King of Prussia Mall
Plaza Parking Lot
160 N Gulph Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Session Two is sold out but there are still 300 tickets left for Session One. And until 11:59pm on Friday, October 4th, you can save $10 off of Session One tickets using the code "10DAYS" (*cannot be combined with any other offers and is not valid on designated driver tickets). The code expires the day of the event, so get them while you still can!
I was asked to do a preview of the KOP Beerfest Royale, by visiting the "Donnerstag" happy hour on Thursday night. I am going to provide a walk through of some of the things I saw, drank, and ate. I also smoked a Pennsylvania-grown-and-wrapped cigar, but at that point, pictures were getting a little fuzzy.
The lot is set up pretty nicely, and there are those trailered bathrooms that are 10 steps up from port-o-potties at the entrance. Big fan.
Upon entering the fest, I was greeted with the Dogfish Head Ancient Ales, and those are always a treat. Expensive and hard to find are two things that come to mind when I think of them. I also think delicious, and always welcome.
The ice sculpture was pretty "cool". God it's early.
The Hoppin John Orchestra was a 10 piece live band that kept the mood festive, and encouraged mass consumption. For someone like me, it didn't take much.
The pulled pork and flour cakes with feta and microgreens came from the Valley Tavern, which is located in the Valley Forge Casino. I had no idea it existed, but the giant beer list might drive me to drink away my winnings on the craps table.
Seasons 52 had the best looking display, with all of their samples on mirrors.
I also loved the desserts in a shot glass. Carrot cake and raspberry mascarpone (deconstructed cannoli) were my two favorites.
Ruth's Chris offered beef sliders (delicious) with a mild horseradish shmear, sweet potato cups, tuna spoons?, and creme brule. All were consumed with vigor.
Ralph's of South Philly apparently has an outpost in KOP, which I never knew. I demolished the meatballs and sausage, as well as the cannoli, with no sign of slowing down.
Peppers Restaurant offered brushetta and polenta. Go for the bruschetta.
Rock Bottom Brewery, located in the KOP mall itself, had a smoked sausage mac and cheese that was damn fine.
Surprisingly, Wegman's might have had the best spread. Thai peanut lettuce wraps, two kinds of sushi with seaweed salad, and floats made with Sly Fox. Yes please.
The cocktail tent just exacerbated the situation, with two of my favorites, Penn 1681 rye vodka, and Blue Coat gin, both of Philadelphia Distilling.
There were a bunch of people wearing pretzel necklaces like trophys. I am not sure who they flashed to get one, but I am pretty jealous.
There was even a mini cupcake truck, which made some incredible cakes.
Arnold Palmer (lemon cake with sweet tea frosting) on the right, and pumpkin on the left.
To say I overdid it is a gross understatement. I ate enough to feed a village, and drank enough to slick the thirst of the Russian army.
Luckily, they offered my favorite ride home, Uber, WITH a $25 credit. Baller. All together, this is the grown up version of the usual beer fest scene. There was no one throwing up or fighting (which I see far too often at these kinds of things) – just a whole lot of people with a whole lot of love for the finer things. See for yourself on Saturday, you will not be disappointed.