Have a Hoppy Week!

Your cheat sheet to Houston Beer Week: A plan for maximizing your frothy time

Your cheat sheet to Houston Beer Week: A plan for maximizing your frothy time

Houston Beer Week kicked off Sunday evening at The Usual and begins today in earnest with mulitiple events each day across the city. There's a lot going on, and it can all be found here, but we figured we'd break it down for you with our picks of not-to-miss events.

Monday - Tickets to the featured beer dinner at Beaver's Ice House with executive chef Jonathan Jones and The Petrol Station's Ben Fullelove are sold out, so we'd head to the Ginger Man Pub for a tasting with Chris Campana of ATX's Artisinal Imports. Tickets are $11.25; event starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday - Alamo Drafthouse Houston locations are having matinee prices all night and $3 craft beer pints.

Wednesday - The new Fox Hollow is joining the fray with a flight night including a Stash IPA, Bootlegger Brown Ale and Convict Hill Stout from Austin's Independence Brewery Co. Tickets include locally sourced dishes by Chef Kacey Krystyniak and are $25. The event goes from 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday - The Petrol Station is hosting a pumpkin beer throwdown Thursday pitting home brewers against one another. This one's free and open to the public. Brewers are encouraged to call prior to the event for rules.

Friday - Gravity Cask 2010 at Anvil Bar & Refuge will feature beers custom-made for the cocktail emporium. Cask will include a Southern Star Smoked Porter flavored with cocoa nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans and an Independence Oatmeal Stout flavored with Anvil's bourbon cherries. Call Anvil for more info.

Saturday - Brenner's Steakhouse on the Bayou will be hosting its first-ever beer festival with more than 50 beers available for tasting and live music by Ezra Charles & The Works. Tickets are $55 at the door or $45 in advance; event lasts from 2 to 6 p.m.

Sunday - Monsters of Beer at 13 Celsius will be the place to be from noon until 6 p.m. The street will be closed for the festival, which will feature three new local brewers, — including Katy's No Label Brewing Co. — with proceeds benefiting local charities. Tickets are $20 advanced or $30 at the gate.

Have a very hoppy beer week!

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It's the best week of the year ... Beer Week.
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Beaver's Monday night beer dinner is sold out attesting to the popularity of Houston Beer Week.
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13 Celsius hosts the big Sunday event. Photo by Debora Smail at realityphotography.net