In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all.
The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 appetizers and $1.75 Lone Stars in addition to $3 craft beers, and will also be tapping a keg of No Label Brewing Co.'s Black Wit-O.
Local craft beers from breweries like 8th Wonder, Karbach, No Label, Saint Arnold and Southern Star will be featured in special dinners and happy hours all week long, while craft beers from around the state and the nation will be fêted at the big Monsters Of Beer Charity Festival tomorrow, November 12.
This year, HBW organizers hope to expand the offerings at the Monsters of Beer festival to accommodate 50 breweries, 100 beers and 3,000 guests. Guadalupe Plaza Park and its beautiful view of the downtown skyline will host the festival, which costs $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Net proceeds will go to benefit the Live It BIG charity.
Our picks for the best beer dinners each day throughout Houston Beer Week are below:
Mikkeller/Jester King Beer Dinner at Haven: Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Jeff Stuffings from Jester King Brewing will be showcasing their beers along with Kevin Floyd of the upcoming Hay Merchant, with food provided by chefs Randy Evans and Chris Shepherd. Tickets are $120. Haven at 7 p.m.
New Belgium "Bike-in Movie" at Liberty Station: Showcasing the Lips of Faith dark beer from New Belgium along with cult classic movies for free. Pints are $4 and food will be available from The Modular. Liberty Station at 7 p.m.
Ladies of Craft Beer at t'afia: Chef Monica Pope will host the Ladies of Craft Beer for a dinner at her restaurant, t'afia. A blind pairing of five craft beers will be conducted with the dishes, and the selections will be revealed at the end of the event. Tickets are $45.
Wild Game Beer Dinner with Saint Arnold: Chef Scott Castell of Brenner's Steak House will be cooking an all-game dinner with wild game provided by Broken Arrow Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Tickets are $85.
Vegetarian Beer Dinner at Radical Eats: A three-course, all vegetarian meal from Radical Eats's Staci Davis will be paired with beers from Santa Fe and Cave Creek. Two seatings are available: 7 or 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.
North Coast Beer Dinner: An amazing seven-course dinner will be served by chefs Michael O'Connor and John Moore at Vic & Anthony's, featuring pairings for each course from North Coast Brewing in California and Tom Allen, North Coast's founder, will be speaking. Tickets are $85. Call 713-228-1111 for reservations.
For non-beer-related upcoming events, head to the next page.
This weekend, head to 1318 West 26th for the Common Ground Festival, a fundraiser for the Live Oak Friends Community Garden hosted by David Cater. The festival runs from 3:30 to 10 p.m. and features a screening of the movie Dirt and speakers discussing a wide range of issues related to community gardens and urban agriculture. The Houston Chef Hoedown dinner starts at 7 p.m. and features a multi-course meal made by chefs Monica Pope, Anita Jaisinghani, Al Marcus, Staci Davis, Jamie Zelko, Brandi Key, Chris Shepherd and more.
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Facundo Cafe will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on Saturday, December 3, starting at 7 p.m. The cafe will be open late that day to welcome its guests for free appetizers, live music and happy hour pricing on all beer and wine. Call 713-880-0898 to RSVP.
Katz Coffee will be celebrating the annual release of its coffee porter beer -- a collaboration with Real Ale -- on Sunday, November 20. The party will take place at 900 Winburn, otherwise known as the Best Block in Houston. The Tontons, Benjamin Wesley, The Allen Oldies Band and many more groups will be performing at the block's live music venues, and a live auction will be held to benefit Noah's Kitchen.