The venue this year was the Kimmel Center which was very nice. The first floor, at least, was relatively spacious and handled the crowds pretty well. Here's a picture of it from the back corner though I think this was when only VIP ticket holders were inside.
The space also goes off to the right quite a bit where most of the first floor stuff was situated.
Along with that there were some stations on the second and third floors. These were a little harder to deal with just because those floors were much narrower. You can mostly see what I'm talking about in this picture.
After entering, I wandered around a bit and then headed up to the VIP only area to check it out. I had heard there was going to some sort of sausage contest at 6pm, but honestly I never managed to figure out where they were holding it so didn't see it. Oh well. The third floor this year was a little different than last year. This time the beers were all Victory and Sam Adams instead of the really fancy stuff like Forest & Main and Tired Hands, etc. Here's the Sam Adams pouring station.
There were still some really good chocolates, though, along with some breads and such. Even Epic Pickles was here though I'm not sure if you've ever heard of them.
Since it was quite crowded at this point up there, I decided to find Forest & Main since I never get to their brewpub. Lucky for me I did as the sour saison beer they had on draft was absolutely delicious and I'm super glad I got to try it. They ended up kicking both their kegs by like 6:30 or so which meant my wife didn't get to try it. Still, I'm happy I at least managed to get a taste but it would have been nice if they hadn't gotten slammed like that.
Before my wife arrived around 7, I wandered around the downstairs area as it was now open. I got some food, still fantastic, and grabbed a couple beers. Even saw a few familiar faces which is part of the reason I love this event. Here's Natalie from Weyerbacher pouring someone a beer.
And then Jo arrived and time kind of flew by at that point. I'm not sure when the next few pictures are from but they give a bit of a bird's eye view of the place.
Finally it was time to go after eating and drinking quite a bit. Here's one last picture of the PhillyTapFinder crew with my wife.