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Hello Fellow Hopheads,
Woohoo! A brand new year is upon us, which means brand new beers to seek out and explore. Even here in the Southwest, it's still winter so there are some Winter Warmer parties here and there, along with a Pajama party, and of course the San Diego Brew Festival. Some of these events happen this week, so let's not waste any time...let's hop right to them!

Check the Online Calendar for even more awesome events not listed below!

Arizona -

January 16, Space Drafts, Tucson, AZ -
Borderlands' #SpaceDrafts55 presents Dr. Veronica Bray (UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory)! Dr. Bray will show us the latest images and science results from the New Horizons mission. Talks start around 7:30 at Borderlands Brewing Company, but show up early to get a good seat and some great beer! Info:

January 17, Birds & Beer, Phoenix, AZ -
Join us Thursday, January 17 at Birds n' Beer, a free monthly educational happy hour featuring hot topics in conservation and craft beer from Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Rio Salado Audubon Center 5:50-7:30p. Info:

January 17, Meat & Cheese & Beer, Mesa, AZ -
4 different cured meats and 4 different cheeses paired perfectly with 4 distinct B.R.I. Beers. 6-10p. Info:

January 18, Superstition Mead Tasting, Litchfield Park, AZ -
Join Ground Control for a free sample tasting of Superstition Meads from 5-7 and music by Phosphenes Duo from 7-10 PM. Info:

January 19, Localized 3.0, Phoenix, AZ -
Local Meat & Fish markets will provide the ingredients to Four Local Chefs who will each provide two different dishes. Four local breweries will then pair their beer with their chef's dish. $29/$39 Info:

January 19, Board Games & Beer, Phoenix, AZ -
Spend the afternoon sipping while playing at SunUp! Canned food collection also. Info:

January 19, Girl Scout Cookies + Beer, Tucson, AZ -
Tap & Bottle North. 3-7p. Info:

January 19, Flagstaff BrewHaHa, Flagstaff, AZ -
9th Annual BrewHaHa at High Country Conference Center will feature over 50 of the best local, regional and national breweries. Come be a part of Flagstaff's premier winter beer tasting event! Info:

January 26, Wild Game & Beer Dinner, Tucson, AZ -
Join The Dutch Eatery and Refuge for a 4 Course Wild Game and Beer Dinner, featuring local favorite Dragoon Brewing Company! $48 per person ++. Reservations are required. Call 520.792.6684 Info:

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Arkansas -

Attn Homebrewers, Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest, Little Rock, AR -
The annual contest is back! Deadline For entry is February 1. Get all the details on styles and entry requirements at the official facebook page. Info:

January 14, CATA hot Springs Social, Hot Springs, AR -
Cold beers, trail talk and great folks. Superior Bathhouse Brewery. Info:

January 16, Signature Beer Planning and Cheese Pairing, Bentonville, AR -
Join us to kick off 2019 by helping us plan the NWA Ladies Beer Club Signature Beer! We will taste beer, get a little "bevucation" with Bike Rack CEO Jeff Charlson, brainstorm what we want the beer to taste like, name it, discuss can design and of course DRINK MORE BEER! Bike Rack Brewing. Info:

January 17, The Big Shirley Masterfly Championship, Little Rock, AR -
A fly fishing pro team will be on hand at Lost Forty to walk you through casting and fly tying. Once you've got the lay of the land...and the water, compete for the title of MASTERFLY CHAMPION. Info:

January 19, Randall Infusion: Chocolate Cherry Brown, Little Rock, AR -
The monthly Randall infusion offers a different take on some of your favorite Stone's Throw brews. Info:

January 19, Winter Warmer Day, Rogers, AR -
All Arkansas. All Dark beers. Brick Street Brews. Info:

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California -

January 12, San Diego Brew Festival, San Diego, CA -
The 8th annual San Diego Beer Fest returns to Liberty Station, promising another fun filled day with beer, food trucks, and music. The event will feature dozens of local local and international craft beers, as well as San Diego's most popular food trucks (food sold separately). Info:

January 12, Timeless Pints Fundraiser, Lakewood, CA -
Your $20 donation includes one 10oz. Craft Beer and a meal from Mikhuna Food Truck. Family and Pet Friendly. Benefiting Long Beach Ronald McDonald House. 4-7p. Info:

January 19, Sushi & Beer Pairing, San Diego, CA -
Societe is teaming up with the powerhouse culinary team at The Good Seed Food Company to offer a four-course, five-beer beer-and-sushi pairing that's anything but typical. Info:

January 20, Ladyface Anniversary Block Party, Agoura Hills, CA -
An invitational boutique beer festival with some cellared, barrel-aged special release and hard-to-find ales from their fellow brethren (and lady) brewers. Guest breweries include Russian River, Smog City, Eaglerock, Institution, Sierra Nevada, with more to be announced. Info:

January 24, Vintage Draft & Dessert Pairing Night, Seal Beach, CA -
Beachwood BBQ is raiding the cellar for vintage draft beers to pair with house made confections. 5pm Info:

January 26, Brews & Bros Fest, Upland, CA -
80+ craft beers, wine, cider, craft soda, gourmet food, fun & games. Cable airport. 1-5p. Info:

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Nevada -

January 19, Winter Beer Fest, Las Vegas, NV -
The event will encompass 50 of the RAREST & GREATEST draft beer selections from 40+ Breweries to ever hit Las Vegas. All hand-picked by the Aces & Ales team, from the best breweries in America & Europe. Aces & Ales Tenaya. Info:

January 19, Vegas Vegan Pizza Tour, Las Vegas, NV -
Hit up four restaurants serving up cheese-y, crusty goodness featuring amazing vegan cheese like Good PLANeT, VioLife and more, plus enjoy a complimentary vegan beer from CraftHaus Brewery! Info:

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New Mexico -

January 15, BBB Coin Night, Albuquerque, NM -
Tractor Brewing Company is pleased to present our fifth annual Beer for a Better Burque Program. Beer for a Better Burque or "BBB" has been established to facilitate giving to our many vital non-profits functioning in New Mexico. Info:

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Oklahoma -

January 19, Beer School, OKC, OK -
A tasty lesson on Iron Monk beers alongside the history of the brewery and the beer brewing process as a whole - bring a friend and enjoy delicious beer and snacks while learning about a local brewery! Only 8 seats available each week! Anatomy Wine Club. Info:

January 19, The Brew Sessions, Norman, OK -
Brews and Tunes. What else would you need to hold you over until Norman Music Festival is here? 3 Sessions to choose from. The Main Street Event Center. $35 Info:

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Texas -

January 12, The Usual Launch Party, Dallas, TX -
Peticolas introduces their new beer, available only in the taproom. Glassware and Tees available! Info:

January 14-16, S'mores Stout Launch Party, Fort Worth, TX -
Join Martin House Jan14th-Jan16th, for the launch of S'mores Stout! This 9.2%abv Imperial Stout is brewed with graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Each purchase of a S'mores beer will get you all the fixings to make your own s'mores at the brewery. Info:

January 16, Rahr Pajama Jammy Jam, Fort Worth, TX -
Throw on your favorite jammies and come drink some beer! We will be partying pajama style all tasting long! Bring your bestie or your honey in your matching pjs and let's jam! Info:

January 16, Cheese & Cheers, Austin, TX -
The expert cheesemongers from Whole Foods Market will guide you through delicious pairings of their favorite cheeses alongside Celis craft beers. Celis brewery. Info:

January 19, Cookies & Craft Brews, Austin, TX -
Join Circle Brewing Co. and Girl Scouts of Central Texas for an epic pairing event featuring Girl Scout Cookies and beer! Info:

January 19, Brewstillery Tour, San Antonio, TX -
This intimate, immersive experience focuses on education but ensures you have a drink in your hand while you're learning. This full tour is $10, which includes a detailed guided tour, a souvenir pint glass, and 3 samples of Ranger Creek's products. Info:

January 19, Community Beer Anniversary, Dallas, TX -
60+ Beers, food trucks, live music, photo booth, glassware, T-shirts and more! Info:

January 19, Cactus Land Anniversary, Adkins, TX -
Celebrating 2 years. The day will be filled with 3 live bands, a food truck, special releases all day including Barrel Aged Stouts, Barrel Aged Wild Ales, and and several more small batch releases. Info:

January 22, Beer Dinner, Austin, TX -
Oasthouse has 5 delicious Save The World beers paired with an incredible and unique 4 course meal, created by Executive Chef Amir Hajimaleki. RSVP. Info:

January 24, 3rd Annual Barrel Bonanza, Austin, TX -
Banger's Sausage House has an impressive list of barrel beers! 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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