The Second Annual Philly Beer Week Benefit Raffle
One Raffle, Two Great Prizes: Beer Fans Can Win A Chance To Participate In PBW Collaborative Brews 2012, One In Belgium, One At Home
Philadelphia, PA – On Wednesday, November 30 beginning at 7 p.m., beer lovers are invited to City Tap House for the second-annual Philly Beer Week (PBW) Benefit Raffle. This year’s raffle will take place at 8:30 p.m., for two prizes: a trip to Belgium with a local brewer of their choice to brew a collaboration beer at renowned Brasserie Dupont; and the Philly Beer-Stravaganza, a PBW gift package that includes a trip to Tröegs Brewing Company with top local brewers to create the local collaboration brew Brotherly Suds 3. Raffle tickets cost $5 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20 and people can enter at City Tap House up until the time of the drawing.
“PBW is more than a series of events; it’s a year-round celebration of beer and beer drinking in ‘the best beer-drinking city in America’,” says Executive Director Don Russell. “This spirited raffle is a terrific fundraiser, allowing PBW to continue to grow and thrive, as well as a great opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts to brew with the best in region – and the world.”
The collaborative beer is a first for 167-year-old Brasserie Dupont and was organized by its American importer, Vanberg & DeWulf. “It’s only fitting that Dupont make its first collaborative beer for Philadelphia,” said Wendy Littlefield co-owner of Vanberg & DeWulf. “Philly was the first American city to really grasp the Belgian scene.”
On each raffle ticket, entrants will select the brewer that they would like to send to Belgium. At 8:30 p.m., one raffle ticket will be picked and the person who entered, along with the brewer named on their entry, will win the free trip. A second drawing will be held for the Philly Beer-Stravaganza; all entrants are automatically eligible for both prizes.
The trip to Belgium includes: one-on-one time with a local brewer of the winner’s choice (from a list of participating brewers); travel to Belgium in March 2012; and brewing the official collaboration beer of PBW 2012 with their chosen brewer, representatives of Philly Beer Week and Vanberg & DeWulf, and fourth-generation family brewer Olivier Dedeycker of Brasserie Dupont. The beer that is created on this trip will be bottled and distributed throughout Philadelphia, with a debut in June during PBW 2012. The brewery Dupont is co-writer of a real part of Belgian beer history. Situated in Tourpes (Leuze-en-Hainaut), in the centre of West-Hainaut, and incorporated in an old farm, originally dating from 1759, the brewing has been going on since 1844. They have been, and remain, committed to tradition and quality in all their beers, including their legendary saison. For more information on Brasserie Dupont, please visit belgianexperts.com/beers/dupont.
Participating brewers include: Jason Kohser of Boxcar Brewing; Scott Morrison of Dock Street; Tim Hawn of Dogfish Head; Beau Baden of Fegley’s Brew Works; Casey Hughes of Flying Fish; Chris LaPierre of Iron Hill Brewery; Doug Marchakitus of Manayunk; Gordon Grubb of Nodding Head; Ben Schamberg of Philadelphia Brewing Company; Chris Rakow of River Horse; John Trogner of Tröegs; Rob Pfeiffer of Twin Lakes; Adam Bartles of Victory; Chris Wilson of Weyerbacher; and Tom Kehoe of Yards.
The PBW Beer-Stravaganza includes: two tickets to Opening Tap, the kick-off event of PBW; two tickets to Forum of the Gods, an annual round-table discussion with some of the top craft brewers in the nation; a beer sampler featuring some of PBW’s most popular and unusual brews, including both collaborative beers; and working with the brewers to create Brotherly Suds 3.
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at City Tap House up until the time of the drawing on November 30. All tickets will be tossed into a hat, and two winners will be chosen at random. The first drawing will be for the trip to Belgium, which will include the brewer selected by the participant on their ticket; the second will be for the PBW Beer-Stravaganza.
Raffle tickets will also be available at every stop along the Craft Beer Express, this Saturday, November 7. Stops include: Kraftwork, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, The Institute, Bishop’s Collar, Kite & Key, Jose Pistola’s, The Sidecar, Pub on Passyunk East, Devil’s Den, Brauhaus Schmitz, and Race Street Café. For more information, visit www.craftbeerexpress.com.
For more information about PBW and the raffle, please visit www.phillybeerweek.org.
About Vanberg & DeWulf – this marks the 30th year of importing specialty beers from Belgium and Northern France. The company was founded by Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield, two of the pioneers of America’s artisan beer revolution. In addition to their work as importers, the pair also founded Brewery Ommegang. For more information about Vanberg & DeWulf, please visit www.belgianexperts.com.
About Philly Beer Week – PBW 2012 will be held from Friday, June 1 until Sunday, June 10. PBW is a 10-day celebration of “America’s Best Beer-Drinking City,” and kicks off on the first Friday in June annually. Established in 2008, it’s the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States, featuring hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights throughout Greater Philadelphia. PBW highlights the region’s diverse beer scene – its world-class breweries, neighborhood taverns, trend-setting restaurants and rich beer culture and history.
Esquire magazine called PBW “an awe-inspiring ode to craft brew,” and they weren’t alone: more than 50 cities across the country have founded their own Beer Week events, inspired by the runaway success of the original in Philadelphia. Philadelphia magazine awarded them a prestigious “Best of Philly” award for “Best Event.” The festival is organized and operated by Philly Beer Week Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization overseen by a board comprised of brewery owners, distributors, restaurant owners and others, to promote the beer and hospitality industries.