This week we have four events with happy-hour elements. Shop for last-minute gifts with beer, or venture out into the cold dark night for some delicious -- and rare -- brews. Not into beer? Well, check out Norseman's Monday-night party.
Ugly Sweater Sing-Along
It's way too freaking cold out there for caroling. Instead, stay toasty in your best butt-ugly festive sweater at this holiday party. There will be booze and cocktails to enjoy. And singing. But don't limit yourself to Christmas tunes, as Norseman is encouraging folks to request songs from any holiday. So if you get tipsy and feel the need to sing "Monster Mash," then by all means do so. Lovely drag queen Max from RuPaul's Drag Race will be showing up around 8:30 p.m. to lead the tunes with the help of Flip Phone folks. 21+. 7 to 11 p.m. Monday. Norseman Distillery, 451 Taft St. NE, Unit 19, Minneapolis; 612-568-5299.
Dark times call for dark beer. This Wednesday, Uptown Tavern and Rooftop (you'll probably want to stay off the roof this evening) will be hosting a brew bash for stout lovers. The selection will vary throughout the evening, with limited and special edition beers from Clown Shoes, Fulton, Surly, and others. Go for something "sweet" with notes of vanilla and chocolate, or try something more bold, like a nitro or whiskey-inspired variety. 21+. 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday. Uptown Tavern and Rooftop, 1400 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis; 612-824-3333.
Northeast Farmers Market Winter Market
Once a month this winter, local food vendors and makers will convene on the third floor of the Solar Arts building for a tasty party filled with festivities. There'll be pickles purveyor GYST; sweets from Rebel Donut Bar, Bee Happy Honey, and Groveland Confections; and meaty delights from Buffalo by Bike and Grillin’ Meats. Sample Minnesota-made marshmallows, cheese, and macarons. Or shop non-edibles like jewelry, beauty salves, and soap. The beer will be plentiful, and there will be games and activities for kids. If you have a foodie on your holiday shopping list, you’ll find plenty to consider gifting here. The event takes place every third Wednesday through March. 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Solar Arts By Chowgirls, 711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-203-0786. Through March 15, 2017.
Pop-Up Beer Garden
Just because summer is long over doesn't mean you have to give up beer gardens. This Thursday, the Bachelor Farmer is going hardcore and keeping the beer garden happenings rolling. This outdoor evening will feature brews from Bauhaus. Choose from Sky-Five IPA or the Scottish-style dark ale Tallander. There will be a bonfire roaring, and 'smores will satisfy any sweet-tooth cravings. Dress warm. 21+. 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday. The Bachelor Farmer, 50 Second Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-206-3920.