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Forest & Main Wins ‘Band of Brewers’

The Dirty Firkins of Victory Brewing Company. (Photo Credit: Matt Cassidy)

The Dirty Firkins of Victory Brewing Company. (Photo Credit: Matt Cassidy)

PHILADELPHIA – A week after the Super Bowl hangover subsided, another round of kegs were cracked in the name of competition. But this week, the contest consisted of eight local breweries and their battling bands.

As one performer shouted, “I got 99 problems, but a beer ain’t one!

This year’s ‘Band of Brewers’ event, created and hosted by Philly Beer Scene magazine, was the third annual and took place at World Cafe Live. The bands consisted solely of brewery employees.

Over the last two years, the event saw Yards Brewing Company claim the top spot with their metal band Yeast Factory and Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Brewtallica, respectively. PBC’s Metallica cover band came out in front of close competition from the returning champions as well as a great performance from Neshaminy Creek’s Weezer tribute, ‘Say It Ain’t Foam.’

Curt Decker of Nodding Head Brewery emceed the gluttonous afternoon. The panel of judges included George Miller (founder/publisher of JUMP), Maxx Stoyanoff-Williams (member of Black Landlord), and John Vettesse (WXPN). Part of the money raised was donated to a charity of the winning band’s choice.

Each group was allotted time to play three songs of their choosing which could be originals or covers. In a sea full of cover bands, Forest & Main Brewing Company stole the show with their original sound to claim the 2015 title. Their charity was the Linda Creed Foundation which benefits breast cancer research.

Another notable performance came from Neshaminy Creek, who covered three songs by the Beastie Boys, including ‘Rhymin & Stealin,’ ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn,’ and (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party).’

 

Forest & Main

 

Neshaminy Creek

 

Neshaminy Creek

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