TAP, Fri., May 21: $20 buckets of beer! Buy a bucket of SweetWater 420 and get cool SweetWater swag (while supplies last). 5-8 p.m. 1180 Peachtree St. 404-347-2220. www.tapat1180.com/home.php (Note: music plays automatically on load.)
Max Lager's, Fri., May 21: Four-course beer dinner featuring paired beers on each course. Wine pairings also available for those who prefer grapes. Call for reservations. $40, with $8 surcharge for wine pairings. 7 p.m. 320 Peachtree St. 404-525-4000. www.maxlagers.com.
Brick Store Pub, Fri., May 21: Taste selections from the pub's Vintage Vault cellar. 12 participants will also be randomly selected to join Beer Manager Lee Dickson for a "clean out the fridge" party in the cellar. Tasting from 3-5 p.m., cellar party from 5-7 p.m. 125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990. www.brickstorepub.com.
Tour de Champagne, Fri., May 21: Everyone is a VIP at Tour de Champagne, featuring more than a dozen champagnes and food from Atlanta restaurants. A silent auction benefits Angel Flight of Georgia. Buy tickets in advance, as it may sell out. 7-10 p.m. $140-$160. 103 West Paces Ferry Road. 404-233-5993. www.tourdechampagne.com.
Whole Foods Ponce de Leon, Fri.-Sun., May 21-23: Vegetarian Weekend features samples of vegetarian dishes, recipes from vendors and demonstrations from the Whole Foods staff. Fri., 2-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5: p.m. Free. 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-853-1681. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/poncedeleon/.
5 Seasons Brewing Westside, Sat., May 22: Belgian Beer Fest features more than 50 different Belgian brews to sample. Keep the beer glass as a souvenir. Samples are $1 per ounce. Dont forget a designated driver. 2-7 p.m. $5. 1000 Marietta St. 404-875-3232. www.5seasonsbrewing.com.
East Atlanta Beer Festival, Sat., May 22: In a new location, the festival offers more than 130 beer samples, complementary food samples, bands and the return of the souvenir pint glass. Check the website for a list of items not allowed in the festival and please dont forget a designated driver (note that special DD tickets are no longer offered). 1-6 p.m. $30-$35. 205 Emerson Ave. www.eastatlantabeerfest.com
Leon's, Sat., May 22: Enter the Dogfish Head Bocce Ball Tourney. The winner will receive a special Dogfish Head bocce set. Signup begins at 1:30 p.m., tourney begins at 2 p.m. 131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-687-0500. www.leonsfullservice.com.
Max Lager's, Sat., May 22: Presenting Cask & Cans, a downtown neighborhood beer fest. Beer, bratwurst, a new beer casking, prize giveaways, bucket specials and the Top of Atlanta Rooftop Tour. Noon. 320 Peachtree St. 404-525-4000. www.maxlagers.com.
Osteria 832, Sat., May 22: Osterias seventh birthday party features $1.50 pizza slices, cheap beer, a live DJ and prizes. Proceeds benefit Virginia-Highland Firehouse 19 and Inman Middle School. Free. 832 N. Highland Ave. 404-897-1414. www.osteria832.com.
The Marlay House, Sat., May 22: Beer vs. Whiskey Flight Night. Flights selected to compare and contrast both types of drink, which begin life as basically the same thing. All day event. 426 W. Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur. 404-270-9950. www.themarlayhouse.com.
Whole Foods Ponce de Leon, Sat., May 22: Emory Healthcare and Whole Foods present information about the health benefits of vegetables. Dr. Sylvia Morris of Emory University School of Medicine joins the Whole Foods team for tastes, recipes and information about getting the most out of veggies. noon-2 p.m. Free. 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-853-1681. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/poncedeleon/.
Smyrna Wine Stroll, Sat., May 22: Sample over 80 wines from around the world and samples from local food vendors. 100 percent of proceeds are donated to charity: this year's selection is the Lupus Foundation of America. 2-5 p.m. $35. 1295 W. Spring Street, Smyrna. 770-437-1753. www.winecellarsonline.com/winestroll.html.
Georgian Terrace Hotel, Sun., May 23: The Ladies of Facebook Networking and Partnership Brunch. Includes brunch plus a fashion show, vendors, goody bags for the first 25 ticket holders and a CD release by Tawana Lael. Reservations required. $29.50. Noon-3 p.m. 659 Peachtree St. 1-800-385-0805. www.networkingbrunch.eventbrite.com.
5 Seasons Brewing Sandy Springs, Sun., May 23: Sausage King Competition features 25 chefs competing to create the best sausage, as well as a gender-neutral Sausage Queen pageant. Call the restaurant for more information about the pageant. 2 p.m. $5. 5600 Roswell Road. 404-255-5911. www.5seasonsbrewing.com.
The Marlay House, Sun., May 23: Weekly Irish-style roast lunch. Roast beef, roasted potatoes, fresh vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Get it before it's gone! Noon. 426 W. Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur. 404-270-9950. www.themarlayhouse.com.
Max Lager's, Sun., May 23: Tour of the Great Beer Nations showcases featured beers from the Beer Fest, including tastes from the US, UK, Germany, Belgium and Czech Republic, plus PowerPoint clips from Michael Jackson. Get 10 percent off dinner with Tour ticket. 4-6 p.m. $20. 320 Peachtree St. 404-525-4000. www.maxlagers.com.
Draft on Taft, Sun., May 23: Food, beer and music in the heart of Atlanta. Drivin' n Cryin' will perform and Unzipt will play their final show before retiring. Food is served starting at 5 p.m. and goes fast. Draft on Taft has partnered with Bert's Big Adventure, a local charity that provides Disney World trips for children with chronic or terminal illnesses. 3-10 p.m. $32. 10th St and Charles Allen Drive. 404-964-1284. www.xorbia.com/tickets/draftontaft.
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