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Inaugural Philadelphia Pro-Am Set For July

25 May 2015

brewfestOn Saturday, July 18, there will be a lot going on at the Local 22 Philadelphia Firemen & Paramedics Union Hall.  Not only will there be the Independence National Brew Fest, but along with the fest is the first annual Philadelphia Pro-Am Competition, presented by Philly Beard Corp., in which Philadelphia’s top homebrewers will team up with local professional brewers to create one-off beers for the event to be judged—the best of which will be sent to the Great American Beer Festival and entered into its own Pro-Am competition.

If you’re only in it to drink beer, the event will take place from 5-9pm where you’ll be able to get all-you-can-drink and an event glass for a mere $40.  If you would like an extra hour to immerse yourself in special beers, VIP tickets will be running $60.  Brewers will be bringing a regular beer for the actual event, but will also be showing up with an altered version of that beer for the VIP hour only, so this could be your chance to get some beers you may never try again.  There will also be food from local food trucks to keep your stomach full of something other than beer.

If you’d like to compete for the grand prize, find a local brewer to team up with and submit a beer—winners will be entered into the GABF Pro-Am as well as receive airfare to the event and a two-night hotel stay (a $1,500 value).  These beers will be judged by BJCP-certified judges, but there will also be a group of celebrity judges on hand to hand out other awards to participants.  Celebrity judges include a representative of Philly.com, Danya Henninger of Zagat Philly (and many other publications around the city), and myself.  That’s right—I somehow qualify as a celebrity judge.

For all of the official contest rules, please visit the Philly Beard Corp website, and you can purchase tickets here.  A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Pink Boots Society, an organization devoted to empowering women to advance their careers in the brewing industry.  So purchase your tickets if you want to drink a lot of beer, or gather up your team if you want to enter the Pro-Am.  The possibilities at the Independence National Brew Fest will be endless, as will the drinking—and you can’t go wrong with that.

We’ll bring you more information on participants and what to expect as it becomes available.

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