysters, shrimp, and so much more.
Tide to Table at American Sardine Bar — Tuesday, June 4th, 4-9pm
We’ve featured American Sardine Bar on our blog before, an up-and-coming Point Breeze gastropub with an eclectic menu including those eponymous sardines — grilled, sauteed, fried, in sandwiches or on their own.
You’ll be able to sip on Tan Limes, Cape May IPA Nitro, Cape May Lager, Always Ready, Summer Catch, and The Bog as the sun sets in their backyard while Chef Doreen DeMarco serves up shrimp cocktail, boardwalk fries, crab salad, and raw oysters. Or, if the seafood doesn’t strike your fancy, try their spaghetti grilled cheese sandwich. It’s to die for!
Jenga Night at Thirsty Dice — Wednesday, June 5th, 5-7pm
If board games are life, Thirsty Dice in Fairmount has over 800 to choose from, as well as local craft brews, coffee from Herman’s, cocktails, milkshakes, and a “comfy” menu of sharable snacks, sweets, mac-n-cheese, French bread pizzas, and a ton more.
We’ll be there for a tap takeover featuring Devil’s Reach, Sophisticated Lady, Always Ready, Summer Catch, and The Bog. Order a pint and keep the glass, and, if you win a Jenga game, you’ll bring home the CMBC swag of your choice.
We’ll be taking over the taps during their weekly Quizzo with Kasia, and you may note some specialized categories, including a Jersey Shore round, a Philly round, and a beer round, all starting at 9pm. We’ll be there at 8, and you’ll be able to order a Cape May brew and keep the glass.
Tap Takeover at Whole Foods, Newtown Square — Thursday, June 6th, 5-7pm
Even Delco is getting in on the Philly Beer Week action! The Whole Foods out in the ‘burbs in Newtown Square will be hosting a tap takeover.
Clam Bake at City Tap — Sunday, June 9th, 1-4pm
We’ll be taking over the taps at City Tap in University City, and they’ll be serving up a real nice clambake with kielbasa, potatoes, and corn for only $20.
That looks like a killer lineup! Philly Beer Week is always one of our favorite weeks of the year, and this year is shaping up to be no different. It’s gonna be a great week. See you soon!