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Welcome to the New Year Hopheads!
Well, things are really gaining steam in the Southwest's beer scene. There are a ton of great beer-centric things coming up...let's not dilly-dally, let's jump right in!


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Arizona -

On Sale Now, Tacolandia, Phoenix, AZ -
Phoenix New Times is proud to present the return of Tacolandia! Attendees can expect unlimited taco samples from 45 of the city's best taquerias ranging from trending hot spots to authentic street style, live entertainment, and cash bars. January 27, Margaret T. Hance Park. Info:

On Sale Now, AZ Strong Beer Festival, Phoenix, AZ -
This is the big one folks! this year it goes down on February 10th. VIP still available! Info:

On Sale Now, Craft Beer + Spirits Dinner, Chandler, AZ -
The Ostrich hosts a 4-course dinner featuring SanTan brews and Sacred Stave. $55pp. January 23. Info:

January 11, Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations, Phoenix, AZ -
King's Beer & Wine is hosting a very special guided tasting featuring the Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations, all brewed at Stone Brewing Berlin in collaboration with some of their favorite brewers in the world. Melanie from Stone will be in the house pouring, educating and answering questions. Info:

January 13, A Feast for the Four Senses, Phoenix, AZ -
It's a five course feast designed to appeal to all of your senses at SunUp. $45pp/$80pair Info:

January 13, Sentinel Peak Anniversary, Tucson, AZ -
They are celebrating 4 years! Info:

January 18, Stogies & Suds, Chandler, AZ -
Puro Cigar Bar is bringing in Stone & Arrogant Bastard to pair with their stogies. Info:

January 20, Borderlands Anniversary, Tucson, AZ -
Celebrating 6 years. Info:

January 20, Brunch Bash, Phoenix, AZ -
Brunch Bash is the Valley's newest festival celebrating the meal you love most and benefiting one of the valley's great charities, One N Ten. This beach party event (yes, we said beach) is proof that the hottest parties don't always happen after the sun goes down. Info:

January 21, Sunday in the Park, Surprise, AZ -
Pet and family-friendly day in the park. Beer from State 48 Brewery. Info:

January 25, Coloring Day, Tucson, AZ -
Color some beer-related sheets at Pueblo Vida! 4-10p. Info:

January 25, Into the Upside Down, Litchfield Park, AZ -
Ground Control is serving up Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout, topped with a mini waffle, of course. Info:

January 27, Beerdfest, Tucson, AZ -
Featuring beers, beards, a live performance by Hey, Bucko and more! Tap & Bottle. Info:

January 27, Shave The Day, Chandler, AZ -
Murphy's Law celebrates St. Baldrick's Day. Shave your head, volunteer or donate to celebrate children's cancer research. Goldwater brews are only a penny! Info:

January 27, History On Tap, Tucson, AZ -
Join the Arizona History Museum for an evening of craft beer-tasting featuring the finest local brewers and pub food for purchase from a selection of area restaurants. Experience 1870s Tucson with the re-creation of Levin's Beer Garden with the Old Arizona Brass Band. Info:

January 28, Beer School 5.0, Phoenix, AZ -
Helton Brewing plays host to four other featured breweries that will each give a presentation on beer related topics. Info:

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Arkansas -

Enter Now - Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest, Little Rock, AR -
This is a Pro-Am event happening January 27th. Entry Deadline is January 21. Info:

On Sale Now, Frost Fest, Fayetteville, AR -
Frost Fest features craft breweries, live music with Yokohama Drifters and Cadillac Jackson, vendors, artists and food trucks. Event February 3. Info:

January 11, Block-Beer-Bourbon, Little Rock, AR -
Enjoy the music of Rodney Block and the Rodney Block Collective in the historic surroundings of the Junior League of Little Rock, while sipping a curated selection of craft beer and bourbon with friends. Info:

January 12, Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras Roadshow, Hot Springs, AR -
Enjoy the music of Rodney Block and the Rodney Block Collective in the historic surroundings of the Junior League of Little Rock, while sipping a curated selection of craft beer and bourbon with friends. Info:

January 16, Beer Dinner, Little Rock, AR -
The Pantry's Chef Titus and Stone's Throw Brewing are joining forces for this special evening. Chef will prepare a five-course meal and Stone's Throw will pair each course with a carefully selected brew to complement each dish. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot at the table now. Info:

January 18, Fossil Cove at Brick Street, Rogers, AR -
The free, all-ages event will include performances by the Shreveport Second Line Jazz Band as well as free samples of king cake from Tubbs Hardware & Cajun Gifts in Bossier City, Mardi Gras beads, Cajun food and drink specials from Superior Bathhouse Brewery, giveaways and more. Info:

January 18, Pint Night, Rogers, AR -
Bentonville Brewing will be at Boars Nest. Buy a beer, get a raffle ticket, score some swag. Info:

January 18, Beer Dinner, North Little Rock, AR -
Lakewood Lounge teams up with Stone's Throw for a four course surf n' turf dinner. Info:

January 19, Christmas Tree Bonfire, Springdale, AR -
Drop your trees off soon! Saddlebock is going to light them on fire! Info:

January 20, Winter Warmer, Rogers, AR -
Brick Street Brews will be serving up every dark, Arkansas beer they can lay their hands on. Info:

January 21, 3YR In Da Hood Beermosa Brunch, Fayetteville, AR -
Apple Blossom Brewing takes over the taps at Nomad's to help them celebrate their 3rd year. $5 Beermosa Pitchers all day. Info:

January 23, Game Night, North Little Rock, AR -
Game Goblins, your friendly local game store, will be providing unique, fun games of all types. Flyway. 5-9p. Info:

January 27, Beta Brews, Rogers, AR -
For one night only, you'll be able to buy a $10 flight of test batches that Bentonville Brewing has created. This event starts at 4pm and will go until supplies last! Info:

January 29, Beer, Cigars & Coffee Pairing, Little Rock, AR -
Stone's Throw Brewing is partnering with West End Cigars and Guillermo's Coffee, Tea, & Roastery for a unique evening of pairings in the biergarten. Each ticket includes two carefully curated cigars each paired with a hand-crafted beer and a hot drink! Only twenty tickets are available to this exclusive event; early bird tickets are $45, then $55 after January 15. Info:

February 1, Stone's Throw Night at the Rep, Little Rock, AR -
Enjoy complimentry Stone's Throw beer & cider before the show, then take a brew to your seat to enjoy "The Call" at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre! Don't forget to try the special brew created for the show in Foster's during intermission. Info:

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California -

ON SALE NOW, Changing of the Barrels, San Diego, CA -
You can try the 29th Anniversary BA Saison and the 30th Anniversary brew before it gets barreled for a year at Karl Strauss on January 27th! Info:

ON SALE NOW, Stone Super Sunday Cellar-Bration, Escondido, CA -
Stone kicks off a day of epic verticals. 5 dishes and 15 tasters + a crowler to take with you! $55. Info:

January 10, Beer & Macaron Pairing, Anaheim, CA -
5:30-9:30p while they last. The Bruery. Info:

January 10, Islander w/ Starbursts Cask, El Cajon, CA -
Main Tap Tavern will feature a cask from Coronado Brewing. Info:

January 13, Second Saturday, San Diego, CA -
Pizza Port heads to Hamilton's. Info:

January 17-18, DOUBLE DRY HOPPED MELROSE IPA CANS, Multiple Cities, CA -
Beachwood BBq'ss newest. Available: Seal Beach and Long Beach on 1/17; Huntington Beach on 1/18. Info:

January 20, Brews & Bros Festival, Upland, CA -
Last Name Brewing celebrates 15 years with a big party featuring face painting, henna tattooing, Stay Gold Barber shop cutting hair, a stilt walker and a bunch of other stuff you don't want to miss! Of course, there's also beer. Info:

January 21, Beginner Brew Class, San Diego, CA -
These classes are perfect for the first time brewer or an extract brewer that wants to step up their game. While participants watch every step of an extract brew day, our instructor will cover topics such as maximizing the quality of extract beers, improving yeast health, and the differences between extract, all grain, and commercial brewing. Info:

January 21, Ladyface Octennial Party, Agoura Hills, CA -
Ladyface is throwing a boutique beer festival and inviting a few other breweries to bring some goodies. Ladyface will be pouring 8th anniversary ale "Octavia" barrel-aged Belgian Golden Strong in addition to brews from the cellar reserve list. Info:

January 22, A Pint for A Pint, San Diego, CA -
The annual blood drive at AleSmith. 2-7p. Appointments and walk-in available. Info:

January 24, 3 Punk Ales Cask, El Cajon, CA -
Main Tap Tavern will feature a cask from Thr3e Punk Ales. Info:

January 26, National Stingray Day, San Diego, CA -
Hamilton's will have 3 variations of Coronado brewing's Stingray IPA. Info:

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Nevada -

On Sale Now, Atomic City + Beer Zombies Festival, Las Vegas, NV -
Feb. 24, 2018. VIP tickets to the Atomic City Brews + Beer Zombies Festival include unlimited pours, raffle tickets for rare beers, an exclusive VIP area, exclusive merchandise, access to rare beers not available in the GA area and more. GA tickets include unlimited pours from dozens of your favorite breweries and more! Info:

On Sale Now, Freeze Your Pints Off Festival, Reno, NV -
February 17th in the alley behind Under the Rose Brewing Company for an outdoor winter beer festival featuring local breweries. Info:

January 12, NE IPA Release, Henderson, NV -
This NE IPA is brewed with Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc, and Waimea hops giving off intense tropical fruit, ripe melon, and grapefruit flavors! The release kicks off January 12th at 2pm. 4-packs will be sold in house only per the usual and will be $10. Growler fills will be available to go as well. Bad Beat. Info:

January 12-13, Winter Beer Fest, Las Vegas, NV -
Aces & Ales celebrates winter brews. Nellis location on the 12th, Tenaya on the 13th. Info:

January 13, Tenaya Creek Tour, Las Vegas, NV -
Monthly Brewery Tours 1pm every second Saturday of the month. $10.00 includes a tour, 5oz souvenir glass (exclusive to tour not to be sold), and three beer tickets to fill that glass with any Tenaya Creek beer. Info:

January 26, BBA Coffee and Cream Ale Release, Henderson, NV -
CREAM & SUGAR - 9% Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Coffee and Cream Ale. This will be on draft and in bottles to go! Bad Beat. Info:

January 27, Banger Anniversary, Las Vegas, NV -
Banger Brewing celebrates their 4th year with special One-offs, $4 house beers all day long and of course the release of their 4th anniversary Sour Belgian Quad in bottles and on draft! Info:

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New Mexico -

January 12, Winter Brew, Albuquerque, NM -
The seventh annual New Mexico Brewers Guild WinterBrew festival takes place Friday, January 12, 5-9 PM in the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion. Info:

January 12, In The Money Can Relase, Albuquerque, NM -
Taproom ONLY release for LA Cumbre's newest brew in the Single Double series. Info:

January 14, Pulls For Pups, Santa Fe, NM -
It's a fundraiser and puppy adoption event at Rowley Farmhouse Ales that will feature beer from La Cumbre. Info:

January 27, Sidetrack Anniversary, Albuquerque, NM -
Sidetrack's 2nd Anniversary with beer, music, food and live screen printing. Info:

January 30, The Forceful One: Paints-n-pints Albuquerque, NM -
$30 Includes class entry and regular priced pint. Bring the family all ages welcome! Boxing Bear. Info:

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Oklahoma -

January 13, BBQ & Blues, Tulsa, OK -
Dead Armadillo is serving up beer alongside Hot Messs BBQ Tacos and 3 Meat Sandwiches. Taylor Jones plays in the Keg Parlor. 5-8p. Info:

January 18, Fork + Bottle, OKC, OK -
Mary Eddy's will host Stonecloud Brewing and pair their brews with five courses. $59pp. Seating is limited. Contact Emily at 405.982.6918 or to claim your seat! Info:

January 22, Keep The Glass, Tulsa, OK -
Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle. Info:

January 22, Keep The Glass, OKC, OK -
Flying Dog Raging Bitch Info:

January 27, Beer & Boards, OKC, OK -
Bring your fave board game to Anthem Brewing for game night! Info:

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Texas -

January 11, Beer Dinner, Marble Falls TX -
Locavore ATX teams up with Save The World Brewery. $45 inclusive. Info:

January 13, Coffee Porter Brunch, Houston, TX -
Real Ale Brewing will be at Onion Creek Cafe with beer and glasses! Info:

January 13, Open Day, Porter, TX -
Back Pew invites you out to enjoy great beer and music. Info:

January 13, Coffee Porter Brunch, Houston, TX -
Real Ale Brewing will be at Onion Creek Cafe with beer and glasses! Info:

January 13, TKO Libations Grand opening, Lewisville, TX -
Theie official grand opening. Info:

January 18, Glass Giveaway, Waco, TX -
Dancing Bear Pub will feature beers from Santa Fe Brewing. Buy the beer, keep the glass. Info:

January 20, Always Sunny Costume Party, Corpus Christi, TX -
For all you Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans, January 20th is for you! Dress as your favorite Always Sunny character from any episode and have a few craft beers with us at the Lorelei! Come in costume to get 10% OFF your tab! Plus have the chance to WIN the Best Costume Prize! Info:

January 20, Cactus Land Anniversary, Adkins, TX -
Cactus Land Brewing has some special treats in store for attendees of their first Anniversary blowout. Don't miss. Info:

January 20, Plethora of Pinatas: Fiesta de Marco, Austin, TX -
Zilker is throwing a party for their head brewer's birthday that will feature a beer release, special menu, and plenty of Marco merch. Info:

January 20, Thunder Hug Release, Fort Worth, TX -
Wild Acre will have some glassware to go along with their BA Imperial Stout that's weighing in at 13.7% ABV. Info:

January 21, Food Pairing, Corpus Christi, TX -
The talented chefs of the Chefs of the Coastal Bend ACF TCA will be pairing plates with Lazy Beach beers. $70pp 21+ Info:

January 22, Beer Dinner, Fort Worth, TX -
Urban Crust is pairing five courses with beer from Hopfusion Ale Works. Info:

January 23, Fried Pie Flights, Fort Worth, TX -
Flying Saucer will have a four-serving flight paired with fried fruit pies! Info:

January 25, Four Bullets Pint Night, Colleyville, TX -
Four Bullets is bringing Royal Flush Irish Red Ale to Dallas Craft Co. Info:

January 26, Community Anniversary, Dallas, TX -
Community Beer Co. is celebrating 5 years with 40+ beers, multiple beer stations, live music, photo booth, food trucks and more! Info:

January 27, Rauchfest, Del Valle, TX -
Celebrating all things smoked, from beer to food to cigars! The fire pits will be ablaze and smoked beers (rauchbier) will flow like the salmon of Capistrano. Live Oak's smoked beers are made in the traditon of breweries in Bamberg, on the river Regnitz in Franconia, Germany. Info:

January 28, Coffe Beer & Donuts, San Antonio, TX -
Ranger Creek is serving their seasonal coffee beer in mugs and pairing it with a donut. Brunch menu also available. Info:

February 3, Doggie Mardi Gras Parade, Austin, TX -
All dogs dressed in costume can bark for beads and be registered for a chance to win a special raffle contest. Dress to impress! The ABGB. Info:

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