Upcoming Events: Lots of Beer and A Holiday Mixology Class

Hyatt Market Street, The Woodlands goes to the dogs this month, as top area chefs have created whimsical gingerbread doghouses displayed throughout the hotel. This four-legged take on a holiday favorite concludes on Monday, December 15 with an open to the public, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction benefiting Operation Pets Alive!. The local, non-profit, all-volunteer organization is dedicated to working with people and government to provide life-saving, no-kill programs through innovative programs that raise awareness, reduce the number of dogs and cats that enter shelters and increase the number of pets that leave shelters alive. 9595 Six Pines

On Tuesday, December 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Yellow Rose Distillery will be hosting a Holiday Mixology Class. They have enlisted Houston Farris of The Pastry War to lead an evening of cocktails and fun. Leave with the knowledge of how to impress your guests, friends and family with sensational libations for the holidays and long after. Tickets are $35 per person. 1224 N Post Oak

The Kipper Club -- a unique and exciting private dinner featuring the ultimate chef's table experience -- will be hosting a German Beer Dinner on Friday, December 19. Guest chef Chef Adam Yoho of Otto's in Fredericksburg, Treadsack beverage director Travis Hinkle and D&T Drive Inn's Reid Schroder are teaming up to prepare a five-course, beer-paired dinner featuring house smoked sturgeon, local rabbit two ways, and more. The dinner will be offered in two seatings (6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.) and tickets are $80 per person.

It's not uncommon at all for beers to be aged in bourbon barrels. But tequila barrels? That's much more rare. The folks at Siembre Azul tequila gave Hay Merchant owner and Pastry War partner Kevin Floyd a virgin oak tequila barrel. Floyd Kevin gave the barrel to Saint Arnold Brewing Company, who decided use it for their 20th Anniversary Ale. Now, the elegant, complex barley wine -- whose caramel/toffee base has mixed with notes of pear from the barrel -- will debut on Monday, December 22 at The Pastry War at 5 p.m. This very limited release will be one of the only opportunities to taste this product. 310 Main

The Petrol Station will be hosting a Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 23. Head to the craft beer bar for general debauchery alongside wintery brews like Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout, barrel-aged Old Rasputin XVII, and Prairie Christmas Bomb! on tap. 985 Wakefield

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