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MABN Hop Tips, DECEMBER 2018

Hi-de-ho-ho-ho Neighbors! We are right smack in the middle of the holiday season and events are as barren as the Mid-Atlantic winter landscape. The first half of the month has plenty of goodies while the second half screams family time.

From the Staff here at MABN Hop Tips (me), Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus for the rest of us, and finally, Happy Repeal Day (December 5) which celebrates the passage of the 21st Amendment which effectively repealed the 18th (Prohibition).

Cheers, Johnny Vac

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December 2, All Women Owned Food Truck Festival at Wilmington Brew Works, Wilmington, DE -
Join us in celebrating Women Entrepreneurs! All Women Owned Food Trucks will be offering delectable savory and sweet treats! 302-722-4828

December 8, Ugly Sweater Party at Bellefonte Brewing, Wilmington, DE -
Dust off those terribly tacky threads and come out to party! Best (worst) 3 sweaters take home a crowler of beer! We've got Doggie Style food truck lined up to keep that sweater filled out! 302-407-6765

December 14, 2nd Annual Brewers' Uprising at Revolution Craft Brewing, Rehoboth Beach, DE -
The Assistant Brewers from Revelation, Big Oyster, & Dewey Beer Co. have banded together yet again and brewed a collab beer, to challenge the Head Brewers. Last year the Assistant Brewers brewed the winning beer, but this year the Head Brewers are fired up and want to win the title! 302-212-5674

December 19, Brews with Jews at Stoney's British Pub, Wilmington, DE -
Join the guys of the Men's Club at Stoney's, for some cold beers, munchies and some laughs. What better way to enjoy a winter evening? Bring your friends and join in the fun. Men's Club membership or Jewish affiliation not required. 302-477-9740

District of Columbia

December 1, The Bissell Brothers Showcase at ChurchKey, Washington, DC -
On this night, we'll pour 8 hard-to-find beers from the fine folks from Maine! Rarely available in the far south, don't miss this incredibly rare opportunity to taste Bissell Brothers' remarkable brews in the DC area! 202-567-2576

December 2, The Annual Bluejacket Holiday Extravaganza! at Bluejacket, Washington, DC -
We are getting into the holiday spirit on Sunday, December 2nd with our second annual tree trimming party. Be sure to join us for an array of special holiday dishes and beverages, live holiday tunes on the patio, an ornament making station for the kids and a special bottle release in our bottle shop! 202-524-4862

December 9, 7th Annual Holiday Party at 3 Stars Brewing, Washington, DC -
As always, we will have a ton of rare and limited releases on draft, specialty can offerings, guest taps, and a few surprises. Also joining the festivities will be food trucks, DJs, live performances, face painting, photo booth, games and more. 202-670-0333


December 1, Holiday Makers Market at Checkerspot Brewing, Baltimore, MD -
Get a jump on the holidays at our first Makers Market. Great local crafters and artist will be on site to make holiday shopping that much easier. 443-388-8912

December 4, Chanukah Brew Ha Ha at UNION Craft Brewing, Baltimore, MD -
Throw on your favorite ugly sweater and join us for the best beer in Baltimore, Chanukah treats, 3D printed mezuzahs and so many fun ways to tap into the spirit and themes of Chanukah; to recall this season where miracles happened for our ancestors. 410-467-0290

December 5, Baltimore Beer Night at Museum Of Industry, Baltimore, MD -
Immerse yourself in Baltimore's brewing industry—past and present—during this panel discussion with local brewers featuring tastings from each company. Cans available for purchase. Tickets included light refreshments and five tastings. 410-727-4808

December 8, Ugly Sweater Party at Olde Mother Brewing, Frederick, MD -
Grab your UGLIEST or most creative sweater and join us for our 2nd Ugly Sweater Party! We had so much fun last year and we are really looking forward to this event in our new location! Judging on the ugliest sweater will be at 8:00 and prizes will be awarded! 240-877-7392

December 10, Shop & Hop Holiday Market at Evolution Craft Brewing, Salisbury, MD -
1st Annual "Shop & Hop". "Hop" While You Shop!!... Admission is FREE! Shop Local Artisans & Entrepreneurs! Donation Based Gift Wrapping to benefit Children's House By the Sea. 443-260-2337

December 13, Chef Ryn's True Food Beer Pairing Dinner at Oliver Brewing, Baltimore, MD -
We are excited to announce our first ever beer pairing dinner at the brewery! Join us on Thursday, December 13th, for an evening of great beer and delicious food. 410-483-3302

December 18, Holidaze at Brewer's Alley, Frederick, MD -
Jingle and mingle with old acquaintances and meet new people among Frederick's many talented creatives. Join us for a festive evening of great food, drink, and conversation. We will also be collecting donations for the NICU and Birthplace at FMH, where many families are in need. 301-631-0089

December 22, 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at 1812 Brewery, Cumberland, MD -
It's that time of year again. You know when everyone is jolly and in the spirit of the holidays. And those wear-them-once-a-year UGLY Christmas sweaters come out of the dresser drawer. 301-338-2490

New Jersey

December 1, 4th Annual Lighting of the Leg & Notafingah! Release at Village Idiot Brewing, Mount Holly, NJ -
This event will coincide with our winter warmer beer release, appropriately named "Notafingah"! All are encouraged to dress-up as your favorite "A Christmas Story" character. So, we expect to see a the deranged Easter bunny, the old man, Ralphie and Scut Farkus! Of course the night wouldn't be complete until someone sticks their tongue to the light pole out front as long as it's cold enough. 609-975-9270

December 5, John Holl—Drink Beer, Think Beer at Labyrinth Books, Princeton, NJ -
John Holl is an award-winning journalist covering the beer industry. He is the senior editor of Craft Beer and Brewing and the co-host of Steal This Beer, a podcast. "Drink Beer, Think Beer" provides a complete guide to beer today. Full of entertaining anecdotes and surprising opinions, the book allows readers to think critically about the best beverage in the world. 609-497-1600

December 6, North Jersey NJCB Member Beer Up #1 at Jersey Girl Brewing, Hackettstown, NJ -
Do you want to help improve The NJCB Club? Do you have friends or family members who have not joined, but are interested? Would you like to attend beer outings with other NJCB Members and Reps? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then this event is for you. 908-591-4186

December 8, 5th Annual Adult Ornament Hunt at Glasstown Brewing, Millville, NJ -
All proceeds of the raffle ticket sales will go to a local non profit to help the homeless in Cumberland County called the M25 Initiative & Code Blue! Also, we are collecting hats, gloves, scarves and coats to help the homeless if you would like to bring one with you the day of the event! 856-327-7770

December 9, Celtic Christmas at Rinn Duin Brewing, Toms River, NJ -
It's that time of year again! Join us for the 4th Annual Celtic Christmas; a celebration of the Christmas season, our community, and helping those less fortunate. 732-569-3261

December 14, A Punk Rock Food Drive at Asbury Park Brewery, Asbury Park, NJ - presents a punk rock food drive! The Hempsteadys are bringing their whole dang team down from CT for a kick ass night of music with The Cryptkeeper Five, Nine Eighteen, and The Fullers. 732-455-5571


December 1, Valley Forge Beer & Cider Fest at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA -
This thirst-quenching pay-one-price tasting experience, called "a not-to-be-missed event for fans of real beer" by Drink Philly, will be fun-filled day for all—the beer lover and the cider drinker. The event will break all records of years past with over 150 beers and ciders for sampling.

December 1, Philly Winter Warmup - Craft Beer & Festive Cocktail Celebration at 23rd St Armory, Philadelphia, PA -
This pre-winter-themed festival comes complete with 30+ breweries, delicious local food trucks in 'food truck alley', 15+ specialty drinks, live entertainment, games and contests, festive holiday lights & decor, and tons of other fun activities to get the winter season started!

December 2, The Freeze-Up 5k at Free Will Brewing, Perkasie, PA -
The Freeze-Up 5k begins and ends at Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, PA. Join us for this unique 5k race on the scenic trails in and around Perkasie and along the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. 267-354-0813

December 8, Back In Black Stout Fest at Union Jack's, Boyertown, PA -
Our annual celebration of the dark stuff! 610-689-0189

December 8, Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition "Wreck The Halls!" at Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Croydon, PA -
The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market returns to Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company for the annual Holiday edition of the TPRFM on December 8, 2018 from 12pm-7pm! 215-458-7081

December 14-15, 4th Annual Crime & Punishmas at The Glass Factory, Philadelphia, PA -
Come one Come all! Crime & Punishment Brewing will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar where we will be featuring for sale the arts and crafts of 30 local artists and makers - and you are invited! There will be music and beer! 215-235-2739

December 15, Excelling At Your Crafts - A Brewing Symposium at USciences, Philadelphia, PA -
Three brewing industry innovators and leaders will present on the topics they know best. Gain experience from the many departments that make a brewery work. Learn about day-to-day production ops from Carol Stoudt of Stoudt's, day-to-day legal counsel from Julie Foster of Tired Hands, and day-to-day marketing and brand building from Jen Adams of Troegs. 215-596-8800

December 20, Boozy Bingo at Zeroday Brewing, Harrisburg, PA -
Join Felicia at Zeroday Brewing Company the third Thursday of every month at 8 p.m. for a drag queen bingo experience like you've never had before! Free to play! WIN prizes, drink beer, yell BINGO at the top of your lungs! This is NOT your grandma's bingo hall, but you can bring her if she's into it. 717-745-6218

December 29, Fire & Ice Fest at Moss Mill Brewing, Huntingdon Valley, PA -
We're hosting a post-Christmas bash. Bring your friends to hang out in our heated tents, roast s'mores over our fire pits and stare in amazement at our live ice sculptors. 215-876-6303

December 31, New Year's Eve Keg Drop 2019 at Conshohocken Brewing, Bridgeport, PA -
We're hosting our annual New Year's Eve Keg Drop at the Bridgeport Brewpub! Open bar from 9pm-12am with beer, wine and liquor included. Appetizers, open buffet and taco bar for some late night munchies. Party favors provided to make some noise at midnight when we drop the keg! 610-239-5999


December 1, Inaugural Winter Warmer Fest at Rocket Frog Brewing, Sterling, VA -
Rocket Frog Brewing Company is happy to announce we're hosting our first festival at the brewery. Our Winter Warmer Fest will feature 10 amazing guest taps and a special lineup of Rocket Frog beers. 571-375-7920

December 1, Christmas Market at Old Ox Brewery, Ashburn, VA -
This event features local artists, crafters, and boutique businesses with a diverse selection of gift ideas such as jewelry, furniture, home goods, and treats. 703-729-8375

December 1, Field Dayz Fest 2018 - Beer & Music Festival at Colonial Williamsburg Art Museum, Williamsburg, VA -
On Saturday, December 1st, Precarious Beer Project hosts a craft beer, food and music festival unlike any other! "Field Dayz Fest" is a precarious throwback to the best day in middle school, Field Day! Located on the Lawns of the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museum, enjoy some amazing craft beer, bites, music and jovial antics, all to benefit the kids at CHKD! 757-790-2299

December 4, 2018 Holiday Beer Dinner at Dogfish Head Alehouse, Fairfax, VA -
Start the season off right and join us for our annual Holiday Beer Dinner. 703-961-1140

December 5, 5th Annual Holiday Beer Tasting Event at Mad Fox Brewing, Falls Church, VA -
Join us for a festive holiday sit-down beer tasting where you can meet the brewers and brewery/brewpub owners from across the region and taste their wonderful winter selections. 703-942-6840

December 6, TAP Presents: Home Sweet Home at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, Roanoke, VA -
Join TAP's Housing Counseling program for a homebuyer happy hour at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers! Local favorite Hoot and Holler: Our Stories. Out Loud. will be there with hilarious tales of homebuying mishaps and more. Network with realtors, lenders, home inspectors, and title companies and have some fun. 540-339-9776

December 8, IPA Fest at Mustang Sally Brewing, Chantilly, VA -
Get your dose of deliciously drinkable hops at Mustang's IPA Fest featuring SEVEN craft breweries from all over Virginia AND get in that hoppy-daze holidays spirit by bringing a toy to donate to the Cornerstones toy drive! 703-378-7450

December 8, 2nd Annual Brew & Buddy Run at Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA -
The registration fee for the run includes a 2018 Brew & Buddy Run souvenir cup, one free pour at each participating brewery, $1.00 off beer purchase at The Paramount's concessions, and admission to the 6:00PM presentation of Elf. 434-979-1333

December 11, Bloomers and Brews at Alesatian Brewing, Winchester, VA -
An evening of Christmas spirit in Winchester's favorite hot spot. Come have a drink and make your own fresh cut Christmas centerpiece that will last all the way to the New Year! 540-667-2743

December 15, Tacky Sweater Party! at Back Bay Brewing, Virginia Beach, VA -
Let's get ugly! Join us for our Tacky Sweater Party on December 15th from 7-close. Dig deep into your parents old holiday sweater collection or hit up your local thrift shop to find the tackiest sweater you can find – the kind that is so ugly, it's almost cute. 757-531-7750

December 21, Holiday Homecoming at Virginia Beer Company, Williamsburg, VA -
The holidays are a time for coming home and reliving good times with old friends. We're taking that to heart in a big way by cranking up the fire pits and opening up the beer garden for a Holiday Homecoming show of monumental proportions. Join us on December 21st for the 3rd Annual Holiday Homecoming beer release and jam fest. 757-378-2903

December 21, 6th Anniversary and Holiday Party! at Champion Brewing, Charlottesville, VA -
Come help us celebrate as we tap our 6th Anniversary barrel-fermented wild saison. We'll have some special reserve beers on tap, festive jazz from the Charles Owens Music trio and delightful food specials. Cheers! 434-295-2739

December 29, Huge Charity Cornhole Tournament at Twinpanzee Brewing, Sterling, VA -
Are you ready for a HUGE cornhole tournament on Saturday, December 29th? We've teamed up with a wonderful group of cornhole players to support ALS and Operation Second Chance. 703-791-9363

West Virginia

December 3, Pub History at Abolitionist Ale Works, Charles Town, WV -
December 2 marks the 158th anniversary of John Brown's execution. Join us the day after, on December 3, mere blocks from the site of John Brown's trial and execution at Abolitionist Ale Works. Besides discussing history over a drink, attendees should also get ready for Civil War-themed trivia. Experts and novices alike should find this enjoyable as the questions will range from easy to hard. 681-252-1548

December 15, Winter Brewfest at Snowshoe Mountain, Snowshoe, WV -
We invite you to celebrate winter with us at our Annual Winter Brewfest! Your ticket will include a sampling glass, sampling tickets and live musical entertainment throughout the evening. 877-441-4386

On a sad note, this will probably be the last MABN Hop Tips of 2018. Some might say that it's a good thing but to each their own. My wife and I will be on vacation and we don't bring laptops to interfere with beers on the beach. We have a house sitter and an alarm system. Don't even think about it. I'll be back January 2019, tan, rested and ready to bring a smile to your face and good beer to your belly. JV