Before making its way to tonight’s Opening Tap ceremony on Independence Mall, where Mayor Michael Nutter will wield its mighty heft to smash the bunghole on the first of the countless kegs that will flow during Philly Beer Week, the Hammer of Glory, which is said to have been forged from the sweat and blood of 10,000 brewers and has come to symbolize the passion, fervor and thirst of the citizens who call “America’s Best Beer-Drinking City” home, will wend its way through town today in a processional matched in spectacle and pageantry only by Olympic torch relays. Beginning at SugarHouse Casino at 8:15 a.m. sharp, the majestic mallet will be transported — as tradition dictates — by bicycle, horse, roller derby queens and giant pedal-powered kinetic sculpture through the city’s neighborhoods, while making stops at key beer destinations where it will be handed off to its next escort. And this year, you can tag along.
SugarHouse Casino is ponying up its double-decker bus so beer drinkers can follow the Hammer of Glory on its journey. You can follow the action by keeping tabs on #HOG on Twitter, or better yet show up at one of its scheduled stops, and climb aboard the bus. The full schedule is below.
8:15 AM SugarHouse Casino - 1001 N. Delaware Ave.
9:15 AM Hop Angel Brauhaus - 7980 Oxford Ave.
10:18 AM Grey Lodge Pub - 6235 Frankford Ave.
11:01 AM Philadelphia Brewing - 2439 Amber St
11:29 AM Johnny Brenda’s - 1201 Frankford Ave
11:57 AM Delilah’s Gentleman’s Club & Steakhouse - 100 Spring Garden St.
12:20 PM Yards Brewing - 901 North Delaware Ave.
12:43 PM The Foodery - 837 N. 2nd St.
12:58 PM Standard Tap - 901 N. 2nd St.
1:23 PM Institute Bar - 549 N 12th St.
1:56 PM The Belgian Cafe - 601 N. 21st St.
2:19 PM Kite and Key -1836 Callowhill St.
2:42 PM Four Seasons Hotel - 18th and Cherry streets.
3:10 PM Nodding Head Brewery - 1516 Sansom St.
3:33 PM Fergie’s Pub - 1214 Sansom St.
3:49 PM Time Restaurant, Whiskey Bar & Taproom - 1315 Sansom St.
4:37 PM Dock Street Brewery - 5000 Baltimore Ave.
5:15 PM Varga - 941 Spruce St.
5:38 PM Bella Vista Beer Distributor - 755 S. 11th St.
5:56 PM 12 Steps Down - 767 S. 9th Street
6:29 PM Opening Tap - Independence Visitor Center