Philly is still a beer drinkers’ town, even with the cocktail bars, speakeasy-style parlors, and week dedicated to wine, and the ever-expanding Philly Beer Week is proof. Now run by non-profit Philly Loves Beer, the city’s suds celebration is in its 10th year and there are hundreds of events to choose from — including several where the food rivals the brews for your attention. Here are 12 good bets. Pour through all of the #PBW2017 events here.
Rooster Soup Co. (1526 Sansom Street) is staying open late on Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3, for two rounds of Late Night Beer Breakfast, starting at 10 p.m. and going until midnight. On Friday, Round Guys Brewing will be taking over the taps with beers usually poured only at Round Guys Brew Pubs. On Saturday, it’s Evil Genius Beer Company’s turn. Pair the brews with Rooster Soup’s new breakfast burger, and feel good about it — in keeping with the restaurant’s community-minded mission, all of the profits from both events will go to help Philadelphians in need through the Broad Street Hospitality Collaborative.
Taproom on 19th (2400 S. 19th Street) loves a block party. On Saturday, June 3, Philly-based Origlio Beverage will be at the South Philly spot for this indoor/outdoor party pouring Rodenbach FruitAge, Pizza Boy Brewing Co.’s Sour Murren, Pollen Nation from 2SP, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, and several more. To eat, there will be some top-notch barbecue, with desserts from Kay Kay’s Cakes and Café Jeet, plus gelato from D'Emilio's Old World Ice Treats.
Be one of the first to try Northern Liberties Standard Lager, a collaborative brew from Sly Fox, Standard Tap owner William Reed, and fourth-generation brewmaster Bill Moeller, at Brunch with the Brewers at Standard Tap on Sunday, June 4. Moeller has spent 67 of his 91 years making beer and Standard Lager is based off a recipe found in a notebook belonging to his father, in an entry dated February 6, 1920. Meet Moeller at the brunch, along with Reed and Sly Fox brewmaster Brian O’Reilly.
Alla Spina (1410 Mount Vernon Street) and Half Acre Beer Co. are teaming up for a beer and hoagies night they’re dubbing Half Foot with Half Acre on Sunday, June 4. Kensington’s Martha will also be pitching in. Beers on draft include Half Acre’s Galactic Double Daisy Cutter and Switchblade Bikini Berliner Weisse, among others.
Drink local at The Dandelion’s (124 S. 18th Street) Victory Brunch on Sunday, June 4. Three Victory Brewing Company beers will be on draft and the kitchen will be whipping up bites designed to be paired with them. Brunch is on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Thursday, June 8, Ranstead Room bartender Ryan Foster will be at Dandelion (both are Stephen Starr spots) mixing up five different beer cocktails.
Good King Tavern (614 S. 7th Street) is pouring unusual beers from Europe at its Brews From Abroad dinner on Monday, June 5. The five-course meal starts with a quinoa and smoked mussel salad paired with Benediktiner Helles Lager from Germany, moves through a couple of interesting courses to roasted duck with a harissa-orange blossom glaze with De La Goutte d'Or La Mome from France, and ends with a chocolate stout pot de crème with Brick By Brick Shark’s Coffee Pot Sweet Stout from Lithuania, for $65 a head.
Just like in this Adult Swim…whatever it is, there are Too Many Cooks at Sancho Pistola’s (19 W. Girard Avenue) on Tuesday, June 6. Han Chiang of Han Dynasty, Chad Durkin of Carlo's Bakery and Cake Boss, Matthew Gansert of Jaxon, Chris Kearse of Will, Craig Russell of Coop, and Richard Sandoval of Aqimero are joining Adan Trinidad in Sancho Pistola’s kitchen for what’s sure to be Too Much Food (and beer). Tickets are $100.
Pizzeria Stella (420 S. 2nd Street) is having a picnic. On Wednesday, June 7, eat outside during Dinner Under the Shambles. It’s a four-course, family-style meal from executive chef Shane Solomon, with beers from 2SP Brewing. 2SP brewers will be on hand to hang out and talk about their creations. It’s $60 per person.
Short’s Brewing Company is heading to Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Avenue) in Northeast Philly on Wednesday, June 7, for a Beer Garden Beer Pairing Party from 6-9 p.m. Three Short’s brews will be on offer with a dish that goes with each. Small pours are available for those who want to try all three.
Sit down to Breakfast For Dinner (and beer) at Jose Pistola’s (263 S. 15th Street) on Wednesday, June 7, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Rob Todd from Allagash Brewing Company will be there with several beers, including Emile, a wild ale aged in French dessert wine barrels, and Verdomme, a tripel aged in rye whiskey barrels, while the restaurant serves up breakfast-y food to go with the drinks.
Don a fascinator, nibble on tea sandwiches and pastries, and daintily sip beer at Belgian Café’s (601 N. 21st Street) Ladies Beer Tea hosted by Nancy Rigberg of Home Sweet Homebrew. It’s happening Saturday, June 10, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and tickets are $28.
Fishtown FestivALE is the beer-themed carnival it sounds like. Frankford Hall, Fette Sau, Johnny Brenda’s, Bottle Bar East, Kensington Quarters, and other neighbors are hosting a block party on Frankford Avenue between Girard and Master with music, games, plenty of beer, and lots of summertime food. Johnny Brenda’s will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, soft shell crab sandwiches, potato salad, and corn on the cob. Expect meaty offerings from Frankford Hall, Fette Sau, and KQ. It’s on for Saturday, June 10, from noon-10 p.m.