Philly Bierfest 2024: Top 10 Beer Festivals in The County

Philly Bierfest 2024PHILADELPHIA - Philly Bierfest 2024, hosted by the German Society of Pennsylvania, is an eagerly awaited event that pays homage to Pennsylvania's German brewing heritage while giving special recognition to women brewers.

Philly Bierfest 2024
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11th Annual Philly Bierfest

This highly regarded beer-tasting extravaganza was recently named one of the top 10 beer festivals 2023 by USA Today's Reader's Choice Awards, cementing its status as a must-attend event for beer enthusiasts. Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 24, from 2 - 5:30 pm, when this remarkable celebration of all things beer will take place.

The festival will span six floors of activities in two historic buildings, with additional outdoor attractions available in the German Society's gated garden.  With over 50 German-style beers from 25 Pennsylvania craft brewers, attendees can indulge in an extensive selection of lagers, weizens, kölsches, and doppelbocks. But the offerings don't stop there! For those seeking an authentic taste of Germany, the festival will also showcase a range of German beers imported directly from Germany, with zero-proof and low-alcohol options available for those who prefer a lighter experience.

In addition to the wide variety of beers on offer, the 11th Annual Philly Bierfest will feature enchanting live performances, informative educational opportunities, and awards ceremonies to honor the exceptional contributions of brewers. One exciting highlight of the festival is the PA Cheese Cave & Cider Bar, an area dedicated to showcasing the talents of members from the PA Cheese Guild and the PA Cider Guild. This unique addition accompanies the beer-tasting experience, allowing attendees to immerse themselves fully in a symphony of flavors.

Philly Bierfest 2024 seeks to foster a family-friendly and community-focused atmosphere. Free supervised 'kinder-care' and 'Beer-Less' tickets will be available, ensuring everyone can enjoy the festivities safely and responsibly. Additionally, aspiring home brewers have the exciting opportunity to participate in the Home Sweet HomeBräu Taste-Off, where the winner will have the incredible chance to collaborate with My Local Brew Works in brewing their recipe for Bierfest 2025.

More than two dozen esteemed Pennsylvania craft and legacy brewers, including household names such as Yuengling & Sons Brewery and Victory Brewing Co., will showcase their creations at Philly Bierfest 2024. This year's festival promises to celebrate Pennsylvania's rich German brewing traditions while shedding light on women brewers' incredible contributions.