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Christmas Tales & Ales
Christmas Tales & Ales

Fri, Dec 16


St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church

Christmas Tales & Ales

SOLD OUT! Enjoy Beer, Appetizers, Desserts, Humor, Theatrics, and Prizes while learning something NEW about Christmas!

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Time & Location

Dec 16, 2022, 6:30 PM

St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, 435 Som Center Rd, Mayfield Village, OH 44143, USA

About The Event


“Christmas Tales & Ales” is back with a brand new Christmas presentation and beer tasting!  This year’s topic: Crazy Crèches.  Join us for this one-of-a-kind “Happy Hour” event, as Russ Tripi (John Carroll University, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies) creatively pairs craft beers with a discussion on the figures, symbols, and anecdotes surrounding Crèches, more commonly known as “Christmas Nativity Sets.”

The Details:

  • Craft Beer samples, appetizers, desserts, and coffee are included in the ticket price.
  • 21 and older only. Legal ID is required at the door.
  • Win prizes by submitting a picture of your own Christmas Crèche to be featured and explored as part of the evening’s presentation. (Directions will be emailed to you upon registration.)
  • Early Bird Pricing ($25 per ticket or $15 for designated driver) is available Now through November 30, 2022.
  • General Admission Pricing ($35 per ticket or $25 for designated driver) is available from December 1 – December 11, 2022.
  • Ticket sales will end on Sunday, December 11, 2022.
  • Sorry, there are no refunds.
  • All proceeds support St. Bartholomew Church.


Who is this geared toward?

Anyone who has ever had a holiday tradition of displaying a nativity set in their home (or is just interested in having some beer) will find this talk interesting.  Come with a group of friends, family, and/or coworkers looking for an engaging happy hour experience.  There will be no preaching, we promise.

Do I need to know anything about religion going into this?

Not any more than what Linus told Charlie Brown regarding the meaning of Christmas (Feel free to Google it).  But you could always browse Matthew 1-2 and Luke 2 if you’d like a refresher (it’ll take like ten minutes) or come as you are.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, 21 and older only. Legal ID is required for admission. No one under 21 will be permitted on the premises.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We will be using the hall located in St. Bartholomew’s Church and there is plenty of parking in the attached lot. We recommend appointing a designated driver (who will receive a reduced ticket price) for your party or the use of Uber/Lyft.

I’m bringing a big group.  Can we all sit together?

All seating is general admission upon arrival, but groups of 6-8 can reasonably sit at a reserved table if enough notice is provided.  If you’re bringing a large group, please contact us early to make accommodations.

What's the refund policy?

Unfortunately, no refunds will be issued. But tickets are transferable, so if for some unfortunate reason you won't be able to attend, please give your ticket to a friend.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Either a printed ticket, your phone, or your name will suffice. Whatever you can do to make the check-in process run smoothly, we'll welcome it!

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

As long as the person who is attending knows to say your name upon check-in, it's fine by us!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact Russ Tripi directly at

About the Event:

Challenging the perception that religion is dry, "Brews @ Bart's" was founded by Russ Tripi in 2019 as a creative means of having fun and fellowship while teaching something relevant. Extracting popular topics and lessons from his 20 years of classroom experience, Russ uses beer -- as well as humor, theatrics, audience participation (with occasional prizes), and multi-media -- to reinforce subject matter in an engaging way.

About the Speaker:

Russ Tripi is currently the Director of Religious Education at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church and an adjunct lecturer at John Carroll University. He possesses a BA and MA in Theology & Religious Studies from John Carroll University and has over twenty years of professional experience teaching at the high school and college levels. He has published and contributed to countless curricula all over the United States and continues to host a popular YouTube channel for the purpose of making theology fun and accessible to the 21st-century learner.

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