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Atlanta's best beer events in December

Leon's Full Service Flight Night
When: Every Monday, 5 p.m. until they're out
Where: Leon's Full Service
Price: Varies
Leon's serves up myriad beer and wine flights (five or six of each), with food pairings.

Cypress Street Beer Geek Tuesdays
When: Every Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Cypress Street Pint & Plate
Price: Depends how much you drink
Each week, this Midtown establishment features anything from tap takeovers to guest speakers, special brews to the company of beer aficionados.

Hop City Beer Tastings
When: Every Wednesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Octane
Price: Free
Octane hosts different beers from Hop City Beer every Wednesday.

5 Seasons Cask Night
When: Every Thursday, 5:55-7:55 p.m.
Where: 5 Seasons North and Westside
Price: Varies
Each week, a different guest taps a different keg of "real cask ale."

Wild Heaven Beer Dinner
When: Tues., Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
Where: Trappeze Pub, Athens
Price: $60
Wild Heaven brewmaster and Trappeze owner Eric Johnson will be in the house for this five-beer pairing menu.

New Belgium Pint Night Benefit
When: Tues., Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
Where: The Porter Beer Bar
Price: Depends how charitable you're feeling
A dollar from every pint sold of two special New Belgium brews goes to the Atlanta Food Bank. Free New Belgium glasses while supplies last.

Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover
When: Tues., Dec. 6
Where: Deckard's Tavern
Price: Depends how much you drink
This Midtown spot is promising at least five Sierra Nevada brews on tap and more surprises.

Beer Connoisseur Magazine Second Anniversary Issue Party
When: Thurs., Dec. 8
Where: Cypress Street Pint & Plate
Price: Depends on how much you drink
This informal event promises "no tickets and no hassles," just the "company of the magazine's staff, contributors and fellow Beer Connoisseurs." Cypress Street will have beer specials as well.

SweetWater Festive 6 Year Vertical Tasting
When: Fri., Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Twain's Billiards & Tap, Decatur
Price: $25
Four-ounces tastings of every vintage of SweetWater's annual winter strong ale from 2006 to present will be accompanied by small-bites food. Only 10 people will be admitted.

Red Brick Beer Dinner
When: Thurs., Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Where: 5 Napkin Burger
Price: $35
Passed appetizers, a two-course dinner, four Red Brick beers, and the opportunity to chat with the brewers is available to everyone who attends.

2 Course 2 Beer Pairing
When: Fri., Dec. 16, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Marlay House
Price: $20-$25 (estimated)
Every third Friday of the month, the Marlay's chef creates two unique dishes to go with two unique beer pairings. Call 404-270-9950 for further details and/or RSVP.

Christmas vs. Hannukah
When: Wed., Dec. 21, 6 p.m.
Where: The Porter Beer Bar
Price: Depends on how much you drink
Little Five's Porter taps 15 of He'Brew's Chosen Beers as well as several Belgian Christmas brews.

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