Tuesday: Stone Brewing Co. Brewmaster Mitch Steele is at Martin City Brewing Co. (500 E. 135th St.) in Martin City at 6 p.m. for an informal meet and greet. And he's bringing the 2012 Stone Imperial Russian Stout and the Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla beans.
Wednesday: Berbiglia (1014 W. 103rd St.) is putting together a beer tasting that looks more like a festival than a tasting. Between 6 and 8 p.m., you can sample beers from more than 20 breweries and meet Trip Hogue, the namesake of Boulevard's Long Strange Tripel. The tasting is $6 and comes with a take-home Boulevard goblet. You can RSVP by calling 816-942-0070.
Thursday: If you need some incentive to eat your vegetables, how about a Free State beer? The brewery will be on hand at the Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market in Lawrence (1832 Massachusetts) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Afterward, the brewery's pub is just a bit over a mile away at 636 Massachusetts.
Friday: Beer Kitchen (435 Westport Road) has a three-course beer pairing dinner (available through Sunday) which includes buffalo meatballs with Boulevard's Boss Tom, fried rabbit with Stiegl Grapefruit Radler and a pan-seared duck breast with a Belgian strong pale ale reduction and Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Rood. The dinner costs $38 per person.
Saturday: Beer, wonderful, beer ... it doesn't have a theme song yet, but give it time. The second annual Hop Fest, a craft-beer festival held by the Well (7421 Broadway) and Lew's Grill & Bar is back from 2 to 6 p.m. at 74th and Wornall in Waldo. In the tented beer garden a block east of the Well - the event is rain or shine - you can sample more than 250 beers from more than 50 craft breweries while snacking on grub from the food trucks in attendance. Tickets cost $30, or you can enter an hour early with a $50 VIP ticket, which also includes access to five special-release beers. Tickets are available at Lew's or the Well and online.
Sunday: If you love beer but are looking to be a bit more active, then you should consider the Tour de Brew. The bicycle tour of KC breweries has three routes to choose from - 15, 30 and 60 miles. The post-ride party is at Knuckleheads with lunch and two Boulevard beers. Register online for $50 and also read about the different routes.