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8th Annual Philly Great Beer Expo

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(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfoodcritic.com written by guest contributing writer William Knowles. He highlights his passions of of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)

One of the premier events of Philly Beer Week this and every year is the Great Beer Expo, held on the grounds of the Philadelphia Naval Yard. I visited the 8th annual staging, on Saturday June 4th.

As you might have guessed by this point, I am somewhat of an expert, and lover, of beer. And with it being Philly Beer Week, there are many events to try and attend. While there will be others that we talk about here on Around Town in the coming days and weeks, this event seemed to be a highlight of the weeklong affairs for all of those that I spoke with. Like the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival several months back, people traveled from all over to attend and sample brews from over 60 establishments, and enjoy some favorite Philly food offerings.

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Breweries such as Neshaminy Creek, Conshohocken Brewing Company, Stable 12, Sterling Pig, Double Nickel, Naked Brewing, Ballast Point, Saint Benjamin, McKenzie’s and Crabbie’s were there. Food trucks were everywhere, with Baby Blues BBQ and PBon’s Fresh Phood again on hand. Wahlburgers, the Grill Cheese, the Jerky Hut, Kono Pizza and Hai Street Kitchen and Co. also provided sustenance for a hungry and thirsty crowd. There were games for people to play, arts and crafts vendors selling their wares, and a silent auction with some significant sports and cultural memorabilia available.

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This event has become a hallmark for Philly Beer Week each year, and serves as this city’s high point for summer brew fun. The atmosphere in the historic Navy Yard was lively, the scenery interesting. On top of all this, I got to attend the invent with Bluejean Food himself! We loved the festival, and hope to see you there next year. As mentioned, I’ve been “around town” a lot lately, and will talk to you again in a few days…

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