Join us in Celebration of Philly Beer Week 2014

It’s that time again! Philly Beer Week kicks off on Friday, May 30. It’s a week of the tastiest beers and most exciting events mixed in with a little – or a lot of – insanity. If you’re up for the challenge, join us and drink your way through the city for ten days (that’s right everyone, the creators of Philly Beer Week still think that a week is ten days long). Please join us in celebrating Philadelphia craft beer!

Friday, May 30

Opening Tap
23rd Street Armory
7pm-10pm
Bigger, better, and Hoppier than ever. Philly Beer Week’s  Opening Tap moves to the 23rd Street Armory and will feature over 30 local breweries. Kick off the world’s largest beer celebration of its kind with a festival like no other. Welcome the arrival of the Hammer of Glory from its day-long relay through the streets of Philadelphia, cheer award-winning brewers and watch Mayor Nutter smash open the first official keg of the week: Brotherly Suds 5. It’s a can’t-miss toast to America’s Best Beer-Drinking City, and we’ll be there all night, pouring Liberty Bell Ringer and Summer Love Ale.

Victory Tap Takeover
Strangelove’s
10pm-close
Kickoff Philly Beer Week right at Strangelove’s. We’ll be taking over the taps all night. Try our collaboration beer, Unity Kolsch, and hang out with Victory’s one and only, Bill Covaleski. He’ll be hanging out after Opening Tap! Head over then to chat beer with our fearless leader!

Beers & Brats
Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
6pm-8pm
Join Victory for an evening of brews and bites. Get a chance to try out some limited edition beers whilst enjoying sandwiches infused with our signature flavors!

 

Saturday, May 31 

iT’S A FiRKiN RiOT!
Johnny Brenda’s
11:00am-close
It’s the 5th year running with this cask beer riot! We will be pouring a firkin of a special, dry-hoppedLiberty Bell Ringer for everyone to enjoy, the kitchen will be serving up fish & chips and meat pies, and DJs will be spinning British rock all day long.

Victory Brunch
The Dandelion
11am-1pm
Bill Covaleski (Victory President and Founder) will be in attendance during The Dandelion’s brunch service the morning after Opening Tap. Victory Cask ales and a few special drafts will be featured. Head out for an afternoon with Bill!

Day of Games III: Blood, Sweat & Beers
City Tap House
1pm-4pm
To quote City Tap House, “A day in the sun, beer in hand, acting like a jackass? Whose doesn’t want a piece of that?”
Master of Ceremonies, Johnny Goodtimes, and City Tap invite you and your friends out for a competitive Day of Games. They’re putting their our own spin on classic backyard and bar games and crown a champion.  Some of our more adventurous brewers will be competing as well, so be sure to look out for them! Warning: water balloons, karaoke, dance offs, blind tastings, and Frisbees are involved.

Victory & Yards Tap Takeover
TIME
7pm start
To properly launch into Philly Beer Week, we’ll be taking over the taps of TIME with Yards Brewery. Stop by and grab a pint of some of our favorite brews: Headwaters Pale Ale, White Monkey, DirtWolf DIPA, Liberty Bell Ringer and Hop Ticket Dry Hopped Pils.

Victory Tap Takeover & Brunch
Khyber Pub
11am start
Love Victory? Love brunch? Join us for those two things during a Victory tap takeover! We’ll be featuring 10 delicious beers, including Liberty Bell Ringer, WildDevil, Red Thunder, DirtWolf DIPA, White Monkey, Summer Love Ale, Headwaters cask and more!

 

Sunday, June 1

Throwdown in Franklintown
Kite & Key
1pm start
What do you get when you mix Yards, Dogfish Head, Allagash, Victory and Kite & Key? GREAT BEER AND TOTAL MAYHEM! We will be partying and battling all afternoon in a series of events that will surely amaze. Sumo, Boxing, Chariot Wars, skill competition? Who knows what is on Tap for this years event. The streets will be shut down and the taps will be flowing for “Throwdown in Franklintow V.”  Don’t miss the entrances with the entourage of fans!  So come on out for an afternoon of brewery entertainment and delicious beer, and join team Victory. You won’t regret it! We’ll be pouring White Monkey, Summer Love Ale, Swing Session Saison and Braumeister Pils.

Victory Brunch
Lucky 13
11am start
Come out to Lucky 13 and join us for a day filled with food and beer. Lucky 13 has created quite the specialty menu. And of course, we’ll have a lineup of Victory beers to pair with their menu.  Look for CBC Pale Ale, Hop Ticket Hoppy Wheat, Golden Monkey Tripel, Summer Love Ale and DirtWolf DIPA.

Outdoor BBQ, Sampling + Brigantessa Pop-Up
Le Virtu
1pm-4pm
Come hang out with Victory at an outdoor BBQ in the garden featuring grilled Abruzzesse fare and traditional Neopolitan desserts. We’ll be sampling and pouring specials of DirtWolf Double IPA, Summer Love Ale, Swing Session Saison, HopDevil and Prima Pils. As a special bonus, Pitruco Pizza & Joe Cicala are collaborating on 6 wood fired Neopolitan pies for a Brigantessa pop up.

 

Monday, June 2

Industry Night with Victory Brewpub
Alla Spina
10pm start
If you’re in the food and beverage industry, join us late night for free food and inexpensive drink specials.  Guest chefs from Victory and Tired Hands will be in the house and they’ll be pouring and featuring special beers from both. We’ll be pouring Prima & Hop Ticket Hoppy Wheat! Guest DJs include Jersey Dan of Sixpoint & Suzy “Beerlass” Woods of Allagash.  This is always one of beer week’s biggest parties. Food and beverage industry only, please!

Beer Balderdash
Standard Tap
10pm start
Sponsored by Victory Brewing Company, this beer-story telling competition awards prizes for the best true story, best tall tale, most correct answers and biggest stumper of the night. In fact, anyone who tells a story gets a prize! Have a beer and tell us a story! We’ll be pouring Braumeister Pils, Dark Lager, Donnybrook Stout, DirtWolf DIPA, HopDevil Nitro, Hop Ticket Hoppy Wheat, Liberty Bell Ringer, Storm King Stout, Summer Love Ale and Swing Session Saison.

Quizzo with Victory
Stogie Joe’s
7pm-9pm
Head on over for Quizzo with Victory! These prizes aren’t going to win themselves: $200 cash for first place, case of Victory beer for second place and $25 gift certificate for third place.  We’ll be taking over the taps with DirtWolf DIPA, Summer Love Ale and more.

 

Tuesday, June 3

Cage Match – Victory vs. Yards
Alla Spina
6pm start
Two breweries enter…one brewery leaves. Come out and watch Greg “Sven” Lehman from Victory and Rick “The Rick” Anstotz from Yards go head to head in a no-holds-barred, 4-course beer pairing face-off on the cage table. Royal Rumble on the TV, wrestling themed dishes (house-made slim jims!), general silliness, and a whole lot of smack talk. To date, no one has been thrown over the top rope but who knows. Plenty of great beers will be pouring all night!

 

Wednesday, June 4

Dunkel Dare
Frankford Hall
7pm, Doors open @ 4pm
Fishtown’s popular open-air German biergarten will transform into the set of Nickelodeon’s iconic game show, Double Dare! to create this third annual event and Philadelphia’s Beer-themed game show, Dunkel Dare! Original Nickelodeon Double Dare host and Food Network star, Marc Summers, will return to the iconic stage to host and local brewers will compete as teams. Join Victory Brewing Company as we compete in this awesome event! Frankford Hall will be serving Summer Love Ale and Liberty Bell Ringer Double IPA all night.

4th Annual Guest Sommelier Night with Bill “Sommbillionaire” Covaleski
Alla Spina
6pm-8:30pm
It’s that time again… 4th Annual Guest Sommelier Night with Bill “Sommbillionaire” Covaleski of Victory Brewing.  Bill brings it every year with a serious lineup of VBC beer, an arsenal of pairing suggestions, and a “Wheel of Victory” – spin the bottle to win prizes!! Bill will be working the floor with the charm, grace, wisdom, and snobbery of the finest Parisian Sommelier.  Don’t miss it. Reservations recommended but not required.

Victory Happy Hour
Finn McCool’s
4:30pm-6:30pm
Head to Finn McCool’s for a happy hour tap takeover! We’ll be pouring Summer Love Ale, White Monkey, Storm King Stout, Mad King’s Weiss, Hop Ticket Dry Hopped Pils, Prima Pils and Liberty Bell Ringer.

Victory Beer Dinner
XFINITY Live! Victory Beer Hall
6pm start
Join us for a delicious dinner & beer pairing at Victory Beer Hall. Menu includes:
First Course: Crab Salad with granny apples and mint vinaigrette(Boston Endive And shredded carrot)
Second Course: Bacon-wrapped chicken Lollipops with mango BBQ sauce
Third Course: Grilled Baby back ribs over jalapeno corn bread
Fourth Course: Roasted Rack of lamb with mint panko crust over sautéed white kidney beans
Fifth Course: Summer Love Gelato with sour dough pretzels

 

Thursday, June 5

TBD

 

Friday, June 6 

Victory Tap Takeover
Varga Bar
7pm-10pm
You won’t want to miss this tap takeover! We’ll be pouring Hop Tricket Dry Hopped Pils, DirtWolf DIPA, White Monkey, Summer Love Ale and Liberty Bell Ringer. There is something for everyone! Our very own Bill Covaleski will be in the crowd, hanging out and talking all things beer. We’ll see you there!

IPA Tap Takeover
Taproom on 19th
All Day
They’ll be featuring a many IPA’s as they can get their hands on…West coast, east coast, sessions, doubles, imperials and maybe a few hard to find small batches… They’re pulling out all the stops and making it the hop-friendliest day ever. It’s also “Fresh Fish and Firkin Friday,” which means you can expect a special IPA on the cask as well! We’ll be pouring our Liberty Bell Ringer and DirtWolf DIPA! Mark your calendars and make your plans, we’ll be waiting for you!

 

Saturday, June 7

Johnny Brenda’s and Victory Brewing Company present Birdie Busch and the Philly Opry
Johnny Brenda’s
8pm start
Victory Presents Birdie Busch and the Philly Opry! We’ll be pouring special Victory beers brewed for the Craft Beer Conference and listening to the sounds of the Philly Opry, a tribute to the old-time country & bluegrass hosted by local songbird, Birdie Busch. We’ll be featuring CBC Spalt Pils, CBC Pale Ale, CBC Weissbier, CBC Tripel and White Monkey.

Victory Beer & Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel Sampling
DiBruno Bros (Foodery Roxborough, Center City, Northern Liberties)
3pm-5pm
Join us at any of these 3 locations for some beer and jerky, the perfect pairing! We’ll be featuring beers from our Variety of Victorys Summer Selections pack: Summer Love Ale, Whirlwind Witbier, Hop Ticket Session IPA and Hop Ticket Dry Hopped Pils.

Local’s Day
Uno Pizzeria Newtown Square
All Day
Come hang out at your favorite local spot and enjoy some Victory beers with us!

Bites & Flights: Name your Sammie Event
Field House
4pm Start
$25 gets you bites and a flight! These sandwiches were handcrafted by some of the best local breweries and you get to pick the winner! Your vote counts in determining which sammy will make it on the menu. We’ll be featuring some of our favorites on draft: Lager, DirtWolf DIPA and Summer Love Ale.

 

Sunday, June 8

Victory Brunch & Tap Takeover
City Tap House
All day
It’s been a long week, any many beers have been toasted high, but as we tend to forget, there is always room for one (or six) more.  Join us for a 2014 Beer Week send-off with an obnoxious tap takeover at City Tap House as we try to top 35 lines, as we’ve done in previous years.  Expect your core favorites, vintage goodies, brewpub exclusives and, of course, the incredible DirtWolf DIPA. Brunch reservations are recommended!

Pilsner Picnic
HopAngel Brauhaus
2pm-10pm
We’re finishing up Philly Beer Week 2014 with the 2nd annual Pilsner Picnic & Wurstfest. This indoor/outdoor beer and food festival is the perfest way to spend the last day of PBW. With great pilsners and sausages, it’s hog heaven! We’ll be pouring some of our favorite pilsners: Prima Pils, Brausmeiester Pils and Hop Ticket Dry Hopped Pils.

Burger Brawl
XFINITY Live!
3pm-6pm
The 2014 Philadelphia Burger Brawl continues to push towards significant fundraising goals, with the aim of bringing new technology to Philadelphia’s public elementary schools. Participating chefs donate the ingredients necessary to cook their burgers while Rouge supplies the grills, charcoal, space and serving equipment. We’ll be pouring our beers all night! Hope to see you our for great food and beer for an awesome charity!

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