Friday the Firkenteenth, held at the Grey Lodge in Philadelphia, has become a Friday the 13th tradition, with 20 or more firkins of cask-conditioned beer to sample. This is the only known beer event in the world whose frequency and timing are entirely at the mercy of the calendar.
14-15: Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium
The Objective Beer Tasters of the Essen Region present the 2013 Kerstbierfestival, which will take place at Heuvelhal in Essen. The festival's name, in English, is "Christmas Beer Festival." Recent editions have featured more than 100 Belgian Christmas and winter beers, including 12 to 16 on draft, along with hot Gluhkriek, soup, beef stew, and bread prepared with Christmas beer.