Nowadays there seems to be at least one beer festival almost every weekend. Every township has one and it’s the go-to fundraising option for many non-profit groups. Eleven years go, it was a much different scene though. Beer festivals were few and far between, but what did exist was the Philly Craft Beer Festival at the Navy Yard which has helped pave the way for the immerse festival scene we see today.
Celebrating it’s 11th Anniversary this year, the Philly Craft Beer Festival remains at the Navy Yard but continues to evolve, staying one of the best festivals each year despite the immense rise in competition. This year, the festival promises over 200 different beers including the Philadelphia debut of Buck’s County’s Great Barn Brewery and New Jersey’s, Devils Creek Brewery. Other less-often seen breweries pouring at the festival include: Robin Hood Brewing Company, Bog Turtle Brewery, and Brick Works Brewing & Eats. You can find the full list of breweries here.
One constant over the eleven years though is the festivals support for charity. Since it’s inception, over $50,000 has been raised for the local Philadelphia Committee to Benefit the Children. Once again, the festival will donate proceeds to the cause and host their silent auction to help do so.
The festival takes place on Saturday, March 4th and tickets are $75 for VIP and $46 for GA. VIP tickets get you in an hour early to a smaller crowd with access to VIP exclusive beers and opportunities to talk with the breweries. A special commemorative glass is also included. Entrances open at 12:30 for VIP and at 1:30 for GA. Both session end at 5:00. Tickets are available here.