Jingle All The Way!
I know I say it every year — but it’s not my fault. Christmas comes every year — and I can’t help but soak up the season (literally and figuratively). And sometimes it gets confusing – for instance, want to know what one of the best way to get relief from being to busy is? Get busier.
Insanity! Poppycock! Balderdash! Other-Charles-Dickens-esque interjections!
I guess I should explain myself – and that will be my gift to you. See, the secret is to get busy with beer (Phrasing! Boom!)
But where, oh where, is a poor soul to go, to get some ale for his soul? Mis amigos, there are so many options!
Orange County’s favorite winter beer festival returns for its sixth annual appearance! While we’ve seen tweaks throughout the years of this fan favorite, the spirit of the season (and of the festival) always shines through every participant. This festival has everything: Southern California IPAs, Heavy Winter Stouts, Giant Jenga, a Shooting Range, and you just know that someone will drop (and break) their glass, to the vocal chagrin of the crowd.
Grab your tackiest Christmas sweater, and head out to sweat it up in the Southern California winter sun at the Phoenix Club – you won’t regret it (in fact, I can’t think of any time in six year I’ve heard anyone regret attending)!
Feeling a little more Alpine this Christmas? Why not participate in a beloved tradition of the snow-bound Europeans! Raclette is a traditional (and delicious) food-stuff, whereby a giant wedge of cheese is slowly melted under heat, then scooped/scraped off onto – well, anything you want! New potatoes, charcuterie, vegetables, more cheese – there are no bad ideas! Think of it almost as a reverse fondue (except even better).
Where might one find such a delicious, cheesy treat? Well, the Center Street Cheese Shop in Anaheim, of course! Oh, but this one gets so much better: Center Street has partnered with Unsung Brewing AND riip Beer Company to bring you a raclette and beer party! This three course menu walks you from light to heavy, in beer and in cheese. The local brews have been expertly curated to accompany the courses, delight the tastebuds, and get you settled into the holiday spirit. Tickets are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3179407 – but alas only a few remain, so make sure you reserve your spot! The three course menu is presented for your enjoyment below.
COURSE 1 – Winter Salad
Red Butter Lettuce. Wild Arugula. Pomelo. Pomegranate Anthia IPA Vinaigrette. Fromage Blanc. Shaved Fennel. DOP Parmesan Crisp.
COURSE 2 – #WorkingOnMyNightCheese
Swiss Washed Rind Raclette. Duck Fat Roasted Root Vegetables. Pickled Veggies. Side of Charcuterie.
COURSE 3 – Gingerbread Stout Cake
Eggnog Chantilly. Shaved Mast Brothers Chocolate. Dehydrated Apple. Fuyu Persimmon Gel.
Beer Pairings TBA
No, Christmas is complete without the beloved ugly sweater party. Whether it’s something you dreamed up yourself, something you found at a thrift store, or something from your grandma (that you nearly sold to a thrift store): the more embarrassing, the better. Jeff Sessions baking cookies in a tiny tree? Excellent. Some bizarre reindeer with 7 legs? Awesome. An indistinguishable, yet somehow festive, pattern? Let someone with more beer in their belly decipher it. You’re not here to impress: you’re here to have fun.
On December 15th, if you’re not too tired from seeing Star Wars (you better see it on opening night – or you could just choose to be a Philistine), join your friends at Artifex for their 3rd annual ugly Christmas sweater party.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!
There will also be a White Elephant Gift Exchange! So get out that singing wall mounted bass, or that lava lamp, or that “back massager,” wrap it up, and let someone else suffer with it. After all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
Hark! The Barrel Aged Ale Sings
Stay tuned for information regarding Noble Aleworks rescheduled release date for ‘WHOOMP! THERE IT IS’ – a full-bodied Imperial Stout brewed with coffee beans aged in Buffalo Trace barrels from 2nd Craft. A ridiculously well executed coffee beer that will please coffee and fiends alike.
Starting 12/5 until New Year’s Eve, Noble will be hosting a winter coat drive to benefit those in need. Donate your cozy winter apparel (slightly used or new) and score a sweet deal on a newly designed Noble holiday sweater. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the good folks at Friendly Center.