5/03/2013 09:08:00 AM

How Philly Beer Week's Belgian Collaboration Came to Be [GIF]

For the third year in a row, the Philly Beer Week crew snagged the William Penn cast off the top of City Hall and transported it to Belgium, where it merged with a fellow icon - in this case, the famous Manneken Pis statue - to create a love child of a beer. Well, not exactly.

Manneken-Penn is a 7.5% ABV Belgo-American dubbel created by Weyerbacher’s Chris Wilson and Tom Peters of Monk’s Cafe in collaboration with Yvan De Baets at Brasserie de La Senne. The special beer will be poured for the first time ever on Friday, May 31, at Philly Beer Week’s Opening Tap ceremony (tickets here). After that, you’ll be able to find it around town on draft and in bottles.

Several other collab beers will make their debuts during the 10-day PBW festival (May 31-June 9). A few to get excited about:

- Brotherly Suds 4, an English summer ale from local favorite breweries Yards, Victory, Nodding Head, Iron Hill and Flying Fish;
- Brewvolution II, a hard root beer made according to an Amish recipe and brewed by relative newcomers Prism, Evil Genius and Boxcar Brewing;
- Standard Pale, an American pale ale brewed by Sly Fox’s Brian O’Reilly and William Reed of Standard Tap - it will be tapped by the Hammer of Glory and offered for free during its route through the city on Friday, May 31, until the firkin is dry.

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