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Philly Beer Week Starts Tomorrow!

Below is a VERY important Public Service Announcement from the organizers of Philly Beer Week

Philly Beer Week 2015


With just one day to go until Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2015, the route for the annual Hammer of Glory (HOG) Relay has been announced, culminating in the HOG’s arrival at Opening Tap.  Tickets are still available for Opening Tap, featuring pours from 42 local breweries!

The 2015 HOG Relay Route

  • As has become an annual tradition, the HOG will travel across Philadelphia via every means of transit imaginable, stopping at top beer bars as well as television stations and newspapers before arriving in style at the Opening Tap for the ceremonial first tap that officially begins PBW
  • At each stop, the HOG handlers will recite the hand-off toast: “Noble carrier, we entrust you with the Hammer of Glory, the omnipotent symbol of our beloved Philadelphia Beer Week.  May your journey be safe.  Work ye up a thirst, for there shall be a beer waiting for you at your destination. Godspeed!”
  • This year’s route will begin at 6:45 a.m. at CBS 3, followed by a can’t-miss stop at Fox 29.  From there, the HOG will make its way, via SEPTA Regional Rail, Philly Roller Derby, the Two Roads VW bus,horse-drawn beer wagon, the Fishtown Beer Runners, wheelbarrow, motorcycle, and even Marie Antoinette, to destinations that include pubs (such as Grey Lodge), breweries (such as Saint Benjamin), entertainment complexes (such as SugarHouse), local favorites (such as London Grill) and more before arriving, via a certain 1980s TV show, from Kite & Key to Opening Tap.
  • The full route is available online under Hammer Relay on the official PBW website. Per tradition, SugarHouse Casino’s double-decker bus will provide transportation throughout the day. Participating bars and venues are listed below:
    • 6:45 a.m. – CBS3 (1555 Hamilton Street)
    • 7:55 a.m. – FOX29 (330 Market Street)
    • 8:18 a.m. – Red Owl Tavern (433 Chestnut Street)
    • 8:34 a.m. – The Philadelphia Inquirer (801 Market Street)
    • 8:57 a.m. – SEPTA Fox Chase Line (Jefferson Station, Market Street, between 10th & 12th)
    • 9:47 a.m. – Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Avenue)
    • 10:55 a.m. – Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Avenue)
    • 11:18 a.m. – SawTown Tavern (4717 Princeton Avenue)
    • 11:56 a.m. – Saint Benjamin Brewing (1710 North 4th Street)
    • 12:29 p.m. – Philadelphia Brewing Company (2440 Frankford Avenue)
    • 12:50 p.m. – Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Avenue)
    • 1:15 p.m. – Bar Ferdinand/El Camino Real (1030 North 2nd Street)
    • 1:33 p.m. – Standard Tap (901 North 2nd Street)
    • 1:59 p.m. – Yards Brewing (901 North Delaware Avenue)
    • 2:17 p.m. – SugarHouse Casino (1001 North Delaware Avenue)
    • 3:00 p.m. – Garage (1231 East Passyunk Avenue)
    • 3:25 p.m. – 12 Steps Down (831 Christian Street)
    • 4:08 p.m. – Varga Bar (941 Spruce Street)
    • 4:31 p.m. – Time (1315 Sansom Street)
    • 4:54 p.m. – The Institute Bar (549 North 12th Street)
    • 5:32 p.m. – London Grill (2301 Fairmount Avenue)
    • 5:57 p.m. – Belgian Café (601 North 21st Street)
    • 6:20 p.m. – Kite & Key (1836 Callowhill Street)
    • 6:53 p.m. – Opening Tap, 23rd Street Armory



Opening Tap 2015 (click to purchase tickets)

Tickets are still available for Opening Tap, the official annual kick-off celebration of Philly Beer Week and the culmination of the HOG’s day-long tour around town. Opening Tap 2015 will be held on Friday, May 29 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the 23rd Street Armory (22 South 23rd Street). Three tiers of admission are available:

  • General Admission: $46 (includes beers from 42 local breweries, plus the debut of Brotherly Suds, the local collaborative brew created by Flying Fish, Iron Hill, Nodding Head, Sly Fox, Earth Bread + Brewery, Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher and Yards, as well as live music and entertainment, including an interactive photo booth loaded with props from PBW sponsor Photobot 3000 that is sure to be a do-not-miss attraction)
  • VIP Admission: $92 (includes an additional hour of access, beginning at 6 p.m., plus exclusive beers, a lavish buffet and a special beer and cheese pairing from PBW sponsor Di Bruno Bros.)
  • Designated Driver Admission: $25

There will be 42 featured breweries and home brewers, including: 2nd Story, Barren Hill, Samuel Adams, Broken Goblet, Cape May Brewing, Conshohocken Brewing, Dock Street, Dogfish Head, Doylestown Brewing, Evil Genius, Fegley’s Brew Works, Flying Fish, Free Will, Home Sweet Homebrew, Iron Hill Brewery, Keystone Homebrew, Kurant Cider, Lancaster Brewing, Manayunk Brewing, Penn Brewery, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Riverhorse, Rock Bottom, Round Guys, Saucony Creek, Shawnee Craft, Ship Bottom, Sly Fox, Spring House, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, St. Boniface, Stoudt’s, Susquehanna Brewing, The Lion Brewery, The Other Farm Brewery, Troegs, Vault, Victory, Weyerbacher, Wyndridge Brewery & Cider, Yards and Yuengling

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