February 22, 2014 @ 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
The German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Bierfest @ The German Society of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States


Date:               Saturday, February 22, 2014

Location:         German Society of Pennsylvania ▪ 611 Spring Garden St.  Philadelphia, PA  19123

Times:             Main Event – 1:30pm to 5:30pm

Brewer’s Discussion Panel – 4:30pm to 5:30pm  [Media Passes Available on Request]

Advance VIP Seminar – 12pm to 1pm   [VIP Ticketholders only]

Exclusive VIP ‘Early Access’ – 1pm to 1:30pm   [VIP Ticketholders only]


Ticket Info:     Online at or by phone at 215-627-2332
$45 General Admission
$65 VIP Package [Early Access to Main Event, VIP Seminar & Collectable Mug]
$20 ‘Beer-Less’ Admission for Designated Drivers & Children over 12

As the first major public event of their 250th anniversary year, the German Society of Pennsylvania is proud to host BIERFEST, a world-class beer tasting event celebrating Pennsylvania’s German brewing heritage, in collaboration with the Philly Roller Girls and benefitting the Brewers of Pennsylvania.  German-inspired beer styles are the most popular on earth, with over 90% of the world’s beer made in the image of pale lagers that trace their roots to Bavaria.  Among American states, Pennsylvania has the longest history of German immigration and the strongest bonds to German culture.

The 3rd annual Bierfest will take place Saturday Feb. 22nd, 2014 from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, with early access available for VIP ticketholders.  The event features delicious German-style beers from over three dozen brewers from Pennsylvania or Germany, plus live bluegrass music by the Keystone Mountain Boys, and German-themed variety acts from foot-stomping folk dancing to awe-inspiring Berlin BEERlesque.  Direct from Germany, Franconia’s historic Brauerei Kulmbacher brewery will host the Kulmbacher Learning Lounge for the beer curious.  Wursthaus Schmitz will cater tasty German snack foods for all attendees and offer more substantial hot platters for sale, accompanied by the rare beers of the famed brewing monastery Kloster Andechs.  Philly’s favorite cheese specialists DiBruno Bros. will offer samples of delectable imported cheeses.

“Locals may not realize that Pennsylvania brewers lead the nation in championing beer styles of German heritage, from refreshing pilsners to malty doppelbocks,” says Victory Brewing Company president and brewmaster Bill Covaleski, who also serves as the president of the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade association.  “Bierfest is a perfect showcase for what should be a point of pride for Philadelphia’s beer lovers.”

Bierfest will see a significant expansion in 2014 to accommodate more German imports, live entertainment and educational opportunities.  The ‘Pennsylvania Beer Hall’ will remain in the magnificent German Society building, along with the ‘Wursthaus Ratskeller’ downstairs and the ‘Bierfest Academy’ for informative presentations upstairs in the Horner Memorial Library.  The new ‘German Beer Hall’ will be housed just steps away in the adjacent Latvian Society building, accessed via private garden entrance, where German importers and the beer experts of The Foodery, Philly’s favorite bottle shop, pouring dozens of German beers accompanied by jaw-dropping variety acts on the ‘German Cabaret Stage’ that range from folksy to risqué.

Bierfest is a family-friendly and community-supporting event.  Supervised childcare and ‘beer-less’ designated driver tickets are available.  The Philly Roller Girls, the ferocious female athletes of flat track roller derby, will be on hand to raise funds for their league’s travel to tournaments, and the event will also support the lobbying and marketing efforts of the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade association.

In addition to gastronomic delights and fun and games, Bierfest attendees will enjoy access to unique educational opportunities, like the Brewer’s Discussion Panel on ‘The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of German Beer Styles’ at 4:30pm in the historic Horner Memorial Library.  The panelists will include some of the state’s leading German-style brewers along with speakers representing German brewers, premium importers and the beer media: Free Will Brewmaster John Stemler, Beer Writer Don Russell [aka Joe Sixpack], Neshaminy Creek Brewmaster Jeremy Myers, Artisanal German Beer Importer Joel Shelton and from Germany, Kulmbacher Export Manager Thomas Woelfel.  The Brewer’s Discussion panel will be moderated by Bierfest founder Marnie Old, a local drinks author and Philadelphia Daily News columnist, who will also lead a luxurious guided seminar and tasting on “Beer & Food Pairing – The German Way” for VIP ticketholders.

Nearly two dozen of Pennsylvania’s craft and legacy brewers will participate in Bierfest, including: Appalachian Brewing Co. [Harrisburg], Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery [Lafayette Hill], Erie Brewing Co.  [Erie], Free Will Brewing Co.  [Perkasie], Lancaster Brewing Co.  [Lancaster], Lion Brewery [Wilkes-Barre], Penn Brewery [Pittsburgh], Philadelphia Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. [Croydon], Nodding Head Brewery  [Philadelphia], Round Guys Brewing Co. [Lansdale], Samuel Adams [Breinigsville], ShawneeCraft Brewing Co. [Shawnee], Sly Fox Brewing Co. [Phoenixville], Stoudts Brewing Co. [Adamstown], Straub Brewery [St. Mary’s], Susquehanna Brewing Co. [Pittston], Tröegs Brewing Co.  [Harrisburg], Victory Brewing Co. [Downingtown], Yards Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], and the oldest and largest independent brewer in the USA, Yuengling & Sons Brewery [Pottsville].

Dozens of German imported beers will be poured, ranging from high-profile flagships brands to lesser-known artisanal brews, including products from Kloster Andechs, Ayinger, Bitburger, Dinkelacker, Freigeist, Früh, Hofbräu Munich, König Ludwig, Kostritzer, Kulmbacher, Lammsbräu, Mahrs, Miltenberg, The Monarchy, Pinkus, Stiegl, Sünner, Warsteiner, Weltenburger, Wolters, Würtzburger and more.

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