PHILADELPHIA, PA – With a line-up that features over 50 of the biggest names in brewing and more than 400 events planned, Philly Beer Week (PBW) 2009, Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 15 has become the country’s biggest beer event in its second year.
“Brewers around the world have come to recognize the size and importance of Philly Beer Week. No other city hosts so many events in just 10 days. These brewers want to be here for all the fun and to share their beer with Philadelphia,” says Monk’s Cafe owner and PBW 2009 founder Tom Peters.
Those traveling to Philadelphia, America’s Best Beer Drinking City, to participate in PBW 2009 will include: Chris Bauweraerts of Brasserie d’Achouffe, Hildegard Van Ostaden of Urthel, Jim Koch of Boston Beer, Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing, Fergal Murray of Guinness, Michael Campbell-Lamerton of Fuller’s, Rudi Ghequire of Rodenbach, Terrence Sullivan of Sierra Nevada, Tomme Arthur of The Lost Abbey, Rob Tod of Allagash, Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery, Phil Markowski of Southampton Publick House, Adam Avery of Avery Brewing, Mike Stevens of Founder’s, Matt Nadeau of Rock Art, Greg Zaccardi of Ramstein, Dave Hoffman of Climax, Brian Boaks of Boaks, Rick Reed of Cricket Hill, Fred Karm of Hoppin’ Frog, Curt Cameron of Thomas Hooker, Mark Reith of Atwater Block, John Jordan of Breckenridge, Will Shelton of High & Mighty, Seamus O’Hara of O’Hara’s, Phil Leinhart of Ommegang, Matt Allyn of Voodoo, Greg Blanchard of Smuttynose, Todd Haire and Matt Cohen of Magic Hat, John Maier of Rogue, Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery, Jeremy Marshall of Lagunitas, Chuck Silva of Green Flash, Aaron Morse of Dark Horse, Dan Mitchell of Ithaca, Bob Sylvester of St. Somewhere, Patrick Rue of The Bruery, Peter Ricks of Beer Valley Brewing, Shane Welsch of Six Points Brewing, and Shawn Strickland of Erie.
Much lauded Philadelphia regional brewers will welcome the cast of star visitors including: Ben Potts of Dock Street, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Casey Hughes of Flying Fish, Chris Leonard of General Lafayette, Paul Rutherford and Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill, Christian Heim of Lancaster Brewing Company, Chris Firey of Manayunk Brewing Company, Gordon Grubb of Nodding Head, Josh Ervine of Philadelphia Brewing Company, Brian O’Reilly of Sly Fox, Carol Stoudt of Stoudt’s, Patrick Jones of Triumph Brewing Company, Chris Brugger of Troegs, Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Company, Tom Kehoe of Yards and Chris Wilson of Weyerbacher.
Special collaborations between area hotels, public transportation and more are available on the ‘Travel’ section of the Philly Beer Week 2009 Web site. The Radisson is offering a special $149 rate for beer week participants, and The Park-Hyatt at the Bellevue is offering a $179 rate.
For general information, including the ever-expanding schedule of events and list of participants, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org.