30 December 2011

Good Beer Events for New Year's Eve and January UPDATED

Snipped mostly from Mid-Atlantic Brewing News' online Hop Tips Calendar, with a few non-Maryland events thrown in for good measure.

Saturday, December 31st: New Year's in Style at Brewer's Alley, Frederick, MD
Two exciting ways for you to ring in the New Year. Fabulous New Year's Eve Specials that Chef Joe and the gang have put together in the regular dinning areas as well as a 3-course pre-fixe menu in the upstairs Banquet rooms overlook Historic Downtown. Reservations and details at 301-631-0089. www.brewers-alley.com.

Saturday, December 31st: New Year's Eve Bash at Kloby's, Laurel, MD
Ring in 2012 with a firkin of Heavy Seas Smoke on the Water plus many other HS beers on tap. Live music from Dirty Secret, food specials, and more. 8pm-2am. 301-362-1510 or www.klobysbbq.com.

Saturday, December 31st: New Year's Eve at Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD
Special menu at 4pm, live music, complimentary champagne toast. Open 10am-2am. And open New Year's Day. www.victoriagastropub.com.

Saturday, December 31st: New Year's Eve at Ram's Head, all locations
Drink specials from 9pm-1:30am. Live music, party favors, and complimentary beer toast at midnight. .www.ramsheadtavern.com.
Saturday, December 31st: New Year's Eve Dinner at KClingers, Hanover, PA
Choose from Roasted Prime Au Jus, Broiled Rockfish Almondine, or Chicken and Crab Stuffed Shells, all with two sides for $20.95, market price, or $16.95, respectively. Or just come for the best local party anywhere -- party favors + champagne toast at midnight for $12, with music by Booker Lee & Co Fair. 717-633-9197 or www.kclingers.com.
Saturday, December 31st: New Year's Eve at Belga Cafe, D.C.
Decadent 5-course menu for $79. Reservations an more info at 202-544-0100 or www.belgacafe.com.

Saturday, December 31st: New Year's Eve at Cap City, D.C.
Drink specials, complimentary midnight champagne toast, great food, awesome beer, and watch celebrations from other cities on one of the many large screen tvs. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. 10pm-2am. 202-628-2222 or www.capcitybrew.com.
Monday, January 2nd: Oliver's Pint Night at Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD  featuring The Big D (with limited glassware giveaway), the first release of Winter's Wolves Winter Ale (cask & draft), and Jacob's Winter Celebration, William's Winter Warmer, Hot Monkey Love, BW Rye #2, Draft Punk, Strongman Pale Ale single hop Sorachi Ace and Coventry Cream Ale.  www.victoriagastropub.com
Thursday, January 5th: Scotch Ale Release Party at Ram's Head, all locations
$4 commemorative glassware with $1 each additional pour. 4-6pm. www.ramsheadtavern.com.

Tuesday, January 10th: Heavy Seas Vertical Tasting/Release Party, Max's Taphouse, Baltimore
The Heavy Seas crew will celebrate the annual debut of one of their favorite Mutiny Fleet beers: Siren Noire. Their imperial chocolate stout will be on draft at Max's. They'll also stage a vertical tasting of the barleywine, with four kinds to try (Below Decks 2010, Below Decks 2011, Below Decks Bourbon, and Below Deck Cabernet)! Black Cannon, the brewery's black IPA, will round out the selection; it'll be on draft and in the cask. 6-9pm. 410-675-6297. www.hsbeer.com/vertasting.
Tuesday, January 10th: Bell's Dinner at RFD, Washington D.C.
Five courses and light appetizers. $60 includes tax and gratuity. Tickets at www.lovethebeer.com.

Wednesday, January 11th: Flying Dog Beer Dinner at Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD
Five courses. $85 plus tax and gratuity. 6:30pm. Menu at www.victoriagastropub.com.

Thursday, January 12th: Heavy Seas SPBW Meeting at Liam Flynn's Ale House, Baltimore
A special cask will be on hand for a meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood, a group that takes their real ale seriously. Try some Fraoch Abrogod, Heavy Seas Pale Ale cask-conditioned with Northern Brewer hops, heather, and apricot. 5-7pm. 410-244-8447. www.hsbeer.com/liam-flynns.

Tuesday, January 17th: Heavy Seas Pints and Pizza at Johnny Rad's, Baltimore
Black Cannon and Loose Cannon for $3 when you buy a pizza. Bonus: keep your Heavy Seas pint glass with your first beer. 6-9pm. 443-759-6464. www.hsbeer.com/johnny-rads.  

Tuesday, January 17th: Heavy Seas Beer Dinner at Granville Moore's, Washington, D.C.
Teddy and Matt collaborated with HS firkenmeister to design a very special Black Cannon cask to accompany the dinner. 6pm. Details and reservations at 202-399-2546 or www.granvillemoores.com.

Thursday, January 19th: Vintage Beer Dinner with Dogfish Head at Hemingways, Kent Island, MD
$55 includes tax and gratuity. 6pm. Menu and reservations at www.dogfish.com.

Thursday, January 26th: Heavy Seas Beer Dinner at Stanford Grill, Columbia, MD
Join Heavy Seas' founder Hugh Sisson for an exquisite four-course meal. Four of the Mutiny Fleet beers will be served, including Prosit!, Yule Tide, Smoke on Water, and Siren Noire. 6pm. 410-312-0445 or www.hsbeer.com/stanford-grill.

Saturday, January 28th: Beer Pairing Dinner at Pratt Street Ale House, Baltimore
With Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Oliver Ales. 7pm. Info at 410-244-8900 or www.prattstreetalehouse.com.

Saturday, February 4th: Heavy Seas Beer and Oyster Fest, Halethorpe
At least 10 different kinds of oysters brought in from around the world and top local restaurants serving up their favorite oyster and seafood dishes. One-of-a-kind Casks, Firkins, and Heavy Seas Beers. $49. Noon to 4pm. Tickets at http://www.drinkeatrelax.com/tickets/heavy-seas-festivals/heavy-seas-oyster-festival-february-4th/heavy-seas-oyster-festival-febr

Tuesday, February 28th: Heavy Seas Beer Dinner with Hugh Sisson at Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD
In addition to Clipper Fleet classics like Heavy Seas Pale and Märzen, they'll have a vertical tasting of Loose Cannon and Black Cannon. For dessert, expect to see a buttery cabernet barrel-aged Below Decks barleywine and smooth Siren Noire. Tickets and details at 410-750-1880 or www.hsbeer.com/vicgastropub. www.victoriagastropub.com.

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