February is always a short month, but 2016 gives us one extra leap day. The beer events calendar takes full advantage of this special scenario and does anything but come up short. Some states don't have this many beer events in a full month, let alone five days. Yeah, we're spoiled like that.
Plus, Lehigh Valley Beer Week wraps up, so don't forget to check in and see what's going on around the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area.
While I don't envision any book events for at least the next month, I'll continue to stick a quick plug here pointing you to: a) my publisher; b) Amazon.com; c) BarnesAndNoble.com. As always, I thank you for your continued support.
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Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.
Sat. 2/27; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Mardi Gras Brew Fest at Stoudts Brewing Company [We've booked Pete Gumbo & Zydeco-a-Go-Go to play some New Orleans-style jazz so you can jam all night and enjoy brews from as many as 14 breweries! Chef Josh is crafting a cajun buffet to complement the evening, as well. $35-$40]
Sat. 2/27; All day — Cham-Beers-Burg Homebrew Competition at Good Ta Go [We will be teaming up with Roy Pitz Brewing Co. for the first ever Cham-Beers-Burg Homebrew Competition and we need brewers. $PAYG]
Fri. 2/26; 5 p.m. — Fat Head's Hop JuJu Event at Flanigan's Boathouse [Fat Head's Hop JuJu is a highly anticipated 9% Imperial IPA that is released only one time a year in very limited quantities. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. — Girl Scout Beer & Cookie Event at 16 Mile Brewing Company [4- 2 oz. servings of beer paired with the cookie that best matches it and appetizers. $20]
Kennett Square, Pa.
Sat. 2/27; 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. — Kennett Winterfest at Downtown [a tasting mug, unlimited tastings from 50 craft beers and warm food. This is an all-weather outdoor event and includes a heated tent. Live music provided by the Shady Groove Trio. $20-$100]
Sat. 2/27; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Friend Fest at Beltzner Hall at Kutztown Fairgrounds [An annual benefit beer or wine festival featuring live music, delicious food, and various vendors, with all proceeds going to help fund the Optimist Club of Kutztown's children's programs in Local Communities, as well as a donation to assist Friend, Inc. end poverty in rural Northeastern Berks County. $10-$35]
Fri. 2/26; 6 p.m. — Bell's Tap Takeover at CJ's Doghouse [Bell's will be taking over our draft lines with some great beers. $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; All day — Deschutes Abyss Raffle at CJ's Doghouse [All week long we will be pouring Deschutes beers, February 29-March 4, and for every pint, crowler, or growler, you will earn yourself a raffle ticket to get a chance to buy Abyss Cognac or Rye. $PAYG]
Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Sat. 2/20-Sat. 2/27; All week — Lehigh Valley Beer Week at numerous establishments around the Lehigh Valley [See website for an up-to-date calendar and event details. $Varies]
Thu. 2/25; 6 p.m. — Hop JuJu at Railroad Street Bar & Grill [Fat Head's Hop JuJu Imperial IPA on tap. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 5 p.m. — Wooden Cask Night at Bulls Head Public House [This time we have it filled with an excellent Chocolate MaiBock from the wonderful Stoudts Brewing Company. $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 5:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House [A four-course, four-beer dinner featuring Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. $35]
Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 2/27; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer and Cookies Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [This year's Iron Brewer award winning beer and Tiaras on a Cupcake's homemade cookies. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Victory Event w/Java Cask at Pinocchio's [We're celebrating Victory's 20th Anniversary with some cool beers from Victory: Java Cask, Freigeist collaboration, Yakima, and more. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Barrels, Big Beers and a Polar Bear Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrating the release of the Polar Bear Golden Stout with 7 other big beers. Come enjoy brewery tours and the fire pit outside. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 7 p.m. — Firestone Brewing Event at Isaac Newton's [A night of beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Girl Scout Cookie Pairing Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [In celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, we’ll be teaming up with the scouts for a one-of-a-kind sampler featuring 6 Iron Hill beers and 6 Girl Scout cookies. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 11 a.m. — Fat Head's Draft Event at Capone's [Featuring Hop JuJu IPA. $PAYG]
Sun. 2/28; 12 p.m.-7 p.m. — Screw Winter Clambake: Beer, BBQ, & Bonfire at Free Will Brewing Company [1 entree, 2 sides, and 2 beers plus bum-style bonfires in the rear parking lot. $30-$35]
Thu. 2/25; 11:30 a.m. — Pliny The Younger and Other Hoppy Friends at Eulogy Belgian Tavern [First come-first serve basis, with $1 of each glass sold going to the School District of Philadelphia. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 4 p.m. — Maine Happy Hour at Brü Craft & Wurst [Favorites from Maine, Allagash, and Oxbow. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 5 p.m. — Fat Head's Hop JuJu Tapping at City Tap House-Logan [Super limited amount of this award winning goodness. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 7 p.m. — Weyerbacher Insanity & Riserva Vertical Tastings at Devil's Den [We will be pouring two vertical tastings: The first will be four beers, including the unoaked Blithering Idiot and the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Insanity. The second will be the Riserva Raspberry Sour Ale from 2012, 2014, and 2015. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 7 p.m. — Sweet & Salty at McCrossen's Tavern [Evolution and Tröegs bring you a night of sweet and salty goodness. $PAYG]
Thu. 2/25; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. — Bell's HopSlam Karaoke at City Tap House-University City [Here's your chance - especially you children of the 90s - to have a world class beer and show us what you got. $PAYG]
Fri. 2/26; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Bell Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Weyerbacher $Free]
Fri. 2/26; 5 p.m. — Dogfish Head Presents: Long Live Johnny Cash at City Tap House-University City [Johnny may be gone, but his music lives on - and we're happy to celebrate with superb selections from Dogfish Head Beer (including an exclusive 75 Minute IPA Cask) and live music from rockers Cask & Co. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Winter's Warmers 2016: A Homebrew and Chili Competition at Skybox Event Center [Ample chili tastings, pours from local breweries, and attendees are welcome to free homebrew samples. A portion of the proceeds will go to help PAWS take care Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. $30-$40]
Sat. 2/27; 12 p.m. — German Tarts at Brü Craft & Wurst [In accord with the fifth annual German Society of Pennsylvania Bierfest, we are tapping a slate of atypical German lagers and ales from Freigeist Bierkultur, one of The Fatherland's most creative brewers. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Bierfest at German Society of Pennsylvania [Come Celebrate Pennsylvania's German Brewing Heritage with the Brewers of PA, the German Society of PA and Philly Roller Derby. $20-$78]
Sat. 2/27; 12 p.m. — Peche Mortel Day at Monk's Café [They are sending down 6 iterations of this coffee infused Imperial Stout. One of them was aged in a bourbon barrel, but we have to wait to find out the other versions. $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 11:30 a.m. — HopSlam, Leap Beer at City Tap House-Logan [We only have one keg...so when it's gone, it's gone. $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 2 p.m. — Get Younger-It Ain't March Yet at Brü Craft & Wurst [For those partaking in the bacchanalia, and might happen our way, we're unleashing the hops with 15+ IPAs on draft with a list focused on our favorites- Pennsylvania and California. $PAYG]
Mon. 2/29; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections from Flying Fish Brewing Company. $Free]
Thu. 2/25; 4 p.m. — Fat Head's Brewery Hop JuJu Release at Bistro On Bridge [We threw a Fat Heads Release Party last month. Well, we are going for Round 2, but this time, featuring special guest, Gold Medal Imperial IPA 2013 and 2015 Great American Beer Fest winner, Hop JuJu. $PAYG]
Sat. 2/27; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Fare at The Fuge [A unique festival that brings together craft beer, small batch spirits, local wines, and some of the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area. $20-$50]
Thu. 2/25; All Day — Free Will Brewing Unleashes their Cool Stuff at Teresa's Next Door [We will be pouring a bunch of cool sours, big beers, and rarities from a local brewery that has really become one of the premier producers of sour ales in Pennsylvania. $PAYG]
West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 2/26; 11 a.m. — Toss Back the Taps Happy Hour at The Side Bar [We will be bringing some of our taps back to the roots of what got craft beer started for many of us next to what some of these beers have given birth to. $PAYG]
Sun. 2/28; 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. — Stretch and Sip at Levante Brewing Company [Join us at Levante Brewing for a yoga class taught in our brewhouse then enjoy the company and atmosphere while you sip on a flight of refreshing Levante brews and chow down on a light brunch. $25]
Sun. 2/28; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Coffee with a Kick Brunch at Side Bar [We will be serving some coffee beers that will be sure to wake you up and make you smile even more then your normal Sunday morning smile. $PAYG]
West Reading, Pa.
Sun. 2/28; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 2nd Anniversary Celebration at Barley Mow Craft Beer House [Come celebrate with us. $PAYG]