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May 25, 2017

Hey beer drinkers! Mark these PBW events down in your calendar now

A guide to this year's best events

Festivals Philly Beer Week
beer on bar Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Philly Beer Week, a 10-day citywide beer festival, will run from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 11 this year. 2017 marks the celebration's 10th anniversary.

“Looking back at 10 years, I have to admit PBW has exploded beyond my wildest expectations,” Tom Peters, PBW co-founder and proprietor of Monk’s Cafe, stated. 

“The first year I remember saying I’d be really happy if we had 20 participants and 30 events."

Now, PBW features hundreds of events.

Annually, Opening Tap & The Hammer of Glory Relay kicks off the celebration the night before PBW officially begins. Then, each day features numerous events for beer fans.

Since it's impossible to attend everything, we've compiled a list below to help narrow down the best events offered. Just decide what kind of beer drinker you are and circle the date in your calendar.

For the native Philly beer drinker...

23 Years of The Special, aka The CityWide

Being able to order a Citywide Special, a pairing of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jim Beam that traditionally costs $3, is one of the best things about drinking in Philly bars.

To celebrate the match-made-in-heaven, Bob & Barbara's is throwing a wedding/drag show. The details are unclear, but it sounds fun.

Monday, June 5
7 p.m. to midnight | Free to attend
Bob & Barbara's Lounge
1509 South St.

For the social beer drinker...

Fishtown FestivALE

Drink on the street at this PBW festival on Frankford Avenue. There will be craft beer, DJ entertainment, pulled pork sandwiches, soft shell crab sandwiches and more street eats.

The outdoor party is family-friendly.

Saturday, June 10
noon to 10 p.m. | Free to attend
Frankford Ave., between Girard and Master

Beers Under the Big Top

Step right up and enjoy a circus-themed beer fest with more than 150 beers to sample, carnival games, stilt walkers, carnival food and sword swallowers.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person.

Saturday, June 3
1:30-5 p.m. | $50 per person
The Navy Yard  
4747 S. Broad St.

For the competitive beer drinker...

Let's Make a Deal Night 1 and Let's Make a Deal Night 2

For those not familiar, "Let's Make a Deal" was a television game show that originated in the '60s. During the game show, selected members of the studio audience, referred to as "traders," make deals with the host. 

In most cases, a trader will be offered something of value and given a choice of whether to keep it or exchange it for a different item.

PWB will host its own version of the game over two nights at Grey Lodge Pub. Remember to bring something to trade!

Tuesday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 7
7-10 p.m. | Free to attend
Grey Lodge Pub
6235 Frankford Ave.

For the science-minded beer drinker...

Beer Lab at the The Franklin Institute

Learn about the process behind brewing beer in an interactive workshop, then enjoy a selection of beer samples.

Tickets are $30 per person.

Wednesday, June 7
7-midnight | $30 per person
Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.

For the highbrow beer drinker...

Shakespeare at the Bar

While enjoying a cold beer, watch live performances inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Sunday, June 4
5-8 p.m. | Free to attend
City Taphouse: University City
3925 Walnut St.

Raven Society Rooftop Biergarten

The Raven Society will host a party on the Free Library of Philadelphia's Skyline Terrace for the launch of Dr. Patrick E. McGovern’s book "Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created."

The book chronicles the journey of McGovern and Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione as they seek out beer recipes dating back to ancient times. One is the "Midas Touch," which is a recipe found inside the tomb of King Midas from 700 B.C. 

Tickets for the rooftop beer garden are $40 (Raven Society members receive a discount). 

Tuesday, June 6
6-9 p.m. | $35-$40 per person
Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central branch
1901 Vine St.

For the music-loving beer drinker...

A Night of nicethings

Hip hop artist Chill Moody will perform at Heritage in celebration of the official can release of nicethings IPA, a beer he collaborated on with Dock Street Brewery.

Other Dock Street Brewery beers will be available, too.

Friday, June 2
10 p.m. to 2 p.m. | Free to attend
914 N. Second St.

For the charitable beer drinker... 

Dunk a Trump for ACLU

A Trump impersonator will sit in the dunk tank to help El Camino Real raise money for the ACLU.

There will be beers, "drunken doughnuts" and other food specials, too.

Saturday, June 3
2-6 p.m. | Free to attend
El Camino Real
1040 N. Second St.

For the outdoorsy beer drinker... 

Beer and Boats on the Schuylkill River

Local brews will be served at the Bartram's Garden Community Boathouse on the Schuylkill River, and kayaks and rowboats will be available to take out on the river.

Tickets are $15 per person ($10 for members of Bartram’s Garden) and include the cost of a beer and an excursion out onto the Schuylkill River.

Thursday, June 8
4-8 p.m. | $15 per person 
Bartram's Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

For the artsy beer drinker...

Art on Beer

Frankford Hall will host a panel discussion on the process of beer label design, featuring some of the trend-setting artists.

Tuesday, June 6
7-9 p.m. | $20 per person
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Ave.

Can Art Contest

Attendees will receive blank cans to decorate as they please. There will be guest judges and prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, so get creative with your beer design.

Sunday, June 4
1-5 p.m. | Free to attend
Garage Fishtown
100 E. Girard Ave.