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On Saturday, February 24, the beautiful German Society of Pennsylvania will be hosting the 7th annual Bierfest, a yearly celebration of Pennsyvlania’s German brewing heritage and all-around excellent event. Whether it’s games, music, food, education, or just plain beer that you’re into, Bierfest has it all in spades.
This year’s event will have three tiers of attendees: General Admission, VIP, and VIP Plus. General admission tickets, which run $49, will allow ticketholders to attend the main event from 2pm-5:30pm. VIP tickets, for $69, will allow guests to arrive an hour early for a less-crowded event experience and will receive a keepsake mug. VIP Plus ticketholders, for $79, will also be able to attend a guided beer tasting and seminar at noon. This year’s Beer Seminar will be hosted by inimitable drinks authors Marnie Old (who founded Bierfest) and Lew Bryson, tackling “Tradition vs. Trends in American and German Craft Brewing” via a 10-beer guided tasting.
The event, which is presented in collaboration with Philly Roller Derby and the Brewers of Pennsylvania, will feature plenty of new attractions for 2018, including firedancer Miss Madeleine Belle, and award-winning Elvis tribute artist Sammy J. Returning popular entertainment for this year’s fest also includes Berlin-style Beer-lesque hosted by Miss Candy Mayhem, Philly Roller Derby arm wrestling, the Edgar Allan Poe cheese cave and PA cider bar, and live bluegrass from Man About a Horse and oompah-funk from Polkadelphia.
I know, I know – you’re here for the beer. New this year will be non-traditional craft beers from Germany, sponsored by specialty importer Reinheits Boten, as well as a beer, cider, and cheese pairing seminar presented by the PA Cheese Guild and hosted by drinks author, blogger, and all-around cheese maven Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage.
If you’re looking for more traditional German beer, a range of beer and ciders from the likes of Andechs, Ayinger, Bembel with Care, Benediktiner, Bitburger, Braufactum, Distelhauser, Friedenfelser, Grevensteiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Himburgs Braukunst Keller, Konig Ludwig, Konig, Paulaner, Pinkus, Radeberger, Riedenburger, Schofferhofer, Sunner, Veltins, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner, Zoller-Hof, and more.
But, you say, what about Pennsylvania’s local German beer heritage? This will all be covered, of course, by the likes of 2nd Story Brewing, Brewery Techne/Bar Hygge, Evil Genius, Free Will, Gunpowder Falls, Nodding Head, Penn Brewery, Round Guys, Roy Pitz, Sam Adams, Sly Fox, St. Benjamin, Stoudts, Susquehanna, Troegs, Victory, Yards, ZeroDay, and more, including the oldest and largest independent brewer in the USA, Yuengling.
As you can see, and as I can attest from attending the event for a number of years, the event is well worth the cost of admission, regardless of which tier you choose (though I would highly suggest VIP Plus—spending an hour drinking with Lew Bryson and Marnie Old will only make you smarter). If you’d like to attend but don’t want to drink, you can also get a $25 beer-less ticket for designated drivers or children over 12. If you have younger kids, supervised “kinder-care” will be provided. There are no excuses.
Tickets are available at PhillyBierfest.com or via phone at 215.627.2332. Get them today, because this event will sell out. And hopefully I’ll see you there. Prost!