Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: September 15 - September 21

If this type of foolishness keeps up, I'm gonna need an intern. I'm getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome working on this calendar. I mean, c'mon, is there an area of the country with a more aggressive (and interesting) set of brewers, distributors, and publicans that take the (beer) ball and run with it? Even without the Oktoberfest celebrations that really kick off the season this coming weekend, there are still over 30 beer events scheduled running the gamut from free tastings to the more expensive sit down beer dinner type of events.

My non-beer life is winning currently, so I trust you'll get out there and take in some of the scene for me as I continue my Houdini act.

Check out the entire September 2011 calendar over here.

If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, let me know.

Special Tastings, Brewery Promos, and Samplings
@Beer World, Roslyn, PA--- Fri. 9/16 - Free Beer Tasting (4:00pm-6:00pm; Free tasting samples of Philadelphia Brewing's beers)

@Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 9/16 - Free Sampling (4:00pm-6:00pm; Free tastings samples of German Fest beers)

@Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA--- Tue. 9/20 - Movie Night (9:00pm; PAYG for a night of discounted beer and food and Urban Roots on the big screen)

@Exton Beverage, Exton, PA--- Fri. 9/16 - Friday Night Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; Free tasting samples of Victory)

@Global Beer Distributors, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 9/16 - Free Beer Tasting (4:30pm-6:30pm; Free tastings samples of Philadelphia Brewing)

@Local 44, Philadelphia, PA--- Tue. 9/20 - Life & Limb Collaboration Night (5:00pm; PAYG for this collaboration brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman "farm" at the brewery in Chico, CA)

@The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, PA--- Fri. 9/16 - Third Friday Jodi's Firkin (5:00pm-8:00pm; PAYG for a special firkin from Jodi Stoudt)

Ein, Zwei, Viel Oktoberfest celebrations
@Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - Capital City Invitational Beer Fest (2:00pm-9:00pm; $15/$35/$40 for 25+ breweries from Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region as well as some awesome brew friendly vendors.)

@Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, PA--- Mon. 9/19-Sat. 9/24 - Oktoberfest (12:00pm; PAYG for a week of nightly fun culminating in a block party on the 24th with plenty of live music, pig roast, and tons of tons of tons of Bavarian Bier.)

@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - Oktoberfest (PAYG)

@Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - Oktoberfest (5:30pm-9:00pm; $25/$45/$50 for a festive night of authentic German dancing and delicious food from Outback Steakhouse of Conshohocken, Dave & Busters of Plymouth Meeting, Zone's Catering, and ShopRite of East Norrition, complemented by sampling a wide variety of seasonal and craft beers.)

@Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 9/17-Sun. 9/18 - Oktoberfest (3:00pm-7:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm; PAYG for the first of 3 weekends of Oktoberfest fun. Music, beer, food and more. Out back weather permitting, inside if rainy. Free sausage sandwich to anyone wearing lederhosen or a dirndl.)
@Hop Angel Brauhaus, Philadelphia, PA--- Sun. 9/18 - Oktoberfest Pre-Game Wheat Beer Breakfast (11:00am-1:00pm; PAYG to start off your Oktoberfesting right with a wheat beer breakfast.)

Food and Beer events
@Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, PA--- Thu. 9/15 - Samuel Smith Beer Dinner (7:00pm-9:30pm; $50 for a four course meal paired with Samuel Smith beers like Organic Ale, Organic Cherry Ale, Nut Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout and Brew Works' beers like The Second Coming ESB, Amber Lager, Steelgaarden Wit, Kilo Imperial Honey Brown Ale, and Devious Imperial Pumpkin Ale)

@DiBruno Bros., Philadelphia, PA--- Tue. 9/20 - An Evening with The Brewer, The Farmer, The Chef, and The Goat (6:00pm-8:00pm; $45 for a night focused on all things goat. There will be interactive tasting stations that include plentiful and various preparations of goat and goat cheese.)

@Éclat, West Chester, PA--- Fri. 9/16 - Eclat Chocolate and Beer (6:30pm-8:00pm, 8:30pm-10:00pm; $45)

@Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - Brews, Blues, & BBQ (1:00pm-5:00pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm; $45 for a sampling of 100 or more craft beers from around the world. There will be free food for your enjoyment and judging. 15 or more Barbecue masters from around the Philadelphia area will be competing for the Best of Philly in 3 different categories: Brisket, chicken and of course, ribs.)

@General Sutter Inn, Lititz, PA--- Sun. 9/18 - Beer and Cheese Tasting (4:30pm; $30)

@Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA--- Wed. 9/21 - Russian River Beer Dinner (7:00pm-9:00pm; $60 for a five-course meal featuring Redemption, Sanctification, Pliny the Elder, Temptation, and Salvation)

@Maloney's Pub & Grill, Matawan, NJ--- Sat. 9/17 - Yards Ales of the Revolution Dinner (7:15pm; $55 for a four-course meal paired with Yards' Philadelphia Pale Ale, George Washington’s Tavern Porter, Poor Richard’s Tavern Ale, and Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale. Four other beers from Yards will be on tap during the evening as well.)

@Side Bar, West Chester, PA--- Wed. 9/21 - Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner (7:00pm; $55 for a creative 5 to 7 course dinner)

Special Events with a little something extra
@Allentown, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - Craft Beer Bus Tour (11:00am; $65 for a tour that includes samples of beer at each location (Fegley's, Triumph, Weyerbacher) along with a behind the scene, V.I.P. tour of their brewing and packaging facility. We give you snacks and water on the bus and the Quizzo lady has promised to show up and challenge your mind.)

@Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - Festivus Humulus Hopfest (PAYG for 17 "normal" drafts and 1 firkin (2pm tapping) of IPAs and giveaways from Fanatic 97.5 FM giveaways)

@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 9/21 - Back to School Staff Beer Training (12:00pm; PAYG for a chance to learn about some of the beer on our menu in depth along with our staff. Four ounce pours of each beer we will discuss are being offered as our treat to you during the class.)

@Mile Post Pub inside Whole Foods, Devon, PA--- Tue. 9/20 - Beer School (7:30pm-8:30pm; $35 for six or seven miscellaneous beer, a bottle of each to take home, a bottle of water and snack, food/cheese/dessert pairing suggestions plus a recipe, a take-home empty pub glass, an empty growler, and some other pub swag.)

@Monk's Café, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - International Zwanze Day (3:00pm; PAYG for this unique and exclusive event)

@Pinocchio's, Media, PA--- Tue. 9/20 - Stone Tap Takeover (6:00pm-10:00pm; PAYG for beer tastings, food, and special edition Pinocchio's/Stone growlers)

@Schuylkill River Banks under the Walnut Street Bridge, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - Blues & Brews on the Banks (5:00pm-8:00pm; $35 for a fun evening of food from The Dapper Dog, drinks, and live music performed by the Brian LaPann Trio to benefit maintenance and operations of the Schuylkill Banks and greenway. All monies raised will go towards the purchase of a new maintenance vehicle for the Grays Ferry portion of the trail.)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA--- Tue. 9/20 - Allagash Alley (PAYG for no less than five taps from this rock star brewery. Expect to see some rare vintage bottles poured as well.)

@The Sidecar Bar & Grille, Philadelphia, PA--- Thu. 9/15 - Sibling Rivalry (PAYG for Mikkeller's Black Hole/Bourbon, Draft Bear, US Alive/Brett, and Drinkin' In The Sun and Evil Twin's Soft Dookie, Biscotti Break, Ryan And The Easter Bunny, and B/D/A Christmas)

@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA--- Mon. 9/19 - Girls Just Wanna Have Suds 2 (6:00pm; $30 gets you locally sourced produce and cheeses from girls who aren’t afraid to get down in the dirt. Beers include: Sunrise; Summer Love; Kölsch; and Helios)

Anniversary Celebrations
@London Grill, Philadelphia, PA--- Mon. 9/19 - 20th Anniversary Party (5:00pm-9:00pm; $40 for Beer & Cheese Pairings from Nodding Head, DiBruno Bros. and Stoudt’s)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, PA--- Wed. 9/21 - Two Year Anniversary Party (5:00pm; PAYG for a Twice-Fried Chicken Goodness (starting at noon) and special draft list after 5pm including De Dolle Dulle Teve, St. Bernardus 12, Schneider Aventinus Eisbock--poured from a wooden barrel off the bar, Leipziger Gose, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, Victory Headwaters Pale Ale on Cask, and Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu--Randalized with Sake-Soaked Hop Leaves)

Fall Beer Festivals get underway
@Battleship New Jersey, Camden, NJ--- Sat. 9/17 - Brew Blast on the Battleship (1:00pm-5:00pm; $45 for over 50 craft and specialty beers)

@Jenkintown Town Square, Jenkingtown, PA--- Sun. 9/18 - Beer Fest at Jenkintown Festival of the Arts (1:00pm-6:00pm; $25 gets you admittance to the brewfest, a sporty wristband, a commemorative sampling cup, and all the samples you care to enjoy during the time taps are open.)

And a Homebrewing Event
@Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA--- Sat. 9/17 - West Philly Homebrew Competition (1:00pm-3:00pm; $7 for the experience of all of the participating wonderful homebrews in addition to voting privileges for the "People’s Choice Award".)

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