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FOUR SPOTS TO PULL UP A STOOL AND SAM­PLE THE BEST BREWS DUR­ING PHILLY LOVES BEER.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY BRIAN FREED­MAN

Four spots to pull up a stool and sam­ple the best brews dur­ing Philly Loves Beer.

Philly Loves Beer (philly loves­beer.org)— for­merly Philly Beer Week—bar­rels into town June 2 to 11, prov­ing yet again that this is the sin­gle finest brew­drink­ing city in Amer­ica, thanks to more than 1,000 events, roughly 150,000 beer en­thu­si­asts, and some of the best, most in­ter­est­ing brews and bars you’ll ever see. Of course, this city adores its beer the other 355 days as well. Which is why, ac­cord­ing to Devil’s Den owner and PLB board mem­ber Erin Wal­lace, Philly Beer Week “has grown into Philly Loves Beer, which was what I be­lieve we were all work­ing for since the be­gin­ning—show­cas­ing how great Philly is for all beer, and not just for 10 days, but 365 days a year.” Here are four of our fa­vorites for those mag­i­cal 10.

PUCKER UP

The Craft Con­cepts Group, which owns Cin­der, is known for its tireless fo­cus on find­ing and show­cas­ing the best beers in the re­gion. Dur­ing PLB, ex­pect Cin­der to re­ally swing for the fences. The Bit­ter the Bet­ter will high­light top IPAS, The Wild Brunch will mark the tap­ping of 16 top Amer­i­can craft and Bel­gian sours, and more. 1500 Lo­cust St., 267761-5582; cin­der­philly.com

ALL THAT JAZZ

Own­ers Ja­son Evenchik and Terry Leach will have all the great PLB mu­sic and beer you’d ex­pect at

their jazz-cen­tric Nolibs fa­vorite, Her­itage. On June 2, the bar hosts Dock Street’s rere­lease of its Nicethings IPA, ac­com­pa­nied by the tunes of Chill Moody, with guest ap­pear­ances from a num­ber of Philly mu­sic leg­ends. 914 N. Sec­ond St., 215-627-7500; her­itage.life

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

Devil’s Den will be clos­ing down the street to host the Tail­gate Olympics, which just may be the sin­gle most Philly thing any bar has ever done. Be­yond that, block out your cal­en­dar for the June 4 brunch with Left Hand and East Austin Ciders and the June 11 home­brew re­leases, among lots more. 1148 S. 11th St., 215-3390855; dev­ils­den­philly.com

RED ALERT

The Ho­tel Monaco’s Amer­i­cath­emed Red Owl Tav­ern hits the ground run­ning—lit­er­ally— the first day of Philly Loves Beer with a ’70s-style Ham­mer of Glory re­lay race, com­plete with tube socks and sweat­bands. And the run­ning doesn’t stop there: On June 3, the Red Owl hosts the Al­most 3K race with Founder’s Brew­ing Com­pany. Cel­e­brate at the fin­ish line with a cold one, Red Owl swag, and sum­mer­time fa­vorites right off the grill. 433 Ch­est­nut St., 215923-2267; re­dowl­tav­ern.com

RED OWL TAV­ERN HITS THE GROUND RUN­NING—LIT­ER­ALLY—THE FIRST DAY OF PHILLY LOVES BEER WITH A ’70S-STYLE

HAM­MER OF GLORY RE­LAY RACE .

The 10- day Philly Loves Beer brings much more than just 99 bot­tles of beer on the wall to the City of Broth­erly Love.

Four styles of mus­sels pair with Devil’s Den’s im­pres­sive menu of craft beers.

Sip in the shadow of In­de­pen­dence Hall at Red Owl Tav­ern.

At Cin­der, wood­fired piz­zas are a hot bar bite, while cop­per pipes (right) keep the sour­centric beer se­lec­tion ice- cold.

Lo­cal brew­eries like Yards, Vic­tory, and Fly­ing Fish are all front and cen­ter dur­ing Philly Loves Beer.

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