Give Thanks For These Three Thanksgiving Break Beer Events

The Halloween candy is gone, the turkey is — hopefully — purchased, and the sweat pants have been taken out of storage. Time to gorge.

Well, hold on there cowboys and cowgirls. There are still a few events hosted by some our favorite craft beer providers that should not be missed. Whether you’re looking to get into spirit the day before Thanksgiving or looking to fill that extra space still left in your stomach, check out some of these awesome Thanksgiving break gatherings that will leave you happy and hoppy.

Barrel Down

Tap & Bottle
Tap Board at Tap & Bottle (Credit: Tap & Bottle)

Tap Board at Tap & Bottle (Credit: Tap & Bottle)

You can never go wrong with Tap & Bottle, and as you probably already know, when they throw a party, the best of the best beers come out to play. Now in its third year, the three-day Barrel Down will not disappoint. All the showcased beers represent some of the best barrel-aged craft brews in the country.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, noon – midnight:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County specialties, including:
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2014
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla Rye 2014
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Coffee 2014
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2015
  • Goose Island Sofie Farmhouse Ale

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Friday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. – midnight:

  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout bottle release
  • More than eight specialty barrel-aged beers on tap from Avery, O’Dell, The Bruery, and more

Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. – midnight:

  • More than 10 barrel-aged beers on tap from Stone, Green Flash, Deschutes, and more.

More info at thetapandbottle.com.

Black Friday Black Out

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar
Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar Main Bar (Credit: Ermanos)

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar Main Bar (Credit: Ermanos)

Friday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. — midnight

Whether you are pre-gaming before the shopping rush or just need a relaxing craft beer afterwards, swing by Ermanos for more than 24 stouts, porters, browns, and barrel-aged brews from around the country. And as usual, the Ermanos staff will help guide you through appropriate food-pairings from their eclectic kitchen. Black Friday and dark beer. What could be better?

More info at ermanosbrew.com.

Have your pie and eat it too!

Tucson Hop Shop
Tucson Hop Shop (Credit: Gerald Gay)

Tucson Hop Shop (Credit: Gerald Gay)

Wednesday, December 2, 4 p.m. — 7 p.m.

Ring in December on a sweet note as Iron John’s Brewing unveils its pie-themed beer. Yeah, two of your favorite food groups — pie and beer — all in a glass. Can’t go wrong with that. Flights are available as are some awesome fresh-baked pie cookies.

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Featured beers:

  • Cherry Pie Porter
  • Dad’s Slice Pumpkin Pie Ale
  • Pecan Pie Porter
  • Peanut Butter Pie Porter

Tucson Hop Shop will also kick off their Toys For Tots campaign. If interested in helping, please bring in an unwrapped toy for donation.

More info on Tucson Hop Shop event page on Facebook.

Ty Young is a freelance writer and former bartender at World of Beer and Old Chicago in Tucson. He also consults with local restaurants and bars about beer selection and menu pairing.

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