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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Beer Calendar: What To Do in December 2012

It's that most wonderful time of the year and your favorite breweries and bars have lots of special treats for those of you, whether or not you've been good. Go forth and spread the cheer of good beer.

For anyone attempting to plan an event that wants to stand out on the calendar, be aware that only 12/16, 12/24, 12/29, and 12/30 appear to be devoid of any special events. Have at it!

As always, 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

Philadelphia
Sat. 12/1-Wed. 12/12 - The 12 Cans Of Christmas @Percy Street BBQ, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/1-Mon. 12/31 - 31 Days Of Christmas @Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/1-Mon. 12/31 - Brewery Of The Month @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/1 - Light My Fire @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. (1 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/1 - Zwanze Day 2012 @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/1 - Happy Hour @Percy Street BBQ, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/1 - Sandy Relief Fundraiser @Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/2 - Savage Sixtel Sunday @Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/2 - Fly Eagles Fly, Fry Turkey Fry @Varga Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/2 - 9th Anniversary Party @Good Dog Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 12/3 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 12/4 - Ommegang and Cupcakes @Lucky's Last Chance, Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/5 - Beer School @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $Free)
Wed. 12/5 - Night Of The Krampus @Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/5 - Bridgid's 25th Anniversary @Bridgid's, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 12/5 - Flying Fish Tap Takeover @The Bards, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/5 - Tröegs Firkin Night @Standard Tap, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/5 - Repeal Day with Founders Brewing Company @Prohibition Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - Great Lakes Promo @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - Rogue Tap Attack @The Trestle Inn, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - Stone's Tap Takeover @Chestnut 7, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/7 - Beer Tasting (Sierra Nevada) @Trolley Car Diner, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/7 - Anchor OSA Flashback Night @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/7 - First Friday @Drink Philly HQ, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-9:30 p.m; $Free)
Fri. 12/7 - A Firkin of Weyerbacher @Prohibition Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/8 - Mad Elf Event @Field House, Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/8 - Christmas Treats Bonanza @The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/8 - Hop Rampage @Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/8 - A Very Heady Saturday @City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/9 - Weyerbacher Event @Varga Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Mon. 12/10 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 12/11 - Sat. 12/22 - The Twelve Beers of Christmas 2012 @Perch Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 12/12 - Beer School @Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $Free)
Wed. 12/12 - Flying Fish Sampling @Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/12 - Stillwater Night @Falls Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/12 - Tröegs U Buy The Glass @The Abbaye, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/13 - Weyerbacher Night @SoWe Bar and Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/14 - Rogue John John No More No More Night @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/14 - Christmas Extravaganza @Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/14 - Mad Elf/Mad Dreams @Revolution House, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $5 cover+$PAYG)
Sat. 12/15 - Winterfest Craft Show @Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 12/17 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 12/18 - Annual Holiday Roast @Prohibition Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/19 - Nino's Prickly Pear Release @Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/19 - Beer School @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/20 - Duck-Rabbit Brewing Night @Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/20 - C'est La Fin du Monde, et Nous Nous Sentons Bien @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/20 - Germany Comes from Cleveland @Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/20 - Flying Fish Promo @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/21 - Celebrate The End of the World with the Mayans and Left Hand @Varga Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/22 - Chocolate, Coffee, & Barrel-aged Things @The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/23 - Sing-a-long Christmas Karaoke with Smuttynose Brewing @Varga Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/23 - Festivus @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/25 - It's A Mad Elf Christmas @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/26 - Boxing Day Beer Festival @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 12/26 - Firkin Wednesday (Flying Fish) @Standard Tap, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 12/4 - Sly Fox Friday @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/5 - Stone Tap Takeover @Fingers, Wings, and Other Things, Conshohocken, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - First Thursday Beer Tasting @Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/6 - Leinenkugel's Tasting @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - Mad Elf Night @The Pour House, Westmont, NJ (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/7 - Rudolph's Revenge Release Party @Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/9 - Winter Warmer Release Party @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/11 - Mad Elf Party @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/13 - 12 Geese Of Christmas @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/13 - Southern Tier Tap Takeover @Isaac Newtons, Newtown, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/14 - Flying Fish Tasting @The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/14 - Christmas Vertical Pairing @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/15 - How the Sheltons Stole Christmas @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/15 - Beer Garden's 3rd Anniversary @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 12/19 - Great Lakes Tasting @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/20 - Twas The Night @Forest & Main, Ambler, Pa. (7 p.m. & 10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/20 - End Of The World Party @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/20 - Victory Tasting @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/21 - Christmas Vertical Pairing @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
every Thursday in December - Sly Fox Thirsty Thursday @Valley Forge Casino Resort, Valley Forge, Pa. (5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/1 - Saturday Sampling (Stoudt's) @Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 12/1 - Back In Black @Union Jack's On The Manatawny, Boyertown, Pa. (1 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/2 - Brewmaster's Brunch & Riverfront Dock Maple Porter Release Party @Iron Hill, Wilmington, Del. (11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/5 - Charity Cask Night (to benefit Grace Montessori School) @Fegley's Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - Victory's Cooks Showdown Final @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (6 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - Charity Cask Night (to benefit TBD) @Fegley's Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/6 - Thursday Sampling (Leinenkugel) @Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/6 - Goose Island Beer Tasting @Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, Pa. (6 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/7 - Milk and Cookies with Santa @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/7 - Incubus Friday @Sly Fox, Pottstown & Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/7 - Holiday Beer Tasting @Washington House, Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/7 - Friday Night Sampling (Sly Fox) @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa. (4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/7 - Friday Night Sampling (Sly Fox) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/7 - Friday Sampling (Evolution) @Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 12/8 - 9th Anniversary Party @TJs, Paoli, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/8 - Burning Of The Phoenix @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/8 - East Coast vs. West Coast @Iron Hill, Newark, Del. (1 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/13 - Ugly Sweater Release @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/14 - Friday Night Sampling (Victory) @Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/14 - 17th Anniversary Party @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/14 - Friday Night Sampling (Evolution and Goose Island) @Austin's Beverage, Collegeville, Pa. (4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/14 - Friday Night Sampling (Long Trail) @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa. (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 12/15 - Oatmeal Milk Stout Release Party @River Horse, Lambertville, NJ (7 p.m.-11 p.m.; $12+)
Sat. 12/15 - Saturday Afternoon Sampling (Lancaster) @Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 12/15 - Saturday Sampling (Lancaster) @Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/20 - Mad Elf Par-tay @Craft Ale House, Limerick, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/21 - End Of The World Dogfish Tap Takeover @Craft Ale House, Limerick, Pa. ($PAYG)
Fri. 12/21 - Friday Night Sampling (Stella Artois) @Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/21 - Friday Night Sampling (Unibroue) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/21 - Third Friday Firkin Fest (Chester County Bitter, Pughtown Porter, and Brewer's Select Pale Ale) @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/21 - Friday Night Sampling (Christmas beers) @Austin's Beverage, Collegeville, Pa. (4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 12/22 - Hoppy Holidays @Union Jack's On The Manatawny, Boyertown, Pa. (1 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/22 - Saturday Afternoon Sampling (Shock Top Midnight and Goose Island Christmas) @Austin's Beverage, Collegeville, Pa. (2 p.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/28 - Smuttynose Tap Takeover @The Drafting Room, Exton, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/28 - Friday Night Sampling (Rogue) @Austin's Beverage, Collegeville, Pa. (4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; $Free)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sat. 12/1 - Philadelphia Winter Beer Festival @The Blockley, Philadelphia, Pa. (3 p.m.-8 p.m.; $30/$35/$40/$45)
Fri. 12/7 - Beer and Cheese @The Philly Beer School, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $56.98)
Tue. 12/11 - 20th Annual Holiday Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $85)
Wed. 12/19 - Christmas Beer Dinner @Bainbridge Street Barrel House, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $50)
Thu. 12/20 - Cancer Is Ugly Sweater Christmas Party @Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; $40)
Sat. 12/22 - Stone Vertical Epic Series @City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-2 p.m.; $100)
Thu. 12/27 - Winter Beer Festival @World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $40)
Mon. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m.; $75 & $125, respectively)
Mon. 12/31 - New Year's Eve with Yards Brewery @Kennett, Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $65)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 12/5 - Winter Craft Beer Dinner @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.; $50)
Wed. 12/5 - Annual Christmas Dinner @Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, Pa. (7:00 p.m.; $55)
Wed. 12/12 - 12 Beers of Christmas Dinner @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. seatings; $70)
Wed. 12/12 - Victory Beer Dinner @Garrett Hill Ale House, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (6 p.m.; $40)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 12/1 - Craft Beer Festival @Fegley's Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. (1 p.m.-4 p.m. & 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $10/$30/$35)
Tue. 12/4 - Holiday At The Hill Brewmaster's Dinner @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (7 p.m.; $75)
Tue. 12/4 - Wild Game Night @Union Barrel Works, Reamstown, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $45)
Sat. 12/8 - Valley Forge Beer Festival @Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa. (12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; $10/$40/$60)
Wed. 12/12 - Cajun Beer Dinner @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (6:30 p.m.; $TBD)
Thu. 12/13 - Holiday Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (6 p.m.; $65)
Thu. 12/13 - Sixpoint Beer Dinner @Village Whiskey (Revel Resort & Casino), Atlantic City, NJ (7 p.m.; $50)
Fri. 12/14 - 17th Anniversary Brunch @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (10 a.m.; $45)
Sat. 12/15 - Craft Beer Bus to Philadelphia @Dock Street, Manayunk Brewing, & Appalachian Brewing (12 p.m.-6 p.m.; $70)
Tue. 12/18 - Victory Beer Dinner @Keswick Tavern, Glenside, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $50)
Sun. 12/23 - Sunday Christmas Brunch with Dogfish Head @Side Bar, West Chester, Pa. ($TBD)
Mon. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $75)


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