COLUMN BY MATT BRASCH
For Digital First Media
May 3 – 6: Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference, Philadelphia Convention Center
The annual Brewers Association “CBC” will be held in Philadelphia this year. While the conference seminars are for brewing industry members only and is closed to the public, bars and restaurants in the city will be showing off for the visiting brewers from around the country. Check out the CBC “Week Events” calendar on their website for events that are open to the public.
May 4: “May the 4th Be With You” Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery, Media
To celebrate “Star Wars Day,” Iron Hill Brewery Media will be releasing 4 unique Star Wars themed beers. Use a Jedi Mind trick on anyone who tries to stop you and be there at 4pm when the taps begin to flow with the Force.
May 5: “Amber Waves” at the National Museum of American Jewish History
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Victory Brewing Co. and 26 other breweries will showcase how well-crafted beer can be as inspirational as a work of art. “Amber Waves” is a non-traditional art exhibit; combining traditional art with the art of craft brewing. Your ticket ($35) provides a beer tasting of 26 breweries, a souvenir glass, chef-inspired hors d’oeuvres and you will be able to bid on the art auction items.
May 5: CBC Opening Draft Celebration at Capone’s, Norristown
You don’t have to go into the city to enjoy the CBC! Beginning at 5 p.m., Capone’s will be hosting Akron-Ohio based Hoppin Frog Brewery’s owner and founder, Fred Karm, and serving limited releases of bourbon barrel aged and rum barrel aged beers, as well as their IPAs. Don’t miss the chance to chat with this award winning brewer. Also, on May 7 beginning at noon, Capones will be serving a collection of beers from breweries coming to Pennsylvania for the first time.
Moms like craft beer too!…
May 8: Round Guys Mother’s Day Drag Brunch
In true Round Guys style, the Lansdale brewery invites you to “bring all the moms in your life to the best mothers day event in town, an all Broadway drag show!” A ticket ($50) covers all you can eat and drink from 1 to 4 p.m., as well as “the wonderful entertainment provided by our always beautiful and hilarious queens!” Tickets available on the Round Guys website — but get them now, they are sure to go fast!
Source: Round Guys Brewing Company Facebook page
May 8: Mother’s Day Brunch, Brick & Barrel, Maple Glen
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Brick & Barrel in Maple Glen will be revealing a new delicious menu. Make sure you order one of the 32 different drafts or a craft cocktail for the woman who gave you everything. Call for reservations now for Mother’s Day brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 267-462-4528.
May 8: Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, Fegley’s Brew Works in Allentown & Bethlehem
Both locations of Fegley’s Brew Works will be celebrating Mother’s Day with Grand Buffets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required and space is limited. For the Allentown location, call 610-433-7777 or email: email@example.com; for the Bethlehem location, call 610-882-1300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 12: Victory Brewing “Spring Beer Dinner,” Kennett Square Brewpub
Victory will be holding the first of its three “Spring Beer Dinners” at the Kennett Square Brewpub. From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., a five-course meal will be served, with a Victory beer paired with each course. You can see the full menu on Victory’s website — but as an appetizer, the first course will be Fiddlehead Soup, with saffron, snow pea shoots, and blood orange zest, paired with “Summer Love Ale.” There are limited seats so order your tickets ($65) quickly!
May 13: Sly Fox pouring “Dad Vail Pale Ale” at the Dad Vail Regatta
The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States, and Sly Fox will be there to serve its annual release, “Dad Vail Pale Ale.” As described on the Sly Fox website, “A perfect balance of North American malt and hops create a supremely drinkable pale ale with a vibrant, citrus character. Perfect for sippin’ on the banks of the Schuylkill while you enjoy the races.” Row yourself down to your local pub and try it on draft while you can.
May 14: The Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival 2016, Iron Hill Media
Returning for its 16th year, The Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers’ Festival returns to Media, hosted by Iron Hill Brewery. From 1 – 5 p.m., 25 local breweries, including favorites such as Victory Brewing, will be pouring samples of their craft beer, to benefit the local Media Youth Center. Tickets are $45 and are available online.
May 14: Yardley Beer Festival, Yardley, Pa.
The 9th Annual Yardley Beer Festival will be held from 1 – 5 p.m., with more than 55 brewers serving more than 100 brews. Live bands will entertain throughout the event and food is available for sale. VIP tickets are $75 and provide early access — starting at noon — and includes beer not served during the general session ($40 in advance, $50 at the door). Visit the website for updates on the breweries attending, bands and food.
May 14: Brewfest at Mount Hope, Manheim, Pa.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery, better known as the location of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, will be the site of the 8th annual Brewfest at Mount Hope. There are two sessions, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., with almost 70 different breweries attending. Tickets are $45 in advance online or $55 at the door, but will not be available online after May 13.
May 15: “Sunday Funday Kickoff Party,” Brick & Barrel, Maple Glen, Pa.
From 3 to 6 p.m., Brick & Barrel will be starting its “Sunday Funday” parties, a way to unwind before heading into the work week. The inaugural Funday will feature the local Ambler band “The Other Brothers Band” and a fantastic draft list. More details available on the Brick & Barrel website.