Thursday, December 01, 2016

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: December 1 - December 7

Just like that, December comes a-calling. Check your beer events list and check it twice.

And while you're at it, make sure you check out my book. 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, or drop by your local bookstore such as Barnes & Noble.

As you review beer events, don't forget 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.

Allentown, Pa.
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]

Bethlehem, Pa.
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]

Boyertown, Pa.
Sat. 12/3; 11 a.m. — Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's On The Manatawny [Our annual Stout Fest.  $PAYG]

Cape May, NJ
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Fireside Chat: Barrel-aged Series at Cape May Brewing Company [You’ll hear all about our process and ingredients, as well as some glimpses into the future of the series. No promises, but tastings are rumored.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5:30 p.m. — Cape May Beer Dinner at Cape May Ferry Terminal [A five-course menu paired with Cape May beers. Brewery representatives will be on-hand to discuss the various beer styles offered.  $59]

Chalfont, Pa.
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Madness at Blue Dog Tavern [Mad Elf verticals, vintages, blends, and straight-up fresh.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/7; 4 p.m. — Cave Bear Barleywine Release at Tower Hill Brewery [22 degrees Plato, 60 BUs, 8% ABV. Great full gold color and a creamy head.  $PAYG]

Conshohocken, Pa.
Thu. 12/1; 7 p.m. — First Thursday with Tröegs at Below Deck Bottle Shop [We'll be featuring this year's Mad Elf, the very limited Naked Elf, Nitro Chocolate Stout, and Mad Elf blends. Yes, we'll be blending Mad Elf with Nitro Chocolate Stout to create Chocolate Elf. We'll also be blending Mad Elf with Dreamweaver to create Mad Dreams.  $PAYG]

Downingtown, Pa.
Sun. 12/4; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Victory Brewing Company [We’ll be serving a buffet style brunch. Free photo for each child and each additional photo is $5.  $12-$28]
Tue. 12/6; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Victory Brewing Company [A five-course meal paired with Victory Red, Winter Cheers, Hip Czech Lager, St. Victorious, and Java Cask.  $75]

Emmaus, Pa.
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Avery Beer Dinner at Trapp Door [Five awesome beers, five amazing courses.  $75]

Exton, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Friday Night Sampling at Exton Beverage Company [Tasting samples of beers from Evolution.  $Free]
Sat. 12/3; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — Saturday Sampling at Exton Beverage Company [Tasting samples of beers from Dogfish Head.  $Free]

Horsham, Pa.
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — 12 Beers of Christmas at Iron Abbey [12 beers with 6 courses of food.  $75]

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]

Lancaster, Pa.
Thu. 12/1; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — Collusion Tap Works Draft Invasion at Hunger N Thirst [Will feature 6 different beers, one being a scotch ale collaboration that we brewed on their pilot system.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/6; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. — 2SP Brewery Release Party at Hunger N Thirst [We were fortunate enough to get a few very limited production kegs that sound absolutely delicious.  $PAYG]

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]

Media, Pa.
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 [  $PAYG]

Newark, Del.
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Santa’s Little Helper & Reindeer’s Revenge are coming to the taps to fill you with cheer. Anyone bringing in a donation of non perishable foods will receive a thank you gift.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — The Beer Dinner Before Christmas at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [A five-course meal paired with Abbey Dubbel, Fe20, Santa’s Little Helper, Sugar Shack Brown Ale, and Jack Skellington.  $65]

North Wales, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Deck the Halls Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrating the Holiday Season with the Release of Scrooge IPA. We’ll also have Reindeer’s Revenge, Santa’s Little Helper, and Winter Warmer on tap.  $PAYG]

Oaks, Pa.
Sat. 12/3; 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. — Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center [Shoulder to shoulder with the most popular local breweries and cideries will be amazing producers from across the country and around the world.  $10-$55]

Paoli, Pa.
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]

Perkasie, Pa.
Sun. 12/4; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — BrewAsana Beer & Yoga at Free Will Brewing Company [This 45 minute yoga session will be lead by Beth Howard of Younger Thru Yoga+, LLC., and will be followed by a private beer tasting, hosted by Free Will Brewing Co.  $TBA]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 12/1; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Half Acre Happy Hour at Brü Craft & Wurst [Vexer, Bucket Brains Pony, Tuna, Gone Away, Daisy Cutter, Double Daisy, and Navaja.  $PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 7 p.m. — Fireplace Lighting Party at Devil's Den [We will be tapping a variety of Smoked and Wood-aged beers along with our winter cocktail menu.  $PAYG]
Thu. 12/1; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — SingleCut Beersmiths Night at Varga Bar [SingleCut's Harry Doesn't Mind IPA, Billy Half Stack IPA, Dean Pacific NW Mahogany Amber Ale, and Heavy Boots of Lead Imperial Stout.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 6 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: New Belgium Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough at Grey Lodge Pub [This collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s brings together two different types of pint-makers for one common goal: to fill your glass with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale.  $PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. — Repeal Day Ball at Victory Beer Hall [We're bringing you back to the Roaring 20s and a we encourage our guests to dress up within the theme.  $11+$PAYG]
Sun. 12/4; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. seatings — Brunch with Santa at Brauhaus Schmitz [Hot and cold buffet stations and The Big Man will be in the Haus for pictures and biers from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  $15-$25]
Sun. 12/4; 5 p.m. — Christmas Goose Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz [Includes a three-course dinner and a glass of Gluhwein.  $50]
Sun. 12/4; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at City Tap House-University City [Kids under 10 eat complimentary and pictures of Santa are, of course, included. A $10 donation to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House is suggested.  $PAYG]
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]
Mon. 12/5; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections of cider's from Big Hill.  $Free]
Tue. 12/6; 5 p.m. — Sinterklaas Day at Eulogy [A rare bottle of Thomas H. Handy Rye and bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout will be in limited supply to celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas' Day.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/6; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping–Tröegs at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of special beers from Tröegs.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/6; 7 p.m. — Holiday Beer Dinner at Monk's Café [A six-course meal paired with seasonal beers from around the world.  $85]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Hank Shaw "Buck Buck Moose" Cook Book Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz [Join us once again for an amazing night and five-course rustic dinner featuring dishes inspired by Hank Shaw’s newest cook book “Buck Buck Moose”. Optional beer pairing.  $90-$110]
Wed. 12/7; 7 p.m. — Christmas PJ Party with Evil Genius Brewing at Devil's Den [To celebrate the new brewery they are throwing a Christmas pajama party at the Devil's Den.   $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
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]
Fri. 12/2; All Day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/3; 5 p.m. — Firebird Tap Takeover at Bistro on Bridge [During the Firebird Festival, we are going to host a Tap Takeover that is sure to warm you up before and after the Burning of the Bird.  $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]
Tue. 12/6; 6:30 p.m. — Hill for the Holidays Beer Dinner at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [A five-course meal paired with Sugar Shack Brown Ale, Winter Warmer, Reindeer’s Revenge, Abbey Dubbel, The Hoppening, and Nitro Bourbon Baltic Porter.  $65]

Pottstown, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; All Day — Incubus Friday at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Belgian-style Tripel pours until the keg kicks.  $PAYG]

Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Sun. 12/4; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Wild Game Beer Dinner at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery [A four-course meal served with Pennsylvania Tuxedo, 2014 Red & White, 2013 World Wide Stout, and 2013 Burton Baton.  $75]
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]

Sellersville, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Beer Tasting: Holiday Brews at Washington House [Stop by to share flights of seasonal, hearty brews.  $PAYG]

Voorhees, NJ
Thu. 12/1; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Ugly Sweater Party Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Release Harry Henderson.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Tröegs Mad Elf Event at Teresa's Next Door [Mad Elf graces our tap lines and reindeer stew is on your plate.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Fri. 12/2; 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. — Free Samples at Goshen Beverage [Free tasting samples of beers from Smuttynose.  $Free]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. — Steal The Cheer Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join in the cheer for the release of Scrooge IPA and enjoy the Old Fashioned Christmas Parade.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/2; 5 p.m. — Milk & Cookies with Firestone Walker Brewing at The Side Bar [During the West Chester Christmas Parade we will be hosting a Milk and Cookie event with Firestone Walker and a local West Chester bakery.  $PAYG]
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]

Westmont, NJ
Sat. 12/3; 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Keg & Kitchen [We will be featuring a special pre-fixe menu with seasonal drinks for all, festive cocktails, and Santa arrives at 11:30-ready for wish lists and pictures.  $9-$18]

Wilmington, Del.
Sun. 12/4; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Jay Z Birthday Brunch with Brooklyn Brewery at Two Stones Pub [We're celebrating Mr. Jay Z's birthday with some of Brooklyn's Finest from The Brooklyn Brewery paired with amazing Hov-inspired brunch features and, of course, music from the man himself.  $PAYG]

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