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Beer ye, beer ye! Celebrate International Beer Day the Right Way

Beer lovers rejoice! International Beer Day is right around the corner on Friday, August 5, and in honor of the brew-tiful beverage, we’ve rounded up some of the region’s most revered breweries, pubs and purveyors in the Philadelphia area and beyond. Please see below for info pertaining to suds-y offerings courtesy of My Local Brew Works, Square 1682, Art in the Age, Devil’s Den, Patchwork, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, and a bevy of brew-tastic gems on East Passyunk Avenue.

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My Local Brew Works (MLBW), Philadelphia’s newest custom nanobrewery specializing in contract brewing, special events, and direct-to-public sales, is bringing a spate of all-new brews to Square 1682, the modern American restaurant and award-winning bar located on 17th and Sansom Streets, for complimentary beer samplings, meet-and-greet with the award-winning brewers, bottles for sale, and more, on Friday, August 5 in honor of International Beer Day.

Tim Montague and Wayne Humphrey, Co-Founders of MLBW and award-winning home brewers, will be on-site at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar from 5 – 6pm for “Beer Hour”, a riff on the posh hotel’s traditional “Wine Hour”. Imbibers can expect free samples of Saison De Printemps (7.3% ABV), Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale, and Johann (4.3% ABV), Vienna-style Lager, while having the opportunity to chat all things beer-related with the brewers.

Following, My Local Brew Works will pour tastings of both Saison De Printemps and Johann behind the bar at Square 1682 from 6 – 7pm for guests to enjoy during the recently expanded and revamped happy hour, or to pair with dinner. In addition to samples, those interested can purchase 22 oz. bottles of the styles listed above, as well as 12 oz. bottles of signature styles of craft beer, Pigeons Punching Penguins (6% ABV), West Coast Cold IPA, and Bière De Maurice (6.3% ABV), Belgian-style Pale Ale.

The hyper local brews will be available for purchase (while supplies last) at the Square 1682 bar starting on Friday, August 5.

Square 1682 | 121 S 17th St | https://square1682.com/
My Local Brew Works | 4500 Worth St. | www.mylocalbrewworks.com

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Art in the Age, Philadelphia’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop is offering a variety of refreshing shandies as part of their Scorch Slayer program. Guests can curate their own $5 heat-defeating concoctions by choosing any cordial sold at Art in the Age to be added to a frosty pint of Love City Lager, along with lemon juice, anytime the thermostat goes above 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot days aside, Art in the Age’s current menu also features the Hemp Shandy, highlighting The Pathfinder Hemp and Root, the zero-proof elixir that’s been turning the spirits industry on its end.

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 12pm to 7pm, Friday and Saturday, 12pm to 8pm, and Sunday, 12pm to 6pm.

116 N 3rd St | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com

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Devil’s Den, South Philly’s leading gastropub, boasts one of the city’s largest curated craft beer selections – from Hazy IPAs to Belgian Stouts to German Wheat Beers. After a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, Devil’s Den is bringing back the über-popular, annual Sour Fest from August 13 through August 19, featuring a selection of pairings and pours of the country’s most delicious and exclusive sour beers. For the sour-unenthused, the ever-evolving rotating draft offerings include premier breweries such as SingleCut Beersmiths, SweetWater Brewing Co., Brewery Ommegang, and Left Hand Brewing Company. Imbibers may enjoy hard-to-find craft beer including Belgian gold ale La Chouffe (8% ABV) from Brasserie d’Achouffe.

Brews are available for sipping alongside stellar pub fare at the expansive outdoor streetery and indoor dining as well as to-go in the form of six-packs and growlers.

Hours of operation are Tuesday and Wednesday from 4pm – 10pm, Thursday and Friday from 4pm – 12 am, Saturday from 11 am – 12 am, and Sunday from 11 am – 10 pm.

1148 South 11th Street | 215.339.0855 | www.devilsdenphilly.com

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Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine, located on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City, is celebrating International Beer Day with a Beer + Burger + Shot for just $21, available Friday, August 5. Folks can enjoy the signature Patchwork Burger, served on a brioche bun with cambozola, onion marmalade, and a lemon garlic mayo, while sipping on a local brew from Love City Brewing, accompanied by a bartender’s choice shot of whiskey.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Thursday from 6:30 am – 11:30 am and 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday from 6:30 am – 11:30 am and 5 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 8 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm

1620 Chancellor St | 215.985.1234 | www.patchworkphilly.com

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Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential resort, is just a short trek away from South Jersey’s fan-favorite beer haven — Cape May Brewing Co. Guests can enjoy select Cape May Brewing Co. beers on tap at the Lobby Bar, grab a frosty can poolside and cool off at Seaview’s outdoor pool, or soak in the adjacent hot tub. For golfers hitting the links, Cape May beer and other cold refreshments are also available at beverage carts strategically situated on the courses for convenience. Visitors are invited and encouraged to plan an extended weekend, staycation, or weekday escape from the office at Seaview’s luxe resort, and take the drive to Cape May for a day trip to sip on refreshing summer brews.

401 S New York Rd., Galloway, NJ | 609.652.1800 | https://www.seaviewdolcehotel.com/

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East Passyunk Avenue, home to more than 160 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, is no stranger to locally-sourced craft beer. Separatist Beer Project boasts a rotating menu of house-made brews available in drafts and crowlers, to be enjoyed for takeaway or sit-down at the uber-popular Avenue location. The Bottle Shop is another staple in the beer community revered for their impressive selection of domestic and craft brews, rare finds, plus a wide range of seltzers, ciders, and even fine wines. A few blocks up and practically across the street from Pat’s King of Steaks lies Cartesian Brewing, the hottest newcomer brewery and taproom on Passyunk, providing artful takes on saisons and sessionable hazy IPAs. Folks are more than welcome to stop by and try one of the many local craft beers on the Avenue!

Check out the respective businesses’ websites for more info.

1904 E.  Passyunk  Avenue | www.visiteastpassyunk.com/

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–Lex Nemchenko