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Philadelphia Brewing Company and Tin Can Bar Announce Homebrew Competition

Philadelphia Brewing Company and Tin Can Bar Announce Homebrew Competition

Philadelphia, PA (March 2, 2020) – Philadelphia Brewing Company, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and largest breweries, teamed up with Port Richmond’s Tin Can Bar for the first annual Homebrew Bracket, an amateur brewing competition with 16 home brewers battling for the best beer in the City of Brotherly Love. The contest will run in conjunction with the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament from Thursday, March 19 through Monday, April 6.

Once crowned, the ultimate champion will be invited to Philadelphia Brewing Company to brew their winning beer with the master brewer. Tin Can Bar will then put the beer on tap with its own custom-branded handle and feature the brew until the 15bbl batch is tapped out. The winner will be chosen by Tin Can Bar staff members, local beer celebrities and Tin Can Bar guests who will be tasting the beers on competition days.

“Homebrewing is a fine art that doesn’t get enough recognition outside of friends and family,” said Nancy Barton, Co-Founder of Philadelphia Brewing Co. “We’re stoked to team up with our friends at Tin Can bar to present the winner’s delicious brew to a wider audience.”

The rules to enter the competition are simple:

  • All contestants must be amateur brewers
  • All contestants must be able to brew a five-gallon batch of their beer at home (each round of the competition will require one gallon of the product)
  • Participants must be available to attend their scheduled competition running through the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament starting on March 19th
  • The competition is sudden death system

Competition days are the following:

  • Round 1 (16 beers/ 8 contests): March 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th and 27th
  • Round 2 (8 beers / 4 contests): March 28th and March 29th
  • Round 3 (4 beers / 2 contests): April 4th
  • Round 4 (Championship): April 6th

“We can’t wait to try the 16 unique homebrewed beers and to choose the ultimate Homebrew Bracket Champion,” said Joe Beckham owner of Tin Can Bar. “Amateur brewers are extremely talented but usually lack resources so that’s why we decided to start this competition to give them the platform they deserve.”

Interested amateur brewers can sign up via the Tin Can Bar’s website or click here for more information. Located in the Port Richmond neighborhood, Tin Car Bar offers guests Tiki-inspired libations, craft beers, and worldly flavors from the kitchen. This neighborhood hangout is open daily from 5 pm to 2 am.



Philadelphia Brewing Co. was originally founded in 1893 and re-established in 2007. In 2001 co-owners Nancy and Bill Barton and Jim McBride acquired their historic Kensington brewery originally constructed and designed in 1885. Today, Philadelphia Brewing Co. is home to the local Kenzinger beer along with more than a dozen different styles of ales and lagers brewed annually. Acting as a city leader in reusing and recycling, the brewery produces fresh beer daily and proudly serves vegan beers. Philadelphia Brewing Co. houses the newly-opened Peacock Room and Beer Garden. For more information, please call (215) 427-2739 or visit

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