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YBN Hop Tips, December 2018

It's time to pull that ugly sweater out of the closet. If you only have attractive sweaters, there are plenty of other festive and beer-full activities, including tree lightings, 8 pints for Hanukkuh, and snowflake making. Details below, as always.

Cheers! Tori


December 1, Lighting of the Rockery Hay Ride, Shovel Town Brewery, North Easton, MA -
Once again this year, Shovel Town Brewery has the honor of performing the ceremonial lighting of the Rockery and we want you to be part of the FUN! Sign up for our exclusive Hay Ride and front row seat for the lighting! Arrive at the Brewery at 4:00 on Saturday December 2 and enjoy some exclusive appetizers for Hay Ride participants. Then around 4:30 we will board the Haywagon and head down to the Rockery to meet up with the Guest of Honor, perform the countdown and flip the switch.

December 2-9, The 8 Pints of Hanukkah, Biltmore Bar and Grill, Newton, MA -
Join us at the Biltmore Bar and Grill for an 8-night holiday tap takeover. A different brewery will hit the taps every night along with giveaways, guest appearances from the breweries, and traditional Hanukkah food. Make sure you bring in a toy donation for Toys for Tots to go home with some extra swag. See you there!

December 7, Backyard Winterfest 2018, Backyard Brewery & Kitchen, Manchester, NH -
Last December we brought all our craft beer friends together and had such a good time doing it we decided to do it again. Bundle up and join us on December 7th for the second Backyard Winterfest. This event will bring together some of the best craft breweries in the area to pour and sample the beers that are putting Derry, Londonderry, and Manchester on the map as a craft beer destination.

December 8, LBC 1 Year Bash, Long Blue Cat Brewing Co, Londonderry, NH -
We here at Long Blue Cat Brewing are going to be having our 1st Birthday/Anniversary and will be celebrating with a huge party that will be indoors and outdoors with an outdoor bonfire and lots of food, great beer, and even some special release beers.

December 18, Keg Talks presented by Exhibit 'A' & Craft'd Company, Exhibit "A" Brewing Company, Framingham, MA -
Take a deep dive into the beers we love to drink at Keg Talks, a social beer education series. Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company General Manager and Certified Cicerone™, Kelsey Roth will guide you through four different Exhibit 'A' beers and explore the styles, origins, legends, brewing techniques, food pairings, tasting notes and more. Each event will start with a social hour from 6-7 PM followed by the Keg Talk from 7-9 PM. Snacks will be provided.

Rhode Island

December 7, Repeal Day Party, Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co., Newport, RI -
Join us Friday, December 7th from 5pm-9pm for our speakeasy-style Repeal Day Party! Help us celebrate the 85th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day Prohibition ended. This day marks a return to the traditions of craft brewing and distilling. Honor those who went "without" by celebrating in style with us!

December 8, Foolproof Brewing's Barrel Reserve Night 2018, Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket, RI -
Join Foolproof for our fifth annual Barrel Reserve Night on Saturday, December 8th, from 7:00-10:00 PM. The event features rare and barrel-aged beer offerings, a selection of local food artisans, an exclusive Barrel Reserve Night glass, and more. Specific details about beer offerings and vendors will be released soon. This once-a-year event is not to be missed, so reserve your tickets today!

December 13, Foolproof Beer Dinner, Caleb & Broad, Newport, RI -
Foolproof Brewing Company x Caleb & Broad Beer Dinner, Thursday 12/13 @ 6PM. 4 courses | 5 beer pairings - just $45 bucks! Space is limited - call 401.619.5955 to reserve your seats today.


December 1, Two Roads Tree Lighting and Winter Market, Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford, CT -
The Two Roads tree lighting will place in our Beer Garden from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM with the lighting taking place at 5:30pm! Bundle up and join us outside for carolers + the bell choir for all of the holiday classics as well as a special holiday beer! The Market is the perfect place to kick off your holiday shopping and find the perfect gift! With 10+ vendors setting up from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  

December 6, 13 Breweries Ugly Sweater/Toy Drive 2018, Pies & Pints, Middlebury, CT -
This Holiday season join 13 Breweries wearing an ugly sweater for this special event. Please bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.

December 15, Ugly Sweater Party, CT Valley Brewing Company, South Windsor, CT -
Bust out your favorite ugly sweater and come down to have some local brews while you listen to Bonfire Acoustic! We'll have B.T.'s Smokehouse and Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes Food Trucks here and Brian Jarvis Music to start the day.


December 5, Accidental Friends Wine-Beer Hybrid Release Party Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, VT -
Magic Hat is set to debut two new wine-beer hybrids and a special barrel-aged collaboration at a release party at their brewery. Throughout 2018, the brewer has been busy traveling Vermont, making "accidental friends" by meeting local growers and tippling local wines, seeking varietals that would pair perfectly with a beer base.

December 7-9, 24th BrewFest, Part 1 Weekend, Smuggler's Notch Resort, Jeffersonville, VT -
Join us on Saturday, December 8, to sample the finest in beers and ciders. Our BrewFest highlights some of our state's excellent breweries plus regional favorites and craft ciders. Enjoy samples from 2 Roads Brewing, Ballast Point, Clown Shoes, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Spiked Seltzer, Stone Brewing, Stony Creek, and Ten Barrel. If your tastes run closer to home, don't miss samples from Vermont's own 14th Star, Boyden Valley Winery and Cidery, Harpoon, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Otter Creek, Shed, and Zero Gravity.


December 5, Paper Snowflake Party, Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland, ME -
Stop by the tasting room to enjoy a fresh beer and cut out some paper snowflakes that will hang in the tasting room all month long!

December 9, Holiday Beer & Cheese Pairing Class, Rising Tide Brewing Company, Portland, ME -
Want to impress your family and friends this holiday season with delicious beer & cheese pairings? Join Rising Tide and The Cheese Shop of Portland for a tasty and informative Holiday Beer & Cheese Pairing Class!

December 27, December Lewiston-Auburn On Tap!, Baxter Brewing Co., Lewiston, ME -
Holidays can be stressful. We're keeping it simple. Come by, have a local beer on us, and bring your family. RSVP is requested but not required. The new taproom at Baxter Brewing is finally done and if you haven't seen it yet, NOW is the time. We hope you'll join us - local members, volunteers, friends, and neighbors - for our December On Tap. All are welcome and why not bring some of the family along?  

New York

December 1, Cask & Crossgates, Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, NY -
Join us on December 1st from 2-6pm for CASK & CROSSGATES - Winter Beer Fest. The festival will be located just steps away from the *brand new* TRU BY HILTON/HOMEWOOD SUITES hotel and the CROSSGATES MALL. 30 breweries will be bringing hand-produced casks, as well as standard pours of their amazing beer. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy unique offerings from some of the best local breweries.

December 15, Ugly Sweater Party & Christmas Toy Drive, Local Tap House of Nyack, Nyack, NY -
It's that time of year again! It's time for our 4th annual Ugly Sweater Party !! This year we have linked up with Firestone Walker Brewing Co & Rockland County's Center for Safety & Change to help some families in need. Along with wearing your ugliest sweater possible, we encourage to bring an new unwrapped toy or a gift card to a grocery store ($10 MIN) and in return you will receive $5 drafts all night long. So now let's get ugly and help some families!!!

Happy drinking!