Philadelphia gets all sudsy next Saturday, February 25 for the German Society of Pennsylvania’s first-ever Bierfest, a festival to celebrate Pennsylvania’s German brewing heritage (ever heard of that little neighborhood above Fairmount called Brewerytown?)
The society has teamed up with local drinks author Marnie Old and the Philly Roller Girls for the event, which will feature a lively beer garden vibe, delicious German-inspired beers and live bluegrass by the Keystone Mountain Boys.
Fun fact: German style beers are the most popular of all beers, with more than 90% of the world’s beer made in the image of lagers and pilsners that trace their roots to Germany. And Pennsylvania has the longest history of any state of German immigration and the strongest bonds to German culture.
The brewers of PA actually lead the entire nation in production of high-quality German beers!
A dozen of them will be at Bierfest, including Victory, Stoudts, Sly Fox, Yuengling, Troegs, Pennsylvania Brewing Co., Appalachian Brewing Co. and Berwick Brewing Co.
Light German fare from Brauhaus Schmitz is included with general admission, and more substantial wurst platters will be offered for sale.
Attendees can also enjoy a brewer’s discussion panel on “The Future of Craft Lager — Pennsylvania’s Leadership in Brewing German-Style” at 4 p.m. featuring some of the state’s leading brewers.
Tickets start at $18 and are available online. A portion of the proceeds support Jefferson Hospital’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.
First Annual Philly Bierfest
When: Saturday February 25, 1-5 p.m.
Where: German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street
Cost: Tickets start at $18
More info: www.phillybierfest2012.com