Ornament Painting with Market 124
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Ornament Painting with Market 124

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Craft and art gurus Market 124 are coming to the tap room for a special holiday craft project  -  ornament painting!  They'll provide everything you need (paint, supplies, instructions) AND a free beer, cider, or root beer to get your creativity flowing.  Your ticket is $25 and can be purchased through their website here:  https://squareup.com/store/market124masoncity

If you have questions, please contact Market 124 directly at (641) 423-0929.

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Morgan Kahler
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Morgan Kahler

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Fat Hill Brewing is going a little bit country for a cozy afternoon concert on Saturday, December 16!  Join us for a performance from north Iowa native (Lakota) Morgan Kahler. A seasoned vocalist and guitarist, Morgan has been performing for many years, sometimes opening for big acts like the Vic Ferrari Band.  Morgan cites her musical influences as favorite country oldies, new country hits, and even some rock and roll.  Expect to hear tunes from some of her favorites like Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, and Journey during her show.

No admission fee.

For more about Morgan, visit her Facebook page.

 

 

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Brewery Book Club:  A Tale of Two Cities
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: A Tale of Two Cities

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Join us for the 12th meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

December's book is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  Dickens is considered by many to be one of the most important English-language novelists of all time and is credited with creating some of the world's best-known fictional characters.  As a modern reader, however, his work can sometimes be challenging.  Some editions of Dickens' Bleak House, for example, run more than a thousand pages and there are around twenty major characters that are important to the plot.  If you've ever wanted to familiarize yourself with Dickens' work but found it intimidating, A Tale of Two Cities is a great one to start out with due to the not-too-scary length (around 300 pages), manageable set of characters, and the adventure story subject matter.  

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats and is even available for free online because of how old the copyright is now.  Please consider shopping local if you want a paper copy!  Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.  

About the book

Set in London and Paris before and during the tumultuous French Revolution, the novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to life in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met; Lucie's marriage and the collision between her beloved husband and the people who caused her father's imprisonment; and Monsieur and Madame Defarge, sellers of wine in a poor suburb of Paris.  

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FHB Scotland Trip Q&A Sessions
Dec
21
5:30 PM17:30

FHB Scotland Trip Q&A Sessions

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If you haven't heard the good news yet, Fat Hill Brewing is going on a beer-themed "educational" field trip to Scotland in October 2018 through a partnership with Jay Allen Travel of Clear Lake, Rabbies Tours International, and Beer Tours of Edinburgh. FHB owners Jake and Molly (and FHB beerista Taylor!) will be along to answer beer questions and our Scottish tour guide will handle everything else on our 10 day trip. We'll tour breweries, visit castles, drink in historic pubs, and hunt for the Loch Ness Monster, among other interesting things. This very small (bus seats 16 not including our driver) group tour is designed to be fun, relaxing, informative, and affordable. (Speaking of affordable, you get $100 off the total price and a $100 FHB gift card if you book before January 1.)

As of Dec. 11, we have six spots left. They're going fast!*

We'll do TWO informal Q&A sessions the night of Thursday, Dec. 21 - one at 5:30 PM and one at 8 PM.

The same information will be covered in each session, but we're doing two sessions just so we can keep the groups pretty small so everyone can hear and ask as many questions as they want. Molly will go through a sample itinerary and talk a little bit about the trip highlights. 

Just tell someone behind the bar that you're here for the Q&A and they'll direct you to the right table. 

Please RSVP "going" to the Facebook event or email Molly (molly@fathillbrewing.com) so she has the right amount of printouts ready. If you attended our last info session, there's no need to come to this one because the info will be the same. 

Want a lot of info RIGHT NOW? No problem! We made a whole mini website for our trip! Click here to check it out: http://www.fathillbrewing.com/trip-overview/

If you'd like to talk about the trip any time, please email Molly at molly@fathillbrewing.com and she'll get right back to you. 

*Trip is first-come-first-serve, so if you're serious about going, get your deposit in to secure your spot. All the info about payment etc. can be found on the website mentioned above.

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Ryne Doughty
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Ryne Doughty

Photo by Roger D. Feldhans.

Photo by Roger D. Feldhans.

Join us for a cozy afternoon concert with Des Moines-based roots-americana musician Ryne Doughty! Ryne says it's had a great show here in April so we're excited to have him back again.

Ryne's third studio album, "Under The Willow Tree", was released last winter and is now for sale at his live shows, iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon and Spotify. 

For more info about Ryne and to listen to some of his music or buy his cds, visit: www.rynedoughty.net/

No admission fee. As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue. 


About Ryne

"Ryne Doughty is a roots-americana musician out of Des Moines whose music is deeply rooted in real life stories of love, loss, work, and play. His stripped down, earthy sound is directly influenced by the small, rural town where he was born and raised. The hard-working, simple living, and friendly way of life of the Midwest shines through his music that is understated yet complex and rich with beauty and realness. 

Playing behind his third studio album, “Under the Willow Tree”, Doughty is back in Iowa after a few years in the mountains of Colorado and is starting to make a name for himself in the Midwest scene. Whether he's playing small or large venues, he is turning heads wherever he plays.

With solid finger-style guitar picking and a rich baritone voice he brings a dynamic of warmth and richness to the stage. Doughty’s performances are always passionate and full of energy and songs that tell real life stories. His live performance and studio albums alike will not leave you wanting. Doughty’s main passion in life is to share his music with the very people who help influence it; the real, hard working, everyday people that make this beautiful world go around."

Photo by Roger D. Feldhans.

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Brewery Book Club:  Blink
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: Blink

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Join us for the 1st meeting of the Fat Hill Brewing book club for 2018!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.  There's no fee to participate and no purchase required.  

January's book is Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, which looks at how we think without thinking  --   about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem.  As so many people are starting January thinking about resolutions for the year to come, it's a great time to take a hard look at how and why we choose to do the things we do.

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats.   

About the book

Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the relationships? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of "blink": the election of Warren Harding; "New Coke"; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. 

Blink reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of "thin-slicing"-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.

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Wayward
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Wayward

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Wayward's sound has often been compared to Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, The Lumineers, and even Imagine Dragons. With lyrics and music spanning ages and genres, there will be something for everybody at this casual Thursday night show.  

Rooted in Minneapolis MN, Wayward tells the stories of the pursuit of happiness through music they describe as "a little bit pop, a little bit indie, a lotta love." In this pursuit, Wayward is playing 100 shows this year and bringing to life dozens of stories through songs at every show.

For more info:

http://www.waywardsongs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/waywardband/

 

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Tarot Card Readings
Jan
24
4:00 PM16:00

Tarot Card Readings

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Toni of Toni's Tarot here in Mason City will be spending a few hours in the tap room on again on January 24 for some tarot card readings!

If you've ever seen these cards in action in movies or TV, this is event is an easy, fun way to cross the experience off your bucket list!

"Tarot can enlighten you about the choices you have," says Toni.  "The cards don't tell you what you should do or what specifically is going to happen in your future, but rather illuminate the possibilities depending on the path you take."

Your 15-minute reading includes one beer, cider, or root beer and is $20. When buying your ticket, please note the TIME you are signing up for. (There is one ticket per time slot.) Please check in at the bar a few minutes before your scheduled time. If you're not there on time, there's no guarantee we'll be able to fit you in to the schedule so please make sure you arrive with enough time to get your beer and settle in before it's your turn.

There will be no refunds for no-shows or late commers.  Must be 21 years or older.

Get your ticket here:

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tarot-card-readings-tickets-39524077580

 

 

 

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Dustin Prinz
Jan
27
2:00 PM14:00

Dustin Prinz

Nebraska native Dustin Prinz is a seasoned musician used to being on the road.  He's a singer-songwriter who draws inspiration from his favorites musicians, which include Michael Einziger of Incubus, Bon Iver, Travis Meeks of Days Of The New, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Tommy Emmanuel, Rodrigo y Gabriella and John Gomm. 

His guitar playing is a blend of hybrid picking and guitar tapping developed during his days as a drummer.  Dustin calls his style "Parapicking". 

In addition to touring, Dustin is always available on Youtube to his 27 thousand + subscribers.

We're excited to have him visit our tap room for a cozy chill-out concert on a winter afternoon. 

Learn more about Dustin:

 

http://www.dustinprinz.com

https://www.facebook.com/dustinprinzmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/user/prinzd

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Blues guitarist Matt Woods
Feb
3
3:00 PM15:00

Blues guitarist Matt Woods

PHOTO CREDIT: JEN TAYLOR

PHOTO CREDIT: JEN TAYLOR

Please join us for an afternoon with roots and blues musician Matt Woods. Matt is a seasoned performer who is excited to share the diversity of roots and blues (traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music) with Mason City! 

There is no cover charge for this free concert. 

About Matt Woods Blues Music:
An Iowa native, Woods has been performing regularly since 2002 and has released 4 albums (two solo albums, and two backed by his unparalleled band, The Thunderbolts). He has also won the Iowa Blues Challenge and gone on the represent the state in the International Blues Challenge an unprecedented 3 times. Matt’s first solo album, “If I Was a Fish”, finished inthe top 5 of the International Blues Foundation’s “best self-produced CD” category in 2006. His two subsequent albums, with The Thunderbolts, have also gained national attention. 2007’s, “Be My Friend”, was referred to as “blistering” by Dirty Linen magazine, and Living Blues magazine called 2010’s “Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts”, “a smoking amalgam of Hound Dog Taylor and Freddy King”. Additionally, Blues Revue called the album; raw, hypnotic and “very appealing”. Matt latest album, “Sawdust and Gasoline” was release in 2015. “Sawdust and Gasoline”, which has received extensive airplay in the U.S. and Europe, finished in the Top 5 of the International Blues Foundations “best self-produced CD” category in 2015, and has recently been nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for album of the year in the “Acoustic Blues” category!

Over the course of his career, Matt has also shared the stage with many notable acts, including; Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Louisiana Red, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, John Primer, RJ Mischo, Delbert McClinton, The Arc Angels, Dr. John, Kelly Hunt, and Joe Price. Perhaps most notably, in 2010, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts opened for Pat Benetar and REO Speedwagon at the famed Iowa State Fair Grandstand in front of a crowd of 10,000+.

For more info:

http://www.mattwoodsmusic.com

 

Here's a clip of Matt playing in his barn for the cats.

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Andrew David
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Andrew David

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Des Moines singer-songwriter Andrew David, known for his guitar-driven sets at breweries like Firetrucker and Confluence, will join us for no-admission charge acoustic show on Feb. 10. With songs ranging in styles from moody pop to alternative to classic Elvis, Andrew is a seasoned musician touring as a solo act and also plays in the Carbon Canaries, an acoustic trio. He has an eclectic mix of influences (Pink Floyd, Weezer, The Pixies, Damien Rice, Oasis, Modest Mouse, etc.) which means there should be something for everyone at this cozy Saturday afternoon show.

As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.  

For more about Andrew, visit

https://andrewdavidband.com/ 

andrewdavidmusic.bandcamp.com

 

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Valentine's Day with Courtney Krause
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Valentine's Day with Courtney Krause

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Des Moines singer/songwriter Courtney Krause will be joining us for a cozy Valentine's Day concert on Wednesday, February 14!  Courtney will play some original songs and also a wide variety of covers from Bob Dylan, to The Beatles, and John Prine, even R.Kelly to Bastille, Alicia Keys, and more in between.  Enjoy the concert with your Valentine as a date night or with friends just because!

No admission charge.  As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.

 

About Courtney Krause:

From Des Moines, Iowa, Courtney Krause's music has been featured on KCWI 23, KCCI 8, Iowa Public Radio (IPR), and KFGM Homegrown. From events like Des Moines Music Coalition's Little BIG Fest, to annual volunteering at Race for the Cure, Women Helping Women, and JDRF, Krause has significantly contributed to the musical growth in Des Moines; at the same time, bringing people and music listeners of all ages and backgrounds together. 

In 2016, Krause was added to 80/35 Music Festival lineup, after the song "Hardwood Floors" was selected for Carpe Diem III and the song "I Understand" was used to be chosen for the 2016 Community Selected Artist for Des Moines Music Coalition's Gross Domestic Project. 
 

www.courtneykrausemusic.com
www.facebook.com/courtneykrausemusic

 

Preview photo credit for pic of Courtney: Alyssa Leicht  
Www.alyssaleicht.com

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Jordan Mayland
Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

Jordan Mayland

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Jordan Mayland is well known for being involved in many musical projects such as Tires, Volcano Boys, and his solo project Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators. Hailing from Rake, Iowa, Jordan started his first band Keepers of the Carpet with his close friends around 1996. He continued to study music at Central College in the early 2000’s and has since put out many albums and played countless shows around the nation. Expect to hear many of Jordan’s songs and his favorite covers (from bands like The Beatles, Tom Petty, and Weezer) during this rare North Iowa solo set!

No admission fee.

Here are some links to some of Jordan's projects.  He's BUSY!

http://www.jordanmayland.bandcamp.com

http://www.volcanoboys.bandcamp.com

http://www.tires.bandcamp.com

http://www.electronidoll.bandcamp.com

http://www.mantispincers.bandcamp.com

http://bewarethewheelers.com

 

 

 

 

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Ruthless Ruth
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Ruthless Ruth

Ruthless Ruth is a high-energy folk-pop duo specializing in edgy originals and classic cover songs.

Both native Iowans, the lead singer, Ruth Lapointe, was born and raised in Mason City and, guitarist, Jacob Sawyer was brought up in Des Moines. 

Original songs from the group such as  "Winnebago" and "On the Road" reference life while growing up in small town Iowa. 

Other originals such as "I'll Creep on You (Hope you don't mind)" and "Sometimes I wear slacks," which Ruth describes as  "female-empowerment anthems," promote women who go against gender stereotypes in their romantic relationships. 

Ruthless Ruth has performed on stages ranging from free shows on the street corners of Iowa City to entertaining thousands while performing during RAGBRAI events. 

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Fred Love
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Fred Love

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Fred Love is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Ames, Iowa. He released his debut solo album, "Lily of the Valley," this summer.

A native of an isolated farm town, Fred has always thought of his music as an extension of the most primal forms in the American songbook. His direct blend of country, folk and blues lends his songs an immediacy that taps into the hearts of the wanderers, misfits and strangers that haunt America’s rural interior.
 
Fred’s hometown seldom attracted the attention of traveling musical acts, so he usually had to drive an hour or more to reach the nearest music venues for live shows. Now, as an established DIY singer-songwriter in Ames, he embraces every opportunity to play the local bars and honky tonks of the rural Midwest in an effort to bring live performances to communities that rarely host them.
 
You can often find him setting up his guitar and microphone stand in an out-of-the-way watering hole on the plains, serving up his original compositions alongside classic numbers from the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Hank Williams. 

Find out more about Fred Love here:

https://fredlove.info/home

https://www.facebook.com/fredlovemusic

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Levi Smith
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Levi Smith

A native of Mason City with 17 years playing experience, Levi sings about life and love through his crisply fashioned originals and covers a variety of classic and modern rock songs that range from The Beatles and Bob Dylan to Nirvana and Modest Mouse.  You'll love his alternative folk rock-styled sound during this super casual after-work show.  Stay tuned for info on a possible food truck!

No admission fee.  

Learn more about Levi and his music on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/levismithguitar/

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The Home Fires
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

The Home Fires

The Home Fires is an Americana duo based in Minneapolis comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah's clear, melodic voice and Vicky's warm, weathered harmony.  They describe their duo as a modern day version of The Judds, emphasizing harmonies, humor, and traditional country songs.  Covers that they love to play are remakes of "oldies but goodies" like Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart" or fun spins on popular 90's hits from Dwight Yokum and Shania Twain. 

Learn more about The Home Fires on their website or Facebook page.

As always, no admission fee for FHB concerts.  Come and join us for a cozy afternoon!

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Joshua Sinclair
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Joshua Sinclair

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Des Moines singer-songwriter Joshua Sinclair, once described as "Ryan Adams meets Ed Sheeran", will join us for no-admission charge acoustic show on April 26.  With songs ranging in styles from pop to alternative to crossover country, Sinclair is a seasoned musician, having toured for years and done work on no less than 14 albums. He has an eclectic mix of influences (Keith Urban, Dashboard Confessional, Thompson Square, The Cadillac 3, American Bang, etc.) which means there should be something for everyone at this super casual after-work weekday show.  

No admission fee.  As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.

For more info about Joshua, please visit:

www.joshuasinclair.com

www.facebook.com/joshuasinclairmusic

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Fernando Ufret
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Fernando Ufret

Obviously we had a good time the last time Fernando was in town!

Obviously we had a good time the last time Fernando was in town!

Originally from Puerto Rico, Fernando Ufret is a seasoned musician who now spends part of each year bringing his classical/flamenco/Spanish guitar infused music to the American Midwest.  His solo acoustic show has been running non-stop for 14 years, traveling from Aruba to Alaska.  His favorite music to play ranges from Jim Croce to Billy Joel and Micheal Jackson, from the Gipsy Kings to Bon Jovi.  There will be something for everyone at this cozy afternoon show!

No charge for admission. As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.

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Holiday Spectacular!
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Spectacular!

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We hope you are ready to get into the holiday spirit because we have a full day of festive activities planned for you!  We have santa hats, so much winter beer, and a 12-foot Christmas tree so we are ready to PARTY.  Please join us on Saturday, December 9 for any or all of the following:

Noon  -  Doors open and a special one-time-only holiday flavors infused beer is on tap!  Available just til 6 PM.

1 PM - 4 PM  -  Local Hand-Made Gifts Fair, featuring booths from:

5 PM onward  -  Come-And-Go Ugly Sweater Contest

We want you to wear your ugliest, craziest, most awesome holiday gear.  Make sure you sign up at the bar to enter the contest and have us take your picture.  The staff will vote on their favorites at the end of the night and contact the winner.  Winner gets a $50 FHB gift card and 15 minutes of fame on all our social media.

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM  -  Holiday music from Over the Hill Brass Band from Clear Lake.  Hear all your favorites and tip the band to donate to the North Iowa Arts and Pageantry organization, a charity supporting instrumental music in local schools.

 

Happy Holidays from Fat Hill Brewing!  

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Sit-And-Knit
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Sit-And-Knit

New and experienced knitters are welcome to join our monthly knitting meet-up!  The brewery knitters meet every 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm for a very casual gathering.

Bring your supplies and your new ideas and get ready for a fun and creative evening in the tap room!

The knitting meet-up is hosted by Mason City knitting club Hooked on Yarn.  

Questions?  Please email Hooked on Yarn representative Sophia Walsh at srgwalsh@gmail.com.

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DIY Christmas Gifts Workshop
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

DIY Christmas Gifts Workshop

Nikki Harken and Tabitha Thies are hosting a fun and easy workshop on December 6 to help you make stress-reducing, nice-smelling, and oh-so-pretty essential oil inspired gifts for anybody on your holiday shopping list.  They make awesome hostess gifts too!  

Nikki and Tabitha will provide the oils, supplies, and instructions.  Each DIY gift option includes a pint of beer/cider/root beer in the price as well as a little bottle of peppermint oil.  

 

DIY Gift Options

$20 - Bath Oil, 5 ml Peppermint Oil, & Complimentary Pint  

$20 - Sore Muscle Soak, 5 ml Peppermint Oil,  & Complimentary Pint

$25 - Sugar Scrub,5 ml Peppermint Oil,  & Complimentary Pint

$25 - Headache Roller, 5 ml Peppermint Oil,  & Complimentary Pint

$25 - Homemade Hot Chocolate, 5 ml Peppermint Oil,  & Complimentary Pint

 

Add-ons (after first purchase) 

Bath Oil - $5

Sugar Scrub - $5

Sore Muscle Soak - $5

Homemade Hot Chocolate $10

Headache Roller - $10

 

The fees are payable to Nikki in cash at the time of the event.

To register (required), just email Nikki/Tabitha at nicholekea@gmail.com and let them know what project(s) you are probably interested in.

Registration will end a week before the event, on Nov. 29.

As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.  

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Holiday Sips & Strings Workshop
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Sips & Strings Workshop

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Grab your friends for a new twist on a night out!

Register (it's required!) by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 5th
Doors open at 6
Crafting starts at 7

Workshop includes:
10x10 walnut stained board
Pattern: Initial or Snowflake (examples shown here)
Unlimited string and colors of choice
Hammer, nails and all supplies
Instructor

You choose your pattern that night!  No need to decide ahead of time.

Fee: $40 + tax

Ages 21+ only!

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Brad & Kate
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Brad & Kate

Acoustic musicians Brad & Kate will make their triumphant return to our tap room in December.  We are still getting over their awesome show from March:

Photo courtesy Brad & Kate

Photo courtesy Brad & Kate



Brad & Kate have been entertaining crowds across the Midwest for the past three years with their wide-ranging music, offering a variety of familiar songs ranging from The Beatles to John Mayer and Stevie Wonder to Adele. 

They are frequent visitors to our friends Rustic Brew in Hampton and love to play at breweries! 
 

(No admission charge!)


For more information on Brad & Kate, visit:

www.bradandkate.com
www.facebook.com/pg/bradandkatemusic

 

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Brewery Book Club:  Grunt
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: Grunt

Join us for the 11th meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

November's book is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach, which is a non-fiction bestseller about all the fascinating small details about the military you may have not thought about before.  Described by the New York Times as "America's funniest science writer," Roach has a great way of presenting information in an easy, super approachable way.  She answers questions in the book you might not have thought to ask:  Why do snipers hate zippers?  How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? 

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats.  Please consider shopping local!  Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.  

About the book

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, noise―and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

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November Bottle Share
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

November Bottle Share

We love beer. We love the beer we make, but we also love trying other beer.  Join us for our next bottle share!

We host a bottle share on the second Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm. Craft beer lovers are encouraged to bring at least 16 ounces of a new, rare, old, oddball, or just plain delicious beer they’d like to share. Whether it’s a 2004 Cantillon Loerik you traded a kidney for, or just a great pale ale you had at the tiny brewery near your grandma’s house last weekend, beer geeks are encouraged to bring anything they’d like to share.

If you’re a big enough beer nerd to have a favorite sampling glass, feel free to bring it. If not, we’ve got a clean glass for you! This is a casual, come-and-go-as-you-please event, so show up at any time and stay as long you’d like. There is no cost for this event, but we do suggest a generous tip for your friendly bartender who will be cleaning up after us all night.

As always, over-imbibing is not allowed and we retain the right to refuse service to anyone out of line. Hard alcohol is never allowed in our taproom.  The bottle share is for beer only.  This is the only time outside beer is allowed to be brought into our tap room.

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Sit-And-Knit (Special Edition!  Knit for charity!)
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Sit-And-Knit (Special Edition! Knit for charity!)

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New and experienced knitters are welcome to join our monthly knitting meet-up!  The brewery knitters meet every 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm for a very casual gathering.

Bring your supplies and your new ideas and get ready for a fun and creative evening in the tap room!

November's meet-up is special because many of the knitters will be working on projects for the annual knitting donations for the homeless shelter which can be dropped off at Brick Furniture the week after the November FHB knitting meet-up.  Info about that here:

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The knitting meet-up is hosted by Mason City knitting club Hooked on Yarn.  

Questions?  Please email Hooked on Yarn representative Sophia Walsh at srgwalsh@gmail.com.

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Soft Pretzel & Beer Flight Night:  A Fundraiser/Awareness Party for Crisis Intervention Service
Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

Soft Pretzel & Beer Flight Night: A Fundraiser/Awareness Party for Crisis Intervention Service

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Join us for a fun, delicious night on October 25, and you could enjoy:

-  Savory & sweet fresh mini soft pretzels & beer flight (pretzels by Mad Batters Bakery), reserve yours here:  http://bit.ly/2wajln7

-  Music by Paul Weitzel of the Hats from 6 PM - 8 PM

-  Door prizes for the first 20 people wearing purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Door prizes include:

NIP Fitness - tshirt and water bottle, Z'mariks - gift cards and mugs, Lorado's - gift cards, State Street Deli - gift cards, Quarry - gift cards, Little Chicago - gift card, LD's filling Station - gift cards, Lucy & Olive - gift cards, Fat Hill merch & gift card.  There will also be a trivia question for a prize - tickets to a St Louis Cardinals game!


A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Crisis Intervention Service and their mission to provide persons affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide with professional, confidential, 24-hour services including safety and support and to prevent violence in north Iowa communities through education.

Tickets are not required to attend the party itself, but you need one if you want a pretzel flight (http://bit.ly/2wajln7).

Please join us in celebrating a great organization doing important work in our communities!

 

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You Knew Me When
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

You Knew Me When

Photo Credit: Kendra Burlew Bomar

Photo Credit: Kendra Burlew Bomar

Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband and wife indie folk-rock pairing with a full band sound. Formerly of Nashville, TN, the duo have toured full-time since June of 2012 throughout the USA and Canada, sharing their collective sound and recent offerings "We Found Roads" and "The Only You EP". While living a true troubadour lifestyle, You Knew Me When continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast.  They love to play at breweries...150 of them so far!

Join us for this cozy, free-of-charge show.  As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.

Find out more at:

www.youknewmewhen.com

www.facebook.com/youknewmewhen

www.twitter.com/youknewmewhen

www.reverbnation.com/youknewmewhen

 

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Your Choice Wood Sign Painting Workshop
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Your Choice Wood Sign Painting Workshop

Jennifer Miller of Charles City's Artsy Dabbler will be joining us on Oct. 11 for this custom sign workshop!

You will have a choice of designs for this workshop and you can see all the choices on this Artsy Dabbler Facebook album.

Signs are handmade and constructed with new wood, most dimensions are 14.5" x 18". You will be supplied with all the materials and direction needed to create your own hand painted sign. When registering for this class, please indicate which design you would like to paint in the Sign Choice field of sign up. Class fee will include all supplies and instruction to create your own hand painted sign and your choice of one pint of beer, cider or root beer! 

Class fee: $49
Class size: max of 15 (so if you're interested, please register soon to avoid disappointment...the last Artsy Dabbler sign workshop we announced sold out in 2 days)
Restrictions: must be 21 or older to participate

Registration and pre-payment is required (through this link: http://fathillbrewing.us12.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=869d9b792aa90e76ada99134b&id=ea9e61354c&e=b6712c3a79 ) to reserve your space. Class fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel, Jennifer will paint your sign for you and ship it to you. Please feel free to contact her with any questions at 641-257-9685

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FHB Writing Group October Meeting
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

FHB Writing Group October Meeting

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We were thrilled at the turnout for our first few writing group meetings!  We have so many genres, experience levels, and ages represented.  We've had great discussions and everyone was so enthusiastic about writing and learning new things!

October agenda is:

-  Joshua submission

-  Chrystal submission

-  plot tips/tricks discussion

-  How are you doing on your writing challenge?

If you'd like to submit a writing sample for the group to discuss, email it to Molly at FHB (molly@fathillbrewing.com) 8 days before the meeting.  She will email out the whole packet to the whole group the day after so the group will have that whole week to read the submissions.  In order to avoid millions of emails to the group, Molly is going to be strict about that submission deadline.  

Submissions should be about 5 pages double spaced.  If your submission comes from the middle of a larger piece, it might be good to include a paragraph of introduction to get people into the story.  If your piece has explicit content, please say so at the top as some of our members might want to pass on that.   

If you didn't come to the first few meetings but are interested in joining the group, you are more than welcome.  Please email molly@fathillbrewing.com and she will make sure you have the submissions that we'll discuss next.

We created a Facebook group for the members to share little things or links or whatever they'd like in between meetings.  Here's the link to that:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/FHBwriting/

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Mini Scones Flight Night
Sep
28
4:00 PM16:00

Mini Scones Flight Night

We're pairing four delicious little scones from our friends Beanzy's in Mason City with four taster size Fat Hill Brewing beers. Pairing food with beer helps you recognize and enhance new flavors in both the beer and the food. In short, it makes both things more delicious!

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Your $18 ticket price includes the scone flight and accompanying beers (four types of scones/four beers). No substitutions. Although the full menu is yet to be set (because we wait to see what's going to be on tap that night, in order to ensure perfect pairings!), the flight night will probably not be suitable for people that avoid dairy, pork products, or nuts.

Tickets are required for this event Walk-in requests for scone flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Due to space restrictions in the brewery, we are selling exactly 50 tickets and no more, so if you're interested we suggest you buy now. (Our last flight night sold out in less than 24 hours.)

Come in any time between 4 PM - and 9 PM on Thursday, September 28 to claim your goodies!

Click here to reserve your spot(s).

No refunds on purchased tickets.

(Please note that the photo is of full-sized scones. The scones on the flight will be minis.)

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Fall Flower Bouquet Workshop
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Fall Flower Bouquet Workshop

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Organize some friends and come make something pretty!

In this fun flower arranging workshop, Kristina Hand of Spruce Ave Flowers in Fertile will be showing you how to make an easy fall bouquet that you can take home (or to work, to show off!), sharing a little bit of her flower knowlege with us, and buying you a beer/cider/root beer. The price of the class ($25) also includes the vase/mason jar.

Spruce Ave Flowers is not an ordinary florist, as all the flowers she uses are actually grown from seed, root, or bulb right in Fertile. Kristina says flowers that are locally grown are more much more unique (many flowers are too fragile or can’t be shipped in from another country and aren’t available at your local florist), they smell better because they are fresher and chemical free (safe to sniff), and they help our local ecosystem (happier bees and butterflies).

How do you keep cut flowers fresh longest? How do I shop for more sustainable flowers? What's blooming right now? Come with ALL of your flower questions for Kristina and she'd be happy to chat with you.

Click here to buy your tickets!  (only 15 spots available)

All participants must be 21 or older. Sorry, no refunds.

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All-Wisconsin Cheese & Beer Flight Night
Aug
30
4:00 PM16:00

All-Wisconsin Cheese & Beer Flight Night

We had such a good time with our sold-out Iowa Cheese Flight Night we're doing it again -- this time with Wisconsin cheese!

We're pairing four delicious cheeses from around Wisconsin, "America's Diaryland", with four taster size Fat Hill Brewing beers. Different flavors in the cheeses bring out flavors in the beer you may not have noticed before. It's a fun way to re-learn a beer you're already friends with ...and an easy way to try new ones.

Your $20 ticket price includes the cheese flight and accompanying beers (four types of cheese/four beers) and a few crackers/fruit/nuts as well to refresh the pallet in between tastings. No substitutions.

Tickets are required for this event.  Walk-in requests for cheese flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Due to space restrictions in the brewery and cooler, we are selling exactly 50 tickets and no more, so if you're interested we suggest you buy now. (Our last flight night sold out in less than 24 hours.)

Come in any time we're open on Wednesday, August 30 to claim your goodies! We open at 4 PM and close at 11 PM, so please come not later than 10 PM so you have enough time to enjoy your flight at a relaxed pace.

Click here to reserve your spot!

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Fused Glass Sun Catcher Class
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Fused Glass Sun Catcher Class

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Join Market 124 at Fat Hill Brewing for a fun and relaxed fused glass event. Market 124 will provide the tools and all sorts of colored glass, instructions on how to cut glass(the occasional band-aid), you provide the ideas and creativity! Each sun catcher is 4in. square and costs $35. One free drink included! All glass pieces will be fired at Market 124 and be available to pick up after August 30th. No refunds on event purchases. Call or stop by Market 124 for questions at (641) 423-0929 Mon-Sat 10-5, 7pm on Thursdays.

Click here to register!

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Brewery Book Club:  The Brewer's Tale
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: The Brewer's Tale

Join us for the 8th meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

August's book is The Brewer's Tale by William Bostwick, which will take us through the crazy history of our favorite beverage.  Brewer Jake will be on hand at the meeting to add his thoughts on the book.

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats.  Please consider shopping local!  Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.  

About The Brewer's Tale

Taste 5,000 years of brewing history as a time-traveling home brewer rediscovers and re-creates the great beers of the past.

The Brewer's Tale is a beer-filled journey into the past: the story of brewers gone by and one brave writer's quest to bring them—and their ancient, forgotten beers—back to life, one taste at a time. This is the story of the world according to beer, a toast to flavors born of necessity and place—in Belgian monasteries, rundown farmhouses, and the basement nanobrewery next door. So pull up a barstool and raise a glass to 5,000 years of fermented magic.

Fueled by date-and-honey gruel, sour pediococcus-laced lambics, and all manner of beers between, William Bostwick's rollicking quest for the drink's origins takes him into the redwood forests of Sonoma County, to bullet-riddled South Boston brewpubs, and across the Atlantic, from Mesopotamian sands to medieval monasteries to British brewing factories. Bostwick compares notes with the Mt. Vernon historian in charge of preserving George Washington's molasses-based home brew, and he finds the ancestor of today's macrobrewed lagers in a nineteenth-century spy's hollowed-out walking stick.

Wrapped around this modern reportage are deeply informed tales of history's archetypal brewers: Babylonian temple workers, Nordic shamans, patriots, rebels, and monks. The Brewer's Tale unfurls from the ancient goddess Ninkasi, ruler of intoxication, to the cryptic beer hymns of the Rig Veda and down into the clove-scented treasure holds of India-bound sailing ships. With each discovery comes Bostwick's own turn at the brew pot, an exercise that honors the audacity and experimentation of the craft. A sticky English porter, a pricelessly rare Belgian, and a sacred, shamanic wormwood-tinged gruit each offer humble communion with the brewers of yore.

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Doughnut Hole Flight Night
Aug
9
4:00 PM16:00

Doughnut Hole Flight Night

We had such a good time with our sold-out flight nights for cupcakes and cheese, we're doing it again -- this time with doughnut holes from a local new bakery called Othelia's Doughnuts.  

We're pairing four of their delicious doughnut holes with four taster size Fat Hill Brewing beers. Although the final menu is yet to be set, start dreaming of maybe blueberry with robust porter or cinnamon sugar with Scottish ale or lemon with IPA.  Different flavors in the doughnut holes bring out flavors in the beer you may not have noticed before. It's a fun way to re-learn a beer you're already friends with ...and an easy way to try new ones.

Your $15 ticket price includes the doughnut holes flight and accompanying beers (four doughnut holes/four beers). No substitutions.

Come in any time we're open on Wednesday, August 9 to claim your goodies! (4pm to 10pm is preferable, although we close at 11 pm that night)

Tickets are required for this event because we need to know how many doughnut holesto order.  Please purchase your tickets through this link.

Walk-in requests for doughnut holes flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Due to space restrictions in the brewery, we are selling exactly 50 tickets and no more, so if you're interested we suggest you buy now.  All three of our last flight nights sold out well before the event date.  The last one sold out in just a few days.  We constantly have people contacting us saying they waited to buy tickets and then missed out and we have to disappoint them.  

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Jeremy Jewell
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Jeremy Jewell

Jeremy Jewell is a southern Minnesota based musician who plays guitar and sings, as well as blowing harp and playing foot percussion.  He performs both original and cover music in a vintage folk style a la Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Band etc.

There is no charge for admission for this cozy afternoon show.

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Harry Potter Coloring Night
Aug
2
4:00 PM16:00

Harry Potter Coloring Night

Happy Birthday, Harry!  Harry's birthday is technically July 31 but we will celebrate a few days later with a muggles-allowed Harry Potter coloring book night.  Come any time we're open on August 2nd and pick up any coloring pages/pencils you'd like to use at the bar (free of charge). 

Costumes welcomed and encouraged! 

As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.

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Intro to Craft Beer Mini Class & Brewery Production Tour
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Intro to Craft Beer Mini Class & Brewery Production Tour

FHB brewer Jake will lead a small-sized class on three Saturdays in July (1st, 15th, and 29th) beginning at 2:00pm. 

Have you ever wanted to feel, smell, and taste raw ingredients that go into your favorite beer?  Then this is the event for you!  Brewer Jake will lead you through a guided tasting (a flight of beers he chooses), teach you about flavors and ingredients, take you through the brewing process on an in-depth behind-the-scenes tour (pint of beer included), and set you up with a t-shirt to remember the day.  You'll leave with a better understanding of the brewing process and what kind of beers are for you.

To review, your $40 ticket includes:

-  class and tour

-  flight of four 5 oz beers

-  pint or 10 oz beer during the tour

-  t-shirt to take home

 

The class and tour together will be about 2 hours.  Classes are limited to 6 people each.

This is a great opportunity to meet our brewer, ask questions, see our brew area and basement, and take your beer hobby to the next level!  

It also would be a fun activity to do together with your mom or dad in honor of Mother's or Father's Day.  (We're selling these early because we think tickets would make great gifts!  Yes, they're coming up again!  Mother's Day is May 14 and Father's Day is June 18.)

Tickets are available by via our online ticketing system.  Please pick a date to get started:  

Saturday, July 1

Saturday, July 15

Saturday, July 29

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Speed Friending
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Speed Friending

 

Meeting new people sometimes can be tough, especially as an adult.  Maybe you're new in town, maybe you work odd hours, maybe the people at work aren’t friend-able, maybe everyone you meet already has a clique.  We have come up with this speed friending event as a super easy way for you to do some fun, casual networking with Mason City-area folks.  It's free, no-pressure, all ages 21+ are welcome, and no contact info is exchanged (unless you and your new friend take that initiative).  The more people you know around town, the more it feels like home-  trust us on that!

 

Here's how it works:

 

Thursday, July 20

6 PM - 7 PM-  Sign up at the bar to be included in speed friending and get your name tag

7 PM-  You'll be given a starting place to either sit or rotate from.  (They'll be conversation prompts at your table if you need them)

7:05 PM- 8:00 PM -  You'll talk to whomever you're sitting with for exactly five minutes, until we ring the bell, repeating until you've chatted with everyone at speed friending or until it's 8:00 PM

8:00 PM-  Stay and chat if you'd like with all your new friends

 

Questions?  Email molly@fathillbrewing.com.  

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Brewery Book Club:  Persuasion
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: Persuasion

Join us for the 7th meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

Jane Austen died 200 years and 1 day ago from our July book club meeting so we thought it was a fitting time to discuss an Austen book.  If you've never read Austen before, we think you'll be especially surprised of the depth, humor, and heart found in Persuasion, which unfortunately is lesser read than her more famous Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice. 

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats, and is even available for free online because of how old the copyright is now.  Please consider shopping local if you choose to buy a hard copy of the book.  (Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.)  

About Persuasion

First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work. Its mellow character and autumnal tone have long made it a favorite with Austen readers. Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters, In Anne Elliot, the author created perhaps her sweetest, most appealing heroine.
At the center of the novel is Anne's thwarted romance with Captain Frederick Wentworth, a navy man Anne met and fell in love with when she was 19. At the time, Wentworth was deemed an unsuitable match and Anne was forced to break off the relationship. Eight years later, however, they meet again. By this time Captain Wentworth has made his fortune in the navy and is an attractive "catch." However, Anne is now uncertain about his feelings for her. But after various twists and turns of fortune, the novel ends on a happy note.
In Persuasion, as in such novels as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, Austen limned the plight of young women who could escape the constraints of family life only by marrying, and suggest the foolishness of women who believed they were free and not dependent on the financial and social resources of men. At the same time, Persuasion offers an ironic and subtle paean to the true love that enables one woman to rise above straitened economic circumstances and the stifling social conventions that restricted women to narrowly circumscribed lives in the common sitting room.
Sure to appeal to admirers of Jane Austen, Persuasion will delight any reader with its finely drawn characters, gentle satire, and charming re-creation of the genteel world of the 19th-century English countryside.

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Succulent Diffuser Planter Workshop
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Succulent Diffuser Planter Workshop

Nikki Harken and Tabitha Thies are hosting a fun and easy workshop on July 5 to help you make a stress-reducing, nice-smelling, and oh-so-pretty essential oil and succulent diffuser for your desk at the office or shelf, bedside table, or kitchen at home.  

Nikki and Tabitha will provide the oils, plants (choose up to three!), containers, and expertise  -  all for the very succulent-sized price of $20.  (If you'd rather bring your own container, the price is just $15.  The container should be shallow, 6" or smaller)

The fee is payable to Nikki in cash at the time of the event.

To register (required), just email Nikki/Tabitha at nicholekea@gmail.com and let them know if you're bringing your own planter or not.  

Registration will end 2 weeks before the event, on June 21.

As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.  

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All-Iowa Cheese & Beer Flight Night (SOLD OUT)
Jun
28
4:00 PM16:00

All-Iowa Cheese & Beer Flight Night (SOLD OUT)

We had such a good time with our sold-out Donut Flight Night and Cupcake Flight Night we're doing it again -- this time with CHEESE! What better way to celebrate National Dairy Month!

We're pairing four delicious small-batch cheeses from around the state with four taster size Fat Hill Brewing beers. Different flavors in the cheeses bring out flavors in the beer you may not have noticed before. It's a fun way to re-learn a beer you're already friends with ...and an easy way to try new ones.

Your $20 ticket price includes the cheese flight and accompanying beers (four types of cheese/four beers) and a few crackers/fruit/nuts as well to refresh the pallet in between tastings. No substitutions.

Tickets are required for this event because we need to know how much cheese to order. Walk-in requests for cheese flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Due to space restrictions in the brewery and cooler, we are selling exactly 50 tickets and no more, so if you're interested we suggest you buy now.

Come in any time we're open on Wednesday, June 28 to claim your goodies!

We're selling these tickets super early because we think they'd make a perfect Father's Day or Mother's Day gift! (Something fun you could do together.)

Here's the link to buy tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-iowa-cheese-beer-flight-night-tickets-33255486054

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Brewery Book Club:  The Sympathizer
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: The Sympathizer

Join us for the 6th meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

June's book is The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.  The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as a dizzying number of other awards, this book is a spy novel that will appeal to anyone who likes thrillers, history, war stories, and character-driven drama.  

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats.  Please consider shopping local!  Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.  

About The Sympathizer

"With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship."

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