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Nonstop Chili & Homebrew is the Perfect Match for Winter

29 January 2015

wwarm2015For the third year in a row, the Philly Homebrew Club will help you beat up on Old Man Winter with the perfect foil for cold temperatures and dreary days: all you can eat chili. For their third annual Winter’s Warmers event, once again held at the Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union, you’ll be able to sample homebrew and eat chili from 1 – 5pm on Saturday, February 28th.

The chili will come from the entrants of the event’s annual chili cook-off, which is divided into three categories: Anything Goes, Vegan/Vegetarian, and Traditional. If you’d like to enter the competition, we’re told there are less than a dozen spots left, so you need to act fast. Entry is $35, which includes a glass and event t-shirt. There will be a first place prize ($225) and second place prize ($100) for each category, as well as an additional $225 for Best in Show. Entry rules can be found here.

While the homebrew will be poured from the club’s members’ donated beer for the event, there is also a beer competition alongside the chili competition. Beers have to be submitted by February 22, and there is a limit of 75 beers (three per contestant). While it’s probably too late to brew anything new at this point, if you’ve got anything that falls into the BJCP categories for Porters, Stouts, Belgian Strong, Strong Ales, Fruit, Smoke and Wood Aged, or Specialty, you can check out entry rules here.

If you’re just coming to enjoy eating and drinking in excess, you’re also in luck. For $30 in advance (or $40 at the door), you’ll get a souvenir Philly Homebrew Club glass to fill with homebrew from the club, as well as all the chili your stomach can handle. And while the event keeps growing, there always seems to be enough food and drink to get your money’s worth. We gave it our all last year, and there was plenty of chili left when we had to throw in the towel. With 35 chili chefs, you won’t get bored and you won’t run out of food—trust us.

The Philly Homebrew Club always puts on great events, and this one is no different. We’ve been going since the very beginning and have seen the improvements every year, from finding a bigger space to streamlining the process and helping you get as much chili into you as quickly as possible. $30 is a bargain for an event like this, and you’ll also be supporting a quality charity—a portion of the event’s proceeds will be going to benefit the Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedic Union’s Widow’s Fund.

Philanthropy and a full stomach? I’ll see you there.

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