After a year and a half of virtual gatherings and Zoom happy hours, beer fanatics from across the region were thirsty for the biggest party in the burbs. On October 7 and 9, nearly 3,000 people joined us to celebrate the triumphant return of KOP Beerfest Royale and toast to the event’s 10-year anniversary!
KOP Beerfest Royale, presented by Budget Maintenance, featured some special additions and improvements in 2021. The beautifully lit and landscaped event space in the King of Prussia Mall parking lot was expanded to give guests and vendors a little more space, fun new photo ops were introduced to enhance the attendee experience and a number of new brewers made their Beerfest debuts, under the grand tents.
Perhaps the biggest and most visible change to the award-winning festival was to Beerfest’s grand tasting event, King’s Plate. This year the event was expanded to include the region’s best food trucks, in addition to KOP’s hottest restaurants. From mouthwatering perogies, to piping hot brick oven pizza to Bahn Mi hot dog bites, eight trucks served up their signature dishes and vied for the title of Best of Beerfest. In the end, it was KOP restaurant bartaco’s pork belly tacos that took the crown, with Bonefish Grill coming in second for their ever-popular bang bang shrimp.
KOP Beerfest Royale 2021 would not be possible were it not for our generous sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Budget Maintenance; Barrel Sponsors IBEW Local 98, WSFS + Bryn Mawr Trust, KOP Beer Outlet and King of Prussia Mall; Growler Sponsor EBE; Hotel Sponsor Valley Forge Casino Resort; Pint Sponsors AgileCat, Best Western Plus the Inn at King of Prussia, Crave Montco/Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, Lot Squad and Wegmans; and In-Kind Sponsors All Seasons Landscaping, Conlin’s Print, King Transportation, Kunda Beverage and LytStyx.
Finally, we would like to thank all of our attendees for celebrating Beerfest’s 10-year anniversary with us. From the first-time Beerfesters, to those who travel from out of state to join us year after year, we raise our cups to you and look forward to seeing you again in 2022!