alexandra sieh

'T hat beer girl."

Not the most flattering nickname, but as my coworkers and I have discussed, it's definitely not the worst.

Trust me. I've experienced far lamer in my years, courtesy of my uncle -- who refuses anyone's birth name -- and a friend who, after sifting through every variation of Alexandra there is, landed on "Z." Short for Zandra. Long story, but it's stuck.

Needless to say, I'll take it.

Call me "the beer girl."

And it seems, this weekend, you'll have to suffer through further libation blathering, as breweries around town embrace beer love and draw you fellow boozies out on the town.

Twisted Pine , for example. One of the few I haven't made it to yet -- though it seems this weekend, that's on tap to change. (On tap. ... I'm so cool.)

Well they've got a few things to make your Friday a bit tipsier. First up, a re-release of their Northstar Imperial Porter, a black beer rife with toffee and licorice flavors, all blended into a 9 percent Baltic-style porter. And while my dessert-intolerant stomach is queasy at the thought of this, I know you dark brew lovers out there will guzzle this down with a smile. Course, that smile may just be a drunken accident. But I'm pretty sure it's the flavors.

So head over from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and get yourself a glass.


Also that night at Twisted Pine? Live music by Danny Shaffer, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Info: Twisted Pine's re-release of the Northstar Imperial Porter, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 3201 Walnut Street. Danny Shaffer is playing from 6 to 8 p.m.

Brews and chili

Another thing I love, aside from beer? Chili. A Christmas tradition in my family I insist on each year.

Not a feminine thing to admit, I know, but ... well, I'm the beer girl. Not "the refined woman of decadence and taste."

Thus Asher Brewing's Chili Cook-off caught my eye.

On Saturday, $5 will get you all-you-can-eat chili, right in the heart of a bar replete with quality in-house brews.

Vote for your favorite, and the winner gets $50 for the brewery. Perhaps that inspires y'all to concoct your own hearty delight.

Info: Chili cook-off at Asher Brewing Company, Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., 4699 Nautilus Court, Suite 104.

An ale for the holidays

Last but not least? A seasonal brew whose candy-cane can leaves no doubt it's the Christmas beer.

Upslope 's got their Christmas Ale out on shelves, brewed with holiday spice and pours as red as its packaging. Honestly, the description alone of this rich, flavor-packed beer sold me. I'll be trying this before it's off the shelves.

Info: Upslope Brewing Company, 1501 Lee Hill Road, No. 20. Open from 2 p.m to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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