Bottoms Up for Big Philly Beerfest

Love beer? Who doesn’t?

You’re in luck, as one of the region’s biggest craft beer celebrations pulls into town this month at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, just six blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment. Big Philly Beerfest features all the beer you can drink (literally!) while raising funds for a local animal rescue — a win/win!

On Jan. 12 and 13, beer lovers will converge for a festive celebration of all things craft beer. More than 125 breweries will participate, and guests can have their pick of unlimited samples among the thousands of products.

Many brewers will head in from out of state and even from out of the country, but locals will recognize some of the participating beer masters, such as:


  • Manayunk Brewing Company, which will offer its wildly popular French Toast Crunch porter, as well as a sour blonde ale, an IPA and a farmhouse ale
  • Yards Brewing Company, featuring a chocolate stout, IPA, English mild and indigenous ale


Most vendors will bring a diverse selection of beers, so you’re sure to find something to satisfy your beer appetite! And you may even be introduced to a new go-to brew. Many of the breweries will sell beer to go, so once you’ve gotten your fill of samples, you can pick your faves for the road.

Tickets are $45 in advance, or $55 the day of. If you want to beat the crowds and get first crack at the tasting, grab an early-admission ticket for an additional $10. To really make a night of it, opt for the Connoisseur ticket for $80, which includes a souvenir glass, access to a reception area featuring lite bites and specialty beers and a gift card to Reading Terminal Market.

If you’re in the market for some new brews, or just want a fun night out, Big Philly Beerfest has your name on it!


Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107



Manayunk Brewing Company

4120 Main St.

Philadelphia, PA 19127



Yards Brewing Company

500 Spring Garden St.

Philadelphia, PA 19123



Reading Terminal Market

51 N. 12th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107