Ho Ho Ho. How's your holiday shopping coming along? More importantly, how is your holiday beer drinking coming along? Plenty to choose from again this week.
As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They continue to host an impressive listing of beer event draft lists to help better inform your beer event planning.
Click through here for a look at the full monthly calendar of beer events around the Philadelphia region.
Fri. 12/12; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - River Horse Cask Festival at River Horse Brewing Company ($15 + $PAYG for 17 different variations on our regular beers, plus this will be the first time our seasonal Oatmeal Milk Stout will be available this year, as well as our next installment of the Brewer's Reserve Series, a Baltic Porter.)
Fri. 12/12; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting at Exton Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Lagunitas.)
Thu. 12/11; 6 p.m. - Goose Island Night at Hulmeville Inn ($PAYG for Bourbon County Stout, Ogden, Illinois, and Muddy.)
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Wed. 12/17; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - Cookie & Beer Pairing at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery ($PAYG as we will be offering a flight of Barren Hill beers paired with freshly baked cookies from our kitchen.)
Wed. 12/17; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - Goose Island Bourbon County Night at Bulls Head Public House ($PAYG for Bourbon County Stout on tap and Bourbon County Vanilla Rye and Bourbon County Coffee Stout in bottles.)
Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 12/13; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. - Winter Warmer Release Party at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of our most popular spiced beer along with five other unique winter offerings. Come dressed in your ugliest holiday sweater.)
Thu. 12/11; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. - Rudolph's Revenge Release Party at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of Rudolph's Revenge, an American-style Belgian golden ale.)
Mon. 12/15; 6:30 p.m. - Beer Dinner at Two Stones Pub ($TBD for an intimate night of great beer and food.)
Thu. 12/11; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. - ShawneeCraft Beer Draft Event at Capone's ($PAYG to meet Dave Goldstein and try the special featured ShawneeCraft Sour Kriek, the first time offered on draft.)
North Wales, Pa.
Sat. 12/13; 5 p.m. - Rudolph's Revenge Release Party at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of Rudolph's Revenge, an American-style Belgian golden ale.)
Thu. 12/11; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. - Port Brewing & Lost Abbey Happy Hour at TJ's ($PAYG for Lost Abbey's Devotion, Red Barn, Judgement Day, Ten Commandments, and Merry Taj and Port's Wipeout, Mongo, Shark Attack, Santa's Helper, Older Viscosity, and Bourbon Santa's Helper.)
Thu. 12/11; 6:30 p.m. - Meet The Brewers at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant ($19.99 for Happy Hour beer tastings, brewery tours with the head brewer, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres.)
Thu. 12/11; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. - Beer & Food Pairing at Philly Beer School ($64.98 to experience and learn about the best ways to pair beer and food.)
Fri. 12/12; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Friday Night Tasting at Bell Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers related to NFC East football cities.)
Fri. 12/12; 5 p.m. - Christmas Extravaganza at Kite & Key ($PAYG as taps will be lined with holiday cheer and of course Santa will be here. But, be warned, this event is not for the kids.)
Fri. 12/12 - Chouffemas at The Belgian Cafe ($PAYG for all things Chouffe to celebrate the holidays.)
Sat. 12/13; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Breakfast with Santa at Hop Angel Brauhaus ($PAYG to bring the kids to sit on Santa's lap and a special kinder brunch menu.)
Sat. 12/13; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. - Santa Visits The Bottle Shop at Local 44 Bottle Shop ($PAYG for a good old fashioned opportunity to sit on Santa's lap.)
Sat. 12/13; 2 p.m.-8 p.m. - Have A Happy Hanukkah With He'Brew at The Institute ($PAYG for some amazing He'Brew beers on tap and some traditional tasty food specials to fill your tummy.)
Sat. 12/13; 3 p.m.-5 p.m. - Tröegs Tap Takeover at Field House ($PAYG for eight Tröegs beers on draft including Mad Elf, Blizzard of Hops, and Impending Decent.)
Sat. 12/13; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. - The Stars are Aligned for Staropreman at Hop Angel Brauhaus ($PAYG for Staropreman, an authentic Czech pilsner straight from Prague.)
Mon. 12/15; 6 p.m. - Meet Evolution Brewery at Varga Bar ($PAYG to meet and drink with owner Tom Knorr and the new brewery rep.)
Wed. 12/17; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. - Blizzard of Hops Firkin Night at Standard Tap ($PAYG for the new winter seasonal Blizzard of Hops via firkin plus the limited Impending Decent.)
Wed. 12/17 - High Gravity at Side Car Bar & Grille ($PAYG for beers from Allagash, Boulevard, Chimay, Founders, Goose Island, Great Divide, Russian River, and Stone.)
Thu. 12/11; 7 p.m. - Allagash Return to the Odyssey at Bistro on Bridge ($PAYG for Allagash's Interlude 2013, Confluence, Odyssey, Hugh Malone, Fluxus, White, Bourbon Barrel Black, James Bean, Victor Ale, Pale Ale, and special limited Currant Affair.)
Fri. 12/12; 11:30 a.m. - 19th Anniversary Party at Sly Fox Brewing Company ($PAYG for a day-long party that will feature 23-plus beers on tap at a time featuring the release of our Anniversary IPA.)
Thu. 12/11; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. - Rudolph's Revenge Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant ($PAYG for the release of Rudolph's Revenge, an American-style Belgian golden ale with complex aromas and flavors of grapefruit, spice, and banana with a refreshing hop bitterness.)
West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 12/12; 4 p.m.-6 p.m. - Beer Sampling at Goshen Beverage ($Free tasting samples of beers from Yards.)
Fri. 12/12; 5 p.m. - Mad Elf Party at Pour House ($PAYG for a Tröegs Tap Takeover featuring 2012, 2013, and 2014 Mad Elf and Buddy the Elf will be in the house again.)
Thu. 12/11; 3 p.m. - SEPTA meets the Trolley at Trolley Tap House ($PAYG as Saucony Creek, Sly Fox, Tröegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, and Yards are all coming with their five brews of choice.)