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Behold the HOG: Philly Beer Week Begins Friday

Philly Beer Week is rapidly approaching and the route for the Hammer of Glory (HOG) Relay has been established. On its way Friday at the always beer friendly time of 6:45 a.m., the Relay is the forerunner to the Opening Tap, which starts at 7 p.m. at the 23rd Street Armory. The notice from Philly Beer Week follows:  

The 2015 HOG Relay Route

  • As has become an annual tradition, the HOG will travel across Philadelphia via every means of transit imaginable, stopping at top beer bars as well as television stations and newspapers before arriving in style at the Opening Tap for the ceremonial first tap that officially begins PBW
  • At each stop, the HOG handlers will recite the hand-off toast: “Noble carrier, we entrust you with the Hammer of Glory, the omnipotent symbol of our beloved Philadelphia Beer Week.  May your journey be safe.  Work ye up a thirst, for there shall be a beer waiting for you at your destination. Godspeed!”
  • This year’s route will begin at 6:45 a.m. at CBS 3, followed by a can’t-miss stop at Fox 29.  From there, the HOG will make its way, via SEPTA Regional RailPhilly Roller Derby, the Two Roads VW bushorse-drawn beer wagon, the Fishtown Beer Runnerswheelbarrow,motorcycle, and even Marie Antoinette, to destinations that include pubs (such as Grey Lodge), breweries (such as Saint Benjamin), entertainment complexes (such as SugarHouse), local favorites (such as London Grill) and more before arriving, via a certain 1980s TV show, from Kite & Key to Opening Tap.
  • The full route is available online under Hammer Relay on the official PBW website. Per tradition, SugarHouse Casino’s double-decker bus will provide transportation throughout the day. Participating bars and venues are listed below:
    • 6:45 a.m. – CBS3 (1555 Hamilton Street)
    • 7:55 a.m. – FOX29 (330 Market Street)
    • 8:18 a.m. – Red Owl Tavern (433 Chestnut Street)
    • 8:34 a.m. – The Philadelphia Inquirer (801 Market Street)
    • 8:57 a.m. – SEPTA Fox Chase Line (Jefferson Station, Market Street, between 10th & 12th)
    • 9:47 a.m. – Hop Angel Brauhaus (7980 Oxford Avenue)
    • 10:55 a.m. – Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Avenue)
    • 11:18 a.m. – SawTown Tavern (4717 Princeton Avenue)
    • 11:56 a.m. – Saint Benjamin Brewing (1710 North 4th Street)
    • 12:29 p.m. – Philadelphia Brewing Company (2440 Frankford Avenue)
    • 12:50 p.m. – Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Avenue)
    • 1:15 p.m. – Bar Ferdinand/El Camino Real (1030 North 2nd Street)
    • 1:33 p.m. – Standard Tap (901 North 2nd Street)
    • 1:59 p.m. – Yards Brewing (901 North Delaware Avenue)
    • 2:17 p.m. – SugarHouse Casino (1001 North Delaware Avenue)
    • 3:00 p.m. – Garage (1231 East Passyunk Avenue)
    • 3:25 p.m. – 12 Steps Down (831 Christian Street)
    • 4:08 p.m. – Varga Bar (941 Spruce Street)
    • 4:31 p.m. – Time (1315 Sansom Street)
    • 4:54 p.m. – The Institute Bar (549 North 12th Street)
    • 5:32 p.m. – London Grill (2301 Fairmount Avenue)
    • 5:57 p.m. – Belgian Café (601 North 21st Street)
    • 6:20 p.m. – Kite & Key (1836 Callowhill Street)
    • 6:53 p.m. – Opening Tap, 23rd Street Armory


o   Opening Tap will host 42 breweries and home brewers, including: 2nd Story, Barren Hill, Samuel Adams, Broken Goblet, Cape May Brewing, Conshohocken Brewing, Dock Street, Dogfish Head, Doylestown Brewing, Evil Genius, Fegley’s Brew Works, Flying Fish, Free Will, Home Sweet Homebrew, Iron Hill Brewery, Keystone Homebrew, Kurant Cider, Lancaster Brewing, Manayunk Brewing, Penn Brewery, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Riverhorse, Rock Bottom, Round Guys, Saucony Creek, Shawnee Craft, Ship Bottom, Sly Fox, Spring House, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, St. Boniface, Stoudt’s, Susquehanna Brewing, The Lion Brewery, The Other Farm Brewery, Troegs, Vault, Victory, Weyerbacher, Wyndridge Brewery & Cider, Yards and Yuengling.