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Friday the Firkinteenth
now with extra WOW

This is not a usual tapping. Check out the video to see how it usually goes. But with 23 or more firkins to tap, at least a few will be messy.

Friday the Firkinteenth is our most famous event. Every Friday the 13th since February 1998, we have tapped a bunch of cask ale. This event grew into quite a monster. There have even been several videos made about the Firkinteenth. Many people consider it their favorite Philadelphia beer event.

It's 2015 and the Firkinteenth is in its 17th year. This is one of those weird years where we have 3 Firkinteenths in one year... February, March, and November.

Cask ale is no longer a rarity. To keep current with the times, we have been working with numerous breweries to bring you firkins with extra WOW appeal.

We expect to have 26 firkins for the next Firkinteenth in March. For the last three Firkinteenths, we split the casks into two sessions, a day session and an evening session. That worked out great, so that's the new normal.

Tapping for the day session starts at noon. Tapping for the evening session, 6pm. As always, no cover charge. Come and go as you like. Stay as long as you like. If you want to take the day off and enjoy a day of cask ale, we've got you covered. If you want to work all day and have an evening of cask ale, we have you covered too.

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Cask line-up for Friday the Firkinteenth #31
updated Thu, 12 March 2015 - line-up subject to change.

Day Session noon to 6pm

  • Cape May Turtle Gut
  • Evil Genius Mango Wit
  • Flying Fish Lemon Ginger Summerfish (Farmhouse with lemon, ginger, and honey)
  • Heavy Seas Cross Bones Session IPA with citra, simoce, and amarillo
  • Long Trail Stand Out Pale Ale, dry hopped with citra brewed with citra and the new and elusive Equinox hop
  • Neshaminy Creek Cream Ale cask conditioned straight up
  • Philly Pennsy Pale Ale extra loaded up with hops
  • Prism Raspberry ParTea Pale Ale
  • Round Guys Fear of a Brett Planet with tequila soaked oak chips.
  • Sly Fox Seamus, dry hopped with "estate grown hops" from the brewery. Either Chinook or Cascade.
  • Stoudts Mango APA
  • Troegs Javahead Stout
  • Yards Grapefruit Philly Pale Ale

Night Session 6pm to midnight
  • Barren Hill Richard - Hoppy Rye Amber
  • Boaks Flamethrower Belgian Wheat Beer with Asian & Mexican flair
  • Conshohocken Single Hop Centennial
  • Dock Street West of Center Pale Ale with citra
  • Duck Rabbit Oatmeal Oyster Stout
  • Free Will Mango Wheat, with mangoes and Brux
  • Helltown Purgatory
  • Ithaca Flower Power, dry hopped wtih citra & orange peel
  • Manayunk Clutch Peanut Butter Porter
  • Naked JalapeƱo Bizzness Saison, aged with jalapeno peppers, not too overpowering with heat, but nice jalapeno flavor
  • St. Benjamin Inca, dry hopped with simcoe and Amarillo.

Ringing the Bell
When a firkin kicks, we ring a bell, which means an angel gets his wings. At the last Firkinteenth, 25 angels got their wings. You may be thinking "sure an angel gets his wings but what do we get?" Whoever buys the beer that kicks a firkin gets a free I Kicked the Firkin t-shirt. These are the usual type of t-shirts that have holes for neck and arms but no holes for wings, so angels will just have to be happy with wings. These shirts are custom made for each Firkinteenth and are not for sale. You have to kick a firkin to get one.

As usual, We will be stocking up on 8oz glasses so you can safely try several of these great beers. Also, as usual, there will be pitchers of water all over.

A (hopefully) interesting bit of trivia, this is probably the only beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are completely at the mercy of the calendar.

Events like Groundhog Day and Friday the Firkinteenth are too hectic for us run tabs or accept credit cards. On rare days like those we are cash only.

Friday the Firkinteenth Videos

Jimmy Craic Head TV, July 2007

Here for the Beer, November 2009

Firkinteenths - Past and Future
1Feb 1998
2Mar 1998
3Nov 1998
4Aug 1999
5Oct 2000
6Apr 2001
7Jul 2001
8Sep 2002
9Dec 2002
10Jun 2003
11Feb 2004
12Aug 2004
13May 2005
14Jan 2006
15Oct 2006
16Apr 2007
17July 2007
18June 2008
19Feb 2009
20Mar 2009
21Nov 2009
22Aug 2010
23May 2011
24Jan 2012
25Apr 2012
26Jul 2012
27Sep 2013
28Dec 2013
29June 2014
30Feb 2015
31Mar 2015
32Nov 2015
33May 2016
34Jan 2017
35Oct 2017
36Apr 2018
37Jul 2018
38Set 2019
39Dec 2019
40Mar 2020
41Nov 2020

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