And it's that special gift-giving time of year again, so I'm inclined to remind you again of my book, Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic. To buy, send a note to me for personal signing and delivery, ping Amazon.com, or drop by your local bookstore such as Barnes & Noble.
As you review beer events, don't forget PhillyTapFinder.com. They 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. 11/25; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. — Black Friday Release at HiJinx Brewing Company [We will be releasing a limited number of bottles of Bourbon Barrel Aged Steal Your Face Stout. Live music by Jordan White. $PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Craft Beer Festival at Allentown Brew Works [More than 50 craft beers to sample from dozens of the best local and national craft breweries. $10-$35]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Charity Cask Night at Bethlehem Brew Works [Entire proceeds of the charity cask are donated to a local non-profit organization. $PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; All Day — Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual Stout Fest. $PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Madness at Blue Dog Tavern [Mad Elf verticals, vintages, blends, and straight-up fresh. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Black Friday & Bourbon County at Flanigan's Boathouse & Below Deck Bottle Shop [On Black Friday there will be six beers on tap that we've been holding onto just for this event and of course the Bourbon county release. $PAYG]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at Trapp Door [Five awesome beers, five amazing courses. $75]
Fri. 12/2; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Exton Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Evolution. $Free]
Sat. 12/3; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Saturday Sampling at Exton Beverage [Tasting samples of beers from Dogfish Head. $Free]
Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-10 p.m. — Festivus at Naked Brewing Company [Annual celebration with ten beers on tap from Naked, food by Stockyard, and music by Gary Senavitis and Haywood Trout. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Black Friday Stout Invasion at Hunger N Thirst [We will have a variety of "black as night" beers available for consumption. $PAYG]
Wed. 11/30; 5:30 p.m. — Carton Beer and Food Tasting at Bulls Head Public House [Pairings with beers from Carton Brewing Company. $35]
Maple Shade, NJ
Sat. 12/3; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. — Winter Wonderland Celebration Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Winter Warmer & Om Nom Nom, along with 6 other unique beers. $PAYG]
Wed. 11/30; 4 p.m. — Winter Is Coming Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us as we release two seasonal holiday favorites – Winter Warmer, a medium-bodied dark ale and Scrooge IPA, an American-style IPA. $PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Allagash Night at Pinocchio's [A night of beers from Allagash. $PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Milk & Cookies with Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the release of Milk Stout, our medium-bodied English-style stout with a roasted malt aroma and flavor. Infused with lactose for a sweet creaminess. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 7 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. tappings — Annual Black Friday Event at Capone's [An annual display of amazing beer (and brunch) with two tappings to spread the goodness across the day. $PAYG]
North Wales, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 1 p.m. — Deschutes & Oskar Blues Event at The Pour House [Special event draft pricing for beers from Deschutes and Oskar Blues. $PAYG]
Wed. 11/30; All Day — SingleCut Beersmiths at TJ's [Tap list TBA. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2 through Sun. 12/4; All Weekend — 13th Anniversary Weekend Party at TJ's [When all that fun stuff at the bottom of TJ's webpage gets tapped. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 12 p.m. — Unleash The Barrel-aged Beasts at Free Will Brewing Company [Ollie's Food Truck will be here. Bottles of Ella, the beer formerly known as "Black Friday" & a Gold and Bronze Medal Winner, is a 12.8% Belgian Quad, aged in apple brandy barrels for a year and Ralphius is a 15.1% Russian Imperial Stout, aged in bourbon barrels for a year. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Black Friday Beer Brunch at Devil's Den [The Lighter Side of Black Friday with 21st Amendment, Stone, and Firestone Walker. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Black Friday Brunch at Standard Tap [We'll be here serving up our beloved farm fresh brunch and tapping one of two existing firkins of Tröegs' Java Cask. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 12 p.m. — Into The Black at City Tap House-University City [We're excited to tap a stunning selection of porters and stouts - just in time for the chilly winter season. $35]
Fri. 11/25; 3 p.m.-9 p.m. — Black Friday Giveback at Beer Love [We will again be raising funds for Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Weyerbacher Sunday Mole Stout at Grey Lodge Pub [This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molé—coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Fade To Black IV at Brü Craft & Wurst [The time has come for the 4th annual Left Hand Brewing Company + Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Black Friday tap takeover. To mix it up a bit, this year we are dialing back the 'black,' and cutting in some fresh as hell hoppy beers and extremely limited sours. $PAYG]
Fri. 11/25; All Day — Goose Island Black Friday at City Tap House-Logan [We will be tapping 13 Goose Island drafts for the big event. $PAYG]
Sat. 11/26; 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Winter Beer Fest at 23rd Street Armory [We will have on tap more than 100 beers from around the world that will tickle your tongue and warm your belly with big bold flavors and spices. $10-$50]
Wed. 11/30; 3 p.m. — Allagash vs. Dogfish Head Beer Night at Barcade [A special night of beers from some of our friends in Maine and Delaware. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Beer & Brewing 101 at Philly Beer School [This is our introduction to how beer is made, major beer styles, and brewing history. $39.98]
Sun. 12/4; 7 p.m. — 13th Anniversary Party at Good Dog Bar [Passed appetizers, raffle prizes, souvenir photobooth, dog photo contest winners announced. $PAYG]
Wed. 12/14; 3 p.m. — Evil Genius Beer Night at Barcade [Join us as we welcome our friends from the neighborhood. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Cookies with Santa Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Enjoy the Phoenixville Christmas Parade with the release of Santa's Little Helper. For the kids: Patio seating during the parade, complimentary housemade cookies and a visit from Santa Claus. $PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Firebird Festival Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for an 8 beer multi-tap featuring big, bold, cozy winter beers in celebration of the Firebird Festival. $PAYG]
Fri. 12/9; All Day — Anniversary Party at Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery [Details to come. $PAYG]
Thu. 12/15; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Beer & Brownie Pairing at Liberty Taproom [This will be a four beer flight featuring Oarsman, Java Stout, Double Cream Stout, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Hell Hath No Fury. $PAYG]
Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Wed. 12/7; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Festivus Part 2 Beer Dinner at Pickled Pig Pub [A Seinfeld inspired collaboration with our very own Chef Ian Mangin and Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson. $TBA]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Holiday Brews at Washington House [Stop by to share flights of seasonal, hearty brews. $PAYG]
Shawnee On The Delaware, Pa.
Sun. 12/11; 10 a.m. — Jolly Beer Mile at ShawneeCraft Brewing Company [Registration fee includes bib, timed course, long sleeve event shirt, and four cans of beer during run. All runners should wear Christmas flair. $40]
Mon. 11/28; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Big Hill Cider Dinner at Teresa's Next Door [Join us for 7 ciders, 5 courses, and a delicious and educational oppurtunity. $80]
West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 11/25; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Free tasting samples of beers from Smith & Forge, Peroni, and Pilsner Urquell. $Free]
Fri. 12/2; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Free tasting samples of beers from Smuttynose. $Free]
Wed. 12/7; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Kildare's Irish Pub [A four-course dinner to celebrate the holiday season paired with New Belgium Accumulation White IPA, Port Brewing Santa's Little Helper, Deschutes Jubelale, and Great Lakes Christmas Ale. $37.92]
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