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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 2013 and the Firkinteenth is in its 15th year. Hard to be believe. Cask ale is no longer a rarity. To keep current with the times, we are working with numerous breweries to bring you firkins with extra WOW appeal. We are also making sure we will have loads of really cool firkins both day and night.

As usual, we expect to have almost 30 firkins for the next Firkinteenth, which will be in December 2013. Historically we have tapped the casks randomly. This time around we will split the casks into two sessions, a day session and an evening session.

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.

Cask line-up for Friday the Firkinteenth #28
updated Thu, 12 Dec 2013

Day Session noon to 6pm

  • Dock Street Cranberry Kolsch
  • Dogfish Head 75 Minute IPA
  • Dominion Baltic Porter with cinnamon sticks
  • Flying Fish Habenero Redfish
  • Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter with ancho chiles
  • Heavy Seas hickory aged Winter Storm dry hopped with northern brewer
  • Naked Freckles Angry Brown Ale primed with caramel
  • Nodding Head Grog with coffee beans and vanilla
  • River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout with coffee beans and hazelnut
  • Shawnee Chestnut Braun
  • Sly Fox Christmas
  • Stoudts Cinnamon Hazelnut ESB
  • Yards coffee Love Stout with La Colombe

Night Session 6pm to midnight
  • Breckenridge Chocolate Mint Oatmeal Stout
  • Evil Genius Naughty or Nice Belgian Winter Warmer, with cherries
  • Evolution Prelude Flanders Red with juniper, rosemary and allspice
  • Free Will Sputnik Sour
  • Full Pint Hobnobber, with fresh citrus zest
  • Iron Hill Winter Warmer, with vanilla beans
  • Lancaster Hop Hog IPA, with spicy peppers
  • Manayunk Festivus, with molasses and roasted chestnuts for some added holiday cheer
  • Neshaminy Creek Belgian Dubbel, conditioned on Reanimator coffee and raspberries
  • Round Guys Original Slacker Brown Ale, with coconut, caramel and chocolate
  • Sixpoint Spice of Life Single Hop IPA - Motueka, dry hopped with motueka
  • Troegs Scratch 122 IPA
  • Weyerbacher Old Heathen, with chicory and oak chips

New Addition: Will be tapped at the end of the day session if day session casks run out quickly, otherwise at night
  • Susquehanna Pils Noir with cocoa nibs and fresh grated ginger

We lucked out with no additional snow arriving. But it will be COLD tomorrow, so we probably won't have people enjoying a pint outside. Which means the inside could become quite crowded, so there may be a wait to get in. So dress warm, just in case.

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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