And it's that special gift-giving time of year again, so I'm inclined to remind you again of my book, Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. To buy, send a note to me for personal signing and delivery, ping Amazon.com, or drop by your local bookstore such as Barnes & Noble.
As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. 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.
Wed. 11/23; All Day — Dark Wednesday at Victory Brewing Company [This year not only can you snag the insanely popular Java Cask but also our brewpub exclusive Java Cask Rye. This year's Java Cask offerings feature two different One Village Coffee roasts. $PAYG]
Thu. 11/17; 5 p.m. — Goose Island Tap Takeover at The Drafting Room [A special tapping of some awesome beers from Goose Island, including 1516, Festivity, The Muddy, and IPA. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/18; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Exton Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Oskar Blues. $Free]
Thu. 11/17; 6:30 p.m. — Beer Dinner at Millworks Brewery [Welcome beer with hors d’oeuvres, four food courses paired with four different Millworks brews, explanation of the beers from our Master Brewer, explanation of food pairing from our Executive Chef, and free Millworks Brewery merch. $60]
Sat. 11/19; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Hibrewnation at Farm Show Complex [An uncompromising exploration of beer with a side of rare and hard to find. $20-$55]
Lake Harmony, Pa.
Sat. 11/19-Sun. 11/20; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Great Brews Classic Beer Festival at Split Rock Resort [This is the beer event of the season with over 100 domestic and international craft beer samples. Food and craft vendors, beer games, giveaways, live musical entertainment, games on a big screen, and of course beer. $10-$70]
Thu. 11/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Peak Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Peak Brewing. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/18; 5 p.m. — Voldemort's Wrath IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the limited release of Voldemort's Wrath IPA and come celebrate the premiere of the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/18; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ship Bottom Night at Pinocchio's [Blueberry Bikini Bottom Wheat Ale, Kettle Soured Saison, Porter, and Stupid Paddle Boat IPA $PAYG]
Sun. 11/20; All Day — One-Year Anniversary and Bottle Release at Sterling Pig Brewery [A special party and bottle release of Big Gunz, a “dangerously drinkable” double IPA brewed with Horizon, Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, and Citra hops. In addition, Sterling Pig’s reliably delicious menu of down-home barbecue and wood-fired pizzas. $PAYG]
Sat. 11/19; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Third Birthday Party at Mispillion River Brewing Company [We’ll have amazing food. Plus, music from Clifford Keith as well as Stone Jack Ballers. $PAYG]
Sat. 11/19; 12 p.m. — 24th Birthday Celebration at Keystone Homebrew [We'll have special offers all day in the homebrew store, and festivities in the winery from 3-7 p.m. $PAYG]
Thu. 11/17; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — PBW Raffle Live Drawing at City Tap House-Logan [Ever want to brew beer in Belgium with one of Europe's rock star brewers? Well you can if you win our raffle grand prize and you get to take your favorite local brewer with you. The two of you will work on a recipe with DeStruise Brouwers in Oostvleteren and brew our official collaboration beer. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/18; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Duck-Rabbit Tasting at Beer Love [Beers from Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/18; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Mad Elf, Happy You Night at Grey Lodge Pub [We saved 3 barrels from last year (as usual), plus one from the year before that. So we will be pouring three years of Mad Elf. And we'll have a case of ultra-rare Naked Elf corked bottles, while they last. So four elves. Jolly ol' St. Nick Johnson will have ultra fresh 2016 Mad Elf gear for sale. $PAYG]
Sat. 11/19; All Day — Seeing Double at Standard Tap [We're doubling down on DIPA's from our favorite breweries, both regional and national. $PAYG]
Sat. 11/19; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Freigeist Bierkultur Meet & Greet at Devil's Den [Meet and Greet Sebastian Saurer, Brewer/ owner of Freigeist Bierkultur in Germany. Sebastian is known for brewing historical German beers along with some amazing sours. $PAYG]
Tue. 11/22; All Day — Annual Dog Photo Contest Entries Due at Good Dog Bar [Photo can be anything from cute & silly to “dirty doggie" and can be mailed or dropped off at the restaurant. $PAYG]
Wed. 11/23; 4 p.m. — Five-Year Anniversary Party at American Sardine Bar [Details TBA. $PAYG]
Wed. 11/23; 4:30 p.m. — Goose Island Black Wednesday at Alla Spina [We will be featuring several of their core brands along side some super rare brews that you can't get anywhere else. $PAYG]
Wed. 11/23; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — St. Benjamin Tasting at Beer Love [Beers from St. Benjamin Brewing Company. $PAYG]
Wed. 11/23; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Thanksgiving Eve with Yards Brewing Company at Devil's Den [Join us for a special Holiday Happy Hour featuring Yards. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/18; All Day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [The stalwart Chester County Bitter will be pouring alongside a delicious firkin of our annually anticipated Oatmeal Stout. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/18; 5 p.m. — Voldemort's Wrath IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Voldemort’s Wrath IPA along with Dumbledore's Dubbel. Come celebrate the premiere of the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. $PAYG]
West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/18; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Free tasting samples of beers from New Belgium. $Free]
Fri. 11/18; 6 p.m. — 10th Annual Tröegs Mad Elf Event at Teresa's Next Door [Mad Elf graces our tap lines and reindeer stew is on your plate. A few scratch beers, some of the Tröegs classics and at least two beers you won't find anywhere else except here at Teresa's. $PAYG]
Sat. 11/19; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live [We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together in unexpected and delicious ways. $40]
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