Beer, wine and spirits enthusiasts, here are some events this month tailored to your tastes:
Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m. Hops & Grain Second Anniversary Party. The brewing team will be pouring more than 15 beers for the party, some of which were created specifically for the event. Food, live music and anniversary glassware for sale. There will also be a silent disco. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. www.hopsandgrain.com.
Monday: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wine Workshop at Central Market North Lamar: Tour of the Boot (Italy). Seth Pollard, Central Market Beer and Wine Manager will lead the class on Italian wines. Taste six wines for $10. www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. Lucinda Hutson-Inspired Tequila Dinner at Jack Allen’s Kitchen Oak Hill. A happy hour on the patio will celebrate the local author and her new book “Viva Tequila!” The book will be on sale for $38, and Hutson will be available for signing. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Reservations required for the dinner, happy hour is open to the public. Dinner costs $75. Reservations: 512-852-8558, or email at email@example.com.
Tuesday: Olive & June wine dinner. Francesco Mazzei of Castello di Fonterutoli, Tenuta Belguardo & Zisola of Sicily will be on site to answer questions about the wines, which will be paired with food. Four courses for $85 (includes tax and gratuity). oliveandjune-austin.com.
Thursday-Oct. 13: Gruene Music & Wine Festival. Wine tastings, live music, silent auctions and more at the four-day festival. www.gruenemusicandwinefest.com.
Oct. 12: 2 to 4 p.m. Cocktails 101 at El Monumento in Georgetown. Sample spirits, enjoy a lunch from El Monumento, and learn how to make a variety of classic cocktails from mixologist Jeremy Corn. $65. Email Jeremy@themonumentcafe.com to reserve a spot.
Oct. 14: Saint Arnold releases Pumpkinator Pumpkin Imperial Stout. The annual season from Houston’s craft brewery will be released in 22 oz. bombers around the state.
Oct. 18: 6:30 p.m. Independence Brewing Co. Anniversary Pairing at Central Market North Lamar. Amy and Rob Cartright will show off how their beers pair well with food. Taste through five pairings for $50. www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com.
Oct. 19- 20: North by Northwest Oktoberfest. The brewpub will tap a special house Oktoberfest beer, and the party will be complete with live music, family activities and a dog costume contest. $2 entry donation will benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas, Therapy Pet Pals of Texas and Central Texas Dachshund Rescue. www.nxnwbrew.com.
Oct. 19: 5 p.m. to midnight. Russian House One Year Anniversary Party. Celebrate the birthday of the Russian House with live music and more. Free. RSVP: rhanniversary.eventbrite.com.
Oct. 19: 1 p.m. Beer tasting at the Blanton Museum of Art. Edible Austin and the Blanton host a beer tasting in conjunction with the current art exhibit featuring renaissance prints from Augsburg. Live Oak Brewing and Hops & Grain will be on site to offer samples of their beers, which are based on old German recipes. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: $10 museum members and $15 non-members.
Oct. 19: 1 to 7 p.m. Flying Saucer Fifth Annual Beer Festival. Choose from 40 breweries and 60 beers selected by the Flying Saucer staff. $30. www.beerfeast2013.com/austin.
Oct. 22: Cocktail pairing dinner at El Monumento. Four-course meal paired with cocktails. $65. Reservations: 512-591-7866. elmonumentogeorgetown.com.
Oct. 26: 1 to 10 p.m. Draught House 45th Anniversary Party. Celebrate the brewpub with a selection of special beers, food from local food trucks and music. More details TBA. draughthouse.com.
Oct. 26: Noon to 7 p.m. 23rd Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest. The city of Fredericksburg hosts a celebration of Texas wines and food. Proceeds benefit the Market Square Improvement Project. $20 general admission includes a wine glass, six tasting tickets, live music and auction. www.visitfredericksburgtx.com.
Oct. 28: 6:30 p.m. Wine Workshop: Reds From Around the World at Central Market North. Taste through six wines selected by Central Market Beer and Wine Manager Seth Pollard. $10. www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com.
Several cocktail-centric events are happening at Georgetown’s El Monumento this month.