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January 08, 2015

Big Philly Beerfest 2015

Local brews & food trucks come together for one big party.

OK, it's cold. Like, really cold. Is there a better way to stay warm than to get toasted (responsibly, of course) at the Big Philly Beerfest this weekend?

On Friday and Saturday, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will play host to dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers and one big celebration. Regular admission grants attendees unlimited 5-ounce samples in a mini (acrylic, hopefully drop-proof) souvenir mug from 7:30 p.m. until the last pour at 10:45 p.m. Early admission tickets grant you advanced entry at 6:30 p.m. and access to a few limited-supply brews.

If you so choose, access to the Saturday Connoisseurs Reception is also available. This includes small bites from local restaurants paired with a dozen beers you'll find only in this exclusive reception hall. 

Designated driver tickets, sold only in advance, are $20 and include admission and a $5 voucher on food at the event. 

When you need a bite to eat, look out for gourmet hot dogs from The Dapper Dog, tacos from BrazBQ, cheesesteaks from Food Network stars Philly's Finest Sambonis, desserts from Milk + Sugar and plenty more

In case you think this is all just for fun, Big Philly Beerfest raises funds for Animal Rescue Partners. According to their website, Festivals Unlimited, which runs Beerfest and other national beer events, raised more than $145,000 for their nonprofit partners last year. 

Big Philly Beerfest

Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10
7:30-11 p.m. | $45 ($55 for early admission) in advance. $55 ($65 for early admission) day of.
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St.