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Hello Hopheads!
Here we are again, getting ready to battle the heat but it isn't here yet. That means it's officially time for us to curb our enthusiasm for stouts and porters and move on to lighter beers. Luckily, all of the brewers in the Southwest region get that and have geared up accordingly. Like always, I have scoured the interwebs to find some interesting beer and beer events for you to quench your thirst with!

Check the Online Calendar for even more awesome events not listed below!

Arizona -

On Sale Now, Made In The Shade Festival, Flagstaff, AZ -
Buy your tickets now to the party in the pines and save big $$! Info:

On Sale Now, Six Chef Punk Rock Pop Up, Phoenix, AZ -
Join Left Coast Catering at Helton Brewing Company as we bring 6 of the Valley's most talented Chefs together for the Six Chef Punk Rock Pop Up. April 26. Info:

Now Open, SanTan Brewpub, Phoenix, AZ -
SanTan has expanded to Phoenix and their second loaction is located at 1525 E. Bethany Home Rd. Phone: 602-595-7390. Info:

March 31, 5-Year Anniversary, Tempe, AZ -
Indulge in fantastic beer, amazing food, and face-melting music! See you at The Shop Beer Co. Info:

April 3, Mural Art of Food Beer Dinner at BOCA Tacos, Tucson, AZ -
This event celebrates the launch of New Belgium's newest innovation Mural Agua Fresca Ale, a collaboration beer made with the Mexican craft brewery, Primus. Prepare for a vibrant evening featuring live music, New Belgium beers, and a full course meal. Info:

April 4, Mural Art of Food Beer Dinner at BOCA Tacos, Phoenix, AZ -
This event celebrates the launch of New Belgium's newest innovation Mural Agua Fresca Ale, a collaboration beer made with the Mexican craft brewery, Primus. Prepare for a vibrant evening featuring live music, New Belgium beers, and a full course meal. Info:

April 7, Taste of Surprise, Surprise, AZ -
The Taste of Surprise features dozens of food, beer, wine, and spirit vendors, including revered local culinary talents from award-winning restaurants and local emerging chefs. Info:

April 7, Baja Beer Festival, Tucson, AZ -
The 3rd annual Baja Beer Festival is back and better than ever! Relocating downtown to historic Armory Park, sample beers from Arizona's best breweries and food (for purchase) from the regions most talented chefs. This year's fest features a focus on IPAs, as brewers compete in the first state-wide IPA competition. Info:

April 7, 8-Bit Anniversary, Avondale, AZ -
8-Bit will have over 30 of their beers on tap, on-site screenprinting, stainless growlers and much more! Check it out! Info:

April 9, Home Sign, Goodyear, AZ -
Create your own HOME sign in this simple stencil on wood class at Saddle Mountain. Let them know if you want a different object for the "O" at least one week in advance and they will have the stencil ready for you! Info:

April 13, Spring Beer Dinner, Phoenix, AZ -
Enjoy 5 beers and 4 baseball inspired meal courses for this exceptional journey around the bases. Call your bullpen, and bring your closer to this special night. SunUp. Info:

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Arkansas -

March 31, Beer Garden Party, Little Rock, AR -
Blue Canoe Brewing Co. is hosting a BIG Beer Garden Party at the Warehouse to celebrate its seasonal opening. There will be food trucks, local business pop-ups, games, new beer releases, live music, and more! Info:

March 31, Rebel Kettle Tap Invasion, Rogers, AR -
Rebel Kettle will take over a minimum of 10 taps at Growlers USA. Info:

April 6, S'Mores & Pours, Little Rock, AR -
Stone's Throw pairs s'mores with Kottbusser, a rare German beer style made with oats, wheat, molasses and honey. Info:

April 7, Beer & Loathing In Little Rock, Little Rock, AR -
Rebel Kettle kicks things off with yoga at the brewery at 10am and then the party takes over the whole block. Music, food, beer. That includes a Barrel Aged Beer Booth! Info:

April 7, Limelight Music Festival, Rogers, AR -
Bentonville Brewing is the location for the outdoor music festival that shines the spotlight on 8 of NWA's dedicated and talented local up-and-coming artists and singer/songwriters, with the goal of helping them raise money to record and produce their music. Info:

April 7, Brewha Bushwhack, Ozark, AR -
Part race, part survival, all fun capped off with beer. Info:

April 7, Mudbugs & Bears, Conway, AR -
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Mudbugs and Bears at Buffalo Alumni Hall before the Purple-Gray spring football game. Tickets are $15 and include crawfish and the fixings catered by Eat My Catfish and beverages from Flyway Brewing. Info:

April 9, Murder Mystery Night: 80's Prom, Bentonville, AR -
Murder Mystery Series at Bike Rack's "A" Street taproom. This Murder Mystery dinner is 80'S PROM gone bad! For a $25 ticket you'll get a true 80's dinner spread, 2 beers, and a Murder Mystery invitation with your character description and lots of other fun elements! Info:

April 9, Spring Beer Dinner, Fayetteville, AR -
3 course Beer Dinner at Apple Blossom. Info:

April 13, Food & Foam Fest, North Little Rock, AR -
Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs. Info:

April 15, Brunch & Brews, Little Rock, AR -
Lost Forty takes over the taps during brunch at EJ's Eats and Drinks. Info:

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California -

Enter Now, Sand Diego County Fair Homebrew Comp, San Diego, CA -
Entry deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018. Delivery date: Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:00AM-4:00PM. Hand-deliver to the Fairgrounds. (Shipped entries must arrive by April 20.) Info:

On Sale Now, Smog City Anniversary, Torrance, CA -
April 28th they celebrate 5 years with a huge party. Info:

March 31, Burning Beard Anniversary SOLD OUT, El Cajon, CA -

April 3, Brewer's Supper, Los Angeles, CA -
Enjoy a 3 course, beer paired dinner featuring Golden Road brewer's choice beer of the month inside Chloe's, their private speakeasy. Info:

April 4, Mug Club Lottery, Los Olivos, CA -
Figueroa Mountain Brewing is having a lottery for Los Olivos memberships. New members must be present to win and annual membership fee of $150 is due immediately. Potential members will be able to put their name into the raffle at 5:45pm. Info:

April 7, Pucks & Pints, San Diego, CA -
Pucks & Pints is the first annual San Diego breweries charity ice hockey festival of its kind! Enjoy the day with some brews and then check out The Gulls! Info:

April 7, Stone Tap Room Anniversary, San Diego, CA -
Stone Brewing Tap Room is turning four, and what better way to celebrate than with 16 taps of amazing Stone beer? They'll also be filling the cooler with limited archive releases from deep in the cellar. Info:

April 7, Bootlegger's Anniversary, Fullerton, CA -
The celebration will be held from 6p-930pm at The Fullerton Arboretum. Tickets can be purchased for $50 on the eventbrite link. Additional tickets may be available at the door for $60 (While Supplies Last). Designated Driver tickets will be available for $15. Info:

April 8, Beer Brunch, San Diego, CA -
Thorn Street Brewery hosts a 5-course beer brunch. $32 Info:

April 15, Beer To The Rescue Day, San Diego, CA -
The fine folks at Little Miss Brewing are opening the doors to their circa-1940s bunker-themed Miramar (AKA: Beeramar) tasting room and contributing a portion of sales to the Lupus Foundation of Southern California. Info:

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Nevada -

March 30, Beers 4 Bottles and Dock Sale, Reno, NV -
Taps and Tanks. Info:

March 31, Pleased To Meat You, Henderson, NV -
A guided charcuterie and beer pairing experience at Crafthaus. Info:

April 5, G-IRL POWER Launch, NV -
India Rye Lager Launch at Big Dog's 7-10p. Info:

April 13, Hef To Def Release, Henderson, NV -
Bad Beat will have their new strawberry Hefe on tap and in cans. Info:

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New Mexico -

On Sale Now, ABQ Blues & Brews, Albuquerque, NM -
8th Annual ABQ Blues & Brews. The kickoff celebration for ABQ Beer Week. Listen to great blues music and enjoy some of the greatest brews available with unlimited sampling and a souvenir tasting glass. More than 70 great breweries, unlimited sampling, 4 great blues bands. Early bird pricing through April 27th. Info:

On Sale Now, Tart at Heart 4, Albuquerque, NM -
Tart at Heart is an annual sour beer tasting event featuring over 30 sour beers, sourced locally and imported from around the world. Tickets going fast. Event April 14. Info:

March 30, Collab Can Release, Albuquerque, NM -
Join La Cumbre Brewing Co. and Comrade Brewing Co. as we release our collaboration IPA, Make IPA Clear again, to the public. Info:

March 31, Easter Beer Hunt, Albuquerque, NM -
Five breweries will be hiding eggs around downtown Albuquerque the Saturday before Easter. Each color of egg will correspond to a different brewery and contain any assortment of prizes. Info:

April 10, BBB Coin Night, Albuquerque, NM -
Tractor Brewing Company is pleased to present our fourth annual Beer for a Better Burque Program. Beer for a Better Burque or "BBB" has been established to facilitate giving to our many vital non-profits functioning in New Mexico. Info:

April 12, SFBC Tap Takeover, Los Alamos, NM -
Santa Fe Brewing Company will be hosting a pint night and taking over the taps at Pajarito Brewpub and Grill. Stop by the pub and check out all of SFBC's awesome beers! Info:

April 13, Babes Friday the 13th Hangout, Bernalillo, NM -
Join us Friday, April 13th and enjoy great brews from Kaktus Brewing Company Inc. There will also be live music provided by Royal Hills Duet. We will have all our normal merchandise for sale as well. As always proceeds from our events go to help rescued bully breeds throughout New Mexico! Info:

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Oklahoma -

On Sale Now, Wine & Swine, Tulsa, OK -
This year's exclusive hog roast and wine dinner will feature Bedrock Wines, winemaker Chris Cottrell, and an Oklahoma BBQ themed dinner. April 17. Info:

March 31, Bottle Release, Oyster Pairing & Bottle Menu Kick Off, OKC, OK -
Stonecloud. Info:

April 5, 405 Day, Norman, OK -
Live music, giveaways, a special release and more! Info:

April 10, Tulsa Brews & Laughs Trolley Tour, OK -
Jump on the trolley, have some laughs in between stops where you'll sample two beers at each location and tour the brewery! Info:

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Texas -

On Sale Now, Beer-Cheese-Violin, Justin, TX -
Rabbit Hole Brewing opens the doors for a select few to enjoy an evening featuring beer, cheese and live music. Limited Availability. Info:

Sign Up Now, Get Married by Saint Arnold, Dallas TX -
If you let Saint Arnold legally marry you at the festival, we'll hook you up with a beer-filled Houston Honeymoon. We'll set you up in a Hilton hotel for two nights, we'll give you a VIP tour of Saint Arnold, and you'll enjoy a special beer dinner at Pass & Provisions. It will be a delicious weekend indeed. March 30-31 Big Texas Beer Fest. Yes, they are serious. Info:

On Sale Now, Metalachi / Cinco de Mayo Tour & Tasting, Fort Worth, TX -
Join Rahr & Sons on Cinco de Mayo 2018 for the launch of 2 new beers, ADIÓS PANTALONES and PALETA DE MANGO, and a live performance from METALACHI! Info:

March 30-31, Big Texas Beer Fest, Dallas, TX -
The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas' original beer festival. The 2018 event is the 7th annual. Info:

March 31. Smoke Out Saturday, Austin, TX -
Banger's is smoking a pig and will have live music all day! Info:

April 1, Easter Sunday, Del Valle, TX -
It's Easter Sunday at Live Oak Brewing Company! Saints and heathens of all stripes welcome! Easter egg hunt & kids' activities by Camp Fire Central Texas! Face painting! 1-4pm (free!) Delicious special food menu from The Black Forest! Live music! Info:

April 1, Zombie Dragon Can Launch, Austin, TX -
NXNW introduces all 3 variations of the beer in cans at Craft Pride, along with a new brunch cocktail. Info:

April 4, Manhattan project Beer Dinner, Frisco, TX -
Cork & Growler is proud to announce their first Meet And Greet Beer Dinner featuring Manhattan Project Beer Company! This will be an amazing 4 course dinner prepared by Food Network's Ken Patrick. Info:

April 6, Crawfish & Brews, Dallas, TX -
Tickets include: Entrance into the Community's Tap Room, 2 LBS of Crawfish (Including Corn & Potato), Limited Edition Crawfish & Brews 2018 Pint Glass & 3 Beer Tokens redeemable for pints of your choice. Info:

April 6-7, Sanctuary Grand Opening, Porter, TX -
Back Pew opens their new tap room. Live music and food trucks on the 6th, bottle release on the 7th! Info:

April 7, Live Oak Anniversary, Del Valle, TX -

April 7, Taproom Swifty Release Party, Blanco, TX -
This sessionable, bright American Pale will be hitting tap walls around Texas the very next week. Come on out and get a first taste! Glassware for the first 25 people who order a Swifty! Real Ale Brewing. Info:

April 7, Intrinsic Beer Dinner, Rowlett, TX -
This is the official launch party showcasing their beer outside of Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery. Info:

April 7, National Beer Day, Richardson, TX -
Appetizers and tasting of Four Bullets brews! Info:

April 7, Pints For Pups, Corpus Christi, TX -
If you like pups, yoga and beer, then this one's for you! Lorelei Brewing. Info:

April 7, TX German Bier & Brezel Fest, Austin, TX -
This year, our favorite craft breweries will once again showcase specialty German-style bier and what better accompaniment than brezeln!! Local chefs, bakers, and other brezel-dough makers will offer up delicious bites! Info:

April 7, Crawfish Boil, Austin, TX -
$20 for all you can eat Crawfish. Live Music. Hi Sign. Info:

April 8, Brewstillery Brunch, San Antonio, TX -
Indoors or out, your choice. Ranger Creek. Info:

April 11, Sierra Nevada Dinner, Dallas, TX -
Get ready: Ken Grossman, Craft Beer Pioneer and Founder of Sierra Nevada, is hosting an exclusive beer dinner at Meddlesome Moth. Limited Seating. Info:

April 12, Fiesta With Real Ale, San Antonio, TX -
Let's Fiesta at The Hoppy Monk! This will be the very few opportunities to get a limited edition Real Ale Fiesta Medal. Info:

April 14, Zilker Anniversary, Austin, TX -
They celebrate their 3rd! Info:

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I'll hit you up with more events in a couple of weeks! Thanks for reading!

Jim -