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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 2014 and the Firkinteenth is in its 16th 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.

We expect to have 26 firkins for the next Firkinteenth, which will be in June 2014. Historically we have tapped the casks randomly. Last time around 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 #29
updated Thu, 12 June 2014 - line-up subject to change

Day Session noon to 6pm

  • Dock Street Summer in Berlin
  • Evolution Exile Red dry hopped with Southern Cross, Orange and Lemon Peel, and spices
  • Fegleys Maple bacon stout
  • Heavy Seas Cherry wood aged Powder Monkey, dry hopped with Amarillo
  • Lancaster Cream Ale made w/ espresso/coffee beans
  • Nodding Head BPA
  • Prism Partea Pale Ale with organic basil and cascade
  • Shawnee Double Pale
  • Sixpoint Righteous Ale
  • Sly Fox Homefront IPA, aged on baseball bats and sweet orange peel
  • Susquehanna "Goldenmosa", Goldencold with fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Troegs Scratch 146 Amber Rye
  • Yards Heavy Hands IPA

Night Session 6pm to midnight
  • Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA w/Simcoe + Cascade hops
  • Duck Rabbit Milk Stout
  • Evil Genius I Love Lamp Pineapple Hefeweizen
  • Founders All Day IPA with maple exract and toasted oak
  • Free Will 10w Porter w/Rose Hips & Ghana cacao nibs
  • Full Pint Peanut Butter Amber
  • Manayunk Mango Summer Paradise
  • Naked Black Currant Wheat with something extra
  • Neshaminy Creek Banana Hefeweizen
  • Round Guys Sundown Saison with Cucumber and Amarillo hops
  • St. Benjamin IPA
  • Stoudts Lemon APA
  • Weyerbacher Verboten or Last Chance with something extra

Print out your own Friday the Firkinteenth Cheat Sheet (or save to your phone).

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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