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Come Celebrate Pennsylvania’s Brewing Heritage and Taste the Richness of our Region’s History of German Immigration.
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POWERED BY PHILLY ROLLER DERBY
Bierfest is jointly hosted by the ferocious female athletes of the skater-owned Philly Roller Derby, who are proudly pouring to raise funds for their new practice facility and for their national tournament travel schedule, and the German Society of Pennsylvania, the nation's oldest German-American cultural organization founded in 1762. Proceeds from Bierfest also benefit the Brewers of Pennsylvania, a trade advocacy group working to empower PA brewers and serve the interests of PA beer lovers.
TASTE PA's LAGERS,
WEIZENS & BOCKS
Discover Pennsylvania beers made in German-inspired styles in the main PA Beer Hall, honoring our state’s extensive historical and cultural ties to Germany.
Fans of Germany's legendary beer styles will find a diverse and delicious range of beers from over 20 Pennsylvania breweries that hail from every part of this great state. Not simply Pilsners and Lagers, but Dunkels and Weizens, Kölsches and Altbiers, Maibocks and Doppelbocks, Schwarzbiers and Rauchbiers, plus Zwickels and Zoigls and Goses! Oh My!
Savor the rainbow of flavors possible using only malt, hops, yeast and water in accordance with Germany’s famed ‘Reinheitsgebot’ beer purity law dating to 1516. Taste over 20 beer brands that hail from Germany (and other German-speaking zones of Europe) upstairs in the German Beer Hall or cruise a stunning array of imported suds at The Foodery Speakeasy & Import Bar, hosted by Philly's favorite bottle shop. Don't miss one the world's best doppelbocks, Ayinger Celebrator, served on tap outdoors with roasted marshmallows by the fire.
ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC, FOOD & FUN
Bierfest has it all: Roller-Derby Arm-Wrestling! Berlin-Style BEERlesque [PG-13]! Philly Bluegrass greats Man About a Horse plus Polkadelphia's oompah-funk! Sign up for Brauhaus Schmitz's Beer-Jello Masskrugstemmen, or check out the Edgar Allan Poe Cheese Cave & PA Cider Bar or have your mind blown by Les the Mentalist. VIPs get early access and a keepsake mug, while the VIP PLUS package also includes a master class on classic German beer styles led by Philly's favorite drinks authors, Lew Bryson and Marnie Old.
Two Beer-Filled Buildings,
Six Floors of Activities to Explore,
One Heck of a Good Time!
Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania craft and legacy brewers
will participate in Bierfest, including:
2nd Story Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Brewery Techne / Bar Hygge [Philadelphia],
Free Will Brewing Co. [Perkasie], Gunpowder Falls Brewing Co. [New Freedom],
Lion Brewery [Wilkes-Barre], Penn Brewery [Pittsburgh],
Philadelphia Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Round Guys Brewing Co. [Lansdale],
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. [Chambersburg], Samuel Adams [Breinigsville],
Sly Fox Brewing Co. [Phoenixville], St. Benjamin Brewing Co. [Philadelphia],
Stoudts Brewing Co. [Adamstown], Susquehanna Brewing Co. [Pittston],
Tröegs Brewing Co. [Harrisburg], Victory Brewing Co. [Downingtown],
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. [Easton], Yards Brewing Co. [Philadelphia],
Zeroday Brewing Co. [Harrisburg], plus the oldest and largest
independent brewer in the USA, Yuengling & Sons Brewery [Pottsville].
Over two dozen brands of imported beers from Germany (or from German-speaking Europe) will be poured, ranging from high-profile flagships to lesser-known artisanal brews, including:
Ayinger [Aying, Bavaria], Benediktiner [Lich, Hessen],
Bitburger [Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate],
Dinkelacker [Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg],
Flensburger [Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein],
Früh [Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia],
Grevensteiner [Grevenstein, Rhineland-Palatinate],
Hacker-Pschorr [Munich, Bavaria], Hofbräu München [Munich, Bavaria],
Kapuziner [Kulmbach, Thuringia], Köstritzer [Bad Köstritz, Thuringia],
König Ludwig [Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria], Kulmbacher [Kulmbach, Thuringia],
Mönchshof [Kulmbach, Thuringia], Paulaner [Munich, Bavaria],
Pinkus [Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia], Radeberger [Radeberg, Saxony],
Schöfferhofer [Frankfurt, Hessen], Stiegl [Salzburg, Austria],
Veltins [Grevenstein, Rhineland-Palatinate],
Warsteiner [Warstein, North Rhine-Westphalia],
Weihenstephaner [Weihenstephan, Bavaria], Weltenburger [Weltenburg, Bavaria],
**NEW FOR 2017**
Even more fermented delights can be sampled in the lower level
'EDGAR ALLAN POE CHEESE CAVE & PENNSYLVANIA CIDER BAR',
where local artisans will showcase their devilishly delicious wares, including:
Birchrun Hills Farm [Chester Springs, PA], Cherry Grove Farm [Lawrenceville, NJ],
Commonwealth Ciders [Philadelphia, PA], Farm at Doe Run [Unionville, PA],
Frecon's Cidery [Boyertown, PA], Hidden Hills Dairy [Everett, PA],
Kurant Cider [Perkasie, PA], Shellbark Hollow Farm [Honey Brook, PA],
Valley Milkhouse [Oley, PA], Wyndridge Farm Crafty Cider [Dallastown, PA],
with cheeses kindly curated by the Pennsylvania Cheese Guild and cider pairings
provided by Philly's own 'Madame Fromage', local cheese author Tenaya Darlington.
TICKET PRICING & ENTRY TIMESGeneral Admission $48
[Main Event Only 2pm to 5:30pm]
VIP Package $65
[Early 1pm Admission and Keepsake Mug]
VIP Plus Package $78
[VIP package plus 12pm German Beer Seminar]
'Beer-Less' Admission $20
[for Designated Drivers & Children over 12]
Children under 12 Enter Free
[Complimentary Kinder-Care Provided]
AVOID ONLINE TICKETING FEESTo avoid paying the convenience fees associated with online ticket sales, Bierfest attendees may arrange to use a credit card to purchase tickets by phone or via PayPal. Contact the German Society of Pennsylvania by phone at 215-627-2332, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
TRADE & MEDIA CONTACTSPennsylvania brewers of German-style beers, importers of German beers and purveyors of German-themed goods are welcomed. For registration materials and further information about becoming a Bierfest participant, contact Bierfest founder Marnie Old at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the media can contact Liesl Jandrey for general Bierfest information, at the German Society of Pennsylvania at 215-627-2332 or email us! To inquire about media passes, for in depth information or to set up interviews about Bierfest, contact Bierfest founder Marnie OldBIERFEST: MAKING LEARNING FUN
Bierfest prides itself on offering extensive learning opportunities for the beer-curious. All ticketholders are welcome to snag a seat in the Bierfest Academy for a Brewer's Discussion Panel at 4:30pm on 'Brewing Ale vs. Lager: A Question of Time & Money'. Or, splurge for VIP Plus tickets to gain exclusive access to a guided beer tasting and seminar jointly led by Philly's two favorite drinks authors, Lew Bryson and Marnie Old.
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"Locals may not realize that Pennsylvania brewers lead the nation in championing beer styles of German heritage. Bierfest is a perfect showcase for what should be a point of pride for Philadelphia's beer lovers."BILL COVALESKI Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company and
President of the Brewers of Pennsylvania
"Bierfest at the German Society is one of the most inclusive, inspiring events of the year for Yuengling, bringing together Pennsylvania's craft and legacy brewers for the love of great lager. I wouldn't miss it for the world."JOHN CALLAHAN Brewmaster of Yuengling & Sons Brewery,
America’s Oldest and Largest Brewery
"German-inspired beer styles are the most popular on earth, with over 90% of the world’s beer made in the image of pale lagers. Pennsylvania has the longest history of German immigration and the strongest bonds to German culture of any state. No wonder we make more and better lagers and German-style beers than anyone else!"MARNIE OLD Drinks author and Bierfest Founder
"You know I love me some smooth, cold-matured lager loveliness, and there's no place like Pennsylvania to get great fresh examples; er, outside of Germany, that is!"LEW BRYSON Beer Author