Monday, November 24, 2008

Beer Calendar: What To Do in December 2008

With most people taking extra long looks at their finances, I've taken the approach of separating beer events into those free and under $20 from those that are greater than $20. I believe that it will serve festival planners well to keep the economy in mind when planning events in the foreseeable future. Everyone, even the geekiest of beer geeks, will have limits where they just won't be able to justify the "star" guests, the ambiance of the venue, or even the beer selection when doling out their beer dollars. So, let's take a look at the December 2008 calendar in this format. Let me know how this works for you. Cheers! If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know. Under $20, down to and including FREE...Pay As You Go (PAYG) also included here Philadelphia Sun. 11/30 - Open House @Philadelphia Brewing Co., Philadelphia, PA (1pm-5pm; donations) Thu. 12/4 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (Jewish Rye)@Triumph, Philadelphia, PA (6pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/5 - Keep the Pint Night (Victory) @Les Bons Temps, Philadelphia, PA (7pm-9pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/5 - Repeal Day Celebration @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA (3pm-4pm; all beer=$1 each) Fri. 12/5 - Mad Elf Night @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, PA (PAYG) Wed. 12/10 - Firkin Night (Victory) @Standard Tap, Philadelphia, PA (6pm; PAYG) Thu. 12/11 - Meet the Brewer/Keep the Glass (Sly Fox) @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm-8:30pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/12 - OMG! Ommegang! and Authors A'Plenty #6 @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, PA (6pm-9pm; PAYG) Sat. 12/13 - 15th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts (& Beer) Show @Sugar Mom's, Philadelphia, PA (12pm-6pm; PAYG) Tue. 12/16 - Joe Sixpack Christmas Beer Book Signing @Home Sweet Home Brew, Philadelphia, PA (5pm; free) Tue. 12/16 - Joe Sixpack Christmas Beer Book Signing @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA (7pm; PAYG) Tue. 12/16 - Crafty Tracy, Part Deux @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, PA (5pm-8pm; PAYG) Wed. 12/17 - Joe Sixpack Christmas Beer Book Signing @The Irish Pol, Philadelphia, PA (7pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/19 - Sly Fox 13th Anniversary Party @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, PA (6pm-9pm; PAYG) Sat. 12/20 - 20th Anniversary Party @Dawson Street Pub, Philadelphia, PA (PAYG) Fri. 12/26 - Boxing Day Beer Festival @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA (all day; PAYG) Wed. 12/31 - Brew Year's Eve Party @Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, PA (9:30pm; TBA) Philadelphia's close suburbs Sat. 12/6 - 5th Anniversary Party @TJs, Paoli, PA (PAYG; see website for details) Sat. 12/6 - Release Party-Bottled Lambics @Iron Hill, Wilmington, DE (PAYG; 2pm-5pm; 750ml=$24.50, 375ml=$13.00) Thu. 12/11 - Firkin of East End Big Hop Harvest @The Drafting Room, both Spring House & Exton, PA (5:30pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/12 - IPA Project Day 2008 @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA (all day; PAYG) Fri. 12/12 - Friday Night Tasting (New Holland) @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, PA (4:30pm-6:30pm; free) Sat. 12/13 - Release Party-Bottled Lambics @Iron Hill, Media, PA (PAYG; 2pm-5pm; 750ml=$24.50, 375ml=$13.00) Tue. 12/16 - Maredsous Blonde Debut @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA (6pm; PAYG) Wed. 12/17 - Victory Night @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA (7pm-9pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/19 - Third Friday Firkin (Oatmeal Stout) @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA (all day; PAYG) Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania Wed. 12/3 - Meet the Brewer Night (Victory) @Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, PA (6:30pm; PAYG) Wed. 12/3 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (Oatmeal Cookie Stout)@Triumph, Princeton, NJ (6pm; PAYG) Thu. 12/4 - Brewery Promo Night (Harpoon) @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA (6pm-8pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/5 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (Flemish Brown)@Triumph, New Hope, PA (10pm; PAYG) Thu. 12/11 - Book Signing with Don Russell @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA (7pm-9pm; PAYG) Thu. 12/11 - Keep the Pint Night (Victory) @Gavin's Tavern, Ambler, PA (9pm-11pm; PAYG) Sat. 12/13 - Sly Fox Firkin Night @Union Jack's, Boyertown, PA (4pm; PAYG) Thu. 12/18 - Brewery Promo Night (Hook & Ladder) @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA (5pm-7pm; PAYG) Fri. 12/19 - Victory Night @Bones, Lansdale, PA (5pm-7pm; PAYG) Sun. 12/21 - Annual Christmas Party @Union Jack's, Boyertown, PA (5pm; PAYG) Elsewhere Wed. 12/3-Sun. 12/7 - Holiday Ale Festival @Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, OR (see website for details) Sat. 12/6 - Sleigh Bells Ring @Zeno's Pub, State College, PA (3pm-8pm; $20 for 15 4oz samples) Sat. 12/6-Sun. 12/7 - Belgium 2 Brooklyn @Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY (PAYG; see website for details) Events Over $20 Philadelphia Tue. 12/2 - Ho Ho Holiday Brews with Don Russell (aka Joe Sixpack) @Tria Café, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm-8:00pm; $45) Sat. 12/6 - Cliveden Winter Beer Festival @The Cliveden, Philadelphia, PA (1pm-6pm; $50/$65) Tue. 12/9 - Beer Geek's Winter Dream with Matthias Neidhart @Tria Café, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm-8:00pm; $60) Tue. 12/16 - Holiday Beer Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, PA (7pm-10pm; $85) Thu. 12/18 - A Revolution Is Brewing with Rob Tod @Tria Café, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm-8:00pm; $55) Sat. 12/27 - Christmas Beers & Winter Warmers @University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA (12:30pm-4:00pm; $75/$90/$125) Wed. 12/31 - New Year's Eve @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm & 9:30pm seatings; $TBA) Philadelphia's close suburbs Tue. 12/23 - Victory Holiday Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing, Downingtown, PA (6pm; $50) Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania Tue. 12/9 - Wild Game & Beer Dinner @Union Barrel Works, Reamstown, PA (6:30pm; $40) Elsewhere Tue. 12/2 - Christmas Beer Dinner @Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO (7:30pm; $55/$65) Fri. 12/5-Sat. 12/6 - Strong Ale Festival @Pizza Port, Carlsbad, CA (4pm-11pm, 11am-11pm; see website for details)


kmudrick said...

I think that 12/13 is also the release of Captain Lawrence 's Noreaster.. was thinking of heading up for that (just had last year's Noreaster and it was stellar.)

Bryan Kolesar said...

I received an e-mail today about a Capt. Lawrence beer dinner at Katonah Bar and Grill next Tuesday. Great things coming from Scott and co. up in there in NY.

If you go, keep an eye open for Rosso Marrone, though unlikely to be released by that point. But, if so, I'd buy you a bottle to bring back 3 for me!

kmudrick said...

Oh yeah I remember the Rosso Marrone from the Ommegang Fest. Good stuff.

If I make it up there for the next release of anything I'll let you know beforehand.