Philadelphia Inquirer: The Fifth Philly Beer Week , UntappedMay 31, 2012
From Philadelphia Inquirer:
Back in early 2008, Don Russell and the band of beer lovers planning the first Philly Beer Week knew they had a great idea, but didn’t want to get ahead of themselves.
"We were very modest," said Russell, author of the "Joe Sixpack" column in the Philadelphia Daily News. "We thought there’d be 50 restaurants and that would be it."
As the fifth edition of the festival launches with Friday’s Opening Tap event at the Independence Visitor Center, nearly 200 bars and restaurants are on board, said Russell.
All told, nearly 1,000 events — most of them happy-hour specials — make up the 10-day festival.
Russell spent this week plotting his itinerary. Philly Beer Week’s free iPod and Android app makes it easy, and events are listed at www.phillybeerweek.org Russell plans to attend bigger events such as Saturday afternoon’s Gladiator at Kite & Key, which sets up Roman-style gladiator games, chariot racing, and jousting on the 1800 block of Callowhill Street, and smaller, more intimate gatherings, such as the cute-named Kinky Beer and Porn Quizzo at Woody’s bar in Center City on June 5. (Among the beers to be poured are Boulder Sweaty Betty, Iron Fist Double Fisted, Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale, Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, Full Pint Perc-E-Bust and Chinookie IPA.)
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