Thursday, December 15, 2016

Weekly Beer Event Calendar Update: December 15 - December 21

Ah, these first world beer drinking problems. So much to be thankful for this holiday season (at least beer-wise!), so use this list and check it twice for places to show your appreciation. Philly sleeps for no savvy beer drinker. Mistletoe not included.

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, 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.

Downingtown, Pa.
Tue. 12/20; 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. — Tired Hands Tap Takeover at The Bottle Room [We plan to really shake things up with this event so come out and meet some of the organoleptic cartographers from Tired Hands and try some of their strange and beautiful beers. Special event glassware designed by the creative crew at Tired Hands will be available.  $PAYG]

Easton, Pa.
Sun. 12/18; 10 a.m. — Yoga at the Brewery at Weyerbacher Brewing Company [Includes the class, a beer cocktail, and some snacks afterwards.  $20]

Lancaster, Pa.
Fri. 12/16; 1 p.m. — Beer Geek Christmas at Hunger N Thirst [We are rolling out some rare kegs once again to celebrate all things craft beer.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 5 p.m. — Weyerbacher Tap Takeover at Isaac's Pickle Bar [All taps will be from Weyerbacher, December's featured brewery.  $PAYG]

Lititz, Pa.
Mon. 12/19; 6 p.m. — Victory Java Cask Firkin Event  at Bulls Head Public House [We will also be putting Dirt Wolf, Winter Cheers, and Golden Monkey.  $PAYG]

Norristown, Pa.
Fri. 12/16; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. — Tool Box Draft Event at Capone's [If you like sours this is a must event.  $PAYG]

Parkesburg, Pa.
Sun. 12/18; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch with Santa at Victory Brewing Company [Santa will be here taking pictures with the kids and hearing what they want most for Christmas.  $PAYG]

Philadelphia, Pa.
Thu. 12/15; 4 p.m.-10 p.m. — Star War Rogue One Movie Release Party with Rogue Brewing at The Institute [Come eat, drink, and watch some Classic Star Wars movies on our giant projection screen on the 2nd floor. Then at 9:30pm we treat all the customers that came out for the event to a late night showing of the latest Star Wars movie Rogue One on us. In honor of this event it only seemed right that we do a Rogue Brewing Tap Takeover.  $PAYG]
Thu. 12/15; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — Mad Elf Night at Hop Angel Brauhaus [The annual holiday rite of passage.  $PAYG]
Thu. 12/15; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. — South Philly Goes to the Movies 3.0 at The P.O.P.E. & The Industry Bar [Includes Allagash, Founders, and Brooklyn beers, admittance to the theater for Rogue One, and a raffle ticket to win nice prizes from the participating breweries.  $25]
Fri. 12/16; 6 p.m. — Friday’s Sixtel: Smuttynose Smistletoe at Grey Lodge Pub [A festive take on Bière de Garde, brewed with sweet cherries, black currants and plums then aged on lightly toasted American oak.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Penn St. Nikolaus Reserve - 2 Year Vertical at Grey Lodge Pub [This big lager weighs in at 9% ABV. Order a pint of 2016 St. Nik Reserve and get 5oz of 2015 St Nik Reserve for free.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/17; 12 p.m. — Grand Opening at Brewery Ars [We should have 4 beers on draft.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/17; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — Caturday at Philadelphia Brewing Company [Meet Pennsylvania SPCA adoptable kitties in the tasting room.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/17; 12 p.m.-3 p.m. — A Very Jerry Christmas Christmas Party at City Tap House-Logan [A morning of tunes from The Butchy Band, Philly's best Jerry Garcia tribute, paired with the fantastic beers of Port & Lost Abbey Brewing Co.  $PAYG]
Sun. 12/18; 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. 12/18; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. — Festivus! at Grey Lodge Pub [Once again this will be a traditional, old fashioned Festivus with all the trimmings including the beautiful unadorned aluminum pole. We are still looking for a fruitcake to display (but not eat).  $PAYG]
Mon. 12/19; 4:30 p.m. dinner; 7 p.m. movie — Star Wars: Rogue One, Dinner and a Movie at City Tap House-University City [Two full pints of Victory beer, access to our out of this world pizza buffet, and a ticket to a private showing of Star Wars Rogue One. Movie ticket only, also available  $10.50-$35]
Mon. 12/19; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. — Bottle Shop Happy Hour at Local 44 Bottle Shop [Complimentary tastings and specials on bottle selections of beers from Neshaminy Creek.  $Free]
Tue. 12/20; 7 p.m. — A Very Vegan, Beery Cheery Industry Holiday Celebration at Brigantessa [The lovely Sophia Tran of Hardywood Park Craft Brewing is providing the beer, with pairings for four vegan pizzas. We will also be sipping the very elusive Bourbon Sidamo amongst other Hardywood treats.  $PAYG]
Tue. 12/20; 8 p.m. — Tuesday Tapping–Victory at Lucky's Last Chance [A night of special beers from Victory.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 3 p.m. — Winter Beer Night at Barcade [Celebrate winter with some rare and special brews.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. — Weyerbacher Wednesday: Mellow Monks at Hop Angel Brauhaus [Buy a pint of Weyerbacher, keep the glass. Sean from Weyerbacher will have other goodies too.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 7 p.m. — Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Stroll at Sancho Pistola's [7 Bars, 7 Fishes, $7 Each, and craft beer specials.  $PAYG]
Wed. 12/21; 7 p.m.-9 p.m. — You Buy the Glass Night at The Abbaye [Keepsake glass, raffles, prizes, and giveaways from Tröegs.  $PAYG]

Phoenixville, Pa.
Fri. 12/16; All Day — Third Friday Firkin Fest at Sly Fox Brewing Company [Stop by to see which delicious brews will be on the hand pumps next to our stalwart Chester County Bitter.  $PAYG]

Reading, Pa.
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]

Royersford, Pa.
Sat. 12/17; 5 p.m. — Anniversary Party at Stickman Brews [Tickets include a buffet-style session from Wild Blue Creative Catering in King of Prussia, a concert from The Whiskeyhickon Boys, a free Stickman Belgian pint glass, and first fill.  $26]

Voorhees, NJ
Fri. 12/16; 4 p.m.-7 p.m. — Save the Galaxy Gala Beer Release at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Celebrate the release of Star Wars Rogue One and Iron Hill's Galaxy Far, Far Away IPA. Wear your best costume for a chance to win free tickets to the evening release.  $PAYG]

Wayne, Pa.
Thu. 12/15; 5 p.m. — Toolbox Brewing is Here at Teresa's Next Door [In order to properly showcase their excellence we'll have six on draft.  $PAYG]
Fri. 12/16; 5 p.m. — Teresa's welcomes the new Firestone Walker Rep at Teresa's Next Door [Come out and welcome the new (and slightly louder) Firestone Walker rep.  $PAYG]

West Chester, Pa.
Sun. 12/18; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Brunch w/ Santa, Hops & Sours at The Side Bar [Our draft list will be packed solid with hops and sours.  $PAYG]

Wilmington, Del.
Sat. 12/17; 2 p.m.-7 p.m. — The Darkside Party Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant [Join us for the Delaware Valley’s premier dark beer event. 16 dark beers on tap from Iron Hill and guest breweries.  $PAYG]
Sat. 12/17; 3 p.m. — Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting at World Café Live [We have taken two of the best things on earth and paired them together in unexpected and delicious ways.   $40]
Mon. 12/19; 5 p.m. — 5th Anniversary Party at Ulysses Gastropub [We'll be rafflleing off an awesome basket from an awesome brewery every Thursday for the entire month of December as well as 5 super cool baskets on our actual anny, 12/19.  $PAYG]

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