As most of you know I’m a beer lover from Philly. That makes me pretty darn lucky because there are lots of great things about Philly… neighborhoods, museums and food, the Rocky statue, the Liberty Bell and the only place where you can enjoy a nice frosty serving of “wooder” ice.
There are also many great things about the local beer scene. We have the nation’s first and best Beer Week, we were the first city in the USA to import and promote Belgians and by and large, even though we have a ton of great breweries and bars, there is a wonderful sense of camaraderie in the industry.
If you needed proof of why this is such an awesome place for a beer lover to live, you need look no further than the annual Band of Brewers. The concept is simple. A bunch of local breweries each put together a band and perform three songs. The performance is judged and at the end of the show a winner is crowned. Better yet the whole thing is put together for charity.
So, even though this is the sixth year, it was my the first time I was able to make it (doesn’t Mat Falco know I work on Sunday?). I was excited to say the least but by the time I got there two bands had already performed. Fortunately there was still plenty of music to come. I caught up with friends and sipped on local brews while listening to some surprisingly talented musicians.
When Stainless Maiden took the stage I had no idea what to expect, apart of course from presumably being an Iron Maiden tribute that is. Heck, I had never even heard of Broken Goblet Brewing before.
It didn’t take them long to make an impression. The moment the singer took the stage with his beer gut and faux six pack abs, I was amused. The music didn’t disappoint either, pumping out solid covers of Number of the Beast, Run for the Hills and, get this, The Brewer, which as you will have surmised, was The Trooper with beer-centric lyrics.
By the time the giant Eddie took the stage for the finale, they had the crowd in the palm of their hands. To no one’s surprise they were crowned the champs. You can see a whole lot more pics taken by a whole lot better photographers here.
So move over Liberty Bell, you better make room for yet another reason why this not just a great city, but a great city to be a beer lover.