This winter, it was difficult to believe temperatures would ever reach above what our meteorological team called “frozen hellscape.” Now, though, we’re
suffering through enjoying temperatures in the low 90s. (Enjoy it while you can: As of July 25, you’ve only got five months – 153 days, or 3,672 hours, or 220,320 minutes – until Christmas Day 2016.)
Now we can’t explain exactly why Christmas in July is a thing, but what we CAN tell you is just where to get your unseasonal holiday cheer on should you choose to celebrate it. Check out our picks below.
Wednesday, July 22
Tröegs Christmas in July at Bull’s Head Public House (Lititz)
Spoiler alert: There will be a lot of Tröegs Mad Elf flowing over the next few days. But you can get a head start tonight at Bulls Head during happy hour from 5-7 p.m. as the Elf, along with a few Scratches, will be on tap.
Friday, July 24
Beer Geek Christmas in July at Hunger-N-Thirst (Lancaster)
Hunger-N-Thirst is celebrating Christmas in July the right way: with a day and a half of craft beer goodness. Starting Friday at 5 p.m., an array of unique brews will stand out like presents under the tree, from Evil Twin Femme Fatale Sudachi and Mikkeller Spontanframboos to Victory Sour Monkey. More beers are going to be added on by Saturday afternoon, so check back on the event page to see what Day 2 will have to offer.
Saturday, July 25
Tröegs Christmas in July Deck Party at Annie Bailey’s (Lancaster)
From 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Annie Bailey’s will be getting in the pseudo-holiday groove on the deck with a Tröegs tap takeover featuring Mad Elf, Naked Elf (for the uninitiated, the same recipe as Mad Elf but without the cherries, honey and chocolate malt), and some Scratch beers. In a stellar combination of summer and winter tradition – and in keeping with Annie Bailey’s weekly celebration of the oft-overlooked National Hot Dog Month – some holiday-inspired Kobe hot dogs will be available. Talk about weird and wonderful combinations…
Luau at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey (Middletown)
If you’re ready to eat, drink and be merry for a more prolonged period of time, consider checking out the annual luau at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey on Saturday from 6-10 p.m. They’re releasing two new brews for the occasion – a pineapple beer called the Brew Hefener and a smoky barbecue ale called the Rump Roast. The menu includes grilled barbecue chicken, fresh corn on the cob, strawberry shortcake, and a concoction called a “Hawaiian Luau salad.” Entertainment will take the form of various games, music, and – maybe best of all – fire-breathing. Your $50 ticket gets you a glass of alcohol of your choice (cider, wine or beer), a huge dinner, and access to the entertainment. (And it’s worth noting that tickets sold out last year. So, like, hurry.) And once you’re there, ask about the Christmas in July specials on bottles of wine…
Tröegs Christmas in July Tap Takeover and Sunday Brunch at The Sturges Speakeasy (Harrisburg)
It’s kind of like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Sort of. Head to The Sturges Speakeasy starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a tap takeover featuring Mad Elf, Naked Elf, Scratch #192 Chocolate Stout and more. After a night of holiday fun (read: drinking), recuperate at the brunch table on Sunday with a little hair of the dog as the Tröegs Beer Brunch gets underway at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, July 29
Craft Beer Christmas in July at Hollywood Casino (Grantville)
And as if you hadn’t gotten your fill of Mad Elf yet, your final opportunity is on July 29 as Hollywood Casino hosts a holiday bash down by the racetrack from 6-9 p.m. Along with the Elf are brews from 10 other breweries, including Yard, Victory, Aldus and Snitz Creek. A Christmas feast is included with your $30 ticket (including carved fried turkey, cranberry relish and green bean casserole), as well as an ugly sweater contest, visit from Natty Santa and Natty Boh, live horse racing and more.