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Guide to guzzling: Drinking events for Aug. 9-22

The Craft Brewjas' brewery tour on Aug. 11 is a joint venture with Orlando's Tap and Grind craft-beer bar, which rallied its patrons to drive down to the Funky Buddha and Due South breweries. For $10, attendees can get commemorative T-shirts. Go to for details.

Grovetoberfest's free beer tastings have started, and the second event will be held at Titanic Restaurant and Brewery in South Miami on Aug. 12. Check for details.

50 Ocean in Delray Beach will serve a Brewery Ommegang beer dinner on Aug. 13, including ham and peas with Ommegang Witte, smoked fish with Ommegang Hennepin and an apple-chocolate dessert with Ommegang Three Philosophers. Seats cost $60 and can be reserved by calling 561-278-3364.

Hollywood Vine's Drinking Outside the Box class will teach attendees about different beer styles on Aug. 14. For $20, students can sample 10 brews from across the country. Go to

Smokey Bones continues to celebrate New Belgium Brewing's Florida arrival with the second of its beer dinners, this one on Aug. 14. Seats cost $35 and include wings, salad, brisket and dessert paired with New Belgium's year-round beers. Call 954-474-3833 for reservations.

Laser Wolf's virtual tour of B. Nektar Meadery on Aug. 15 will offer a look inside the Michigan facility. Attendees must pay $20 and reserve a spot at 954-667-9373. The ticket price includes a flight of five meads and a live interview with B. Nektar's head brewer.

The Lion and Eagle Pub in Boca Raton will throw a release party for Cigar City's Good Gourd pumpkin ale, out early this summer. The beer will be on draft starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 19, along with other Cigar City rarities. Go to

The Funky Buddha beer dinner at Hot and Soul will happen Aug. 21, but there were only 20 seats available at presstime. The $50 ticket price includes five courses -- one is a sweet-avocado-basil empanada paired with a Funky Buddha Cucumber Jones jello shot -- and drafts of the Buddha's beers. To buy tickets, go to

Founders Brewing is another long-awaited brand in Florida, and for its arrival, Tap 42 will hold a tap takeover on Aug. 21, and the Brass Tap in West Palm Beach will do the same on Aug. 22.

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