COMPILED BY MATT BRASCH
For Digital First Media
The following is quick sampling of beer related events in the region:
March 11: Fegley’s Cask Beer Festival, Fegley’s Brew Works, Allentown
Fegley’s Cask Festival is back! Enjoy one-of-a-kind cask beers with a special St. Patrick’s Day-inspired food buffet. VIP Session ($50 + $3.50 fee) begins at 3 p.m.; General Admission ($40 + $3 fee) opens at 4 p.m. VIP tickets have sold out the past 3 years, so I recommend to get them now.
March 14: Painting on Pints, Victory Brewing, Kenett Square Brewpub
From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy a food and beer pairing followed by an interactive paint class at Victory’s Kennett Square brewpub. Each guest will leave with 2 custom designed pint glasses. Tickets ($40) are available online.
March 17: Tower Hill Brewery Goes Irish, Tower Hill Brewery, Chalfont
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Tower Hill Brewery will be serving an Irish menu and craft brews. From the kitchen: Corned Beef & Cabbage and Bangers & Mash. On tap: Irish Red Ale and Bourbon Barrel Brown Stout.
Source: Towerhill Brewery Facebook Page
March 18: St. Pitties Day, Round Guys Brewing Company & Pub, Lansdale
From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Round Guys Brewing will be donating a portion of their sales to Dogtown Rescue. Boardroom Sprits is also participating and food will be on hand from food truck “WOW Wagon.” Come out and help these pups that need a home.
Source: Round Guys Brewing Company & Pub Facebook Page
March 18: Russian River Brewery Draft Event, Side Bar & Restaurant, West Chester
California-based Russian River Brewery’s beers will be the focus of the draft list beginning at 11 a.m. The highly sought out “Pliny the Younger triple IPA” will be available, as well as their “Pliny the Elder,” “Consecration,” and “Redemption.” Get there early, because the Younger is sure to go fast
March 11: St. Benjamin Brewing “Pilsner Proism” Release, Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne
Philadelphia-based St. Benjamin Brewing Company is bringing its brew to the suburbs. From 4 to 6 p.m., St. Ben’s newest beer — “Pilsner Proism” — will be served along with their “Cover Crop Rye IPA” in a firkin and “Antares Saison” on tap.
Previous week follows:
March 3: Celtic Beer Tasting, The Washington House, Sellersville
For this month’s beer tasting, The Washington House is offering up English, Scottish and Irish beers. Beginning at 5 p.m., pair your meal with some styles of beer that may be new to you.
March 4: Philadelphia Beer Fest, Philadelphia Navy Yard
The Philadelphia Beer Fest returns to the Navy Yard for its 11th year. With over 200 beers to try from around the country and world, this is always a huge event. A VIP Session ($75) runs from 12:30 – 5 p.m.; general admission ($46) begins at 1:30 and ends at 5 p.m. Purchase tickets online.
March 5: Brewers Plate, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
In its 13th year, The Brewers Plate returns to the Kimmel Center with beer and food pairings galore. A VIP Plus ($130 + fee) session begins at 4 p.m.; VIP session ($100 + fee) begins at 5, and General Admission ($77 + fee) at 6. Tickets can be purchased online, but prices increase as the event gets closer.
March 7: Fatter Tuesday Beer Dinner, Iron Hill Brewery, Phoenixville
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., enjoy a 5-course dinner based on Cajun fare paired with Iron Hill’s beers. $65 per person; call (610) 983-9333 for reservations.
March 9: Speed Dating, Prism Brewing Company, Lansdale
Rescheduled after bad weather in February, Prism is giving you the opportunity to meet your match during “Speed Dating!” from 8 to 10 p.m. $10 gets you your first drink and admission to meet new people face to face. Tickets available online at prism.ticketleap.com
Source: Prism Beer Facebook page
Feb. 26: Milk & Cookies Brunch with Firestone Walker, Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne
Teresa’s Next Door, known for its fine craft brew list, will be pouring California-based Firestone Walker’s “Velvet Merlin Milk Stout” on nitro, as well as several of Firestone’s hoppier selections, beginning at 11 a.m. They will also have cookies to pair with the “Merlin” by Brown Butter Cookie Company, also from California.
Feb. 26: Band of Brewers, World Cafe Live, Philadelphia
Doors for Band of Brewers: Volume 5 open at 12:30 with show at 1 p.m. for the first of two opening rounds, according to information at www.worldcafelive.com. The second round is on June 25. Tickets ($15 plus $1.75 fee) are available online.
March 3: Devils Backbone Launch Party, Creekside Bar & Grille, Limerick
Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company began distributing its beer in the Philadelphia region on Feb. 20. The brewery has won 39 awards between the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, as well as winning brewery of the year in their size category 4 times. Creekside Bar & Grille welcomes Devil’s Backbone to their taps with a “Devil’s Backbone Brewery Release Party” in the Loft from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Live music from “Shot of Southern” will complement the brews.
Source: http://www.creeksidesportsbar.com/events-specials.html; beerscenemag.com
March 4: Big Brew Beer Festival, Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ
Over 200 craft beers from some of New Jersey’s breweries and many others will be available during this beer festival. Two sessions (noon – 4 p.m.; 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.) will give you plenty of opportunity to try many of them. A free shuttle from the Armory to the Morristown Train Station is provided. General Admission tickets ($65; $70 after Feb. 26) are available online.
March 4: Canwood Derby with Sly Fox, Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne
Beginning at noon, Sly Fox and Teresa’s Next Door will host their “Canwood Derby” – a Pinewood Derby for grownups. Buy a Pinewood Derby kit for $10 (includes the car and a can of Sly Fox beer), build your kit into a car using the empty can, and show up on race day! $1 from every car sold and every pint of Sly Fox sold during the event will be donated to local scouting troops.
March 5: Brewers Plate, The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
The Brewers Plate returns to the Kimmel Center for its 13th year. The Brewers Plate was one of the first Philadelphia festivals to introduce the region’s blossoming throngs of foodies and beer geeks to the beer and food pairing concept. A VIP Plus ($130 + fee) session begins at 4pm; VIP session ($100 + fee) begins at 5 p.m., and General Admission ($77 + fee) at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased online, but prices increase as the event gets closer.