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SWBN Hop Tips, DECEMBER 2018

Happy Holidays Hopheads,
Ho Ho Ho. The holidays are here. Shopping season is in full swing but sometimes you just want to take a break from the madness, kick back, and sip some suds. Well, most of you are in luck because I've found some holiday beer events for you. Oddly, California is apparently on a different time clock and hasn't updated any of their events yet, so there isn't much listed in SoCal! Either way, let's hop right into the merriment!

December 3/4, Prime Rib Beer Dinner, Multiple Locations Nationwide -
Join BJ's for a five-course beer dinner featuring winter warmers and holiday beers from some of the world's best craft brewers. Includes BJ's Committed® Double IPA and BJ's 19th Annual Grand Cru paired with delicious BJ's food items. Info:

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Arizona -

December 5, Wren House Dinner, Litchfield Park, AZ -
Four courses of Southwestern cuisine at Ground Control. This is already halfway sold out! Act now. Info:

December 5, Space Drafts, Tucson, AZ -
Dr. Travis Rector, professor at the UAA: University of Alaska Anchorage and author of the book "Coloring the Universe: An Insider's Look at Making Spectacular Images of Space" is going to give us an in depth look into all of those beautiful images you've always wondered about. Borderlands. Info:

December 7, Punk Rock Beer Release Vol 2, Tempe, AZ -
The Yucca Tap Room partnered with Pedal Haus to create some punk rock inspired beers. Check it out while jamming out. Info:

December 8, ACCA Christmas Dinner Fundraiser, Phoenix, AZ -
The Arizona Caribbean Cultural Association cordially invite your presence at the Annual Arizona Fundraising Christmas Dinner taking place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 inside of SunUp Brewing Company. This momentous holiday event will be both enjoyable and philanthropic. Info:

December 9, Santa Visits PAB, Peoria, AZ -
Santa is coming to Peoria Artisan Brewery! He has checked his list and he is on his way to make Christmas Dreams come true. Join us to celebrate the season and to collect new toys or gift cards to benefit the Arizona's Children Association Gifts of Hope Toy Drive to benefit AZ foster children. Info:

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Arkansas -

December 6, Science After Dark: Jingle Booze, Little Rock, AR -
Jingle Booze will be like your office holiday party but, like, a million times better (unless Daryl from HR comes.) Think ugly sweater contests, Drink0, liquid nitrogen egg nog ice cream (WHAT?!?!) and more! 21+ Info:

December 6, NWA Ladies Beer Club White Elephant Gift Exchange, Bentonville, AR -
Ladies Beer Club is getting together for a fun little gift exchange! How it will work: 1. Bring a wrapped gift valued at around $10.00 to Bike Rack. 2. Buy a beer. 3. Drink beer, play the white elephant gift game, hang out with awesome ladies, drink more beer, get home safely with new fun gift! Info:

December 7, Barrel-Aged Veritas Pre-Release Event, Rogers, AR -
Your Ticket Includes: Access to the AMA Session, private tour, & after party. 1x 4pk of 2018 Red Wine Barrel Aged Veritas. 1x 10oz Pour of 2018 Red Wine Barrel Aged Veritas. Access to two additional exclusive draft only beers during the event that will be available for purchase separately. New Province. Info:

December 7, Ugly Sweater Party and Coffee IPA Release, Fayetteville, AR -
It's time to raid Grandma's closet and dust off those ugly sweaters for the tackiest night of the year! We're partying down in the Fossil Cove brewery to celebrate the Coffee IPA release on Friday, December 7! We've got live music, wood fired pizza, campfire mugs and Fireplace For Your Home on repeat. Info:

December 8, The Little Craft Show, Little Rock, AR -
Shop from 60 local artists and makers starting at Noon at Lost Forty. Info:

December 16, Winter Beer Dinner, Little Rock, AR -
Rebel Kettle is hotsing thier first beer dinner. 5 courses of Cajun goodness with a twist. With only one seating limited to 50, we'd suggest you don't sleep on getting your tickets. A single ticket is $60, or $100 for a pair (+ tax). Info:

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California -

December 8, Sore Eye Sudsmas, San Diego, CA -
It's a food drive at Societe. There will be fun, giveaways, amazing beer, and helping those less fortunate than us! Info:

December 9, Craft & Draft, San Diego, CA -
Blind LAdy is bringing the original shop and sip event back. Info:

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Nevada -

December 1, Pints For Paws, Las Vegas, NV -
Tenaya Creek has teamed up with Pints For Paws for a fun-filled afternoon that includes games, raffles, food and more! Adoption fees are reduced! Info:

December 2, Booze District Crawl, Henderson, NV -
Join with us in Henderson Booze District on Sunday, December 2nd, from 1 to 5 pm, as we celebrate the life & legacy of George Racz, founder of the Las Vegas Distillery, with a celebratory Booze Crawl. Enjoy a complimentary libation at each of the participating businesses with your $35 donation. Info:

December 7, The Whale Can and Tap Release, Henderson, NV -
Bad Beat brings back their 9.2% Barleywine. Info:

December 12, Founders Tap Takeover, Boulder City, NV -
Live music with Zie Rosin! 10 Founders brews! Raffles and prizes! Hoppy Hour pricing on all Founders beers! Meet the brewery reps and grab some schwag at Boulder Dam! Info:

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New Mexico -

November 30-December 2, Boese Bros Grand Opening, Albuquerque, NM -
Boese Brothers Brewery is excited to announce the opening of their second location in Albuquerque! This location will have 12 taps of beer and cider along with a delicious sandwich menu. Info:

December 6, Kelly's Cider Takeover, Albuquerque, NM -
Tractor takes over the taps with cider at Kelly's Brew Pub. DJ, Local Vendors. Info:

December 6, Build an Adobe Gingerbread House, Albuquerque, NM -
Each gingerbread house is baked just for you and includes chile ristras, luminarias, and other candies to make your masterpiece. Boxing Bear. Info:

December 7, Santacon, Albuquerque, NM -
Dress like Santa and be ready to party at Rio Bravo. Canned Food and Warm Clothing Donations appreciated. Info:

December 8, Lager Liftoff, Albuquerque, NM -
This is a charity weightlifting competition at Canteen. If that sounds like too much work they will also allow 16 oz curls. Info:

December 6, Build an Adobe Gingerbread House, Albuquerque, NM -
Each gingerbread house is baked just for you and includes chile ristras, luminarias, and other candies to make your masterpiece. Bosque Brewing. Info:

December 8, La Cumbre Anniversary, Albuquerque, NM -
Live screen printing, funk band, and 8th anniversary ale. Info:

December 13, Beer Dinner, Santa Fe, NM -
Blue Corn Brewery and NM Dark Side Brew Crew present Winter Is Here - Beer Dinner! Join them for a reception and three-course dinner paired with beer from Blue Corn Brewery. Info:

December 14, Big Lebowski Party, Silver City, NM -
Get your bathrobe on! Ready for bowling and beverages? Win the Find-the-Dude Scavenger Hunt, indoor bowling, dancing, costume contest and more! Little Toad Creek. Info:

December 15, Brewmasters Festival, Taos Ski Valley, NM -
Come enjoy an afternoon sampling beer and tasting food from around the region. The festival will be held in the Taos Ski Valley Resort Center. Entry fee is $30 at the door. 21+ Info:

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Oklahoma -

December 8, Santa Crawl, OKC, OK -
On Saturday, December 8th hundreds of Santas will pack the streets for a day of fun, food and drinks in different districts all over the OKC metro. Info:

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Texas -

December 1, Ranger Creek Anniversary Open House, San Antonio, TX -
$10 gets you entry and 3 drink tickets redeemable for beers or a cocktail. The first 250 people will get our commemorative 8 year anniversary IPA glass! Info:

December 5, Art For A Cause, Fort Worth, TX -
Rahr & Sons will be open from 5-9p. You can get 3 1/2 beers and a glass for just $10 while doing some shopping with local vendors. Kid-friendly. Info:

December 5, Founders Dinner, Flower Mound, TX -
Local Pint will be serving up four courses TBA. Info:

December 5, Real Ale Dinner, Austin, TX -
Come on out to COVER 2 for a savory food and beer filled night. You"ll enjoy a tasty hors d'ouevres followed by a four-course meal. Info:

December 7, Caucasian 2018 Release Party, Dallas, TX -
Enjoy live music while grabbing some of Texas Ale Project's new White Russian Imperial Stout. Info:

December 7, Panther Island Anniversary, Fort Worth, TX -
Grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and come hang with the PIB gang to celebrate 4 years! We'll have Smiley's BBQ, Arcadia Coffee, live music, and all your favorite brews plus some badass new ones. $20 gets you EIGHT 8oz pours and a souvenir glass to bring home Info:

December 8, Winterstellar Chili Invitational, Denton, TX -
Armadillio Ale Works introduces their new winter seasonal, hosts a chili cook off and is collecting warm winter clothes! Info:

December 8, Rice Village Pub Crawl, Houston, TX -
Saint Arnold Christmas Pub Crawl, so dust off those ugly sweaters and Santa hats, and join! Info:

December 8, Rabbit Hole Anni5thary, Justin, TX -
It's going to be a big party at Rabbit Hole! Music, art sale, free caricatures, and plenty of great beer flowing! $45VIP/30-35GA. Info:

December 9, Cheesecake & Beer, Dallas, TX -
LUCK at Trinity Groves. Featuring handcrafted cheesecakes paired with 4 brews from North Texas Craft Breweries. Supplies are limited. Info:

December 9, Houston-Austin BBQ Throwdown, Austin, TX -
**A very limited number of guest tickets will be sold.** $70 pre-sale discount general admission are on sale now for a limited time ($80 regular price) and includes two 12oz portions (two cans) of Friends and Allies beer and unlimited samples of each barbecue joint's competition dish. Info:

December 12, Wild Acre Dinner, Fort Worth, TX -
Enhance your Holiday Season with an exclusive sit down, Texas-style dinner in the Wild Acre taproom featuring gourmet food cooked on site by Chef Joe Riscky of Joe Riscky's Barbeque, and paired beers from the Wild Acre Brewery. Info:

December 13, Revolver Dinner, Arlington, TX -
Four courses paired with Revolver brews at Miller Tavern. Info:

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I'll hit you up with more events in a couple of weeks! Thanks for reading!

Jim -
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