There's no fooling around in April when it comes to beer events in the city.
Between festivals and special-themed boozy nights, you're sure to discover at least a handful of new brews at these "hop-enings."
When it's 4/4 on the calendar, the Grey Lodge (6235 Frankford Ave.) celebrates Quad Day. Starting at 11 a.m., head to the Northeast Philly pub and enjoy four punch-packing quads. Beers for the night include: Free Will Black Friday Quad, Otter Creek 20th Anniversary, Stone Stochasticity Project Quadrotriticale, and Weyerbacher Quad.
A beer celebration that's not for the weak, on Saturday, April 4 Tattooed Mom (530 South St.) brings its annual Split Thy Skull barleywine festival back into the bar. Although the bar is keeping the list a secret, we have word on a few worth noting. Try a flight for $16, or a single serving of some of these head changers for $5: Weyerbacher Insanity, Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine, and DuClaw Devil's Due. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m.
Bierstube's Hop Madness (206 Market St.) dunks into a keg of Pliny the Younger during the final March Madness game on Monday April, 6. The game time is still TBA but my recommendation: Gt there early. When Pliny is on tap, it goes fast.
For a wicked pairing, chefs at Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill (8400 Germantown Ave.) are inviting guests to feast on a special seven-course dinner called The Seven Deadly Sins. From greed to gluttony, all menu options will revolve around the sins. Some highlights on the menu include: lobster roll paired with a light lager, duck confit cheesesteak paired with a Belgian ale, glazed pork belly paired with a chili-infused brown ale, and a homemade peanut butter cup paired with an oyster stout. The dinner is on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.
The Kite & Key (1836 Callowhill St.) hosts two special boozy events this month. On Thursday, April 9 Allagash Brewing Company and Dogfish Head beers take the spotlight at for a tap takeover. Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 five bars, including Kite & Key, will pre-celebrate Yards' Real Ale Invitational by featuring a cask beer at each bar during the Great Philadelphia Firkin Stroll. The crawl starts at the K&K, and makes its way to City Tap House Logan (2 Logan Square), Jose Pistola's (263 S 15th St), Strangelove's (216 S 11th St), and Varga Bar (941 Spruce St.). On Sunday, April 19 tickets to the Real Ale Invitational will be raffled at each location.
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave.) turns into a "brew hall" on Saturday, April 11 as they host their first ever Beer Festival. From 1 to 5 p.m., your ticket gets you live music from the Kalob Griffin Band and Bird Watcher, food truck accessibility, and unlimited pours from Yards, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Stone, and more.
On Sunday, April 12 local craft brewery Forest & Main (61 N. Main St.) celebrates three years of business with an anniversary bash. Starting at noon, enjoy special keg beer, food options, music, and a few surprises along the way.
Memphis Taproom's (2331 E. Cumberland St.) beloved outdoor area reopens on Saturday, April 18 and will start things off with a Seventh Anniversary Beer Bash. Beginning at noon, enjoy the sunny weather (hopefully), craft beer cans, and a brand-new menu from the food truck.
Johnny Brenda's (1201 Frankford Ave.) and Dogfish Head celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 18 with a lineup of brews, and vinyl tunes. Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy music and take a chance at winning a special Dogfish Head turntable (with a purchase of a beer). The lineup of beers include: 120 Minute IPA, 60 Minute IPA, Noble Rot, Namaste, Black and Blue, Sixty-One Minute, and American Beauty.
Craft beers galore will pour at Xfinity Live! (1100 Pattison Ave.) on Saturday, April 18 for Springfest Live. From 2 to 7 p.m., enjoy endless 5 oz pours of spring and summer brews, live music, and contests throughout the day. Food trucks will be on site, too.
For the ones who like their beer unfiltered, Yards Brewing Co. (901 N. Delaware Ave.) will host its 8th Annual Real Ale Invitational on Sunday, April 19. Guests get to enjoy over 30 firkins of local and national beers. Brews will start to pour at 1 p.m. and there will be live music, a beer guide, and you'll get to take home a collectible glass.
For the fans of sweet beers, The Institute Bar (549 N. 12th St.) hosts the 6th annual Fruit Beer Cider Fest on Saturday, April 25. From noon to 6 p.m., enjoy endless pours of 70 beers/ciders nationwide, live music, and food trucks to satisfy your tummy.