When is the Pottstown Firkin Fest?

The Pottstown Firkin Fest will return on Saturday, February 24, 2018.


What is a firkin?

  • A firkin is a 10.8 gallon barrel that holds cask-conditioned ale (a pin is half the size of a firkin)
  • The beer has less cabornation and a smoother mouthfeel
  • Since the beer is unfiltered, it pours slightly cloudy
  • The beer typically has a more complex flavor and aroma

What makes cask ale different from others beers?

Cask-conditioned ale consists of non-production beers.  Since the beer is naturally fermented and carbonated in the barrel, no two beers are alike.


Where is the Pottstown Firkin Fest located?

Memorial Park*
75 West King Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

* Also known as Manatawny Park

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How do I purchase tickets for the event?

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Admission:  TBD for 2018

1:00pm -4:30pm – (limited to 250 guests)

Unlike other beer tasting events, the Pottstown Firkin Fest is limited to 250 paying guests.  Each attendee will receive a collectible full-size glass.

 

Designated Driver:  TBD for 2018

Each designated driver will receive a full-size tasting cup for gourmet soda and bottled water (please no beer or cider sampling allowed).


Who organizes the event?  Who does the Pottstown Firkin Fest benefit?

The festival is organized by a group of local citizens who are active members in the Pottstown community. Through large and small events, our goal is to raise money and awareness for deserving local charities.

Charities we have helped include: the Pottstown Police Athletic League, Pottstown Regional Public Library, the Boy Scouts of America and the Pottstown Elks Lodge #814.

We are committed to:

  • Supporting local charities with fundraising and building awareness of their cause.
  • Working with the Pottstown Borough Administration and the local business community in order to bring people into Pottstown.
  • Providing high quality events that increase the quality of life for area residents.

Is there a limit to how many samples I get with my ticket?

No!  The admission price includes your unlimited three-ounce pours! 

Will breweries run out of certain beers?

Occasionally, a brewery will run out of or “kick” a beer they brought, but we have plenty of beers to sample and enjoy!

** The beer, cider, mead, spirits and wine list is subject to change or substitution.


Will there be food vendors available?

Yes.  2017 restaurants and food trucks TBD!

Can I bring in beer, food or other alcoholic beverages?

No. Outside food and drinks are not permitted.  Food is available from several tasty food vendors.


Is festival merchandise available for purchase?

Yes!  We will have t-shirts and glassware available – that you can buy during the event.

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Do you accept credit cards or checks at the ticket booth and merchandise booths?

Yes. We accept cash and major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express.


Can I bring my children and/or pets? 

No one under age 21 will be admitted, so please get a babysitter.  Pets are not allowed (except service dogs).


Can someone under age 21 enter the Firkin Fest as my Designated Driver?

No. This is a 21+ only event – no one under 21 will be admitted.  ALL attendees will need to present proper State ID and wear a festival wristband.

Can my Designated Driver have a beer sample?

No. Designated Drivers are not allowed to sample beer.  Designated Drivers can drink unlimited soda and water and enjoy the experience.


Intoxicated Guests

All attendees are expected to sample responsibly – this is a tasting event.  Intoxicated guests will be denied entry to the event.  Any guest found visibly intoxicated and is causing a disturbance as determined by the event organizers, will be asked to leave without a refund.


Is the Firkin Fest canceled if it rains?

No!  This event is indoors.


We would like to stay the night in Pottstown.  What hotels are near the Firkin Fest?

These local hotels are in walking distance to the event:

Motel 6
78 Robinson St., Pottstown, PA 19464

Comfort Inn & Suites Pottstown/Limerick
99 Robinson St., Pottstown, PA 1946

Days Inn Pottstown
1600 Industrial Hwy., Pottstown, PA 19464


Is there parking?

Yes.  Ample parking is available on site.  Please enter off of Hanover Street (follow the signs for parking).


What other transportation options are available?

Every guest should have a plan to get home safely!  

  1. Uber – use this code to save $20 on your ride
  2. Pottstown Cab Company – 610-327-1111
  3. SEPTA Bus Route 93
  4. Arrange for a Designated Driver

Will there be tickets for sale at the festival gate?

No.  This event is very popular and sells out early.


I bought tickets but cannot attend – can I get a refund?

The Pottstown Firkin Fest is an important fundraiser for local Pottstown charities.  NO REFUNDS WILL BE OFFERED.


Can I bring my camera?

Yes, please bring your camera with you!  

Are any items prohibited?

 The following items are prohibited:  Children and pets (except service dogs).  Drugs and drug paraphernalia, weapons of any kind (including guns, knives, explosives, scissors or other sharp implements), skateboards or roller skates, drones, glassware, tents, portable furniture, fire pits or coolers.

Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are now allowed.  Professional photographers and media outlets should arrange access in advance through our Public Relations department.  Please contact us for more information.

Festival management may reject items at their discretion on a case-by-case basis.  


Festival Tips

  1. Bring cash – for food and souvenirs!  Some vendors do not accept credit cards.
  2. How are you getting home?  Uber is available, take a taxi, arrange a designated driver, walk or take public transportation.
  3. Don’t drink on an empty stomach – food is available for purchase from seven great food vendors.
  4. Stay hydrated – drinking water in plastic bottles is available for free.  Please help yourself!