Now that Mother's Day is out of the way, it's time to get down to business. A little self-indulgence is in order with American Craft Beer Week. In Miami, there are plenty of events.
Drinking suds daily is like any other week in Miami for the craft beer crowd. But once each year we are blessed with special releases and exquisite dinners. So this week, raise a pint to craft beer in America.
There are too many events going on around Miami to list here, and going to them all will keep you running around like a hamster -- a very tipsy hamster. The South Florida Beer Blog has a formidable list of events, as does Brown Distributing. We've chosen a few noteworthy ones.
Tonight Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is hosting a Cigar City Cask Party where they will be tapping never-before-released White Oak Blueberry IPA. It will be served until the kegs run dry. Costs $7 and starts at 6 p.m.
Swine Southern Table and Bar is hosting The Great IPA Dinner. This dinner will only have 20 seats and the cost is $65 per person.
First course: Smoked Brisket Terrine, pickled watermelon chow chow, grilled cabbage and peanut slaw paired with Avery IPA.
Second course: Grilled Cheddar and Pimento Sausage, Caraway Cauliflower Crumble, Potato Mousse, Mustard paired with Ballast Point Sculpin IPA.
Third Course: Cider Brined Mangalitsa Pork Loin, BBQ'd Barley, Grilled Peaches, Mustard Greens paired with Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA.
Call 786-360-6433 to make a reservation.
Yardbird is hosting an Oskar Blues beer dinner with Jay Robinson. Seating is limited to 16 people and tickets are $65.
First course: Charcuterie Board - House made slim jims, pimento cheese, pork "head cheese" pate, house pickles, mustards and breads. Turkey and gator gumbo - Louisiana purchase rice, homemade hot sauce on the side paired with Oskar Blue's Mama's Little Yella Pils.
Second course: House-made ricotta raviolis - spring onion Jerusalem artichoke puree, grilled corn, kale, melted tomatoes paired with Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale.
Third course: Bone-in Strip, truffle corn bread stuffed vidalea onion, big grilled mushrooms, homemade worcestershire sauce paired with Special Smoked IPA.
Dessert: Mississippi Mud Pie paired with G'Knight - Imperial Red Ale.
You can't celebrate ACBW without a happy hour from some local brewmasters. Swine Southern Table and Bar is hosting a Southern Social with Miami's Gravity Brewlab, who will be pouring their smokey wheat beer and $5 a pour between 4 to 7 p.m.
Khong River House is hosting a beer dinner with their East Meets West Fried Chicken Dinner. A four-course dinner of Khong's Thai fried chicken plus dessert, each paired with craft brews. Cost is $65 per person and space is limited. Call 305-763-8147 to make a reservation.
Barley and Swine is hosting an Aged Dogfish Head beer dinner. The 5-course dinner will feature some rare Dogfish Head beers paired with Barley and Swine dishes. Cost is $60 per person and runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Call 305-678-8903 to RSVP.
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Yardbird will be hosting an Abita Southern Social with $3 Abita Purple Haze and Andygator beers from 4 to 8 p.m. Creole-inspired bites will be served at the bar.
Gravity Brewlab is back for a second day, this time at Khong River House starting at 4 p.m. They will be pouring star anise and passionfruit brews for $5.