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January 16, 2023

Try German-style beers from Pa. brewers at Bierfest in Northern Liberties

The festival also includes Roller Derby arm wrestling, Berlin-style 'beerlesque' acts and bluegrass music

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Bierfest Northern Liberties Tembela Bohle/Pexels

Bierfest, a Philadelphia beer festival featuring German-style brews, returns Saturday Feb. 25, 2023 after a two-year hiatus. The festival will be held at the German Society of Pennsylvania's 19th century mansion in Northern Liberties.

Beer lovers can sample lagers, kôlsches, bocks and weizens in a historic venue when Bierfest returns to Northern Liberties next month after a two-year hiatus. 

The 10th iteration of the festival, which highlights Pennsylvania brewers and German beers, takes places Saturday, Feb. 25 at the German Society of Pennsylvania's 19th century mansion. 

Activities include Roller Derby arm wrestling, educational presentations, the "Home Sweet HomeBräu Taste-Off" and Berlin-style "Beerlesque" acts. There also will be live bluegrass music.

All beers being poured during the event are donated from participating Pennsylvania brewers, retailers, bars and German importers and distributors. Bierfest organizers are still welcoming local brewers who make German-style beers to participate. They are asked to email or call (215) 627-2332.

Tickets are on sale now online. General admission tickets are $59. There are "beerless" tickets for designated drivers and other non-drinkers for $25, and $79 VIP passes, which include early access and a keepsake item. 

Ticket sales benefit three nonprofits: the German Society, Philly Roller Derby and Brewers of Pennsylvania.


Saturday, Feb. 25
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | $59
German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

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