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The Philly Beer Week 2012 calendar is fuller than ever with outdoor street festivals, block parties and carnivals that combine the best of all worlds: craft beer, delicious food, live music and fresh air. (Photos by G. Widman for GPTMC)

Today launches the fifth annual Philly Beer Week. In a city completely devoted to good beer, Philly Beer Week is the beer lovers favorite holiday. The week is built around lots of fanfare including a relay with the Hammer of Glory (or HOG as it is affectionately known) which weaves its way through Philadelphia’s neighborhoods (a beer themed version of the Olympic Torch relay) and ends at Opening Tap, where Mayor Nutter will use it to tap the first keg of Philly Beer Week’s Brotherly Suds. All in all, Philly Beer Week provides beer lovers with an opportunity to explore their favorite sudsy beverage from June 1st through the 10th. It is hands down, the best week (err, 10 days) of the year.

With so many incredible events, we thought we’d curate a list of some of our favorites, but really, you can’t go wrong. We suggest your download the Philly Beer Week Mobile App so no matter where you are this week, you can celebrate in beer. Also, be sure to check out uwishunu.com’s picks for alternative Beer Week activities. Think Drunkle Dare with Marc Summers (yes, THAT Marc Summers) at Frankford Hall to an Allagash Pie Eating Contest. Make your plans now – there is so much hoppy fun to be had!

With Love Beer GardenJune 4-8, 5-9 p.m. Four Seasons Philadelphia, 1 Logan Square. Pay as you go. Beer Week Central (unofficially) will once again be the With Love Beer Garden, returning triumphantly to the Four Seasons Hotel courtyard June 4-8, 5-9 p.m. Each day, a different local brewery will be featured, bringing a selection of their craft brews for guest to enjoy. That’s in addition to a nightly rotating menu of tasty bites. You’ll be want to be there for Opening Night, Monday, June 4 for an extra-special beer-themed giveaway.

Opening Tap on Independence Mall: Friday, June 1, 7 p.m. Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Streetes. $40 ($25 designated drivers). The Beer Week shenanigans begin with the annual Opening Tap ceremony outside the Independence Visitor Center on the mall. Welcome the arrival of the Hammer of Glory from its daylong relay through the streets of Philadelphia starting down at Devil’s Den in South Philly, cheer award-winning brewers and watch Mayor Nutter smash open the first official keg of the week: Brotherly Suds 3.

• Sansom Street Block Party in University CityThursday, June 7, 3 p.m.-midnight. 34th and Sansom Streets. Pay as you go. New Deck Tavern, White Dog and Baby Blues BBQ shut down Sansom for live music (reggae, blues and rock) on a big stage, local craft beers served from beer trucks and dancing in the street. They will be serving beers and food outside from 3 p.m.-midnight. Part of the proceeds will be going to Philadelphia Police and Fire Survivors Fund, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania and Fair Foods. It’s going to be a blowout.

• Pizzeria Stella’s Italian Beer GardenThursday, June 7, 5-10 p.m. 2nd and Lombard Streets. Pay as you go. Stephen Starr’s Pizzeria Stella is throwing a party for all with a one-day pop-up Italian Beer Garden under the Headhouse Square Shambles complete with a Bocce ball court, live Italian accordion player, face painter and balloon artist. Sausage sandwiches, meatballs, mozzarella en carozza, gelato and zeppoles can be enjoyed by all, and brews on draft include Peroni, Piccolo Seson, Strada San Felice, ReAle Extra and Victory Summer Love. The perfect family-friendly event will also offer draft Victory root beer, lemonade and bottled water. Guests can purchase 1 ticket for $2 each at various cashiers to pay for all offerings throughout the garden. All food and drink items will be available for $2-$8.

• Fishtown FestivALESaturday, June 9, noon-8 p.m. N. Frankford Avenue. Pay as you go. Johnny Brenda’s and Frankford Hall are teaming up to bring you a outdoor beer party with DJs, dunk tank and more. They’re shutting down Frankford Avenue between Girard and Shackamaxon. It’s just two blocks from the Girard El stop, so no excuses, Center City-ites. The tented festival (it’s rain or shine) will include carnival games, a dunk tank, shopping, food and beer. Lots of beer. Three DJs will keep it funky all day and night long. Frankford Hall will offer up items like warm Bavarian Pretzels and Bratwurst on a roll and brews including Franziskaner Hefeweizen while Johnny Brenda’s serves Smoked Brisket Sandwiches and Sly Fox brews including Pikeland Pils and Royal Weisse. There will be a beer truck parked with five taps of brews, and retail shops along Frankford will set up booths with great sales. Also look out for a Cross Fit Strong Man competition.

• Dock Street Music FestSaturday, June 9, 2-7 p.m. 701 S. 50th Street. Free. First, Bryan Kolesar of The Brew Lounge returns as Race Director for a 5-K B-Tag timed race beginning and ending at Dock Street Brewing Company and looping through University City. All runners receive a token limited-edition pint glass, refreshments from Vita Coco, fruit, snacks and pizza/beer coupons. Plus, a free Dock Street Philly Beer Run t-shirt to the first 100 registered runners. The run ends at the Annual Free Dock Street Music Festival outside featuring amazing local music including O’Death and headliner Hoots & Hellmouth.

• Varga Bar’s 3rd Annual Pints and Pinups Block PartySaturday, June 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 10th and Spruce Streets. Pay as you go. Varga shuts down Spruce Street once again for the Pints and Pinups Block Party. They will BBQ-ing outside, and hosting hot dog and wing eating contests with great prizes awarded. It’s also the first day of the 2013 Varga Bar Calendar Girl Search. Great domestic craft beers will, of course, be tapped; about 22 total. Don’t get dunked in the dunk tank…

Craft Beer Day On East PassyunkSunday, June 3, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Along East Passyunk Avenue. Pay as you go. East Passyunk in South Philly is kicking off Philly Beer Week with a full 15-hour day of craft beer events. Try new eats, meet brewers and quench your thirst for craft beer at nine East Passyunk bars. Much of the action is outside, including a BBQ at Stateside and outdoor grilling at Le Virtu’s courtyard.

• Fourth Annual Great Beer ExpoSaturday, June 2, VIP session at 12:30 p.m., general admission at 1:30 p.m., event goes until 5 p.m. Navy Yard. $75 for VIP, $46 for G.A., $10 for designated drivers. 50+ breweries from across the globe (Belgium, Germany, Japan and more) return to Philadelphia for the Fourth Annual International Great Beer Expo. The event will be held (rain or shine) outdoors under tents on the Marine Parade Grounds at the Navy Yard. There will be plenty of water and food available for purchase as well.

Teresa’s, Troegs and the Main Line Jazz and Food Fest: Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne with live music all day, drinking and dancing in the streets. There will be an extensive Troegs tap lineup pouring outside all day for only $5. Food and drinks will be served outside all day from noon-9 p.m. The entire block is closed to vehicular traffic for the 9th Annual Main Line Jazz and Food Fest.

Ride The Rails with Boxcar Brewing Company: Saturday, June 2, 3-4:30 p.m., 130 Glen Mills Road, Glen Mills, $40. Ride the Rails is a nostalgic trip down the West Chester Railroad in passenger carts from days of old. The train leaves at 3 p.m. and runs 35 minutes to Glen Mills Train Station where food, beer and entertainment will be provided for three while hours. Feel free to bring chairs/blankets. You’ll then venture back to West Chester around 7 p.m. Pull a group of friends together for this unique event.

Philly Beer Week 2012
When: June 1-10
Where: Locations throughout the city
Cost: Varies based on event
More info: www.phillybeerweek.org