Thursday, November 15, 2012

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: November 15 - November 21

It's the designated time of year to give extra thanks for all that we are fortunate enough to have in this life and to share the goodness with others. Not too much of a leap to think that we, around Philadelphia, should be thankful for the year-round hard work of brewers, bar owners and all that are related to the process of getting great beer in our hands. Share the wealth.

Check out the entire November 2012 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.

Brewery Promos and Samplings
@Dock Street Brewery, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 11/20 - Holiday Bottle Release Celebration (4 p.m.; $PAYG for bottles of Prisoner of Hell, Prince Myshkin, Barleywine, Flemish Red, and Barrel-aged R.I.S. plus a special brussel sprouts pizza and live music beginning at 8:30 p.m.)

@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 11/16 - Friday Night Sampling (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Sierra Nevada beers)

@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 11/16 - Friday Night Sampling (4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Victory beers)

@Iron Hill, Wilmington, Del.--- Sat. 11/17 - Senor Chocolatoro Bottled Release Party (1 p.m.-4 p.m.; $PAYG for this chocolate-style beer, and enjoy some small bites that pair perfectly with our Chocolate Beer Selections. Also on tap: Jittery Aztec; Rogue Chocolate Stout; Cowabunga Porter; and Rogue Double Chocolate Stout)

@Iron Hill, Newark, Del.--- Wed. 11/21 - Holiday Beer Release (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for some of our favorite seasonal beers, including Holiday Ale, Bad Santa Brown Ale, Pumpkin Ale, and Cask-conditioned Vanilla Pumpkin Ale. And, raffles on the hour from 7–9 p.m.)

@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 11/19 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tastings of Oskar Blues beers)

@Perch Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 11/18 - Meet the Brewer and Tasting (Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Sixpoint Brewery) (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for Stillwater's Stateside Saison, Existent, and Why Can't IBU? and Sixpoint's Sweet Action, Brownstone, and Spice of Life: Pacifica. Brian Strumke from Stillwater and "Jersey" Dan Bisogno, regional brand manager, from Sixpoint Brewery will be in attendance. We will also offer flight tastings of each of Brewery's three offerings that night for $6 in addition to regular draft pours.)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 11/15 - Ommegang Takeover (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for Ommegang's Scythe & Sickle, Belgian Independence Day, Art of Darkness, Seduction, and Abbey Ale.)
@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Wed. 11/21 - Lost Abbey/Port Tap Takeover (5 p.m.-11 p.m.; $PAYG for Lost Abbey Deliverance, Lost Abbey Bourbon Angel’s Share, 2011 Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi, Lost Abbey Serpents Stout, Lost Abbey Judgement Day, Lost Abbey Avant Garde, Port Mongo DIPA, and possibly more.)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- Fri. 11/16 - Third Friday Firkin Fest (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for Chester County Bitter, Phoenix Pale Ale, and Brewer's Select Pale Ale all from firkins)

"Takeovers", Debuts, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 11/20 - He Said Beer, She Said Wine (7 p.m.; $75 as Chef Jeremy Nolen and Owner Doug Hager of Brauhaus Schmitz are teaming up with Mike Solomonov (Zahav, Percey Street, & Federal Donuts) and sommelier and author Marnie Old (He Said Beer, She said Wine) to host unforgettable pairing dinner.)

@Chestnut 7, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/15 - Long Trail Tap Takeover (4 p.m.; $PAYG to enjoy live music, delicious food and more importantly delicious beer.)

@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 11/21 - Duvel Rustica Feature (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG to try the new collaboration between Duvel and Ommegang, brewed here in the US and should be an excellent Belgian Golden Ale. Enjoy it or one of several other Ommegang drafts.)

@Fegley's Brew Works, Allentown, Pa.--- Sat. 11/17 - Chocolate Festival (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $10/$15/$20/$25 to start the holiday season early by indulging in decadent sampling of chocolate beer, wine, and liqueur. Additionally, food vendors will have samples available to all participants as well as showcasing their unique chocolate specialties.)

@General Sutter Inn/Bulls Head Public House, Lititz, Pa.--- Fri. 11/16-Sun. 11/18 - Fall Real Ale Festival ($PAYG and no entrance fee. This gives you the opportunity to come back several times in order to sample the variety of brews. Half price growler fills on Sunday; bring your own growler. Saturday from 8-11 a.m. a traditional English breakfast will be served in the pub.)

@Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 11/16 - Mad Elf, Happy You ($PAYG for Annual Mad Elf Night. As usual we saved a barrel from last year, so we will be pouring two years of Mad Elf. Also on tap will be Tröegs Scratch 78 Fresh Hop and Dream Weaver Wheat.)

@Kite & Key, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/15 - Russian River Night (7 p.m.; $PAYG as they've been saving a few Russian River barrels in the vault for special tapping on this night)

@Manayunk Brewing Company, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/15 - Pints For North Light (6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; $50/$60/$75/$80/$135/$150 for a beer festival that benefits the North Light Community Center. Great food samplings, silent auction, commemorative 2012 "Pints for North Light" glass, and entertainment by Sound Investment.)

@National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 11/15 - Bathtub Beer Fest (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $45 for a unique, sudsy evening that harkens back to America's darkest, driest chapter: The Prohibition. We'll have flappers and gangsters and plenty of beer served straight from the bathtub. You'll enjoy samples of old-fashioned styles and new varieties, too. PLUS: All attendees receive free admission to the Center's Prohibition exhibit. Held in conjunction with the National Constitution Center's new exhibit, "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.")

@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.--- Wed. 11/21 - Red Wednesday (8 a.m.; $PAYG as they release Red Thunder - Baltic Thunder aged in red wine barrels - by dubbing the day "Red Wednesday," and serving a special breakfast starting at 8 a.m)

Food and Beer events
@Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa.--- Mon. 11/19 & Tue. 11/20 - Halloween Brewmaster's Dinner (Rescheduled from 10/29-10/30 due to Hurricane Sandy) (6:00 p.m.; $65 for a five-course meal paired with English IPA, Anvil Ale, Rauchtoberfest, Old Ale 2008, and Great Pumpkin Stout)

Homebrewing, Education, and Charity
@Keystone Homebrew, Montgomeryville, Pa.--- Sat. 11/17 - 20th Anniversary Blowout Party (see website for details)

@Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, Pa.--- ending Fri. 11/16 - Thanksgiving Pie In The Sky from MANNA ($PAYG to buy MANNA Pies to help provide nourishing, life-sustaining meals to people in our area who are coping with life threatening illnesses.)

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