Mayor Nutter drops the hammer on Philly Beer Week

    The 2nd Annual Philly Beer Week kicks off today with Mayor Nutter once again tapping the first keg. But this year, he’ll be doing it with a bigger hammer. From WHYY’s Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt explains.

    The 2nd Annual Philly Beer Week kicks off today with Mayor Nutter once again tapping the first keg. But this year, he’ll be doing it with a bigger hammer. From WHYY’s Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt explains.

    Transcript:
    The glorious Philly Beer Week “Hammer of Glory” was forged in the fires of Kensington.

    And so it was decreed.

    The hammer will travel via Olympic-style relay from tap to tap as part of the city’s opening celebration of specialty brewers. Standard Tap bar owner William Reed and Grey Lodge Pub Owner Mike Scotese came up with the idea to have beer week participants imagine their own creative ways to get it from place to place.

    William Reed: “It’s something we’re hoping every year gets used. The hammer is certainly built to last. Barring its theft, it’s gonna be around longer than many things.”

    The hammer is forged with the Philly Beer Week logo, and about the size of a sledge hammer.

    More information:
    Find dates, times and locations for all beer week events at the Philly Beer Week official website

    Keep up with all the latest Philadelphia beer news at Joe Sixpack’s blog

    Listen:
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