Craft Brews, Music and Education: Houston Beer Week Is Here, and Here's the Scoop

Photos by Carla Soriano
Houston, you have a Beer Week that launches on November 9.

If you're a beer lover in Houston, you're in luck. Saturday, November 9, marks the kickoff of Houston Beer Week -- a "holiday" that "encourages bars, restaurants, retail establishments, distributors and breweries to create unique craft beer-related events throughout the Houston metro [area]," according to the event's Web site. Best of all? We the people get to benefit from all these happenings, hopping around (no pun intended) from bars to restaurants tasting and talking about Houston's local brews.

The only downfall to the Beer Week? Its eight days are so jam-packed with exciting events, it'll be difficult to choose where to go. Enter Eating...Our Words. We've created a guide organized by event type:

• Beer and Food Pairing Dinners
• Special Tappings
• Pint Nights
• Ongoing Events and Deals
• Top 5 Houston Beer Week Events

Plenty of food and beer pairings will be taking place during Houston Beer Week.

Beer and Food Pairing Dinners

Izakaya Pop-Up Dinner
Sunday, November 10, 7 p.m.
A La-Carte-Pricing
First come, first serve entry

Chef Kevin Naderi together with Eatsie Boys is hosting an izakaya-style pop-up (izakaya is a type of Japanese bar that is casual and also serves food) in his cozy restaurant, which will be transformed with some slight changes in decor for the night. While Naderi isn't releasing the menu, he says, "You have to come and see what we got. All we'll say is that it's three chefs, 13 items, sake, Japanese beers, loud music [and] a lot of fun." The festivities will include specialty beers from 8th Wonder.

Lone Pint Beer Dinner
D&T Drive Inn
Monday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
$55/ticket, including tax and gratuity

As listed on the Houston Beer Week Web site, chefs Richard Knight of D&T Drive Inn and Mike McElroy of Hunky Dory will be serving a family-style five-course menu "paired with Lone Pint's 'Po-Cha-Na-Quar-Hip' Braggot, Yellow Rose 'Smash' beer, Gentleman's Relish brown ale, and two special beers. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet the brewers of Lone Pint Brewery and discuss their beers."

Raw Bar Pop-Up
Cove Cold Bar
Tuesday, November 12, 9 p.m.
A-La-Carte Pricing
No ticket or reservation needed

Chef Jean Philippe Gaston of Cove Cold Bar and Matt Marcus of Eatsie Boys are teaming up to bring guests a fun, informal gathering featuring oysters and fresh fish creations paired with 8th Wonder brews.

Jester King, All Sours Beer Dinner
Hay Merchant
Wednesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
$120/ticket, including tax and gratuity
Tickets/Reservations: 713-528-9805

New Belgium Lips of Faith Dinner
The Flying Saucer Downtown
Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Tickets/Information: 713-228-9472

If you've been missing chef Amanda McGraw's culinary creations, you'll want to attend this dinner; she'll be taking over the kitchen to serve a six-course meal filled with "really interesting beers and good food," as described by McGraw. Our own Joshua Justice collaborated with McGraw to put together this event, which will also host brewer Tamar Banner of New Belgium.

Deconstructed Beer Dinner
Thursday November 14, 6:30 p.m.
$88/ticket not including tax or gratuity
Tickets/Information: 713-628-9020

This feast will include five courses paired with 8th Wonder brews. The menu has not been determined yet, Provisions' shiny report card almost guarantees a fantastic experience.

Kickin' It with Karbach Beer Dinner
Thursday November 14, 6-10 p.m.
Tickets/Information: 713-802-0410

Drop in whenever you'd like, as this is an eat-at-your-own-pace dinner. Five courses will be paired with the following brews from Karbach: Fresh Nugs Citra, 
Weekend Warrior
, Mother In Lager
, Rodeo Clown 
and BBH. You'll get one core Karbach pint as a bonus.

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