How are we doing out there? Holidays behind us and recovered? The beer events calendar is heating up here in and around Philly. So grab a beer and give the list below a once-over and then get out there to support your local beer and bar scene.
Check out the entire January 2012 calendar over here.
If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.
Special Tastings, Brewery Promos, and Samplings
@Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa.--- Fri. 1/13 - Friday Night Tasting (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free tastings of Sierra Nevada's Celebration, Torpedo, Stout, and the brand new Ruthless Rye IPA)
@Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 1/13 - Friday Night Tasting (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tastings of Full Pint beers)
@Capone's, Norristown, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - January Tap Event (11:30am; $PAYG a typical set of quality brews from Dieu du Ciel to Hill Farmstead to Russian River and many more)
@Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 1/13 - Old Tom Barleywine Release (5:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for the early release of the classic Old Tom Barleywine for Mug Club Members only until 8:00 p.m. Complimentary small bite for Mug Clubbers with purchase of a mug of Old Tom.)
@McKenzie Brew House, Devon, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - Trois Enfants Conifer Tapping (6:00pm; $PAYG for this new and extremely limited brew from the collaboration team of Ryan Michaels, John Defibaugh, and Jean Broillet)
@Nodding Head, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 1/14 - Ice Capades (3:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG for Gordon's and Fava's Ode to the Eisbock. We are putting our own spin on the deliciously sweet and seductive ice-beer. There will be surprise guest beers; and costumes are encouraged.)
@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - Fundraiser with Harpoon for Best Buddies (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG where 20% of all Harpoon draft sales all day will be donated to the Best Buddies Champion of the Year campaign. Our friend Chris "DJ Snugs" Wierzbowski will be here all evening to talk about the work that this organization does, give away some Harpoon shwag, and drink some wicked New England brews like Harpoon's IPA, Winter Warmer, UFO, and several more TBA.)
@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 1/13 - 113 Day (1:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG at 1:13 p.m., when anyone in the pub can purchase a pint of Rt. 113 IPA for $1.13 and then, at 5 p.m., a firkin of Rt. 113 IPA will be tapped on the bar and you can buy a 10oz pour until the keg kicks. 1/13 will also mark the debut of our just completed video celebrating Pottstown, the new home of Sly Fox Brewery.)
@The Bards, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 1/13 - Boulder Tap Takeover (6:00pm; $PAYG for a lineup of Colorado's fine Freshtracks, Mortimer, Oaked Saison, Killer Penguin, Mojo, Sweaty Betty, Hazed and Infused, and Planet Porter)
@The Belgian Café, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - Artisinal Imports Tap Takeover (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG as Alex Forbes from Artisinal Imports will be here for a meet and greet/tasting event. Featuring Sunner Kölsch, Tripel Karmeliet, La Trappe Dubbel, Urthel Quad, Meantime Pilsner, and St. Feuillien Speciale.)
@The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 1/14 - Battle Royale (featuring New York breweries) (2:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for a fun night with New York breweries like Southern Tier, Ommegang, Ithaca, Sixpoint, and He'Brew. Also, 22oz bomber bottle giveaways from one of the fine breweries to the first 5 people that show up and then the next 5 people get tickets to the march Craft Beer Express.)
@Tria, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 1/16 - Meet the Brewer Night (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a night with Rob Tod, Suzy Woods, and all their goodies like Thing 1, Thing 2, White and Black on tap, as well as tasting portions of Fluxus and Confluence from bottles)
Firkins for the firkinteenth
@The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 1/13 - Friday The Firkinteenth (12:00pm; $PAYG for the world famous gravity-pour cask ale event that happens very Friday the 13th. Up to 30 firkins! Tapped 7 at a time until they are all gone.)
Did you make a resolution to homebrew in 2012?
@Keystone Homebrew, Bethlehem & Montgomeryville, Pa.--- throughout Jan. '11 - Beer Making, Cheese Making, and Wine Making classes (See website for all the class details)
Beer and Food events
@Burlington County College Culinary Arts Center, Mount Holly, NJ--- Fri. 1/13 - Robert Burns Dinner (7:00pm; $75 gets you passed hors d’ouerves, a seated dinner, three beers or wines, ceremonial parade of colors, Highland Scottish Dancers, a toast to the Haggis, toasts to the Lassies & Lads, reading of the Tam O Shanter, and, of course, Auld Lang Syne
@Holiday Inn Conference Center, Breinigsville, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - Fegley's Brew Works Beer Dinner (6:00pm-9:00pm; $49 for a five-course meal paired with Always Sunny Pale Ale, Hop Explosion, Steelgarden Wit, Doppelbock, Rauchbock, and Insidious Imperial Stout)
@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Wed. 1/18 - Trappist Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $60 for a five-course meal paired with La Trappe Witte, Orval, Achel 8 Blonde, Westmalle, Rochefort 10, and Chimay Grand Reserve)
@Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Tue. 1/17 - The Beer and Cheese Experience (7:00pm-9:00pm; $35 for four courses of cheese paired with Iron Hill beers)
@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 1/17 - Tasty Tuesday with Tired Hands ($PAYG as Jean Broillet of Tired Hands will be on hand to tap his Grassroots collaboration beer "Do Saisons Dream of Electric Yeast?")
@The Farmhouse Restaurant, Emmaus, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - Sly Fox Beer Dinner (6:00pm-10:00pm; $66 for a delicious menu to complement five different outstanding Sly Fox beers that will be served along side each course, along with one specialty surprise brew and a Sly Fox gift to take home.)
@Uno's, Bensalem, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - Weyerbacher Beer Dinner (6:30pm-9:00pm; $55 for a five-course meal paired with Blithering Idiot, Big Ern’s IPA, Merry Monks, Fireside Ale, and Heresy '10)
@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.--- Thu. 1/12 - Trout Unlimited Charity Dinner (6:30pm; $12/$18 to support the conservation of Chester County streams by joining the Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited for a buffet dinner at Victory Brewpub)