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Philly Beer Week Top 5: Tap Takeovers

28 May 2012

I’ve long said that the best way to tell if you like a brewery is to try as many beers from them as you can. Even if you really like one, the rest of their stuff could be utter crap.  So make sure you get a well-rounded education in all your favorite breweries with the plethora of tap takeovers going on in the city.  While some people don’t necessarily like the idea of a takeover, you should take advantage of them while they’re here, because there are some outstanding selections going on.  These are all pay as you go.

2nd Annual Mikkeller Draft Showcase & Art Gallerty at The Farmers’ Cabinet
Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2 | 5:00pm – 2:00am, 11:30am – 2:00am
For the first two days of Philly Beer Week, The Farmers’ Cabinet is once again dedicating all 25 of their lines to one of the world’s favorite breweries, Mikkeller.  Thomas Schon from the brewery will be on hand, and there will also be a mini art gallery featuring signed prints of Mikkeller label art from Kevin Shore.  There are sure to be some rarities and other great beers available, so don’t miss out!

4th Annual Bella Vista Beer Bash at Devil’s Den
Friday, June 1 | 7:00pm – 12:00m
For the fourth year, Devil’s Den will be handing over all 17 of their lines to Bella Vista, who will be bringing some of their rarest, hardest to find and most delicious beers.  Knowing some of the heavy hitters Bella Vista distributes, that description is nothing to sneeze at and should be taken quite seriously.  What better way to open beer week?

Half Acre Brewing Company Celebration at Memphis Taproom
Saturday, June 2 | 11:00am – 2am
The first Saturday of Philly Beer Week, Memphis will be celebrating some of the city’s newest breweries as part of their No Repeat Beer Week.  Join in early to meet the brewer as well as get some of their great beer—and if you’re lucky, they’ll be bringing the Double Daisy Cutter.

Sixpoint: Beer is Culture at City Tap House
Wednesday, June 6 | 5:00pm – 12:00m
Tap takeovers at City Tap House are always a wonderful thing due to their plethora of taps, and this one will be no different.  Sixpoint will be bringing nearly 30 beers for the event, including selections from their Mad Scientist series, their single-hop Spice of Life series, and other experimental rarities.  If you’ve somehow made it this far without having a Sixpoint, or you’ve only had their few regulars, be sure to get out to this event to really expand your knowledge of the Brooklyn-based brewery.

St. Somewhere with Bob Sylvester at Boilermaker
Wednesday, June 6 | 7:00pm – 12:00m
Being able to find more than one the usual three offerings we get from St. Somwhere (Saison Athene, Pays du Soleil, Lectio Divina) is a treat in and of itself, but throw in the added bonus of having the brewer on hand and you’ve got yourself an event worth attending.  In addition to those three, Boilermaker will be pouring Caitlyn, Caroline and two unnamed barrel-aged sour beers.  A rare treat for Philadelphia, so don’t miss it.

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