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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Sleigh Bells Ring, What are you Drinking?

Three upcoming events have me looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year in the month of December. I'm working to have the full December calendar up here at The Brew Lounge sooner than I normally would so that you have plenty of time for planning this usually hectic month. First up on the 5th of December we have the Winter Beer Festival at the Cliveden historical property in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. This was a significant location during the Revolutionary War (I love the east coast for its historical significance...around virtually every corner). The choice of this location seems just brilliant. Put great beer on display in a historically significant location and raise money for charity (in this case, the preservation of this historic site) at the same time. All details are not yet available yet, so keep an eye on the website for details as they develop. The following day is shaping up to be a wonderful day in Paoli, approx. 25 miles west of Philly. TJs is one of the day-in and day-out standard bearers of food and beer in the Delaware Valley. The Millers are celebrating their 5th year anniversary (hard to believe) with what so far is looking like an incredible lineup of great beer. And, if that was not enough, Sly Fox is rolling out an anniversary beer for them. Oh, let's make it four events, what the hey. While we're on beer and food, I'd be remiss in not mentioning Monk's annual holiday dinner on the 16th. Of course, this dinner was sold out within an hour of when reservations were being taken. My recommendation is to call and hope for a cancellation or put this on your calendar for next year. Always one of the best beer dinner extravaganzas of the year. Once the two day afterburn of Christmas (and five days after Hanukkah) has passed and you're ready to head back out on the festival trail, be ready for a date in the Philly region that I believe beer lovers will want on their calendars. Don Russell will be leading the sleigh ride through Christmas Beers, Winter Warmers, and the like at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. While there, you'll also be able get a signed copy of Don's latest book, Wishing You A Merry Christmas Beer, which I just received a preview copy of, to run down some of the better beers that should be in your cooler this winter season. I'll be back later with some highlights from the book. Check your list and check it twice. If at least one of these events is not on your December Beer Calendar, you must have been a bad person this year.

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