Thur update: Blind Bear birthday party tonight (VERY IMPORTANT PBR NEWS), Silly Goose Naughty Santa party, new brewery coming to Memphis, get your gifts wrapped

The Blind Bear’s 1-year anniversary party is tonight. Co-owner Jeannette messaged me the drink and food specials this morning:

$4 bday cake shots (3 olives cake)
$5 flappers
$5 spiffy Rita’s
$4 maestro dobel’s tequila shots
$1 PBR draft!!!!!!!!!
$3 orange whipped shots (pinnacle)
$5 Jameson shots
$3 moonshine
$3 fireball
$2 hamburgers & hot dogs
1/2 off apps

You know what drink I’m glad to not see appear on cocktail menus anymore? The “Flirtini.” What a stupid thing that was. But anyway, back to the Bear’s party. It starts at 9. There will be live music from Bean (with Rodney Phillips), Craig Davis, Back Road Syndicate, and more. There will be gift card giveaways, and photographer Joey Miller will be there. But most importantly, there will be $1 PBR draft!!!!!!!!!

It’s unfortunate that the Blind Bear’s “mayor” will be late to its party, but those are the breaks. I will be down the street at the Majestic Grille judging the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation costume contest and holiday tacky sweater contest. I get dinner and all the PBR I can drink as compensation for being a judge. Free PBR is better than dollar PBR, so I guess I’m not too unhappy about being late to the Bear.

Around the corner will be the Silly Goose’s 4th annual Naughty Santa party. The Dave Cousar Band will play holiday favorites, and Santa will be there.

Beer news: Memphis is getting its third craft brewery. Drew Barton plans to open Memphis Made Brewing Co. at 768 S. Cooper by mid-2013. Barton was formerly the head brewer at French Broad in North Carolina. He’s one of the organizers of the best beer festival in town, Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, and he bartends part-time Downtown at the Saucer. First products to roll out will be an IPA and a Kolsch. Congrats to Drew, and I agree with him, Memphis can support far more than just three craft breweries.

If you hate wrapping gifts, bring them to Shelton Clothiers between noon and 4 PM Sunday, December 23. They will wrap up to 5 gifts for you, and all they ask is that you donate $3 per gift to the Union Mission to help feed the hungry. You can even leave your gifts with them, go eat brunch at one of several nearby restaurants, and then come back to pick them up.

That’ll do it for now. I’ll be at the Bear party as soon as I wrap up judging down the street. Good luck to all the Griswolds and tacky sweaters in the competition tonight.