This weekend marks the opening of Philly Beer Week, an annual festival highlighting craft beers. It’s a ten day celebration that beer enthusiasts from both Philly and elsewhere look forward to attending.
Philly Beer Week was co-founded in 2008 by Tom Peters, who owns several city bars; Don Russell, who writes the “Joe Sixpack” column for the Philadelphia Daily News; and the late Bruce Nichols, a city beer pioneer who passed away in November 2010. From an inaugural Beer Week featuring about 300 events, it has grown exponentially to over 1,000 events throughout 180 different venues in both the city and suburbs. In terms of number of events, it’s the largest national festival dedicated to craft beers.