And just like that, we're right in the midst of it. Thanksgiving is past and the calendar reads December. And everyone wants to celebrate with a great beer in hand. Here are more than forty ways in which you can do just that over the next seven days.
Also, please keep my book events in mind where I'm talking beer, selling/signing books, and in some cases tasting beer with anyone who shows up. The events thus far have been successful and I'm looking forward to keeping it going.
Here's a link to the full list of future and past events where you can catch me selling Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. Plenty of opportunities to find me in PA, NJ, DE, and MD before Christmas. Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be in Dover, Del. and the northern NJ beach region.
As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. As always, they host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.
Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.
Sat. 12/5; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Craft Beer Festival at Allentown Brew Works ($10-$50 for more than 50 craft beer samples provided by dozens of your favorite brewers and vendors.)
Thu. 12/3; 6 p.m. - Pelon Weizenbock Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of this amber full-bodied ale. A collaboration brew of the grandfather of Weizen beers with our friends Rich from Varga Bar and Dave from Jose Pistola's.)
Fri. 12/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Neshaminy Creek Tasting at The Beer Shoppe ($PAYG for a lineup of beers and samplings from Neshaminy Creek.)
Thu. 12/3; 5 p.m. - Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works ($PAYG as the entire procees from a Fegley's firkin will be donated to the Bethlehem Mounted Police.)
Sun. 12/6; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. - Shave 'em Down at Broken Goblet Brewing ($PAYG for our No Shave November fundraiser.)
Cherry Hill, NJ
Fri. 12/4; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. - First Firkin Friday at Forgotten Boardwalk ($PAYG for the firkin of Ginger Snap Cookie.)
Sun. 12/6; 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. seatings - Brunch with Santa at Victory Brewing Company ($12-$28 as we host Santa for a special brunch. Kids 12 & under includes a photo with Santa and children under 5 are free.)
Wed. 12/9; 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. - 12 Beers of Christmas Beer Dinner at Iron Abbey ($70 for the best of 12 Christmas beers paired with six courses of food.)
Thu. 12/4 - Bourbon County Stout Takeover at CJ's Doghouse ($PAYG for flights of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout (2013, 2014, and 2015). We will also have Lolita and Experimental Ale until they run out.)
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Fri. 12/4; 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. - Gingerbread Jesus Release & Holiday Party at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery ($PAYG for the release of our esteemed holiday seasonal beer, Gingerbread Jesus — brewed in collaboration with Father Kirk of St Timothy's Episcopal Church.)
Sun. 12/6; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. - Brunch with Santa at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery ($PAYG for a special Brunch as Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here to hear everyone's Christmas wish list. Treats and fun for the kids, beers and mimosas for the parents.)
Wed. 12/9; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Drink and Be Merry at Pour ($40 for an upscale casual wine and beer tasting with 24 wines and 12 beers.)
Tue. 12/8; 5 p.m. - He'Brew Jewbelation Aged Vertical Event at Craft Ale House ($PAYG to celebrate the jewbelation of seasons past with several aged versions of He'Brew Jewbelation.)
Mon. 12/7; 5 p.m. - Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House ($35 for four courses of food paired with four beers from Free Will Brewing Company.)
Maple Shade, NJ
Fri. 12/4; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Om Nom Nom Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for an oatmeal cookie in a glass — Brewed with oats, cinnamon, whole vanilla beans, and five pounds per barrel of pureed raisins.)
Thu. 12/3; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Dominion Night at Pinocchio's ($PAYG for a night of beers from Fordham & Dominion.)
Fri. 12/4; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Winter Warmer Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release two seasonal holiday favorites — Winter Warmer, a medium-bodied dark ale and Scrooge IPA, an American-style IPA.)
Thu. 12/3; 4:30 p.m. - Vintage & Vinyl at Dogfish Head ($PAYG for some groovy vinyl during one fantastically awesome Happy Hour at our Milton brewery. Pouring '05 World Wide Stout, '07/'11/'12 Olde School Barleywine, '09/'10/'11 Burton Baton, and '11 Sah'tea.)
Fri. 12/4; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Winter Warmer Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of our most popular spiced beer. Christmas Season is in full flight, time to break out your best (worst) Ugly Sweater and drink a little holiday ale...while supporting the Food Bank of Delaware.)
Sat. 12/5; 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. - Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival at Greater Philly Expo Center ($10-$60 for over 150 beers and ciders for sampling.)
Fri. 12/4 & Sat. 12/5 - 12th Anniversary Weekend at TJ's ($PAYG for a extra-special lineup of beers throughout the weekend.)
Thu. 12/3; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. - An Early Christmas Present From New Belgium Brewing at Kite & Key ($PAYG to sample some new releases to the Philly market.)
Thu. 12/3; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Thomas Creek is Up Our Street at Grey Lodge Pub ($PAYG as Casey from Thomas Creek Brewing will be in town, so we're going to show him some Northeast Philly hospitality and do an event with him.)
Thu. 12/3; 6 p.m. - Ballast Point Night at Varga Bar ($PAYG for Barmy, Pumpkin Down, Even Keel, and Grapefruit Sculpin on draft. Grunion and Wahoo Wheat in cans and Habanero Sculpin in bottles.)
Fri. 12/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - First Friday at Bottle Bar East ($PAYG for a guided sampling through Brooklyn's Blast!, Sorachi Ace, Double Choc Stout, Defender, Lord Sorachi, and Hammerby Syndrome, plus live jazz.)
Fri. 12/4; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - Rowhouse Spirits Big Lebowski Night at Grey Lodge Pub ($PAYG as we are teaming up with Philly's own Rowhouse Spirits for a Big Lebowski Party.)
Sat. 12/5; 12 p.m. - Celebrate Repeal Day at Coeur ($PAYG to celebrate the anniversary of repeal day with a special keg and $1 pints until it's gone.)
Sat. 12/5; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. - Ugly Sweater Party at City Tap House-University City ($40 for open bar and hors d'oeuvres and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Matthew Mullin Memorial Foundation and the Kyle Ambrogi Foundation.)
Sun. 12/6; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Brunch With Santa at City Tap House-University City ($PAYG for a City Tap Brunch with a special kid-friendly menu. Children under 10 eat complimentary and pictures with Santa are included.)
Sun. 12/6; 2 p.m. - Eagles Tailgate with Harpoon and Allagash at Varga ($PAYG for food specials and $4 drafts.)
Sun. 12/6; 7 p.m. - 12th Anniversary Celebration at Good Dog Bar ($PAYG for passed appetizers, raffle prizes, souvenir photobooth, dog photo contest winners announced, and a charitable fundraiser for The Monster Milers.)
Mon. 12/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 ($Free tasting samples of beers from Great Lakes.)
Tue. 12/8; 8 p.m. - Tuesday Tapping at Lucky's Last Chance ($PAYG for a night of beers from Evolution Brewing Company.)
Tue. 12/8; 7 p.m. - Annual Holiday Dinner at Monk's Cafe ($125 for a seven-course meal paired with eight world-class beers.)
Wed. 12/9; 5 p.m. - Belgian Beer & Frites at South Philadelphia Tap Room ($PAYG for a whole evening to this awesome duo.)
Wed. 12/9; 7:09 p.m. - Vintage Anchor Christmas at The Belgian Cafe ($PAYG for an event to celebrate the annual holiday beer from Anchor Brewing Company.)
Fri. 12/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. - Cookie Monster Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG to enjoy the Phoenixville Christmas Parade with the release of our Cookie Monster Dark Ale.)
Sat. 12/5; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Burning of the Phoenix Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of Winter Warmer, our medium-bodied dark ale finished with classic winter spices. We will also be featuring â€œfireâ€ inspired fare in celebration of the Firebird Festival.)
Phoenixville & Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 12/4; 11:30 a.m. - Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG for the Belgian-style Tripel.)
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Wed. 12/9; 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. - Dogfish Head Spirits Dinner at Pickled Pig Pub ($TBA for a five-course meal paired with Dogfish Head's brand new line of craft spirits.)
Fri. 12/4; 5 p.m. - Friday Night Beer Tasting at Washington House ($PAYG for flights of seasonal, hearty brews.)
Thu. 12/3 - Tröegs Annual Mad Elf Christmas Party at Teresa's Next Door ($PAYG for one of our favorite annual events marking the start of the holiday season.)
West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 12/4; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Steal The Cheer Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of Scrooge IPA and Rudolph's Revenge.)
Thu. 12/3; 5 p.m. - Dogfish Head 20th Anniversary Party at The Pour House ($PAYG for Dogfish Head's Higher Math — 20th Anniversary Celebration Beer, Pennsylvania Tuxedo, Fort, Vintage Raison D'Extra, Piercing Pils, Namaste to be infused through the Randall, 60 Minute IPA, and 90 Minute IPA.)
Sat. 12/5; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Brunch with Santa at Keg & Kitchen ($17 for a special pre-fixe menu with seasonal drinks for all, festive cocktails, and Santa arrives at 11:30 a.m., ready for wish lists and pictures.)