Here’s an untraditional way of embracing a tradition: Help decorate a 25-foot Christmas tree.
Forest City Brewery is holding its 5th Annual Deck the Beer Hall Tree Trimming Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29, aka Black Friday. If hitting big-box stores at an ungodly hour or watching college football marathons doesn't appeal to you, this might be a good alternative.
Admission to the party is an ornament for the brewery’s tree. In return you get a Forest City Brewery ornament for your own tree.
But that’s not all. Sinatra CLE will entertain party-goers with holiday songs, and Forest City will release its Shinny Spiced Belgian Quad Holiday Ale. At first I thought this was a typo. But as the brewery explains online, “shinny” refers to street hockey or pond hockey, and the draft is said to warm you up after a game.
Of course, there will be lots of other beers available during the party, along with appetizers. But wait, you might be thinking, suddenly this isn’t sounding so cheap. Well, guess what. You can bring in your own food!
The brewery at 2135 Columbus Road even offers a couple of suggestions on its website. The West Side Market is “up the street” at West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue and Sainato’s at Rivergate is down the hill at 1852 Columbus (plus it delivers).
You could get the party started early at Sainato’s. The restaurant’s happy hour goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and the menu includes a 9-inch one-topping pizza for $5.
Note: The West Side Market will close at 6 that night, but Sainato’s will be open until midnight.