On the cusp of a new month, here are the beer events, festivals, releases, parties and new openings that you’ll want to circle on your calendar for November 2016:
All month: Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station Open since October in Berkeley, California, Pacific Standard is a taproom and growler filling station from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Half of the 16-24 taps offer beer brewed on-premise by Half Moon Bay, while the other half will be comprised of other local and regional breweries. The tight menu features snacks including pretzels, charcuterie, ceviche as well as a selection of panini. Find more info here.
All month: 10 Barrel’s new Denver brewpub We had a chance to check out this not-yet-open brewpub during GABF and it looks pretty spiffy. The Bend, Oregon-based brewery has a few other locations around the country; this one, in the white-hot River North neighborhood of Denver, just opened October 17. Expect an airy wood dining room with views of the brewhouse, as well as a full food menu and a rooftop deck with good neighborhood views. Get more info on the brewpub’s Facebook page.
All month: Ponce City Market’s Nine Mile Station Catch some fall views of the Atlanta skyline atop Ponce City Market’s just-opened Nine Mile Station rooftop beer garden. The indoor-outdoor space serves a dozen beers on draft as well as many more in bottles; tap options span noteworthy regional options (Wicked Weed, Three Taverns) as well as German imports (Gaffel Kolsch, Kostritzer Schwarzbier). Find more information here.
All month: BRU/SFO Project Magnolia Brewing and 21st Amendment Brewery together will launch a dozen Belgian-style brews between the two San Francisco breweries throughout the month of November. The BRU/SFO (named for the airport codes for Brussels and San Francisco) begins November 1 with the tapping of three beers each, followed by one beer apiece each following Monday. A boarding pass punch card will be available to keep track of each new beer purchased at Magnolia Brewing’s Haight Street location and 21st Amendment’s 2nd Street brewpub (beers and boarding pass punches will also be available at 21st Amendment’s San Leandro Tasting Room and at Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing). At the end of the month, “frequent fliers” who have sampled all 12 beers can redeem their punched tickets for a complimentary, commemorative BRU/SFO glass. Get more info and see the tap list here.
November 3: Avery’s Nestor’s Cup Dinner Avery’s resident “beer archaeologist” and special projects brewer Travis Rupp leads this dinner exploring Bronze Age brewing techniques paired with ancient Greek food. During the dinner at Avery’s Boulder, Colorado-based brewery, Rupp will discuss evidence for brewing in the Minoan culture through a recreation of Mycenaean beer, Nestor’s Cup, the first in Avery’s Historical Ale Series. Tickets are $30 and include beer and food; get details and purchase tickets here.
November 5: 4th Annual Fifty West and Great Lakes Brewing Great Ohio Brew N’Que Executive chefs from the two Ohio breweries team up for a beer and barbecue party at Fifty West’s brewpub on November 5, featuring all-you-can-eat food (vegetarian options, too!) paired with Great Lakes’ new beer-infused barbecue sauces, Great Lakes beers, a special-to-event collaboration beer and more. Tickets are $40 per person and include an all you can eat buffet and 8 complimentary beer tickets; find more information here.
November 5: Maine Brewers Guild’s Freshmen Orientation Meet the next crop of Maine’s brewing talent at this Freshmen Orientation event taking place between 7 and 9 p.m. at Coffee By Design in Portland, Maine. To kick off Portland Beer Week, 14 new breweries from across the state will be on site to discuss their backgrounds, plans for the future and of course, to share their beer. Tickets are $30 and include all samples, a souvenir glass and snacks. Get more info and buy tickets here.
November 5: DuClaw Day of Retribution Baltimore, Maryland’s DuClaw releases Retribution, an annually brewed imperial stout aged six months in Kentucky bourbon barrels that clocks in at a warming 11.5%. Food trucks will also be on hand for the event, along with limited quantities of last year’s Retribution, Retribution flights, plus Caramel Apple and Creme de Menthe Retribution variants. Find more details here.
November 11: Iron Hill’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Toast Find yourself at any of Iron Hill’s twelve locations across Pennsylvania, Delaware or New Jersey at 5 p.m. on November 11 and you’ll receive a free 8-ounce pour of Ferrous: Fe20 Anniversary Ale Brett saison to toast the brewery’s two decades in business. At 4 p.m. on November 11 at the brewery’s original Newark, Delaware, location, a tap takeover will line up eight of the brewery’s most medal-/award-winning beers, all at once. That includes Iron Hill’s Russian Imperial Stout, Lambic du Hill, The Cannibal Belgian golden ale and many others, all of which are GABF or World Beer Cup winners. Get more info on Iron Hill’s Facebook page.
November 11-13: Exit Zero Jazz Festival While enjoying a weekend of jazz music in Cape May, New Jersey, you can also sip something delicious. As part of their sponsorship of the festival, Cape May Brewing Company has crafted its official beer: King Porter Stomp. Named for the classic jazz standard by Jelly Roll Morton, the beer will be available at all of the festival’s venues. See a full list of acts and venues here.
November 12: 2nd Hi-Wire Annual Stout Bout To toast the release of Pulcinella Russian Imperial Stout, Asheville, North Carolina, hosts its second Stout Bout. (Pulcinella bottles will be available for purchase at the event). The afternoon blends a traditional beer festival with a blind tasting: From 1:00pm-3:00pm guests can taste as many beers as they wish from various breweries across the Southeast, and cast a vote for their top two favorite stouts. At 3:00pm voting will close, at 3:30pm winners will be announced, and all beers will be revealed to attendees. Attendance costs $8 (includes glassware and two tokens). More information can be found here.
November 12: Nitro Fest Sure to be the creamiest, smoothest event around, the festival of nitro-carbonated beers brings together more than 40 breweries including Left Hand, BrewDog, Melvin, Founders, Dogfish Head, Grand Teton, Firestone Walker and others pouring nitro beers of all styles in Longmont, Colorado’s Roosevelt Park. Also expect circus acts, a steampunk aesthetic and music from Beats Antique. Tickets range from $35-$80; find more info here.
November 18-19: Upland Latitude Adjustment parties Fall weather got you down? Don your best tropical attire and head to Upland Brewing’s two tiki-themed parties that celebrate the launch of Latitude Adjustment tropical pale ale. On Friday, November 18, toast with $2 Latitude Adjustment pints (or with tiki cocktails from Cardinal Spirits) at the Bloomington, Indiana taproom; on Saturday, November 19, enjoy $2 Latitude pints and $5 Revive sour blonde ale pours at the Carmel Tap House or Columbus Pump House. RSVP here.
November 19: Gun Hill Tavern opening One of the Bronx’s brightest stars finally has its own tavern! On Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., Gun Hill Brewing opens the doors to its tavern in the south Bronx. Featuring an on-site still and all New York-made spirits, beer, cider and wine, the taproom will include 20 draft lines pouring 14 Gun Hill Beers; a full pub-food menu; multiple wide-screen TV’s; weekend brunch and more. Find out more info at Gun Hill’s Facebook page.
November 21, onward: Societe Brewing’s $50 Urchin bottle release Are you willing to shell out $50 for a 500-mL bottle of Societe’s wine barrel-aged cranberry sour? The brewery hopes not. They’ve priced it high to encourage customers to donate 50 pounds of canned food to Societe’s food drive and receive The Urchin bottle for just $5. Beginning November 21 and continuing through the December holidays, the brewery will collect canned foods, dry cereal, rice, peanut butter and more for The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Watch Societe’s Facebook page for updates.
November 23: $5 Growler Fills at Silver City You know you’re going to need at least 64 ounces of beer to serve your Thanksgiving guests, so stock up with $5 growler fills at Bremerton, Washington-based Silver City the night before Thanksgiving. Even high-ABV stuff like Whoop Pass double IPA is only a buck more. Check out the list of beers here.
November 26: Figueroa Mountain Sixth Anniversary Party and Bottle Release The Buellton, California-based brewery celebrates six years of fast growth (it now boasts six taprooms and four brewery sites) with a party and bottle release on Saturday, November 26. Admission is free and guests can purchase the 6th Anniversary bottle release (a Grand Cru Ale aged in apple-pear brandy, grape brandy and whiskey barrels) a day before it goes on sale at other taprooms and select retailers. Also expect contests, food for purchase, special mini-events and live music at the flagship taproom at 45 Industrial Way. Find more info here.
Have an event you’d like to see included in an upcoming round-up? Email editor Kate Bernot at kate.bernot [at] draftmag.com with details.