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Beer Fest Returns to Navy Yard June 1
Three European Brewmasters Make Rare U.S. Appearance

PHILADELPHIA, PA-May 6, 2013 - Starfish Junction, co-producer of the award-winning Philly Craft Beer Festival, selected as one of the "Top Ten Beer Festivals in America", returns to Philadelphia for the 5th Annual International Great Beer Expo. The biggest names in international brewing will gather on the Parade Grounds at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Saturday, June 1, 2013 for what promises to be the summer's best beer fest. The event will raise funds for the Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), a local Philadelphia charity. The Navy Yard Parade Grounds is located at 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112. Tickets and info is available at

"This is going to be our biggest and best show yet," said Andy Calimano, owner of Starfish Junction, producer of the event. "We have an amazing lineup of breweries, including three European brewers who will be joining in on the day's festivities. We're honored to have them join us. The attendees will be thrilled to meet them," added Calimano.

This year's special guests include three world-renowned brewmasters: James Robertson from Wells Young's Brewing Company (England), Iacopo Lenci from Birrificio BrĂ¹ton (Italy), and Jerry Vietz from Unibroue (Canada). All will be on hand to meet and greet festival attendees while educating the attendees on the beers they are serving.

Food will be available for sale from select members of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA), including food truck faire from The Cow and the Curd, The Dapper Dog, The Farm Truck, Lil Dan's, Chewy's, Pitruco Pizza, Say Cheese, Street Food Philly, and SumPig.

The event will help raise funds for the Philadelphia Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC), a local charity that provides resources for treatment, care and family support to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. The CBC will be conducting a food drive for local needy families in their network. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items.

The International Great Beer Expo will have two sessions: VIP 12:30-5:00 pm and GENERAL ADMISSION 1:30-5:00 pm. The VIP session will give VIP ticketholders an additional hour at the festival, more intimate access to brewers, and the ability to try rare and sought-after beers that are only being poured at this VIP session. VIP tickets are $75 each. General Admission tickets are $46 each. Designated Driver tickets are $10 each. All ticket types can be purchased at the event website

VIP and General Admission tickets include admission, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo. No one under 21, including designated drivers, will be admitted. All attendees must show valid photo ID for entry. A limited number of tickets will be sold. The event will take place outdoors under tents and will be held rain or shine. The Expo is produced by Starfish Junction. For tickets and information about the Philadelphia International Great Beer Expo, visit

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