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May Drinking Events Calendar

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Thursday, May 2. Sherry and Small Plates dinner at Fino.Six courses paired with sherry. $55. Reservations: 512.474.2905.

Thursday, May 2 from 7-10 p.m. Annual American Whiskey Festival at Opal Divine’s Penn Field. Taste over 60 American whiskies including selections from Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Canada and more. $30 online, $35 at the door.

Friday, May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meet the Beer maker dinner at Whole Foods.Josh Hare from Hops & Grain will educate diners on his beer, while leading a four-course pairing. $50.

Friday, May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Game Night at Rogness Brewing. Bring a game and a friend while Rogness Brewing supplies the beer. Picnic tables will be set-up inside the brewery and six different craft beers will be on tap for you to try.

Saturday, May 4.Austin Beerworks 2nd Anniversary. Sign up for one of two sessions to celebrate the anniversary. Tickets get you a Pilsner glass and 5 beer tickets. The Annivery beer, Heisenberg Kristalweizen and other special releases will be tapped. Live music and photo booth. $15.

Saturday, May 4 from noon to 11 p.m. Derby Day Party at Drink.Well. Enjoy a mixture of classic and modern juleps ($8-10) and Kentucky Hot Brown sandwiches. $50 prize if you can predict the winning horse.

Saturday, May 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. Contigo’s 2nd Anniversary.Celebrate Contigo’s second anniversary with games (cow tongue eating contest anyone?), live music, and food.

Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m. Turntables on Town Lake. Enjoy tuaca and southern comfort cocktails on a yacht on Town Lake to benefit Free music education to disadvantaged Austin Youth. $25.

Sunday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All Grain Homebrewing Class at Austin Homebrew Supply.In this advanced class you will learn to brew like the pros. $20.

Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Wine Workshop: Complement the flavors of Brazil at Central Market North Lamar. Taste through five wines from Brazil with Central Market Beer and Wine Manager Seth Pollard. $10.

Wednesday, May 8 from 7 to 8 p.m.Kegging Class at Austin Homebrew Supply. Learn how to keg your homebrew. $10.

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Dive Bar’s Second Anniversary. Drink specials to celebrate two years in existence. $2 lonestar tallboys, $3 Hendricks & Tonic, $4 shots of fireball, and $6 Hendricks cocktails.

Saturday, May 11 from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Rogness 1UP Anniversary Party. Sample 12 different craft beers including 3 new ones, play video games projected on a giant screen, bid on an amazing silent auction, and more.

Saturday, May 11. Thirsty Planet Brewery Tour. Show up for the 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. tour of the brewery and sample Thirsty Planet brews in the tasting room.

Monday, May 13 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Bar-top Beer Dinner at Drink.Well.Hops & Grain will provide the beer for a five-course pairing dinner at the North Loop bar. Josh Hare, Owner/Brewer will be on site for a Q&A. Two seatings. Reservations online.

Monday, May 13. Craft Pride launched Metal Mondays. Local psych veterans Tia Carrera will be playing two sets from 8-10 p.m., and a keg of Jester King’s Black Metal Farmhouse Imperial Stout will be tapped.

Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Spanish Wine Pairing Dinner at Jack Allen’s Kitchen.5-course meal paired with wine from Lerin Wines. $95. Reservations: 512-852-8558, or email

Saturday, May 18.Pinthouse Pizza Belgian Beerfest.Taste from a selection of 40-50 belgian beers. With entry fee you receive Pinthouse Pizza Belgian Beerfest glassware and 4 (6oz) tasting tickets. Additional tickets available for purchase. $25.

Friday, May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. Twisted X Brewing Co. ChupaHopra IPA release. Come to the Cedar Park site to taste the new beer, and bring something made of wood to brand with the Twisted X branding iron.

Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Craft Beer Scene Tour on the Austin Brew Bus.Visit a mixture of breweries, brew pubs, and beer bars. $65.

**Canceled** Tuesday, May 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wine Dinner at Travaasa. Four-course tasting menu paired with wines from Casa Silva, from the Colchagua Valley in Chile, and Mayu in the Elqui Valley. $110 includes food and wine. Reservations: 512-493-3676.

Wednesday, May 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Beginners Homebrewing Class. Austin Homebrew Supply. The class will cover the basics of homebrewing for beginners who have never made beer before. $15.

Saturday, May 25. (512) Brewing tour.Tour the brewery, sample beers. Ticket price includes a pint glass. $10.

Tuesday, May 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Texas vs. The World: Roussanne tasting at Malaga Tapas & Bar. Taste wines from Spicewood Vineyards compared against wines from Roussanne. $50.

Wednesday, May 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. Rogness Presents: Fish Fry Bingo. The official cd release party (for the Austin area) for the official band of Texas craft beer.

Wednesday, May 29 from 5 p.m. to close. Opal Divine’s Farewell to Freehouse party. Owners Michael and Susan Parker will be on site to drain the wells and blow the kegs with special prices on everything. A silent auction will also take place from 5 to 8 p.m., on items like bar signs, fixtures and other memorabilia.

Thursday, May 30. Lone Pint pint night at Craft Pride. 4 beers from the Magnolia, TX brewery will be tapped at Rainey Street’s Craft Pride in honor of the debut of Tornado Shark, a hoppy American Strong Ale. Brewery representative Tom Taylor will be on hand for a meet and greet, giveaways and to answer questions.

Friday May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. ¡Viva Tequila! with Lucinda Hutson at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Lucinda Hutson, author of ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures, will share the history of tequila, along with tequila-friendly recipes. Tastings and Tex-Mex hors d’oeuvres will follow. $35 for Members/$45 for Non-Members. Reservations: (512) 936-4649 or online.