Craft beer not just for snobs: American Craft Beer Week

So much more is going on this year than last for American Craft Beer Week, going on from May 13 to 19. And instead of events just at craft-beer places, this year you'll see World of Beer celebrate ACBW along with TGI Friday's.

Finally, good beer is going from elite secret to widespread treat in South Florida. I know how tedious, intimidating and off-putting strange brews can be -- dry-hopped, barrel-aged, pomegranate-infused concoctions don't appeal to everyone, and only hardcore beer fans will even try some of the more-complex styles.

But the bottom line is that beer is good, and small breweries want nothing more than to prove that to everyone. So, if you or a friend are craft-beer skeptics, take this week as a chance to learn the taste of some limited-release Sam Adams suds or new Harpoon Brewery styles.

I ran an advance of the week's happenings in Sunday's paper (read it here), but every day new events pop up. Here's a brief description most of them so far.


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MONDAY

TGI Friday's locations have suggested pairings for well-known beers: Inlet Brewing's Monk In the Trunk with Strawberry Fields Salad; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with bacon mac-and-cheese bites.
Bomber night (large bottles) at Riverside Market, Fort Lauderdale, 5 p.m.
Highland Brewing Company samples at Total Wine, North Miami, 4-6 p.m. and at Flanigan's Surfside, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Due South and Holy Mackerel dinner at Mr. Bistro, Lauderhill, 6-10 p.m.
Victory Brewing at the Tipsy Boar, Hollywood, 7 p.m.
Cigar City firkins at Yardbird, Miami Beach, 7 p.m.
Highland Brewing at Laser Wolf, Fort Lauderdale, 8 p.m.
Nectar Ales at World of Beer, Coconut Creek, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Brewery tap takeover at Tap 42, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m.
Summer beer tap takeover at the new World of Beer in midtown Miami, 6 p.m.
Weeklong summer beer takeover at Barrel and Grain, World of Beer Clematis, Longboards and Tap 42.

TUESDAY

Miami Brewing Company (from Schnebly Brewery) at the Little House, Boynton Beach, 7 p.m.
Bell's Brewery at Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Coral Springs, 7 p.m.
Sam Adams at World of Beer, Wellington, 5 p.m.
Anchor Brewing at Smokey Bones, Plantation, 8-10 p.m.
Brooklyn Brewery at Latin House, Miami.
Highland Brewing samples at Total Wine, Pembroke Pines, 4 p.m.
Beer bingo at Riverside Market, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m.
Shipyard Brewing Company tasting at ABC, Doral, 4 p.m.
Randall (flavor filter for beer) at the Tipsy Boar, Hollywood, 7 p.m.
Night of 1,000 IBU's (bitter beers) at Lou's Beer Garden, Miami Beach, 6 p.m.
Oskar Blues tap takeover at Tap 42, Fort Lauderdale, 5 p.m.
California beers at World of Beer, Coconut Creek, 5 p.m.
Randall and double IPA tap takeover at 595 Tap and Tavern, Davie, 7 p.m.
Highland beer dinner at the Pub, Pembroke Pines, 7 p.m.
West Coast night at Barrel and Grain, West Palm Beach, 7 p.m.
Shipyard Brewing's Sea Dog at World of Beer, Kendall, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY

Beer at the lot in Paragon Theaters, Coconut Grove.
Florida Beer Company at Riverside Market, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m.
Colorado beer at Tap 42, Fort Lauderdale, 5 p.m.
Shipyard Firkin at World of Beer, Coconut Creek, 5 p.m.
Randall at the Tipsy Boar, Hollywood, 7 p.m.
Oskar Blues dinner at Yardbird, Miami Beach, 6 p.m.
Clematis pub crawl, West Palm Beach, 6:30 p.m.
Rare Dogfish Head beers at JG McGuinness, Weston, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY

Sam Adams at Racks, Delray Beach, 4:30 p.m.
Summer beers at Guanabanas, Jupiter.
Sam Adams at Blackbird Ordinary, Miami, 7-11 p.m.
Breckenridge Brewery samples at ABC Royal Palm Beach, 5 p.m.
Drink Like A Local night at Tap 42, Fort Lauderdale, 5 p.m.
Shipyard firkin night at Original Fat Cat's, Fort Lauderdale, 5 p.m.
East Coast vs. West Coast beers at Lion and Eagle Pub, Boca Raton, 5 p.m.
Dogfish Head night at all World of Beer locations, 6 p.m.
Lake Worth pub crawl, 6 p.m.
Brewery Ommegang tap takeover at OTC Brickell, Miami, 7 p.m.
Cigar City beers vs. other American beers at Bash American Bistro, Sunrise, 7 p.m.
Holy Mackerel night at the Mack House, Davie, 7 p.m.
Southern Tier interactive "meet the brewer" session at Laser Wolf, Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m.
Cigar City at Barrel and Grain, West Palm Beach, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Harpoon Brewery dinner at Tabica Grill, Jupiter, 8 p.m.
Craft beerfest at Burger Bar, Palm Beach Gardens, 7-10 p.m.
Sam Adams at DRB Downtown, Miami, 5-9 p.m.
Brooklyn Brewery at World of Beer, Wellington, 6 p.m.
Sam Adams at Grand Tavern, Delray Beach, 5:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Old School Beer Fest at Old School Square, Delray Beach, 7-10 p.m.
Sam Adams at Latin House, Miami, 7-10 p.m.

For updates, check out the Facebook pages for SFL On Tap and Fresh Beer Inc.