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Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
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Contact: Communications and Development
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Contact: Communications and Development


PHILADELPHIA, May 20, 2013—The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to host several events and exhibitions at its Parkway Central Library as part of the sixth annual Philly Beer Week, which runs from May 31 to June 9, 2013.

From Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 30, Parkway Central will present Brewed In Philly, an engaging exhibition of local beer history, featuring historic maps, documents, and images from the Free Library’s collections. In addition, visitors to can enjoy a digital companion exhibition that highlights additional Brewed In Philly images and resources for the beer enthusiast and budding home brewer.

On Friday, May 31 at about 4:40 p.m., the Parkway Central Library will welcome the Hammer of Glory on its relay around the City of Brotherly Love. Visitors can grab a photo with this iconic Beer Week symbol before Free Library librarians deliver it—via book truck!—to its next destination, the Kite and Key pub.

Finally, on Wednesday, June 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Parkway Central will host Browse and Brews, uniting book nerds and beer geeks together in celebration of these two great pastimes and in support of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Hosted by the Raven Society—the Library’s group of supporters in their 20s and 30s—Browse and Brews will feature beer generously donated by Manayunk Brewing Company, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing, and Yards Brewing Company paired with food from Diverse Catering. There will also be a variety of experts on hand, including George Hummel and Nancy Rigberg from Home Sweet Homebrew and local beer historian Rich Wagner. Tickets are $30 each, $20 for Raven Society members, and $10 for designated drivers, and can be purchased at the door or online at

“Libraries and craft beer go together so well because there is so much to learn about craft beer,” said Dan Shiffner, Parkway Central Library Coordinator. “I find the more you know about beer, the better it tastes.”

For more information about any of the Free Library’s Philly Beer Week events, visit

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The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million in-person and 9 million online visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.



Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850