Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: February 23 - February 29

I'm back from an incredible vacation in Costa Rica to discover there's even more beer to drink around here than when I left. Good thing, since I have to make up for what I was missing while drinking cocktails and wine near the Equator.

Check out the entire February 2012 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 Yard, Wayne, Pa.--- Fri. 2/24 - Friday Night Tasting (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free tastings of Tröegs Nugget Nectar and others)

@Bell Beverage, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/24 - Friday Night Tasting (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free tasting samples from Flying Fish)

@Craft Beer Outlet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/24 - Beer Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free tasting sample from Weyerbacher)

@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 2/24 - Friday Night Sampling (4:00pm-6:00pm; $Free samples from Magic Hat)

@Fingers Wings and Other Things, Conshohocken, Pa.--- Wed. 2/29 - Dogfish Head Leap Day Event (12:00pm; $PAYG for the likes of 120 Minute IPA, Burton Baton, Olde School, Fort, Chicory Stout, Faithful Ale, 60 Minute IPA, and more)

@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 2/24 - Friday Night Sampling (5:00pm-7:00pm; $Free samples of Yuengling Bock)

@Iron Hill Brewery, Media, Pa.--- Fri. 2/24 - Firkin February (5:00pm; $PAYG for cask-conditioned Oatmeal Coffee Stout)
@Iron Hill Brewery, Wilmington, Del.--- Fri. 2/24 - Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (6:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for the release of the Dark Side and more than a dozen other dark and tasty beers from Iron Hill and other brewers)
@Iron Hill Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/24 - Boo-Yaa Double IPA Release Party (5:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for this intensely hopped West coast-style double brewed with lots of Colombus, Centennial, Chinook, amarillo, and Bravo hops for an in-your-face hop experience.)
@Iron Hill Brewery, Wilmington, Del.--- Wed. 2/29 - Leap of Faith Limited Release Party (5:00pm-7:00pm; $PAYG for Leap of Faith, a strong Abbey-style ale. On tap for one night only in celebration of Leap Year 2012. 750mL Bottled Reserves available for sale.)

@Lucky's Last Chance, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 2/29 - Unibroue Tap Takeover (8:00pm-11:00pm; $PAYG flights, glassware, other prizes and giveaways. Meet master brewer Jerry Vietz.)

@Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/23 - Flying Fish Tap Takeover (5:00pm; $PAYG for Exit 8, Red Fish, and all styles of Flying Fish available on tap. The executive chef will be creating menu items specifically for each beer! Free Flying Fish giveaways as well.)

@TJ's, Paoli, Pa.--- Tue. 2/21-Sat. 2/25 - Featured Brewery Week ($PAYG for Flying Dog's In De Wildeman, Imperial Hefeweizen, Kujo, Barrel Aged Gonzo, Gonzo, Raging Bitch, Double Dog, Garde Dog, Doggie Style, Old Scratch, and In Heat Wheat)
@TJ's, Paoli, Pa.--- Tue. 2/28-Sat. 3/3 - Featured Brewery Week ($PAYG for Sixpoint's Anniversary Ale, Gemini, Mad Scientist #7, Spice of Life Simcoe, Spice of Life Nelson Sauvin, Sweet Action, and Sehr Crisp Pilsner)

@The Farmers' Cabinet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/23 - New German Microbrew Showcase (8:00pm-11:30pm; $PAYG for draft and bottle versions of Schonramer's Pils, Festbier, and Gold, Hopf's Helle Weisse, Dunkle Weisse, and Kloster Reutberg's Export Helle, Export Dunkel, and Helles Bock)

Beer events with an imperial kick
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/25-Sun. 2/26 - Dogfish Head Weekend ($PAYG all weekend for 120 Minute, '09 World Wide Stout, '10 World Wide Stout, Olde School Barleywine, Bitches Brew, Hellhound On My Ale, Immort Ale, and many more)

@Hulmeville Inn, Hulmeville, Pa.--- Thu. 2/23 - Flying Dog Tap Takeover (6:00pm; $PAYG for giveaways from the reps and draft specials like Road Dog (Porter with chili peppers), Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, Doggy Style APA, Snake Dog IPA, Garde Dog Biere de Garde, Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, Kujo Coffee Imperial Stout, Double Dog Imperial IPA, Horn Dog Barleywine, Old Scratch Steam Beer, Imperial Hefe, and Black lager with Cherries)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Thu. 2/23 - Southern Tier Tap Takeover (7:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for Unearthly Imperial IPA, Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Oak-aged Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Choklat Imperial Chocolate Stout, 2XStout, and 2XIPA. Chances to win full growlers as well.)

@Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/23 - Nugget Nectar Release Party (6:00pm; $PAYG for the annual release of Nugget Nectar and a lineup from Tröegs including Scratch #56)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Wed. 2/29 - Leap Day Party ($PAYG for a crazy draft list, most stolen from Tim's stash)

@Rino's Italian Restaurant, Exton, Pa.--- Wed. 2/29 - Magic Hat Brewery Tasting (7:00pm-9:00pm; $PAYG for more than just #9. Free wings with purchase of beer. Raffle for Magic Hat #9 bike, Phillies tickets, Sixers tickets, and Flyers tickets)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Wed. 2/29 - St. Patrick's Day Boot Camp ($PAYG and see website for all the details)

@South Philadelphia Tap Room, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/23 - Bell's Tap Takeover (4:00pm; $PAYG for specials on Bell's finest including HopSlam, Winter White, Double Cream, Cherry Stout, Two-Hearted, Rye Stout, and more)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Sat. 2/25 - Founders ($PAYG for Double Trouble, Backwoods Bastard, Curmudgeon, Nemesis, Imperial Stout, Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout ['11], and hopefully Better Half too)

@The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/25 - Sick-Sixtel-Saturday & Sign Party (2:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for Weyerbacher Quad, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Ommegang Seduction, He'Brew Jubilation 15, Boaks Wooden Beanie, Full Pint Rye Rebellion, and one more surprise gem.)

@Union Jack's on the Manatawny, Boyertown, Pa.--- Sat. 2/25 - Wood 3.0 (1:00pm; $PAYG for a tentative list including Southern Tier Oak-aged Pumking, Dogfish Head Immort Ale, Central Waters Bourbon Stout, a couple from Russian River, Anderson Valley Boont Bruijn, Left Hand Oak Aged Widdershins, Abbey de St. Bon Chien Grand Cru (Merlot barrel), Abbey de St. Bon Chien/Terrapin Spike and Jeromes Cuvee -Delirante, Lost Abbey Angels Share, a couple from Allagash, and many more)

Beer and Food events
@German Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/25 - German Society Bierfest (12:00pm-5:00pm; $18/$25/$38/$53 for a celebration of Pennsylvania's German brewing heritage. Light German fare catered by Brauhaus Schmitz is included as is a unique ‘Brewer’s Discussion Panel’ on the future of craft lager and Pennsylvania’s leadership in German-style brewing.)

@The Farmers' Cabinet, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 2/29 - De Molen Dinner and Festival (7:00pm; $75 for at least 10 kegs of De Molen beers like Hel and Verdeomenis, Cease & Desist, Op and Top, Engels, Molenbier, Bed & Breakfast, Geboren & Getogen, and more. Also, a five-course meal paired with five beers total, four being barrel-aged, and three of these beers were shipped over specially for this dinner.)

@Uno's, Metuchen, NJ--- Mon. 2/27 - Flying Fish Beer Dinner (6:30pm-10:00pm; $50)

@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.--- Sun. 2/26 - Chili Challenge (12:00pm-3:00pm; $PAYG to taste a variety of chilis and vote for your favorite. Your vote will help select the winner of The People's Pepper.)

Homebrewing. A festival. Ladies Night. Education. Is "miscellaneous" a good place to put these last four?
@Iron Hill Brewery, West Chester, Pa.--- Wed. 2/29 - Ladies Night Out (6:00pm-8:00pm; $PAYG for a night beer sampling, for ladies only-sorry guys, and a Iron Hill/Beer Ladies collaboration announcement)

@Keystone Homebrew, Bethlehem & Montgomeryville, Pa.--- throughout Feb. '11 - Beer Making, Cheese Making, and Wine Making classes (See website for all the class details)

@Stoudt's, Adamstown, Pa.--- Sat. 2/25 - Brewer's Winterfest (6:00pm-10:00pm; $35 for unlimited sampling of winter warmers from various breweries, great food by Chef Jim Carr, and live music by "The Octavia Blues Band". Breweries attending are: Rumspringa, Union Barrel Works, Victory, Sly Fox, Boxcar, Mountain Spring, and Stoudts. Buffet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

@Tria Fermentation School, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/23 - The Zymatore Project (6:30pm-8:00pm; $65 for this unique Zymatore Project, where B. United is sourcing wine barrels from five countries, then aging beers in these barrels in its state-of-the art Connecticut facility.)

@World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/25 - Beats, Brews, and BBQ (12:00pm-5:00pm; $45/$60 to sample from at least 30 local and regional breweries, live music by Bob Lowery to add to the festive atmosphere, and a souvenir complimentary 6 oz. World Cafe Live logo pilsner glass.)

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