December 2014 Events

November 21-December 23: Denver Christkindl Market, Denver, CO

The German Cultural Foundation of the Rocky Mountains and the German American Chamber of Commerce–Colorado Chapter present the 13th annual Denver Christkindl Market. It will take place downtown at Skyline Park. This centuries-old traditional Christmas market will feature vendors selling high-quality gift items; German-style beer and warm Glühwein; food, including bratwurst, potato pancakes, goulash and apple strudel; and entertainment, featuring community and high school groups singers and performers.

2-7: Pig's Ear Beer & Cider Festival, London, England

The East London & City Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale presents the 31st Pig's Ear Beer & Cider Festival, which will take place at the Round Chapel in Hackney, London E5. This event, which has been expanded to six days, will feature more than 250 domestic and foreign beers, including cask-conditioned ales, beer from new breweries in Hackney and the rest of London, and more than 30 ciders.

3-7: Portland Holiday Ale Festival, Portland, OR

The Oregon Brewers Guild presents the 19th annual Portland Holiday Ale Festival, which will take place downtown in Pioneer Square. This five-day event will feature more than 50 strong ales including Imperial IPAs, barleywines, winter warmers, and Scotch ales. The venue itself is heated, contains one of the region's largest decorated Christmas trees, and has a clear tent that allows views of the city lights. Sunday’s Beer Brunch will feature at least 16 limited-release Belgian beer tappings. There will also be food for purchase and a prize raffle. Part of the proceeds will go to charity.

6: Smugglers' Notch Brewfest, Part 1, Jeffersonville, VT

Smugglers' Notch, a ski resort in Jeffersonville, will host Part 1 of its 20th annual Brewfest. This evening event, to be held in the Meeting House, will feature local and regional beers and ciders, appetizers from the resort's Mountain Grille, and a DJ.

6: 12 South Winter Warmer, Nashville, TN

Rhizome Productions presents the fourth annual 12 South Winter Warmer, which organizers describe as "Nashville's first and only winter beer festival." This tented afternoon event will take place at Sevier Park. There will be beer from more than 25 breweries, including at least ten breweries from Tennessee; and some of the beers will be hard to find. There will also be live music and food from local restaurants. This year’s festival charity is the Oasis Bike Workshop.

6: Valley Forge Beer Festival, Oaks, PA

Starfish Junction and BeerHeads.com present the fourth annual Valley Forge Beer Festival, which will take place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. There will be afternoon and evening tasting sessions, each with more than 100 beers from 50 local, national, and foreign breweries. In addition, there will be an educational program, and food will be available for purchase. The festival charity is the Committee to Benefit the Children.

13: Great St. Louis Czech Beer Festival, St. Louis, MO

The 2014 Great St. Louis Czech Beer Festival will be held at The American Czech Educational Center. This afternoon event will feature beer from Schlafly, Urban Chestnut, Morgan Street, Square On, and many other St. Louis-area breweries. Festival-goers are invited to vote for the Pivo of the Year. There will also be live music, and food will be available for purchase.

13: Holiday in the Park, Galveston, TX

Holiday in the Park 2014 will take place at Saengerfest Park (23rd and Strand) in Galveston. This two-day event will feature beverage and food vendors, performances by local and area choirs, and Santa in the Park for family pictures.

20-21:Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium

The Objective Beer Tasters of the Essen Region present the 2014 Kerstbierfestival, which will take place at Heuvelhal in Essen. The festival's name, in English, is "Christmas Beer Festival." This two-day event will feature more than 150 Belgian Christmas and winter beers, including 18 to 20 on draft, along with hot Gluhkriek, soup, beef stew, and bread prepared with Christmas beer.