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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Beer Calendar: What To Do in December 2013

Another year-end and its holidays are upon us and it gives us a chance to look back and appreciate (give thanks, if you will) for the bounty of beer that we have access to here in and around Philadelphia. These days, there truly is a beer for every taste and a beer event to suit every pleasure and pocketbook. Here's a list of a mere hundred or more events occuring throughout December to keep the holiday cheer flowing. May we all have a safe, healthy, and joyous holiday season. See you in 2014.

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
throughout December 2013 - Brewery of the Month (He'brew) @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 12/2 - Happy Hour (Oskar Blues) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Mon. 12/2 - Firestone Walker Release Party with David Walker @Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 12/2 - Firestone Walker In The House @Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 12/3 - Aged Consecration & Worldwide Stout @Bierstube, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/3 - 12 0-3 Dogfish Head Beer event @Eulogy, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/3 - Beer School (December subject: TBA) @Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/3 - A Christmas Story with Great Lakes Brewing @Lucky's Last Chance, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/4 - Beer School (December subject: TBA) @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/5 - Repeal Day @The Cambridge, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/5 - Sam Adams Night @Varga Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Christmas Ale Spectacular @The Victoria Freehouse, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Anchor OSA Flashback @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/7 - Iceberg Beer Release @Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/7 - Coffee, Chocolate & Barrel Aged Event @The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/8 - Santa Visits the Bottle Shop @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/8 - 10th Anniversary Party @Good Dog Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $20)
Mon. 12/9 - Happy Hour (Yards) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Tue. 12/10 - Win A Trip To Belgium @Field House, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/11 - Beer School (December subject: TBA) @Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/11 - Allagash Tap Takeover - Ugly Sweater Edition @The Cambridge, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/13 - Friday The Firkinteenth @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/13 and Sat. 12/14 - Christmas Extravaganza @Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sun. 12/15 - Brunch with Santa @Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 12/16 - Happy Hour (Dominion) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Wed. 12/18 - Beer School (December subject: TBA) @Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/18 - Goose Island Tap Invasion & Migration @Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/18 - Yards Brewery Tap Takeover @Lemon Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/19 - Mad Elf Night @Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/22 - Festivus @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/25 - Christmas Morning Brunch @Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, Pa. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/26 - Boxing Day @The Victoria Freehouse, Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/26 - Boxing Day @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/27 - Finally Friday Beer Tasting (The Shed) @Trolley Car Diner, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $Free)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 12/3 - Tröegs and Mad Elf @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 12/4 - Allagash Tap Takeover @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/4 - Great Lakes Christmas Ale Tapping @Fingers Wings and Other Things, Conshohocken, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 12/5 - Firestone Walker Tap Takeover @The Pour House, Westmont, NJ (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/5 - Evolution Tap Takeover @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Friday Night Sampling (Flying Fish) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/6 - Weyerbacher Tasting @Wegmans, Cherry Hill, NJ (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/6 - Friday Night Sampling (Tröegs) @Ambler Beverage Exchange, Ambler, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/6 - Rudolph’s Revenge Release Party @Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/12 - Goose Island 12 Beers of Geesemas @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/12 through Tue. 12/24 - The Twelve Beers Of Christmas @The Pour House, Westmont, NJ ($PAYG)
Fri. 12/13 - Friday Night Sampling (Philadelphia Brewing) @Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Sun. 12/15 - The Great Stout Bout @The Pour House, Westmont, NJ ($PAYG)
Tue. 12/17 - Shelton Christmas IV: A New Poem @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 12/19 - Sam Adams Rebel IPA Tasting @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/22 - Night Before Christmas @Forest and Main, Ambler, Pa. ($PAYG)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 12/4 - Armstrong Ales Happy Hour @TJ's, Paoli, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/4 - Charity Cask Night (Allentown Residents for Clean Air) @Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/4 - Winter Warmer Release Party @Iron Hill, Wilmington, Del. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/5 - Dogfish Head Beer Tasting @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/5 - Charity Cask Night (Autism Speaks) @Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/5 - End Of The Year Party @Appetites On Main, Exton, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Incubus Friday @Sly Fox, Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - The American Craft Beer Cookbook Book Signing @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Craft Beer Tasting @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/6 - Ugly Sweater Party @Iron Hill, Newark, Del. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Steal the Cheer Beer Release @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Milk & Cookies with Santa @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Holiday Beer Tasting @Washington House, Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 - Allgash Tap Take-over @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/6 and Sat. 12/7 - Wild Game Weekend @Stewart's Brewing Company, Bear, Del. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/7 - 10th Anniversary Party @TJ's, Paoli, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/8 - 10th Anniversary Aftermath Brunch @TJ's, Paoli, Pa. (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/8 - Winter Warmer Release Party @Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/11 - Weyerbacher Tap Takeover and Radio Feature @Geraghty's, Burlington, NJ (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/11 - Old Dominion Brewery-Pinup Girl Beers @Ulysses Gastropub, Wilmington, Del. ($PAYG)
Thu. 12/12 - Craft Beer Tasting @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/13 and Sat. 12/14 - 18th Anniversary Weekend @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/14 - Children’s Holiday Luncheon with Santa @Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/14 - Craft Beer Tasting @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 12/14 - Bob’s Barrels @Iron Hill, Media, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/14 - Burning of the Phoenix @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (2 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/19 - Craft Beer Tasting @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/19 - Craft Beer Tasting @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/19 - Yuletide One On @Craft Ale House, Limerick, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/20 - Third Friday Firkin Fest @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/20 - Craft Beer Tasting @Total Wine, Claymont, Del. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/20 - Ugly Sweater Party @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/22 - Bah Humbug Sour Tap Takeover @John J. Jeffries, Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sun. 12/1 - Scrambled Eggs & Wobbly Legs: A Beer Lovers Brunch @World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $35)
Thu. 12/5 - Brew and Chew @Cavanaugh's Headhouse, Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-10 p.m.; $20-$25)
Fri. 12/6 - Wells Imperial Pairings Dinner @The Victoria Freehouse, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $30)
Sun. 12/8 - Bacon and Beer Festival @Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; $45-$60)
Tue. 12/10 - Elements of Beer @Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $65)
Tue. 12/10 - Holiday Beer Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $85)
Wed. 12/11 - Brew and Chew @Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $25)
Sat. 12/14 - LLS Ugly Sweater Holiday Party @City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $50)
Wed. 12/18 - Victory Beer Dinner @The Goat's Beard, Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $50)
Fri. 12/20 - Craft Beer & Food Pairing @The Beer School, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $56.99)
Fri. 12/27 - Winter Beer Festival @World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $40)
Tue. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Beer Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings; $TBD)
Tue. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Gala @Manayunk Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.-12 a.m.; $65-$85)
Tue. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Beer Bash @Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $125)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 12/9 - Beer School @Keg & Kitchen, Westmont, NJ (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $30)
Mon. 12/9 - Weyerbacher Beer Dinner @The Hyatt, Morristown, NJ ($45)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 12/5 - Beer and Breakfast for Dinner @Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, Pa. ($TBD)
Sat. 12/7 - Craft Beer Festival @Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $10-$45)
Sat. 12/7 - Valley Forge Beer Festival @Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa. (12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; $10-$60)
Sun. 12/8 - Brunch with Santa @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $25 ($12 for children))
Wed. 12/11 - Goose Islands Sour Sisters @Station Taproom, Downingtown, Pa. (3 p.m.; $35)
Thu. 12/12 - Holiday Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; $65)
Sat. 12/14 - Beer and Yoga @Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; $25)
Sat. 12/28 - Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting @World Café Live, Wilmington, Del. (3 p.m.; $40)
Tue. 12/31 - Hop Drop 2014 @Vault Brewing Company, Yardley, Pa. (9 p.m.-1 a.m.; $75-$85)





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