The most American thing next to boob jobs and baseball arrives May 13 and departs May 19. This, all you American brew lovers, is American Craft Beer Week. To aid you in your search for cold craft deliciousness, we compiled a quick list for you. Enjoy, beer drinkers, enjoy.
To further educate yourself on craft beer, watch this video below. Warning: it may cause cravings for a cold one.
Fort Lauderdale’s Riverside Market has a whole week of events to keep any beer drinker occupied! Starting Monday on the 13th, Riverside will host Bomber Night where specials on American Bombers will be given all night long. Tuesday is Beer Bingo and trust us, we can assure you it’s not your grandma’s bingo. On Wednesday, this market will not only feature funky beer, but will be raffling off some kick ass gear and prizes. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, live music and food specials will be present as well. Beers featured include Florida Beer Company’s Florida Lager, Devil’s Triangle, Gaspars Porter, Key West beers and Swamp Ape IPA. The Florida Avenue rep will be in on Thursday and raffling off a chance to win a trip to the brewery in Tampa. Florida Avenue’s Ale, India Pale Ale, Betchy Brown Ale and Blueberry beer will be present as well. IPA Friday offers a plethora of Ft. Laudy’s IPA’s while on Saturday, Riverside owner Julian Siegel sells rare Cigar City beers.
The verdict? Pencil us in, we’re sold!
The Pub in Pembroke Gardens most definitely celebrates this unofficial (but should be official) holiday with specials lasting all week. Featured in the menu is the good ol’ brewer Samuel Adams with a Craft Beer Sampler as well as a Samuel Adams pairing menu. This delectable menu includes not only delish courses, but it chooses the beer for you. The best part? This four course selection is available for only $24.95 per person, which is usually the cost of salmon alone, aka one of the features on the menu. Once again, we’re sold.
Clear your schedules, people -Tap 42 has a whole itinerary of beer drinking events that’s enough to make a frat boy happy. On Monday, May 13, celebrate the Brooklyn Tap Takeover and Release with beers like Brooklyn Lager, 25th Anniversary, Brewmaster’s Reserve Radius, Brewmaster’s Reserve The Companion, Brewmaster’s Reserve Mary’s Maple Porter, & Brooklyn Blast. Tuesday is the Oskar Blues Tap Takeover featuring beers such as Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant Dales, Gubna, G’Rauch. Skip to Thursday, and you’ll see the Drink like a Local Tap Takeover, with no specific beers listed, but a promises of a “special & rare Cigar City Tapping”. Friday-Sunday is Summer Beer Weekend and has beers Abita Lemon Wheat, Harpoon Summer, Sierra Summerfest, Brooklyn Summer, Anchor Summer, and more on tap. All events are at 7 pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to booze up!
World of Beer
What better way to celebrate Craft Beer Week then celebrating a specific state along with it? California Dreamin’ at Coconut Creek’s World of Beer does just that! This features a tap takeover by The Bruery with 5 Golden Rings, Autumn Maple, Hummulus Lager, and Trade Winds Triple. Special tappings of Stone Enjoy by IPA, and Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout will be going down as well.
But this is just an example of one of the nights featured – every night of American Craft Beer Week, WOB will release a one off keg from various breweries micro breweries. For instance, Thursday, May 16 features a system wide Dogfish Head Shark Attack, Saturday is a American Craft Brewery Night, and Sunday is an all American Cookout sponsored by Samuel Adams. Looks like your schedule is going to be full, huh?
A true American favorite, Dogfish Head, will be featured at Weston’s finest pub, JG McGuiness. This tap takeover event will be featured Wednesday on the 15th and of course, other craft beers on the menu will be featured as well. So, if you want to check out other beers available at JG that you haven’t had before, this week is certainly the week to get your boozin’ on.