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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: March 20 - March 26

Fat Tuesday and St. Patrick's Day are both behind us and Spring Breaks are lingering. But, we don't need special holidays or excuses to drink great beer. With that, here's how you can go about doing just that during the next seven days.

Check out the entire March 2014 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.


Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Friday Night Tasting (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Widmer.)

@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Beer Release (5 p.m.-11 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of the new Allagash Saison, plus on tap with suggested pairings, and in four-packs to take home.)
@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - Game Of Thrones Pre-release Party (5 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG for a special night of staff in Game of Thrones-inspired costumes, live music, games, prizes, fire spinner, and of course, the new Fire and Blood Red Ale available on draft.)

@Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Breakfast Stout Beer Release (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of this full-bodied Imperial Chocolate Oatmeal Stout with flavors of roast coffee and chocolate.)
@Iron Hill, Newark, Del.--- Thu. 3/20 - Spring Saison Beer Release (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG to celebrate the start of spring with the release of Saison and a featured cheese plate pairing.)

@Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)
@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)
@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)
@Strangelove's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Allagash Saison Release Party (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the first tapping of the new Allagash Saison and come taste what moldy magic our favorite beer-washing Cheese Monger was able to make happen with it. Also, special Allagash drafts including Dubbel, Interlude, and Midnight Brett will be on all day.)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Third Friday Firkin Fest (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for a choice of two specially selected beers on the handpump in addition to the year-round Chester County Bitter.)

@The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, Pa.--- Fri. 3/21 - Evolution Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Evolution.)


Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Bainbridge Street Barrel House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - DuClaw Night (7 p.m.; $PAYG for 13 DuClaw beers on tap plus a firkin of Sweet Baby Jesus with snickers.)

@Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - Wells and Young's Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG as James Chapnick will be here from the UK pouring Wells Banana Bread Beer, Wells Bombardier ESB, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, and their newest release, Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale.)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Tap Takeover with Great Lakes (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for a night with beers from Great Lakes in Cleveland, OH. including Commodore Perry IPA, Burning River Pale Ale, Belgian Tripel Dog Dare, Chillwave Double IPA, and Dortmunder Gold.)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Dominion Tasting (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for Dominion's Oak Barrel Stout, Cherry Blossom Lager, Hop Mountain, and a firkin of Double D DIPA.)

@TJ's, Paoli, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Ithaca Happy Hour (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for Ithaca's Laissez-Faire, Hopbloem, Obscurite, Fleur de Belgique, White Gold, Apricot Wheat, Flower Power, Ground Break, and Green Trail IPA.)

@Tavern On The Lake, Hightstown, NJ--- Tue. 3/25 - Victory Brewing In The House (6 p.m.; $PAYG for Victory's Swing Saison, DirtWolf DIPA, Storm King Stout, Headwaters Pale Ale, Prima Pils, and Golden Monkey along with a special menu for the night utilizing Victory beer and pairing them with other exceptional food items.)


Food and Beer events
@Federal Taphouse, Lancaster, Pa.--- Sat. 3/22 - Craft Beer and Bacon Bash (2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; $25 for eight different craft beers paired with eight different bacon dishes. All proceeds benefit The Central PA Foodbank.)

@Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa.--- Sun. 3/23 - Bacon Beer Brunch (12 p.m.; $40 for four courses of bacon-themed goodness paired with Rosemary Hefeweizen, Valentinus IPA, Citra IPA, and Russian Imperial Stout.)

@Reading Terminal Market (Rick Nichols Room), Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 3/23 - Farm School: Raising Pastured Pork and Creating Charcuterie with Stryker Farm and Rooster St. Provisions (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $50 to learn what sets pastured, heritage breed pork apart with a lecture, Q&A session, and tasting with farmer Nolan Thevenet of Stryker Farm. Then get the scoop on charcuterie and learn how to make your own at home with a demo and tasting from chef/butcher Tony Page of Elizabethtown, Pa.'s Rooster St. Provisions. Attendees can also enjoy local snacks from the Fair Food Farmstand and complimentary beverages from Philadelphia Brewing Co. and Commonwealth Cider.)

@Standard Tap, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 3/26 - A Hop Eclipse Now (6:30 p.m.; $TBA for pairings still to come.)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 3/25 - Teresa's Travels ($PAYG for unusual English drafts and traditional casks.)

@World Café Live, Wilmington, Del.--- Wed. 3/26 - Bourbon and Burgers (and other fine spirits) (6 p.m.; $45 for four burger courses each paired with a delicious bourbon.)


Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Hawthornes (across the street), Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 3/23 - Hawthornes Family Fundraiser (1 p.m.-6 p.m.; $20 for unlimited beer cup, raffles, bake sale, and live music to help support a speedy and beautiful rebuild of Hawthornes in the wake of the recent building fire.)

@Rino's, Exton, Pa.--- Thu. 3/20 - Otter Creek Beer School 101 (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $29.95 to learn about Otter Creek beers and paired with food from Rino's kitchen.)

@River Horse Brewing Company, Ewing, NJ--- Sun. 3/23 - Ewing Disaster Relief Event (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $20 + $PAYG to help out those affected by the recent explosion in Ewing. Food donations of equivalent or greater value can get you an extra drink ticket at the door.)



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