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Pottstown Firkin Fest: The Recap


Firkin Good Time in Pottstown

This past Saturday, the Pottstown Firkin Fest held its inaugural event at Memorial Park. Twenty-four breweries participated, providing firkins of specialty brews. The term firkin has its origins from Middle Dutch, vierde, evolved to the Middle English work ferdekyn, and is a small cask that holds nine gallons. The unit of measure has also been compared to ¼ of a barrel. The beer contained in firkins are different, they are much less processed the typical brews.  Pottstown Firkin Fest: The Recap

The judges for the event included Morning Show hosts Jenn Ryan and Bill Tafrow from More FM 101.1, pastry chef and writer, Dana Prophet, Town Dish writer Jay Breslin, Pottstown Mercury editor Nancy March and PA representative Tim Hennessey, Sr.

“The Pottstown Brew Fest proved to be one of the most successful events in the Pottstown area in 2015, winning Montco Happening Best Outdoor Event,” said Phoenix Festival Productions President Tim Hennessey. “So we decided to offer an event to appeal exclusively to true craft brew enthusiasts featuring limited production, small-batch brews made and served in firkins.”

After sampling the delicious firkin beers, the judges voted and ultimately there were two first place winners Conshohocken and Weyerbach, and two second place winners, Evil Genius and Manayunk Breweries. Many of the breweries experimented with their recipes in time for the event.

What’s the perfect accompaniment to a tasty brew, some pretzels or a tasty pulled pork sandwich, with mac and cheese and cole slaw sides. The food was provided by two local eateries Lily's Grill in Pottstown and The Heart Food Truck.

“Everyone had a great day, and the weather held out,” said PR Director and Philly2Philly writer Christine Tarlecki Trimble. “This true craft beer event was a place for beer lovers to taste and try exceptionally unique and rare beers than you cannot ever get anywhere else, as these brews were specially crafted for this event.”

In addition to the beer, some of the other participating vendors included Amazing Acres Goat Dairy and Conebella Farm Cheese, Brewscuits, and the Sly Fox Track Club.

Be sure to check out their event in time for Octoberfest on October 22!

Contact Diane Cooney at dcooney@philly2philly.com 

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