The Philly Craft Beer Fest will meet its ten-year mark on March 5, 2016, beginning at 12:30 p.m. (VIP)/1:30 p.m. (General Admission), at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The annual beer fest, as produced by Starfish Junction Productions and sponsored in part by PhillyBeerEvents.com, features epic proportions, gathering more than 75+ breweries together to share their releases with eager beer drinkers.
In prep for the Saturday fest, we tapped Andy Calimano, owner of Starfish Junction, to see what it’s been like to host the repeat event in our local beer community.
“While we’ve seen a decade of changes in the beer scene, the one thing that has remained constant is the immeasurable passion and enthusiasm displayed by the people of Philadelphia,” he shares. “ The community has really rallied around this festival since the very first. They sure do love their craft beer and come out in record numbers each year to raise a glass with friends and colleagues.”
Chuck Greenstreet, owner of local distributor, Stockertown Beverage, has participated in the festival annually, exhibiting his portfolio of craft beers as early as the inaugural event in 2007. He recalls, after spending the day with brewers and distributors, “I think we all had a feeling that this ‘craft beer thing’ was going to be something cool and something really special.”
“I don’t think any of us would’ve thought craft beer would explode the way it has,” Greenstreet continues. “A whole new generation of consumers has embraced the bold flavors and small batch ethos of craft beer. It’s a brave new beer world of flavors, creativity and quality.”
Through the event’s years in succession, the Philly Craft Beer Festival has nabbed awards like Forbes Traveler’s “Top 10 Beer Festivals in America” and our very own “Best Beer Fest,” named by the public for three consecutive years.
What makes the fest even better is that it’s charitable too. For the 10th year, they’ll benefit the Committee to Benefit the Children (C.B.C.), with representatives from the C.B.C. will be on-site to raise money to fund treatment, care and family support resources for area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. Calimano shares that, to date, Starfish Junction has donated over $80,000 to this very worthy charity.
An additional perk of the fest is its food truck court because if there is going to be that much beer, there better be food too. Expect the likes of Wahlburgers, The Cow and the Curd, Kono Pizza, Nick’s Roast Beef, Oink & Moo BBQ and Foolish Waffles, among others. All food is available for purchase, per truck.
The Philly Craft Beer Festival offers two options for admission. VIP tickets are available at $75 each, which grants ticketholders an additional hour at the festival (entry 12:30 p.m.), more intimate access to brewers, and the ability to try rare and sought-after beers that are only being poured at this VIP session. General Admission is available at $46 per ticket, with entry starting at 1:30 p.m. Designated Driver tickets are available for $10 each.
Purchase tickets online. Tickets are limited and a sellout is expected. All ticketholders, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for admission. The event is held outdoors under tents—rain, snow or shine—at the Philadelphia Navy Yard (4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia).