It's your chance to spread some holiday cheer while sampling beer from 30 breweries.

Up for a little beer to ring in the holidays? This Saturday you can get you beer on at the 'Cask and Crossgates Winter Beer Fest' this Saturday from 2 to 6pm at the new tru and Homewood Suites hotels at Crossgates. The festival will feature cask ales and will be held outdoors under heated tents. There will also be live music, food trucks and bonfires if you want to get out in the fresh air.

Admission is $45 in advance, $55 at the door and tickets can be purchased here. There is also an overnight stay special at tru for $99. You can get all the information at the event website.

See, now at holiday time, they should do this every weekend. It would be a nice little escape from the holiday shopping insanity at Crossgates. And hey, if you don't like to shop and your partner does or vice versa, one of you has a place to hunker down for an afternoon, right?