Philly Beer Week announces route for Hog Relay

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The Hammer of Glory will begin its annual parade around Philadelphia

at 6 a.m. on June 3, starting at WMMR and ending at The Fillmore


Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2016 will kick off in traditionally grand style: with the annual Hammer of Glory (HOG) Relay across America’s Best Beer-Drinking City™, followed by Opening Tap. The HOG Relay route takes the official keg hammer and beloved mascot of PBW across Philadelphia by virtually every conveyance imaginable; each year, participants compete to come up with the most outlandish and unusual transport for the HOG from place to place. Often, each participant keeps their method of transit a closely guarded secret until the day of the relay, when they unveil their off-the-wall method of transportation.

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The relay kicks off the night before PBW, on June 2, with the HOG comfortably tucked in for a good night’s sleep, then gets up and at ‘em promptly at 6 a.m., concluding 13 hours and 42.8 miles later at7 p.m. at Opening Tap at The Fillmore Philadelphia (29 East Allen Street).


This year’s HOG Relay Route will include:

The Night Before: Hotel Monaco (433 Chestnut Street)

6 a.m. Preston & Steve Show at 93.3 FM WMMR (1 Bala Plaza, Bala Cynwyd)

6:45 a.m. PHL17 (5001 Wynnefield Avenue)

7:45 a.m. Dock Street & FOX29 (5000 Baltimore Avenue)

8:45 a.m. Red Owl (433 Chestnut Street)

9:58 a.m. SawTown Tavern (4717 Princeton Avenue)

10:24 a.m. Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Avenue)

11:02 a.m. Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Avenue)

11:21 a.m. SEPTA Fox Chase Line (11th and Market Streets)

12:06 p.m. Sky Garten (1717 Arch Street)

12:27 p.m. Kite and Key (1836 Callowhill Street)

12:53 p.m. London Grill (2301 Fairmount Avenue)

1:14 p.m. Belgian Cafe (601 North 21st Street)

1:45 p.m. Jose Pistola’s (263 South 15th Street)

2:06 p.m. Opa & Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom Street)

2:18 p.m. Time (1315 Sansom Street)

2:44 p.m. Garage (1231 East Passyunk Avenue)

3:01 p.m. 12 Steps Down (767 South 9th Street)

3:28 p.m. Varga (941 Spruce Street)

4 p.m. German Society (611 Spring Garden Street)

4:25 p.m. Bar Ferdinand and El Camino Real (1030 North 2nd Street)

4:42 p.m. Heritage (914 North 2nd Street)

4:59 p.m. Yards (901 North Delaware Avenue)

5:21 p.m. Standard Tap (901 North 2nd Street)

5:43 p.m. Saint Benjamin Brewing (1710 North 5th Street)

6:15 p.m. Philly Brewing (2440 Frankford Avenue)

6:40 p.m. Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford Avenue)

6:51 p.m. Fette Sau (1208 Frankford Avenue)

7:02 p.m. Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Avenue)

7:20 p.m. Opening Tap at The Fillmore (26 East Allen Street)


Opening Tap will feature live music from The Living Sample and The Choice Cuts, plus photo opportunities with the HOG and the iconic Philly Spectrum S. Festivities will begin at 7:20 p.m. with the HOG’s arrival, followed closely by the ceremonial tapping of Brotherly Suds 7, a collaboration beer created by seven distinctly local breweries: Iron Hill, Flying Fish, Sly Fox, Victory, Tröegs, Yards and Stoudt’s. PBW Vice President Casey Wayne Parker will emcee the event – and, at 8:00 p.m.,The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Maureen Fitzgerald will hand out Craig LaBan’s Brew-vitational Awardsfocusing on the best sour beers in the Philadelphia region.

  • Confirmed breweries pouring at Opening Tap will include: 2SP, Barren Hill, Boston Beer (Samuel Adams), Cape May Brewing, Conshohocken Brewing, Dock Street Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Double Nickel Brewing, Evil Genius, Evolution Craft Brewing, Fegley’s Brew Works, Flying Fish, Forest and Main, Iron Hill, Kurant, Lancaster Brewing, Levante, Manayunk Brewing, Penn Brewery, Philadelphia Brewing Company, River Horse Brewing, Saint Benjamin Brewing, ShawneeCraft Brewing, Ship Bottom Brewing, Slack Tide Brewing, Sly Fox Brewing, St. Boniface Craft Brewing, Stable 12 Brewery, Stoudt’s Brewing, Stone and Key Cellars, SØLE Artisan Ales, The Lion Brewery, Tröegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, Wyndridge Farm Brewing, Yards and Yuengling.


Tickets are still available for Opening Tap (click here to purchase), including three tiers of admission:

  • General Admission: $46
  • VIP Admission: $92
  • Designated Driver Admission: $15
    • General Admission includes complimentary beers from 40 local breweries – 4-oz. tastings, with souvenir glass are included with price of admission — plus the debut ofFire, Flood & Plague, the collaborative brew created by Amsterdam’s Brouwerij DeMolen and Philly’s own Yards Brewing. In an effort to highlight the incredible brewing talent of the Philadelphia region, PBW has narrowed its definition of local such that all participating breweries must be located within a 100-mile radius of City Hall. Fire, Flood & Plague will be a Porter, brewed with licorice and hopped with Amarillo and Galena that clocks in at 9.9% ABV.
    • VIP Admission includes an additional hour of access, beginning at 6 p.m., plus rare beers from Death of a Fox, Hidden River and Highway Manor that may not be commercially available. VIP ticket holders will also be treated to a delicious buffet, provided by Whole Foods Markets.

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