On a beautiful Tuesday morning, and earlier than most people would assume brewers are awake, 40 of the region’s best known beer folks converged upon Yards Brewing Company to brew Philly Loves Beer’s Brotherly Suds for the upcoming Philly Beer Week.

Words by Sheila Ballen | Photos by: Ben Lackey

For those who are unfamiliar, each year during Philly Beer Week, beer aficionados are fortunate to get to enjoy two specific beers made just for Philly. One is the beer collaboration between a local and Belgian brewer and in January, La Cabra Brewing traveled to Duvel Brewery in Puurs Belgium to brew that beer. The second beer is known as “Brotherly Suds.” Now in its 10th year, the group of founding breweries – Yards, Sly Fox, Iron Hill, Flying Fish, Victory and Stoudt’s – started brewing for one simple reason; collaboration only makes the beer community stronger.

The Philadelphia beer scene has always valued collaboration over competition and Brotherly Suds is the perfect metaphor to drive that point home.