WEDNESDAY: Hillcrest salutes San Bernardino County, as Local Habit taps a keg of Hangar 24's Russian imperial stout, Pugachev's Cobra. Starting at 4:30 p.m., the local pub will offer five more brews from the Redlands brewery: Helles Lager, Alt-bier, Double IPA, Hullabaloo Winter Beer and a cask of Chocolate Porter with gingerbread spices.
Local Habit: 3827 Fifth Ave., San Diego; (619) 795-4770; mylocalhabit.com
THURSDAY: Schuyler Schultz, author of "Beer, Food and Flavor," will conduct a guided tour of food pairings with San Diego beers at La Jolla's Whole Foods. He'll begin this expedition at 6:30 p.m. and will be assisted by the store's cheese expert, who will break out a sampling of artisan fromage.
Whole Foods: 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego; (858) 642-6700; wholefoodsmarket.com
THURSDAY: O'Brien's Pub is tapping an impressive selection of Belgian Christmas ales -- N’ice Chouffe, Scaldis Noel, Delirium Noel, St. Bernardus Christmas, Dupont Avec les bon Voeux, Gouden Carolous Noel -- and a cask of AleSmith's YuleSmith. Not merry enough? On Friday at 9 p.m., the bar will break into song, hosting its annual caroling night.
O'Brien's: 4646 Convoy St., San Diego; (858) 715-1745; obrienspub.net
FRIDAY: Toast the Mayan apocalypse with La Fin Du Monde and other brews from Quebec's Unibroue. Blind Lady Ale House will host the festivities -- or will this be a wake? -- beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Blind Lady Ale House: 3416 Adams Ave., San Diego; (619) 255-2491; blindladyalehouse.com
FRIDAY: If the world is ending, it would be a shame to enter eternity without having sampled the 2012 edition of Hess' barleywine, Ordeum Rex. The nanobrewery is offering a vertical tasting -- five ounces of the '11 version plus 10 ounces of the newcomer, served in two keeper snifters. The year's last meeting of the Friday Afternoon Club begins at 4 p.m. and will include live music and food.
Hess Brewing: 7955 Silverton Ave., Suite 1201, San Diego; (619) 887-6453; hessbrewing.com
SATURDAY: Hooley's Second Annual Ugly Sweater Party starts at 7 p.m., with live music kicking in at 9. Well-stocked with Irish ales and food, Hooley's also offers a fair number of California craft beers (Lagunitas IPA, Ballast Point Pale, Trumer Pils and more).
Hooley's: 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, Suite 227, La Mesa; (619) 713-6900; hooleys.com
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 'Twas the Flight Before Christmas
Saturday & Sunday (12/22-12/23) we'll serve flights of domestic holiday ales. List TBD.
Blind Lady Ale House: See above
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