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.
Cherry Hill, NJ
Sat. 12/10; 12 p.m.-9 p.m. — Funky Beer & Holiday Bazaar at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company [Local vendors and funky/sour/rare beers. $PAYG]
Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Fri. 12/9; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Four of our favorite holiday brews on tap together for a limited time. $PAYG]
Kennett Square, Pa.
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Kennett Brewing Company [Santa will be here taking pictures with the kids and hearing what they want most for Christmas. $PAYG]
Tue. 12/13; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company [A five-course meal paired with BB#4 Oatmeal Porter, KSQ Smash Lager, KSQ New Zealand IPA, Moonglow Weizenbock, and Java Cask Rye. $65]
Thu. 12/8; 7 p.m. — Tröegs Beer Dinner at Federal Taphouse [A four-course dinner paired with Tröegs' 2015 Vintage Mad Elf, Scratch #257 Dry-Hopped Sour, DreamWeaver Wheat, and Blizzard of Hops IPA. $40]
Sat. 12/10; 12 p.m. — Scrooge IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of this American-style IPA with full malt flavor. Dry hopped with one pound of hops per barrel. $PAYG]
Sat. 12/10; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Weyerbacher Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [Enjoy a four-course meal paired perfectly with brewmaster picks from Weyerbacher. $30]
Thu. 12/8; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Allagash Brewing Tap Takeover at Isaac Newton's [A night of beers from Allagash. $PAYG]
Thu. 12/8; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Tröegs Draft Event at Capone's [We will have eight vertical years of Mad Elf on Draft — 2009 thru 2016. $PAYG]
Thu. 12/8; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Take a Shine to Shiner at Hop Angel Brauhaus [Shiner's Oktoberfest, Wicked Ram IPA, and White Wing Belgian White. Keep the glass. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; 4 p.m.-11 p.m. — Brooklyn Brewery Tap & Menu Takeover at Pizzeria Vetri-Rittenhouse [A collaboration with four special beers on tap and four special pizzas. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Christmas Extravaganza at Kite & Key [Santa is back and ready to get his final bender going before he takes to the sleigh. This event is NOT for the kids. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; 6 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Unibroue A Tout le Monde at Grey Lodge Pub [Megadeth teamed up with Unibroue to make À Tout Le Monde, a Belgian style Saison Ale. $PAYG]
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Breakfast with Santa at Hop Angel Brauhaus [This is an opportunity for the whole family to have breakfast with the big guy. Chef Christine will have a special brunch menu, including a kinder brunch menu for the kids. $PAYG]
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Flavors Of The Season at Fairmount Park [Join us as the historic houses feature Walter Staib from City Tavern who will be on hand to engage visitors’ culinary curiosities along with samples of holiday delights from local food superstars Shane Confectionery, John & Kira's Chocolates, Yards Brewing Co., and more. $8-$100]
Mon. 12/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections of beers from Yards. $Free]
Tue. 12/13; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping–Goose Island Sours at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of special sour beers from Goose Island. $PAYG]
Wed. 12/14; 3 p.m. — Evil Genius Beer Night at Barcade [Join us as we welcome our friends from the neighborhood. $PAYG]
Wed. 12/14; 4 p.m. — Toolbox Brewing Company Visits at South Philadelphia Tap Room [Their bright and expressive sours had us captivated all year and we can't wait to delve further into their barrel aging program. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; All Day — Anniversary Party at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Details to come. $PAYG]
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m. — Jolly Beer Mile at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company [Registration fee includes bib, timed course, long sleeve event shirt, and four cans of beer during run. All runners should wear Christmas flair. $40]
Fri. 12/9; 5 p.m. — Kevin Brooks Brings some Shelton Brothers Treats at Teresa's Next Door [A few Shelton Christmas beers, a few of our year round favorites, and a jolly, long haired, bearded gentleman to tell you all about them. $PAYG]
Mon. 12/12 through Fri. 12/23; All day — 12 Beers of Christmas at The Pour House [A new keg of Christmas beer will be flowing every day. $PAYG]
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