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YBN Hop Tips, December 2017

The shortest day of the year is approaching, which seems like the perfect excuse to bring your darkest beers out of the cellar. There are a number of solstice parties to celebrate, and you might as well start making your New Year's Eve plans while you're at it.

Cheers, Tori

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Hop Tryst & Ein Stein Can Release, Baxter Brewing Co, December 1, Lewiston, ME

Inn at Cooperstown: Special Edition Bed & Brewery with Brewery Ommegang, December 1-3, Cooperstown, NY

Smuggler's Notch: 23rd Annual BrewFest, Part 1, December 8-9, Smugglers' Notch, VT

Desserts & Drafts, Baxter Brewing Co, December 9, Lewiston, ME

Holiday Beer & Chocolate Pairing, Switchback Brewing Co., December 8-10, Burlington, MA

Woodstock Inn and Brewery: Brewer's Weekend, December 15-16, North Woodstock, NH


December 1, Amazing Things Morton Street Gallery Opening at Exhibit 'A' Brewing, Cape Cod Beer, Framingham, MA -
The Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham is waaay cool, and now they arecollaborating with Exhibit 'A' on a feast for the eyes! 81 Morton Street, 508-202-929.

December 1, Beer Release: Shucker's Reward Oyster Stout, Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, MA -
Based on an Irish Extra Stout, this full-bodied black beer has a delicious roasted malt character with flavors and aromas of coffee and chocolate. Over 20 pounds of whole oysters sourced from 14 different Cape Cod towns (and a quahog shell from Harwich) were added to the kettle during the boiling of this brew, adding minerals from the shells as well as mild flavors and aromas to this historic and memorable beer.  Available at Cape Cod Beer beginning 12.1.17 until it's gone.. 10:00 AM-, .5087904200,

December 6, Beers with the Brewers: Idle Hands Craft Ales, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Malden, MA -
Join us at Idle Hands Craft Ales in Malden, MA for an exciting tasting and behind-the-scenes look at their brewery and taproom. During the event, we'll be tasting a flight that includes both year-round beers and some new releases. After the guided tasting, you can grab a pint of your favorite brew and mingle with the other craft beer lovers in the room. Past events have sold out and space is limited, so don't wait to buy your tickets! Tickets are limited and may not be sold at the door. This event is 21+. No refunds. Have questions? Email

December 7, Cellar Series: Allagash Brewing, Provisions, Northampton, MA -
Join us on the first Thursday in December, for a very special beer event. An ambassador from Allagash will be in house to co-host a this special experience. We will taste through the Allagash portfolio. Some new releases, some from our cellar some from theirs, including some rarities that are no longer in production. You can purchase tickets in-store, or by phone at 413 727-3497, Thursday, December 7, 6:30-8:30pm, $30 per ticket.

December 9, 8th Anniversary Party, Element Brewing Company, Millers Falls, MA -
Come celebrate Element's 8th year with a release of VIII - a super strong and smooth version of Dark Oak. Entertainment provided by local bands Greenwood and Old Flame. Diemand Farm will fill your belly with a special selection of eats. JMS Art & Photo is showing full canvas printed photos that are FOR SALE. And finally, don't forget about our game room fully equipped with darts, pool, and classic video games. We look forward to seeing you there!!

New Hampshire

December 1, Millyard Brewery + Pigtale Restaurant Beer Dinner @the brewery, Millyard Brewery, Nashua, NH -
For the lovers of local fresh food and beer, this dinner is for you. Right in the heart of the brewery and new tasting room. Relax and enjoy the farm fresh 3 course meal prepared by the Pigtale team AND a special release Pumpkin Winter Warmer from us at the Brewery.

December 6, Fat Alberta Beer Dinner, Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH -
Looking for a way to experience all that Fat Alberta, our full-bodied, 10% ABV chocolate peanut butter Russian Imperial Stout, has to offer in an intimate setting – before she's even released?  We will be holding a Fat Alberta Beer Dinner here on December 6th, four days prior to the release day. We are super excited about this dinner, which is shaping up to be quite the culinary experience of beer and food pairings. Only 80 tickets will be available and this dinner has a history of selling out, so grab your tickets today while they last!

December 10, Yoga, Beer and Holiday Cheer, 603 Brewery, Londonderry, NH -
Join us for our third class in our 603 Brewery Yoga Series. Yoga, Beer and Holiday Cheer with Elyse Fairburn, CEO and Co-Owner of Fairburn it Off. HOLIDAY INSPIRED WORKOUT GEAR/ONSIES/ATTIRE ENCOURAGED! Class is $15 per person and includes- the 1 hours class and 3-5oz samples of 603 brews of your choice. Part of the proceeds from this class will be donated to the NH and MA SPCA organizations where they work to save the lives of companion animals through rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption; to promote learning, eliminate animal cruelty and be a leader in advancing the highest standards of animal welfare.

December 10, Fat Alberta is Comin' To Town!, Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH -
It's time for Fat Alberta Day - one of our favorite days of the year!  Once a year, we offer up our full-bodied, chocolate peanut butter Russian Imperial Stout as a limited release. At 10% ABV, it's easy to understand why - Fat Alberta is a bit dangerous, given how smoothly she drinks!

December 10, Yoga, Beer and Holiday Cheer, 603 Brewery, Londonderry, NH -
Join us for our third class in our 603 Brewery Yoga Series. Yoga, Beer and Holiday Cheer with Elyse Fairburn, CEO and Co-Owner of Fairburn it Off

December 13, Imperial Pint Club Holiday Party, The Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH -
Here's what you need to know: What: A Holiday Party for IPC members only - bring your ID card. When (you pick): The Daytime Session from 11:30am-3pm in the JLL OR The Evening Session from 6pm-10pm in the upstairs bar and dining rooms. Where: At The Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. If you aren't an IPC member, but would still like to attend this event, don't fret! You can still sign up to become an IPC member here:

December 14, Allagash Tap Takeover, Thirsty Moose Taphouse, Portsmouth, NH -
Sixteen Allagash beers will be pouring at once at the Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth! Come on out for favorites like White and Curieux, alongside rare selections like Avancé and Neddles.

December 15, Brewer's Weekend, Woodstock Inn, North Woodstock, NH -
Come learn how to brew beer in our unique micro brewery! Stay two nights and add a brewer's weekend that includes: full country breakfast each morning, Friday night brewer's reception & collaboration on a new recipe, lunch Saturday, Brewer's Dinner Saturday night, a commemorative T-shirt or Hat and learn the brewing process for the day. Please call to book 1-800-321-3985.

December 21, Yuletide/Winter Solstice Celebration, Earth Eagle Brewing, Portsmouth, NH -
Come help us reel in the Yuletide on this auspicious day when the dark half of the year yields to the light. From this day forward, the days become longer–let your inner pagan rejoice! We'll celebrate with special yule beers, themed foods, and plenty of cheer!

December 21, The Darkest Day of the Year w/ Henniker Beer, Area 23 Concord, Concord, NH -
Save The Date! Our 2nd annual Ugly Sweater Party will be on Thursday December 21, 4-8PM.  We have ordered some special gear for this party-thats right 603 Ugly Sweaters! Stay tuned for their arrival and more party details to come.

December 21, 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Party, 603 Brewery, Londonderry, NH -
Join us for our third class in our 603 Brewery Yoga Series. Yoga, Beer and Holiday Cheer with Elyse Fairburn, CEO and Co-Owner of Fairburn it Off

December 31, "Green Hour" New Year's Eve, Earth Eagle Brewing, Portsmouth, NH -
The only ABSINTHE-themed New Year's Party in New England–maybe in the country! In late 19th century French cafes, 5 pm become known as l'heure verte, or "the green hour," signaling the onward flow of emerald absinthe into the later hours of the evening. We'll be starting ours at 8pm but the intent is the same! We'll have some period music playing, lots of green lights, food specials, a champagne toast, and absinthe sweet absinthe both louched and in some delicious cocktails.

Rhode Island

December 7, Pajama Party at Nick's on Broadway!, Nicks On Broadway, Providence, RI -
We're throwing the best breakfast-for-dinner pajama party EVER! Nick's on Broadway's FAMOUS Brunch Menu, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout Tap Takeover, Breakfast Cocktails- Mimosa's, Bloodies, and Adult Coffee Milk, Big Screen Showing of "The Breakfast Club" , Prizes for Best Pajamas!  FREE Entry! AND we've got TWO holiday surprises up our sleeves... Can you guess what we're unveiling???

December 8, Autocrat Pint Night at Brick Alley Pub!, Brick Alley Pub, Newport, RI -
Autocrat is back and better than ever! Come on out to the Brickey Alley Pub for a Pint Night on 12/18. Buy a beer, keep the glass!

December 16, Barrel Reserve Night 2017 & Fifth Anniversary Party, Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket, RI -
Join Foolproof for our fourth annual Barrel Reserve Night & Fifth Anniversary Party on Saturday, December 16, from 7:00-10:00. The event features rare barrel-aged beer offerings, a selection of local food artisans, an exclusive Barrel Reserve Night glass, and more! Beer offerings and guest vendors to be announced shortly. Reserve your tickets today!


December 16, Ugly Sweater Party, Black Hog Brewing, Hartford, CT -
Black Hog Brewing's (Hartford) Ugly Sweater Party takes place on December 16 from 1-9:30 p.m. with the Dogtown food truck on-site.


December 8-9, 23rd Annual BrewFest, Part 1, Smuggler's Notch, Smugglers' Notch, VT -
You're in the right place — Vermont has the highest number of breweries per capita. Our BrewFest highlights some of our state's excellent breweries plus regional favorites and craft ciders. A DJ spins the tunes and the Mountain Grille puts on a tasty appetizer buffet. 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm in the Meeting House. Tickets are available at the door; $20 entry includes 8 samples, munchies, and a souvenir sampling glass. 21 & older, please. BrewFest group lodging packages are available for groups of 20 or more; please call 800-521-0536.

December 8-10, Holiday Beer & Chocolate Pairing, Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, MA -
Join us for our all-day and self-guided beer and chocolate pairing in the Tap Room! Chocolate pairing gift sets to-go also available for purchase and make for great holiday gifts. We've brought our fan favorite, Roasted Red Ale, back for a limited time just for this pairing. Well also have Switchback Ale, Citra-Pils Keller Bier, and Dooley's Belated Porter all paired with four different luscious Lake Champlain Chocolates. Enjoy!

December 9, Midwinter Fest 2017, Groennfell Meadery, Colchester, VT -
You've been waiting all year, and it's finally here... Midwinter Fest 2017! This is going to be our biggest festival yet, with Bonfires, Ox Shoulder, Flagons of Mead, and a Special Tapping of our 2016 Winter Warmer! We'll be running specials all day, including the release of our 2017 Winter Mugs!


December 1, Hop Tryst & Ein Stein Can Release, Baxter Brewing Co, Lewiston, ME -
Stop by the Baxter taproom to pick up the first ever can release of Ein Stein and Hop Tryst, our newest year round 16 oz beer. 4-pks of Hop Tryst, 6-packs of Ein Stein, and cases of both available. Growler fills available as well. Limited supplies.

December 9, Desserts & Drafts, Baxter Brewing Co, Lewiston, ME -
This event pairs together two local favorites - locally made desserts from E. Claires & Pastries and locally hand crafted beer from Baxter Brewing Co.! This guided tasting will be led by Baxter Brewing tap room manager Andy Bielecki. Every attendee will receive 5 pairings and a commemorative glass. This is a 21+ event and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. To purchase tickets please go to

December 20, What About Barrels?, Nocturnem Draft Haus, Bangor, ME -
Allagash will be bringing barrel-aged beers galore to Nocturnem. Among the featured beers will be favorites like Avancé, St. Klippenstein, Hive 56, and more!

New York

December 1-2, Special Edition Bed & Brew with Brewery Ommegang, Brewery Ommegang and The Inn at Cooperstown, Cooperstown, NY -
This package includes two nights lodging at the inn, craft beer night with Ommegang's Limited Edition Beers on Friday evening, a private VIP tour of the brewery, a multi-course gourmet beer and food paring dinner, a limited-edition, exclusive growler signed by the brew master, filled with your choice of on-tap Ommegang brew and much more.

December 3, Juicy Brews Beer Festival NYC, Industria, Brooklyn, NY -
On December 3rd, we're bringing the Juicy Brews Craft Beer Festival to the Big Apple. Meet the brewers and try UNLIMITED POURS of juicy, hazy, and fruit-forward beers. Tickets go on sale October 27th, 2017 at 12:00 PM. Limited to 3 session tickets and 1 DD ticket per order. We look forward to seeing you on December 3rd!

Happy drinking!