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Bierfest is jointly hosted by the ferocious female athletes of the skater-owned Philly Roller Derby, who are proudly pouring to raise funds for their new practice facility and for their national tournament travel schedule, and the German Society of Pennsylvania, the nation's oldest German-American cultural organization founded in 1762. Proceeds from Bierfest also benefit the Brewers of Pennsylvania, a trade advocacy group working to empower PA brewers and serve the interests of PA beer lovers.


PA Beer Hall, honoring our state's extensive historical and cultural ties to Germany. Fans of Germany's legendary beer styles will find a delivious range of beers from over 20 Pennsylvania breweries that hail from every part of this great state. Not simply Pilsners and Lagers, but Dunkels and Weizens, Kölsches and Altbiers, Maibocks and Doppelbocks, Schwarzbiers and Rauchbiers, plus Zwickels and Zoigls and Goses! Oh My!


Savor the rainbow of flavors possible using only malt, hops, yeast, and water in accordance with Germany's famed 'Reinheitsgebot' beer purity law dating to 1516. Taste over 20 beer brands that hail from Germany (and other German-speaking zones of Europe) upstairs in the German Beer Hall or cruise a stunning array of imported suds at The Foodery Speakeasy & Import Bar, hosted by Philly's favorite bottle shop. Step out to the Alpine Firepit in the Winter Wunderbar Terrace to enjoy rare German craft beers on tap al fresco, like Braufactum's Progusta I.P.A. and the world's finest doppelbock, Ayinger Celebrator.


Bierfest has it all: Roller-Derby Arm Wrestling! Berlin-Style BEERlesque [PG-13]! Bluegrass music plus Polkadelphia's oompah-funk! Sign up for Brauhaus Schmitz's Beer-Jello Masskrugstemmen or have your mind blown by Les the Mentalist. VIPs get early access and a keepsake mug!


Two Beer-Filled Buildings

Six Floors of Activities to Explore,

One Heck of a Good Time!

Nearly two dozen Pennsylvania craft and legacy brewers will participate in Bierfest, including:

Evil Genius Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Free Will Brewing Co. [Perkasie], Human Robot Beer [Philadelphia], Lavery Brewing Co. [Erie], Liquid Art Brewing Co. [Chambersburg], Love City Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Mainstay Independent Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], My Local Brew Works [Philadelphia], New Ridge Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Philadelphia Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Shy Bear Brewing Co. [Lewistown], Sly Fox Brewing Co. [Phoenixville], Stoudts Brewing Co. [Adamstown], Susquehanna Brewing Co. [Pittston], Tired Hands Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Triple Bottom Brewing [Philadelphia], Tröegs Brewing Co. [Harrisburg], Victory Brewing Co. [Downingtown], Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. [Hawley] Yards Brewing Co. [Philadelphia], Zeroday Brewing Co. [Harrisburg],
plus the oldest and largest independent brewer in the USA,
Yuengling & Sons Brewery [Pottsville].


Ticket Pricing & Entry Times

General Admission $59.00

[Main Event Only 2-5:30pm]

VIP Package $79.00

[Early 1pm Admission]

'Beer-Less' Admission $25.00

[For Designated Drivers & Children over 12]

Children under 12 Enter Free

[Complimentary Kinder-Care Provided]

Avoid Online Ticketing Fees

To avoid paying the convenience fees associated with online ticket sales, Bierfest attendees may arrange to use a credit card to purchase tickets by phone or via PayPal. Contact the German Society of Pennsylvania by phone at 215-627-2332, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm

Trade & Media Contacts

Pennsylvania brewers of German-style beers, importers of German beers and purveyors of German-themed goods are welcomed. For registration materials and further information about becoming a Bierfest participant, contact Bierfest founder Marnie Old at marnieold@outlook.com

Members of the media can contact Liesl Jandrey for general Bierfest information, at the German Society of Pennsylvania at 215-627-2332 or email us at info@germansociety.org! To inquire about media passes, for in depth information or to set up interviews about Bierfest, contact Bierfest founder Marnie Old.


Bierfest also makes an effort to inspire local Philadelphia-area home-brewers to try their hand at the challenging art of brewing German-style beers at home, by hosting the 7th annual Home Sweet HomeBräu Taste-Off, a two-tiered homebrewing competition, which takes place in the Homebräu Balcony directly above the Pennsylvania Beer Hall. Jointly sponsored by HOPS, the Homebrewers of Philadelphia and Suburbs, and Home Sweet Homebrew Brewing Supplies, this competition's finalists pour samples of their beers for attendees to cast their voted in a "People's Choice" competition, as well as for an expert judge who will select which lucky amateur will be the PRO-AM winner.


"Bierfest at the German Society is one of the most inclusive, inspiring events of the year for Yuengling, bringing together Pennsylvania's craft and legacy brewers for the love of great lager. I wouldn't miss it for the world."


Brewmaster of Yuengling & Sons Brewery, America's Oldest and Largest Brewery

"Locals may not realize that Pennsylvania brewers lead the nation in championing beer styles of German heritage. Bierfest is a perfect showcase for what should be a point of pride for Philadelphia's beer lovers."


Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company and President of the Brewers of Pennsylvania

"German-inspired beer styles are the most popular on earth, with over 90% of the world's beer made in the image of pale lagers. Pennsylvania has the longest history of German immigration and the strongest bonds to German culture of any state. No wonder we make more and better lagers and German-style beers than anyone else!"


Drinks author and Bierfest Founder

"You know I love me some smooth, cold-matured lager loveliness, and there's no place like Pennsylvania to get great fresh examples; er, outside of Germany, that is!"


Beer Author