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