December drinking events calendar

Star Bar’s Blackout, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. Variety of porters and stouts tapping, including Rahr & Sons Barrel-aged Winter Warmer, Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea and Prairie Bible Belt.

Opal Divine’s 12th Annual Whisky Festival, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. More than 50 malts from the British Isles and beyond to be served, along with Scottish-style smoked salmon, meats, cheeses and more. $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

2014 Holiday Wine Trail, various times Friday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 21. Visit up to 42 Hill Country wineries for holiday fun. $35 individual ticket, $60 couples ticket.

The Ginger Man is holding its annual holiday beer tasting on Saturday, Dec. 6. Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman.

The Ginger Man is holding its annual holiday beer tasting on Saturday, Dec. 6. Photo by Emma Janzen / American-Statesman.

Ginger Man’s Holiday Beer Tasting, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Seasonal beer offerings paired with fruits and cheeses from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. Call 512-473-8801 to reserve your spot.

National Lager Day at Easy Tiger, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. $4 lager specials, including Firestone Walker Pivo Pils and Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager.

Flying Saucer’s Beer and Cheese Flight Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Beer from Deschutes Brewery, cheese from Henri’s. Also a special release of 2009 Deschutes Abyss.

Hi Hat’s 2nd Anniversary Beer Dinner, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Six-course beer pairing dinner featuring New Belgium and Firestone Walker brews and live jazz music. $75.

“Love Austin Beer” Pop-Up Show at Studium, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Unveiling of 10-piece print series by Austin artist Jessica Deahl featuring local beers on screenprinted posters. Special local tappings for the event TBD.

Vino Vino’s Oodles of Bubbles, 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. More than 50 sparkling wines and fresh Gulf oysters on the half shell. $25.

Banger’s Ugly Sweater Party, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. Austin Beerworks brews (Sputnik alert!) with suggested food pairings from Chef Ted Prater.

The Brew & Brew’s Tun Tun Tun Fest, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. A whole tap wall’s worth of limited release beers, such as the Prairie Christmas Bomb and Brew & Brew’s own collaboration with Hops & Grain, a Coffee Baltic Porter called &.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine in Gruene, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. Hye Meadows Winery & Pedernales Brewing will be at this complimentary tasting event with live music, prize giveaways, food samples and more.

Austin Beer Guide’s 2014 Awards Ceremony, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. The winners of ABG’s readers and critics’ picks of this year will be announced at the ABGB with special firkins and more.

The White Elephant in the Room at Hops & Grain, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. A White Elephant gift exchange party. $30 for a mug, 4 beers and a special Hops & Grain holiday sweater.

Sundayfundaymas at the ABGB, 12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Live music and beer the Sunday before Christmas. Just bring in some socks to be donated to the Front Steps of Austin.

Wine Workshop: Bubbles for New Years at Central Market North Lamar, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29. Celebrate the coming of the new year with a sampling of champagne and sparkling wines.

Beer Pairing Dinner at Central Market North Lamar, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30. Learn to pair delicious brews with upscale versions of down-home dishes, including roasted carrot soup with a pilsner, crab pot pies with a Belgian tripel and more.

New Beers Eve 2014 at Hopfields, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Bring your best Roaring Twenties-dressed self and a big appetite and Hopfields will supply the food and some very special beer, including Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout.

New Year Celebration at the Russian House, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. Late dinner, sparkling wine and fireworks at midnight.

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