Thursday, February 07, 2013

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: February 7 - February 13

Lots, as usual, going on over the next seven days. Compounding your beer scheduling difficulties will be the nicely-shaping-up Lehigh Valley Beer Week, which kicks off on Monday February 11 and runs through Sunday February 17.

Check out the entire February 2013 calendar over here. If I'm missing any that you feel should be on here, don't hesitate to let me know.

Events with Tap Lists via
@City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Bear Republic Tap Takeover (5 p.m.; $PAYG for this event tap list brought to you by

Brewery Promos and Samplings
@Ambler Beverage Exchange, Ambler, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Friday Night Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Smuttynose beers.)

@Aston Beverage, Aston, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Friday Night Sampling (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Evolution beers.)

@Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Friday Night Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Firestone Walker beers.)

@Exton Beverage, Exton, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Friday Night Sampling (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Sly Fox beers.)

@Garrett Hill Ale House, Bryn Mawr, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - Debut of 961 Beer (6 p.m.; $PAYG for the Pennsylvania debut of Lebanon's only brewery, 8-year-old 961 Brewery, and its Lager, Red Ale, Witbier, and Lebanese Pale Ale. Owner Mazen Hajjar will be on hand to talk with attendees.)

@Goshen Beverage, West Chester, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Friday Night Sampling (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Philadelphia Brewing beers)

@Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Old Forge Hammers Out the Hops (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG as here comes Old Forge with the hops and its Hop Mama, Overbite IPA, Belgian IPA, and The Eleven)

@Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Hoppy Frogger IPA Release Party (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG to take on Vince the Brewer in a friendly match of that 80’s classic video game. We also are offering a spicy features menu to compliment this hoppy IPA, a medium-bodied, golden-colored IPA with balanced bitterness and intense citrus aroma and flavor. Just like Frogger,™ it’s hoppy! Enter for your chance to win a growler of our new release or other great prizes)
@Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 2/13 - Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout Beer Release (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of our English Sweet Stout — brewed with 22 lbs. of Belgian bittersweet chocolate and aged with 10 lbs. of cocoa nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans.)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa.--- Wed. 2/13 - Wednesday Special Tapping (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for Avery Mephistopheles Stout)

@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Mon. 2/11 - Bottle Shop Happy Hour (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beer from 12% Imports portfolio)

@McCrossen's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/9 - Dogfish Head Tap Takeover (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG for a night of Dogfish Head rarities like 120 Minute IPA, World Wide Stout, Bitches Brew, Noble Rot, and Olde School Barleywine.)

@McGlinchey's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - Special Sixtels (7 p.m.; $PAYG for cheap products from Philadelphia Brewing flowing from atop the bar at this legendary watering hole.)

@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/1-Thu. 2/28 - Brewery Of The Month ($PAYG for month-long specials on beer from Lancaster Brewing)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - Blue Moon Experimental Batch Sampling (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG as our buddy Jeff will be here sampling Blue Moon Chocolate Mint Ale, Cranberry Tart Ale, and Gingerbread Ale. Come out and vote on your favorite beer as one of these flavors will be released as Blue Moon's next winter seasonal this year. Also, try a sample of their new Spring seasonal Valencia Grove Amber Ale.)

@Railroad Street Bar & Grill, Linfield, Pa.--- Sat. 2/9 - HopSlam event and Giveaway (12 p.m.; $PAYG for the highly sought-after beer from Bell's.)

@The Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/9 - Saturday Beer Sampling (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Starr Hill beers)

@Varga, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - Susquehanna Brewing Night (6 p.m.; $PAYG for a night with upstate PA's new Susquehanna Brewing Company.)

@Whole Foods, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - First Thursday Beer Tasting (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples while mingling at the Cold Point Pub.)

"Takeovers", Debuts, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Devil's Den, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - Weyerbacher Insanity Vertical Tasting (7 p.m.; $PAYG for Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, Insanity 2013, Insanity 2012 & Insanity 2011.)

@Fette Sau, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - House Beer Release ($PAYG as Dock Street and Sly Fox introduce new house beers made for Fette Sau.)

@Garrett Hill Ale House, Bryn Mawr, Pa.--- Wed. 2/13 - Lincoln Love, Mardi Gras Style ($PAYG for this combo party celebrating Mardis Gras, Lincoln’s Birthday, and Valentine’s Day. Get your first The Love Wheat Beer from Starr Hill for free. And we’ll have some Mardi Gras-inspired food, as well.)

@Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Dogfish Head Friday (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for Ta Henket, Theobroma, Sah’tea, and Etruscan Ale.)

@Nodding Head, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/9 - Second Saturday: A Liquid Love Letter (3 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for Doc (Golden Ale), Cherry Doc (gravity cask), Chocolate Stout, Floral Tripel, Tripel Lindy, Kung Fu Phunk, and George's Fault)

@Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, Pa.--- Tue. 2/12 - Sixpoint Comes To Teresa's ($PAYG for a few special treats from Sixpoint Brewing including The Crisp, Righteous Rye, Sweet Action, and Otis on Nitro. On the handpumps will be Spice of Life with Nelson Sauvin Hops and Enterprise #10.)

@The Belgian Café, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Fri. 2/8 - Winter Wonderland with B. United (8 p.m.; $PAYG as they present some great and limited release cool draft brews, like the De Dolle Stille Nacht, De Dolle Arabier, Canaster Winterscotch, and per'aps a BFM)

@The Sidecar Bar & Grille, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 2/13 - High Gravity! (3 p.m.; $PAYG for the Mardi Gras Version part deux. Special menu prepared by Chef Brian Lofink. Stone Enjoy By, Brewers Art Green Peppercorn Tripel, Green Flash/Cigar City Candela Rye, Russian River Consecration, Founders Imperial Stout, Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast, Goose Island Minx, Vicaris Winter Warmer.)

@World Café Live, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 2/10 - Band of Brewers (1 p.m.; $20 entry as Yards, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Victory, Dock Street, and Sly Fox bring their brewery employee-only bands to compete for charity.)

Food and Beer events
@American Sardine, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - Dogfish Head Dinner (7 p.m.; $70 for a four-course meal paired with 60 Minute, Burton Baton, Indian Brown Ale, 75 Minute (cask), and their brand new IPA-Rhizing Bines, a collaboration with Sierra Nevada.)

@City Tap House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Tue. 2/12 - Mardi Gras (5 p.m.; $PAYG for a special Cajun-inspired menu and featured beers from Abita like Mardi Gras Bock, Turbo Dog, Purple Haze, and Jackomo.)

@Iron Abbey, Horsham, Pa.--- Wed. 2/13 - Wine vs. Beer Dinner (7 p.m.; $65 for a five-course meal hosted by Rob Reese and paired with five beers and five wines. Featured beers coming from Montreal's Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel include Rosée D'hibiscus, Route Des Épices, Corne Du Diable, Solstice D'hiver, and Aphrodisiaque.)

@Iron Hill, Lancaster, Pa.--- Tue. 2/12 - Brewmaster's Winter Dinner Pairing (6 p.m.; $65 for a five-course meal paired with Berliner Weisse, St. James Brown Ale, Rising Sun, Rauchtoberfest, and Overload Stout.)
@Iron Hill, Newark, Del.--- Tue. 2/12 - Brewmaster's Winter Dinner Pairing (7 p.m.; $65 for a five-course meal paired with Big Red One, Three Lions Pale Ale, Rauchbier, Pig Iron Porter, and Russian Imperial Stout.)

@Round Guys Brewery, Lansdale, Pa.--- Mon. 2/11 - Chocolate and Sweets Beer Pairing (7 p.m.; $TBA)

@Sam Adams Grille, Breinigsville, Pa.--- Sat. 2/9 - Sam Adams Beer & Decadent Chocolate Tasting (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $49 for a 2-hour tasting adventure where a knowledgeable food & beer pro will introduce you to eight craft beers and five chocolates.)

@The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sat. 2/9 - The C.L.A.W. Off (2 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for a tap take-over with DuClaw Brewing and the guys on hand to talk about the brews. Maryland Crab legs with corn on the cob to fill your tummies.)

@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.--- Sun. 2/10 - Chili Challenge (12 p.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG to taste a variety of chilis and vote for your favorite. Your vote will help select the winner of The People's Pepper.)

Beer for Charity
@Fegley's Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa.--- Thu. 2/7 - Charity Cask Night (5 p.m.; $PAYG for a cask of chocolate-covered cherry stout with 100% of sales to benefit the Miller-Keystone Blood Center)

Education and Homebrew
@Dock Street, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Sun. 2/10 - West Philly Homebrew Competition (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; $8 for wonderful homebrews, light snacks, and voting privileges.)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa.--- Wed. 2/13 - Beer School (4 p.m.; $Free to get some in-depth beer schooling along with our staff)

Boot Camp to keep you in shape
@Sly Fox, Phoenixville, Pa.--- every Wednesday from 1/9 through 3/17 - Boot Camp ($PAYG for ten weeks of chances to win a trip to Ireland, culminating on St. Patrick's Day. See website for all the details.)
@Sly Fox, Pottstown, Pa.--- every Thursday from 1/10 through 3/17 - Boot Camp ($PAYG for ten weeks of chances to win a trip to Ireland, culminating on St. Patrick's Day. See website for all the details.)

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