‘Tis the season for beer events!

By on November 15, 2017

Funck’s Restaurant in Leola boasts more than 100 taps. Variety is a great thing in a season when 18 of them contain pumpkin.


It’s the time of the great debate: are you already into the holiday spirit or are you part of the Thanksgiving faithful (like me) and plan no yuletide merriment until after the turkey is devoured?

Either way, ‘tis the season to celebrate and there are a lot of fun options on the horizon for beer lovers.

It is truly better to give than to receive, and nothing is greater evidence to the validity of this statement than The Extraordinary Give, happening this Friday, Nov. 17.

I’ll be at Funck’s Restaurant in Leola (with their 100-plus taps) celebrating the event with the Conestoga Valley Educational Foundation. (My wife is a CV teacher). For those who like pumpkin beers, the latest tap list includes 18 gourd-inspired brews. The highlight of this list has to be St. Ambroise’s (Quebec, Canada) Pumpkin Ale. A beer for the pumpkin beer lover, this foamy concoction is brewed with blonde and caramelized malts, Cascade and Willamette hops, with a touch of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin — mostly in the aroma.

Also on the 17th, The Fridge in Lancaster (534 N. Mulberry St.) will hold an Extra Special Troegs Beer Event. Hoping to raise funds for the nonprofit The Common Wheel, the folks at The Fridge have teamed up with Troegs to tap a keg of Scratch 290 Farmhouse Apple Saison. This collaboration with Big Hill Ciderworks incorporates the pressings from fresh Winchester and Rome apples into farmhouse-style ale produced with LaChouffe yeast. The keg will be tapped at 11:30 a.m. and may not last long.

The holidays and shopping go hand in hand. If Black Friday is not your thing, it may be soon! The best reason to get out of the house early on the day after Thanksgiving is Spring House Brewing Company’s (209 Hazel St., Lancaster) Black Friday Pancake Jamboree. Breakfast at The Butchery on Nov. 24 features a special meal deal: two pancakes, two eggs, and two sausage links for $5. The event also features a bloody Mary bar, mimosas, and white Russians made with Big Gruesome, the peanut butter chocolate stout from the always inventive brewery. There’s also a special beer release in the making.

Spring House Brewing Company, Lancaster, will hold a Black Friday Pancake Jamboree. Breakfast at The Butchery on Nov. 24 features a special meal deal: two pancakes, two eggs, and two sausage links for $5.

There are a lot of Grinches in the Ephrata midst as many of those who wanted to take part in the adult version of the Jingle Bell Trolley Tour hosted by the Ephrata Alliance will not get the opportunity. Tickets for the Dec. 9 event are already sold out. The trolley visits twelve Ephrata homes and businesses decorated for the holiday season and includes appetizers and a complimentary beer at St. Boniface Craft Brewing. Maybe next year? And speaking of, The Ephrata Alliance and the Jingle Bell Trolley Tour committee are looking for volunteers to help with next year’s rapidly growing event, which tripled in size this year.

But, there is even more fun to be had with beer! As part of its Craft on Tap series, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (335 N. Queen St., Lancaster) will focus on metal wreaths for the holidays on December 12 with beer from Wacker Brewing Company. The hands-on, make-it-take-it event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. when participants “will be making beautiful and festive metal wreaths using unique handmade patinaed and gold leaf copper leaves.” The $35 fee includes all materials and a beer.

Stay tuned for the next #hopinaround when I serve up a sneak peek at a special event coming to Mad Chef Craft Brewing. Cheers and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

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