Thursday, December 08, 2011

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 8 - December 14

Were your eyes as crossed as mine after reading through December's full month beer calendar? Well, here's just the next seven days; though, since the month's events are certainly shifted toward the first half, outside of Philly Beer Week, this is the longest weekly calendar I've assembled here on these pages. Probably close to 50 once you add in the ones that I inevitably missed.

Read slowly, breathe deeply, and sip in between.

Check out the entire December 2011 calendar over here.

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

@Local 44, Philadelphia, Pa.--- through Mon. 12/12 - Holiday Food Drive (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.)

@Love Park, Philadelphia, Pa.--- through Sat. 12/24 - Christmas Village ($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.)

@Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa.--- throughout December '11 - 36 Days of Christmas Brews ($PAYG for a constantly changing tap list of holiday-themed beers)

Santa plays a big role this month
@City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 12/11 - Brunch with Santa (11:00am-3:00pm; $PAYG, bring a new or slightly used toy and receive 25% off your brunch. Pictures with Santa are included.)

@Hop Angel, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10 - Christmas Festival and Craft Show (1:00pm-6:00pm; $PAYG to have a beer with Santa at 5pm, crafters featuring homemade jams, jellies, cookies, decorations from 1pm-5pm, live Christmas trees for sale in the beer garden from noon - 8pm, Christmas beers on tap including Tröegs Mad Elf all day long, and much more)
@Hop Angel, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 12/11 - Breakfast with Santa ($PAYG for breakfast with the Big Guy)

@Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 12/9-Sat. 12/10 - Christmas Beer Extravaganza (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.)

@Nodding Head, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10 - Sledwrecker Challenge (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)

@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 12/14 - Bell's Beer and Christmas Cookie Sampling (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)

@Prohibition Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 12/13 - A Holiday Roasting of Steve Mashington (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?)

@Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa.--- Sun. 12/11 - Brunch with Santa (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)

Anniversaries and Festivals
@Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10 - Valley Forge Beer Festival (12:30pm-4:00pm, 5:30pm-9:00pm; $10/$40 for beers from nearly 80 breweries)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 12/9 - Anniversary Party (all day and night from 10:00am; $PAYG as they feature 20-plus beers on tap and the annual release of Odyssey Imperial IPA)

Special Tastings, Brewery Promos, and Samplings
@Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10 - Barcade/Sixpoint Beer Project (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.)

@Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 12/9 - Free Sampling (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tasting samples of Christmas beers with Joe Sixpack)

@Capone's, Norristown, Pa.--- Thu. 12/8 - Avery Draft Event (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)

@Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 12/9 - Victory sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of Victory's Old Horizontal, Storm King, and the rest of their lineup)

@Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 12/13 - Movie Night (9:00pm; $PAYG for a night of discounted pizzas and beer and Encounters At The End Of The World on the big screen)

@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa.--- Thu. 12/8 - Hair of the Dogfish Part II (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)

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

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

@Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 12/9 - Lunch with Bell's Brewery (12:00pm; $PAYG for great grub and kegs of Expedition, Sparkling Ale, Winter Ale, and firkins of Two Hearted Ale)
@Jose Pistola's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 12/11 - Sunday Football Brunch (10:30am; $PAYG for breakfast quiche, scrapple, pierogies, waffles, mimosas, Bloody Mary's, beer, and football)

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

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Tue. 12/13 - 21st Amendment Sampling (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)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 12/13 - Tasty Tuesday: Shelton Brothers Christmas II ($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.)

@The Bards, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 12/14 - Yards at The Bards (6:00pm; $PAYG for specials on eight Yards drafts and an ESA firkin)

@The Drafting Room, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 12/9 - Pint Night with Evil Genius (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)

Food and Beer events
@Barbuzzo, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 12/14 - Ommegang Beer Dinner (5:00pm; $65 for a four-course meal paired with BPA, Three Philosophers, Adoration, and Aprhodite)

@Garces Trading Company, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10-Sun. 12/11 - Beer Brunch Weekend with Sixpoint (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)

@Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10 - "O Come All Ye Faithfull Hellhounds to the Olde School... (bow head)... Namaste" Dogfish Head Brunch (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.)

@High Street Grill, Mount Holly, NJ--- Sat. 12/10 - Yards Firkin Lunch (12:00pm; $35 for a three-course meal paired with cask-conditioned beer -- Jefferson Tavern Ale, Washington Porter, and Franklin Spruce -- from Yards)

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

@The Farmers' Cabinet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 12/14 - Italian Food and Beer Experience ($90 for a five-course, six-beer dinner and one additional surprise from B. United Importers)

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

Beer with Benefits
@Barcade, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10 - Barcade/Sixpoint Beer Project (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)

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

@all Fegley's Brew Works, Lehigh Valley, Pa.--- Sun. 12/11 - Men's Health Beer Release (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.)

@South Philadelphia Library, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 12/8 - Home Brew Workshop (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.)

Walking, reading, and bussing
@Dock Street, Nodding Head, and Bell's Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 12/10 - Philly Christmas Beer Bus Tour (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)

@Iron Hill Brewery, West Chester, Pa.--- Wed. 12/14 - Happy Hour prior to Men's Shopping Night Out (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.)

@Parkway Central Library, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 12/14 - Reading, Signing and Beer Tasting with Joe Sixpack (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.)

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