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A Look Back at the 2017 Philly Craft Beer Fest

Over the past decade, the Philly Craft Beer Fest (PCBF) has been one that includes a mix of breweries that are either familiar, unique, or new to the market. Until 2012, PCBF was held indoors at the old Terminal Building within the Philadelphia Navy Yard. When the building was purchased by Urban Outfitters, the festival needed a new home and the promoter (Starfish Junction) decided to move the festival a few blocks away and held inside of several big tents.
Like the Atlantic City Beer Fest, PCBF includes a VIP option; however, PCBF gives customers a one hour head start (instead of 30-45 minutes) to enjoy over 70 craft breweries. In addition, several of those breweries will bring an additional beer poured only for those VIPs. Not only that, but VIPs were also issues a Belgian tasting glass which provided a nice touch to the event and could be distinguished from General Admission customers.
One of the breweries that had a significant line, especially during the VIP hour was Fat Head’s Brewing (North Olmsted, OH), who was pouring Hop JuJu DIPA. Another was Free Will Brewing (Perkasie, PA), who poured Brown Beard Imperial Brown Ale at the same time. One of the newer breweries, Stickman Brews (Royersford, PA) brought an enjoyable Store Bought Is Fine IPA and passed out cards valid for a free pour at their brewery. A popular brewery that saw a steady flow of customers is Neshaminy Creek Brewing (Croydon, PA) which poured their popular Coffee J.A.W.N.
Although the 2017 PCBF was held in 35 degree weather with over 20 mph winds, I share the same opinion as others in attendance who feel that this event should be either moved to a different venue or held later in the year. The promoter advertises that the festival is held “heated tents”; however, those heating elements are in the form of generators placed in several corners of those tents and you would have to stand within 6 feet of them to feel any warmth. This may be one of the reasons that PCBF had tickets readily available up until the day before the event.

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Long-time South Jersey resident who enjoys anything related to craft beer.

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