Sips – Dec 2015

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Celebrating 30 Years in Fairfax

Since 1985, a small team of friends and family have owned and managed Fairfax Discount Liquors on Concord Pike. Now celebrating 30 years in business, they are offering an enhanced shopping experience featuring wine tastings, limited supply libations and a 20-door cooler, which chills dozens of beers from around the world. The festivities start on Friday, Dec. 4, and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 6.

Heavy Seas: 20 Years of Beer

Baltimore-based brewery Heavy Seas Beer celebrates 20 years of craft brewing this month. To commemorate the occasion, the brewery will release “Winter Storm” —a recreation of the first beer ever tagged “Heavy Seas”—but in a strong, 10 percent ABV, barrel-aged version. In addition, another anniversary beer, “20 Year Storm,” features imported UK malt and local Domino sugar (which is made in Baltimore) and was aged in bourbon barrels for approximately 75 years. There will be several anniversary events in Baltimore, including the world premiere of “20 Year Storm” on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Heavy Seas Alehouse; the “20 Beers for 20 Years” event on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Ryleigh’s Oyster, and the official release party for “20 Year Storm” at the Heavy Seas Tap Room on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

TheFiftyBest Chooses Painted Stave Vodka has presented Smyrna’s own Painted Stave Distillery with the gold medal for “Best Flavored Vodka.” Chosen out of 51 contenders during a blind tasting held in New York City, Painted Stave’s Time Warp Vodka is distilled using espresso beans that are locally roasted by the Young Bean coffee shop in Clayton.

Winter Pairing Dinner on the Water

Now through April, beat the cold and step inside the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal for fine food and brew. Food prepared by the ferry’s chefs will be paired with beer from Dogfish Head Brewery on Friday, Dec. 4, and 16 Mile Brewery on Friday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $59. Dinner is from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

May the Force Be With You

In light of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, Iron Hill Brewery will host The Dark Side Party Multi-Tap at its Wilmington location. Set for Saturday, Dec. 19, from 1-5 p.m., it will feature eight beers, including “Millennium Falcon,” “Chewbacca Chocolate Stout,” “Galaxy Far Far Away Black IPA” and “Wookey Jack.”