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Philly Beer Week’s Hammer of Glory Coming to a Neighborhood Near you

Mayor Michael Nutter, Ben Franklin and Yard's Tom Kehoe
Mayor Michael Nutter, Ben Franklin and Yard’s Tom Kehoe Photo: Courtesy Philly Beer Week

Before it finds its way to the Opening Tap Ceremony at the Independence Visitor Center tomorrow evening, Philly Beer Week’s Hammer of Glory, the massive mallet used to tap the week-long beer fest’s first of many kegs, will wind its way through the city in a processional matched in spectacle and pageantry only by Olympic torch relays. Beginning at Northeast Philly’s Grey Lodge Pub, where a bicycle convoy will escort it to its next destination, Draught Horse in North Philly, the hammer will follow a roundabout course through most of the city’s neighborhoods, making stops at key beer destinations where it will be handed off to its next escort. From horse and carriage to wheelbarrow to giant pedal-powered kinetic sculpture, the absurdity of each of the hammer’s handlers will increase along the way. [Foobooz]

Philly Beer Week’s Hammer of Glory Coming to a Neighborhood Near you