Sunday, December 04, 2011

Beer Calendar: What To Do in December 2011

2011 has been an incredible year of great beer and events around the Greater Philadelphia region. The calendar of beer events for December should sum the year up well and put an exclamation point on it. Perhaps no more so than on Tuesday, December 7.

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

through Mon. 12/12 - Holiday Food Drive @Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa. (Bring a non-perishable food item, a toy, or personal care items to drop off...and have a bite and a brew while you're there.)
through Sat. 12/24 - Christmas Village @Love Park, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG for this unique atmosphere with thousands of lights, the big Holiday Tree, the delicious smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst, beer, and mulled wine that will bring you and your family into the perfect Christmas mood. More than 50 wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. They will also offer a great shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts.)
throughout December '11 - 36 Days of Christmas Brews @Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG for a constantly changing tap list of holiday-themed beers)

Fri. 12/2 - Free Sampling @Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tasting samples of Winter Warmer beers)

Sun. 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 - Sunday Football Brunch @Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa. (10:30am; $PAYG for breakfast quiche, scrapple, pierogies, waffles, mimosas, Bloody Mary's, beer, and football)
Sun. 12/4 - 8th Anniversary Party @Good Dog Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $PAYG for passed appetizers, drink specials, announced winners of our 8th annual photo contest, games, raffles, & tons of prizes. Draught list for the party includes: Allagash Curieux, Ballast Point Sculpin, Brooklyn Companion, Coronado Blue Bridge Coffee Stout, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Iron Hill Maple Shade Digression, Iron Hill Media Russian Imperial Stout, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share, Ommegang 3 Philosophers, Sly Fox Grisette, Southampton/Greenport Strong Ryeland Ale (collaboration), Stoudt’s Pumpkinfest, Weyerbacher Quad, Yards Abbey Dubbel, and Yards Bourbon Aged General Washington Porter. Also, Flying Fish's Good Fish (a Double IPA brewed exclusively for us by Casey Hughes of Flying Fish), a firkin of Exit 11, and Iron Fish (an Imperial Black Belgian IPA collaboration of Iron Hill and Flying Fish Breweries. 10% of evening proceeds go to Morris Animal Refuge of Philadelphia.)
Sun. 12/4 and Sun. 12/11 - Brunch with Santa @City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:00am-3:00pm; $PAYG, bring a new or slightly used toy and receive 25% off your brunch. Pictures with Santa are included.)

Tue. 12/6 - The Last Train to Skaville @Kraftwork, Philadelphia, Pa. (all day and night; $PAYG for Smuttynose's Homunculus, Old Brown Dog, Vunderbah, Pumpkin, Shoals, Gravitation, Robust Porter, Imperial Stout, Weizen, Farmhouse, and a firkin of Finest Kind)
Tue. 12/6 - Movie Night @Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG for a night of discounted pizzas and beer and The Muppet Movie on the big screen)
Tue. 12/6 - Samichlaus Tapping @The Belgian Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (8:00pm; $PAYG to drink this strong lager which is brewed each year only on December 6th, the Feast of Saint Niklaus)

Wed. 12/7 - Monthly Beer School @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $Free discussion and tasting of Trappist Ales)
Wed. 12/7 - Boulder Beer Night @Misconduct Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for a do-not-miss event from Boulder Beer Co. with Marvin Simpson and their Hazed & Infused, Freshtracks Wet-Hopped, Flashback India Brown, Planet Porter, Sweaty Betty, Kinda Cantaloupe, Grapefruit Mojo IPA, Never Summer Nitro, and Forever Fruit)
Wed. 12/7 - Book Signing with Garrett Oliver @London Grill, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG as The Oxford Companion to Beer and Garrett Oliver spend the night for some signings and imbibing, and an industry discount on the book purchase)
Wed. 12/7 - Beer and Small Plate Pairings @Tashan, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for modern Indian food paired with Voodoo's beers like Pilzilla, White Magick of the Sun, Gran Met, Four Seasons IPA, Love Child, and Wynona's Big Brown Ale)

Thu. 12/8 - Home Brew Workshop @South Philadelphia Library, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30pm-8:00pm; $Free as nanobrewer Sean Mellody helps attendees learn about homebrewing basic ingredients, equipment, and the process of homebrewing. One lucky person will walk away with a start-up kit at the end of the program.)

Fri. 12/9-Sat. 12/10 - Christmas Beer Extravaganza @Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm; $PAYG for Santa's favorite beers from around the globe. First up on Friday are Tröegs Mad Elf (both '10 & '11), 21st Amendment Fireside Chat, Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Anchor Christmas Ale, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, Delirium Noel, Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux, Dubisson Scaldis Noel, and Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout.)
Fri. 12/9 - Lunch with Bell's Brewery @Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $PAYG for great grub and kegs of Expedition, Sparkling Ale, Winter Ale, and firkins of Two Hearted Ale)
Fri. 12/9 - Free Sampling @Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tasting samples of Christmas beers with Joe Sixpack)
Fri. 12/9 - Victory sampling @Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of Victory's Old Horizontal, Storm King, and the rest of their lineup)

Sat. 12/10 - "O Come All Ye Faithfull Hellhounds to the Olde School... (bow head)... Namaste" Dogfish Head Brunch @The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (10:00am-3:00pm; $PAYG for a brunch menu from Grey Lodge and beers from Dogfish Head including Burton Baton, Hellhound, Immort Ale, Namaste, Olde School Barley Wine plus whatever tricks or treats Wendy will bring with her.)
Sat. 12/10 - Sledwrecker Challenge @Nodding Head, Philadelphia, Pa. (3:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG for 2010 vintage Sledwrecker and the unveiling of a sour barrel-aged 2010 barely wine as well as some yet-unnamed beers)
Sat. 12/10 - Christmas Festival and Craft Show @Hop Angel, Philadelphia, Pa. (1:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG to have a beer with Santa at 5pm, crafters featuring homemade jams, jellies, cookies, decorations from 1pm-5pm, live Christmas trees for sale in the beer garden from noon - 8pm, Christmas beers on tap including Tröegs Mad Elf all day long, and much more)
Sat. 12/10 - Barcade/Sixpoint Beer Project @Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $PAYG for the first 2 beers in the series – East Coast Amber and S.M.P. along with 8 other different Sixpoint beers to be announced shortly. Thirty beers will be poured in total; 26 will be different. See website for all of the details.)

Sun. 12/11 - Breakfast with Santa @Hop Angel, Philadelphia, Pa. ($PAYG for breakfast with the Big Guy)
Sun. 12/11 - Benefit for Dignity Housing @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:30pm; $PAYG where proceeds from evening sales will be donated to Dignity Housing)

Tue. 12/13 - Movie Night @Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG for a night of discounted pizzas and beer and Encounters At The End Of The World on the big screen)
Tue. 12/13 - A Holiday Roasting of Steve Mashington @Prohibition Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm-11:00pm; $PAYG as Yards' Mashington is in for a roasting that he's not likely to forget. Expect your favorite holiday meals, along with some of Yards' finest beers including two very special holiday firkins. We got a letter from Santa Claus himself saying that he would make an appearance if both firkins kick. It looked like Tom Kehoe’s handwriting, but Tom Kehoe would never agree to dress up like Santa, would he?)

Wed. 12/14 - Reading, Signing and Beer Tasting with Joe Sixpack @Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm; $PAYG as Joe Sickpack reads and signs his new book,"What The Hell Am I Drinking?", at the Library at 1900 Vine Street. Afterward, head to the Kite & Key (1836 Callowhill Street) for a fun beer tasting.)
Wed. 12/14 - Yards at The Bards @The Bards, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG for specials on eight Yards drafts and an ESA firkin)
Wed. 12/14 - Bell's Beer and Christmas Cookie Sampling @Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $PAYG for a cheese and/or cookie plate paired with beer from Bell's like Christmas Ale, Winter White, Sparkling Ale, and Cherry Stout)

Thu. 12/15 - Keep the Pint Night @Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG for Dock Street's Prisoner of Hell, Justin's Moustache, Rye IPA, Kolsch, and the never-before-sipped Old Ale)
Thu. 12/15 - IPA Club Holiday Mixer and Bottle Swap @Standard Tap, Philadelphia, Pa. (8:00pm; $PAYG to mix and mingle at the 6th annual party of the IPA women's beer club. Wear a hat and bring a small or large bottle to exchange.)

Fri. 12/16 - Free Sampling @Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tasting samples of beers from New Jersey with Joe Sixpack)
Fri. 12/16 - Lancaster Brewing sampling @Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of Lancaster Brewing's Winter Warmer, Milk Stout, and others)
Fri. 12/16 - Third Friday - Jodi's Firkin @The Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG to hang with Jodi and drink from her choice of firkins)
Fri. 12/16 - Founders Tap Takeover @2nd Street Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. (8:00pm-11:00pm; $PAYG for all sorts of Founders beer TBA, with raffle tickets for the chance to buy Canadian Breakfast Stout)

Sat. 12/17 - Tröegs Ugly Sweater Holiday Party @City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; Wear your ugliest holiday sweater, then it's $40 for open bar, hors d'oeuvres, and raffle prizes of good cheer. Proceeds to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)

Sun. 12/18 - Book Signing and Beer Tasting @The Foodery (2nd/Poplar), Philadelphia, Pa. (4:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG as Shmaltz's Jeremy Cowan joins Joe Sixpack to sign each of their respective books and toss back a few He'brew and other beers. The party then continues at Devil's Den)
Sun. 12/18 - Christmanukkah: A Very Special Holiday Book Signing and Beer Tasting @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for this crazy holiday celebration that will include Joe Sixpack, Jeremy Cowan (Shmaltz Brewing), and a final draft list still TBA but look for Brew Works Rude Elf, Port Santa's Little Helper, Ridgeway Bad Elf, Sly Fox Christmas, He'brew Jubilation, Hop Manna IPA, & Genesis 15:15)

Tue. 12/20 - Movie Night @Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG for a night of discounted pizzas and beer and Scrooged on the big screen)
Tue. 12/20 - A Very Joe Gunn Christmas @Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG for what should be an epic/typical night featuring live music, special guests, reindeer tacos and Joe Gunn)
Tue. 12/20 - Bagby's Beers @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm; $PAYG to hang out with big-time GABF medal winner Jeff Bagby, Director of Brewing Operations at all Pizza Ports in California)

Wed. 12/21 - Darkest Day with Bell's @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for tappings of Black Note, Rye Stout, Cherry Stout, Java Stout and many more.)

Thu. 12/22 - Christmas Caroling with Lew - A Book Singing Event (not a typo) @Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:30pm-9:00pm; $PAYG visit from the big guy. We at the Grey Lodge must have been good, since the big guy will be dropping in on Thursday, December 22. No not Santa, the other big guy, beer writer Lew Bryson. Lew will lead us in some Christmas caroling...Loads of Christmas beers on tap...Do some last minute Christmas shopping! Lew will have several of his books to sell and sign. They make great gifts.)
Thu. 12/22 - A Very Evil Christmas @Pub on Passyunk East, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for a bunch of beers from Denmark's Evil Twin Brewing)
Thu. 12/22 - Wolaver's sampling @Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of organic Wolaver's beers)

Fri. 12/23 - Philadelphia Brewing sampling @Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of Philly Brewing's fresh brews like Shackamaximum)
Fri. 12/23 - Stone Brewing Company @Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. (all day and night long; $PAYG to celebrate Christmas Eve-Eve with Double Bastard, Anniversary Ale, Vertical Epic, Imperial Russian Stout, and two casks along with the Smoked Porter.)

Sun. 12/25 - Christmas Night Tapping @Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $PAYG for an after-family-gathering of Tröegs Mad Elf from both '10 and '11)

Mon. 12/26 - Boxing Day Beer Festival @Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG for some of the
best holiday and seasonal ales from around the world, including: Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper, Struise Tsjeeses Reserva, Smisje Kerst '08, Scaldis Noel, Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux, Dogfish Head Black and Red, Sierra Nevada Celebration, De Ranke Noel, Blaugies La Moneuse, Great Lakes Christmas, Ridgeway Bad Elf (cask), and Ridgeway Reindeer Droppings (cask). In addition to celebrating great beer, we’ll be celebrating the traditional spirit of Boxing Day by collecting canned food and non-perishable food items for donation to Philabundance.)

Tue. 12/27 - Movie Night @Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (9:00pm; $PAYG for a night of discounted pizzas and beer and Die Hard on the big screen)

Wed. 12/28 - Black & Wit Night @Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG Bubbly Wit and Black Belgian 2xIPA debuts and Special B&W Pizza. Charlie Chaplin "shorts" on the big screen, plenty of B&W-themed music, and B&W vegan cake)

Sat. 12/31 - Ballast Point Blast & First Happy Hour of 2012 @Perch Pub, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-2:00am; $PAYG for beers like Calico, Yellowtail, Wahoo, Barrel-aged Black Marlin, Sextant, San Salvador, Brandy Navigator, and Sculpin. At midnight, the first happy hour of 2012 begins with all remaining craft drafts half off until 2am.)

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Fri. 12/2 - Vertical Fridays @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a vertical tasting of '09, '10, and '11 St. Feuillen's Cuvee de Noel)

Tue. 12/6 - Tasty Tuesday: Tröegs Reindeer Stew @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG for yet another night with Mad Nick Johnson and his Mad Elf, Troegenator, Hopback, JavaHead, Scratch #52, tall tales, fish stories, and other embellishments. Plus, the first batch of this year’s favorite holiday fare: Reindeer Stew, as always braised with and by the Mad Elf.)

Wed. 12/7 - Sixpoint Sampling @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for Diesel, 90211, Filling Station, Signal, Otis, Sweet Action, Brownstone, The Crisp, Bengali Tiger, and Righteous)
Wed. 12/7 - Global Beer Tour 2010 Flashback @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG as they pour many delights from the Global Beer portfolio. The list will include but not limited to. Tripel van de Garre, Gulden Draak, Pilaarbijter Blond, Ename Cuvee, Zot Dubbel, Troubadour Magma Cascade, Poperings Hommel bier and more.)

Thu. 12/8 - Avery Draft Event @Capone's, Norristown, Pa. (11:30am; $PAYG as Archie shows up from 6pm-9pm to rep Avery's Dugana Black IPA, Hog Heaven Barleywine, IPA, Maharaja DIPA, Meph Addict, Mephistopheles, Old Julbilation Winter Ale, Out Of Bounds Stout, Rumpkin Pumpkin Beer Brewed In Rum Barrels, Samuel's, The Czar Imperial Stout, The Reverend Quad, and White Rascal. Also, for good measure, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale, Bear Republic Racer X, and Mikkeller Beer Brunch Weasel)
Thu. 12/8 - Hair of the Dogfish Part II @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG for a DFH lineup including Faithful, Hellhound, Bitches Brew, Chicory Stout, Pangaea, Immort Ale, Burton Baton, My Antonia, Namaste, '10 Old School Barleywine, 60 Minute IPA, and 90 Minute IPA on the Randall)

Fri. 12/9 - Vertical Fridays @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a vertical tasting of '10 and '11 St. Bernardus' Christmas Ale)

Tue. 12/13 - 21st Amendment Sampling @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for Fireside Chat, Back in Black, Brew Free or Die, Allies Win The War, and a cellared case of Monk's Blood)
Tue. 12/13 - Tasty Tuesday: Shelton Brothers Christmas II @Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa. ($PAYG for a night of Winter beers, Christmas beers, Solstice beers, sippin' beers, chuggin' beers, and some super secret surprises from their vast portfolio that aren't exactly seasonal either.)

Wed. 12/14 - Victory Night @Mad Mex, Willow Grove, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a '10 Old Horizontal as well as several other Victory brews.)

Thu. 12/15 - 2nd Anniversary Party @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (all day and night; $PAYG for Real Boy DIPA (Iron Hill/Pinocchio’s Beer Garden 2nd Anniversary Ale), Dogfish Head 120 Minute, Dark Humor (Iron Hill/Ithaca collaboration), Port Older Viscosity, Lost Abbey Angel’s Share Brandy, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Russian River Supplication, Russian River Sanctification, Russian River Consecration, Russian River Damnation, Rodenbach Vintage 2008)

Fri. 12/16 - Vertical Fridays @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a vertical tasting of '10 and '11 Scaldis Noel)

Sat. 12/17 - Book Signing: The Chemistry of Beer @Keystone Homebrew, Montgomeryville, Pa. (2:00pm-4:00pm; $PAYG as author Roger Barth will be on hand to sign books and talk homebrewing. Be a great gift for yourself or the aspiring homebrewer on your gift-giving list.)
Sat. 12/17 - Holiday Big Bottle Tasting @Iron Hill Brewery, North Wales, Pa. (2:00pm-5:00pm; $Free tasting samples from IH's big bottle collection)

Mon. 12/19 - Allagash Tap Takeover @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for Allagash's Vrienden, Fluxus ‘11, Interlude, Odyssey, Hugh Malone, Victor, Curieux, Blonde, Black, Dubbel, Tripel, Four, White, and Dirty Allagash w/ Framboise)

Wed. 12/21 - Victory Tap Takeover @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a tap list from Victory still TBD)

Thu. 12/22 - Rogue Specials @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG for an Oregonian lineup of Dead Guy Ale, I2PA, Good Chit Pils, Yellow Snow, Mogul Madness, and Old Crustacean ['09])

Fri. 12/23 - Vertical Fridays @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a vertical tasting of '10 and '11 Brasserie D'Chouffe's N'ice Chouffe)

Mon. 12/26 - Boxing Day Tap Takeover with Tröegs @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (all day and night; $PAYG for Flying Mouflan, Mad Elf 2010, Mad Elf 2011, Hopback Amber, Pale Ale, Troegenator, Java Head, Dreamweaver)

Wed. 12/28 - Ballast Point Tap Takeover @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (all day and night; $PAYG for Barrel-aged Black Marlin Porter, San Saison, Navigator Doppelbock, and Sextant Oatmeal Stout)

Thu. 12/29 - A Very Voodoo Xmas @Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG for Wynona's Big Brown, Gran Met, 4 Seasons IPA, White Magic, and a firkin of Big Black Voodoo Daddy)

Fri. 12/30 - Ship Bottom Brewery Sampling @Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free for this nanobrewery's and two of its flagship beers)

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 12/3 - 8th Anniversary @TJ's, Paoli, Pa. (12:00pm; $PAYG for a day-long set of specials including a Founders CBS raffle (at 2pm, 5pm, and 9pm), beer cupcakes from Dia Doce's Cupcake Truck, Allagash Tripel 8th Anniversary Toast (at 8pm and keep the glass), and a draft list to blow many a beer geek's mind)

Mon. 12/5 - 3rd Anniversary Celebration @Old Forge Brewing Co., Danville, Pa. (4:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG as they tap only one barrel of Old Forge Bourbon Barrel Quad. Special additional menu, complimentary birthday cake, and try your luck out with the Wheel of OFBC.)

Wed. 12/7 - Wednesday Keg Tapping @Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa. (11:00am; $PAYG for the big and nasty Avery The Beast)

Fri. 12/9 - Anniversary Party @Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa. (all day and night from 10:00am; $PAYG as they feature 20-plus beers on tap and the annual release of Odyssey Imperial IPA)
Fri. 12/9 - Belgian Chicory Stout release @Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for this European-based sweet stout fermented with a spicy Belgian yeast strain and aged with 25 lbs. of Chicory)
Fri. 12/9 - Pint Night with Evil Genius @The Drafting Room, Exton, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG to mingle with owners Luke Bowen and Trevor Hayward and try some of their Good 'n' Evil Golden Ale and Naughty or Nice Holiday Ale)

Sat. 12/10 - Phoenixville Firebird Festival @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG as IH releases the Bridge Street Bock, a full-bodied German Lager, in addition to smoke- and fire-themed menu features)

Sun. 12/11 - Brunch with Santa @Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa. (10:00am-2:00pm; $10/$20 as one of our jolly brewers will be donning the red suit and ho-ho-ho-ing for the children on December 11. Join us for some holiday cheer, including breakfast buffet, live music, and pictures with Santa)
Sun. 12/11 - Men's Health Beer Release @all Fegley's Brew Works, Lehigh Valley, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for a Belgian Tripel brewed to raise awareness and help “start the conversation” about Prostate Cancer. The brewery teamed up with Men's Health magazine and Pints for Prostates for this event.)

Wed. 12/14 - Happy Hour prior to Men's Shopping Night Out @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (5:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG for some pre-shopping with other like-minded men including Iron Hill CEO Kevin Finn. Shopping begins at 6 p.m.)

Thu. 12/15 - The Avery Experience @The Drafting Room, Exton, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG for Boulder, Colorado's best including IPA, White Rascal, Ellie's Brown, Joe's Pilsner, Out of Bounds, Hog Heaven, Reverend, Maharaja, Rumpkin, Meph Addict, Mephistopheles, and The Czar)
Thu. 12/15 - Cooks Showdown Finale @Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa. (5:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG as one back-of-the-house Chef and one front-of-the-house Sous Chef will battle it out to become the Victorious Chef Team and have their names immortalized on the Golden Meat Grinder)
Thu. 12/15 - Yards Invades @Liberty Tap Room, Reading, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG for a tap takeover and a firkin up on the bar and a few things you've never had before)

Fri. 12/16 - Friday Night Sampling @Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa. (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free tasting samples from nearby Victory Brewing Co.)

Sat. 12/17 - Hoppy Holidays @Union Jack's on the Manatawny, Boyertown, Pa. (1:00pm; $PAYG for a Ballast Point Sculpin, Blue Point No Apologies Imperial IPA, Coronado Idiot, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Great Divide Hercules, Green Flash Imperial IPA, Moylans Hopsickle, Nebraska Hop God, Port High Tide, Port Mongo, Russian River Pliny the Elder, Southern Tier Unearthly)

Tue. 12/20 - Cask-conditioned Charlie Brown Ale @Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for blend of Pig Iron Porter and Ironbound Ale)

Wed. 12/21 - Bottled Reserves Tasting @Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for samplers from IH's big bottle collection. Beers include Abbey Dubbel, Tripel, Quadrupel, Cannibal, Russian Imperial Stout, Saison, Wee Heavy, & Winter Wheat Wine Ale.)

Thu. 12/22 - Tröegs Yuletide (one on) Event @Craft Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:00pm; $PAYG Featuring on tap 2010 Mad Elf, 2011 Mad Elf, Scratch 52 T2 Ale, Dreamweaver Wheat, Hopback Amber Ale, Javahead Stout, Dead Reckoning Porter, Pale Ale, and Troegenator Doublebock)

Sat. 12/24 - Christmas Eve Brunch @Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. (11:00am-2:00pm; $PAYG for special holiday brunch features)

Events Over $20

Sun. 12/4 - 1st Year Anniversary @Kennett Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa. ($25 for a Yards Bourbon Beer, soup, and a roasted beer brined chicken dinner)

Tue. 12/6 - Pork Dinner and Beer Pairing @The Farm and Fisherman, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30pm; $75 for a four-course meal paired with Spring House beers and co-hosted by Lew Bryson)
Tue. 12/6 - Six Days of Sixpoints Beer Dinner @McCrossen's, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30pm; $40 for a four-course meal as Sixpoint presents three installments of the Spice of Life single-hop IPA series as well as the ultra-rare Gemini Double IPA)

Wed. 12/7 - Yards Beer Dinner @Bistro La Minette, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:30pm-8:30pm; $45 for a five-course meal paired with Yards' Thomas Jefferson Ale, George Washington Tavern Porter, ESA, Saison, and Yardbird Dubbel)

Sat. 12/10 - Barcade/Sixpoint Beer Project @Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa. (12:00pm; $100 for an itinerary that you should click through to their site to see. Net proceeds go to Brooklyn Rescue Mission, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and Philabundance)
Sat. 12/10-Sun. 12/11 - Beer Brunch Weekend with Sixpoint @Garces Trading Company, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:00am-4:00pm; $25 for four beer-friendly dishes paired with a flight of Sixpoint craft beers, or choose any of the special plates or beers a la carte to complement the restaurant’s full brunch menu. Beers include Belgian Rye, Righteous Ale, Bengali Tiger IPA, and Diesel)

Tue. 12/13 - Tom's Holiday Beer Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (7:00pm; $95 for a six-course holiday feast with at least eight beers, two of which will be cellared gems)

Wed. 12/14 - Ommegang Beer Dinner @Barbuzzo, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm; $65 for a four-course meal paired with BPA, Three Philosophers, Adoration, and Aprhodite)
Wed. 12/14 - Italian Food and Beer Experience @The Farmers' Cabinet, Philadelphia, Pa. ($90 for a five-course, six-beer dinner and one additional surprise from B. United Importers)

Mon. 12/26 - Winterfest '11 @World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa. (5:00pm-9:00pm; $35 for a festival with over 30 breweries represented along with sodas, wines, and spirits)

Sat. 12/31 - Yards Beer Dinner @Kennett Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa. ($65 for a four-course meal paired with Olde Bartholomew, Yardbird Abbey Dubbel, and two others.)
Sat. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Rare Beer Dinner @Hawthornes, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30pm-10:00pm; $100 for a five-course meal paired with Goose Island Sofie, St. Bernardus 12, Deschutes Jubelale, Founders '09 Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Tröegs Mad Elf, a super-exclusive brew from either Hill Farmstead, Fifty Fifty, or Cantillon)
Sat. 12/31 - New Year's Eve Beer Dinner @Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. (6:30pm & 9:30pm seatings; $65 & $125, respectively; see website for all the details)

Philadelphia's close suburbs (within 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Tue. 12/6 - Brewmaster's Winter Beer Dinner @Iron Hill Brewery, Media, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $75 for a five-course meal paired with F.Red, German Pilsner, English Strong Ale, Vintage Holiday Ale, and Dark Humor)

Wed. 12/7 - 12 Beers of Christmas @Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa. (7:00pm; $60 for a six-course meal paired with 12 holiday-themed beers)

Thu. 12/22 - Beer Dinner @Lotus Farm-to-Table, Media, Pa. (7:00pm; $65 for a four-course meal paired with Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux, Struise Tsjeeses, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, and Scaldis Prestige de Nuits)

Greater Philadelphia Metro / Eastern Pennsylvania / Other (beyond 20 mile radius of Philadelphia)
Sat. 12/3 - Craft Beer Festival @Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. (12:00pm-8:00pm; $10/$35 for a session (1pm or 5pm) of nearly 50 beers from over 25 breweries)

Tue. 12/6-Wed. 12/7 - Brewmaster's Five-course Beer Dinner @Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa. (6:00pm; $65 for a five-course meal paired with Belgian Harvest, Smokin' Blonde, Roggenbock, St. James Brown, and Russian Imperial Stout)

Wed. 12/7 - Meet the Brewer Christmas Dinner @Spinnerstown Hotel, Spinnerstown, Pa. (7:00pm; $55 for a five-course meal paired with five Victory beers and an appearance from Bill Covaleski)
Wed. 12/7 - An Evening of Beer & Food Pairings @Club 212, Phoenixville, Pa. (7:00pm-9:00pm; $45 for an event sponsored by Allagash, Beer Appetit, and Hophound Productions)

Fri. 12/9 - Hops of the Hill @Iron Hill Brewery, Wilmington, Del. (6:00pm-10:00pm; $PAYG for a hoppy beer from each IH location on tap)

Sat. 12/10 - Philly Christmas Beer Bus Tour @Dock Street, Nodding Head, and Bell's Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa. (11:00am-6:00pm; $85 for a busride from Pottstown to Philadelphia with a visit from Joe Sixpack and a case of Christmas beer to take home at the last stop)
Sat. 12/10 - Yards Firkin Lunch @High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ (12:00pm; $35 for a three-course meal paired with cask-conditioned beer -- Jefferson Tavern Ale, Washington Porter, and Franklin Spruce -- from Yards)
Sat. 12/10 - Valley Forge Beer Festival @Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa. (12:30pm-4:00pm, 5:30pm-9:00pm; $10/$40 for beers from nearly 80 breweries)

Tue. 12/13 - Holiday Beer Dinner @Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa. (6:00pm; $55 for a five-course meal paired with Mad King's Weisse, Prima Pils, Smokin' Oats Porter, Festbier, and Dark Intrigue)

Sat. 12/24 - Christmas Eve Dinner by the Fireplace @High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ ($35 for three-courses and $PAYG for beer)

Mon. 12/26 - Belgian Beer Dinner @Jessop's Tavern, New Castle, Del. (6:30pm-8:30pm; $30 for three courses of food and four Belgian beers including Palm Amber, Rodenbach Classic, Steenbrugge Abbey Tripel Ale, and Boon Cherry Kriek hosted by the tavern and Latis Imports)

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