Beer calendar: Nov. 15 through Nov. 28

Eat and drink well at some of the best beer events in the mid-Atlantic region from November 15-November 28, 2010. Photo:

The holiday season is quickly approaching and the scheduling of beer dinners across the mid-Atlantic region provide the perfect opportunity to gather with family and friends for a great meal of food and beer.

Following is just a sample of beer dinners and other beer-centric events across the mid-Atlantic region in the next two weeks.

Are you a brewer, an event organizer, or promoter that would like to see your event listed here? Be sure to drop a note to the columnist, Bryan Kolesar, and provide all of the important details.

Aecht Schlenkerla comes to America

New York, NY: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, Schlenkerla Beer Dinner at Jimmy’s No. 43, 212-982-3006, $55

New York, NY: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Schlenkerla Brewer & Chef Visit at The Ginger Man, 212-532-3740, PAYG

Washington, DC: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, Schlenkerla Collaboration Dinner at Birch and Barley, 202-567-2576, $55

Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, Aecht Schlenkerla Beer Dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz, 267-909-8814, $65

Emmaus, Pa.: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, Aecht Schlenkerla Dinner with chef, brewer, and owner at Tap and Table, 610-965-1009, $TBD

New York, NY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, An Afternoon with Schlenkerla at Beer Table, 718-965-1196, PAYG

Beer Tastings and Fun ‘n’ Games

Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, Win a Trip to Belgium (Philly Beer Week collaboration) at McGillin’s, 215-735-5562, PAYG

Bear, Del.: 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, Delaware Draft Release of Flying Fish Exit 6 at Stewart’s Brewing Company, 302-836-2739, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: Friday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 21, Sixpoint Pop-up Brewery at City Tap House, 215-662-0105, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, Leifmans Returns to the U.S. at Monk’s Café, 215-545-7005, PAYG

Beer Dinners

North Wales, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Winter Brewmaster’s Dinner at Iron Hill, 267-708-2000, $65

Media, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Brewmaster’s Dinner at Iron Hill, 610-627-9000, $65

Wayne, Pa.: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, New Holland Epicurean Extravaganza at Teresa’s Next Door, 610-293-9909, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, Iron Hill Beer Dinner at Chifa Restaurant, 215-925-5555, $65

Philadelphia, Pa.: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, Rare Beer and Cheese tasting with 12% Imports and Murray Cheese at Fork and Barrel, 215-848-1990, $65

Alexandria, Va.: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, Four Course Historic Beer Dinner with Yards Brewery at Gatsby’s, 703-746-4242, $85

Washington, DC: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, Full Circle Evening at Marcel’s, 202-296-1166, $175

Sours, Funk, and Hops

Media, Pa.: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, Pucker Up at Iron Hill, 610-627-9000, PAYG

Philadelphia, Pa.: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, All-Brett Bottle-Conditioned Saison Release Party at Dock Street Brewery, 215-726-2337, PAYG

Barto, Pa.: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, Hopsgiving at Union Jack’s, 610-754-0189, PAYG


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Bryan Kolesar

Bryan Kolesar has been tracking down great beer for over twenty years. From the most hard-to-find delicately balanced low alcohol beer to the big monsters weighing in at over 10% ABV, he has yet to find a style that does not have a story to tell and a taste to share. Though, when pushed, Kolesar has historically staked a claim to the Saison style as one of the most versatile and his favorite.

In 2005, Bryan co-founded The Brew Lounge blog/website as a canvas to illustrate the best of the craft brewing industry and to document his own travels within it. Though he has lived in Philadelphia and is currently headquartered in the city's western suburbs, Kolesar shares a wealth of information and images that he collects from his travels around the world and some of the best beers that he has tasted along the way.

In 2010, Kolesar came aboard the Communities section of The Washington Times to contribute stories from across the craft brewing industry as it continues more than ever its explosive growth amongst increasingly more of the mainstream alcohol-consuming public. 

While the beer - its tastes, aromas, and incredible pairing opportunities with food - is often the beginning of a story, he often finds it more interesting to dive into the stories behind the people, places, and events associated with the final product. 

Locally around Philadelphia, he has been named a Beer Writer of the Year finalist multiple times, hosted beer/running events during each annual Philly Beer Week, served as a Philly Beer Geek judge, paneled local beers for submission into the Great American Beer Festival competition, judged beer and food competitions, been featured in local publications chronicling the beer scene, and been named the "Best Beer Guy" of 2008. 

In addition to his beer-y pursuits, Kolesar works a professional career in the business world by day and dabbles in distance running, cooking, homebrewing, gardening, photography, and is a staunch advocate for animal rescue/adoption. He lives with his wife, Patty, of fifteen years and has been a long time, mostly suffering, supporter of local Philadelphia sports.

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