My Athens is collaborating with the Twilight Criterium to organize the Apps & Taps Invitational, a craft-beer event, May 7 from noon–4 p.m. Six tents on Washington Street downtown will host 24 craft breweries plus food from six local restaurants.
Breweries confirmed so far are: Avery, Anderson Valley, Bell's, Coastal Empire, Copper Creek, Creature Comforts, Dogfish Head, Duck Rabbit, Founder's, Left Hand, Orpheus, Oskar Blues, Service Brewing Company, Southern Brewing Company, Terrapin, Three Taverns, 21st Amendment, Westbrook and Wild Heaven.
Tickets are $45 and get you a 3 or 4-ounce pour from each brewery plus food. Or you can up it to $110 and hang out in the VIP area after 5 p.m. ($75 for just VIP but not the main event). You can buy them here. Buy before Mar. 11 and save $5 with the code EARLY.
If you prefer your beer brewed by some dude you know, the Athens Homebrew Classic is Sunday, Mar. 20 from 1:30–4 p.m. at the Jittery Joe's roaster on Barber Street. There's no charge to attend or sample. Details on entering are here.
And the annual Classic City Brewfest is Apr. 10, with more than 400 beers for the tasting. Details, $43.99 tickets and more are up on the website.
Pie Day, when Your Pie offers pizzas for $3.14 (or in some years for a discount of $3.14 off your order), plus discounted craft brews, is coming up on Mar. 14—not during spring break for once.
Five & Ten's next Classic Cookbook Dinner is Mar. 28 and focuses on "Frank Stitt's Southern Table." The menu is here. Call for details or to RSVP.
Five & Ten is also hosting a "Spring Has Sprung" dinner with Guide2Athens, MyAthens and the Classic Center's 501 Club at 6:30 p.m. on Mar. 21. Tickets are $80 including tax and gratuity and you can buy them online here.
The same night, Seabear hosts the Athens Chefs Dinner, at 7:30 p.m., this time with a tiki theme. Ramen closes early that night (at 6:30 p.m.). Call 706-850-4367 for reservations.
And you can go ahead and mark your calendar for Terrapin's 14th anniversary party, on Apr. 9 from 4:30–8:30 p.m., with food trucks, music, a community art project by Umano, souvenir magnets based on a photo booth and Double Dutch Press helping you screen print. Tickets (available here) are $25, five bucks of which goes to Nuci's Space.