Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Beer, Bourbon, and Chicken

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Beer shows up a lot in this weekly guide. It could be that there are just lots of local free beer events all the time, and it could also be that we have a free beer radar.

Either way, we offer you a couple things to keep yourselves busy this week after work. And, yes, free beer is included.

Big Bottle Bonzana - Monday

From 6 to 8 tonight, the Big Bottle Bonanza is happening at B&S Gastropub in Downtown Dadeland. The team from Grovetoberfest wishes to prelude their sudsie October event with a big ol' bash featuring lots of beer in big bottles for you. The bonanza is cut off after the first 50 people show up -- so plan accordingly. You can RSVP on Facebook. It doesn't matter how many people say they're RSVP'd, just be sure to add your name and arrive on time or early and you're good. Big bottoms up!

Bourbon Dinner - Monday

The lovely duo behind Chat Chow TV recently partnered up with Swine Southern Table & Bar to host a one-night only bourbon dinner. The four-course meal paired with specially curated Bulleit® Bourbon cocktails will be held on Monday, September 23 at 7 p.m. and seats are $100 (plus taxes and gratuity) per person. Reservations can be made by calling 786-360-6433.

Miami Beach Food Truck & Music Fest - Wednesday

This Wednesday will make the last time you'll be able to get your food truck fix on before they break from the Beach until December. The North Shore Park Bandshell on Collins Avenue and 73 Street will play host one last time to various South Florida food trucks including everyone's favorite HipPOPS gelato bars. After you've had your dinner fix, grab a HipPOP for dessert -- it's completely customizable to your liking. There will be live music and the event will last from 5 to 10 p.m.

Pairings - Thursday

Ain't no party like a New Times party, 'cause a New Times party don't stop. Well, it won't stop until they kick us out of the Broward Convention Center, I mean. Our sister paper New Times Broward-Palm Beach is hosting one of the best food-centric events of the year -- Pairings this year will boast a wine garden, a beer garden, and countless pairings from restaurants across town. Everything is included in your ticket price -- all you have to do is meet us there. Tickets for Pairings (which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. [6 p.m. for VIP]) cost $45 or $80 for VIP.

Cluck - Friday

A bucket-load of Miami chefs are gathering 'round for a unique charity event this Friday in Wynwood. Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot (who's also hosting an open champagne bar for the first hour), the event is centered around gourmet fried chicken made by local chefs (like Giorgio Rapicavoli, Bradley Kilgore, Adrianne Calvo amongst many others) and champagne, and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, which supports programs that directly improve childrens' health. There will also be a chef battle where they each throw down and guests vote for a favorite, who will then be crowned the Chef of Cluck Miami. You can buy tickets to Cluck here.

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