Come Celebrate Pennsylvania’s Brewing Heritage and Taste the Richness of our Region’s History of German Immigration
at the German Society of PA - 611 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

Don’t Miss the
7th Annual
BIERFEST 2018!

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!

SAMPLE IMPORTS
FROM GERMANY

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. Step out to the Alpine Firepit in the Winter Wunderbar Terrace to enjoy rare German craft beers on tap al fresco, like Braufactum's Progusta I.P.A. and the world's finest doppelbock, Ayinger Celebrator.

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 guided beer tasting led by Philly's favorite drinks author and the mind behind Bierfest, Marnie Old.

BIERFEST HIGHLIGHTS

BIERFEST REVIEW

BIERFEST REVIEW
SEVENTH ANNUAL BIERFEST 2018

Ah, BIERFEST!
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],
Evil Genius Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Free Will Brewing Co. [Perkasie],
Gunpowder Falls Brewing Co. [New Freedom], Nodding Head Brewery [Philadelphia],
Penn Brewery [Pittsburgh], Round Guys Brewing Co. [Lansdale],
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. [Chambersburg], St. Benjamin Brewing Co. [Philadelphia],
Samuel Adams [Breinigsville], Sly Fox Brewing Co. [Phoenixville],
Stoudts Brewing Co. [Adamstown], Susquehanna Brewing Co. [Pittston],
Tröegs Brewing Co. [Harrisburg], Victory Brewing Co. [Downingtown],
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], Bitburger [Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate],
Braufactum [Frankfurt, Rhine-Main], Dinkelacker [Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg],
Flensburger [Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein], Früh [Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia],
Hacker-Pschorr [Munich, Bavaria], Hofbräu München [Munich, Bavaria],
Kloster Andechs [Andechs, Bavaria], König Ludwig [Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria],
Köstritzer [Bad Köstritz, Thuringia], Paulaner [Munich, Bavaria],
Pinkus [Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia], Radeberger [Radeberg, Saxony],
Rothaus [Rothaus, Baden-Württemberg], Schöfferhofer [Frankfurt, Hessen],
Stiegl [Salzburg, Austria], Warsteiner [Warstein, North Rhine-Westphalia],
Weltenburger [Weltenburg, Bavaria], and more...


Even more fermented delights can be sampled in the lower level
'EDGAR ALLAN POE CHEESE CAVE & PA CIDER BAR',
where local artisans will showcase their devilishly delicious wares, such as
Alpine Heritage Creamery [Paradise], Birchrun Hills Farm [Chester Springs],
Cherry Grove Farm [Laurenceville, NJ], Commonwealth Ciders [Philadelphia],
Dressler Estate Ciders [Downingtown], Ploughman Cider [Perkasie],
Shellbark Hollow Farm [Honey Brook], Wyndridge Farm [Dallastown],
with cheeses kindly curated by the Pennsylvania Cheese Guild
and feats of "Extra-Sensory Beer-Ception" by noted local entertainer Les the Mentalist

MORE INFORMATION

  • TICKET PRICING & ENTRY TIMES

    General Admission $49
    [Main Event Only 2pm to 5:30pm]
    VIP Package $69
    [Early 1pm Admission and Keepsake Mug]
    VIP Plus Package $79
    [VIP package plus 12pm Beer Seminar]

    'Beer-Less' Admission $20
    [for Designated Drivers & Children over 12]
    Children under 12 Enter Free
    [Complimentary Kinder-Care Provided]
  • AVOID ONLINE TICKETING FEES

    To 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 CONTACTS

    Pennsylvania 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 marnieold@outlook.com.

    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 Old
BIERFEST: MAKING LEARNING FUN

Bierfest prides itself on offering extensive learning opportunities for the beer-curious. Up to fifty ticketholders may join the PA Cheese Guild in the Bierfest Academy for a special presentation at 3pm on "Pairing Beer and Cider and Cheese", to be led by local authoer Tenaya Darlington, aka cheese blogger Madame Fromage. Cheese seminar seats are first come, first served. Or, splurge for VIP Plus tickets to gain exclusive access to a spectacular guided beer tasting and seminar, hosted by the noted drinks authors Marnie Old and Lew Bryson. This seated seminar of 10 German and Pennsylvania beers will is on the topic of "Tradition vs. Trends in American and German Craft Brewing" and will delve into fascinating details for the beer-geekhood.

Bierfest also makes an effort to inspire local Philadelphia-area home-brewers to try their hand at the challenging art of brewing German-style beers at home, by hosting the 4th annual Home Sweet HomeBräu Taste-Off, a two-tiered homebrewing competition, which takes place in the HomeBräu Balcony directly above the Pennsylvania Beer Hall. Jointly sponsored by HOPS, the Homebrewers of Philadelphia and Suburbs, and Home Sweet Homebrew Brewing Supplies, this competition's finalists pour samples of their beers for attendees to cast their votes in a "People's Choice" competition, as well as for an expert judge who will select which lucky amateur will be selected as the PRO-AM winner. Free Will Brewing Co. gives the PRO-AM winner the chance of a lifetime, to brew up a commercial batch of their winning beer, which will be launched at Bierfest 2019. And be sure to stop by the Free Will station to sample the Bierfest 2017 PRO-AM Winner, Chris Higgins' Kölsch!

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BIERFEST
TESTIMONIALS

  • "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
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