COLUMN WRITTEN BY MATT BRASCH
For Digital First Media
Aug. 4: Iron Hill West Chester “Pear Cannibal” Release
Iron Hill Brewing Co., West Chester, in conjunction with its Swinging Summer Thursdays block party, will be releasing “Pear Cannibal,” Iron Hill’s award-winning golden Belgian-style Ale — but brewed with pears this time. Taps will be pouring Pear Cannibal from 5 to 9 p.m.
Aug. 4: Brewfest Barcrawl at Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, PA
The Spinnerstown Hotel, long known for its well curated craft beer list, is preparing for the Upper Bucks Brewfest (Aug 20) by holding a month long “Brewfest Barcrawl” with 3 other local restaurants. On Aug. 4, The Spinnerstown plans a “Stone Brewing tap attack,” pouring Ruination 2.0, Ruination on American oak, Ruination with orange peel and vanilla bean, Ruin Ten, and a special tapping of Stone’s limited release Imperial IPAs. Spinnerstown opens at 11:30 and the event will run all day, with live music in the evening.
Aug. 5: Great Lakes Beer Tasting at the Washington House, Sellersville
Every first Friday of the month, The Washington House in Sellersville, holds craft beer tastings. The tasting for August is Cleveland, Ohio-based Great Lakes Brewing Co., famous for its “Edmund Fitzgerald American Porter” and “Lake Erie Monster Double IPA,” the prices of the sample flights depend on the cost of the beers, but usually range between $9 and $12. Make your reservation in advance online or by phone, (215) 257-3000.
Aug. 5: Sly Fox Tasting at Ambler Beverage Exchange, Ambler
Ambler Beverage Exchange’s weekly tasting will feature local favorite Sly Fox. Try some of Sly Fox’s summer favorites — Grisette, SRT, and other beers from their Summer Box Set. And if you like them, take some home!
Aug. 5: First Friday Firkin Beer Release, Iron Hill in Phoenixville
To celebrate the First Friday of August, at 5 p.m. Iron Hill Phoenixville will release their hoppy session ale — brewed with a blend of Cascade, Amarillo,and Nelson hops. The firkin won’t last long, be there at 5 and start your weekend off right.
Aug. 6: SmörgåsBeer’d, American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia
In its sixth year, the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is hosting “SmörgåsBeer’d,” a sampling of local Philly and Swedish lagers, ales, stouts, paired with tastings of Swedish meatballs, cheeses, and sausages. From 5 to 9 p.m., tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Special designated driver price of $10. Register by phone (215 389-1776) or online.
Aug. 7: 2nd Street Festival, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia
If you are in the mood for a true block party, then make your way to 2nd Street in Philadelphia between noon and 10 p.m. More than 150 craft vendors and 20 food trucks will line 2nd Street from Germantown Avenue to Spring Garden Street. Pennsylvania breweries Sly Fox and Yuengling, as well as 6 taverns, will be serving craft brew and cocktails. No tickets needed for admission, just show up and enjoy!
Aug. 11: Normandy Farm “Craft & Cue” Series – Pig Roast with Yards
Normandy Farm continues its “Craft & Cue” series with its signature event — a Pig Roast with Yards Brewing Co. Two whole pigs will be roasted on spits, and several other delectable BBQ meats and sides will be served, along with all you can drink brews from Philadelphia’s Yards Brewing Co. VIP tickets are sold out, but General Admission tickets are still available online.
July 29: Troegs Lawn Party and Tasting at Valley Green Inn, Philadelphia, PA
From 6 to 9 p.m., the historic Valley Green Inn will be hosting Tröegs Brewery Co. on the lawn. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings while sampling Tröegs’ brews. The event also features games, raffles, and live music.
July 30: Victory Brewing Co.’s 8th Annual BrewBQ, Parkesburg, PA
In its eighth year, Victory Brewing will be holding its Annual Victory BrewBQ competition at the Parkesburg Brewpub from noon to 4 p.m. The competition is a two-category BBQ cook-off, with each Pit Master team competing to see who can make the best chicken and ribs according to Victory’s judges. The public is invited to come out to enjoy a day filled with live music, beer, and food from the area’s local restaurants. In addition to the Pit Master teams, there will be a restaurant competition for the best pulled pork. Admission is free, so don’t pass this one up.
July 30: Indian Valley Beer Tasting Festival, Telford, PA
The Indian Valley Beer Tasting Festival — and Homebrew Competition — will once again be held at the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford. With more than 25 breweries represented, the VIP session ($70) will begin at 4 p.m. and the General Session ($45) opens at 5:30. Purchase tickets online.
July 30: NEPA Beer Festival, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA
The North East Pennsylvania Beer Festival launches at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. In its first year, more than 75 different beers from over 50 breweries will be on hand to serve craft beer fans in northeast Pennsylvania. A VIP session ($50) begins at 1 p.m. and the General session ($35) runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the Mohegan Sun Arena’s Box Office.