Four spots to pull up a stool and sample the best brews during Philly Loves Beer.
Local breweries like Yards, Victory, and Flying Fish are all front and center during Philly Loves Beer.
Philly Loves Beer—formerly Philly Beer Week—barrels into town June 2 to 11, proving yet again that this is the single finest brew-drinking city in America, thanks to more than 1,000 events, roughly 150,000 beer enthusiasts, and some of the best, most interesting brews and bars you’ll ever see. Of course, this city adores its beer the other 355 days as well. Which is why, according to Devil’s Den owner and PLB board member Erin Wallace, Philly Beer Week “has grown into Philly Loves Beer, which was what I believe we were all working for since the beginning—showcasing how great Philly is for all beer, and not just for 10 days, but 365 days a year.” Here are four of our favorites for those magical 10.
The Craft Concepts Group, which owns Cinder, is known for its tireless focus on finding and showcasing the best beers in the region. During PLB, expect Cinder to really swing for the fences. The Bitter the Better will highlight top IPAs, The Wild Brunch will mark the tapping of 16 top American craft and Belgian sours, and more. 1500 Locust St., 267-761-5582
Owners Jason Evenchik and Terry Leach will have all the great PLB music and beer you’d expect at their jazz-centric NoLibs favorite, Heritage. On June 2, the bar hosts Dock Street’s re-release of its Nicethings IPA, accompanied by the tunes of Chill Moody, with guest appearances from a number of Philly music legends. 914 N. Second St., 215-627-7500
Devil’s Den will be closing down the street to host the Tailgate Olympics, which just may be the single most Philly thing any bar has ever done. Beyond that, block out your calendar for the June 4 brunch with Left Hand and East Austin Ciders and the June 11 home-brew releases, among lots more. 1148 S. 11th St., 215-339-0855
The Hotel Monaco’s America-themed Red Owl Tavern hits the ground running—literally—the first day of Philly Loves Beer with a ’70s-style Hammer of Glory relay race, complete with tube socks and sweatbands. And the running doesn’t stop there: On June 3, the Red Owl hosts the Almost 3K race with Founder’s Brewing Company. Celebrate at the finish line with a cold one, Red Owl swag, and summertime favorites right off the grill. 433 Chestnut St., 215- 923-2267