Holiday tap takeovers at Thirsty Monk

Thirsty Monk
Photo by Max Cooper

The Monk goes beyond their signature pint night with a couple of December events sure to spread holiday cheer (and beer).

40 and a Firkin: A Tap Takeover by Stone Brewing, Thirsty Monk Biltmore Park
What happens when a venue known for its tap takeovers gets together with a brewery also known for its tap takeovers? A really, really big tap takeover. Starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park will host the largest tap takeover Stone has ever done outside of their home market of San Diego. Beers will include all the Stone favorites as well as rarities like The Perfect Crime (smoked saison), El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale, and Vertical Epic Ale vintages from 2006 to 2012. And that’s not all. In addition to a handful of Stone employees, brewmaster Mitch Steele will be flying out for the event. He’ll be around most of the night and will sign copies of his book, “IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.”

Holiday Beer Tap Takeover, Thirsty Monk Downtown
The downtown Monk is always worth a visit this time of year for all the holiday beers they keep on tap. But they’re going one step further this year and throwing a holiday celebration at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Expect to see Christmas beers and other winter seasonals from local favorites like Paul’s Bitter Holiday from Duck Rabbit and a Christmas version of Oskar Blues’ Old Chub, as well as some special imports like Brasserie Dupont’s Avec Les Bons Voeux and Corsendonk’s Christmas Ale.

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