Philly and the 9th Annual Winter Beer Fest

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a post! I lost my drive towards the end of last year because I feel like no one is reading my blog and although I had enjoyed working on my writing, it is quite disheartening. My lovely boyfriend, seeing that I was kind of in a rut and wanting to write more about beer, got me tickets to a beerfest a month for five months as my Christmas gift.

The first beer fest was the 9th Annual Winter Beer Fest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 26th.


I tend to like smaller beer fests because from experience they usually offer more local brews that I can’t find at home. This fest didn’t have as many local beers as I hoped and all of the offerings were poured from the bottle. which is great towards the beginning, but you’re getting warm beer as the event goes on.

For such a small venue, I was impressed by the number of beers offered. Most of the beer was super dark and heavy, (which makes sense being a winter beer festival), but Jason and I would have liked to see more of anything lighter in flavour. I loved they provided a program detailing all the beer at the event and a free buffet.My favourite beers I had were Delirium Nocturnum, (which why have I never had this beer before!),  and Yards Chocolate Love Stout.

This beer fest was a great value for the price of the tickets. I don’t know if I’d opt to go again unless I develop a love for Russian Imperial Stouts and the like.

Jason likes to make dumb faces when I take his picture.

Jason told me that since the trip was my Christmas present, that it was up to me what we were going to do. I’ve wanted to visit the Mutter Museum for the longest time and convinced him to go with me. I highly enjoyed seeing all the different body parts in jars and learning about the human body and medical history. The skull wall was amazing, but the museum was so crowded that it was hard to read everything that I wanted to. I’d love to go back one day, hopefully when the Medicinal Plant Garden is in bloom!


Later that day, we visited Yards Brewing Company. The tap room was so crowded, but we were able to snag two chairs and enjoy some Philly beer. We started by splitting a flight including: Pynk, Golden Hop IPA, Belgian Thomas Jefferson, and Chocolate Love Stout. Pynk was our favourite of the flight because we both suckers for a good fruit beer and I adore anything even remotely tart or sour. We ordered a cheese plate and two more beers- Half Nelson Session IPA for Jay and Cookie Swap Weiss for me, both of which were lovely.


Since we really hadn’t eaten since before we went to the museum, we went back towards the hotel to grab a bite to eat. Last time I told people we went to Philly and had cheesesteaks, a debate started over which the best in Philly were and someone said we had to try Steve’s Prince of Steaks. I really enjoyed this steak. The meat was not chopped, which made for a much more manageable sandwich and there was they perfect amount of cheese. They also have an amazing cherry soda that tastes just like a melted icey! I’d definitely go back when I find myself in Philly.


Knowing we had a bathtub in the room caused me to drag Jason to Lush and buy him his first ever bath bomb. He usually takes advantage of hotel bathtubs since we don’t have our own and I wanted to help him enjoy his relaxation time properly. Since we were there, I obviously had to get one for myself as well. If you haven’t tried their Frozen bath bomb, you’re missing out on a good time. It smells so good and turns the water such a gorgeous shade of blue.


The next day we went to the Franklin Institute to see the Jurassic World Exhibition, which Jason also got me tickets to for Christmas. I was just was excited as all the little kids to see the animatronic dinosaurs and I’m not remotely embarrassed about it. It was a really fun and immersive exhibit. I’d highly recommend taking your dino loving friends/family to see it!


Before leaving to head back to New York, we grabbed food at Destination Dogs. Jason had been looking up interesting places to eat and stumbled upon this gem that serves hot dogs made with many different types of animal meat. We ordered deviled eggs and truffle fries as sides while Jason chose a wild boar dog and I went with One Bite in Bangkok- a python sausage with cucumber salad, pepper jelly, crushed peanuts, and cilantro. I paired my meal with a Founders Rubeaus My python dog was so tasty which I was happy about since I had never had snake before. I’d love to go back and try another exotic dog!


Tonight we’re heading off to Gettysburg for their Hibrewnation beer fest tomorrow afternoon! I’ll write about tomorrow’s fest sometime next week.


Until next time!


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