After a few months of pretty heavy travel, I’m mostly grounded this month. But, if I had my wish, here is what I’d love to do in January:
Sip the new, commemorative (and totally legal) beechwood-smoked porter Recreational Smoke at West Flanders Brewing in Boulder, Colo., when it debuts Jan. 4—it’s only 30 cents per ounce!
Drink a pint of the malty Bunyan Badger Brown Ale from new guys Badger State Brewing in Green Bay, Wis., on Jan. 5, before heading out to the Packers vs. 49ers playoff game—potentially the coldest NFL game ever—at Lambeau Field just a block away.
Sample Harvester’s brand-new Coffee Pale Ale, a gluten-free pale ale brewed with Peruvian coffee, at the Portland, Ore., brewery and gastropub Jan. 9—and, yes, I’ll pair that with a grass-fed burger.
Spend a night at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites, a newly opened Milwaukee hotel located inside the former Pabst Brewery. Before hitting the hay, I’d grab a local Wisconsin pint inside the hotel’s appropriately named Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub.
Attend the first official bottle release of Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Jan. 11 at the brewery’s new production facility in Oakland Park, Fla. (read about more travel-worthy releases this year).
Tip back high-gravity beers after a day on the slopes at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail, Colo., Jan. 11. (Crooked Stave’s yeast-wizard Chad Yakobson will be there to discuss “Brewing with Brettanomyces.”)
Settle in with a pint of Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black, Marina Costa Brava or, maybe, Wild Beer Bliss at the new Tria Taproom in Philly—the selection is incredible.
Check out the Museum of Man’s BEERology exhibit in San Diego during its Ancient Ales event, Jan. 16, featuring Dogfish Head and selection of the brewery’s own line of Ancient Ales.
Learn about the chemistry behind Avery’s range of beers when Mel Antone, Avery’s sensory specialist, presents “The Science of Flavor,” Jan. 22, inside the brewery’s taproom in Boulder, Colo.
Explore the hop-forward beers and locally sourced seasonal food at Chicago’s newish Dryhop Brewers, a hip-looking brewery and kitchen in the city’s Lake View neighborhood.
Where are you going (or want to go) this month?