We hit the pavement (and 90-degree heat) to see if the City of Brotherly Love does beer as well as they do cheesesteaks and parking tickets. The answer: most definitely.
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Having just concluded my first official Philly Beer Week as a resident of the city, I'd like to propose that next year Beer Week should be considered a city-wide holiday. With a festival of this caliber, it seems silly to have to go to work when you can (and should) honor America's best beer drinking city by, well, drinking beer. (After all, this isn't just any beer, it's once-a-year and sometimes once-in-a-lifetime beer.)
Philly Beer Week takes over Philadelphia for a full ten days—some week, huh? There are tastings all over town, meet-and-greets with brewers, beer pairing dinners, panel discussions, tap takeovers, and much more, all adding up to the country's largest beer festival.
The third annual Philly Beer Week kicked off over the weekend, and we were able to check out a few of the 1,000 events going on to celebrate suds in the City of Brotherly Love. From watching Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter tap the first keg (and get splashed in the process) to hitting up the smaller meet-the-brewer events to the excellent smoked beer and barbecue festival at Yards Brewing, we enjoyed every sip and bite that Philly had to offer.