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Monday, December 01, 2014

Beer Calendar: What To Do in December 2014

A bit late here with the monthly calendar but you'll probably understand if you too are coming off a busy holiday weekend. Big, super-huge list here as everyone is putting on a great show of beer to close out a busy 2014. Lots of great ways to pick up a gift for yourself or someone equally deserving. Get out there and enjoy great beer with great friends and family!

The year's going out with a bang and I think I've got a critical mass of most of what's happening in and around the city of brotherly brews. 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
Mon. 12/1 - 20th Anniversary Party @Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 12/1 - Fireplace Lighting @Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Cape May Brewing Launch Party @Tria Taproom in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/2 - Are Uinta a trip to Belgium? @Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/3 - Bells of the Season @London Grill in Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Boulder Brewing Happy Hour @Perch Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Winter Warmer Release Party @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - DuClaw Tap Takeover @Interstate Drafthouse in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Toys For Tots Collection @The Bards in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - St Nikolaus Day @The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Pints Against Humanity @Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Check Out What Sam's Got @Brü Craft & Wurst in Philadelphia, Pa. (1 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Friday Night Tasting (Santa Claus beers) @Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/5 - DuClaw Colossus @Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/7 - Allagash Brunch @Sancho Pistola's in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/7 - Brunch with Santa @City Tap House (University City) in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/7 - Pop-up Beer Garden @Cottman & Frankford in Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/7 - 11th Anniversary Celebration @Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/9 - Christmas Bash @National Mechanics in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/9 - Philly Beer Week Raffle @City Tap House (Logan) in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/10 - 4 Hands Brewing Brings Cans @Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/10 - Varga Girl Calendar Release Party @Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/11 - Meet The Brewers @Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $19.99)
Fri. 12/12 - Friday Night Tasting (Beers of the NFC East) @Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/12 - Christmas Extravaganza @Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/12 - Chouffemas @The Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Fri. 12/12 through Tue. 12/23 - Twelve Beers of Christmas @Perch Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/13 - Breakfast with Santa @Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/13 - Santa Visits The Bottle Shop @Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/13 - Have A Happy Hanukkah With He'Brew @The Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. (2 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/13 - Tröegs Tap Takeover @Field House in Philadelphia, Pa. (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/13 - The Stars are Aligned for Staropreman @Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Mon. 12/15 - Meet Evolution Brewery @Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/17 - Blizzard of Hops Firkin Night @Standard Tap in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/17 - High Gravity @Side Car Bar & Grille in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 12/18 - Theology On Tap @Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/18 - Mad Elf Night @Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/19 - Friday Night Tasting (Founders) @Bell Beverage in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/19 - Winston Churchill Beer Release @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/19 - Beer Sampling (Yards) @The Foodery (Rittenhouse) in Philadelphia, Pa. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free)
Sat. 12/20 - LLS Ugly Sweater Holiday Party @City Tap House (Logan) in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/20 - Have a Beer With Santa @Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/21 - Festivus @The Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, Pa. (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/21 - Ugly Christmas Sweater Karaoke @Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/23 - Hanukkah with He'brew @Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/25 - Christmas Day Brunch @Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/26 - Sour Wild Funk Brunch @Side Car Bar & Grille in Philadelphia, Pa. (9 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/26 - Boxing Day Beer Festival @Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve @Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve @Old Eagle Tavern in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/1 - New Year's Day @Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/1 - Sixth Anniversary Beer Bash @Local 44 in Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 1/1 - New Year's Day @Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. (12 p.m.-ish; $PAYG)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 12/2 - Tröegs with Mad Elf and Nick Johnson @Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Great Divide Night @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Holiday Ale Beer Release @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Om Nom Nom Beer Release @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/6 - Last Waltz Release Party @Round Guys Brewing Company in Lansdale, Pa. (2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/6 - Holiday Beer Release @Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery in Lafayette Hill, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/10 - Box of Hops Tap Takeover @Fingers Wings and Other Things in Conshohocken, Pa. (12 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/10 - Oskar Blues Christmas @Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/11 - Rudolph’s Revenge Beer Release @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/11 - Rudolph’s Revenge Release Party @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/11 - ShawneeCraft Beer Draft Event @Capone's in Norristown, Pa. (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/11 - Goose Island Night @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/13 - Winter Warmer Release Party @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/13 - Rudolph’s Revenge Release Party @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/17 - Cookie & Beer Pairing @Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery in Lafayette Hill, Pa. (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sun. 12/21 - Brunch with Santa @Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery in Lafayette Hill, Pa. (11 a.m.-2 p.m.; $PAYG)
Tue. 12/23 - Night Before Christmas @Forest & Main in Ambler, Pa. (5 p.m. and 10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/26 - Bell's Tap Takeover @Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Mon. 12/1 through Sat. 12/7 - 11th Anniversary Week @TJ's in Paoli, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 12/2 - St. James Brown Ale Beer Release @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, Pa. (11 a.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Charity Cask Night (December's beer: TBA) @Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Tröegs Tap Takeover @Ulysses Gastropub in Wilmington, Del. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Cape May Tap Takeover @Wingcraft in Atlantic City, NJ (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/4 - Cape May Brewing Launch Party @Isaac Newton's in Newtown, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Incubus Friday @Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Friday Night Tasting (Tröegs) @Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/5 - Ugly Sweater Party @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Beer Sampling (Flying Fish) @Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/5 - Milk and Cookies with Santa @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Steal the Cheer @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, Pa. (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Friday Night Beer Tasting (Holiday Brews) @Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Scrooge IPA Beer Release @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/5 - Shipyard Brewing Tap Takeover @Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/6 - The Week After Thanksgiving Strong Ale Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/6 - The Grinch Stole My Eagles Tickets @Glasstown Brewing Company in Millvale, NJ (12 p.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG)
Sat. 12/6 - Burning of the Phoenix @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/10 - Southern Tier Happy Hour @TJ's in Paoli, Pa. (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Wed. 12/10 - Charity Cask Night (December's beer: TBA) @Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/11 - SEPTA meets the Trolley @Trolley Tap House in Wilmington, Del. (3 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/11 - Port Brewing & Lost Abbey Happy Hour @TJ's in Paoli, Pa. (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/12 - 19th Anniversary Party @Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/12 - Friday Night Tasting (Lagunitas) @Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/12 - Beer Sampling (Yards) @Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/12 - Mad Elf Party @Pour House in Westmont, NJ (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/12 - River Horse Cask Festival @River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $15 + $PAYG)
Wed. 12/17 - Goose Island Bourbon County Night @Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. (6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/18 - A Hardywood Christmas @TJ's in Paoli, Pa. (4 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/18 - Beer Sampling (Yards) @Wegmans in Malvern, Pa. (4:30 p.m.; $Free)
Thu. 12/18 - Yuletide One On Night @Craft Ale House in Limerick, Pa. (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG)
Thu. 12/18 - Boston Tea Party @Isaac Newton's in Newtown, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/19 - Third Friday Firkin Fest @Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/19 - Friday Night Tasting (Stoudts) @Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/19 - Ugly Sweater Party @Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/19 - Newport Storm Launch Party and Tap Takeover @Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. ($PAYG)
Tue. 12/23 - Beer Tasting (Widmer) @Exton Beverage in Exton, Pa. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.; $Free)
Fri. 12/26 - Beer Geek Christmas at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. (5 p.m.; $PAYG)
Fri. 12/26 - AleSmith Brewery @TJ's in Paoli, Pa. ($PAYG)
Sat. 12/27 - Hoppy Holidays at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG)


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sat. 12/6 - Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival @23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia, Pa. (2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; $46.50-$61.50)
Tue. 12/9 - Tom's Annual Holiday Dinner @Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $125)
Tue. 12/9 - A Very Merry Goose Island Bourbon County Christmas Dinner @Strangelove's in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $60)
Wed. 12/10 - Belgian Beer Dinner @Han Dynasty in Philadelphia, Pa. (7 p.m.; $68)
Thu. 12/11 - Beer & Food Pairing @Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; $64.98)
Sat. 12/27 - Italian Beer School @Philly Beer School in Philadelphia, Pa. (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $56.98)
Sun. 12/28 - Winter Beer Festival @World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Pa. (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $40)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Dinner @Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $75)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Beer Bash @Strangelove's in Philadelphia, Pa. (8 p.m.; $125)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Silvester Party @Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.-1 a.m.; $125)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Dinner @Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa. (9 p.m.; $125)


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 12/2 - Pour It Forward @Pour in Lancaster, Pa. (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $20 + $PAYG)
Sat. 12/6 - Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival @Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. (12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $10-$45)
Sun. 12/7 - Brunch with Santa @Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $25 adults, $12 children)
Mon. 12/8 - Dogfish Head Beer Dinner @Inn Of The Hawke in Lambertville, NJ (7 p.m.; $50)
Wed. 12/10 - Beer Dinner @Rino's Restaurant & Pizzeria in Exton, Pa. (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $39.95)
Mon. 12/15 - Beer Dinner @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (6:30 p.m.; $TBD)
Thu. 12/18 - Holiday Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $65)
Fri. 12/19 - Holiday Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg, Pa. (6:30 p.m.; $75)
Sat. 12/20 - Parkesburg Brewery Tour @Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown/Parkesburg, Pa. (2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; $58)
Wed. 12/31 - NYE at 2SP @Two Stones Pub, Newark, Del. (5 p.m.; $39)
Wed. 12/31 - NYE at 2SP @Two Stones Pub, Wilmington, Del. (5 p.m.; $39)
Wed. 12/31 - NYE at 2SP @Two Stones Pub, Kennett Square, Pa. (5 p.m.; $39)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Party @Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. (8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; $90)
Wed. 12/31 - Craft Beer New Years @Geraghty's Pub in Burlington, NJ (9 p.m.-1 a.m.; $55)
Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Party at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. (10 p.m.; $75)




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