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Monday, November 28, 2016

Beer Event Calendar: What To Do in December 2016

They say time flies. I'd only be repeating the obvious if I talked about how unreal it is that we find ourselves contemplating the end of yet another year. It must be the beer and the events that speed us along through the year. What a year it was here in Philly, hosting both the Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup in addition to the ninth Philly Beer Week. Plenty of other special stuff in between as well.

Here, for your pleasure, is the final monthly beer events calendar of 2016 for Philadelphia and the greater region.

And for navigating the great region of PA, NJ, MD, and DE?.......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 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
Thu. 12/1; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Half Acre Happy Hour at Brü Craft & Wurst in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 7 p.m. — Fireplace Lighting Party at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — SingleCut Beersmiths Night at Varga Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 6 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: New Belgium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Repeal Day Ball at Victory Beer Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. [$11+$PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 7 p.m. — 13th Anniversary Party at Good Dog Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/5; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Sinterklaas Day at Eulogy in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/6; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping–Tröegs at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m. — Christmas PJ Party with Evil Genius Brewing at Devil's Den in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/8; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Take a Shine to Shiner at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Christmas Extravaganza at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; 6 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Unibroue A Tout le Monde at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Breakfast with Santa at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/12; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 12/13; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping–Goose Island Sours at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/14; 3 p.m. — Evil Genius Beer Night at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/15; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Mad Elf Night at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/15; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Star War Rogue One Movie Release Party with Rogue Brewing at The Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 6 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Smuttynose Smistletoe at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Penn St. Nikolaus Reserve - 2 Year Vertical at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/17; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Caturday at Philadelphia Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/17; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — A Very Jerry Christmas Christmas Party at City Tap House-Logan in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/18; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at City Tap House-University City in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/18; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Festivus! at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop in Philadelphia, Pa. [$Free]
Tue. 12/20; 7 p.m. — A Very Vegan, Beery Cheery Industry Holiday Celebration at Brigantessa in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/20; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping–Victory at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 3 p.m. — Winter Beer Night at Barcade in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Weyerbacher Wednesday: Mellow Monks at Hop Angel Brauhaus in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 7 p.m. — Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Stroll at Sancho Pistola's in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — You Buy the Glass Night at The Abbaye in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/26; 11 a.m. — Boxing Day Beer Festival at Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/27; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping–Duck–Rabbit at Lucky's Last Chance in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/30; 6 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Round Guys Hipster Frogger at Grey Lodge Pub in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]

after December in Philadelphia
Wed. 1/11; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. — Tröegs First Squeeze Nugget Nectar Release at Kite & Key in Philadelphia, Pa. [$PAYG]

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 12/1; 7 p.m. — First Thursday with Tröegs at Below Deck Bottle Shop in Conshohocken, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Allagash Night at Pinocchio's in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Deck the Halls Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in North Wales, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. — Festivus at Naked Brewing Company in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Winter Wonderland Celebration Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Milk & Cookies with Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Media, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/10; 12 p.m.-9 p.m. — Funky Beer & Holiday Bazaar at Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company in Cherry Hill, NJ [$PAYG]

after December in Philadelphia's close suburbs


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works in Bethlehem, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Fireside Chat: Barrel-aged Series at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Madness at Blue Dog Tavern in Chalfont, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Collusion Tap Works Draft Invasion at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Exton Beverage Company in Exton, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Cookies with Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; All Day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; All Day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Holiday Brews at Washington House in Sellersville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Event at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage in West Chester, Pa. [$Free]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Steal The Cheer Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Milk & Cookies with Firestone Walker Brewing at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/2 through Sun. 12/4; All Weekend — 13th Anniversary Weekend Party at TJ's in Paoli, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 11 a.m. — Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny in Boyertown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Saturday Sampling at Exton Beverage Company in Exton, Pa. [$Free]
Sat. 12/3; 5 p.m. — Firebird Tap Takeover at Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Firebird Festival Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Keg & Kitchen in Westmont, NJ [$9-$18]
Sun. 12/4; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Jay Z Birthday Brunch with Brooklyn Brewery at Two Stones Pub in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/6; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — 2SP Brewery Release Party at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/8; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Allagash Brewing Tap Takeover at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; All Day — Anniversary Party at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; 5 p.m. — Kevin Brooks Brings some Shelton Brothers Treats at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/10; 12 p.m. — Scrooge IPA Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Kennett Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/15; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Brownie Pairing at Liberty Taproom in Reading, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 1 p.m. — Beer Geek Christmas at Hunger N Thirst in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 5 p.m. — Weyerbacher Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; All Day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pa. [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Save the Galaxy Gala Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Voorhees, NJ [$PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 5 p.m. — Teresa's welcomes the new Firestone Walker Rep at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sat. 12/17; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — The Darkside Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/18; 10 a.m. — Yoga at the Brewery at Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, Pa. [$20]
Sun. 12/18; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg, Pa. [$PAYG]
Sun. 12/18; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch w/ Santa, Hops & Sours at The Side Bar in West Chester, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/19; 6 p.m. — Victory Java Cask Firkin Event  at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$PAYG]
Mon. 12/19; 5 p.m. — 5th Anniversary Party at Ulysses Gastropub in Wilmington, Del. [$PAYG]
Tue. 12/20; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Tired Hands Tap Takeover at The Bottle Room in Downingtown, Pa. [$PAYG]
Thu. 12/22; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Fireside Chat: 'Twas the Night Beer-fore X-mas at Cape May Brewing Company in Cape May, NJ [$PAYG]

after December in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other


Events Over $20

Philadelphia
Sun. 12/4; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. seatings — Brunch with Santa at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$15-$25]
Sun. 12/4; 5 p.m. — Christmas Goose Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$50]
Tue. 12/6; 7 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Monk's Café in Philadelphia, Pa. [$85]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Hank Shaw "Buck Buck Moose" Cook Book Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, Pa. [$90-$110]
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. — Flavors Of The Season at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pa. [$8-$100]
Thu. 12/15; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — South Philly Goes to the Movies 3.0 at The P.O.P.E. & The Industry Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. [$25]
Mon. 12/26; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Winter Beer Festival at World Café Live in Philadelphia, Pa. [$20-$45]

after December in Philadelphia


Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — 12 Beers of Christmas at Iron Abbey in Horsham, Pa. [$75]

after December in Philadelphia's close suburbs


Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 12/2; 5:30 p.m. — Cape May Beer Dinner at Cape May Ferry Terminal in Cape May, NJ [$59]
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival at Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. [$10-$35]
Sat. 12/3; 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa. [$10-$55]
Sun. 12/4; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. [$12-$28]
Sun. 12/4; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — BrewAsana Beer & Yoga at Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, Pa. [$TBA]
Sun. 12/4; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Wild Game Beer Dinner at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$75]
Tue. 12/6; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pa. [$75]
Tue. 12/6; 6:30 p.m. — Hill for the Holidays Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Phoenixville, Pa. [$65]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at Trapp Door in Emmaus, Pa. [$75]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — The Beer Dinner Before Christmas at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Newark, Del. [$65]
Wed. 12/7; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Festivus Part 2 Beer Dinner at Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth Beach, Del. [$TBA]
Wed. 12/7; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Kildare's Irish Pub in West Chester, Pa. [$37.92]
Thu. 12/8; 7 p.m. — Tröegs Beer Dinner at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster, Pa. [$40]
Sat. 12/10; 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Beer & Yoga at Victory Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$35]
Sat. 12/10; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Weyerbacher Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar in Lancaster, Pa. [$30]
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m. — Jolly Beer Mile at Shawnee Craft Brewing Company in Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. [$40]
Tue. 12/13; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company in Kennett Square, Pa. [$65]
Sat. 12/17; 5 p.m. — Anniversary Party at Stickman Brews in Royersford, Pa. [$26]
Sat. 12/17; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live in Wilmington, Del. [$40]
Tue. 12/27; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Tröegs Brewery Beer Dinner at The Horse Tavern & Grill in Sellersville, Pa. [$35]
Wed. 12/28; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — St. Boniface Beer and Food Tasting  at Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Pa. [$35]
Wed. 12/28; 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beach Bash Beer Festival at World Café Live in Wilmington, Del. [$20-$45]

after December in Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other
Sat. 1/21; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Hibrewnation at Allstar Complex in Gettysburg, Pa. [$20-$55]





© Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge, 2016. All content is owned and uniquely created by Bryan J. Kolesar. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Kolesar is strictly prohibited. Excerpts, images, and links may be used with advance permission granted and only provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan J. Kolesar and The Brew Lounge with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Contact Kolesar at TheBrewLounge@gmail.com



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: November 24 - November 30

How thankful are you for this time of year? So many reasons and, somewhere on the list I'm sure for most of us, is the access to so much great beer at events such as these couple dozen through the remainder of November. May you enjoy all your many blessings with family and friends throughout the holidays.

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.

Allentown, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. — Black Friday Release at HiJinx Brewing Company [We will be releasing a limited number of bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Steal Your Face Stout. Live music by Jordan White.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival at Allentown Brew Works [More than 50 craft beers to sample from dozens of the best local and national craft breweries.  $10-$35]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [Entire proceeds of the charity cask are donated to a local non-profit organization.  $PAYG]

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 12/3; All Day — Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual Stout Fest.  $PAYG]

Chalfont, Pa.
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Madness at Blue Dog Tavern [Mad Elf verticals, vintages, blends, and straight-up fresh.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Black Friday & Bourbon County at Flanigan's Boathouse & Below Deck Bottle Shop [On Black Friday there will be six beers on tap that we've been holding onto just for this event and of course the Bourbon county release.  $PAYG]

Emmaus, Pa.
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at Trapp Door [Five awesome beers, five amazing courses.  $75]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Exton Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Evolution.  $Free]
Sat. 12/3; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Saturday Sampling at Exton Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Dogfish Head.  $Free]

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. — Festivus at Naked Brewing Company [Annual celebration with ten beers on tap from Naked, food by Stockyard, and music by Gary Senavitis and Haywood Trout.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Black Friday Stout Invasion at Hunger N Thirst [We will have a variety of "black as night" beers available for consumption.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Wed. 11/30; 5:30 p.m. — Carton Beer and Food Tasting at Bulls Head Public House [Pairings with beers from Carton Brewing Company.  $35]

Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 12/3; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Winter Wonderland Celebration Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Winter Warmer & Om Nom Nom, along with 6 other unique beers.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Wed. 11/30; 4 p.m. — Winter Is Coming Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us as we release two seasonal holiday favorites – Winter Warmer, a medium-bodied dark ale and Scrooge IPA, an American-style IPA.  $PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Allagash Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Allagash.  $PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Milk & Cookies with Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Milk Stout, our medium-bodied English-style stout with a roasted malt aroma and flavor. Infused with lactose for a sweet creaminess.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 7 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. tappings — Annual Black Friday Event at Capone's [An annual display of amazing beer (and brunch) with two tappings to spread the goodness across the day.  $PAYG]

North Wales, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 1 p.m. — Deschutes & Oskar Blues Event at The Pour House [Special event draft pricing for beers from Deschutes and Oskar Blues.  $PAYG]

Paoli, Pa.
Wed. 11/30; All Day — SingleCut Beersmiths at TJ's [Tap list TBA.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2 through Sun. 12/4; All Weekend — 13th Anniversary Weekend Party at TJ's [When all that fun stuff at the bottom of TJ's webpage gets tapped.  $PAYG]

Perkasie, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 12 p.m. — Unleash The Barrel-aged Beasts at Free Will Brewing Company [Ollie's Food Truck will be here. Bottles of Ella, the beer formerly known as "Black Friday" & a Gold and Bronze Medal Winner, is a 12.8% Belgian Quad, aged in apple brandy barrels for a year and Ralphius is a 15.1% Russian Imperial Stout, aged in bourbon barrels for a year.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Black Friday Beer Brunch at Devil's Den [The Lighter Side of Black Friday with 21st Amendment, Stone, and Firestone Walker.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Black Friday Brunch at Standard Tap [We'll be here serving up our beloved farm fresh brunch and tapping one of two existing firkins of Tröegs' Java Cask.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 12 p.m. — Into The Black at City Tap House-University City [We're excited to tap a stunning selection of porters and stouts - just in time for the chilly winter season.   $35]
Fri. 11/25; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. — Black Friday Giveback at Beer Love [We will again be raising funds for Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Weyerbacher Sunday Mole Stout at Grey Lodge Pub [This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molé—coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Fade To Black IV at Brü Craft & Wurst [The time has come for the 4th annual Left Hand Brewing Company + Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Black Friday tap takeover. To mix it up a bit, this year we are dialing back the 'black,' and cutting in some fresh as hell hoppy beers and extremely limited sours.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Goose Island Black Friday at City Tap House-Logan [We will be tapping 13 Goose Island drafts for the big event.  $PAYG]
Sat. 11/26; 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Winter Beer Fest at 23rd Street Armory [We will have on tap more than 100 beers from around the world that will tickle your tongue and warm your belly with big bold flavors and spices.  $10-$50]
Wed. 11/30; 3 p.m. — Allagash vs. Dogfish Head Beer Night at Barcade [A special night of beers from some of our friends in Maine and Delaware.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer & Brewing 101 at Philly Beer School [This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history.  $39.98]
Sun. 12/4; 7 p.m. — 13th Anniversary Party at Good Dog Bar [Passed appetizers, raffle prizes, souvenir photobooth, dog photo contest winners announced.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/14; 3 p.m. — Evil Genius Beer Night at Barcade [Join us as we welcome our friends from the neighborhood.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Cookies with Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Enjoy the Phoenixville Christmas Parade with the release of Santa's Little Helper. For the kids: Patio seating during the parade, complimentary housemade cookies and a visit from Santa Claus.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Firebird Festival Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for an 8 beer multi-tap featuring big, bold, cozy winter beers in celebration of the Firebird Festival.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; All Day — Anniversary Party at Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery [Details to come.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Thu. 12/15; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Brownie Pairing at Liberty Taproom [This will be a four beer flight featuring Oarsman, Java Stout, Double Cream Stout, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Wed. 12/7; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Festivus Part 2 Beer Dinner at Pickled Pig Pub [A Seinfeld inspired collaboration with our very own Chef Ian Mangin and Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson.  $TBA]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Holiday Brews at Washington House [Stop by to share flights of seasonal, hearty brews.  $PAYG]

Shawnee On The Delaware, Pa.
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m. — Jolly Beer Mile at ShawneeCraft 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]

Wayne, Pa.
Mon. 11/28; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Big Hill Cider Dinner at Teresa's Next Door [Join us for 7 ciders, 5 courses, and a delicious and educational oppurtunity.  $80]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Free tasting samples of beers from Smith & Forge, Peroni, and Pilsner Urquell.  $Free]
Fri. 12/2; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Free tasting samples of beers from Smuttynose.  $Free]
Wed. 12/7; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Kildare's Irish Pub [A four-course dinner to celebrate the holiday season paired with New Belgium Accumulation White IPA, Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper, Deschutes Jubelale, and Great Lakes Christmas Ale.  $37.92]





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Friday, November 18, 2016

November 2016: News update, part 2

Gathered up a few interesting things from the last couple weeks to share with you. Have I missed anything?

~ Oh, how convenient this would've been to have Wissahickon Brewing Company so close to my college when I was there. [Link to Phila. Business Journal]

~ So Pittsburgh thinks it can best Philly in hockey and beer? [Link to Phila. Business Journal]

~ The beer guys that brought you U-bahn and Bru now have some sour beer and pizza to sell to you [Link to Philly.com]

~ This should keep our local friend and Two Roads sales guy, Lee Porter, hopping. [Link to Beer Pulse]

~ Apparently, I'm not as plugged in as I thought I was. Last I checked (okay, that's on me), this project was dead. Alas... [Link to Prism Brewing Company's facebook page]

~ Six-packs, growlers, and singles at beer distributors. Wine in grocery stores. Welcome to your new Pennsylvania. [Link to Philadelphia Magazine]

~ And, finally, this happened last night. Bob Barrar from 2SP Brewing Company found his name on the drawn raffle ticket last night at City Tap House, where Philly Beer Week was conducting its annual fundraiser and Belgian trip giveaway. [Link to 2SP's facebook page]




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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: November 17 - November 23

How many ways do you like to drink your beer? Here are a couple dozen for the next week leading up to Thanksgiving.

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.

Downingtown, Pa.
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]

Exton, Pa.
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]

Harrisburg, Pa.
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]

Media, Pa.
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]

Milford, Del.
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]

Montgomeryville, Pa.
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]

Philadelphia, Pa.
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]

Phoenixville, Pa.
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]

Voorhees, NJ
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]

Wayne, Pa.
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]

Wilmington, Del.
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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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: November 10 - November 16

We're two days removed from our long national nightmare called the 2016 election cycle. Who needs a beer?

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.

Allentown, Pa.
Thu. 11/10; All Day — F.B.I.A. Limited Release at Allentown Brew Works [The limited release F.B.I.P.A. was brewed privately at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works.  $PAYG]

Ardmore, Pa.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 11/10; All Day — F.B.I.A. Limited Release at Bethlehem Brew Works [The limited release F.B.I.P.A. was brewed privately at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works.  $PAYG]

Easton, Pa.
Sat. 11/12; 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — 2016 Homebrew Contest at Weyerbacher Brewing Company [The first 20 entries will be selected to compete. Registration deadline is October 8th.  $Free]

Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]
Sat. 11/12; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Long Trail Brew Review at Isaac's Pickle Bar [Enjoy a four-course meal of Isaac's favorites paired with beers from Long Trail Brewing Company.  $30]

Maple Shade, NJ
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]

Media, Pa.
Thu. 11/10; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Oskar Blues Black Out at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Oskar Blues.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]
Wed. 11/16; 5 p.m. — Russian Rumble Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of our famous award-winning Russian Imperial Stout along with three other variations in a four Russian Imperial Stout Sampler.  $PAYG]

Milford, Del.
Sat. 11/12; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Fantastic Beers and Where To Find Them at Mispillion River Brewing Company [Gryffindor? Slytherin? Hufflepuff? Ravenclaw? Which is your house? Join us as we release four beers and four commemorative glasses in honor of Harry Potter and Hogwarts.  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]
Sun. 11/13; 6:30 p.m. — Dogfish Head IPA Beer Dinner at Caffé Gelato [Join us for our Dogfish Head IPA Beer Dinner with special guest Sam Calagione.  $79]

North Wales, Pa.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 11/10; 6 p.m. — Half Acre Hops & Hugs at The Cambridge [Half Acre's coming to town with some super fresh, dank, and delicious brews.  $PAYG]
Thu. 11/10; 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. — Craft Rum & Beer Cocktail Party at Manayunk Brewing Company [Join us for a night of Blues, Louisiana Cuisine, and Bayou Rum. Manayunk Brewing Company’s Imperial Brunch Stout, Rise & Grind Chili, which was aged for a year in Rum barrels with spicy chilies.  $25]
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/11; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Evil Genius 2015 I'll Have What She's Having at Grey Lodge Pub [This high octane Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Stout has been aged by the brewery for a year. Much of the Evil Genius crew will be on hand. They're a lot of fun to hang out with. And they will have some goodies.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/11; 7 p.m. — Bullfrog Tap Takeover and Bottle Takeaway at Jon's Bar & Grille [Le Roar Grrrz Blackberry, Le Roar Grrrz Aardbei (strawberry), Le Roar Grrrz 20th Anniversary, Funny Farmhouse Barrel Aged sour cherry cider, Smoked Berry Farmhouse Saison, and Jon’s Jawn. Bottles available to go.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/11; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. — Veteran's Day fundraiser with 2SP & Friends at Devil's Den [Join in raising money for HELP USA, an organziation that is converting an old school in Philly into housing for homless Philly vets.   $PAYG]
Sat. 11/12; 1 p.m.-10 p.m. — 3rd Anniversary Block Party at Tap Room On 19th [Beer from Bella Vista Beer Distributor and one from Forest & Main Brewing Company. In addition, we'll have Fresh Grill Catering & Paella serving up their famous and tasty Paella.  $PAYG]
Sat. 11/12; 2 p.m. — Beer Tasting at Earth Bread + Brewery [Taste four house beers, Victory’s Earth + Flame, salads, and flatbread buffet.  $27]
Sat. 11/12; All Day — Wet Hop Rodeo & Ranchero Brunch at Johnny Brenda's [A round-up of local and national wet hopped beers. We will be kicking the day off with smoked brisket, wagyu steak & eggs, and biscuits with smoked pork gravy among other brunchly delights.   $PAYG]
Wed. 11/16; 7 p.m. — Vegan Beer Dinner at Strangelove's [This four course Vegan feast is paired with Vegan beers.  $60]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Sun. 11/13; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Sly Fox Cyclocross at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Come cheer on hundreds of racers as they compete on a course that starts on the Circle of Progress, careens around an outdoor beer garden, dives into a technical wooded section, and includes a muddy, muscle-wrenching stair set.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sun. 11/13; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Vertical Ageable Ales Dinner at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [Featuring five of our ageable ales: 2012 World Wide Stout; 2013 Olde School Barleywine; 2014 Raison D’extra; 2015 Fort; and 2016 Immort Ale.  $65]

Voorhees, NJ
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 11/11 through Sun. 11/13; All Weekend — Glass Pours of Anchorage Brewing at Teresa's Next Door [This is a chance to taste a few different varieties without committing to a whole 25oz bottle.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Free tasting samples of beers from Two Roads.  $Free]
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]
Wed. 11/16; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — The Thankful Brewer's Feast Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Enjoy a five course not-so-traditional holiday feast from Executive Chef Brendan Mullan paired with hand crafted beers from Head Brewer Tim Stumpf.  $65]

Wilmington, Del.
Fri. 11/11; 4 p.m. — 20th Anniversary Celebration at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Come celebrate our 20th anniversary with an 8 beer multi-tap featuring all award winning beers. Join us at 5 p.m. for a companywide toast.  $PAYG]





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Friday, November 04, 2016

November 2016: News update, part 1

(Photo credit: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Back again here with the next round of recent beer news covering the serious to the silly. Let's get to it:

Dare I say that Pennsylvania is creeping up oh-so-dangerously to the 21st century?! [Link to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

And, change? How's this for change? In their words: "It's true! Carry out bottled wine goes on the shelves starting November 1". [Link to Local 44 Bottle Shop]

Sounds like another great year in Pottstown. [Link to The Town Dish]

I was cited in Michael Klein's column, so the least I can do is send you back to check it out. [Link to Philly.com]

How's that for some innovation from ABIB?! [Link to ABC-7 in Denver]

The campaign to get the Brew: The Museum of Beer off the ground in Pittsburgh is up and running. [Link to BrewMuseum.com]

Well, now how did this end up happening? [Link to Philly Voice] And then this happened. [Link to JockPop]

And on a similar note, local Dock Street takes on the evil empire. [Link to Billy Penn]

There was the Travelocity Beer Tourism Index that Jay Brooks broke down [Link to Brewers Association]

And then the American Homebrewers Association released its recommended seven hot homebrew-related travel destinations [Link to the AHA]




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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: November 3 - November 9

Well now this is some way to get November started. More than forty events during the next seven days. Have I missed anything?

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.

Allentown, Pa.
Fri. 11/4; 4 p.m.-9 p.m. — Brewmaster's 21st Birthday, Round 2 at Hijinx Brewing Company [Come out and celebrate Curt's 21st birthday (times 2) with some live music, great beer, and great people. Live music provided by Little Green Shack.  $PAYG]

Aston, Pa.
Sat. 11/5; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — GABF Party at 2SP Brewing Company [Bob & Ruby each brought home a medal from GABF. We can't think of a better way to celebrate than by inviting all our friends to drink with us. 2SP style.  $PAYG]

Bethlehem, Pa.
Thu. 11/3; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [Entire proceeds of the charity cask are donated to a local non-profit organization.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Thu. 11/3; All Day — International Stout Day at Fingers Wings & Other Things [We saved some of our favorites for an occation like this one.  $PAYG]

Croydon, Pa.
Sat. 11/5; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Hot Rods & Hops at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company [Featuring 13 local breweries sampling beers, musical guests, food trucks, and proceeds will be donated to the American Legion Post 120 in Lambertville, NJ.  $20-$25]
Mon. 11/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Long Trail Cigar Dinner at Dog and Bull [Enjoy a three-course meal, which includes a hummus/cheese tray, buffet style entree, dessert, two of Long Trail's finest beers, dessert cocktail, and a cigar.  $50]

Elizabethtown, Pa.
Sat. 11/5; All Day — 2nd Year Anniversary Party at Moo-Duck Brewery [Release of King Slava Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout. Live music all day: Scott Parmer, K.Edwards, Not Quite Rite. Lancaster Brgr Company Food Truck and Hop Hedz Gear will be here all day.  $PAYG]

Hershey, Pa.
Fri. 11/4; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Autos & Ales at AACA Museum [Enjoy the region's best breweries, live music, and the best tasting wing competition.  $20-$50]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 11/3; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Toolbox Brewing Company at Hunger N Thirst [These guys are based out of San Diego California and are making some really unique sours, saisons and much more. It also happens to be our monthly oyster night.  $PAYG]
Tue. 11/8; 5 p.m. — Long Trail Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar [All taps will be from Long Trail Brewing Co.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 11/7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — The New Wave of British Beer at Bulls Head Public House [We want people to see what is going on in the UK craft beer scene. It's not just ESB and mild IPAs.  $PAYG]

Narberth, Pa.
Sat. 11/5; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. — Philly Blind Dog Rescue Fundraiser at The Greeks Next Door [We will have loads of great raffle goodies to raise funds for this amazing organization, and drink for the cause with a portion of draft beer sold during the event going to them as well.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Thu. 11/3 through Sun. 11/6; All Weekend — Annual Fresh Hops Draft Event at Capone's [More details to follow.  $PAYG]

Oxford, Pa.
Fri. 11/4; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Evan Pugh Vanilla Porter Official Release at Bog Turtle Brewery [Evan Pugh, an Oxford native, was the first President of Penn State and was a prominent leader in agriculture education and research.We celebrate our tenuous connection to fame with Evan Pugh Vanilla Porter, rich and fragrant due to a generous addition of Madagascar Vanilla.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 11/3; 3 p.m.-10 p.m. — Doctor Strange Release Party with Avery Brewing at The Institute [We will be taking 40 lucky patrons to the late night showing of the movie. For this round of movies we will be pouring Avery beers for the night.   $PAYG]
Thu. 11/3; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Quizzo vs. Yards Brewing at The Industry [Johnny Goodtimes and the crew from Yards Brewing are putting the money where their mouths are and putting up a super giftbasket to the team that can best them in trivia.  $PAYG]
Thu. 11/3; 7 p.m. — Terrapin Brewing Tap Takeover at Union Tap House [Terrapin is commandeering a few draft lines to promote their brews and give away some free swag.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/4; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Joe & Casey's "European Spoils" Lunch with Cantillon at Sancho Pistola's [Try out our brand new lunch menu along with some of the finest beers Joe and Casey could smuggle from the motherland.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/4; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Heavy Seas Red Sky at Morning at Grey Lodge Pub [An uber saison aged in Chardonnay barrels.  $PAYG]
Fri. 11/4; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Ballantine Bar Spend at Grey Lodge Pub [Jenna from Ballantine will be on hand with her credit card. She wants to buy you a pint of Ballantine IPA. She'll keep buying until 9 p.m. or until her card is declined, whichever comes first.   $PAYG]
Sat. 11/5; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Beer Brewing Program, Level One at Philly Beer School [You will learn how to brew great beer. Even better, you will be brewing your own beer. A brewer-instructor will guide you through the process step by step: from brew to boil to bottle.  $150]
Sat. 11/5; 12 p.m. — Framboise For A Cure at Monk's Café [Aged with two pounds of organic, California-grown raspberries per gallon, this year's version is a blend of Temptation and Sonambic. Monk's Cafe is proud to donate 100% of the purchase price of Framboise for the Cure and an array of world-class, rare and special drafts to breast cancer screenings and care.  $PAYG]
Sat. 11/5; 1 p.m.-8 p.m. — The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival at Hawthornes [Live music, amazing food, and featuring ciders, pumpkin beers, and fall seasonals.  $PAYG]
Sat. 11/5; 1 p.m.-8 p.m. — The Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival at The Cambridge [Spotlighting hard ciders, toasty lagers, pumpkin ales and more.  $PAYG]
Sat. 11/5; 2 p.m.-5 p.m. — Chili Cook-Off for the LLS at Dawson Street Pub [All entry and judging fees will go directly to the LLS. There will be raffle items and drink specials to help raise as much money as possible for the Dude Hates Cancer benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  $25 to enter, $PAYG to attend]
Sat. 11/5; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — Brawlerfest at Yards Brewing Company (500 Spring Garden St.) [Old school Philly beer and music fest.  $20-$55]
Sat. 11/5; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. — Oktoberfest at Cannstatter Volksfestverein [Celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic Bavarian Schuhplattlers.  $10-$12]
Sat. 11/5; All Day — 4th Anniversary at Bainbridge Street Barrel House [As a way to thank you for your loyalty and dedicated patronage, we will proudly be offering you special barrel aged, sour and rare beauties.  $PAYG]
Sun. 11/6; 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Goose Island Beer: Sofie & Matilda Go to Brunch at For Pete's Sake Pub [We will be featuring new brunch items and Sofiemosas and Matilda on draft. Hang around for the Eagles at Giants .  $PAYG]
Sun. 11/6; 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. — Bacon and Beer Festival at 23rd Street Armory [Local restaurants will offer tastes of creative bacon-based dishes and craft breweries will pour tastes of lots of great beer.  $50-$85]
Sun. 11/6; 3 p.m.-6 p.m. — Chili Cook-Off at The Cambridge [The gyst is we will have local chili chefs enter there best chili to be sampled and judged by every patron and a panel of hand selected chili judges. We'll have a diverse list of draft beers and ciders to quench your fired up palatte.  $PAYG]
Sun. 11/6; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — New Belgium Cookie Smack Down at Devil's Den [Do you make the best cookies? Here's your chance to prove it.  $PAYG]
Tue. 11/8; 5 p.m.-9 p.m. — Booze & Brews featuring Bell's Brewery at Lucky's Last Chance [Featured beer and cocktail pairings.  $PAYG]
Tue. 11/8; 8 p.m. — Black & White Party at Varga Bar [Election day seems to point out black & white topics. So we decided to jump in on it...Dark beers. White clothes. What could go wrong?.  $PAYG]
Tue. 11/8; All Day — Free Beer Election Day at Brauhaus Schmitz [Stop in for a visit on Election Day while wearing your "I Voted Today" sticker and receive a free Traunstein Oktoberfest on the Haus.  $Free]
Tue. 11/8; All Day — Free Beer Election Day at Whetstone Tavern [Stop in for a visit on Election Day while wearing your "I Voted Today" sticker and receive a free Traunstein Oktoberfest on the Haus.  $PAYG]
Wed. 11/9; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. — J the Audiophile and Bella Vista at The Trestle Inn [J the Audiophile spinning global funk and soul with Trestle Special Cleopatra Jones dancing at the bar, plus $1 flights of Bullfrog beers.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 11/4; All Day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Only on draught the First Friday of every month.  $PAYG]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 11/4; All Day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Only on draught the First Friday of every month.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
Sat. 11/5; 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m. — Reading Craft Beer Festival at Santander Arena [Introducing the first Reading Craft Beer Festival/  $45]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sat. 11/5 & Sun. 11/6; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Beer For Breakfast Launch Brunch at Chesapeake & Maine [We're having a special brunch to launch the bottled release of Beer For Breakfast, our stout tricked out with all sorts of breakfast ingredients including Guatemalan Antigua cold press coffee, Maple syrup harvested from Western Massachusetts and for the quintessential Delaware breakfast touch - Rapa Scrapple and their secret blend of spices.  $PAYG]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 11/4; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Bell's Brewery at Washington House [A lineup of beers from Bell's Brewery.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/4; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Tasting samples from Atwater Brewing Company.  $Free]

Wilmington, Del.
Fri. 11/4; 7 p.m. — Beer Dinner at Hotel du Pont [A five-course meal served with Midas Touch, Namaste, Kvasir, Bitches Brew, Chateau Jiahu, Indian Brown Ale, and Pumpkin Ale.  $60]
Wed. 11/9; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — Six Degrees of Bacon Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Six courses of bacon inspired fare from Executive Chef David Foster paired with six hand crafted beers from Head Brewer Justin Sproul.  $75]





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