by Brandon Fox
Thursday, Dec. 8
Christmas caroling has fallen by the wayside, but if you’re in the mood to belt out a few bars of “Joy to the World” or softly sing “Away in the Manger” — with feeling — while raising a glass with a few friends and friends-to-be, Center of the Universe Brewing Co. can make that happen. You don’t need talent, but you do need enthusiasm for a Beer and Hymns Christmas taking place on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. cotubrewing.com.
Friday, Dec. 9
It was Dec. 5, 1933, and Congress, after 13 long years, finally ended Prohibition. If you think that’s a date worth remembering, you’re not alone. Blue Bee Cider wants to celebrate with you at its new digs in Scott’s Addition. It has asked James River Cellars Winery, Isley Brewing Co. and Black Heath Meadery to join them, and you can enjoy the local libations with a few hors d’oeuvres while you tap your toe to live music. And for those who really want to drill down on the Prohibition-ending 21st Amendment, the Virginia Historical Society will be there at 7 p.m. to provide all the details. The celebration takes place on Friday, Dec. 9, and will last from 6-9 p.m. bluebeecider.com.
Saturday, Dec. 10
If you love beer, you probably have someone else in your life who’s pretty fond of it, too. Sure, you can wrap up just about anything and palm it off as a holiday gift, but if someone is expecting a little something from you this year, you can head over to Ardent Craft Ales on Saturday, Dec. 10, between 1-6 p.m. for its annual Beer Craft Market. You can pick up artisan-made openers, fancy growlers, glasses and beer-centric art. Added bonus: Ardent will release a limited run of Imperial Milk Stout, too. ardentcraftales.com.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Richmond chefs and bakers are firing up their ovens — or at least, thinking about it. On Saturday, Dec. 17, from noon-4 p.m., the Answer Brewpub will throw a party for Terrapin Beer Co.’s Wake ‘n’ Bake-Off. Brew Gastropub, the Camel, Goodrich Gourmet Catering Co., Idle Hands Bread Co., Sergio’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant, Tricycle Gardens and Uptown Market & Deli will whip up special dishes that include a not-so-secret ingredient, Terrapin beer. You can expect live music and an auction that includes a corn hole set, backpacks and gifts, with 10 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Richmond SPCA. theanswerbrewpub.com.
Monday, Dec. 19
Garden Grove Brewing Co’s ongoing Taproom Dinner Series will host Dutch and Co.’s Caleb Shriver and Phillip Perrow and their new American cuisine for a five-course dinner paired with the brewery’s beer at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19. Tickets are $38 plus tax and tip. Reservations are required. gardengrovebrewing.com.