The Crawl: Philly Beer Week

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A successful pub crawl is a work of art. It’s something that you can only plan out so much. There needs to be “feel” involved. You need to know when to stick around and when to beat it for greener pastures. But when you decide to put together a do-it-yourself crawl during the thick of the drinking festival that is Philly Beer Week, your chances of success go up quite a bit.

Of course, this sort of thing is never fun to do it alone, so I recruited Dad to tag along. Though not as big a beer nerd as me, he was up for the challenge. Plus, having someone else with you means you get to taste their beer, too, so good for me. FYI…times are provided courtesy of my Foursquare check-ins. It all kinda got blurry towards the end, so this is the best evidence I have of my travels.

1:40 Monk’s Cafe had to be the first stop of the day. World-renowned for its amazing collection of Belgian beer on tap, I was happy to find plenty of room at the bar, which isn’t usually the case. I decided to kick things off in style with a Petrus Aged Pale Ale. It was pleasantly sour (aged in oak barrels), aggressive and — at over $9 for a small tulip glass — pricey. I’m glad I had it early when I could still enjoy it.

2:55 – Soccer time, and it was on to McGillin’s! I’ve mentioned them before and I love the place because it’s fun and familiar. While they don’t have the exotic selection of beers like other bars in Philly, they do focus on having something from all of the local breweries. Eat locally, drink locally! I got to taste Victory’s new Summer Love, a special variety marketed in conjunction with Philly’s visitor bureau (yeah, we’re serious about beer in this town), which matched perfectly with some buffalo wings and onion rings. Also fun: Getting to watch the English goalie become a pariah in his home country.

After the jump, plenty more beer, I make a new friend and score some food from an Iron Chef!

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It’s finally arrived in the nation’s capital. No, not voting rights. Beer Week!

DC’s Inagural hops celebration started Sunday and culminates Friday as the Nats unveil the staduim’s new microbrews, including Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout and Stone Arrogant Bastard. It’s really all the Nats have going for them.

I was super jealous when TVFF bragged about Philly’s Beer Week, but now I’m overwhelmed! So many bars, beers and hangovers to be had! Where’s a blogger to start!

Well, I’m reading up on alternative beverages, just in case I can’t stomach a brew by the end of the week.

“Where political righteousness and a reverence for luxury items mix together as well as dry vermouth and gin” [SF Gate]

Near obsessive devotion to the art of old-time cocktails and decor”  [Budget Travel]

They found calm through the drink’s association with Britain and cultural icons such as the Queen” [AFP]