While the suburbs seem to be scaling back for Philly Beer Week this year, they’re scaling back in quantity only: the quality of events is still very much there. If you don’t feel like trekking all the way into the city for your Beer Week buzz, there are plenty of options out in your neck of the woods to keep you busy all week. Whether you’re looking for a festival, a tasting, a beer dinner or a train ride, you’ve got it all without a trip down Route 76 (which is usually never worth the hassle anyway).
Manayunk Summer Classic at Agiato
Saturday, June 9 | 2:00-5:00p.m., 6:00-9:00p.m. |$50-75
Get everything you need out of Philly Beer Week in one place: hours of drinking and eating, beer and food pairings, and local as well as international breweries represented. There will be 75 breweries on hand for the event, matching their beers with local restaurants for three hours of eating and drinking bliss. $50 will get you all of this, but $75 will get you a gift bag and access to a VIP area. Not interested in drinking? $30 will get you a DD ticket for unlimited food.
Beer vs. Wine at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
Tuesday, June 5 | 7:00-8:30p.m.| $20
Be sure to bring your wine-loving friend to this boozy showdown so you can argue along with Sean Benge from Origlio Beverage and Jon Toler of Dreadnaught Wines as they dissect the two beverages. There will be four pairings, with food available for each, and at the end the attendees will be able to vote on which they preferred—beer or wine. Be sure to get tickets in advance—they’re limited—so you can support your favorite fermented beverage!
FiftyFifty and Gourmet Brunch at Capone’s
Sunday, June 3 | 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m. | PAYG
FiftyFifty Brewing Company from California, which has an “exceptional” rating of 93 (out of 100) on BeerAdvocate.com, is finally coming to PA and this is where you can get it first. Not only that, but from 11a.m.-2p.m. you’ll be able to get a gourmet brunch from the chefs at Capone’s and the brewer will be on hand to chat from 1-4pm. Get there early to eat up and try the beers, and then ask any and all questions of the brewer—sounds like the perfect beer morning to me.
Dr. Joel’s Sour Homecoming with New Holland at Teresa’s Café & Next Door Bar
Tuesday, June 5 | 5:00-10:00p.m. | PAYG
Dr. Joel, the legendary New Holland beer rep and DJ returns to his home state with more sour beers than you can probably handle, all from New Holland. He’ll also be bringing an array of charcuterie, cheese and other tasty treats in addition to the 15-odd New Holland sours to celebrate the momentous occasion. If you’ve ever hung out with the New Holland ‘beer captain,’ you know this will be a must-attend event.