Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 2009

Wait, what happened to Y2K? And, is Y2K10 gonna be a problem that no one told us about?! I can't believe how quickly the last decade feels like it has flown by. It really hasn't. It's just a function, so I'm told, of getting older. I suppose it's happening. But, I believe I can say that I can recall almost all of it, and it's been a blast. And that brings us to tonight. By now, I suppose that most of you have your plans set. I'm hunkering down in the neighborhood with my boyz and girlz from the hood and doing a neighborhood "pub" crawl, where each participating house will specialize in something special food-wise and drink-wise. With keeping the kids close by (everyone else's, that is) and keeping any one or more of us from behind the wheel, this should be a good formula for keeping things relatively cheap, safe, and fun...all without venturing too far from home. It might not keep the sobriety down, but we should pay attention to that, because we have plans to meet up with all the beery party people on New Year's Day in the City from Local 44 (Happy Anniversary) to Devil's Den (for a taste of Old Bart) to 2 Street for a bunch of no-good mummery! You still haven't made up your mind?! Get on it...and find yourself wandering through my New Year's Eve Guide that should help you find something decent to do from Marin County to Maine. Enjoy, be safe...and I'll see you all in the next decade. Check back tomorrow for the usual weekly calendar....a day later than usual.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Good Beers for New Year's Eve 2010

**IF you're looking for 12/31/10 information about where to go for great beer on New Year's Eve, click over here** This has become somewhat of a tradition around here: Talking with you all about what to do on New Year's Eve involving our favorite breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars. Judging from website traffic statistics, it's something that many of you are looking for. What can I say?...I'm here to serve. There are some naysayers out there that won't leave the comfy confines of their homes on New Year's Eve. This one's not for you. This is for all of you looking for something to do on New Year's Eve, could be at 6pm or 11pm...looking for a party, looking for a good dinner, looking for a good beer with a bunch of your friends. Take a gander through the list here. If there's something missing, feel free to drop a comment at the end of this or a private e-mail to me here. UPDATED & NEWLY ADDED (12/28): In this update: Philadelphia--> Good Dog Bar; Royal Tavern; Swift Half Pub; The Blockley Pourhouse; Tir Na Nog Philadelphia Metro--> America Bar & Grill; Brickside Grille; Capone's; Firewater's; Flying Pig; Goshen Beverage; Gullifty's; Isaac Newton's; Michael's Deli; Quotations; Rock Bottom (King of Prussia); Sly Fox (both locations); Teresa's Next Door; The Drafting Room (both locations); Victory Brewing Other PA/NJ/DE--> Barley Creek Brewing; Church Brew Works; Fat Head's; Lancaster Brewing; Otto's Pub & Brewery; Rivertown Pour House (Monroeville); Stewart's Brewing; Stoudt's Brewing; Union Jack's on the Manatawny; Zeno's Other Northeast--> Beer Works (Fenway); Blind Tiger Ale House (**CHANGED**); Cambridge Brewing; Chelsea Brewing; David Copperfield's; Ebenezer's Pub; Hop Devil Grill; Southampton Publick House; Spring Street Lounge; Spuyten Duyvil; The Gate; The Publick House; Trinity Brewhouse Other United States--> Carolina Brewery; Jacoby's; Kona Brewing (Honolulu); Lion's Pride; Marin Brewing; Maui Brewpub; Moylan's Brewery; The Great Lost Bear; Toronado; Tyler's Taproom Special thanks to Paul Ruschmann (Beer Festivals, Ludwig Roars, and Michigan Breweries just to name a few) for helping to fill in some Midwestern gaps in this events listing. This list will continue to grow to 100-150 establishments up until December 30th. The falling of the calendar this year ensures a long holiday weekend for most, so New Year's Eve should turn into an even bigger party this year. No matter what you do, eat and drink well, enjoy yourself, and be responsible out there. By region---starting with the City of Philadelphia---here's what's happening this rapidly-approaching December 31st 2009.

Brauhaus Schmitz - Come celebrate New Years eve at the Brauhaus!! No cover charge, close to the fireworks at Penn’s Landing, Free party Favors and Champagne toast at midnight. In addition to our normal menu we will be offering an a la Cart or Prix Fixe option… 4 courses for $45. 718 South Street (267) 909-8814
Bridgewater's Pub - Bar and Kitchen closing early between 6pm-8pm, tbd. 2951 Market Street (215) 387-4787
Bridgid's - Open for Business as Usual A special dinner menu for $25 includes choice of soup/salad/calamari and choice of various chicken/pork/pasta/fish dishes 726 North 24th Street (215) 232-3232
Chick's Café - Open for Business as Usual A special a la carte dinner menu will be available 614 South 7th Street (215) 625-3700
Dawson Street Pub - 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM Ring in the New Year as we enjoy the past and look forward to the future. Yards has resurrected our Old Bartholomew Barleywine and we'll be christening the return of it at the legendary Dawson St. Pub. Tom Kehoe and host of characters will be on hand to kick off the celebration. This event marks the first of the 10 days of Barleywine that we're doing around the city. Look out 2010, we're coming in strong! Plus lots of great new winter and holiday ales are here. Barley wines, spiced ales, and winter warmers raise your spirits and warm you all over. Some great vintage stuff too! Anchor Our Special Ale from 2004 to 2009. 100 Dawson Street (215) 482-5677
Dock Street Brewery - Bar and restaurant will be open for Business as Usual until closing at 9:30pm 701 South 50th Street (215) 726-2337
Drinker's Pub - Only $90 for 5 Hr. OPEN BAR, champagne toast & hors d'oeuvres @ 2 Rittenhouse Bars! The New Year's Eve Passport for Rittenhouse is only $90 which includes admission into both DRINKER'S PUB & NOCHE, all the booze in both places, champagne toast, light hors d'oeuvres, dancing and more. One price, all access, open bar 9pm - 2am. 1903 Chestnut Street (215) 564-0914
Earth Bread + Brewery - We will be closed Christmas Eve + Day, New Year's Eve. We are Open New Year's Day!! 7136 Germantown Avenue (215) 242-MOON (6666)
Fergie's Pub - 10pm Hired Guns Blues Band 1214 Sansom Street (215) 928-8118
For Pete's Sake Pub - Open for Business as Usual with party favors and a Midnight Champagne Toast; Dinner specials will be available 900 South Front Street (215) 462-2230
Good Dog Bar - It's business as usual! No dress code! No Cover! No Stress! Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight. 224 South 15th Street (215) 985-9600
Grace Tavern - Open for Business as Usual with a Champagne Toast at Midnight 2229 Grays Ferry Avenue (215) 893-9580
Grey Lodge Pub - Disc Jockey starting at 9pm; Door prizes at 10pm; Hors d'oeuvres at 11pm; Champagne toast at midnight; Hats, Noisemakers, Cash bar, Tickets are only $10 ($15 at the door). Tickets on sale at the bar and by Paypal. 6235 Frankford Avenue (215) 825-5357
Jack's Firehouse - We are booked with Andrew and Mike's Rockin' NYE 2010 Party! 2130 Fairmount Avenue (215) 232-9000
Johnny Brenda's - 9:00pm-2:00am; Sucker-free New Year's Eve; Pay as you go drinks- 21 and over Proper I.D. is required--MC Elton Jawn (Brian from Papertrigger) & DJ Jawn Ritter (Chris from Pattern is Movement) 1201 North Frankford Avenue (215) 739-9684
José Pistolas - Will be closed to the general public at 5pm (private party after 5pm) 263 South 15th Street (215) 545-4101
London Grill - 5:00-11:00; Serving Regular Menu plus a Holiday Price Fix Menu--45.00 per person for 4 courses; Kid's Menu Available Early; 10pm-2am Open Bar Social; Free Champagne Toast at Midnight with Times Square Ball on HD TV; Bar Snacks till midnight 301 Fairmount Avenue (215) 978-4545
Mad Mex (University City) - 2 for $35 dinner; your choice of appetizer to share; any cup of soup or casa salad each; an entree of your choice each; a champagne cocktail; a dessert to share; all day long $6 big azz margaritas 3401 Walnut Street (215) 382-2221
Manayunk Brewery - 9pm-2am; Manayunk's Hottest New Year's Bash! Ring in 2010 at amongst friends at the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant where everyone is a VIP! Tickets are $45 per person and include: * 3-hour open bar from 9pm to midnight including our hand-crafted microbrews, house wines and all of your favorite name brand premium liquors * 4 different bars each with multiple bartenders serving drinks * Champagne toast at midnight * Chef's choice passed and stationary hors d'oeuvres * A rockin' live performance on stage downstairs by the one and only 52 Pickup * DJ Kelly spinning all your favorite hits upstairs in the River Club * Party favors galore * Tax and gratuity Purchase your tickets today at our E-Store. ***Don't delay and risk being left out! NYE is expected to sell out just as quickly as this year's Brew Fest and Halloween.*** 4120 Main Street (215) 482-8220
McGillin's - Be part of the oldest New Year's Eve celebration in Philadelphia & the kick-off of our 150th Anniversary! We're getting a limited quantity of cask-conditioned McGillin's 1860 IPA, plus sparkly surprises & decorations. Deejay. $5 cover. 1310 Drury Street (215) 735-5562
McMenamin's - Open for Business as Usual; perhaps DJing by a local bar regular 7170 Germantown Avenue (215) 247-9920
Memphis Taproom - Open for Business as Usual 2331 East Cumberland Street (215) 425-4460
Monk's Café - The early dinner seating begins at 6:30pm and we will have you out by 8:30. $55 per person. That will give you plenty of time to get to your friend's party. We will even give you hats, noise makers, etc. as you are leaving. You will be totally prepared for that party. First Course Nøgne Ø Special Holiday Ale (Norway) or Wine with Salade de Bruxelles Second Course DeGlazen Toren Canaster Winter Scotch (Belgium) or Wine with Country Terrine w/apple & cranberry chutney Third Course Het Alternatief Eewaarde Pater (Belgium) or Wine with Lamb Shank w/duck confit, white beans & garlic sausage Fourth Course Lindemans Framboise (Belgium) draft Chocolate Raspberry Cake The late dinner seating begins at 9:30pm. $125 per person. This is the place to be to ring in the new year. We will be serving some amazing beers. Some of these are ridiculously rare. The food will be great, too. You will all get hats, noise makers, etc as the bewitching hour approaches. Here's the lineup. We are limiting this to the first 50 guests that purchase tickets, so don't delay. Welcome Beer Victory 10 First Course DeMolen Hel & Verdoemenis (Netherlands) - only 570 bottles made or Wine with Pan Seared Scallops in a gueuze blanc Second Course Fantome Pissenlit dandelion saison (Belgium) - made once a year or Wine with Salade de Bruxelles Third Course Russian River Consecration (California) or Wine with Duck w/cherry glaze Fourth Course Westvleteren 8° 2004 (Belgium) this has been in my cellar since '04 or Wine with Filet Mignon Rossini Fifth Course Scaldis Prestige de Nuits (Belgium) - aged in Cotes de Nuits wine cask with Cheese Plate Sixth Course Alvinne The Oak Podge (Belgium) - I only got 12 bottles of this rare gem Chocolate Raspberry Cake Midnight Toast the exquisite Mahluer Brut 626 South 16th Street (215) 545-7005
Moriarty's Pub - 4 hour top shelf open bar from 9pm, 3 floors, 3 bars, DJ Bob, dancing, deluxe gourmet buffet, champagne toast at midnight, watch the ball drop on one of our 15 flat screen tvs 1116 Walnut Street (215) 627-7676
Nodding Head - Open for Business as Usual with a Midnight Champagne Toast; a 3 or 4 course prix fixe dinner menu paired with beers will be available 1516 Sansom Street (215) 569-9525
Paddy Whacks Pub - Top Shelf Open Bar, Deluxe Dinner Buffet, Party Favors, DJ Music & Dancing, Champagne Toast at Midnight. $75 Per Person, $60 in advance before 12/25. Large Group Discounts Are available. 150 South Street (215) 464-7544
Philadelphia Brewing - Retail beer closing by 6pm 2439 Amber Street (215) 427-2739
Prohibition Taproom - Open for Business as Usual with a firking of Heavy Seas Peg Leg Stout and a Midnight Champagne Toast 501 North 13th Street (215) 238-1818
Raw Dawgs Saloon - $50/pp, $90/couple. All you can eat and drink from 8pm to 1am. Call for details. 1700 South 2nd Street (215) 485-8869
Rembrandt's - Join us for our gala New Year's Eve as we welcome in 2010 741 North 23rd Street (215) 763-2228
Resurrection Ale House - Looking for a laid-back place to spend New Year's Eve this year? Ta-da! Search complete. Resurrection Ale House will be offering a special New Year's Eve dinner menu for $45 with an optional beer or wine pairing. The full menu is available at 2425 Grays Ferry Avenue (215) 735-2202
Royal Tavern - $20 for a two hour open bar. You pick the two hours. 937 East Passyunk Avenue (215) 389-6694
South Philadelphia Tap Room - Open for Business as Usual with a Kenzinger and Champagne Midnight Toast; Happy Hour all Night (1/2 off local drafts) 1509 Mifflin Street (215) 271-7787
Standard Tap - to continue celebrating their 10th Anniversary, there'll be a nightlong celebration with Golden Monkey and Mad, a live band will perform 3 sets beginning at 9pm; no cover; 21+ 901 North 2nd Street (215) 238-0630
Sugar Mom's - Free buffet, $25 champagne bottles, and $4 Yards 225 Church Street (215) 925-8219‎
Swift Half Pub - DJ Jenny will be spinning your favorite tunes! No cover charge. Drink Specials:$3 select draughts, $4 well drinks & a Free Champagne Toast at Midnight. 1001 North 2nd Street (215) 923-4600
Ten Stone - New Year's Party 9pm-1am, open bar and dinner buffet. $55 in advance, $65 at the door 2063 South Street (215) 735-9939
The Belgian Café - Reserve our special menu now! Four courses for $45 per person ~ OR ~ a la carte (at prices listed) 2047 Green Street (215) 235-3500
The Blockley Pourhouse - $50.00 per person; Doors open at 8pm; 9pm-2am open bar includes: Well and Call liquor All Draft Beer and Domestic Bottles; 8:30-10:30 Complimentary Buffet DJ spinning all night long!! 3801 Chestnut Street (215) 222-1234
The Foodery (2nd/Poplar) - Retail closing by 10pm 837 North 2nd Street (215) 238-6077
The Foodery (10th/Pine) - Retail closing by 11:30pm 324 South 10th Street (215) 928-1111
The Institute - New Years Eve 80's Dance Party! It all kicks off at 9pm with a free buffet of our killer bbq pork and rice and beans! $3 well drinks all night! Oh and if you come dressed in 80's garb you'll get a well drink for $1! 549 North 12th Street (215) 765-8515
The Khyber - New Year's Eve at The Khyber; 9pm $10 21+; Philadelphia Slick is a self-described, ten-piece hip-hop ensemble. Structurally, the project could remind you of another Philly based ensemble - you know the ones who invented the hip-hop band. The collective serves up bright sound and diverse subject matter cooked to order. Mechanical Minds-Jazz/Hip-hop fusion from Philly. Featuring Emcee Problem Child. Emcee Unless; DJ Dunson 56 South Second Street (215) 238-5888
Tir Na Nog - Ring in 2010 with one of Philly's best party bands The Zone doing 3 sets of your favorite songs. DJ RKO will keep the dance floor moving between sets. Free Champagne toast at Midnight plus plenty of hats and noisemakers for you and your friends. $15 cover at the door. 1600 Arch Street (267) 514-1700
Tria (both locations) - Join us on New Year's Eve for.. Nothing Special. No $100 per plate surf & turf special. No tacky decorations. No forced whoopin' it up. Stop by Tria before, after, or for your main event and add a touch of festive chill to your New Year's Eve celebration. Toast the new year with festive sparkling wines, luscious cheese and celebratory beers in addition to our regular menus. 18th & Sansom Streets (Rittenhouse Square) (215) 972-TRIA 12th & Spruce Streets (Washington Square West) (215) 629-9200
Triumph Brewery - New Years Eve Party with live music from Si Senorita, choice of a three or five course Beer Dinner complete with pairings from our fine selection of brews and special guest beers on tap from local breweries including Victory, Yards, Flying Fish and Iron Hill with a few surprises along he way. Reservations accepted and ...Highly Recommended. NO COVER and a champagne toast will be provided at Midnight. See y'all here! 117 Chestnut Street (215) 625-0855
Varga Bar - 5 Course Dogfish Head Beer Dinner, 2 seatings 6pm & 8pm, $75 per person; Open Bar Package 10pm-1am; Over 20 beers on tap; $65 per person (and includes all liquor); Champagne Toast at Midnight; DJ, Party Favors, No Pat's Run Needed; Cheesesteaks or Chili at 1am; $60 per person, Call for reservations 941 Spruce Street (215) 627-5200
White Dog Café - 5:30pm-Midnight; White Dog Cafe's 26th Annual New Year's Eve Dinner Party. Join us as we welcome the New Year in true White Dog fashion. Our celebration includes a 5-course prix fixe dinner, party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. A la carte dining also available from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Strolling violin duet (8:30pm-Midnight) and Sing-a-long piano (9:00pm-2:00am) as well. 3420 Sansom Street (215) 386-9224

Philadelphia Metro
Alison Two - Ring in the New Year with our 4-course dinner, including at least four choices for every course. Optional wine pairings available. 1st seating (before 7 p.m.) $50. During the second seating, each guest will receive a complimentary glass of bubbly & we'll celebrate with hats, noise makers & streamers! 2nd seating $65. Happy 2010 - Prices are $20 less than last year. Prices do not include tax, gratuity or optional wine pairings. Reservations necessary for dinner. Or, join us at the bar, where we'll have special snacks and drinks all evening long! 424 South Bethlehem Pike Fort Washington, PA (215) 591-0200
America Bar & Grill - Open for Business as Usual plus regular Thursday Night Trivia 499 East Uwchlan Avenue Chester Springs, PA (610) 280-0800
Avalon - We'll celebrate with a 5-course Italian dinner with live acoustic guitar & vocals by Steve Laret (starting 9 pm). We're BYOB (Bring your own bottles) so you can bring your own spirits! We'll cap it off with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight! $75 per person ($65 per person for early birds seated at 5 pm). Does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations necessary. 312 South High Street West Chester, PA (610) 436-4100
Brickside Grille - Open for Business as Usual plus live 2-piece band at 10pm, dinner specials, party favors, and Champagne Toast at Midnight 540 Wellington Square Exton, PA (610) 321-1600
Capone's Restaurant - Restaurant is open for Business as Usual until 10pm; Bottle Shop is open until 12 Midnight 224 W Germantown Pike Norristown, PA (610) 279-4748
Exton Beverage - New Year's Eve hours 9am-9pm. New Year's Day from 12pm-8pm. 310 East Lincoln Highway Exton, PA (610) 363-7020
Firecreek - ...FIRST COURSE Crab & Corn Chowder + corn Bread Croutons Cognac Scented Lobster Bisque + Snipped Chives ...SECOND COURSE Pan Crispy Crab Cakes + Warm Tomato-Cream + Basil Chiffonade Black Pepper Seared Scallops + Saffron Beurre Blanc + Mizuna Salad ...ENTREES Petite Filet Mignon & Lobster Pot Pie + Basil Asparagus Sour Cream Chive Mashed + Truffled Demi Glaze or Veal Chop Morel Cream Sauce + Butternut Squash Risotto or Yellowfin Tuna + Crispy Coconut Rice Cake Spicy Red Curry Broth + Sauteed Edamame ...DESSERT Dessert Sampler $65 per person $85 with wine 20 East Lancaster Avenue Downingtown, PA (610) 269-6000
Firewaters (Concord) - $10 cover for entry and drink specials; $30 cover for 3 included drinks, plus Champagne Toast at Midnight, party favors, and light buffet; $159/pp or $199/couple for 7 drinks per person, plus Champagne Toast at Midnight, party favors, light buffet, and hotel room at adjoining Holiday Inn Express 1110 Baltimore Pike Glen Mills, PA (610) 459-9959
Flying Pig Saloon - Open for Business as Usual 121 East King Street Malvern, PA (610) 578-9208
General Lafayette - 6:00 or 9:00pm - 3-Course Prix Fix. We Offer Two Seatings For Your Pleasure, $39.95 per person, Salad/Appetizer, Entree, Dessert Add a flight of specially selected paired wine for $16; Add a flight of brewmster paired beer for $13 646 Germantown Pike Lafayette Hill, PA (610) 941-0600
Goshen Beverage - Open until 9pm on New Year's Eve and closed on New Year's Day 102 Turner Lane West Chester, PA (610) 436-6555
Gullifty's - Kitchen and Bar expected to close by 9pm 1149 East Lancaster Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA (610) 525-1851
High Street Grill - New Year's Eve Specials.....A la Carte menu also available. Dinner served from 5pm to 11pm. Reserve Early. 64 High Street Mount Holly, NJ (609) 265-9199
Iron Abbey - Beer Dinner Pairing Package 6pm-10pm; $65 4 course menu/pairing with beers Open bar (well drinks) Live entertainment & DJ/Acoustic during and after dinner through Midnight. Join us after dinner starting at 10:30pm $20 at the door Includes 2 drinks, champagne toast at midnight and celebratory New Year's stuff Beer basket raffles and other prizes raffled every hour Package deals available at Town Place Suites in Horsham, PA. Shuttle bus services available to and from the Iron Abbey. 680 Easton Road Horsham, PA (215) 956-9600
Isaac Newton's - Plans to close early by 9pm 18 South State Street Newtown, PA (215) 860-5100
McKenzie Brew House - Ring in 2010 at our relaxed Underground Pub in McKenzie Malvern or at Metro, our upscale lounge in McKenzie Chadds Ford. Both locations are throwing a New Year's Eve Party from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. Party highlights include: DJ & dancing, elaborate dinner buffet, party favors, champagne toast, and four-hour open bar with handcrafted brews and premium wines. To book, ask for the McKenzie New Year's Eve Package. Two Locations: 451 Wilmington-West Chester Pike (route 202) Glen Mills, PA (610) 361-9800 240 Lancaster Ave Malvern, PA (610) 296-2222
Michael's Deli - Beer retail plans to close early by 10pm Valley Forge Office Center King of Prussia, PA (610) 265-3265
Pickering Creek Inn - Celebrate The New Year in Style at The Pickering Creek Inn! Penny Productions will be on hand hosting a Jammin Dance Party beginning at 9pm. Enjoy a delicious Dinner before all the fun begins with a New Year's Eve Special Dinner Menu. Reservations Are Recommended. Give Us A Call. 37 East Bridge Street Phoenixville, PA (610) 933-9962
Quotations Pub - Open for Business as Usual 37 East State Street Media, PA (610) 627-2515
Riverstone Café - Special Chef's Menu and complimentary champagne toast at Midnight 143 West Lincoln Highway Exton, PA (610) 594-CAFE (2233)
Rock Bottom (King of Prussia) - Restaurant to close by 8pm; Bar and Lounge Open for Business at Usual until 2am 1001 King of Prussia Plaza King of Prussia, PA (610) 230-2739
Ron's Original - 2nd Annual NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH with SubLegend! SubLegend was here to kick in 2009, now they are here to say goodbye to it! This will be one night of fun for all... food, music, booze, a bus to take you to the Comfort Suites with discounted prices for all who attend! 74 East Uwchlan Avenue (Route 113) Exton, PA (610) 594-9900
Sly Fox - Kitchen open until 9pm with full menu; 9pm-10pm with limited menu; and plans to close by 11pm 519 Kimberton Road Phoenixville, PA (610) 935-4540 312 North Lewis Road Royersford, PA (610) 948-8088
Teresa's Next Door - Open for Business as Usual 124 N Wayne Avenue Wayne, PA (610) 293-9909
The Drafting Room (Exton) - A la carte dinner menu plus specials 635 N Pottstown Pike Exton, PA (610) 363-0521
The Drafting Room (Spring House) - A la carte dinner menu plus specials 900 Bethlehem Pike North Wales, PA (215) 646-6116
TJs - closes at 6pm on New Year's Eve and closed on New Year's Day 35 Paoli Plaza Paoli, PA (610) 725-0100 Victory - Open for Business as Usual until early closing at 6pm 420 Acorn Lane Downingtown, PA (610) 873-0881

Other PA/NJ/DE
Allentown Brew Works - 7:30pm – 12:30am The Perfect Party "Pursuit" is the party of the year. All guests are invited to play along in our live game show! Loads of fun will ensue as our hosts deliver Trivia questions from all genres made famous by the Trivia board game. Prizes and giveaways are all part of the fun! It’s a total, all inclusive party. Food, Drinks, Entertainment, and all charges are included! It’s all taken care of so you don’t have to think about anything – except for using that brain to WIN the GAME SHOW! Only $95 per person. Open Beer selections from our award winning Brewmaster til’ midnight! Open wine bar with popular selections also included til’ 12am! And a Champagne Toast at the dawn of 2010! Reservations are required. Contact Wendie at 610-433-7777 x25 , or to RSVP. 812 West Hamilton Street Allentown, PA (610) 433-7777
Appalachian Brewing/Harrisburg - A Space Odyssey with Spotus. General admission (9pm Doors), $10 - Includes Show and Champagne Toast VIP Dinner: Cocktail Hour at 7pm - Dinner at 8pm VIP - Ticket price includes four course, seated dinner (heavy apps, salad, main course of seafood/beef and dessert), two draft beers and champagne toast. VIP - Ticket prices: Single - $35, Couple- $60, Table of 8- $200. Tickets on-sale NOW! To infinity and beyond! 50 North Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA (717) 221-1080
Barley Creek Brewing - Open for Business as Usual in the main bar area throughout the night; From 7:45pm-10pm, a 5-course dinner (with beer pairings...also wine and kid friendly if necessary) hosted by the brewmaster is available for $45/pp plus tax and gratuity Sullivan Trail & Cambelback Road Tannersville, PA (570) 629-9399
Bethlehem Brew Works - NO COVER CHARGE! TONS OF FUN! Join us at Main & Broad in Historic Downtown Bethlehem as we welcome in the second decade of the 21st century! Bethlehem Brew Works will be having a lively balloon drop at the stroke of 12 along with a complimentary champagne toast! Free hats, noise makers, & decorations will add to the fun as we await the dawn of the new year! They’ll be special gold flaked martinis to add glam, while we keep the countdown on the big 10 foot screen (and on all the other hdtv’s). 569 Main Street Bethlehem, PA (610) 882-1300
Bube's Brewery - Y2K10 at Bube's * New Year's Eve Dinner served in Alois, the Bottling Works, and the Catacombs (reserve early) * New Year's Eve Party in the Bottling Works with DJ Kerry-come dance! $5.00 cover * Dine here and admission to the party is free! 102 North Market Street Mount Joy, PA (717) 653-2056
Bullfrog Brewery - 10 PM -1 AM Five Dollars. Can't Miss Bullfrog Event!!! Spend NYE getting your FUNK on! Mel Mounds and the Get Down Sounds RETURN to the Bullfrog Brewery for a super funky New Years Eve party. We'll all be there, Mel, Maxine, Roscoe, Lord Chesterfield, the Get Down horns and THE DUKE!!! Make plans now for another not miss funky good time! 229 West Fourth Street Williamsport, PA (570) 326-4700
Church Brew Works - Open for Business as Usual in the bar area; Restaurant is taking reservations through 10pm for a Diamond Tier Menu ($48/pp); Gold Tier Menu ($42/pp); or Silver Tier Menu ($36/pp). Menu is available a la carte as well. 3525 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA (412) 688-8200
Dogfish Head - Two seatings - 6:00pm SEATS AVAILABLE! ($65 per person, incl. gratuity); 9:00pm SOLD OUT ($85 per person, incl. gratuity) We're kicking off our 15th year in a big way - with 15 Dogfish beers!!!! Join us for our "Off-Centered Black Tie Evening Featuring 15 Beers for 15 Years." Yes, that's right - 15 Dogfish beers (we've raided Sam's stash of vintage and hard-to-find beers plus we'll have a few newer old standbys) paired with an excellent 5-course meal and lots of Dogfish fun. True to our mission of looking at the world with an off-centered lens, we're inviting folks to dress to the nines in their best 'off-centered Black Tie' attire. There will be prizes for best dressed indivudual and best dressed group for each seating. Menu: Welcome Soft Pretzel with Gruyere Cheese Sauce ~ with 60 Minute IPA 1st Course Arugula Salad with Parma Proscuitto, Walnut, White Grape, Parmigiano-Reggiano Shavings and a Roasted Pear Peche Vinaigrette ~ with Pangaea, Black and Blue 2nd Course Wood Grilled Duck Egg Roll and Cane Sugar Shrimp with Roasted Peanut Sauce and Asian Slaw ~ with Sahtea, Jiahu, Raison D'Etre 3rd Course Ancho Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Mac and Cheese and Poblano Sauce ~ with Theobroma, Black Thai, Immort Pomegranate Granita with Festina Peche Palate Cleanser 4th Course Cheese Plate ~ with 120 Minute [2006], Red and White, Punkin Ale 5th Course Raspberry Fort Crme Brule with a WWS Chocolate Ice Cream Milk Shake ~ with World Wide Stout [2008], Fort [2007] Late seating includes a champagne toast at midnight and the great, live music from Nate Myers & The Aces. 320 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE (302) 226-2739
East End Brewing - Special Extended Thursday Growler Hours from 4pm-7pm 6923 Susquehanna Street Pittsburgh, PA (412) 537-BEER (that's 2337)
Fat Heads - Restaurant and Bottle Shop closing at 6pm 1805 East Carson Street Pittsburgh, PA (412) 431-7433
Half Moon Saloon - New Years Eve hours Lunch 11:30-5. Dinner 5-10 108 West State Street Kennett Square, PA (610) 444-7232
Keystone Homebrew - Both stores will close early (4:00 PM) on New Year's Eve. 779 Bethlehem Pike (Rt. 309) Montgomeryville, PA (215) 855-0100 599 Main Street Bethlehem, PA (610) 997-0911
Lancaster Brewing - Open for Business as Usual 302 North Plum Street Lancaster, PA (717) 391-6258
Otto's - Open for Business as Usual 2105 North Atherton Street State College, PA (814) 867-6886
Rivertowne Pour House (Monroeville) - from 9pm-2am, $50/pp or $90/couple for well and call liquors, all beer except high gravity beers, and a food buffet 312 Center Road Monroeville, PA (412) 372-8199
Selin's Grove Brewing - closed on New Year's Eve, resume our regular hours on January 6th 121 North Market Street Selinsgrove, PA (570) 374-7308
Stewart's Brewing - Open for Business as Usual; perhaps some special music and menu still to be determined 219 Governors Place Bear, DE (302) 836-2739
Stoudt's - Dinner, hors d'ouerves, plus Holiday Inn hotel packages available for $275/couple or $200/couple without hotel arrangements; Bread Shop open until 4pm and Bar until 10pm 2800 North Reading Road (route 272) Adamstown, PA (717) 484-4386
Triumph (New Hope) - 10pm, $10 cover includes champagne toast at midnight Kobra Commander is more than just the fictional nemesis of G.I. Joe or a Hasbro action figure; the electro-prog trio pays homage to the fact that they are a product of the 80’s as they remind you that the wake of the electro wave has yet to settle. 400 Union Square New Hope, PA (215) 862-8300
Union Barrel Works - In-house performance by Steven Courtney and his Band of Friends plus New Year's Eve Barrel Drop. 6 North Reamstown Road Reamstown, PA (717) 335-SUDS (7837) Union Jack's on the Manatawny - Closed for New Year's Eve 546 Manatawny Road Boyertown, PA (610) 689-0189
Zeno's - Open for Business as Usual with live bands and a cover charge 100 West College Avenue State College, PA (814) 237-4350

Other Northeast
Beer Table - Past, Present, and Future dinner. 8pm $45, 10pm $55 w/ midnight toast. Three plates of food paired with 3 beers from the past, present, and future! 427 B 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 965-1196
Boston Beer Works (Fenway) - Open for Business as Usual through 12:45am 61 Brookline Avenue Boston, MA (617) 536-2337
Blind Tiger Ale House - This event has now been changed to a PAYG, no cover charge, "same old great stuff as every other day of the year" event. Open for Business as Usual! 281 Bleecker Street New York, NY (212) 462-4682
Cambridge Brewing Co. - Open for Business as Usual in the restaurant until 10pm and in the bar until 11pm 1 Kendall Square Cambridge, MA (617) 494-1994
Chelsea Brewing Company - Closed all day and then booked for a private party after 10pm 59 Chelsea Piers New York, NY (212) 336-6440
City Steam - Join us for an incredible evening featuring...Jay Black and Mike Burton. There will be two performances this evening... 7:30 p.m Show -Dinner Package: $59.95 per person plus tax & 18% gratuity on food and drinks Doors open at 6 p.m.-Dining at 6:30 p.m. Includes comedy cover charge, three course dinner and champagne toast Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the bar or pool room With DJ Party Girl from 9:00pm -12:30am 10:30 p.m. Countdown to New Year’s Show: Doors open at 10 p.m -$30 admission per person Countdown to the New Year with Jay Black (headlining comedian) Celebrate New Year’s Day in the bar with live entertainment after the show Our full menu is available until 11:30 p.m. Reservations are required by credit card for all shows. Cancellation fee is for full amount if cancellation occurs after 12/23/09. All guests must be 21 or older with valid ID 942 Main Street Hartford, CT (860) 525-1600
David Copperfield's - Open for Business as Usual 1394 York Avenue New York, NY (212) 734-6152
Ebenezer's Pub - Open for Business as Usual with some dinner specials to be determined 44 Allen Road Lovell, ME (207) 925-3200
Ginger Man (NYC) - Join us New Years Eve for specialty beer, and a Chimay or champagne toast at midnight. $100 per person includes open bar from 9pm-2am, or come in and drink at your own pace. 11 East 36th Street New York, NY (212) 532-3740
Hop Devil Grill - Open for Business as Usual with party favors, balloon drop, Champagne Toast at Midnight, and a kitchen open until at least 1am 129 Saint Marks Place New York, NY (212) 533-4468
Rattle 'n' Hum - Time for some fun at New Years again and this year its Karaoke fun!! What’s better than singing in the new year with a good quality beer in your hand!! For this new years you can buy an open bar ticket for $150 which includes all beers, liquor, and a Black Ops toast at midnight! Or you can just come, pay as you go and still have an awesome time!! 14 East 33rd Street New York, NY (212) 481-1586
Southampton Publick House - 5pm-10pm 3 course dinner without alcohol for $40/pp; 10pm in the bar area includes DJ and $20 champagne split specials 40 Bowden Square Southampton, NY (631) 283-2800
Spring Street Lounge - Open for Business as Usual 48 Spring Street New York, NY (212) 965-1774
Spuyten Duyvil - Open for Business as Usual 359 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 963-4140
The Brazen Head - Open for Business as Usual with various specials and fun throughout the night 228 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 488-0430
The Gate - Open for Business as Usual with a Champagne Toast at Midnight 321 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY (718) 768-4329
The Publick House - Open for Business as Usual 1648 Beacon Street Brookline, MA (617) 277-2880
Trinity Brewhouse - Open for Business as Usual 186 Fountain Street Providence, RI (401) 453-2337
Willimantic Brewing - dinner specials being served 967 Main Street Willimantic, CT (860) 423-6777
Zum Schneider - come say goodbye to the old year in proper Bavarian style at Zum Schneider. This year we don't only offer a free champagne toast when it's time to switch, and serve "Silvester-Bowle" and delicious specials from the kitchen. For the first time on "Silvester" we'll have Moesl Franzi and the JaJaJas playing. They'll make sure you will sing, schunkel, Polka and yodel into 2010 in the Schneider-party-style! The JaJaJas will also have a surprise list of songs you can sing with them Karaoke style into the microphone. Sounds like fun?! You know it always is with us. We're looking forward to party with you and bury the old year. See you on the 31st for a "Prosit Neujahr"! PS: The door opens at 5pm. 107 Ave C New York, NY (212) 598-1098

Other United States
21st Amendment - Open for Business as Usual with specials still TBD 563 2nd Street San Francisco, CA (415) 369-0900
Ale Asylum - Some special beer, including aged brands. Midnight Toast with both Champagne and Triple Nova 3698 Kinsman Boulevard Madison, WI (608) 663-3926
Arbor Brewing - "Brew Year's Eve", with a different keg of small-batch celebratory beer every hour from 8:30pm-11:30pm, dinner specials, live music and no cover. 114 East Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI (734) 213-1393
Birreria Paradiso (both locations) - Closing by 10pm 3282 M Street Southeast Washington, DC (203) 337-1245
Bourbon and Branch - This is the one evening of the year where we put away all but one of our House Rules. You'll be able to speak as loudly as you want, move at your leisure between the three bars in the Main Room, The Library, and Russell's Room to mingle, stand, and order your own drinks right at the bar. And yes, you can use your camera. The music selection will also take some updated detours from our typical 1920's swing and jazz. We will have table service available for those that arrive earliest, beginning at 8pm to take hold of the few coveted Main Room booths for up to 6 guests, on a first come, first served basis. Through the course of the festivities we'll be offering a very special NYE Cocktail Menu, drinks from this menu are included with admission, and we will also have our usual full menu available (at normal prices). 1920's attire is encouraged, but not required. At every turn, this Affaire aspires to spoil you with fine hand-crafted libations and spirits. At midnight, revelers will be treated to complimentary Champagne for the Annual New Years Countdown and Toast. As usual, there is Very Limited Capacity for this lively event. Admission is $150 per person. This includes the Champagne Cocktail Welcome Reception, all cocktails on the NYE special menu, and the Midnight Champagne Toast. All other beverages will be served at usual prices. The Affaire begins at 8PM. 501 Jones Street San Francisco, CA? (415) 931-7292
Brugge Brasserie - Closing by 8pm 1011 East Westfield Boulevard Indianapolis, IN (317) 255-0978
Captain Lawrence Brewing - Retail beer closing by 6pm 99 Castleton Street Pleasantville, NY (914) 741-2337
Carolina Brewery - $20.10 for a buffet (drinks extra) and a Champagne Toast at Midnight 460 West Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC (919) 942-1800
City Beer Store - Closed December 24th-January 1st. Our doors will reopen with normal business hours on January 2nd. 1168 Folsom Street-Suite 101 San Francisco, CA (415) 503-1033
D.B.A. (New Orleans) - Colin Lake-7pm- New Year's Eve Bash w/Eric Lindell-11pm- $25 618 Frenchman Street New Orleans, LA (504) 942-3731
Duclaw (all locations) - Open for Business as Usual 16 Bel Air South Parkway Bel Air, MD (410) 515-3222
Falling Rock Tap House - Open for Business as Usual 1919 Blake Street Denver, CO (303) 293-8338
Father's Office (both locations) - closed for business both New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 1018 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA (310) 736-2224 3229 Helms Avenue Los Angeles, CA (310) 736-2224
Fort Street Brewing - "New Year's Eve Uncovered" with no cover charge and three beer releases. 1660 Fort Street Lincoln Park, MI (313) 389-9620
Great Dane - Ring in 2010 at the Downtown Dane! Music from DJ Mike Carlson at 9:30 and then Kid Cut Up at 11:30. $5 cover begins at 9:00 and also includes party favors and champagne toast to the New Year! 123 East Doty Street Madison, WI (608) 284-0000
Hop Leaf - Regular Hours, Regular Menu, Regular Prices, No Cover 5148 North Clark Street Chicago, IL (773) 334-9851
Jacoby's - Open for Business as Usual with free appetizers and a Champagne Toast at Midnight 624 Brush Street Detroit, MI (313) 962-7067
Kona Brewing - Closing by 9pm 7192 Kalanianole Highway Honolulu, HI (808) 394-5662
Lion's Pride - Open with a special dinner menu and a Champagne Toast at Midnight 112 Pleasant Street Brunswick, ME (207) 373-1840
Magnolia Pub & Brewery - Closing by 10pm 1398 Haight Street San Francisco, CA (415) 864-7468
Maui Brewpub - Last call at 12:15am 4405 Honoapiilani Highway Lahaina, Hawaii (808) 669-3474
Marin Brewing - Open for Business as Usual until 11pm 1809 Larkspur Landing Circle Larkspur, CA (415) 461-4677
Moylan's Brewery - Open for Business as Usual until 1am 15 Rowland Way Novato, CA (415) 898-4677
The Brewer's Art - Open for Business as Usual 1106 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD (410) 547-9310
RFD/The Brickskeller - Ring in the New Year with Beer! R.F.D. has one of the largest selections of beer in the city. Offering over 300 bottled beers and 40 drafts. From world class brews to local craft brews. You're bound to discover a favorite! There's no cover, beer/liquor/champagne specials, and a DJ for dancing. Come celebrate 2010 at the World of Beer in the heart of the city! 810 7th Street NW Washington, DC (202) 289-2030
Russian River - The ladies from Wild Card Belly Dance return to the Russian River Brewing Company to help us celebrate New Years Eve! Free Show! All Ages Welcome! Celebrate New Year`s Eve with The 808 Band!!! This is sure to be one of the best parties in town!!! Free Show!!! All ages welcome!!! 725 4th Street Santa Rosa, CA (707) 545-2337
Sierra Nevada - We’re changing the format a bit this year by opening a bit later and offering a dazzling, evening long gourmet cheese/munchies buffet along with a to-die-for dessert array. Doors will open at 8:30 PM and the evening’s entertainment will begin at 9:30. We are proud to present the legendary and acknowledged friend of the Sierra Nevada family, Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings for your dancing pleasure. Join us for a special Chico New Year’s Eve celebration with all the trimmings you’ve come to expect and we invite you participate in our complimentary champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. Tickets for this special evening are $50. 1075 East 20th Street Chico, CA (530) 893-3520
Stone Brewing - Starting at 11am, Come join us and ring in the New Year with a specialty growler fill from the past year. This is a day of celebration you don't want to miss! 2009 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, 2009 Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Stone 13th Anniversary Ale, Stone 09.09.09 Vertical Epic Ale, 2009 Double Bastard Ale 1999 Citracado Parkway Escondido, CA (760) 471-4999
The Corner Brewery - featuring the "Third Coast Kings" and a special "Rat Pad" batch of beer that will be tapped just before midnight. There is no cover. 720 Norris Street Ypsilanti, MI (734) 480-2739
The Great Lost Bear - Open for Business as Usual until 11:30pm 540 Forest Avenue Portland, ME (207) 772-0300
The Map Room - closed from December 29th-January 12th. 1949 North Hoyne Chicago, IL (773) 252-7636
The Monk's Kettle - Enjoy a Four-course Dinner & Beer Pairing featuring: Pauwel Kwak; La Trappe Isid'Or; Koningshoeven Dubbel; Tripel Karmeliet; & DeuS. $115 per person. Time: Doors at 8:30pm with a reception beer, 1st Course at 9:00 pm 3141 16th Street San Francisco, CA (415) 865-9523
The Old Fashioned - Big Shot New Years Eve Bash! 23 North Pinckney Street Madison, WI (608) 310-4545
The Old Toad - Join us for a night of delicious food paired with exqusite beers. Four courses all prepared from scratch and expertly paired with a complimenting beer. This event is by reservation only and seating times will be between 6:30 and 9pm. Tickets are $40 with beer pairings, $35 without. (not including tax or gratuity) 277 Alexander Street Rochester, New York (585) 232-2626
Toronado - Open for Business as Usual until 2am 547 Haight Street San Francisco, CA (415) 863-2276
Tyler's Taproom - from 7pm-2am, $70/pp or $120/couple. Special Beer & Wine pairing with Unique Food Stations. Durham location only. 324 Blackwell Street Durham, NC (919) 433-0345
Yard House - Open for Business as Usual with a Midnight Champagne Toast and party favors; late night requires 21+ Multiple locations nationwide 401 West Shoreline Drive Long Beach, CA (562) 628-0455

2009, in every year a little rain must fall

Be still sad heart and cease repining; Behind the clouds the sun is shining, Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life a little rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary. ~ Longfellow

It's inevitable, but jarring nonetheless, that good friends and family members will pass away from this little blue marble. 2009 was no different as the craft brewing industry lost some noteworthy figures. And, October was a particularly sad month for many in the industry. I don't pretend that I've kept a perfect list of everyone that has passed away in this past calendar year, so if I've missed someone that deserves mention here, please drop a private note to me or a simple comment below. Let's raise a glass in these last couple of days of 2009 to the following individuals:

William Brand, 70, February 2009, accident (read more at The Oakland Tribune and Bottoms Up

Martin N. Friedland, 83, May 2009 (

Gary Bredbenner, 44, October 2009, pulmonary embolism (read more from Lew Bryson, Jack Curtin, and the Daily News)

Greg Noonan, 58, October 2009, cancer (read more at Burlington Free Press)

Dick Young, 56, October 2009, brain aneurysm (read more at The News Tribune)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pittsburgh, Penn ... again

Looks like I was just a few weeks early in my visit to Pittsburgh in order to taste the "new" Penn Pilsner being brewed once again back on Penn's home turf in the North Side/Troy Hill neighborhood. Check the Post-Gazette for more details. But while I was there in the middle of December, here is what I did find. I did find (finally) that Piper's Pub is just down the street from Fat Head's on Carson Street in the South Side. I'd, of course, always known this; it's just that I've always found it so difficult to get past Fat Head's. By the time the eating and drinking was done with at Fat Head's, a trip upstairs to the retail shop, oh and maybe just one more, trekking the extra half block down the street has always just seemed so unnecessary. And, I've been told by others wiser than I that this is a mistake that I should not be repeatedly making. While Fat Head's should always remain on any beer drinker's best Pittsburgh Itinerary, it may be time for me to reconsider my first stop in the South Side. Between the soccer (oh, my apologies, I should say football?!), the neighborhood insider ambiance, the friendly but unobtrusive staff, and the interesting but not overwhelming menu, Piper's Pub will be my first stop on Carson Street when I return for the annual Flyers/Penguins hockey trip that I'll be making at the end of March. I can already taste my next perfect Scotch Egg at Piper's. It was during this visit to Piper's that I found what was already reported to be true just a few short months ago---that Philadelphia Brewing had entered the Pittsburgh market. Harvest from the Hood was still on tap (as it was also at Fat Head's) and according to the Philadelphia-transplanted bartender has been well-received by patrons. Oh, and before I move on from Piper's, how remiss I would be if I didn't mention the oh-so-perfect East End Snow Melt coming off the cask engine. Simply,,,wow! This is a great beer to begin with, and it shines all the more (as many beers do when served this way) when served cask-conditioned without the invasive forced carbon dioxide. What else I did find was a pleasant neighborhood-y feeling tavern smack in the middle of downtown a stone's throw from the Convention Center. While there isn't an endless supply of decent beer bars in the heart of downtown, August Henry's just may be downtown's best nowadays. A co-worker and I stopped in long enough to find a tasteful decor of dark, heavy wood, comfortable barstools, and a long mural of the local landscape and skyline decorating the long wall opposite the bar. We had a couple of beers, East End's Snow Melt and Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. I hadn't made a note of the entire draft list, but in addition to the two I've already mentioned, to know that Great Lakes Christmas and Tröegs Mad Elf had just kicked should give you an idea of why August Henry's should be on your short list of stops if you happen to be staying in a Downtown Pittsburgh hotel looking for decent grub and grog within a few blocks of your hotel. Since this three-night group business trip to Pittsburgh was largely dominated by, well, business, there wasn't much more to report, except.... What I did find when crossing the river and highway to the North Side/Troy Hill neighborhood was not a whole lot of apparent activity at the newly former and new again home of Penn Brewery. Someone had written somewhere online (my apologies for lack of proper credit here) that Tom Pastorius and crew had just mashed in days ahead of my visit. As you can see from the link all the way above (okay, here it is again so you don't have to go looking for it), the Penn Pilsner will be ready very soon and I might add not a day too soon. I had a Penn Dark during one of our dinners out in Pittsburgh. It was one that had been brewed in Wilkes-Barre (The Lion) as any Penn beer brand has been for the last however-many-months-it's-been since the brewery and restaurant were shuttered. Let's just say the beer tasted and smelled at least a notch or two below what I would call acceptable by Penn's standards. So, yes, I'm looking as forward to some fresh Penn Pilsner as much as I am to the Scotch Egg and Soccer at Piper's Pub in March. Since I arrived without warning, all I could do was to poke around to see whom I might find working around the brewery. An electrician was about it. A couple of open doors allowed me (well, 'allowed' may be a too generous of a way to describe them) to poke my head in, but really nothing else much to report sight- or smell-wise. So, I grabbed a few pictures for your enjoyment and teasing. If you haven't been to Penn in the past, I'd recommend keeping your eyes on the Beer Press so that you can schedule your own visit later this coming year. The walk to Penn from downtown is such an easy one. Of course, it depends partly upon where you are coming from downtown. If you're all the way down by The Point/Fort Pitt or over by Duquesne, you might be looking at a 2 mile walk...very doable, of course, on a nice day. If you're closer to the Strip District, you're talking about barely a mile's worth of walking. Walking or driving, you'll want to head across the 16th Street Bridge from downtown. A nice little road sign bearing the word 'Brewery' will point you in the right direction over to Vinial Street. Good thing they never took it down. But, if walking, you can shave a few minutes off your trek by walking through the Heinz Loft property (totally legal and open, not private property) and across a pedestrian walkway which takes you almost to the front door of Penn's Brewery and Restaurant. If you want to see this pedestrian bridge, it won't show up on any map only on satellite image...though, trust me, it makes for a better and faster walk (safer too, when crossing the highway 28 intersection) by taking this pedestrian bridge...and affords a nice view of the brewery and the Heinz property as well. That seems to bring me to a close of my most recent finds in Pittsburgh. I plan to have much, much more to share after the late March trip that I'll be making. 'Til then, why don't YOU take shot at sharing with the rest of us what you like most of Pittsburgh and its beer scene? Comment below!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Are you bored this week?

Just in case you're going stir crazy, need a little liquid warming, and/or happen to be on either end of the state (of PA, that is) looking for a way to get yourself through to New Year's Eve/Day (whichever it is that you tend to prefer), I offer you these 2 late entries to the Weekly Calendar. ~~~Penn Brewery wants you to be a part of the reintroduction of its "new self" in Pittsburgh... for a free taste, check 'em out on Wednesday, 12/30 ~~~Over in the eastern side of the state, Craft Ale House is celebrating its 1 Year Anniversary in the shadows of Limerick's cooling towers. Seems appropriate if that so-called Nuclear Penguin beer would make an appearance, eh? and it's tomorrow, 12/29.

Beer Calendar: What To Do in January 2010

2010, Ach weh! Closing in on 20 years of drinking the good stuff and 5 years writing about it am I. And, with that, the brewers, distributors, and publicans who make it all possible continue to march on with a January beer events calendar as full as it has ever been. With many still catching up here in the middle holiday madness, this calendar will continue to grow over the coming weeks. Check back often to make sure you stay up-to-date with all of the best beer events. And, don't forget the roughly 175 establishments and their New Year's Eve plans that I've listed over here. 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 Fri. 1/1 - One Year Anniversary Party @Local 44, Philadelphia, PA (4:00pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/1 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin & Mummers Parade @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA (1:00pm; PAYG) Sat. 1/2 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @Varga Bar, Philadelphia, PA (5:00pm; PAYG) Sun. 1/3 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin & Eagles Game @Swift Half Pub, Philadelphia, PA (1:00pm; PAYG) Mon. 1/4 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @Local 44, Philadelphia, PA (5:00pm; PAYG) Tue. 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 - Left Hand Tuesday Nights @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, PA (8:00pm-10:00pm; PAYG) Wed. 1/6 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @Standard Tap, Philadelphia, PA (6:00pm; PAYG) Thu. 1/7 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @Kite and Key, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm; PAYG) Thu. 1/7 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (January's selection: Belgian Golden Ale) @Triumph, Philadelphia, PA (6:00pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/8 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @The Pub and Kitchen, Philadelphia, PA (5:00pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/8 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @London Grill, Philadelphia, PA (8:00pm; PAYG) Sat. 1/9 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @the P.O.P.E., Philadelphia, PA (5:00pm; PAYG) Mon. 1/11 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @Bridgid's, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm; PAYG) Mon. 1/11 - Quizzo and Kenzinger @Doobie's, Philadelphia, PA (9:30pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/15 - Friday Night Beer Tasting (Flying Fish) @Stone Beverage, Philadelphia, PA (4:30pm-6:30pm; free) Mon. 1/18 - Keep the Pint Night (Victory) @Dawson Street Pub, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG) Wed. 1/20 - 120 on 1/20 @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, PA (10:00am; PAYG) Wed. 1/27 - Weyerbacher Wednesday @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/29 - A Taste of Boulder @Hawthornes, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG) Sat. 1/30 - The Trouble with Trippels @Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA (all day; PAYG) Philadelphia's close suburbs Tue. 1/5 - Olde Bartholomew Barleywine Firkin @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, PA (7:00pm; PAYG) beginning Wed. 1/6 - St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp @Sly Fox, Phoenixville & Royersford, PA (5:00pm; PAYG) Thu. 1/7 - Craft Brew Night (Southampton Publick House) @Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, PA (6:00pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/8 - Friday Night Tasting (Founders) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (5:00pm-7:00pm; free) Fri. 1/15 - Friday Night Tasting (Weyerbacher) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (5:00pm-7:00pm; free) Sat. 1/16 - Brewers' Reserve featuring British Invasion @Iron Hill Brewery, Phoenixville, PA (12:00pm-5:00pm; PAYG) Tue. 1/19 - Tasty Tuesday with Weyerbacher @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA (PAYG) Thu. 1/21-Sat. 1/23 - Barleywines and Barrel-Aged Beers @Capone's, Norristown, PA (PAYG, more details to come) Thu. 1/21 - Blues Brews 'n' BBQ @Ron's Original, Exton, PA (PAYG) Fri. 1/22 - Robbie Burns Birthday Bash @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA (5:00pm; PAYG) Thu. 1/28 - Brewery Promo Night (Brooklyn Brewery) @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA (7:00pm-9:00pm; free) Fri. 1/29 - Friday Night Sampling (Yards) @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, PA (5:00pm-7:00pm; free) Fri. 1/29 - Friday Night Tasting (Tröegs) @Beer Yard, Wayne, PA (5:00pm-7:00pm; free) Sat. 1/30 - Beer and Food Pairing @Wegmans, all PA stores (11:00am-3:00pm; Free) Sat. 1/30 - Friday Night Sampling on Saturday (Various) @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, PA (3:00pm-5:00pm; free) Sun. 1/31 - Sour? @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA (PAYG) Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania Fri. 1/1 - Lambic Tappings @Tap and Table, Emmaus, PA (4:00pm; PAYG) Wed. 1/6 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (January's selection: Wassail) @Triumph, Princeton, NJ (6pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/8 - Brewer's Reserve Barrel Tappings (January's selection: Zitronenweizen) @Triumph, New Hope, PA (6pm; PAYG) Fri. 1/29 - Cask Ale Night @General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA (February's selections: Victory Pursuit Pale Ale & Oliver Dark Horse Mild) (5:00pm; PAYG) Elsewhere Fri. 1/8-Sun. 1/10 - Williamsburg Cask Ale Festival @d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY (1:00pm daily; PAYG) Thu. 1/28 - Barleywine Night @Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA (5:00pm; PAYG) Events Over $20 Philadelphia Sat. 1/2 & Sat. 1/16 & Sat. 1/30 - Craft Beer & Artisanal Cheese Tour @Old City, Philadelphia, PA (3:30pm-5:30pm; $45) Thu. 1/14 - Flying Fish Beer Dinner @Chifa, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm; $65) Thu. 1/14 - Beer & Cheese: Victorious Winter Pairings @Tria Café, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm-8:00pm; $50) Wed. 1/20 - Weyerbacher Anniversary Beer(s) Dinner @The Belgian Café, Philadelphia, PA (7:00pm; $55) Fri. 1/22 - Belgium's Winter Wonderland @Tria Café, Philadelphia, PA (6:30pm-8:00pm; $45) Sat. 1/23 - The Philadelphia Beer Experience, a Walking Tour @Philadelphia's Fairmount Neighborhood (11:00am-5:00pm; $32.50) Sun. 1/31 - Beef and Beer @South Philadelphia Tap Room, Philadelphia, PA (5:00pm-9:00pm; $50) Philadelphia's close suburbs Wed. 1/13 - Brewmaster’s Winter Beer Dinner @Iron Hill Brewery, Maple Shade, NJ (7:00pm; $65) Wed. 1/20 - Flying Fish Beer Dinner @Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA (7:00pm; $40) Thu. 1/21 - Beer Pairing Dinner @McKenzie Brewhouse, Glen Mills, PA (7:00pm; $39) Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania Wed. 1/13 - Meet The Brewer Series Presents… (Bell's Brewery) @Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, PA (7:00pm; $40) Wed. 1/20 - Wild Game & Beer Dinner @Union Barrel Works, Reamstown, PA (7:00pm; $40) Elsewhere Thu. 1/7-Sat. 1/9 - Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival @Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Vail, CO (see website for details) Fri. 1/15-Sat. 1/16 - Great Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival @William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center, Anchorage, AK (see website for details) Sun. 1/17 - Bollywood (Dogfish style!) - A Night of Indian Cuisine @Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE (6:30pm; $57) Sat. 1/30 - The Brewing Network's Winter Brews Festival @Linden Street Brewery, Oakland, CA (1:00pm-8:00pm; $25 at the door only) Sat. 1/30 - Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting @5 Seasons Westside, Atlanta, GA (4:00pm-7:00pm; sold out, see website for details) Sun. 1/31 - Real Ale Fest @Brü Rm. at BAR, New Haven, CT (1:00pm-5:00pm; $TBD)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Upcoming at The Brew Lounge

Here's what I've got for you over the next 10 days or so. - a Pittsburgh Trip Report (cuz there's always something good to report coming out of the 'burgh and this is now a couple of weeks overdue) - a NYC Trip Report ( about 1 month delinquent) - a Hawaii Trip Report (good stuff to talk about, even though I had to dig a bit harder...but still, this is somewhere around 3 months old at this point and I'm running out of excuses) - gonna keep the New Year's Eve Guide up-to-date, because all you party people deserve it - and I think I have a little something special here at year-end to recognize those who have passed on during 2009 - oh, and a little something to do with beer and running...something that is still not quite ready to be discussed Hope you're all enjoying whichever holidays you may celebrate and that the season has held something special for you. Holiday Cheers, Bryan

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Donate to Worthy Charities first

I'd considered suggesting to you that for a great last minute holiday gift, you might check out the Brew Your Own ad over there on the right-------> But, then I figured that was pretty selfish. Yes, I get a little kickback from the magazine and that's nice. But, then as we were making our end-of-year charitable contributions, I figured I should first suggest that you do that instead. I figure that anyone reading this has the means at least to have Internet access and a device to be able to read web content such as this. And, though this has been a tough year all around to varying degrees for almost everyone, if you're reading this, I'm guessing that things are at least good enough that you can make a contribution to a worthy charity for those organizations that are doing the most for causes that need it the most. Go do that, please. It is, after all, in keeping with the spirit of the holiday season regardless of how you choose to celebrate it. Then, if you have a few spare nickels after that and wish to buy yourself a little something, get a last minute gift, and help to support The Brew Lounge, then by all means....go check out the Brew Your Own magazine ad and make some better beer in 2010.

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 24th-December 30th

You knew it was coming. Even brewers and bar staff must rest occasionally right? The beer events calendar slows down a bit here in the last week of December 2009. But, that's only because they're gearing up for New Year's Eve and a busier January than ever. Wanna see the New Year's Eve Calendar I've got working for you once again this year? check it out. The full December monthly calendar? over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know. No categories this week, just a straight listing...and away we go... @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 12/25 - 12% (Imports) Fridays of December (opening at 7:00pm; PAYG for a keg yet to be announced and a special guest showing of Tröegs Mad Elf) @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 12/26 - Boxing Day Beer Festival (8:00am-2:00am; PAYG--In addition to celebrating great beer, we'll be celebrating the true spirit of Boxing Day by collecting canned food and gently used winter coats and warm blankets for donation to two local organizations that distribute to families in need. Earn $1 OFF EACH BEER you have by bringing in a coat, a blanket, or 3 cans of food!) @The Institute, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 12/26 - How Heather Helped the Grinch Pour Christmas! (2:00pm; PAYG for Drafts that so far include Mad Elf, Sly Fox Christmas Ale, some special imports, and a few surprises. Keep checking for updates. We'll be showing holiday movies all day. Free Sugar Cookies flowing from the ovens all day!) @World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA--- Sun. 12/27 - Winterfest '09 (1:00pm-4:00pm; $40/$15 for a bunch of Stouts, Porters, Winter Seasonals, and Special Holiday Brews)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This was Unexpected

Oh, crap! As if my list of things to write about wasn't already long and delinquent enough. I'd tell you what I think of Eulogy, but perhaps if I do, I'll put it where it Foobooz comments. Unfortunately, this is one of the very few times that Eulogy has been mentioned around these parts. (and, no, it's not a bias that's to blame)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Walkin' and Drinkin' in a Firkin Wonderland

Weather outside frightful? No way. I had just finished describing to someone how much I enjoy the changing of our distinctively different seasons here in the northeast part of the country when I decided that I would meet up with Patty in the city (Philly, that is...if you're not keeping track) and head over to The Khyber for their fund-raising firkin event. Well, this was after checking both Amtrak's and SEPTA's morning "performance" to see how delayed service was running into the city. Oh, and that in fact came after hearing, or shall I say seeing, online from The Khyber's Jeremy Thomson that the event would go on. This was, after all, a state of emergency as he put it. One that would raise needed funds for the animals. Actually, what I found in the city was that much continued to go on. That's part of the beauty of urban living, not being so dependent upon cars to get through daily life. In the city, there are trains, buses, subways, trolleys, and cabs to get from point A to point B. Plus, there's good ol' fashioned pedi-power. We combined a few of these to find our way into Old City and a bar seat at The Khyber. We were there for the first couple hours of the event when things were still a bit slow. But, I can recall how things went for us when we used to live in the city and predict how the remainder of the day went. After slumbering through a wintry morning, grabbing coffee and breakfast/brunch, urbanites in search of good beer for a good cause were lumbering in the direction of The Khyber to put back from Sly Fox Chester County Bitter, Yards George Washington Porter, Philadelphia Brewing's Shackamaximum Stout, and Stoudt's Fat Dog Stout on cask. There were unlimited refills of these four beauts included in the $20 donation to Philly PAWS; but even at one glass of each of them you were right around breakeven. Note to brewers and bar owners/managers: These cask events don't pop up nearly often enough around these parts. We here in the Philadelphia region were one of the early adopters of a strong cask culture. Still...While most bars of above average repute have around one beer engine, I think I speak for many of us who would like to see more cask offerings and more at one given time at events such as this. Brewers--Bar Managers....Possible? Readers....what say you?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Time to get a little Viral

Coffee drank, bagel eaten, dogs walked, concert watched, wife dropped off at train station (more later), kitchen cleaned, bed fixed, estate been readied for the storm. A very productive morning thus far. Now time to get a little viral. Funny thing is I knew that JibJab had this feature, just couldn't figure out how I might want to use it. And that, my friends, is the difference between simpletons like me and creative types like Jennie Hatton. I'm giving credit to Jennie because Suzanne did, so to see what I'm talking about, follow the linky-links through the Beer Lass where I give credit to having found it. Confused? Don't be...just click the link and enjoy. This is Philly's version of I Am a Craft Brewer! oh, the train thing? yeah, I could be sipping from some casks at the Khyber later today. Patty's already downtown, so why shouldn't I join her? Walking in an urban wonderland, cask beer, Christmas Village...sounds like a perfect plan? We shall see and report back later...

Friday, December 18, 2009

This Guy's Living the Dream

If this doesn't make you consider your career choice, I don't know what will. I'm devoid of any pictures from last night and that might be a good thing. The way mister, I should say doctor, Joel was being greeted like a rock star---back slapping from the gents, hugs and kisses from the ladies, even smiles of approval from a toddler---I'm proud to say that I knew this swell lad 'when'. The excitement level at Pickering Creek Inn last night for New Holland Brewing's goodies like Charkoota Rye and Dragon's Milk made the Mad Hatter IPA look like the odd sister out. My last (and my first) run-in with the "kooter" was at the 2008 GABF where I declared the Charkoota Rye one of my favorites of the event; I was thrilled to have good fortune finally bestow another taste upon me. Joel, too, said that it was the first time he's had it on how about a firkin of cask-conditioned? Please? Oh, by the way, you may be wondering what the heck this Charkoota Rye is all about. They classify it a doppelbock. With a few different smoked malts, including rye, I can see where they're going with this. The smoke was fairly obvious to me. Also, this bit of a lingering medicinal flavor that was difficult to put a finger on...but when someone said 'sucrets', that could be an apt comparison. A very interesting beer that I strongly recommend trying at least once. The Dragon's Milk...ah, yes the Dragon's Milk. I may have had this one before, but I couldn't recall (still can not). After taking one taste, it's difficult to understand how I could not have recall of a run-in with this bell-ringer. The wood, the malt, and the vanilla dominate in this beer and admittedly is not for everyone. Still, I recommend grabbing a glass and letting it sit for 15-30 minutes. Then sip it over the next 15-30 minutes and enjoy. At 10% ABV, it will get your attention, so think about driving arrangements if you're going to have more than one. This was finally my first visit to Pickering Creek Inn. I received an email somewhere over a year ago announcing that a couple of beers that I had recently written about were at this place. A place that I'd heard of but really knew nothing about. Apparently a change in ownership and a bit of sprucing up of the interior, the menu, and the beer list started putting this place on people's (namely beer geeks) radars. Tröegs was hosted there a couple of weeks ago and other beer events have taken place as well, including during 2009's Philly Beer Week (the Phoenixville Pub Crawl). We only stayed long enough last night to get a nice vibe from the bar staff, a simple taste of some wings and chicken fingers, a good feel from the other patrons, and the Flyers game on the flatscreen TV (volume muted). I''m wondering what took me so long to get there for my first visit (oh yeah, it must be Phoenixville's continually improving beer scene) and am already anticipating my next. Cheers Dr. Joel...keep on truckin'.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 17th-December 23rd

Did I say that things slow up on the Beer Events Calendar the closer we get to year's end? Uh, er, I don't think so. Peruse, go forth, imbibe...feel Mary, I mean Merry! Happy Holidays and all that good stuff. Check out the entire December 2009 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know. Some tastings, some free, some PAYG @Beer Yard, Exton, PA--- Fri. 12/18 - Friday Night Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; free tasting samples of Flying Fish) @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 12/18 - 12% Fridays of December (7:00pm; PAYG for a tapping of a limited & rare Eedwaarde Pater keg from 12% Imports.) @Exton Beverage, Exton, PA--- Fri. 12/18 - Friday Night Sampling (4:00pm-7:00pm; free tasting samples of Sly Fox) @Exton Beverage, Exton, PA--- Sat. 12/19 - Friday Night Sampling...on Saturday (4:00pm-6:00pm; free tasting samples of Sly Fox) @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 12/17 - Munich in Mayfair: Spaten Holiday Bock is Bock... er Back (PAYG with Spaten Holiday Bock on tap, loads of Spaten give-aways, and German food specials.) @Local 44, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 12/23 - Christmas Kick the Keg Night (9:00pm; PAYG to come help us finish all the beer we've got left in the lines! Everything on draft is just $3, until the kegs run dry!) @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 12/23 - Kick the Keg Night (9:00pm; PAYG to come help us finish all the beer we've got left in the lines! Everything on draft is just $3, until the kegs are empty!) @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, PA--- Tue. 12/22 - River Horse Tuesday Nights (8:00pm-10:00pm; PAYG to meet & greet the brewers & beer reps & to taste the beers.) @Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, PA--- Thu. 12/17 - Craft Brew Night (New Holland) (6:00pm; PAYG for Cabin Fever Brown Ale, The Mad Hatter IPA, and Dragon's Milk Ale; Specials & Giveaways too) @The Sidecar Bar & Grille, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 12/17 - Brewery Night (Stoudt's) (PAYG for Stoudt's Abbey Triple, Double IPA, Smooth Hoperator, Scarlet Lady, Quad, Fat Dog, Imperial Pum'king, Winter, and Pils...German Fare and Music too) Events that just make you feel good @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 12/17 - Pretty Things Draft Release Party (7:00pm; PAYG for Jack D'Or, Saison, and St. Botolph's Town (rustic brown ale) on draft and Baby Tree (quadruple), American Darling (lager) and their new seasonal Babayaga (stout) in bottles) @The Khyber, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 12/19 - Firkins For Our Furry Friends (1:00pm-8:00pm; $20 gets you bottomless cups of real ales. A variety of different styles of beer will be available, all graciously donated by the breweries. 100% of proceeds to benefit PAWS. Featuring Philadelphia Brewing Company, Yards, and more!! Gratuity not included) Food and Beer, in a season of Food and Beer @Iron Hill Brewery, Lancaster, PA--- Fri. 12/18 - Brewmaster's Winter Beer & Wine Dinner (7:00pm; $70 for four courses featuring Hearty Winter Fare, each course paired with a wine and a beer (Saison, Cherry Dubbel, Radebock, Russian Imperial Stout)) @Ron's Original, Exton, PA--- Thu. 12/17 - Blues Brews 'n' BBQ (PAYG for beer from Ron's and BBQ from Jimmy's BBQ) More activity that just shouldn't be condoned! @Craft Ale House, Limerick, PA--- Wed. 12/23 - Tröegs Yuletide (One On) OR Jolly Saint Nick And His Mad Elfs (6:00pm; PAYG for 2009 Mad Elf; 2008 Mad Elf; Hopback Amber Ale; Dreamweaver Wheat; Scratch 19--Imperial Oatmeal Stout; Scratch 21--Naked Elf; Scratch 24--Van De Horn; Scratch 25--Magical Mustache Rye on Cask) @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 12/18 - An Anchor Christmas Carol (6:00pm-9:00pm; PAYG for three years of Anchor Our Special Ale on tap. 2009, 2008 and 2007.) @José Pistola's, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 12/18 - Get Lit At Lunchtime Series (11:30am; PAYG for Adam Anderson's 2nd Annual Winter Warmer Lunch - featuring Ommegang's 3 Philosopher's from 2007, Schieder Aventinus Eisbock, Flower Power, and 2 Hearted for the Hop Lover in all of you plus some final, "week of", additions) @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- beginning Thu. 12/17 - The Twelve Dog Days of Christmas (PAYG for a list that will include the following: 12/17-Olde School; 12/18-Palo Santo Marron; 12/19-Chateau Jiahu; 12/20-Pangaea; 12/21: Midas Touch; 12/22-Chicory Stout; 12/23-Burton Baton; 12/26-Immort Ale; 12/27-Black & Blue; 12/28-Fort [2008]; 12/29-World Wide Stout [2009]; 12/30-120 Minute) @Tria Café, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 12/17 - Allagash: Gotta Have That Funk (6:30pm-8:00pm; $48 to be among the first to taste the new batches of Rob's sour specialties plus a few of his favorite funky brews from near and far.)