The good folks behind Philly Beer Week sent word that this year’s Opening Tap ceremony (tickets on sale now) will take place on Friday, June 1 on the lawn out in front of the Independence Visitor Center. And while bearing witness to Mayor Michael Nutter wielding the mighty Hammer of Glory to pop the bunghole on the first of hundreds of kegs that will be tapped during the ten day celebration of beer, the real star of the show this year will surely be the debut of Dupont Speciale Belge. That’s the ale that Iron Hill brewer Chris LaPierre traveled to Tourpes, Belgium back in February and teamed up with Brasserie Dupont’s Olivier Dedeycker to create. It’s also a first for 167-year-old Brasserie Dupont and was organized by its American importer, Vanberg & DeWulf.
Mayor Nutter, Brewer Brett Kinzer (Stoudts) and Philly Beer Week Executive Director Don Russell Photo: Michael Persico