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Elfreth’s Alley Presents Brew Fest: A Speakeasy Costume Ball, Homebrew Contest, Bottomless Local Beer And More, Saturday October 6th

Head to Elfreth's Alley on October 6th to induldge in bottomless local beer and a homebrew challenge. (Photo courtsey: cCredit: C. Ridgeway for GPTMC)

Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited street, is more than just a cobblestoned slice of Philadelphia history.

There’s actually a fully functioning Museum of Elfreth’s Alley on the street, a National Historic Landmark that celebrates three centuries of everyday Americans. And there’s some pretty cool programming you can take part in.

Next up: Brew Fest 2012, on Saturday, October 6, 6-9 p.m. This year’s Brew Fest is a Speakeasy Costume Ball, a chic affair celebrating the Roaring Twenties.

Historian Bob Skiba will discuss the history of Prohibition and its effect on Philadelphia, then lead costumed guests in the Charleston. Following the dance lesson, renowned beer author and expert Lew Bryson will discuss how the spectre of Prohibition still haunts Pennsylvania today.

In conjunction with the entertainment, the event will include a Bootlegger Homebrew Competition in which the best and brightest local brewers will concoct pumpkin-flavored brews to be judged by local beer experts. Plus, you could win one of over $2,000 worth of prizes in the night’s raffle.

Tickets to Brew Fest cost $20 ($15 for seniors and students, and $7.50 for designated drivers), and include one door prize ticket, all-you-can-eat food and beer and a whole lot of swinging, roaring fun. Stay tuned for more details.

Elfreth’s Alley Museum’s Brew Fest 2012
When: Saturday, October 6, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Church Street Studios, 122 Church Street
Cost: $20
More info: www.elfrethsalley.org