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Hi Everybody! Please bear with me for this issue because I had a death in the family. Because of time constraints due to making arrangements, the additions will just have a link to the event. Hop Tips will be back to normal in March. Thanks for understanding.

Here are some reminders from the February 2018 Hop Tips and some new events. Cheers, John Vac

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February 15,Firestone Walker Tap Takeover at The Pickled Pig, Rehoboth Beach,DE -
National Enquirer headline: Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers From Campers, Gets Drunk And Fights Cow. National Enquirer wouldn't make this up, would they? 302-645-5444

February 17,Find That Valentine Night at Bellefonte Brewing, Wilmington,DE -
Roses are red. Violets are blue. A growler costs less than dinner for two. 302-407-6765

February 24,Girl Scout Cookie Pairing at Iron Hill Brewing, Newark,DE -

February 25,2018 Delaware Beer Drinkers Choice Awards at Crooked Hammock Brewery, Lewes,DE -
Not as entertaining as the Darwin Awards but the Darwin Awards don't have beer. 'Nuf said. 302-644-7837

District of Columbia

February 15 & 22,2018 Drink Local Throwdown at Rebellion DC, Washington,DC -

February 16,Friday Night Beers & Bites Tour at Bluejacket, Washington,DC -

February 16-22,Brewmaster Tour at Heurich House, Washington,DC -

February 16 & 23,Beer Lover's Mystery Date at ????, Washington,DC -

February 20,Bachelorettes & Brews Yappie Hour at Wunder Garten, Washington,DC -

February 24,2018 Rare Tapping at The Bier Baron, Washington,DC -


February 16,Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase at Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring,MD -
Don't forget that beer helps to remove the stress, the bra, the panties and many other problems. 240-777-5350

February 16-19,2018 Belgian Fest at Max's Taphouse, Baltimore,MD -
Scientists say that men who drink beer daily reduce their risk of heart attacks. As for livers, scientists said "F' livers" and went to Max's. 410-675-6297

February 17,2nd Annual Bring On Spring at Hopper's Tap House, Salisbury,MD -
Can February March? No, but April May! 443-944-9633

February 17,Grand Opening at Crooked Crab Brewing, Odenton,MD -

February 17,Maryland-World Series Of Beer Pong at Sidelines Sports Bar, Glen Burnie,MD -

February 18,UNION 2018 Pinewood Derby at UNION Craft Brewing, Baltimore,MD -
If a cop pulls you over and says, "Your eyes look bloodshot, have you been drinking?" Never say, "Your eyes look glazed, have you been eating donuts?" 410-467-0290

February 19,8th Annual Sour Day at Max's Taphouse, Baltimore,MD -

February 24,Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love On Tap at Seacrets, Ocean City,MD -

February 24,Winter Cask Classic 2018 at Denizens Brewing, Silver Spring,MD -

February 24,Maryland Chilli & Beer Festival: Celebrate FeBREWary at La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie,MD -

February 24,Raven Beer 20th Anniversary at DuClaw Brewing, Baltimore,MD -

New Jersey

February 15-18,Angry Erik 4th Anniversary Weekend at Angry Erik Brewing, Lafayette,NJ -
So you think that I'm cute when I'm angry? Well get ready. I'm about to get gorgeous! 862-432-9003

February 17,Stout Fest at Czig Meister Brewing, Hackettstown,NJ -
Come to the dark side. We have beer and pretzels.

February 17,Cheers Bergen Wine & Beer Festival at Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus,NJ -
When I saw that it was in Paramus, I immediately thought of Shemp as "Painless Papyrus". Does anyone else want to admit that they did or should I make an appointment with the shrink?

February 18,Mardi Gras Brunch at Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell,NJ -

February 23,Carton Brewing Tap Takeover at Taphouse 15, Jefferson,NJ -
Fermentation done: check. Kegging done: check. Feeling awesome: check. Time to takeover the bar. 862-437-1300


February 15,Science Social Club: Brew Night at Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown,PA -
If you put root beer in a square cup, do you get beer? 484-664-1002

February 17,Barrel-Aged Beer Fest at Coca Cola Park, Allentown,PA -
I tried sniffing Coke once but the ice cubes got stuck up my nose. 610-841-7447

February 17,Friend Fest Beer & Wine Festival at Kutztown Fairgrounds, Kutztown,PA -

February 17,Winterfest Live! 2018: The Great Philly Winter Beer Festival at Xfinity Live!, Philadelphia,PA -

February 18,1 Year Anniversary Party at Second District Brewing, Philadelphia,PA -

February 24,2018 Kennett Winterfest in Downtown Kennett Square, Kennett Square,PA -
Hopefully, the sun will be out so you can get sunburn and frostbite at the same time. 610-444-8188

February 24,Philly Bierfest at The German Society, Philadelphia,PA -

February 24,Beats, Brews And BBQ at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia,PA -
The last time that I was at WCL was during the Craft Brewers Conference. My two roommates and I talked our way into a private Dogfish Head party. Cracker played two sets. The first was Brewer's Karaoke and will probably be talked about industry-wide for the next few years. It was that good. Reason that I am devoting so much space to this is the fact that Cracker is our Publisher's favorite band. And he made the choice not to go with us. And told me never to remind him about it. So, Jamie, I just want you to know that I've forgotten all about it. 610-258-7766

February 24,Make It Funky at Iron Hill Brewing, Lancaster,PA -

February 24,Smoke And Oak Multi-Tap at Iron Hill Brewing, North Wales,PA -

February 24,Heritage & Hops Brew Tour at Schuylkill River Greenways NHA, Pottstown,PA -

February 25,The Barley Mow's 4th Anniversary Celebration at Barley Mow Craft Beer House, West Reading,PA -


February 15,Veil-entine's Day Happy Hour at Veil Brewing, Richmond,VA -
My thoughts and prayers go out to all men whose girlfriends are on their period.

February 18,Wood Friends Festival at Gordon Biersch Brewery, Virginia Beach,VA -

February 21,The Perennial Beer Dinner at Rustico Ballston, Arlington,VA -

February 21,Bell's And Bacon Dinner at Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg,VA -

February 24,Hardywood Pilot Brewery and Taproom Turns 1 at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Charlottesville,VA -

February 24-25,8th Annual Barleywine Festival at Mad Fox Brewpub, Falls Church,VA -
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. Except barleywine. Barleywine tastes like skinny can go and F' itself.[UNIQID]

West Virginia

February 21,WV Beers For WV Public Lands at Apothecary Ale House, Morgantown,WV -

February 28,SweetWater Bar Crawl at Summit Beer Station, Huntington,WV -

Breweriana Show

February 14-18,Blue & Gray Show at Hilton Dulles, Herndon,VA -