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Hello Beer Lovers!
Holy Toledo. There's a mash tun of events going down! A lot of the events below are in the future, but will sell out quickly, so pay attention to things marked as "On Sale Now". Other events will be coming up about the time this hits your inbox, so you'll have to make quick choices as to what to do, but there's plenty to choose from! Now, let's get hoppin'.

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

April 7, National Beer Day, United States -
Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Beer_Day_(United_States)

Arizona -

On Sale Now, Baja Beer Festival, Tucson, AZ -
Baja Beer Festival is back on April 22 with over 50 breweries and 200 craft beers on tap! Featuring AZ's best breweries and collaboration beers from firefighters from Northwest Firefighters Charities. Info: www.facebook.com/events/958399814296712/

On Sale Now, Made in the Shade Festival, Flagstaff, AZ -
The popular event returns to the forest. Drink some beer and kick it in the pines! Festival is June 10, but you might want time to plan your camping arrangements. Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/made-in-the-shade-beer-tasting-festival-2017-tickets-26100592575?discount=AZBeer

Now Open, Tombstone Brewing, Tombstone, AZ -
Beer in the town to tough to die. Info: www.facebook.com/tombstonebeer/

April 2, Blues/Brews/Arts Festival, Phoenix, AZ -
North Mountain Brewing 11a-5p Info: www.facebook.com/NMTBrewing/

April 3, Paint a Sign, Goodyear, AZ -
Get to Saddle Mountain and enjoy some great beer and food while painting a fun sign to hang in the bar at your house. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1916735568562127/

April 4, Conserve Water Drink Beer, Tucson, AZ -
Drink a beer and help support the Sonoran Institute's work protecting & restoring rivers in Arizona! Tap & Bottle Info: www.facebook.com/events/628841773965609/

April 5, Paint Nite, Tucson, AZ -
Raise your glass to a NEW kind of night out! Paint NiteĀ® invites you to create art over cocktails at Sentinel Peak Brewing Company, guided by a professional artist and party host. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1389847481035600/

April 7, Beer & Wine In The Dark, Phoenix, AZ -
2nd Annual Beer + Wine In the Dark to benefit the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Enjoy beer + wine pairings while blindfolded. There will also be a wine + beer auction, light snack pairings + drink samples from SanTan Brewing + Arizona Stronghold Winery. Cost is $60 per person and you may purchase at the door or for pre-sale, contact Angela at 602-273-7411. Info: http://santanbrewing.com/event/beer-wine-in-the-dark/

April 8-9, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Scottsdale, AZ -
This is a HUGELY popular event. Check the site for all the details if you aren't aware of how this works. Info: http://scottsdalefest.org/2017-scf/

April 13, Smoke & Mirrors Beer Dinner, Phoenix, AZ -
SunUp presents a dinner where nothing is as what it appears. Try five amazing beers & four sneaky courses for $30. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1841259479529613/

April 15, BRUfest, Phoenix, AZ -
98KUPD and Barrio Brewing Company Presents BRUFEST with The Offspring, Pennywise, All That Remains, Atreyu, Hell or Highwater and Through Fire at the Fear Farm Festival Grounds. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1419891261378085/

April 15, Four Peaks 20th Anniversary Party, Tempe, AZ -
Four Peaks celebrates 20 years, with Blues Traveler playing live. Info: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1444669

April 18, Paint With Pints, Flagstaff, AZ -
Back by Popular demand "Insanity over Mars Hill". 6 to 9pm $45 will include all paint supplies, an 11x17 canvas, and a DSB pint of your choice. Info: www.facebook.com/events/391091764610875/

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Arkansas -

On Sale Now, Food & Foamfest, 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 380 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs. Event April 14. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1180200138688299/

April 1, Beer & Loathing, Little Rock, AR -
One Year Anniversary with Rebble Kettle at Beer & Loathing in Little Rock- the (hopeful) start of an annual tradition stocked with food trucks, live music, beer tents & laughter. Info: www.facebook.com/events/257966137994118/

April 1, Girl Scout Cookies & Beer, Rogers, AR -
New Province Brewing Info: www.facebook.com/events/1904222539796822/

April 3, Rock Paper Scissors Tournament, North Little Rock, AR -
Yep. It's for real, and it's for charity at Flyway. Info: www.facebook.com/events/492569927797891/

April 6, Stone's Throw Night at Jar the Floor, Little Rock, AR -
Enjoy a pint or two of complimentary Stone's Throw beers & ciders before taking your seat for Jar the Floor at Arkansas Repertory Theatre! Info: www.facebook.com/events/1834038470179989/

April 6, Rebel Kettle Beer Dinner, Little Rock, AR -
Enjoy five scrumptious specialty courses each paired with a Rebel Kettle brew. Tickets are $55. Call 501-448-2631 to make your reservation! Info: www.facebook.com/events/1506779352713751/

April 6, New Belgium Sour Tasting, North Little Rock, AR -
Get to The Joint on Thursday, April 6th for a New Belgium Tasting featuring 5 sours & a new summer seasonal. Info: www.facebook.com/events/392516077791277/

April 8, The Pantry West Anniversary, Little Rock, AR -
The Pantry celebrates 8 years. Paella served at 1p. Enjoy happy hour prices ALL DAY! And just to keep the party going, full menu service will begin at 3 p.m. Eat. Meat. Drink. Celebrate! Info: www.facebook.com/events/1374990999205750/

April 14, Food & Foamfest, 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 380 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1180200138688299/

April 20, Beer Dinner, Little Rock, AR -
Stone's Throw & The Southern Gourmasian's monthly dinner. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1257204401060401/

April 22, Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, Little Rock, AR -
Featuring some of Arkansas' most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites, and dozens of regional and national craft breweries, FTFA will be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to The Outlets of Little Rock. Info: www.facebook.com/events/337379246643556/

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California -

On Sale Now, Burgers & Beer, Los Angeles, CA -
Sliders from 20+ of LA's best burger joints and pours from over 40 of the greatest craft breweries! Event is April 29. Info: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1429993

On Sale Now, Green Flash Supper Club, Poway, CA -
Join Green Flash as they welcome chef Hanis Cavin and Carnitas Snack Shack for the first in the 2017 Supper Club series. In addition to Supper Club tickets we also have a few memberships available for this year's program. 1st dinner is April 24. Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/green-flash-supper-club-w-carnitas-snack-shack-tickets-33029597415

On Sale Now, Stone Sour Fest, Escondido, CA -
The event is June 11, but be aware these tickets go fast. Don't wait. Info: www.stonebrewing.com/events/stone-sour-fest-2017

April 1, Slow Bike Race, Carpinteria, CA -
The third annual Slow Bike Race is nearly here! Start practicing, it's harder than it looks! There will be scenes of imbalance and victory, with beers and heckling. Kids division too! Info: www.islandbrewingcompany.com/new-events/2017/4/1/slow-bike-race

April 1, Abnormal Anniversary, San Diego, CA -
Abnormal Beer Company is turning two and throwing a party at The Cork and Craft. Special kegs tapped and four new beers introduced. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1087585761345795/

April 2, Chino Brew and Chew, Chino, CA -
Beer Lovers tasting a variety of good beers, eating delicious food and enjoying the festive atmosphere. Advance registration is required. 21+ Info: www.sicv.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=957607&item_id=502813

April 2, BFD Beer Brunch, San Diego, CA -
10a-1p at Coronado Brewing tasting room. Info: https://coronadobrewing.com/event/bfd-beer-brunch/

April 4, Movie Night, San Diego, CA -
Helms Brewing is showing Blue Crush and serving up $5 pints in Ocean Beach! Info: www.helmsbrewingco.com/events-calendar/

April 4, Juice Pop West Coast IPA Release, Los Angeles, CA -
Info: www.eaglerockbrewery.com

April 5, Wurst Beer Party, Escondido, CA -
Starting today, every Wednesday Stone Brewing transforms into a German-style biergarten. Info: www.stonebrewing.com/events/wurst-bier-party

April 5, Beer & Bingo, Inglewood, CA -
Play for free and maybe win some Three Weavers gear. Info: www.facebook.com/events/953683454767988/

April 6, Iron Fist Night, La Mesa, CA -
Nelson the Destroyer and Ken Schmidt's Chocolate Mint Stout. Info: https://westcoastbbqandbrew.com/news-events/

April 6, 10% Off Growler Fills, Upland, CA -
Last Name. Info: http://lastnamebrewing.com

April 8, LA Beer Fest, Los Angeles, CA -
The 9th annual LA Beer Festival follows last year's sold out event, and this year's promises to be even better. The event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers, over a dozen food trucks (food sold separately) as well as live entertainment, Power 106 DJ, and a dueling piano bar. THIS WILL SELL OUT. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1353367194695395/

April 9, Donuts and Beer, San Diego, CA -
Thorn Street Brewery is teaming up with Nomad Donuts. $18 THIS WILL SELL OUT. Info: http://thornstreetbrew.com/event/nomad-donuts-beer-pairing-2/

April 12, Cheese and Beer, San Diego, CA -
Join Chris at Common Theory SD for an evening of beers from The Bruery & Bruery Terreux with expert cheese pairings. Beers to enjoy include The Bruery Mischief, The Grade, White Chocolate and Bruery Terreux Beret, Oude Tart. Info: www.thebruery.com

April 14, Pizza Port Cask Blowout, San Diego, CA -
Hamilton's Tavern will have a cask from Pizza Port OB and 2 beers on tap from each Pizza Port location! Info: http://hamiltonstavern.com/events/

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Nevada -

Coming Soon, Revision Brewing, Sparks, NV -
look for a soft opening any time now. Info: www.facebook.com/revisionbrewing/

On Sale Now, Nevada Young Alumni Beer Fest, Reno, NV -
They are aiming to make this their biggest fundraiser ever. April 21 Info: http://nevadayac.com/beer-fest/

April 1, Love-In Bash, Henderson, NV -
Music, food, cornhole and unlimited sampling of 20 beers at Lovelady. 3-8p $35Adv/$40dOOR Info: www.loveladybrewing.com/events

April 5, Game Night, Henderson, NV -
Kappa Toys is bringing games to CraftHaus. $1 off pints for players. Info: www.facebook.com/events/705461622959248/

April 7-8, Great Vegas Festival of Beer, Las Vegas, NV -
100+ breweries, 500+ beers. Info: http://greatvegasbeer.com/

April 14-16, Collaboration Celebration, Las Vegas, NV -
Banger Brewing is proud to host this Collaboration Celebration in honor of a new collaboration beer by Mother Earth Brew Co. and The Bruery. Special release bottles and drafts available from both guest breweries not normally or easily found in Nevada. Info: www.facebook.com/events/256414951485453/

April 15, Tacos and Beer Celebration, Reno, NV -
StoneyHead throws their biggest party of the year. Info: www.facebook.com/events/175498492958513/

April 29, Montelago Village Beer Fest, Las Vegas, NV -
There will be tickets for 2500 beer lovers to sample over 100 beers from 30 breweries, and live music from the Lake stage until 10pm!. Info: http://mlvbf.com/

April 29, Peace Love & Hoppyness, Las Vegas, NV -
Big Dog's throws their annual spring blowout. Info: www.bigdogsbrews.com/festivals/

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New Mexico -

Closed and For Sale, Twisted Chile Brewing, Socorro, NM -
Twisted Chile has shuttered their doors. Info: www.facebook.com/twistedchilebrew

On Sale Now, Blazin' Brewfest, Las Cruces, NM -
Last year, this event sold out, so grab your tickets now for this event May 6. Info: www.facebook.com/events/456616024729711/

On Sale Now, Corrales Bike & Wine Tour, Corrales, NM -
An 11 mile bike ride will take you along some of the beautiful scenery that the Village of Corrales has to offer. Stops roughly every two miles allows for plenty of time to enjoy the wine and views all of the wineries have to offer. Ride is April 29 and 30. Tickets are cheaper in advance. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1455955031089548/

Now Brewing, Hub City, Belen, NM -
Hub City Brewing is now brewing their own beer. Info: www.facebook.com/HubCityBrewingCompany/

April 1, Patio Re-Re-Opening, Albuquerque, NM -
Boese Brothers will have BBQ, daytime DJ-ing, on-site screenprinting, live music from Alex Maryol, and the re-release of the immensely popular Zeus Juice White IPA, on draft and in 22-oz bombers! Info: www.facebook.com/events/1725799261065622/

April 2, Celebrate Casa Barelas, Albuquerque, NM -
Come support the art & culture of one of Albuquerque's historic communities, Barelas. Featuring My Sweet Basil, youth folklorico & guitar performances, DJ Halcyon & Barcutanga. Marble Brewery is proud to donate $1 from every pint sold to Casa Barelas. Info: www.facebook.com/events/594220620787431/

April 1, Black and Blue Sour Release, Albuquerque, NM -
This is no April Fools joke people! Black and Blue Sour will be available on tap and in 22oz Bomber Bottles. Boxing Bear. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1828673354012033/

April 8, Anansi Spring Fling, El Prado, NM -
Taoss Mesa Brewing hosts this fundraiser featuring a cupcake walk, bingo, and art show. Info: http://holdmyticket.com/event/278897

April 8, La Cumbre Art Show, Albuquerque, NM -
15+artists, craft beer, 2 food trucks, music, and $10 bike tune ups by Mark from Fixed and Free, Rising Son carne seca will be on deck as well. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1290378484379500/

April 9, Pints & Planks & Pups, Albuquerque, NM -
Do some yoga, have a pint and help out dogs needing adoption at Rio Bravo. Info: www.facebook.com/events/586076444935364/

April 15, Southwest Baconfest, Albuquerque, NM -
Bacon, beer and blues are happening at Balloon Fiesta Park. 50 chefs, 12 breweries, 3 bands. Info: www.southwestbaconfest.com/

April 29, Toad Fest, Silver City, NM -
A FREE block party hosted by Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery in Silver City, NM. Enjoy beers from across New Mexico, live music and fun! Info: www.facebook.com/events/1861079330797722/

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Oklahoma -

Opening Soon, Stonecloud Brewing, OKC, OK -
Info: www.facebook.com/StonecloudBrewingCo/

April 1, Roughtail Anniversary, OKC, OK -
Direct sales. So no tickets needed. They are checking ID's at the gate however, and you must be 21 to enter. Info: www.roughtailbeer.com/blog/04/17/4th-anniversary-party

April 6, Almanac Beer Company Oklahoma Launch, Tulsa, OK -
R Bar & Grill celebrates the arrival of Almanac in Oklahoma with some tasty tappings. Info: www.facebook.com/events/249158245554467/

April 4, Marshall Eukanot Pale Ale Pint Night, Tulsa, OK -
Collaboration For Legislation II - CBAO Wort Project, the second fundraising beer from the Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma. For this one, a pale ale base wort was brewed. Y Krebs Brewing Co., then distributed amongst the seven core breweries of the Association, who each made a new beer with it. Check out one of them at The Fur Shop. Info: www.facebook.com/events/711198605726015/

April 18, Beer School, OKC, OK -
Beer University: New Kids on the Block Starts at 7PM. Info: http://mcnelliesokc.com/site/sections/2

April 19, Wine & Swine, Tulsa, OK -
Want to branch out from craft beer a bit? How about roasted pork and wine? The Tavern. Will Sell out. RSVP now. Info: www.facebook.com/events/496498530739244/

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Texas -

Sign Up Now, Beer Run, Austin, TX -
A 5k-ish run that starts and ends at South Austin Brewing. Event is April 29, limited participants, so sign up now. Info: www.facebook.com/events/287057095044289/

On Sale Now, Big Texas Beer Fest, Murphy, TX -
The Murphy version of this fest goes down on April 29. Bands, beer and crawfish by the pound. Texas wine will also be available. Info: http://murphycraftbeerfest.com/

On Sale Now, King's Feast, San Antonio, TX -
The 6th Annual King's Feast! 5 course dinner and beer pairing featuring brews from Blue Star Brewing Company. Advance ticket purchase is required. Space is limited! Event May 19. Info: www.facebook.com/events/415807838771401/

On Sale Now, The ABGB Tour, Austin, TX -
Only 25 people can tour the ABGB brewery on April 29th. Book now. Info: http://theabgb.com/event/abgb-brewery-tour/

Book In Advance, Brew Bus, Dallas, TX -
These tours sell out faster each time. Info: www.dallasbrewbus.com/

Spring, Celis Re-Opens, Austin, TX -
Celis Brewery is re-opening. Born in Belgium, brewed in Austin. Look for it soon. Info: www.facebook.com/CelisBeers/

March 31-April 1, Big Texas Beer Fest, Dallas, TX -
BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins. Since brewers never know when beers will be ready, we always release the beer list about 1 week before the event. Grab your tickets now, as they have always sold out in advance. Info: www.bigtexasbeerfest.com/home/

April 1, Burgers, Brews and Blues, Fort Worth, TX -
Thirteen chefs will be grilling up their best miniature burgers and 22 craft breweries will be pouring two different beers. Info: http://fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com/events/burgers-brews-blues/

April 1, Bierfest, Boerne, TX -
Your $30 ticket lets you choose 10 samples in a commemorative sampling stein from more than 22 of the best craft breweries in Texas. Boerne BierFest will also serve up German-themed bands, games and fun to keep you entertained all afternoon! Info: www.boernebierfest.org

April 1, SABW Brew Day, San Antonio, TX -
San Antonio Beer Week is in May, but today the San Antonio brewers get together at Freetail to brew a collab witbier. Breakfast, raffles and special tappings throughout the day. Info: www.facebook.com/events/411846879207914/

April 2, Crawfish Festival, Katy, TX -
Crawfish by Texas Mesquite Grill-Tickets NOW on sale. $10 online, $15 at the door. Crawfish prices will be posted closer to event. Games for the kids, No Label beer, live music (4 bands), vendors, other delicious food and CRAWFISH. Info: http://nolabelbrew.com/events/1673/historical-katy-crawfish-festival/

April 3-9, Hop Madness Championship Round, Austin, TX -
Help choose Austin's favorite IPA in this championship bracket round. Info: www.blackstar.coop/new-events/

April 7, Beer/Cheese/Violin, Justin, TX -
This intimate evening will showcase specially selected cheeses paired with core and seasonal Rabbit Hole Beers, accompanied by passionate electric violin music of Zuriel Merek. Limited seating. Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/rabbit-hole-brewing-presents-beer-cheese-and-electric-violin-tickets-32420550740

April 7, We Own The Night, Dallas, TX -
A night of theatre, art exhibits, and dance at The Meddlesome Moth. Info: www.mothinthe.net/?page=events#

April 8, Dadgum Launch Party, Fort Worth, TX -
Rahr & Sons releases a new IPA. Live music and BBQ. Info: http://rahrbrewing.com/event/weekend-tour-tasting-dadgum-launch-party/

April 8, Real Spirits Launch Party, Blanco, TX -
Yep. Real Ale Brewing is also now distilling. You can only get the spirits at the distillery, so take the tour, try a cocktail and grab a bottle to go! Info: www.facebook.com/events/581128975416170/

April 8, Open Day, Porter, TX -
On Saturdays, you have some options on how you can spend the day at Back Pew Brewing. They have bands, food trucks and of course beer! Check out how it works at their website. Info: www.facebook.com/events/752218871600342/

April 8, Bitter Sisters Anniversary, Addison, TX -
Bitter Sisters are celebrating 2 years and they are ready to party. 15+ beers on tap, including specialties only available at this party. Kids & Adult egg hunts! Music, food trucks & more. Info: www.facebook.com/events/146065902566462/

April 9, Ranger Creek Crawfish Boil, San Antonio, TX -
Get some crawfish and enjoy some Ranger Creek brews at The Growler Exchange. Info: www.facebook.com/events/238125293260463/

April 12, Movie Night, Wylie, TX -
You can check out a movie at Good Neighbor Brews. Info: www.goodneighborbrews.com/Home

April 13, IPA Beer Tournament, Dallas, TX -
12 brewery's, 3 states, and lots of hops and pizza, to see who has the best IPA. It's a bracket-style beer tasting tournament with California, Colorado, and Texas battling head-to-head. Eno's Pizza Tavern. Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/enos-ipa-beer-tournament-tickets-32703713688

April 16, Live Oak Anniversary, Del Valle, TX -
They are celebrating 20 years! Beer will be served for TICKETS ONLY, which you can buy at ticket tents and in the taproom store. 3 tickets per 21+ purchaser per transaction. Info: www.facebook.com/events/1586025651705989/

April 16, Eggstravaganza, Del Valle, TX -
Family fun at Live Oak Brewing. Egg hunt, petting zoo, bounce house and beer! Info: www.facebook.com/events/739486836225754/

April 20, Beer Dinner, Dallas, TX -
Lakewood Brewing Company with menu created by Chef Roe DiLeo. Tickets are $60. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the bar on 214-824-7900 or on your next visit to the Libertine Bar. Info: www.facebook.com/events/253338585131085/

April 22, Dogfishtival VII, Dallas, TX -
I don't know if this is ticketed or not, but it's going down at The Common Table and there are some pretty rare Dogfish beers. Don't miss. Info: www.facebook.com/events/654791974681402/

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Jim -