Fresh off our first annual successful Beer Friends Holiday party you might be wondering - what events could possibly get my attention this week? Well, I'll tell you one thing: they will never be as exciting as a Beer Friends party. However, life must go on as it always does and you'll probably need another cocktail once your hangover fades by Tuesday. Check em' out... Tuesday, December 21 - Lagunitas Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: Nothing says the ancient tradition of the Winter Solstice more than Lagunitas. Or really by just saying the words 'Winter Solstice.' Lagunitas definitely gets second place though and you should celebrate with them tomorrow at the Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen. There will be plenty o' taps including special appearances by Maximus, Hop Stoopid and the Censored copper ale. All of which have been steadily creeping up one of the Beer Friends favorite beers lists. I'll give you a hint on who's list: It's this one.
Tuesday, December 21 - Winter Solstice/A Night at Sea! Event @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan: When I think of Christmas I often think of being stranded in cold dark sea of family gathering and holiday debt. To save you from those dark Christmas fears are a trio plus two of breweries who are very familiar with the dark waters of the deep. Head over to Stag's Head tomorrow to check out offerings from Cape Ann’s Brewing Co., Cisco Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewing Co., Heavy Seas/Clipper City Brewing Co., and Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. However tomorrow is the Winter Solstice so by the time you wake up it will be dark out. Even if you wake up as the sun is rising.
Wednesday, December 22 - Craft Can and Grilled Cheese Night @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn: This one is quick, because it is simple. Not simple like you're thinking, it's actually quite complex in it's excellent-ness, simple in the way that you'd be stupid not to do this. Canned beer is the future of craft beer, like it or not. Grilled cheese is the future of happiness as a whole. Like it (there is no 'not'). You get two cans of your favorite canned craft beer - think: Oskar Blues, Butternuts, Brooklyn, etc. - and an aged Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich for $15. Let's hope they age the cheese in the beer.
Thursday, December 23 - Treason - A Revolutionary (Holiday) Event @ The Birdsall House, Peekskill, NY: This event might be tough for you if your one of those people who falls asleep with an American flag as a stuffed animal every night. I know it was for me. Since you don't have to work Friday, Thursday is a perfect day for an adventure. Peekskill is a short (less than an hour metro-north ride) trainstop away it serves as an excellent low-commitment, out of the city adventure for those of you in the metro area. If you are a traitor that is. Across the street from the historical location where the original G-Dubs housed the Continental Army for a bit, the Birdsall House stands to reenact the Quartering Acts of 1765 by inviting in a bunch of Irish brews to stay on Thursday. Come on in to drink some super rare/hard to acquire brews from Ridgeway Brewery out of our eternal rival country England. They are pouring 4 of their Christmas brews with very engaging names: Bad Elf, VERY Bad Elf, Reindeer's Revolt and Lump of Coal. I'm intrigued just by the name. Intrigued enough to overcome the guilt of committing treason? I suppose I can deal with it.
Of course there are not many (read: any) beer events scheduled on Friday or Saturday due to the holidays. My suggestion - do what the Beer Friends did. Pick up a bunch of holiday influenced brews, get together with your friends and family and share your offerings with happiness and joy for the coming year! Happy Holiday's from your friends here at the Beer Friends. We wish you the best for you and your family's this holiday season and in this coming beer - uh - year.