I really became interested in beer just after last year's Philly Beer Week, so this year I'm looking to get into some of the events. Only thing is, the website doesn't offer the best descriptions, so I'm curious as to what events are best to check out. I have heard the crowds can be a mob at some events, so I was wondering if anyone has any experience as to what the best events are to avoid the crowds but get some brews that are generally not found in Philly(definitely not any local brews). Anyone have any suggestions/experiences?
Also feel free to discuss the beer pairing events, as they are certainly chow-relevant.