Thursday, November 17, 2011

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 17 - November 23

Craft Beer Express and all of its wild and crazy events are behind us. But, fear not; this is Philadelphia and the great quality beer, bars, events carry on with business as usual. And, that should suit us all just fine. Read on for how you can participate.

Check out the entire November 2011 calendar over here.

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

One highly anticipated release
@Victory Brewing, Downingtown, Pa.--- Wed. 11/23 - Dark Intrigue Release (11:30am; $PAYG, see all the "rules" at the website)

Special Tastings, Brewery Promos, and Samplings
@Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 11/18 - Free Sampling (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tasting samples of Tröegs beers with Joe Sixpack)

@Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Keep the Pint (4:30pm; $PAYG for a night with beers from Dark Horse brewery in Michigan)

@High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ--- Tue. 11/22 - Pre-Turkey Day Bash with Heavy Seas (7:00pm-11:00pm; $PAYG for their annual Thanksgiving party, filled with giveaways and great beer, including their Category 5 Winter Ale)

@Hop Angel, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Keep The Glass Night (6:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG to buy a Radeberger -- a tasty, hoppy German Pilsener -- and keep the glass)

@Local 44, Memphis Taproom, and Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 11/23 - Thanksgiving Holiday Kick the Keg Night (9:00pm; $PAYG to drink the damn beer
so it doesn't get stale)

@MidAtlantic Tap Room, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Pretty Things Happy Hour (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG as the crew from Massachusetts shows off its Babayaga Stout, Baby Tree Quad, and Jack D'Or Saison at Happy Hour prices. These big beers will be paired with delicious snacks from the kitchen.)

@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Weyerbacher Night (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for cheese provided by DiBruno Bros. and a draft list including Sierra Milk Stout, Winter Ale, Imperial Pumpkin, and Double Simcoe. Blithering Idiot in bottles.)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Victory Brewing Night (6:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG as they'll be pouring Victory's Export Lager, Braumeister Pils, Helios, and cask-conditioned Storm King)

@The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 11/18 - Third Friday - Jodi's Firkin (5:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for a Honey APA made with fresh, local Lancaster County honey)

@The Sidecar Bar & Grille, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 11/23 - Thanksgiving Eve High Gravity (3:00pm; $PAYG for a list TBD)

The Elf is Loose
@The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 11/18 - Tröegs Mad Elf Night (6:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for seven Tröegs on tap, include 3 elves. Mad Elf '11, Mad Elf '10, Naked Elf, Dreamweaver, Scratch 45 IPA, Scratch 48 Fest Beer, Scratch 49 Wet Hop, Scratch 50 Belgian Brown. And, you can get some Xmas shopping done at the same time; jolly ol' St. Nick Johnson will have Mad Elf gear for sale.)

@The Side Car Bar & Grille, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - 3 Years of Mad Elf ($PAYG for three separate barrels of Mad Elf from '09, '10, and '11. Plus all of your other Tröegs favorites)

Beer and Food events
@Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa.--- Sat. 11/19 - Fall Chocolate Festival (5:00pm-8:00pm; $15/$20/$25 for chocolate-based goodies and shopping treats from numerous vendors, Stonekeep Meadery meade, healthy chocolate shakes, chocolate wine, and chocolate-themed beers from Fegley's, Rogue, Brooklyn, Young’s, Boston Brewing, and HammerSmith Ales)

@Chifa Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Iron Chef/Craft Brewer's Dinner Series (7:00pm-9:30pm; $65 for a four-course meal paired with Ithaca's beers)

@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa.--- Sun. 11/20 - Russian River & Taco Bonanza (12:00pm; $PAYG for free lunchtime tacos and beers like Russian River Pliny The Elder, RR Damnation, RR Supplication, RR Temptation, RR Consecration, RR Exportation, Voodoo Cowbell, Bruery Autumn Maple, Brooklyn Companion, and more to come. Benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)

@Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 11/19 - Stout & Chowder Festival (5:00pm-8:00pm; $60 for unlimited samples of beer, soup, desserts and other tasty treats, a keepsake glass mug, and access to the official after-party at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City. Delectable soups and stews by Brulee Catering, a special dessert "savor session" by Betty’s Speakeasy, Franklin Fountain and Hank’s Gourmet Beverages, and cigars by John Hay Cigars. Beer from Boxcar, Dock Street, Flying Fish, Lancaster Brewing, Manayunk Brewery, Philadelphia Brewing, River Horse, Stoudt's, Triumph, Tröegs, Weyerbacher, Yards, and Yuengling. Proceeds benefit the museum.)

@LaScala's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Italian Fall Beer Dinner (6:00pm-8:30pm; $45 for a four-course meal paired with beers from various regions of Italy.)

@World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 11/20 - Grilled Cheese & Craft Beer (4:00pm; $35 includes beers, grilled cheeses, dessert, tax, and gratuity)

Iron Hill, at 15 years, in its own category
@Iron Hill Brewery, Lancaster, Pa.--- Fri. 11/18 - Lightning in a Bottle (5:00pm-8:00pm; PAYG as they kick off the holiday season with sample tasters of their Bottle Reserve Series.)
@Iron Hill Brewery, Newark, Del.--- Fri. 11/18 - Oldies but Goodies (5:00pm-10:00pm; PAYG for retro features and a surprise beer release tapping at 6 p.m.)
@Iron Hill Brewery, Newark, Del.--- Sat. 11/19 - Fifteen Firkins for Fifteen Years (12:00pm-5:00pm; PAYG for a crazy-sick lineup of cask-conditioned beers from all IH locations, plus 5 guest breweries. Russian Imperial Stout, Vanilla Coffee Oatmeal Stout, and Union Jack IPA (Newark); Hopkowski (West Chester); Coffee Pumpkin Stout (Media); Brown Haired IPA (Wilmington); Grande Rojo Imperial Red IPA (North Wales); Hoppopotamus (Phoenixville); Belgian Harvest (Lancaster); Apocalypso (Maple Shade); Dogfish Head 75 minute IPA; Evolution Exile ESB; Flying Fish Hopfish IPA; Stewart's Imperial Red Ale; and Yards Cerebus IPA.)

Festivals and other Tasting Events of Significance
@AACA Museum, Hershey, Pa.--- Fri. 11/18 - Autos and Ales (6:00pm-10:00pm; $15/$35/$40 gets you the region's best microbreweries, two live bands plus a DJ in our rotunda, a free souvenir tasting glass, food vendors, beer-themed novelties, antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, & memorabilia, a 50/50 cash raffle, a door prize raffle to benefit the Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation, and a lot of unexpected fun.)

@Capone's, Norristown, Pa.--- Sat. 11/19 - Struise and Mikkeller Draft Event (11:30am; $PAYG for Struise's Pannepot, Black Damnation, Black Damnation #4 Coffee Club, Saint Amatus, Tsjeese Reserva ['09] and Mikkeller's Black Hole Imperial Stout (two ways-both Red Wine & White Wine barrel-aged). A bunch of IPAs too.)

@Dock Street, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 11/22 - 2011 Limited Bottle Release Party ($PAYG for '09 Barleywine, '10 barrel-aged Prince Myshkin R.I.S., '11 Prisoner of Hell, and a sixtel of Flemish Red Sour Ale. All new logo glasses and live music from On The Water too.)

@Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 11/20 - Sunday Football Brunch (10:30am; $PAYG as they welcome 10 Yards with Tom Kehoe during the Eagles game. They'll be debuting Yardbird Dubbel amongst a list of Yards greats like: Russian Imperial Stout, Abbey Dubbel, Entire Porter, Barrel Aged GW Porter, Love Stout, Philly Pale Ale, Thomas Jefferson, IPA, cask-conditioned ESA, and cask-conditioned Spruce)

@Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 11/22 - Allagash Night (6:00pm; $PAYG for Dubbel, Hugh Malone, Fluxus '11, Black, Triple, Blonde, Big Little, and Curieux)

@Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/17 - Pints for North Light (7:00pm-10:00pm; $50/$60/$75/$80 gets you a beer tasting, great food, silent auction, live music, and a gift to take home)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 11/22 - Tasty Tuesday: Victory Harvest ($PAYG for Harvest Ale, Harvest Pils, some Dark Intrigue bottles, and several other of Victory's finest.)

@Keystone Homebrew Supply, Montgomeryville, Pa.--- Sat. 11/19 - Introduction to Brewing Class (6:30pm; $40 for a class geared toward the first-time brewer. The class covers the basic equipment needed to homebrew and how it works. Participants will get hands-on experience brewing, bottling, and tasting homebrew.)

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