Wednesday, March 18, 2015

This Saturday kicks off San Antonio Beer Week, which runs through Sunday, March 29! The goal of Beer Week is to promote local and independent craft breweries in our area, and to grow the greater San Antonio beer community. Complete with a kick-off party and closing ceremony, each day of the week offers different events, from tastings to brunch! Which Beer Week events should definitely be on your agenda? San Antonio Current recommends the following:

Saturday, March 21: Take a stroll to Main Plaza for the San Antonio Beer Week Kickoff Party. Blue Star Ice House will stage a tap takeover with no remorse for your liver or wallet. San Antonio's own Cryin' D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath will start the festivities with powerful drinking songs driven by smoky vocals. The party will conclude with "San Antonio | The Saga" at 9 p.m., pairing eclectic visuals with your buzz. Free admission, 4:30-9pm, 115 S. Main Plaza,

Sunday, March 22: Get your grub on at Alamo Beer Company as they host L√ľke's John Russ for a crawfish boil. The crawfish will be sold by the pound in the new brewery's spacious beer garden. Free admission, 1-6pm, 202 Lamar St.,

Monday, March 23: Busted Sandal Brewing calls Knife and Fork Gastropub home for this beer pairing dinner. Owner/chef Javier Orozco will match Busted Sandal's Fire Pit Wit, 210 Ale, Slippery Rock IPA, El Robusto Porter and a randall-ized beer infusion to be named later with five courses. $65, 7-10pm, 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy. #103,

Friday, March 27: Do you find the craft beer scene too intimidating? Don't know where to start? The Hangar will be hosting a special beer tasting for only $5, a chance to get die-hard Bud Light drinkers up to speed on the best local breweries. Taste-test 10 beers from around South Texas, with light snacks provided and entry into a raffle ticket drawing. You'll be a believer in craft beer by night's end.$5, 7-9pm, 8203 Broadway,

Saturday, March 28: Now that you've been converted into a craft beer believer, take a tour of one of San Antonio's finest breweries, Branchline Brewing. They will be holding a special version of their monthly tour and tasting with several batches of limited beers made available for the occasion. Admission gets you four pours of Branchline Brewing Co.'s best brews, after which you'll walk (or stumble) away with a SABW T-shirt. $15, noon-6pm, 3363 Metro Pkwy.,

Sunday, March 29: SABW's closing ceremonies will test your willpower like nothing else during the week. South Texas' elite brewers will bring their most creative beers in a festival-like setting at the Pearl Brewery. There will be live music and a variety of food from local gastropubs, filling your ears and belly. Admission grants you six 4-ounce sample tickets and a snazzy SABW 2015 tasting cup.$30-$35, 3-7pm, 303 Pearl Pkwy.,


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