Thursday, December 05, 2013

Weekly Beer Calendar Update: December 5 - December 11

As we enter the month of December, colder temperatures, and the presentation of bigger beers, it stands to reason that we'll be finding more food and beer events as we near the holidays. Plus, all the usual debauchery at beer/Santa and other such events. We're going to warp speed now. Fifty events listed below. Go get 'em.

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

Tastings/Samplings/Freebies and Special One-offs or Debuts
@Ambler Beverage Exchange, Ambler, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Friday Night Sampling (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Tröegs and free pint glasses with purchase.)

@Beer Yard, Wayne, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Friday Night Sampling (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Flying Fish.)

@Iron Hill, North Wales, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Rudolph’s Revenge Release Party (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for some holiday cheer with the release of Rudolph’s Revenge.)

@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. — Mon. 12/9 - Happy Hour (6 p.m.-8 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Yards.)

@Sly Fox, Phoenixville and Pottstown, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Incubus Friday (11:30 a.m.; $PAYG for the incredible Belgian-style Tripel that pours until the keg kicks.)

@Total Wine, Claymont, Del. — Thu. 12/5 - Dogfish Head Beer Tasting (3 p.m.-5 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of beers from Dogfish Head.)
@Total Wine, Claymont, Del. — Fri. 12/6 - Craft Beer Tasting (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of select brews from Lancaster and Fordham brewing companies.)

@Wegmans, Cherry Hill, NJ — Fri. 12/6 - Weyerbacher Tasting (5 p.m.-7 p.m.; $Free tasting samples of Weyerbacher's Winter Ale, Merry Monks, and more.)

Brewery Promos and "Takeovers"
@Geraghty's, Burlington, NJ — Wed. 12/11 - Weyerbacher Tap Takeover and Radio Feature (6 p.m.; $PAYG.)

@Grey Lodge, Philadelphia, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Anchor OSA Flashback (6 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG for two Anchor OSAs on tap, 2012 and 2013.)

@Isaac Newton's, Newtown, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Allgash Tap Take-over (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG as the incomparable Suzy Woods brings no less than eleven beers, including some vintage and rare beers like White, 2013 Confluence Ale, 2012 Vintage Confluence Ale, Four Quadrupel, Victoria Ale, Victor Ale, Hugh Malone Ale, Fluxus 2013, Bourbon Barrel Black, James Bean, and Midnight Brett.)

@Old Eagle Tavern, Philadelphia, Pa. — throughout December 2013 - Brewery of the Month (7 p.m.; $PAYG on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays in December for specials on He'brew drafts.)

@Pinocchio's, Media, Pa. — Thu. 12/5 - Evolution Tap Takeover (7 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for a full lineup of beers from Evolution.)

@The Pour House, Westmont, NJ — Thu. 12/5 - Firestone Walker Tap Takeover (6 p.m.; $PAYG for Firestone Walker's 14th Anniversary, 15th Anniversary, 16th Anniversary, 17th Anniversary, Double Double Barrel Ale, and Velvet Merkin.)

@Ulysses Gastropub, Wilmington, Del. — Wed. 12/11 - Old Dominion Brewery-Pinup Girl Beers ($PAYG for a tap takeover featuring beers from the Old Dominion Pinup Girl Series.)

@Varga Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. — Thu. 12/5 - Sam Adams Night (7 p.m.; $PAYG for Golden Yuzu, Rebel IPA, Black & Brew, Chocolate Squirrel, Old Fezziwig ale, and a secret draft.)

Anniversaries/Parties, Festivals, and other noteworthy events
@Allentown Brew Works, Allentown, Pa. — Sat. 12/7 - Craft Beer Festival (12 p.m.-4 p.m.; $10-$45 for over 25 of the best local and national craft breweries, beer vendors, pub favorites, and munchies.)

@Field House, Philadelphia, Pa. — Tue. 12/10 - Win A Trip To Belgium (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG to vote for your favorite local brewer between now and Tuesday, Dec. 10. Then, in a fun afternoon of vote-counting, we'll draw one lucky ballot. The lucky winner will accompany his or her favorite local brewer on a trip to Brouwerij Dilewyns to help brew the 2014 PBW Collaboration beer with head brewer Anne Catherine Dilewyns, the youngest female brewer in Belgium. Plus, this year, even more prizes will be awarded to additonal winners, including great beer, gift certificates, and festival tix.)

@Good Dog Bar, Philadelphia, Pa. — Sun. 12/8 - 10th Anniversary Party (7 p.m.; $20 for a classic good dog menu items and raffle ticket. Good Dog will donate 10% of sales and match 100% of raffle proceeds to benefit The Morris Animal Refuge of Philadelphia. Plus, a special 10th anniversary beer unveiled by Yards and winners of our 10th annual photo contest announced.)

@Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Pa. — Sat. 12/7 - Valley Forge Beer Festival (12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; $10-$60 for an incredible variety of beers from the local area, from across the country, and from around the globe.)

@The Cambridge, Philadelphia, Pa. — Thu. 12/5 - Repeal Day (7 p.m.; $PAYG for classic cocktails, boilermaker pairings, and 21st Amendment draft specials with live bluegrass and ragtime music from The Broad Ridge Spur.)

@Station Taproom, Downingtown, Pa. — Wed. 12/11 - Goose Islands Sour Sisters (3 p.m.; $35 for a 5.5oz sample of each beer; Lolita, Halia, Gillian, and Juliet and a Goose Island Glass to take home.)

@TJ's, Paoli, Pa. — Sat. 12/7 - 10th Anniversary Party (11 a.m.; $PAYG for what is shaping up to be a party of epic proportions with timed events and tappings all day long. Hot chocolate & donuts for the early risers waiting in line outside beginning at 10 a.m.)

Food and Beer events
@Cavanaugh's Headhouse, Philadelphia, Pa. — Thu. 12/5 - Brew and Chew (8 p.m.-10 p.m.; $20-$25 for a two-hour beer tasting with paired appetizers.)

@Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia, Pa. — Sun. 12/8 - Bacon and Beer Festival (12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; $45-$60 to sample from the restaurants and brewers as a fundraiser for Manna.)

@Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. — Tue. 12/10 - Elements of Beer (7 p.m.; $65 for a five-course meal paired with Golden Child (American Wild Ale), American Brown, Big Red Wibby, Weizenbock, and Barleywine.)

@Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pa. — Tue. 12/10 - Holiday Beer Dinner (7 p.m.; $85 for a seven-course meal served with seasonally-appropriate beers.)

@Pickering Creek Inn, Phoenixville, Pa. — Thu. 12/5 - Beer and Breakfast for Dinner ($TBD for a beer dinner paired with beers from Free Will Brewing Company.)

@Stewart's Brewing Company, Bear, Del. — Fri. 12/6 and Sat. 12/7 - Wild Game Weekend ($PAYG for buffalo, rabbit, antelope, elk, bison, shark, wild boar, and camel to go with Stewart's award-winning beers.)

@The Hyatt, Morristown, NJ — Mon. 12/9 - Weyerbacher Beer Dinner ($45 for a four-course meal served with four Weyerbacher beers.)

@The Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. — Sat. 12/7 - Coffee, Chocolate & Barrel Aged Event (2 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG for a combination of beers with chocolate, coffee, or aged in oak or bourbon barrels. We will be preparing lamb with a special coffee & Knob Creek smoked maple bourbon dry rub and sides. There will also be house-made chocolates and some with bourbon in them for the day as well as all the Knob Creeks bourbon to pair up.)

@The Victoria Freehouse, Philadelphia, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Wells Imperial Pairings Dinner (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $30 for a three-course dinner served with Wells Brewery's Bombardier, Courage Russian Imperial Stout, and Banana Bread and featuring James Chapnick from Wells.)

@TJ's, Paoli, Pa. — Sun. 12/8 - 10th Anniversary Aftermath Brunch (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG for Sunday Morning'll need it after last night.)

@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - The American Craft Beer Cookbook Book Signing (4 p.m.-6 p.m.; $PAYG for lite fare and beer samples. We’ll also be tapping a delicious firkin of Hop Ranch at 5 p.m. Author John Holl will be hanging out in the beer hall, signing books, and answering any and all beer/food related questions.)
@Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa. — Sun. 12/8 - Brunch with Santa (10 a.m.-2 p.m.; $25 ($12 for children) for a timed seating at 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. Children's price includes a photo with Santa.)

Homebrewing, Charity, Schooling, and Miscellanies
@Bethlehem Brew Works, Bethlehem, Pa. — Thu. 12/5 - Charity Cask Night (5 p.m.; $PAYG as 100% of sales from Dry Hopped Explosion – Fegley’s Hop Explosion with extra cascade hops - will be donated to the Autism Speaks organization.)

@Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, Pa. — Wed. 12/11 - Brew and Chew (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $25 for a craft beer open bar paired with appetizers.)

@Keg & Kitchen, Westmont, NJ — Mon. 12/9 - Beer School (7 p.m.-9 p.m.; $30 for a winter brew-based session with a speaker TBA.)

@Resurrection Ale House, Philadelphia, Pa. — Wed. 12/11 - Beer School (4 p.m.; $PAYG to learn a little something about the beer we love to serve at Resurrection. You can pay what you wish and 100% of your Beer School donation goes directly to Share Our Strength.)

Assorted seasonal extravaganzas
@Appetites On Main, Exton, Pa. — Thu. 12/5 - End Of The Year Party (7 p.m.; $PAYG to celebrate another year of fabulous friends and delicious beer with The West Chester Beer Ladies. We are going to show off our finest ugly sweaters while we drink some fine brews.)

@Iron Hill, Maple Shade, NJ — Sun. 12/8 - Winter Warmer Release Party (6 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of our most popular spice beer, Winter Warmer, and five additional seasonal beers.)
@Iron Hill, Newark, Del. — Fri. 12/6 - Ugly Sweater Party (5 p.m.-8 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of two holiday-themed ales. Plus, an Iron Hill pint glass filled with candy for anyone dropping off a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots.)
@Iron Hill, Philadelphia, Pa. — Sat. 12/7 - Iceberg Beer Release (1 p.m.-5 p.m.; $PAYG for the release of four strong, bourbon- and ice-aged beers: Bourbon-aged Rasputin’s Revenge, Old Behemoth, Van Damaged, and Velvet Hammer.)
@Iron Hill, Phoenixville, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Milk & Cookies with Santa (5 p.m.-10 p.m.; $PAYG as you enjoy the Phoenixville Christmas Parade with the release of our English-style Milk Stout, with patio seating during the parade and complimentary cookies for kids.)
@Iron Hill, West Chester, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Steal the Cheer Beer Release (5 p.m.-9 p.m.; $PAYG to join in the cheer for the release of Scrooge and Yuletide Winter Warmer. The first 75 orders of a Scrooge or Winter Warmer will receive a limited edition Santa Beard pint glass.)

@Local 44 Bottle Shop, Philadelphia, Pa. — Sun. 12/8 - Santa Visits the Bottle Shop (12 p.m.-3 p.m.; $PAYG for a good old fashioned opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap. Free treats for the kids and free beer for the grups.)

@The Cambridge, Philadelphia, Pa. — Wed. 12/11 - Allagash Tap Takeover - Ugly Sweater Edition (4:30 p.m.; $PAYG for true tap takeover of as many Allagash beers (over 20) and ugly sweaters as you can handle.)

@The Victoria Freehouse, Philadelphia, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Christmas Ale Spectacular (4 p.m.-7 p.m.; $PAYG for a special Christmas Ale Happy Hour with Ridgeway, St. Peters, and more. Flights at $15 and Devils on Horseback.)

@Washington House, Sellersville, Pa. — Fri. 12/6 - Holiday Beer Tasting (5 p.m.; $PAYG for some flights of Winter Warmers and other hearty beers.)

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