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Beer Flows Freely During Beer Week's Opening Weekend

Opening Tap and International Beer Expo return, while a New Jersey brewery celebrates its first anniversary with a food and drink crawl

Philly Beer Week Executive Director Will Reed travels to Opening Tap with the Hammer of Glory in 2015
Philly Beer Week Executive Director Will Reed travels to Opening Tap with the Hammer of Glory in 2015
Photo By Danya Henninger

FISHTOWN -- When it comes to beer events, Philadelphia enjoys an abundance of riches. Though there's literally a beer event every night of the week, only a few can claim to draw out the area's industry employees and true scenesters. Opening Tap, which kicks off Philly Beer Week every year, is one of them. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow night, 40 breweries located within 100 miles of City Hall will showcase their beers at a new location: The Fillmore. Yards will debut its collab with Dutch brewery de Molen and Craig LaBan will be hiding somewhere as winners of his annual Brew-vitational competition are announced. Regular tickets are $46; the VIP session starts an hour earlier, includes food and costs $92.

MT. HOLLY, NJ -- To celebrate their first anniversary, the three guys behind Third State Brewing have put together a passport that encourages people to stroll through historic downtown Mt. Holly to visit various vendors and collect prizes on Saturday. From noon to 10 p.m., visitors can stop at the brewery and three nearby bars to try a different variation of Third State's West Jersey Pale Ale at each location (think coconut, ginger, apricot mango and dry-hop). Those who get a pint at all three will be entered to win a free night at The Lily Inn B&B in town. Ummm Ice Cream Parlor will serve ice cream made with Third State coffee porter, and activities at the brewery itself include a rare bottle release and live music.

SOUTH PHILLY -- Back for their eighth year, the award-winning festival producers from Starfish Junction bring you the International Beer Expo under tents Saturday at the Navy Yard. Where else can you sample 200 beers from 75 international breweries? Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $75.

EAST PASSYUNK -- A fun food option for East Passyunk Craft Beer Day is the Pig Roast with Tired Hands at Bing Bing Dim Sum on Sunday. The sidewalk party runs from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and consists of two roast suckling pigs, 600 housemade buns, sides and Tired Hands on draught. Which ones? American Youth, Hop Hands and collabs with Jester King and Jolly Pumpkin.

Bing Bing Dim Sum

1648 East Passyunk Avenue, , PA 19148 (215) 279-7702 Visit Website

The Fillmore

29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 309-0150 Visit Website

third state brewing

352 High St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060, USA