Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron is offering a special beer to celebrate the impending end of the world.
Yes, the apocalypse is arriving Dec. 21. At least that’s what some folks are saying because the Mayan calendar doesn’t go beyond that date.
So Thirsty Dog has created Mayan Last Dog, a 7.5 percent alcohol chocolate honey stout.
“This may be the last beer you ever drink,” Thirsty Dog co-owner John Najeway said. “Say goodbye to all you know and love with this bittersweet, big, bold, black beer filled with old world and traditional Mayan spices, including honey and cocoa nibs.
“Drink heartily and rest in peace, or join us on Dec. 22 for more 12 Dogs of Christmas ale.”
Mayan Last Dog — there were only 150 cases produced — will be available in four-packs and retail for $12.99 starting next week at area grocery and beer stores, and at the brewery. The beer also will be available on draft.
Fishers Foods, 8100 Cleveland Ave. NW, Plain Township, will hold a beer tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The event, which costs $7, includes beers from Thirsty Dog, Stone, Flying Dog, Leinenkugel, Indigo Imp, Elevator, Yuengling, Goose Island, Rogue, Lager Head’s, Samuel Adams, Rivertown, Sierra Nevada, Harpoon and Oskar Blues.
D’Agnese’s Trattoria, 566 White Pond Drive, will hold a 12 Beers of Christmas tasting from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today.
The event will feature Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas, Avery Old Jubilation, Troegs Mad Elf, Goose Island Christmas Ale, Southern Tier 2XMAS, Anchor Steam Merry Christmas Ale, Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Breckenridge Christmas Ale, Bell’s Christmas Ale and Great Divide Hibernation Ale.
The cost is $35. It includes a souvenir tasting glass and appetizers such as pizza, wings, artichokes and deviled eggs. People can arrive at any time and do the tasting at their own pace.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 234-678-3612.
The Buckeye Beer Engine, 15315 Madison Ave., Lakewood, will hold its annual Christmas in Belgium event starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
It features the following Belgian-inspired Christmas ales on draft: Affligem Noël, Delirium Noel, Ommegang Adoration, Corsendonk Christmas, Petrus Winter 9, Vicaris Winter, Wittekerke Winter, Scaldis Noel, DuPont Avec les Bons, N’ice Chouffe, Gouden Carolus Noël, Buckeye Nighty Night, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale and Buckeye Christmas Girl.
The event is free to attend. You just pay for the beer you drink.
• Indigo Imp Brewery in Cleveland has released a new “Small Batch Sample Pack” featuring four of its beers: Winter Soul, Firebrand, Candi-man and 26 Degree Stout.
• Ohio’s newest production brewery, Flatrock Brewing Co. in Holgate in northwest Ohio, will hold its grand opening from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 15. Check it out at www.flatrockbrewery.squarespace.com.
• Tickets are on sale for the fourth annual Big Tap In beer festival on April 20 in Boardman. For more details, go to www.big tapin.com.