Craft Beer Week: Kitty's Picks

April 26, 2016

From the Kitty collection

Craft Beer Week is upon us once again, with so many tasty brews to sample. Local bars, restaurants and liquor stores are all getting in on the action, celebrating that foamy concoction so many of us love!

Here are some of the events that I recommend. (You can also check out the full list right here.)

Cask Ale Fest Saturday April 30th from 2-5 at Breese Stevens Field. Sample cask-conditioned ales made especially for this event. This beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, without added nitrogen or carbon dioxide. Some say this allows for more complex flavors and aromas. Tickets are $40.

Bermuda Triangle Bike Tour Sunday May 1, 1-5pm. The bike tour starts at Next Door Brewing, then moves on the ALT Brew and One Barrel. Get $1 off taps at each location. Island attire is encouraged.

A Little Sumpin' with Lagunitas at Come Back In, Tuesday May 3, 5-11pm. Two great reasons to check this out--Lagunitas makes delicous beers (especially if you're a hophead), and one of our favorite local bands, Wheelhouse, will be playing from 5-8pm.

May the 4th Be With You, at the Malt House, Wednesday May 4, 4pm-Midnight. Several locations have Star Wars themed events, but the Malt House really gets into it with a costume contest, and a showing of Star Wars Uncut---The Empire Strikes Back on the patio at 9pm.

Cinco De Mayo Carbon Quatro, at Midtown Pub, Thursday May 5, 5-10pm. Enjoy tacos and beers from Madison's Karben 4 Brewery. If you're really feeling the Cinco De Mayo spirit, wear a somebrero muy grande and you could win swag from Karben 4 and a Midtown Pub gift certificate.

Mobcraft Brew-a-thon, at Up North Pub, Saturday May 7, 2-30-5pm. Ever wonder how home brewers make beer. Our pals at Mobcraft will show us how it's done, and they'll even be doing some brewing out on the patio.

Bouquet Pink IPA Release Party at Tex Tubbs Tacos, Sunday May 8, 10am-9pm. They're debuting a fresh, floral Pink IPA made with Vintage Brewing Company. A portion of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen Madison.