Are you ready for some beer? How about some barbecue? Even if you don't care about any of the myriad celebratory offerings this weekend, you're going to have to eat something.
We perused the highs and lows of the Broward-Palm Beach area and cooked up this tasty menu of awesome destinations. Whether you're looking to drink beer, drink beer while consuming barbecue, get feisty in a little cook-off, or avoid the chaos with a little vino, this list has everything you need.
5. Game of Thrones Beer Dinner
End your week as you usually do, with some Game of Thrones. On Sunday at 7 p.m., Biergarten in Boca Raton is hosting a Ommegang dinner to showcase Game of Thrones Fire and Blood ale and other special brews. It's $50 for a five-course meal. Visit eventbrite.com/e/game-of-thrones-beer-dinner-tickets.
4. Vintage Piedmont Tasting at Wine Watch
While the rest of the country is out getting bloated for American Craft Beer Week, this specialty shop is keeping it classy with fine Italian wines. Taking place on Friday at 7 p.m. at Wine Watch, this all-inclusive tasting is going to cover 50 years of Barolo -- and yes, it is rather expensive. For $250 (plus tax) per person, guests get the chance to try some of the best vintages of the past half-century: 1958, 1964, 1971, 1974, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1989, and 1990.
3. Chowdah Cook Off
Sure, you might make a mean chowder (you might being the key phrase here). But could it stand up against the best of the best? Find out on Saturday at Havana Hideout. The Lake Worth spot is hosting a Boston chowder cooking at 4 p.m. The winner gets 100 bucks and bragging right 4 LYFE!
2. Trailer Trash Can Bash
The Original Fat Cats is starting early on Friday. At 4 p.m., it's hosting a trailer trash themed event (yes, wear your redneck best) with a wide array of specially sourced national brews by the can. Rare drafts, like Funky Buddha Blueberry Cobbler and Founders Curmudegeon, will also be featured for the event. It'll feature live music and plenty of beer swag.
1. Brews & BBQ Fest
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the American German Club are hosting a craft beer and chicken and rib cook-off, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Quantum House. Several brewery reps will be onsite while teams compete against each other for judges' approval. The club will be selling food, as well. The cost to attend is $8 for ages 13 and up. Kids are free. Call 561-967-6464.
Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.