With Beer Week quickly approaching, it’s that time again to vote for our annual Best Of Awards. Over 100 people in the industry were surveyed and the top responses in each category were used to make up this years nominees. Voting starts today and will continue through May 1st.
In past years, we handed out most of the awards starting at Opening Tap and randomly throughout PBW. This year though, we wanted to make the awards a little more special and let the winners collect their awards in a more typical awards fashion. To do so, we are taking over the downstairs of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on May 22nd and putting on a Red Carpet style show (with an actual red carpet and paparazzi’s). Joe Gunn, author of the hilarious ‘I on Beer’ column and host of ‘Late Night with Joe Gunn’ will be hosting the festivities. The awards will be given out by brewers, beer reps and other ‘celebrities’ of the industry. Local funk band Swift Technique will be playing the house music and another band or two may end up making surprise performances.
Being that no beer event is complete without good beer, World Cafe Live is letting us take over the draft lines and bring in some firkins. Each Brewery of the Year nominee will be getting a tap handle and each Brewmaster of the Year nominee will be getting a firkin. That will give us 5 drafts and 5 firkins and each will be something special for this night. Tickets to show are very limited and available now.
Voting, tickets and more details are available here.
Confirmed Presenters at the Show:
Brendan Hartranft, Mike Lubieski, Mark Weinmann, Scoats, Carolyn Smagalski, Steve Mashington, Nick Johnson, Jack Curtain, Suzzy Woods, Chris LaPierre, Doug Hager, Archie Knight, Cameron Saunders, Ray Swerdlow, George Hummel, Nancy Rigberg, Jason Harris, Matt Scheller, Mike Fava, Gordon Grubb, Jeff Lavin, Rui Lucas and more to come….