Whoa! Philly Beer Week is fast approaching. Like, just two weeks away fast. This year’s Opening Tap festivities, where you can witness Mayor Michael Nutter stand on the lawn next to Independence Visitor Center and wield the almighty Hammer of Glory to ceremoniously pop the bunghole on the first keg of this year’s Brotherly Suds, is happening on Friday, May 31. This year’s Suds is an English summer ale that Yards Tom Kehoe, Victory’s Bill Covaleski, Nodding Head’s Gordon Grubb, Iron Hill’s Mark Edelson, and Flying Fish’s Gene Muller brewed in collaboration for the beer fest.
The tapping ceremonies are free, but immediately following them, Independence Visitor Center will open its doors to the thirsty, ticketed masses, and offer them copious sips of brews from more than 30 regional breweries. Entry to the event costs $45 for general admission, $90 for VIP, and $15 for designated drivers.
One event that’s already generating a ton of excitement is the local premiere of documentary film Beer Hunter, which peers into the world of the late-great Michael Jackson — the acclaimed author and journalist, not the King of Pop. Dock Street will screen the film on Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $15. Get them now. It will sell out. Admission covers the film’s screening, plus two beers, a whiskey toast to the man who put Philly as a world-class beer destination on the map, and hors d’oeuvres. Friends of Jackson’s, including beer scribe Carolyn Smagalski, will regale the audience with tales of Jackson’s never-ending mission to seek out the world’s best beers. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Parkinson Research Foundation.
To see what else is on tap for the for the ten-day beer extravaganza, get the most recently updated Beer Week app for iPhone and Android devices.