Lock and Key Singles Mix & Mingle Party. Tavern on Broad hosts this icebreaker cocktail party on Thurs., Dec. 12. More info: lockandkeyevents.com/PHI
December First Sip Friday: Varietals. Dan “The Wine Man” Soskin drops in to Old City’s favorite wine-themed boutique, Pinot, to spend the 7 p.m. hour on Fri., Dec. 13 chatting about three styles of vino: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. More info: pinotboutique.com.
Friday the Firkinteenth. A firkin is, simply, a small cask of beer. So what’s Friday the Firkinteenth? It’s the Grey Lodge Pub’s 15th annual celebration of craft beer, and thus it’s a reason to venture into the far-north Philly reaches of Mayfair. From noon to 6 pm on Fri., Dec. 13, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the likes of Dock Street Cranberry Kolsch, Dominion Baltic Porter with cinnamon sticks, Naked Freckles Angry Brown Ale primed with caramel and more. More info: greylodge.com.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Party with Troegs Mad Elf. Raising money to help battle illness is always a good idea; doing it while enjoying the greatest holiday-themed beer known to mankind, well, that’s always a plus. A $50 ticket gets you admission to the party at City Tap House on Sat., Dec. 14 from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring Mad Elf beer, raffles and an ugly sweater contest. More info: citytaphouse.com.