We created a cheat sheet of events we thought readers might enjoy. It will be nearly impossible for us to attend all of these, but we hope to get to as many as we can and maybe see you there. Let us know the events you plan or want to attend in the comment section.
Have fun, drink safely and enjoy the best beer celebration in the U.S.
22nd & Philly’s 2011 Philly Beer Week Cheat Sheet (in chronological order):
Friday, June 3
Independence Visitors Center: Opening Tap 2011, 7:00pm -10:00pm
Follow the legendary Hammer of Glory to its final destination to officially kick-off Philly Beer Week. Tickets are $41. More information here.
Saturday, June 4
Capone’s: Meet the Brewer: Ballast Point, 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
Our one event for the suburbs (though many are scheduled), we are highlighting it since we recently had a Ballast Point IPA that was excellent. Those who cannot make it into Center City can get a taste at this event and meet some folks from Ballast Point.
South Philadelphia Tap Room: Lefthand Arm Wrestling Tournament, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Left Hand Brewing Co. favorites and rarities will be on tap along with Left Hand sales rep Dan Conway. While you drink you can join or watch a lefthanded arm wrestling tournament. The tournament begins at 9pm.
Kite and Key: Throwdown in Franklintown Round 2, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Watch some brewers and others from Yards, Sly Fox, Flying Fish, Iron Hill and Dogfish Head participate in odd competitions, side shows and beer tastings. Meet and mingle with brewers, too.
Sunday, June 5
World Cafe Live: The Philly Cheese Experiment, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
What, you haven’t heard about this awesome event yet? Then read all about it. Price: $10/15
Monday, June 6
Amis: Yards Beer Dinner with Limited Bottlings, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The event is steep at $85 per person, but it’s at Amis so you can be sure the food will be amazing. Plus you get to meet Tom Kehoe of Yards who is awesome. Stick around after the dinner for the infamous industry night.
Four Seasons Hotel: With Love Beer Garden, 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Meet Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Company in the outdoor courtyard the Four Seasons. Executive Chef Ralph Gonzalez will also prepare some Philly-themed dishes. Hosted by the awesome people at GPTMC.
Guests who “check in” on Foursquare or Facebook receive a complimentary Summer Love Ale beer koozie.
Tuesday, June 7
Doobies Bar: Philly Brewing Co. Flights and Bites with Nancy and Bill Barton, 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Your chance to crush special hot dogs paired with each beer and meet Bill and Nancy Barton, owners of Philadelphia Brewing Company.
Percy Street Barbecue: The Bull Strikes Back, 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Try your luck at riding a mechanical bull while eating some BBQ and special beer from Victory Brewing Company. I rode one in Colorado once - trust me, it's not easy.
Grace Tavern: Lagunitas Brewing Co., 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Love Lagunitas so I recommend this chance to meet the brewer.
Wednesday, June 8
McGillin's Olde Ale House, Meet Jennifer Yuengling, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Philly’s oldest bar meets America’s oldest brewery. It's only natural.
Thursday, June 9
The Blockley: Night Market Philadelphia, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Hosted by The Food Trust, this event in University City features a food bazaar with your favorite food trucks. A can’t miss event. http://www.nightmarketphilly.org/
Friday, June 10
The Farmers' Cabinet: Shelton Brothers Band Night with Jesus H. Christ, 8:30pm - 12:30pm
25 Shelton beers on draft along with the entire Shelton Family, a renowned importer of beers. Listen to some tunes of Jesus H. Christ. We just ate at Farmer's Cabinet this weekend and highly recommend the Bavarian pretzel and cheese fondue to go along with your beer.
Saturday, June 11
Doobies: Bike Messenger Roast & Toast with Trophy Bikes, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Climb onto the Trophy Bikes' Hot Seat for a three-minute Roast and Toast. Chance to win cheesy prizes and roast your fellow couriers (and wannabes).
Triumph Brewing Co.: Preston and Steve Homebrew Competition, 11:00am - 2:00am
Celebrate some of the best homebrewers in the region and meet Philly’s favorite radio hosts, WMMR's Preston and Steve. We are big fans of their morning show.
Philadelphia Urban Adventures: Philly on Tap Walking Tour, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
A tour of the Center City and some of best local bars and beers. Starts at City Hall and ends at Rittenhouse Square. Learn a thing or two along the way.
Sunday, June 12
Dock Street Brewery: Dock Street to Dock Street Philly Beer Week Run, 11:30am - 1:30pm
The 4th annual Philly Beer Run. Meet in Society Hill at Dock Street and run to the Dock Street Brewery in West Philly. Dock Street's 3rd annual music festival will be held after the run. RSVP Information.
All Week Long:
The Chef, The Brewer And The Farmer
Some the region’s best breweries team up with prominent Philly chefs (Garces, Vetri, etc.) and local farmers to deliver some can’t miss foodie events. Excellent listing and overview from Full Pint.