Drink Here Now: Ugly Sweater Parties and Repeal Day Deals


“Kids today, they don’t even leave Santa milk and cookies anymore. They just leave him almond milk and Instagram crackers.”

Winter Sweater Beer and Contest

We know you've got an ugly winter sweater hiding somewhere in the back of your closet. Tonight is the night to dig it out and wear it with pride, while welcoming the debut of Local Beer Co.'s deep, dark Winter Sweater Imperial Porter. Made with chocolate malt, graham crackers, vanilla beans, and lots of love, it's guaranteed to warm you from the inside out. At 9% ABV, you'll be toasty (and toasted) in no time. The person with the ugliest sweater wins a 64oz insulated growler filled with Winter Sweater. The festivities start at 7pm. // 69 Bluxome St., localbrewingco.com

Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical Wine Tasting

This Friday, for $75, you can join an intimate vertical wine tasting at The Barrel Room San Francisco showcasing Freemark Abbey's Cabernet Sauvignon from 1987, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005, plus a 2004 Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon. The special event, slated for 5pm to 7pm, is limited to 40 guests. Reservations are required via reservations@barrelroomsf.com. // 415 Sansome St., barrelroomsf.com

Celebrate Repeal Day with 21st Amendment Brewery

For dedicated drinkers, there's a holiday that's more important than St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and New Year's Eve combined. December 5th marks the 82nd anniversary of the repeal of prohibition, otherwise known as Repeal Day. Each year, 21st Amendment Brewery (the amendment that repealed prohibition) hosts a parade and costume party to celebrate our freedom to drink beer. This year, they're hosting the 1930s-style bash in San Leandro, at their brand-new, state-of-the-art brewing campus, from noon until 6pm. Purchase food and beer tickets in advance, and take the free shuttle from the San Leandro BART station to enjoy a full menu of beercan chicken and house-made beer sausages, live Dixieland jazz, and casino games, a food truck court, and a cigar lounge. There's even a family-friendly kid zone, in case someone needs a "time out." // 2010 Williams St., San Leandro, 21st-amendment.com

Remember the Password

Stop by FIVE Restaurant and Bar in Berkeley on Repeal Day and order "The Enforcer," named after Chicago mobster Frank Nitti, featuring Roundhouse gin, Chartreuse, rose water, orange juice, lager beer, and egg white. Slip the password “Double-Edged Sword” into your banter with the bartender or server, and you'll get your drink for $8. // 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley; five-berkeley.com

Sunday Supper Cantina

For some, Sunday Supper isn't complete without dessert. For us, Sunday Supper isn't complete without cocktails. That's why we're intrigued by the Spanish Sunday Supper pop-up menu preview dinner by Telefèric Barcelona, hosted by Calavera in Oakland. In addition to a menu of authentic Spanish pintxos, tapas, and dessert, guests can choose from five creative cocktails from the cantina, including the Mojito Le Fee Vert, made with rum, lime, mint, and lime fairy floss. And, no—we won't tell you what fairy floss is. You'll just have to try it yourself. Call 510.338.3273 to make reservations. // 2337 Broadway, Oakland; calaveraoakland.com


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