Happy birthday 12 Gates
12:12 p.m. Dec. 12 at 12 Gates Brewing Company, 80 Earhart Drive, Williamsville (906-6600)
12 Gates is turning a year old and in keeping with its fascination with the number 12, it is opening early at 12:12 p.m. Dec. 12 for a party. 12 Gates has been leading up to this event with the 12 Gates of Christmas, which started Dec. 1 with a new beer released every day. This will culminate at the party with the full release of its double-strength stout, dubbed Grave Concerns. It’s described as smooth, creamy and chocolatey and clocks in at a hefty but appropriate 8.5 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). The beer will be available for purchase in the taproom only. The 22-ounce wax-sealed bottles will be priced at - you guessed it - $12, available while supplies last.
The first 12 people to show up after 12:12 p.m. get a free anniversary pint glass and a free fill of beer. If your birthday is on Dec. 12 (ID required), you’ll receive a free pint of beer and a free bottle of the Grave Concerns double stout. Also, the first 100 people will get a free anniversary pint glass. There will be $8 growler fills all day long. Live music will fill the brewery in the evening.
Cookies and beer
5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Brawler's Deli in Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St. (856-2337)
Pearl Street is bringing back its popular cookies and beer pairing for a second year. The event features beers from many local breweries, all of which are inspired by cookies, bringing the sweet and spiced elements into these holiday seasonals. The brewery invites customers to bring in a dozen of their favorite homemade holiday cookies to share. You don't have to bring cookies, but if you bring in a dozen, you will get a flight of all four cookie beers free.
The available beers are:
• Oatmeal Raisin Cookie brown ale from 42 North Brewing Company;
• Fresh Baked oatmeal brown ale from Big Ditch Brewing Company;
• Oh Snap! ginger cinnamon stout from Community Beer Works;
• Gingerbread Cookie brown ale from Pearl Street.
The event will be take place in Brawler’s Deli in the Pearl Street basement, where the beers will also be available by the glass at a discounted rate. The brewers will be on hand, so stop by, meet them and enjoy some cookies and beer.
Holiday beer, trivia
5 p.m. Dec. 15 at New York Beer Project, 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport (743-6927)
The holiday-themed partying continues at New York Beer Project in Lockport. The brewery just turned a year old and is now holding its first December Bash. At 5 p.m., the brewery releases Sugarplum Quad. The style of the beer is a Belgian Quadruple ale, which is a very strong dark Belgian ale with loads of dark fruit, toffee and alcohol flavors. Sugarplum Quad is brewed to 9.8 percent ABV, has a dark mahogany color, and offers rich malty flavors of burnt sugar, raisins, dark cherry and figs.
Trivia from the movie "Elf" starts at 7 p.m. in the tap room (prizes include candy, candy canes, and gift cards to NYBP), followed by a screening of the film at 8:45 p.m.
A beer pairing dinner
6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Thin Man Brewery, 492 Elmwood Ave. (923-4100)
Considering the talent in the kitchen at Thin Man and the already decadent dishes that can be enjoyed (not to mention the variety of innovative beers), it’s not surprising that the brewery is gearing up for its first beer pairing dinner. There are three courses, each paired with a unique beer from the brewery. Tickets are $50 per person, and are available via eventbrite.com or on the brewery’s Facebook page. The courses are as follows:
• Course 1: Shrimp and Grits paired with Hustler of Culture (5.6 percent ABV, Belgian Pale Ale finished with Brettanomyces.
• Course 2: Rabbit Ragu paired with NYS Hopped IPA (6 percent ABV).
• Course 3: Smoked Duck Breast paired with English Strong Ale (8 percent ABV).