Get canned at the Elbo Room on Friday during the Fort Lauderdale Beach bar's canned-beer happy hour, featuring beers from Shipyard and Sea Dog breweries. From 4 to 7 p.m., Shipyard's flagship Export Ale and the seasonal Summer Ale will be on special, along with Sea Dog's Blue Paw blueberry wheat beer. Check ElboRoom.com.
The same beers will be available out west, at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Coral Springs. A Shipyard Brewery representative will be at the bar from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to answer questions, but the tap takeover will last all night. Go to TampaBayBrewingCompany.com.
Beers from Colorado's New Belgium Brewing, the third-largest U.S. craft brewery, will be available in Florida for the first time next week. And Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale will celebrate their arrival on Tuesday with a bottle-release party and bicycle giveaway. Check Facebook.com/Tap42Bar for a list of the rare bottles for sale at the bar.
On Wednesday, Bistro Ten Zero One in West Palm Beach will host a Dogfish Head beer dinner, serving patrons beer-braised pork shanks, peaches and cheese, fresh-caught fish, and guava beignets with DFH beers in the restaurant's private room for $40. RSVPs are required at Bistro1001.com.
Another dinner will be served at the Mack House in Davie Aug. 1, pairing the bar's own Holy Mackerel beers with five courses from Roho Kitchen. Tickets cost $40 and include ceviche, soup, risotto, a New York strip and a dessert. Purchase tickets at FLAles.com.
The Craft Brewjas will gather at Abraxas Lounge in Miami Beach for a tap takeover by the Bruery on Friday. It's an informal get-together with no cover, but the beers on tap from the California brewery are typically bottled. Go to Facebook.com/CraftBrewjas.
Grovetoberfest's first free pre-festival beer tasting is scheduled for Monday at Barracuda Raw Bar and Grill in Coconut Grove. The fall beer festival's organizers launched Sprung this year, a spring counterpart to their successful Peacock Park event. For a schedule of free tastings, like Grovetoberfest at Facebook.com/Grovetoberfest.
Miami Spice returns Aug. 1, extending fine dining to the masses via affordable deals at trendy restaurants. Check out John Tanasychuk's dining blog at SouthFlorida.com/sup for the two-month-long event's best offerings.