December drinking events calendar 2015

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. 'Tis the season for holiday treats like spiked hot chocolate, which will be at LaV's Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 5.

Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell / American-Statesman. ‘Tis the season for holiday treats like spiked hot chocolate, which will be at LaV’s Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 5.

First Tuesdays at Arro, 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, Dec. 1. Now on Tuesdays, Arro’s popular pairing tradition continues with a five-course dinner and some top California wines.

416 Bar & Grille’s Whiskey Wednesday, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. Practice your Scottish brogue for the latest installment of this whiskey series, this month featuring blended and single malt Scotch whiskies.

Flying Saucer Austin’s The Flights Before Christmas, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Rare bottle flights from Brooklyn Brewery, Firestone Walker, Prairie Artisan Ales and more.

Slow Food Austin’s Beer & Cheese Tasting, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. Meet at (512) Brewing for this annual pairing of beers with Antonelli’s Cheese. $50-$60.

Opal Divine’s Whisky Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. More than 80 single-malt whiskies available to try, including new and rare offerings from the Macallan, Laphroaig, William Grant & Sons and more.

A Merry Little Christmas Tree Lighting at La V, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. Hot toddies, mulled wine and spiked hot chocolate for the adults and a hot chocolate bar for the kids at this inaugural event that raises money for Operation Blue Santa.

Beersgiving 2, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Celebrate another successful year of fundraising for 1400 Miles with the Beerliner folks, who are offering a variety of Houston and DFW beers at the Waller Creek Ballroom.

Benji’s Cantina Tequila Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. An intimate four-course feast paired with Milagro and Suerte tequilas.

“A Christmas Story” Screening at Easy Tiger, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. Watch this holiday classic while sipping on Karbach’s seasonal brew Yule Shoot Your Eye Out.

Saint Arnold Cellared Beer Tappings at Opal Divine’s Marina, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. Bishop’s Barrel No. 12, Pumpkinator 2013 and 2015, Divine Reserve No. 13 and more.

National Lager Day at Easy Tiger, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. $4 drafts of Austin Beerworks Black Thunder, Victory Prima Pils, Real Ale Hans’ Pils, Brooklyn Lager and Dogfish Head Piercing Pils.

Lost Pines Christmas Wine Swirl, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Sip and shop your way through a winter wonderland in historic downtown Bastrop, where Texas wineries will offer tastes of their best wines. $40-$110.

The ABGB’s Hell Yes Holiday Parade, 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. A bike ride from the ABGB to the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. Your $10 entry gets you a pint upon your return, the chance to win cool prizes in a raffle and participation in the holiday parade costume contest.

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing’s Dark Side of the Wall Beer Fest, 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. The biggest, darkest and rarest beers this Cedar Park brewpub could find are all tapping at the same time.

3 Years of Beer at Hi Hat Public House, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Celebrate Hi Hat’s 3rd anniversary with special beer tappings all day and a Foot Patrol dance party starting at 9 p.m.

Uncle Billy’s Christmas Beer Dinner, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Uncle Billy’s brews paired with four courses not usually available at this barbecue-focused brewpub. Bring an unwrapped toy for a Toys for Tots drive and get a special Uncle Billy’s souvenir glass in return.

Hops & Grain’s 2nd Annual White Elephant Party, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. In addition to a white elephant gift, you’ll also get an ugly holiday sweater from Hops & Grain and four pours of beer. $30.

Pints for Presents Holiday Party at Last Stand Brewing, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. A s’mores roast, Christmas movie marathon and a tacky Christmas sweater contest. Oh, and beer in a free pint glass, too. Just bring some Toys for Tots. $53.44.

Apothecary’s Goose Island Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. What’s that you see on the menu? Goose Island’s Rare Bourbon County Stout? Your eyes aren’t deceiving you — it’s just one of the six beers you’ll drink alongside a six-course feast at Apothecary. $125.

The Brew & Brew’s Tun Tun Tun Fest 3.0, 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Odell Russian Pirate, Austin Beerworks Midnight Swordfight, Karbach Trigave and many other brewed goodies that will give you an excuse to skip work.

Austin Beer Guide’s Best of 2015 Party at the ABGB, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Fun beers and the usual hijinks along with the Best of 2015 Awards ceremony focusing on all things beer-related in Austin.

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. For this special holiday edition of this dog-friendly event, your pups can take photos with Santa and his elves while you enjoy a pint of beer.

Independence Festivus, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Ugly Christmas sweaters are encouraged at this holiday party at the brewery that will also feature shotgunning beers and arts and crafts.

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