Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcome Visitors! Stick around a while and enjoy the beer

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Eve 2011/2012 - What to do with another year and plenty of great beer

It's time to get this New Year's Eve thing started.

I know. It's not even Christmas. But too many of you have already begun to ask and more search engine results have been sent my way looking for what to do on New Year's Eve 2011/2012.

Some of you love this time of year; others hate it. One thing's for sure, there are plenty of you looking to find a great beer on New Year's Eve outside the comfy confines of your own home.

For those New Year's Eve naysayers, this one's not for you. This is for all of you looking for something to do on New Year's Eve, could be at 6 p.m. or 11 p.m. - looking for a party, looking for a good dinner, looking for a good beer with a bunch of your friends.

Here's a look at some of the country's establishments--particularly in and around Philadelphia--that serve up better beer throughout the year and their special New Year's Eve plans. If there's something missing that you know of, feel free to drop a comment at the end of this or a private e-mail to me here.

This list will continue to grow to almost 200 establishments up until December 30. The falling of the calendar this year ensures a long holiday weekend for most, so New Year's Eve should turn into an even bigger party this year. No matter what you do, eat and drink well, enjoy yourself, and be responsible out there.

UPDATED & NEWLY ADDED (12/29) In this update:

Philadelphia--> Cantina Dos Segundos, Cantina Los Caballitos, Khyber Pass Pub, Philadelphia Brewing, Prohibition Taproom, Royal Tavern, The Belgian Café, The Foodery, The Institute
Philadelphia Metro--> America Bar & Grill, Capone's, Exton Beverage, Firewater's (Concord), Goshen Beverage, High Street Grill, McKenzie Brew House (all locations), Station Taproom, Vudu Lounge/High Street Caffe
Other PA/NJ/DE--> Appalachian Brewing (Harrisburg), Church Brew Works, East End Brewing
Other Northeast-->
Other United States--> City Beer Store, Meddlesome Moth

This list will continue to grow to almost 200 establishments up until December 30. The falling of the calendar this year ensures a long holiday weekend for most, so New Year's Eve should turn into an even bigger party this year. No matter what you do, eat and drink well, enjoy yourself, and be responsible out there.

By region---starting with the City of Philadelphia---here's what is happening this rapidly-approaching December 31, 2011.


2nd Street Brew House - Come help us ring in the New Year along with our friends from Flying Fish. There will be a free buffet and some great Flying Fish beers including Exit 13 and Grand Cru Winter Reserve to name a few. Drink specials all night long!! At midnight we will have a free champagne of beers toast!

1700 South 2nd Street
(267) 687-7964

Brauhaus Schmitz - Ring in the new year with us at Brauhaus Schmitz. We will be offering our regular menu as well as our prix fixe chef’s tasting menu all night. Champagne toast at midnight, noise makers, and more.

718 South Street
(267) 909-8814

Cantina Dos Segundos - Cantina Dos Segundos is counting down to the last margaritas of 2011 with a special treat for all of our friends this New Year's Eve! All day and all night, beginning Saturday, December 31st at 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st, join us for a two-hour open bar of your choosing. (That's right, pick your own start time!) A $25 ticket gives you exclusive access to two hours of unlimited margaritas, well liquor, and selections from our beer list, including Dos Equis, Tecate, PBR, and more! Cantina Dos Segundos will be open all New Year's Weekend from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. -- Saturday, December 31st, Sunday, January 1st, and Monday, January 2nd. Brunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner is served 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the bar rocks until 2 a.m.!

931 North Second Street
(215) 629-0500

Cantina Los Caballitos - Cantina Los Caballitos is counting down to the last margaritas of 2011 with a special treat for all of our friends this New Year's Eve! All day and all night, beginning Saturday, December 31st at 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st, join us for a two-hour open bar of your choosing. (That's right, pick your own start time!) A $25 ticket gives you exclusive access to two hours of unlimited margaritas, mojitos, sangria, and selections from our vast beer list, including Dos Equis, bottled beers, and more! Cantina Los Caballitos will be open all New Year's Weekend from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. -- Saturday, December 31st, Sunday, January 1st, and Monday, January 2nd. Brunch is served every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner is served 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the bar rocks until 2 a.m.!

1651 East Passyunk Avenue
(215) 755-3550

Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse - $65 9 p.m. to Midnight. Premium Open Bar. Complimentary Buffet. Passed Hors d'Oeuvres. DJ, Dancing, Party Favors. Champagne Toast. Complimentary Coat Check.

1823 Sansom Street
(215) 665-9500

Chifa Restaurant - Choose from a $60 or $75 four-course meal. Drinks a la carte.

707 Chestnut Street
(215) 925-5555

City Tap House - Doing what we do best... Make this year's last meal one to remember! New Year's Eve specials. Complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight.

Enjoy one of your Tap House Favorites or one of our New Year's Eve Suppers and a killer beer list. Open Bar Packages available! For more information, contact Jessica at

3925 Walnut Street
(215) 662-0105
Dawson Street Pub - Open for Business As Usual with a DJ

100 Dawson Street
(215) 482-5677
Devil's Den - Open for Business As Usual with a complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight

1148 South 11th Street
(215) 339-0855
Drinker's Pub - $75 gets you a top shelf open bar from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. at two of the best bars in Rittenhouse - Drinker's Pub and NoChe. Tickets also include food and a midnight champagne toast!

1903 Chestnut Street
(215) 564-0914

Drinker's Tavern - $85 gets you a top shelf open bar from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. at three of Old City's best bars - Drinker's Tavern, Lucy's Hat Shop, and Top Hat. Tickets also include food and a midnight champagne toast!

124 Market Street
(215) 351-0141

Drinker's West - $65 gets you a top shelf open bar from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Tickets also include food and a midnight champagne toast! Plus, when you buy 2 tickets they'll only cost you $50 each!

3900 Chestnut Street
(215) 397-4693

Earth Bread + Brewery - Closed 12/31 through 1/2

7136 Germantown Avenue
(215) 242-MOON (6666)

Fergie's Pub - Traditional Irish music session beginning at 4 p.m.

1214 Sansom Street
(215) 928-8118

Garces Trading Company - Choose from a $45 or $65 four-course meal, with an $15 option for Foie Gras Torchon. Drinks a la carte.

1111 Locust Street
(215) 574-1099

Hawthornes - Join us on Saturday, December 31st from 6:30pm to 10pm to close out 2011 in true Hawthorne’s style . We have created a 5 course / 6 beer menu that is sure to be unforgettable! Beers include Goose Island Sofie, St. Bernardus 12, Deschutes Jubelale, Founders '09 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Tröegs Mad Elf, a super-exclusive brew from either Hill Farmstead, Fifty Fifty, or Cantillon.

There is limited seating for this dinner and reservations are required so call us today to save your spot. The price is $100 per person plus tax and gratuity.

738 South 11th Street
(215) 627-3012

Jack's Firehouse - Dinner Service from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Our fanastic menu includes some terrific extras and we are again offering our 4 Course Special NYE Menu for $40. NYE Party Starts at 9:30. $50 per guest - open premium bar, dessert buffet, champagne toast, party hats, Great DJ and Dancing until 1am. We are open New Year's Day for Brunch and Dinner.

2130 Fairmount Avenue
(215) 232-9000

Johnny Brenda's - The Second Annual New Year's Eve Snowflake Ball. Spend New Year's Eve with some of our favorite local bands Deejaying you into 2012. We'll have Nick Krill of The Spinto Band, Chris Powell of Man Man, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, Jon Barthmus of Sun Airway and the legendary Schoolly D. It will be a night to remember at The Party Mansion, so don't forget, dress to impress!! Doors and Show at 8 p.m. $5 Admission.

1201 North Frankford Avenue
(215) 739-9684

Kennett - $65 for a four-course meal paired with Olde Bartholomew, Yardbird Abbey Dubbel, and two others.

848 South Second Street
(267) 687-1426

Khyber Pass Pub - Join us at Khyber Pass Pub this New Year's Eve, as we count down to 2012, New Orleans style! Starting Friday, December 30th through Sunday, January 8th, we will feature festive food specials to ring in the New Year! Our chefs will prepare a traditional Southern feast of Smoked Pork Loin, Smothered Cabbage, and Hoppin' John -- traditionally eaten to bring good luck, good money, and a good outlook for the New Year!

Khyber Pass Pub will also offer a selection of Southern drinks for the New Year. Enjoy our famous Mint Juleps, Louisville Lightnings, Abita beers, and more! When the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2012, we'll pour a complimentary champagne toast for all our friends!

For our friends who plan on watching the fireworks at Penn's Landing, stop in for dinner beforehand or for a nightcap afterwards -- Khyber Pass Pub is just steps away! Khyber Pass Pub will be open all New Year's weekend, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 31st, Sunday, January 1st, and Monday, January 2nd.

56 South Second Street
(215) 238-5888

Kite & Key - The Kite will be hosting a private party on New Years Eve starting at 9 p.m. We will be open for business as usual during the day. Sorry for any inconvenience! See you New Years Day!!

1836 Callowhill Street
(215) 568-1818

Local 44 - Open for Business as Usual on New Year's Eve.

Then, Join us this New Year's Day starting at the crack of noon for our FULL BRUNCH MENU (served all day and all night) AND a kick ass line up of special winter & anniversary edition drafts including Great Divide Hibernation, Stone 15th Anniversary, Lost Abbey Angel Share, Port Older Viscosity, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Dogfish Head Robert Johnson's Hellhound and many many more!

4333 Spruce Street
(215) 222-BEER (2337)

London Grill - 5:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m. Regular menu 'til 7 p.m., $45 prix fixe 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and bar menu all night 'til 1 a.m. Open New Year's Day from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Bloody Mary Bar & Hangover Menu!

301 Fairmount Avenue
(215) 978-4545

Lucy's Hat Shop - $85 gets you a top shelf open bar from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. at three of Old City's best bars - Drinker's Tavern, Lucy's Hat Shop, and Top Hat. Tickets also include food and a midnight champagne toast!

247 Market Street
(215) 413-1433

Mad Mex - 2 for $35 dinner. Your choice of: Any cup of soup or a casa salad each; entree of your choice each; champagne cocktail; a dessert to share.

3401 Walnut Street
(215) 382-2221

Manayunk Brewery - Multiple rooms, DJs, dancing all night long, great food, shaken drinks, and 1000 new friends to ring in 2012 with. Doors open for all at 8pm with VIP open bar starting at 8pm and at 9pm for general admission tickets.

4120 Main Street
(215) 482-8220

McGillin's - The oldest and best New Year's Eve celebration in Philadelphia on Saturday, December 31 will feature sparkly decorations, hats, beads, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Everyday low prices on food & drinks plus festive list of New Years specials. $2 cover.

On New Year's Day, the tavern will open early -- at 10 a.m. On Sunday, January 1, Mummers parade-goers can warm up by McGillin's roaring fire and sip Irish coffee, Drury Sleigh Rides, Hot Spiced Cider and more. $2 cover.

1310 Drury Street
(215) 735-5562

Monk's Café - An early seating at 6:30 p.m. for $65 that includes four courses and four beers to start out your night of celebration on the right foot. We'll have you out of here in plenty of time and we'll even hand you hats and noisemakers on your way out the door.

The late seating is at 9:30 p.m. for $125 and includes a six-course extravaganza paired with seven special beers. Tom always breaks out something special from his cellar for this celebration. We'll have a midnight toast with Malhuer Brut cave-aged ale. Our kitchen crew pulls out all the stops for this dinner. Of course, we can prepare a Vegan meal with sufficient notice. And we'll pair the meal with wine, if you must.

626 South 16th Street
(215) 545-7005

NoChe - $75 gets you a top shelf open bar from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. at two of the best bars in Rittenhouse - Drinker's Pub and NoChe. Tickets also include food and a midnight champagne toast!

1901 Chestnut Street
(215) 568-0551

Perch Pub - Ring in the New Year with an excellent lineup from the San Diego brewers at Ballast Point. Tap takeover begins at 5 p.m. Expect classic Ballast Point ales like Calico, Yellowtail, and Wahoo, as well as rarities such as Barrel-Aged Black Marlin, Sextant, San Salvador, Brandy Navigator, and the coveted Sculpin.

Our regular menu will be available and chef's addition for the evening will include Lobster Bisque, Sauteed Prawns, Jambalaya, Lamb Chops, and Bronzino. Midnight brings noise makers and party favors while watching the famous Time Square Ball Drop on our big projection screen.

The first Happy Hour of 2012 begins at 12:01 AM January 1, 2012 - Craft Drafts 1/2 Price, $5 Cabernet & Chardonnay, $5 Vodka-Infused Martinis and Classic Gin & Tonics until 2 a.m. Reservations Recommended.

1345 Locust Street
(215) 546-4090

Philadelphia Brewing - No tours, but open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2439 Amber Street
(215) 427-2739

Prohibition Taproom - Bring Your Own Vinyl to New Years Eve! On top of some awesome food specials and the obligatory champagne toast at Midnight, we will be spinning the records that YOU bring in all night long.

501 North 13th Street
(215) 238-1818

Resurrection Ale House - We're hosting the kind of New Years Eve event that WE most want to attend: Corner bar, normal folks, killer draft list, Times Square Ball Drop (on mute) on the TV.

Join us for our regularly aweseome menu, and this extra awesome draft line up: Del Borgo ReAle, BFM Abbaye St. Bon Chien ['10], De Dolle Boskeun, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Struisse Tsjeeses Riserva ['10] , Yards Old Bart, Allagash Blonde , Taras Boulba, Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve, Great Lakes Christmas, Greene King IPA on cask, and more!

2425 Grays Ferry Avenue
(215) 735-2202

Royal Tavern - Join us at Royal Tavern as we celebrate the last day of 2011! As a Thank You to all of our friends for another great year, we will be offering revelers an extra-special New Year's Eve drink package. From 11 a.m. Saturday, December 31st, to 2 a.m. Sunday, January 1st, guests may purchase a $25 ticket which entitles them access to a great selection of liquor and beer for two truly happy hours. And in Royal Tavern tradition, we will be ringing in the new year with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! Come pre-party, post-party, or bring along your friends and party all night long with a two-hour open bar of your choosing! Royal Tavern will be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. all New Year's weekend. On Saturday, December 31st, Sunday, January 1st, and Monday, January 2nd, we'll be serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the bar stays open until 2 a.m.!

937 East Passyunk Avenue
(215) 389-6694

Standard Tap - Weird Hot fun with Monkeys and Elves...really. Ring in the New Year with Mad Elf, Golden Monkey, and live music by Weird Hot.

901 North 2nd Street
(215) 238-0630

The Belgian Café - Open for a relaxed New Year's Eve. Hang out at the bar or grab a table anytime for our daily menu. No reservation needed. Or stop in Sunday for New Year's Day Brunch.

2047 Green Street
(215) 235-3500

The Blockley - Beth Hart in concert New Year's Eve. Doors at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $135 Includes: Admission to Show; Dinner Buffet - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Top Shelf Open Bar 'til 1 a.m.; Beth's new CD with Joe Bonamassa, "Don't Explain"; Beth Hart event shirt; and a Midnight Champagne Toast

Or join Beth Hart and The Blockley for $165 for the New Year's Eve Concert (and everything included above) PLUS New Years Day Acoustic Brunch.

3801 Chestnut Street
(215) 222-1234

The Farmers' Cabinet - Offering our full dinner menu, beer, and cocktails. Live 1920s jazz from "The Blue Vipers" of Brooklyn from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

1113 Walnut Street
(215) 923-1113
The Foodery (both locations) - Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day until 10:30 p.m. Normal hours Monday 1/2. Looking to ring in the New Year in true Grand style? We have 1.5L of Chouffe, Chimay, and Piraat. Call ahead and we'll chill it down for you! Other big-spender options include Scaldis Prestige de Nuits, DeuS Brut des Flandres, Stone Double Bastard (3L), and Piraat (9L).

837 North 2nd Street
(215) 238-6077

324 South 10th Street
(215) 928-1111

The Institute - From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., $2 off all draft beers and burgers. Then, at midnight, if you think you're hardcore, then step to the plate for free doubles of Powers to toast in the New Year. Champagne, my ass, that's for the weak. Come play in the grown-ups sandbox.

And, New Year's Day Brunch Bonanza begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday

549 North 12th Street
(267) 318-7772

The Trestle Inn - Featuring music by Solid Brass. The Trestle Specials performing live. Champagne Toast at midnight. Complimentary snacks. 55 whiskeys and 12 beers on tap. Admission: $10 In advance. (Tickets will be sold at the door, if available). Space is limited. 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Dinner available at 5 p.m. until late.

339 North 11th Street
(267) 239-0290

Tria Wine Room - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - If going out on New Year's Eve is more your speed and you're not into tacky party favors, overpriced pre-fixe dinners and cheap bubbly, then this is a class for you. We'll be serving some festive, not forced, NYE cheer and hors d'oeuvres to keep you merry. Join Tria partner and wine director Michael McCaulley for this intimate evening. After enjoying 10 special wines, you'll be welcoming 2012 with the feeling that 2011 wasn't so bad after all.

3131 Walnut Street
(215) 222-2422

Triumph Brewery (Old City)- Doors at 8 p.m. Ticket includes admission and a champagne toast at midnight!! Damn Right and Grimace Federation provide live music. Tickets only $20

117 Chestnut Street
(215) 625-0855

Varga Bar - Ring in the New Year with two seatings (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) for a beer dinner for $45 and $65, respectively. An Open Bar Package begins at 10 p.m. for $50 and includes 3-hour premium Open Bar, Champagne Toast at Midnight, Live DJ, Party Favors, and the Return of the 10-foot Cheesesteak at Midnight!

941 Spruce Street
(215) 627-5200

White Dog Café - Celebrate the new year at White Dog Café - University City with two parties! First, on with a NYE Celebration Dinner on Dec. 31, 2011 from 5:30pm-midnight, a 4-course Prix Fixe Dinner (with vegan/vege options) for $75/guest. A complimentary glass of Champagne and featuring strolling violinists Davis & Diane Barnett and pianist Joseph Slonick from 7:00pm-midnight. Menu highlights include: Stuffed Dates; Beet Salad; Filet Mignon; and Chocolate Tort with White Chocolate Peppermint Bark. Reservations recommended.

The following day, wake up to White Dog Cafe's Pajama Party Brunch on Jan. 1, 2012. Don't get dressed. Just come on over from 10:30am-2:30pm for an a la carte Brunch Menu. Children Welcome and featuring Mummer's favorites on banjo by Greg Wright from 11:00am-2:30pm. Dress: Pajamas suggested!

3420 Sansom Street
(215) 386-9224

World Café Live - Philly Bloco’s 20+ members bring their raucous mash-up of Samba, Funk and Reggae for a very special New Year’s Eve dance party at World Cafe Live! Doors 9:30 p.m., Show 10:30 p.m. Age Limit: 21+, $30-$40

3025 Walnut Street
(215) 222-1400

Philadelphia Metro

America Bar & Grill - Open for Business as Usual. On New Year's Day, they are hosting a Pajama Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

499 East Uwchlan Avenue
Chester Springs, PA
(610) 280-0800

Avalon - Enjoy a five-course menu designed with the year-end celebration in mind. Live music after 9pm and champagne toast at midnight. Reservation Prior to 7 p.m. $70 per person. Reservation after 9 p.m. will enjoy live music from the sultry sounds of JD Malone and champagne toast at midnight. $80 per person.

312 South High Street
West Chester, PA
(610) 436-4100

Brickside Grille - Ring in the new year at Brickside Grille. Free Champagne Toast at midnight. Live Music from Matt Spiko Band. Free Chocolate Fountain.

540 Wellington Square
Exton, PA
(610) 321-1600

Capone's Restaurant - Don't Forget to Fill your Growlers for the Holiday !

Restaurant Open New Year's Eve 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., closed New Year's Day, and re-opens Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Beer Store Open New Year's Eve 8:00 a.m. to Midnight and open New Year's Day 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA
(610) 279-4748

Exton Beverage - Open New Year's Eve from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed New Year's Day.

310 East Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA
(610) 363-7020

Firecreek - $75 per person $125 per couple for a four-course menu. With wine pairing, $100.00 per person $150.00 per couple. Reservations recommended. A limited dinner menu will also be available for a la carte options.

20 East Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA
(610) 269-6000

Firewaters (Concord) - $50/person or $100/couple. 3 cocktails or craft beers and signature eats and treats througout the night. Enjoy samplings from our new artisan menu. Champagne toast at midnight. Stay at the Holiday Inn Express for only $96 where rooms include a continental breakfast.

1110 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA
(610) 459-9959

Goshen Beverage - Open New Year's Eve from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and closed New Year's Day.

102 Turner Lane
West Chester, PA
(610) 436-6555

High Street Grill - Specials for your celebration served Friday, December 30th between 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m., Saturday December 31st between 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Please note: No tavern menu will be served on New Years Eve) and Sunday January 1st between 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Enjoy live music in our tavern after dinner from 9 p.m. - midnight with Ed Robertson on keyboards/vocals.

64 High Street
Mount Holly, NJ
(609) 265-9199

Iron Abbey - Celebrate with a crafted NYE menu with suggested beer pairings. Seatings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. DJ at 10 p.m. with two rooms open. Free Admission. Special NYE tappings at 8 p.m. (DFH Burton Baton), 9 p.m. (DFH Pangaea), 10 p.m. (DFH Olde School Barleywine), and 11 p.m. (DFH 120 Minute IPA)

680 Easton Road
Horsham, PA
(215) 956-9600

Mad Mex - 2 for $35 dinner. Your choice of: Any cup of soup or a casa salad each; entree of your choice each; champagne cocktail; a dessert to share.

2862 West Moreland Road
Willow Grove, PA
(267) 495-5000

McKenzie Brew House - Open for Business as Usual at the new Devon location. At the other two locations, celebrate 2012 for $55 (advance) or $65 (at the door) with DJ, dancing, superb hot buffet, champagne toast, cool party favors, premium 4-hour open bar (spirits, wines, and McKenzie brews) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and special rates at local Holiday Inn Express in Glen Mills and The Desmond Hotel in Malvern.

Route 202
Devon, PA
(610) 407-4300

451 Wilmington-West Chester Pike (route 202)
Glen Mills, PA
(610) 361-9800

240 Lancaster Ave
Malvern, PA
(610) 296-2222

Pickering Creek Inn - New Year's Eve Celebration featuring live music from Psychedelphia & Dirk Quinn Band

37 East Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA
(610) 933-9962

Prism Brewing Co. - Come celebrate the new year at the areas newest brewery! Join us as we remember our first full year and ring in 2012 right. We will have an open bar featuring our full lineup of amazing craft beers, a buffet, and a souvenir glass commemorating the event! We will also be tapping the only ever sixtel of Felony IPA blended with crime-berries (cranberries) at midnight. So join us and bring your friends to experience NYE at the area's most secret hideout. $50

810 Dickerson Road
North Wales, PA
(267) 613-8572

Riverstone Café - Special chef's menu additions served 12/29 through 12/31. Complimentary Champagne toast at midnight on New Year's Eve.

143 West Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA
(610) 594-CAFE (2233)

Ron's Original - Hang out with all of us at Ron's for NYE, and enjoy our complimentary buffet and champagne toast. There will also be a shuttle to take safely to the Comfort Suites (let them know you're here, and you get a dscounted rate!) It's "pay as you go," no package to buy, just come, relax and help us ring in 2012!

74 East Uwchlan Avenue (Route 113)
Exton, PA
(610) 594-9900
Side Bar - To help ring in the new year we will be tapping Russian River's Damnation, Blind Pig, and Pliny the Elder.

10 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA
(610) 429-8297
Station Taproom - Open for Business as Usual. Closed New Year's Day.

207 West Lancaster Avenue
Downingtown, PA
(484) 593-0560

TJ's - Closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

35 Paoli Plaza
Paoli, PA
(610) 725-0100

Teresa's Next Door - Open for Business as Usual on New Year's Eve. Then.....

Come join us this New Years' beginning at 12 Noon for A Farewell to the Doctor and to celebrate with New Holland; which if it weren't for Dr. Joel most of us might not even know about this little Brewery that could...

124 North Wayne Avenue
Wayne, PA
(610) 293-9909

Trax Restaurant & Café - A gala New Year's Eve dinner is planned for Saturday, December 31. Details soon.

27 West Butler Pike
Ambler, PA
(215) 591-9777

Twenty9 Restaurant & Bar - Induldge your appetite with our exquisite Ala Carte Menu serving specials such as Veal Chop, Bronzino & Dover Sole or our Pre-Gala Holiday Menu featuring savory dishes such as Lobster Bisque Soup, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and Lobster Tail & Filet Mignon for $50.00 per person. Revel in a festive atmosphere, rich ambiance and great company as we bring in the New Year with dancing and a complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight! Seatings at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., & 9 p.m.

16 Great Valley Parkway
Malvern, PA
(610) 251-9229

Vudu Lounge/High Street Caffe - A special show on New Year's Eve featuring Tom Gillam from Austin, Texas and his Allman Brothers tribute set.

322 South High Street
West Chester, PA
(610) 429-8297

World Café Live at The Queen - Spend a special New Years Eve with the whole family as Trout Fishing in America counts down to 12...noon! Doors 11 a.m., Show 11:30 a.m., Adults: $16, Children: $14, Ages 1-12, Free for children under the age of one!

500 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE
(302) 994-1400

Other PA/NJ/DE

Allentown Brew Works - Noise makers and party hats! Free tastings and New Year s giveaways from Don Julio Tequila, & complimentary Champagne toast at midnight! We ll be counting down and watching the ball drop on all the TVs. Plus take advantage of a phenomenal DINE & STAY package from the Historic Benner Mansion, Allentown s only Bed & Breakfast. Historic, relaxed and a great alternative to chain hotels. A beautifully restored Italian Jacobean historic mansion central to all major highways and only six blocks from us. Mention the Brew Works for 10% off their already fantastic $75 a night rate. Call 484-560-2810 for reservations.

NO Cover Charge at any of our locations!

New Year s Eve $5 Lobster Tails at all 3 locations! That s right add a lobster tail to any entree purchase* for only five dollars! Plus great activities (iincluding kid-friendly family activities) at all our locations!

812 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA
(610) 433-7777

Appalachian Brewing/Harrisburg - New Orleans style, The Greatest Funeral Ever has become a favorite to the fans of original music in Central PA. Their performances feature energetic, must-dance Latin and R&B-inspired tunes, as well as more contemplative jazz-influenced arrangements. The addition of the doumbek, congas, and other exciting percussion create an electrifying live music experience. 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. VIP cocktails and buffet, 9 p.m. general admission.

50 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA
(717) 221-1080

Bethlehem Brew Works - Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight, Party Favors and noise makers, Bottle Service in the Steelgaarden, an exquisite featured menu, and watch the ball drop on our 10 foot HDTV! Plus DINE & STAY package with the Hyatt Place Bethlehem (45 West North St, Bethlehem). Mention the Brew Works and receive 10% off a special rate! More info/reservations: 610-625-0500

NO Cover Charge at any of our locations!

New Year s Eve $5 Lobster Tails at all 3 locations! That s right add a lobster tail to any entree purchase* for only five dollars! Plus great activities (iincluding kid-friendly family activities) at all our locations!

569 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
(610) 882-1300

Brew Works On The Green - Looking for a fun way to celebrate New Year s with your whole family? Join us on December 31st starting with dinner at 5 pm. We ll have activities for the kids starting at 6 (including Wii games) and at 7 pm we count down for a pint-sized New Year s party! (pun intended!) Includes complimentary sparkling cider and favors for the kids! Make a reservation at now as space is limited! Note: Brew Works on the Green will be closing at 10pm (so we can all head to the Allentown Brew Works and party with the other big kids over 21!)

NO Cover Charge at any of our locations!

New Year s Eve $5 Lobster Tails at all 3 locations! That s right add a lobster tail to any entree purchase* for only five dollars! Plus great activities (iincluding kid-friendly family activities) at all our locations!

3400 West Tilghman Street
Allentown, PA
(484) 223-2020

Bube's Brewery - Come help ring in Y2K12. DINE in the Catacombs or Alois restaurants reserve early! Have a great last dinner for 2011! PARTY DJ Kerry Diem will host in the Bottling Works AND we ll have champagne, hats, noisemakers, prizes, and fun at midnight!!

102 North Market Street
Mount Joy, PA
(717) 653-2056

Bullfrog Brewery - Folk/Indie/Rock Free Show! 10 p.m. - 1 a.m.

229 West Fourth Street
Williamsport, PA
(570) 326-4700

Church Brew Works - Featuring a special menu for New Year's Eve sure to tempt your taste buds. Reservations are recommended. Not sure? The pub is available for walk-in customers. Celebrating at home? Swing by for $8 six-packs of our popular Thunder Hop IPA.

New Year's Eve hours are 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Kitchen closes at 10 p.m. New Year's Day hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

3525 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 688-8200

Craft Ale House - $85 per person includes one selection from each course; gratuity not included. Reservations required.

Beers include Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Belgian Strong Ale, Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet Belgian Tripel, New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale, Anchorage Love Buzz Pinot Noir barrel-aged Saison, Nebraska Hop God Belgian Strong Ale, North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve barrel-aged Barleywine, Flying Dog Gonzo Porter, and Rochefort Trappistes 10 Belgian Quadrupel

708 West Ridge Pike
Royersford, PA
(484) 932-8180

Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats - We will offer 7 seating times at: 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:15, and 8:30. When you email for reservations please include 2 or 3 seating times that you prefer. The menu will be the same for each seating and there is no difference in price, seating arrangements or anything else.

The price per ticket is $75 including gratuity, beer pairings, 5 courses and a champagne toast at midnight. Nate Myers & The Aces will begin playing on our main stage at 10 p.m. Please see the outline of the menu below, but know that changes will be made as we taste and tweak the recipes. Sorry but we can't offer any substitutions on the menu.

320 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE
(302) 226-2739

East End Brewing - We're changing up our Growler Hours a bit for New Year's. At the brewery location, open 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. for New Year's Eve and closed for New Year's Day. At the Growler Shop in the Strip District, open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for New Year's Eve and closed for New Year's Day.

6923 Susquehanna Street
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 537-2337

Pearly Baker's - End the year and bring in the new one with a sensational dinner, make your reservation today. New Years Eve always books up quick, and we want you, our loyal Pearl Card holders and customers to be able to enjoy the night with us.

11 Centre Square
Easton, PA
(610) 253-9949

Selin's Grove Brewing - CLOSED Dec 31 & Jan 1 and reopening with regular hours on Wednesday Jan. 4

121 North Market Street
Selinsgrove, PA
(570) 374-7308

Stewart's Brewing - Great food and beer in a relaxed environment to end the year right. D.J. Dean from 9:00 until close. No Cover!

219 Governors Place
Bear, DE
(302) 836-2739

Triumph (Princeton) - Open for Business as Usual with DJ K at 10:30 p.m.

138 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ
(609) 924-7855

Union Jack's on the Manatawny - Ring in the New Year with Good Lovin' Jam Band and Flux Capacitor! Tickets $10 in advance or $15 night of show!

546 Manatawny Road
Boyertown, PA
(610) 689-0189

Weyerbacher - Open from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will be doing tours, sampling, and offering our delicious beers for you to mix into a variety pack or fill up a growler. Don’t forget that we sell kegs too. Don’t show up to the party empty handed. Go in style with a growler and/or a mixed case.

546 Manatawny Road
Boyertown, PA
(610) 689-0189

Other Northeast

beer table - Join us to ring in 2012 with beer and bubbles! We're celebrating the occasion three ways this year:
HAPPY HOUR from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
*receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with the purchase of any beer - reservations not necessary.

DINNER from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$40 per person, three-course meal, beer pairings available

CHEESE, BEER AND BUBBLES from 10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
$30 per person, beer pairings available *includes complimentary glass of sparkling wine at midnight.

427 7th Avenue
New York, NY (Brooklyn)
(718) 965-1196

Blind Tiger Ale House - Vintage New Year s Eve Party. We ll be putting together a special list of aged beers, including some year old holiday ales, as well as some special kegs from some of our favorite breweries. Chef Tommy will be putting on an incredible buffet, and there will be the usual hats and party favors to ring in 2012. Call the Blind Tiger for details: 212-462-4682

281 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
(212) 462-4682

Brooklyn Brewery - 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Monster The Cat will once again host a New Year's Eve party here at The Brewery featuring an all-star cast of our foodie friends, 8 taps pouring liberally throughout the evening (including very rare vintage kegs of 2004 Black Chocolate Stout and 2007 Monster Ale), a live DJ, and a midnight "champagne" toast of Sorachi Ace. Space is limited to 150 people. Don’t delay! Buy your ticket now. $100 in advance, $115 at the door, if available.

79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 486-7422

Cambridge Brewing Co. - We will be open and serving dinner on New Year’s Eve. Our kitchen will be open until 11:00 p.m. CBC is the perfect NYE ‘pre-game’ spot to fill your bellies with some beer-centric comfort food (read: alcohol absorbing) and get warmed up with a couple craft brews. Last call at bartender's discretion.

CBC will be serving Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 1st, 2012. ***Warning: Menu Rated R. Some Language May Be Unsuitable for Children. Some Dishes May Be Unsuitable for Healthy Lifestyles. Proceed at Your Own Risk…***

1 Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA
(617) 494-1994

ChurchKey - Birch & Barley Chef Kyle and his team have planned an unforgettable meal of five courses, nine hand-picked beers and plenty of unexpected turns through the evening. The full menu will be released soon, but reservations are now open just give us a call at 202.567.2576 to join us for the big night. If you d like to head to the party upstairs in ChurchKey after your meal, we are offering that exclusive option to dinner guests for a small price. Seating for dinner is at 8 p.m. and price is $120++ per person.

1337 14th St NW
Washington D.C.
(202) 567-2576

George Keeley's - Open bar 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. $60. Hot and cold appetizers and hors de ourves. Champagne toast, party favors, raffles, and prizes.

485 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY
(212) 873-0251

HB Burger - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Buffet Extravaganza. Stationary Hors d'Oeuvres. Carving Station and Hot Stations. Desserts. Champagne Toast and Party Favors. $95 per person, kids under 12 $75 per person.

127 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
(212) 575-5848
Heartland Brewery & Chophouse - $225 per person. Hors d'Oeuvres 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Buffet Dinner 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dessert 11 p.m. Open Bar 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. DJ, Midnight Champagne Toast, and Party Favors.

127 West 43rd Street
New York, NY
(646) 366-0235
Hop Devil Grill - No Cover Charge. Great sounds jamming. Balloon drop at midnight. Free Champagne Toast. Free party favors.

129 Saint Marks Place
New York, NY
(212) 533-4468

Jimmy's No. 43 - It’s a great deal on a great night! Buy a $45 ticket, get seated between 6-7 p.m., and partake of a three-course dinner accompanied by three craft beers (or glasses of wine). We won’t rush you out the door if you want to linger, and this will get you a great start on your New Year’s Eve outing!

43 East 7th Street
New York, NY
(212) 982-3006

La Laiterie - Join La Laiterie and Hill Farmstead Brewery of Vermont as we ring in the New Year. There is only ONE seating for this spectacular event. Reception begins at 7 p.m. with dinner beginning at 8 p.m. $125 per person.

186 Wayland Avenue
Providence, RI
(401) 274-7177

Resto - Celebrate New Year's Eve 2012 with a Whole Cow Large Format Feast. At 6 p.m., $85 per person (beverages a la carte) and at 9 p.m., $150 per person (wine, beer, and cocktails included). At midnight, 9 liter bottles of beer and champagned poured.

111 East 29th Street
New York, NY
(212) 685-5585

Standings Bar - from 8 p.m., Ring in 2012 with us as we knosh on a selection of complimentary meats and cheeses from East Village Cheese. We'll also have two barley wines on tap and free Champagne at midnight.

43 East 7th Street
New York, NY
(212) 420-0671

The Cannibal - A Butcher's Cocktail Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $125 per person includes beer, wine, and digestives. At midnight, 9 liter bottles of beer and champagne poured. Passed and stationary food items.

113 East 29th Street
New York, NY
(212) 686-5480

Willimantic Brewing - You are cordially invited to join us for New Year‘s Eve Dinner, being served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. We‘ll offer our full menu plus wonderful additions as well! Also, join us for our Party in the Pub beginning at 10 p.m.! We‘ll have DJs Jim & Jodi providing great tunes for dancing, a champagne toast at midnight, hats & party favors and a complimentary Hors D‘oeuvres buffet! Don‘t miss the best New Year‘s Eve celebration around!!

967 Main Street
Willimantic, CT
(860) 423-6777

Zum Schneider - We open at 1 p.m. on New Year's Eve for brunch, briefly close at 5 p.m., and re-open at 8pm for the festivities: Traditional Champagne bowl, Special menu, Midnight ball drop on big screen, Champagne toast, DJ Volka Racho w/ German and international party hits. No cover charge!

107 Ave C
New York, NY
(212) 598-1098

Other United States

21st Amendment - Open for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

563 2nd Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 369-0900

Arbor Brewing - Food specials -- all day and new beer release every hour -- 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (IPA, Double IPA, Triple IPA, and Quadruple IPA)

114 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 213-1393

Birreria Paradiso (both locations) - Open New Year's Eve 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and New Year’s Day, Regular Hours

3282 M Street Southeast
Washington, DC
(203) 337-1245

Bourbon and Branch - Ring in 2012 with a bang at Bourbon & Branch. This year we will abandon our House Rules and open our Roaring 20s Affair to the public. The party begins at 9:30 p.m. with no cover. Space will be limited so get here early. Fine beverages and memorable times await.

501 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 931-7292

Capital Ale House - New Year's Eve party with Pat McGee - 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. - The New Year’s Eve show on Saturday Dec 31st will be a barn burner! Two full sets with some of the best musicians I have ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. When the band isn’t melting faces, I’ll be spinning some booty shakin’ dance jams.

623 East Main Street
Richmond, VA
(804) 780-ALES (2537)

City Beer Store - Open New Year's Eve from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. and Closed New Year's Day.

1168 Folsom Street-Suite 101
San Francisco, CA
(415) 503-1033

d.b.a. (New Orleans) - 11 p.m. Dirty Dozen Brass Band, $30

618 Frenchman Street
New Orleans, LA
(504) 942-3731

Dunedin Brewery - New Year's Eve with Seven Nations - 9 p.m. $10 includes toast at midnight)

937 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL
(727) 736-0606

Father's Office (both locations) - Closed New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

1018 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 736-2224

3229 Helms Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 736-2224

Fort Street Brewing - ZPA at 8 p.m. Choc Honey at 10 p.m. and Barrelnormous at 11:45 p.m.

1660 Fort Street
Lincoln Park, MI
(313) 389-9620

Great Dane - We will be featuring DJ Dave Pineda hailing from Toronto, Canada. Champagne toast at midnight, partying starts at 10 p.m.

123 East Doty Street
Madison, WI
(608) 284-0000

Hop Leaf - Regular hours New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

5148 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL
(773) 334-9851

Jacoby's - Red Wings vs. Blues at 7 p.m. and New Year's Eve Resolution Ball 2012, presented by The Social Connection

624 Brush Street
Detroit, MI
(313) 962-7067

Meddlesome Moth - Specials served from the kitchen all evening and special cellar tappings of Deschutes Black Butte XXIII (9 p.m.), Green Flash/St. Feuillien Biere de l'Amitie (10 p.m.), and Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (11 p.m.).

1621 Oak Lawn
Dallas, TX
(214) 628-7900

Moylan's Brewery - New Years Day 2012...Lands on a Sunday Morning. Are You Ready For Some Fooball? (We are open regular hours that day)

15 Rowland Way
Novato, CA
(415) 898-4677

Russian River - 21 and up for a big band swing party starting at 9:30 p.m. Authentic Swing-Era Big Band Jazz. The Moonlighters dance band will be playing through the New Year. No cover. Come and get your Jitter Bug on.

725 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 545-2337

Sierra Nevada - New Year’s Eve in the Big Room, wonderful food, the world’s greatest beer, wine if so inclined, desserts, party favors, balloons, our hardwood dance floor, the rock & roll sounds of Steel Breeze, champagne at midnight and all this for $50.

1075 East 20th Street
Chico, CA
(530) 893-3520

Stone Brewing - 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. - Complimentary Beer & Drinks, Rare Stone Beers, Buffet & Dessert Menu, and Designated Drivers. Hosted by co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner. $175 per person. $99 per designated driver.

1999 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA
(760) 471-4999

The Corner Brewery - Roll in the Barrel this New Year's Eve at Corner Brewery. We're throwing a Beer Bash that you will not want to miss!! Featuring THIRD COAST KINGS with DIRTY DEVILE and we'll have a series of barrel-aged Rat Pads that we'll tap at 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 to mark the occasion & ring in the New Year. The festivities start at 8pm and go till 1am. No Cover.

720 Norris Street
Ypsilanti, MI
(734) 480-2739

Monk's Kettle - Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with the ultimate party showcasing artisan fare and craft beer. The night will feature a delectable menu of passed heavy appetizers and small plates, to be washed down with a variety of craft beers. Red, white and sparkling wine will also be available for those who prefer grape over grain. Cost for the evening is $165 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Festivities take place from 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. For tickets or more information, email Nat Cutler at

3141 16th Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 865-9523

The Old Toad - New Year's Eve menu seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $55 with beers $45 without pairings

277 Alexander Street
Rochester, New York
(585) 232-2626

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Beer Calendar: What To Do in January 2012

2012? Really? Anyone else feeling older? Well, let's get past that, celebrate the coming of the new and the passing of the old, and see what we have on tap in and around the Philadelphia region on the January 2012 beer calendar of events.

The calendar, as might be expected, looks a bit light by our standards around here. But, keep in mind that we're in a bit of a holiday hangover and I'll add to this calendar as new events are expected.

Party on my good people.

If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.

$20 and under, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here

First up, around the Greater Philly area, expect to see Tom Kehoe and company gallivanting around the region every night from 12/31 through 1/11. They're calling it 12 Days of Olde Bartholomew Barleywine and it should be quite the spectacle as you've come to expect from the Yards Crew.
>> Dawson Street Pub (12/31, 6pm); Devil's Den (1/1, 12pm); Memphis Taproom (1/2, 4pm); Watkins Drinkery (1/3, 5pm); Standard Tap (1/4, 6pm); Hulmeville Inn (1/5, 6pm); Good Dog Bar (1/6, 7pm); Philly Bar & Restaurant (1/7, 5pm); Varga Bar (1/8, 7pm); Kite & Key (1/9, 7pm); The Drafting Room (1/10, 7pm); Barcade (1/11, 6pm)

Sun. 1/1 - Third Anniversary Bash @Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $PAYG)
Sun. 1/1 - Sunday Football Brunch @Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa. (10:30am; $PAYG)
Sun. 1/1 - 20 Stouts on Tap @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $PAYG)
Mon. 1/2 - Sega Genesis NHL '94 Winter Classic Invitational (with Allagash) @Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG)
Wed. 1/4 - Monthly Beer School (Dogfish Head Ancient Ales series) @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $Free)
Thu. 1/5 - Winter Beer Night @Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/6 - First Friday: Beer, BBQ, & Art (Sweet Lucy's & Phila. Brewing Co.) @Drink Philly, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $Free)
Mon. 1/9 - Mad Monday with Dogfish Head @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/13 - Friday The Firkinteenth @The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/13 - Friday Night Tasting (Full Pint) @Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free)
Fri. 1/13 - Boulder Tap Takeover @The Bards, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 1/14 - Battle Royale (featuring New York breweries) @The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. (2:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 1/14 - Ice Capades @Nodding Head, Philadelphia, Pa. (3:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG)
Mon. 1/16 - Meet the Brewer Night (Allagash) @Tria, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/19 - Keep the Pint Night (Flying Fish) @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:30pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/19 - Sierra Nevada Ovila Series plus ExPortation @London Grill, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/20 - 120 on 1/20 @The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (10:00am; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/20 - Friday Night Tasting (Southern Tier with Joe Sixpack) @Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free)
Sat. 1/21 - The Trouble with Trippels @Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:00am; $PAYG)
Sat. 1/21 - Ommebrunch @The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (10:00am-2:00pm; $PAYG)
Mon. 1/23 - Quizzo (sponsored by and prizes from Victory) @The Wishing Well, Philadelphia, Pa. (8:00pm; $PAYG)
Tue. 1/24 - Duck-Rabbit Night @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Tue. 1/24 - 24 Tap Takeover Night (feat. California breweries 50/50, Ballast Point, Coronado, Iron Fist, and Mission) @Tapestry, Philadelphia, Pa. (8:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/27 - An Evening of Ommegang @The Belgian Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/27 - Awesome Night of Ballast Point Beers @Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/27 - Friday Night Tasting (Victory Breweing) @Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free)
Mon. 1/30 - A Beer Four All Seasons (collaboration with Dock Street) @The Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG)

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
throughout Jan. '11 - Beer Making, Cheese Making, and Wine Making classes (throughout the month) @Keystone Homebrew, Bethlehem & Montgomeryville, Pa. (See website for all the class details)
Sun. 1/1 - A Farewell to the Doctor @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. (12:00pm; $PAYG)
Sun. 1/8 - Cigar City Firkinganza @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (10:00am; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/12 - Fundraiser with Harpoon for Best Buddies @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/13 - Friday Night Tasting (Sierra Nevada) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)
Tue. 1/17 - Tasty Tuesday with Tired Hands @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 1/19 - Philadelphia Brewing Tap Takeover @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/20 - Friday Night Tasting (Samuel Adams) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)
Sat. 1/21 - Barrels, Bourbon, and Bugs @Iron Hill Brewery, Maple Shade, NJ (12:00pm-4:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/26 - Hair Of The Dogfish Head Tap Takeover @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/27 - Friday Night Tasting (Leffe) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free)

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sun. 1/1 - New Year's Day Brunch @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (11:00am-2:00pm; $PAYG)
Sun. 1/1 - New Year's Day Happy Hour @The Drafting Room, Exton, Pa. (4:30pm; $PAYG)
Wed. 1/4 - Evolution Night @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (4:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/5 - Charity Cask Night (January cask: TBD) @Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa. (5:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/5 - Holiday Hangover Party @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/6-Sat. 1/7 - Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale Release @Beaver Brewing, Beaver Falls, Pa. (6:00pm-8:00pm (Fri) and 11:00am-2:00pm (Sat); $PAYG)
Thu. 1/12 - Trout Unlimited Charity Dinner @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (6:30pm; $12/$18)
Fri. 1/13 - 113 Day @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (1:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/13 - Old Tom Barleywine Release @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (5:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/19 - Learn About Belgian Classics @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (6:30pm-8:30pm; $15)
Thu. 1/19 - A Very Funky Farewell @Craft Ale House, Limerick, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/20 - Robbie Burns Birthday Event @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (6:00pm-11:00pm; $PAYG)
Fri. 1/20 - Friday Night Tasting (Boxcar Brewing Co.) @Goshen Beverage Center, West Chester, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free)
Sat. 1/21 - Learn About Belgian Classics @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (3:00pm-5:00pm; $15)
Thu. 1/26 - Brewery Night featuring Corsendonk @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 1/28 - The Shelton Brothers Take Over TJ's @TJ's, Paoli, Pa. (12:00pm; $PAYG)
Sat. 1/28 - Belgium Comes to West Chester @Iron Hill Brewery, West Chester, Pa. (1:00pm; $PAYG)
Tue. 1/31 - West Chester Beer Ladies Meet-up @Flying Pig Saloon, Malvern, Pa. ($PAYG)

Events Over $20

Sat. 1/21 - Big Ass Beerfest @Club Polaris, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm-3:00pm, 4:00pm-7:00pm; $45/$55)
Sun. 1/29 - Beef and Beer @South Philadelphia Tap Room, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-8:00pm; $50)

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 1/12 - Weyerbacher Beer Dinner @Uno's, Bensalem, Pa. (6:30pm-9:00pm; $55)
Fri. 1/13 - Robert Burns Dinner @Burlington County College Culinary Arts Center, Mount Holly, NJ (7:00pm; $75)
Wed. 1/18 - Trappist Beer Dinner @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (7:00pm; $60)
Sat. 1/21 - Winter Beer Fest @High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ (12:00pm-2:00pm, 2:30pm-4:30pm; $30)
Thu. 1/19 - Cheese and Beer Pairing @Iron Hill Brewery, Media, Pa. (6:00pm & 8:00pm seatings; $35)
Tue. 1/24 - Farmer's & Brewer's Dinner at Paramour, Wayne, Pa. (6:30pm; $65)
Sat. 1/28 - North Wales Winter Warmer Tour pickups in either Limerick or Lansdale, Pa. (11:00am-6:00pm; $70)
Mon. 1/30 - Beer Dinner @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7:00pm; $75)

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 1/9 - Girls Just Wanna Have Suds: Beer + Chocolate Night @Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa. (6:00pm-9:00pm; $40)
Wed. 1/11 - Dogfish Head Beer Dinner @Pearly Baker's, Easton, Pa. (6:00pm; $55)
Thu. 1/12 - Fegley's Brew Works Beer Dinner @Holiday Inn Conference Center, Breinigsville, Pa. (6:00pm-9:00pm; $49)
Thu. 1/12 - Sly Fox Beer Dinner @The Farmhouse Restaurant, Emmaus, Pa. (6:00pm-10:00pm; $66)
Tue. 1/17 - The Beer and Cheese Experience @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $35)
Wed. 1/25 - Beer Dinner @Speckled Hen Cottage Pub & Ale House, Reading, Pa. (6:00pm; $40)
Wed. 1/25 - Monthly Beer Dinner @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. ($TBD)
Wed. 1/25 - Brewmaster's Merry Monks Beer Dinner @Iron Hill Brewery, Wilmington, Del. (7:00pm; $65)
Sat. 1/28 - Winterfest @The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co., Harrisburg, Pa. ($TBD)
Sun. 1/29 - Chili Cook-off @Occasions, New Hope, Pa. (1:00pm-4:00pm; $35/$45)
Tue. 1/31 - Terrior Des Tettnangs Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa. (6:00pm-9:00pm; $35)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011: Good friends we've had, good friends we've lost

As the year comes to a close, let's take a moment to reflect back upon some significant figures and friends in the beer industry that left us in 2011.

1/31/11--Don Younger, 69, Horse Brass Pub- complications from an accident
Plenty of coverage of this Portland, Oregon forefather of great beer including:
~ Jay Brooks

4/9/11--Pierre Celis, 86- natural causes
Plenty of words about the legendary pioneer who took his beer from Belgium to beyond. Just a few include:
~ Stan Hieronymous
~ Antwerpen News
~ Stephen Beaumont
~ Houston Press

7/3/11--Ray Deter, 53- complications from a bicycle accident
A tragic and quick turn of events left a hole in NYC and New Orleans.
~ New York Daily News
~ Bike Blog NYC

10/28/11--David Farnworth, 59- Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena- ALS
A trail blazing pub owner in southern California.
~ The Full Pint
~ Pasadena Independent

Monday, December 26, 2011

Weekly Brew Bits Update: 12/26/11

Lots of Christmas-y stuff going on this past week, so it's not difficult to imagine that you may have missed some of the following.

~ Dock Street proclaimed last Wednesday the beginning of "Occupy Dock Street". No plastic was accepted. Cash only. And for every Wednesday going forward.

They intend to pass along the saved merchant fees from the credit card companies to the customers, offering all food and drink discounted by 3%. Great concept, imo, albeit small. But, if more people and organizations made small statements like this, it might turn in to a bigger movement.

~ Bottling of beer for The Farmers' Cabinet on Walnut Street in Philadelphia may commence in the new year in Alexandria, Va. Yes, it's not easy keeping track of who's doing what (and where) with this throwback establishment, but it's certainly been an experience to follow along. Check out Greg Kitsock's notes over at The Washington Post for a bit more.

~ Marathon Grill, long a champion of well-sourced and well-made food, has closed a few of its 7-location family of reasonably-priced restaurants in Philadelphia [link to Foobooz]. In recent years, they embraced better beer, making for more delightful weekend brunches, and started a Brewerytown community produce garden to feed the neighborhood and to fresh-source their kitchen.

Not much inside scoop yet about the company's future. Here's hoping that at least a couple of spots remain open through 2012.

~ Guy Hagner, originally of One Guy/Berwick Brewing in Berwick, Pa., is taking his talents to Pittston and the forthcoming Susquehanna Brewing Co., which is slated for opening early in 2012.

See Jack Curtin's site for these recent details and Lew Bryson's for some additional thoughts (including Jaime Jurado's hiring) from last month. SBC's website is here ....and its Facebook page link over here. Should be an interesting story to follow.

~ Last, but certainly not last, some positive mainstream press for some local good guys. Media, Pa. was featured on this past week's Philly Foodies on NBC10 and, from a beer perspective, not too surprising to see two of the best rise to the top of the show.

Tim Volikas (the beer guy in charge of the two-year-old Pinocchio's Beer Garden) and David Anderson (Executive Chef at Iron Hill on State Street) were featured prominently in pieces on their respective establishments. Haven't yet been able to track down a link to the video, but when I do it will be here.

Media is a charming and diverse town always with something interesting going on and plenty of good eats and drinks.

It's been a hectic rush up to the holiday season. Did I miss anything else?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 22 - December 31

Let's go ahead and cover off the remainder of the month and year. If you were expecting the Philly Beer Calendar to go out quietly with a wimper because of the holidays, then you don't know the Philly Beer Scene (the scene, not the magazine) very well.

I've left New Year's Eve events off of here since I've got them all neat and tidy presented for your consumption over here.

Check out the entire December 2011 calendar over here.

If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.

@Love Park, Philadelphia, Pa.--- through Sat. 12/24 - Christmas Village ($PAYG for this unique atmosphere with thousands of lights, the big Holiday Tree, the delicious smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst, beer, and mulled wine that will bring you and your family into the perfect Christmas mood. More than 50 wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. They will also offer a great shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts.)

@Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa.--- throughout December '11 - 36 Days of Christmas Brews ($PAYG for a constantly changing tap list of holiday-themed beers)

More Santa and Holiday fun
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 12/25 - Christmas Night Tapping (7:00pm; $PAYG for an after-family-gathering of Tröegs Mad Elf from both '10 and '11)

@Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 12/22 - Christmas Caroling with Lew - A Book Singing Event (not a typo) (7:30pm-9:00pm; $PAYG visit from the big guy. We at the Grey Lodge must have been good, since the big guy will be dropping in on Thursday, December 22. No not Santa, the other big guy, beer writer Lew Bryson. Lew will lead us in some Christmas caroling...Loads of Christmas beers on tap...Do some last minute Christmas shopping! Lew will have several of his books to sell and sign. They make great gifts.)

@Pub on Passyunk East, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 12/22 - A Very Evil Christmas (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for a bunch of beers from Denmark's Evil Twin Brewing)

Special Tastings, Brewery Promos, and Samplings
@Craft Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 12/22 - Tröegs Yuletide (one on) Event (6:00pm; $PAYG Featuring on tap 2010 Mad Elf, 2011 Mad Elf, Scratch 52 T2 Ale, Dreamweaver Wheat, Hopback Amber Ale, Javahead Stout, Dead Reckoning Porter, Pale Ale, and Troegenator Doublebock)
@Craft Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 12/29 - 3rd Anniversary Party (6:00pm; $PAYG as we will be adding a few hard to get beers into our already tasty holiday line up. Beers that we will be pouring besides Pliny the Elder are ...)

@Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 12/22 - Wolaver's sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of organic Wolaver's beers)
@Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 12/23 - Philadelphia Brewing sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of Philly Brewing's fresh brews like Shackamaximum)

@Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 12/27 - Movie Night (9:00pm; $PAYG for a night of discounted pizzas and beer and Die Hard on the big screen)

@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa.--- Thu. 12/22 - Rogue Specials (6:00pm; $PAYG for an Oregonian lineup of Dead Guy Ale, I2PA, Good Chit Pils, Yellow Snow, Mogul Madness, and Old Crustacean ['09])

@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Fri. 12/23 - Vertical Fridays (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a vertical tasting of '10 and '11 Brasserie D'Chouffe's N'ice Chouffe)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Wed. 12/28 - Specialty Keg Tapping (11:30am; $PAYG to drink from a keg of Allagash's Thing 1)

@Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 12/29 - Christmas Break with Yards Brewing ($PAYG as The Kite got its hands on some special stufff and can’t wait to tap it! Tom Kehoe & the boys over at Yards know how to Celebrate Christmas week!)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Fri. 12/30 - Ship Bottom Brewery Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free for this nanobrewery's and two of its flagship beers)

Food and Beer events
@High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ--- Sat. 12/24 - Christmas Eve Dinner by the Fireplace ($35 for three-courses and $PAYG for beer)

@Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa.--- Sat. 12/24 - Christmas Eve Brunch (11:00am-2:00pm; $PAYG for special holiday brunch features)

@Jessop's Tavern, New Castle, Del.--- Mon. 12/26 - Belgian Beer Dinner (6:30pm-8:30pm; $30 for three courses of food and four Belgian beers including Palm Amber, Rodenbach Classic, Steenbrugge Abbey Tripel Ale, and Boon Cherry Kriek hosted by the tavern and Latis Imports)

@Lotus Farm-to-Table, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 12/22 - Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $65 for a four-course meal paired with Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux, Struise Tsjeeses, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, and Scaldis Prestige de Nuits)

Beer tasting events with that little extra something
@Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 12/28 - Black & Wit Night (6:00pm; $PAYG Bubbly Wit and Black Belgian 2xIPA debuts and Special B&W Pizza. Charlie Chaplin "shorts" on the big screen, plenty of B&W-themed music, and B&W vegan cake)

@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa.--- Thu. 12/29 - A Very Voodoo Xmas (6:00pm; $PAYG for Wynona's Big Brown, Gran Met, 4 Seasons IPA, White Magic, and a firkin of Big Black Voodoo Daddy)

@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 12/26 - Boxing Day Beer Festival (11:30am; $PAYG for some of the best holiday and seasonal ales from around the world, including: Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper, Struise Tsjeeses Reserva, Smisje Kerst '08, Scaldis Noel, Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux, Dogfish Head Black and Red, Sierra Nevada Celebration, De Ranke Noel, Blaugies La Moneuse, Great Lakes Christmas, Ridgeway Bad Elf (cask), and Ridgeway Reindeer Droppings (cask). In addition to celebrating great beer, we’ll be celebrating the traditional spirit of Boxing Day by collecting canned food and non-perishable food items for donation to Philabundance.)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Mon. 12/26 - Boxing Day Tap Takeover with Tröegs (all day and night; $PAYG for Flying Mouflan, Mad Elf 2010, Mad Elf 2011, Hopback Amber, Pale Ale, Troegenator, Java Head, Dreamweaver)
@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Wed. 12/28 - Ballast Point Tap Takeover (all day and night; $PAYG for Barrel-aged Black Marlin Porter, San Saison, Navigator Doppelbock, and Sextant Oatmeal Stout)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 12/23 - Stone Brewing Company (all day and night long; $PAYG to celebrate Christmas Eve-Eve with Double Bastard, Anniversary Ale, Vertical Epic, Imperial Russian Stout, and two casks along with the Smoked Porter.)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Wed. 12/28 - Hoppy Holiday Hump Day (11:30am; $PAYG for some hoppy delights like Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Ithaca Flower Power, Russian River Blind Pig, Ballast Point Sculpin, and Tongue Buckler...for starters)

@World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 12/26 - Winterfest '11 (5:00pm-9:00pm; $35 for a festival with over 30 breweries represented along with sodas, wines, and spirits)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Call me Elf one more time....Happy Holidays.

You may now resume your holiday imbibing with the elves in peace.

Actually, I'd wondered recently how many even knew of the legal storm when it began brewing earlier this year. I'd mentioned a couple times in the past week or so to various people in the biz who basically shrugged and said something like "huh, dunno...kind of forgot all about that. Weird, though."

Collaboration? Not Litigation? Seems like a dreamy past.

So here we are. The Fegley's crew continues their thing in the Lehigh Valley with a successfully growing empire of locations, complete with coffee and burritos to round out the brewing and restaurant operations. Tröegs has its shiny new operation in Hershey as the envy of many in the industry.

Mad Elf. Rude Elf. I'm happy with them both. And comparing isn't really fair given that they're quite different beers.

There above is a picture of them living side-by-side at Wegmans when they both first made their annual reappearance back in October. I'd wondered at the time if the retail beer staff at Wegmans stuck them side-by-side with any intended message.

Tröegs is a bit more expensive. Given the recipe, you might imagine that. 33% more? Hard to say.

Here they are at home with me. I like 'em both. But, they're different. Rude Elf is more cinnamon and more allspice, but yet a quite drinkable "Christmas beer", particularly at 10.5% ABV.

Mad Elf is more honey and muted sweet cherries. Also, quite drinkable and, yet, 11% ABV. I prefer the latter but would not think of turning away the Rude Elf. Like I said, no reason to since they are so different.

While I'd like to be hopeful that these kind of legal actions do not become the norm, similar proceedings between other breweries in recent years suggest that may be wishful thinking.

Neither of the breweries are saying anything. Anything. I tried. I tried my "nice cop" approach and got nothing from either. It must have been part of the settlement, whatever that may have been. The extent of what I got was, and I quote, "We have nothing to add." (Tröegs) and "We are very happy that it has been resolved and have no further comment on that matter. We are proud that Rude Elf's Reserve always seems to prove a winner such as its 2002 World Beer Championship win and 2009 GABF win. This years batch is destined for greatness as well." (Fegley's)

Here's the official press release copy from Fegley's.

Fegley's Brew Works is pleased to report the litigation with fellow Pennsylvania Brewer, Tröegs Brewing, has been resolved and Fegley's Brew Works will continue to sell Rude Elf's Reserve. When asked to comment on this matter Jeff Fegley responded, "We have no further comment. You may direct any questions to me via email only at" When asked if Tröegs would be attending the Allentown Brew Works Beer Festival this Saturday, December 3rd, Fegley responded, "Unfortunately no, they are tied up with their new brewery expansion."

When asked about this year's batch of Rude Elf's Reserve, Fegley noted that it is "better than ever. We added two new 30bbl fermentation tanks this year and are really happy with how the complexity of the flavor profile has come together. The 1999 recipe has only been tweaked slightly over the years as the equipment changed, and was a Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Festival in 2009." Like many craft breweries, in 2011 Fegley's Brew Works has seen a giant increase in business. "We are at full capacity projected to brew about 3,800 barrels of beer in the next 12 months at our Allentown facility alone. We are adding 3 more 30 barrel fermenters in the next few months." said Fegley.

There are only limited quantities of this year's Rude Elf's Reserve left so get them while they last! Or sample them at the annual Allentown Beer Festival this Saturday afternoon with almost 30 other breweries attending. Look for Fegley's Brew Works products at Shangy's Beer Authority, Whole Foods, Wegmans and Tanczos, or sample their fine brews at locations like PJ Whelihans (Allentown and Bethlehem), Dunderbaks (Whitehall), Porter's Pub (Easton), TGIFriday's (Quakertown), Wise Guys Beer Depot (Allentown) and a distributor near you.

Happy Holidays from the rudest elf in Town. The now Legendary ...Fegley's Brew Works Rude Elf's Reserve. Cheers!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Craft Beer themes in 2011. It's a wrap.

As part of my way of tying a bow on the year 2011 in craft beer, I've got the first of three parts up over at The Washington Times in the Communities section.

Who doesn't love a Top 10 list that can be discussed and debated...and dissed?

So go and check it out and weigh in with your own thoughts of what were some of the biggest buzz topics in 2011. After this one, I'll have a Top 10 brewers list followed finally by, gulp, a Top 10 beer list.

Weekly Brew Bits Update: 12/19/11

Going into the new year, I need to do something about both getting more organized in the spirit of getting more information to all of you. Honestly, I'm not sure exactly where the future of "blogging" is, but with the likes of Facebook and Twitter looming larger than ever, it stands to reason that it's more difficult than ever for me to "keep up" with the rapid flow of information regarding breweries, beers, and events.

So as I attempt to take a step in the right direction, I'm planning to put up a weekly update each Monday morning of things that I (and you, perhaps) may have missed, or at least not drawn attention to, in the prior week. There'll be information, but not enough to warrant their own postings. I'll rely upon links to others that have more significantly reported on these things.

Is it the easy way out? Perhaps. But, the number of times I talk with many of you in "real life" and you express no idea about things that I'm aware of but just haven't written about tells me that I'm not doing a good enough job sharing these interesting tidbits of information with you.

Without further ado or agita, here's a handful of interesting things from the past week that you may find interesting as well. The focus will be, first, on the Philadelphia region and, then, beyond.

If you have suggestions for how I can make this the most effective delivery possible, by all means, feel free to let me know. Here goes.

~ Tired Hands Brewing Company owner, Jean Broillet, announced the details of his "Believer's Club". Membership details at the THBC website.

~ Forest & Main continues to gain steam towards its grand opening. Between its website and its Facebook page, you'll find (and see) all you need to know about one of Ambler's most exciting business projects.

~ Philly Food and Beer announced the First Annual "Grand Cru" Homebrew Competition in conjunction with Keystone Homebrew. It will be held on 1/5/12; deadline for entering beers is 12/28/11; all the important details at Philly Food and Beer.

~ Victory Brewing from Downingtown continues its phenomenal growth. It infiltrates South Philly with a reported spot inside the coming Xfinity Live! (planned opening: Spring 2012) with a German Beer Hall. Crossing Broad has a picture and some details from the press release.

~ Wheels of change in Pennsylvania vary their pace as promising signs went, once again, a bit dimmer. Check over at Lew Bryson's blog to learn more.

~ Apparently McKenzie Brew House is opening the doors on its third location in Devon, Pa. today. It's located along the northbound side of route 202 and has been the site of several restaurants, most recently Charlie Brown's, over the years. The Brew Lounge learned of this late last night via Twitter (thank heaven for Twitter, I mean how would I learn of these things otherwise? boggles) and has no further details at this point. UPDATE: The McKenzie Brew House homepage has a small blurb drawing attention to the 12/19 opening.

~ Jeff Bagby, head of brewery operations at Pizza Port, has announced his intentions to leave the 4-location southern California brewery after 6 years and strike out on his own. Bagby came up through the ranks with stops at Oggi's, White Labs, and various positions within Pizza Port and has won scores of awards along the way. San Diego Beer Blog has some details.

That's it for now. Anything else significant that I may have missed?