Founders Madness at Kite and Key

Through its first few days, Philly Beer Week has had some pretty remarkable beer events.  Many venues throughout the city have been packed, as beer enthusiasts have attended the events in droves.

Take, for example, the Founders Brewing Company event at Kite and Key.  On a Monday afternoon at 5 p.m., which is hardly the most common time for city folks to be out at a bar drinking, Kite and Key was completely packed with patrons seeking to sample Founders’ high quality, high alcohol and highly rare beers.  The two superstars were Canadian Breakfast Stout, a beer aged in maple and whiskey soaked wood with Sumatra and Kona coffee beans breakast stout, and Kenutkcy Breakfast Stout (KBS), an imperial stout brewed with coffee and chocolates before aged in bourbon barrels for an entire year.  Both beers are among the top seven rated beers in the world, contain over nine percent alcohol and are only available for a limited time each year. 

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Philly Beer Week: A Celebration of Great Beer

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. 

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