Drink up, vaxers. Philly Beer Week is back live for 2021, because… Well, Philly loves beer.
Since 2020’s Beer Week was a shuttered viral mess due to the pandemic’s quarantines. Seriously, who wants to watch someone else getting drunk on a handful of laptop squares. The live and in-person (but still masked) 2021 iteration of Philly Beer Week, June 4 to 13, will be a joy to behold.
“Philly Beer Week looks and feels a bit different this year, but is still the best week of the year and certainly the most delicious,” writes Christina Dowd, executive director of Philly Loves Beer, the non-profit organization that runs Philly Beer Week, in a prepared statement.
“Breweries and bars are ready to welcome our amazing beer-drinking community back with creative and engaging events. I’m proud of the conversations we’re having as an industry to create safe, inclusive, and harassment-free spaces to work and celebrate beer. There is a lot of work to be done, and Philly’s beer community needs to lead the way to change bad behavior.”
Playing off of the pandemic rhetoric of what is essential, the local Philly Loves Beer umbrella organization is using the tagline “It’s Essential” in welcoming back Philly Beer Week. Still, the United States’ largest (and of course, longest-running) beer week, this month’s ten-day showcase hosts everything from pop-up tap takeovers and tastings, to happy hours, game nights, educational workshops, charity events, outdoor festivals, brunches and a 5k run. Oddly enough, for a big return to live event, Philly Beer Week’s kickoff soiree, Opening Tap, is an interactive and virtual evening featuring participating breweries, bars, and venues toasting the moment. For those who do want to get live, Opening Tap drinkers can join in the celebrations at Love City Brewing’s Black is Beautiful Returns (a collab release party with Two Locals, Harris Family Brewery and Double Eagle Malt) along with Memphis Taproom’s debut of Kensington Trellis, a collaboration beer between New Trail Brewing and Warwick Farms with Breweries in PA.