Beer

Drink up all seven nights of this week, aka Beer Week.

The rumors are true. Rather than just one epic and thorough beer bash in the form of the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, hops lovers can unite behind an entire week of sudsy celebrations with the first-ever Atlantic City Beer Week. With events taking place throughout the city, the beer options are practically limitless. Here is your guide on how to celebrate each of the seven days.

Monday

Head to the Orange Loop and enjoy a MADE chocolate and craft beer pairing — picture chocolate-covered pretzel crack with 75 percent dark chocolate and a craft beer expert explaining each pairing — at Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. At Broadway Burger Bar at Tropicana, enjoy a Meet the Makers Night with the folks from Little Water Distillery and Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Co. along with a special beer-cocktail hybrid from both places. If you love Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, head to Chickie’s & Pete’s at Tropicana. For some beer parties that last straight through until Sunday, head to Golden Nugget. At Grotto at Golden Nugget, enjoy $25 pitchers of Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum with a margherita pizza. Head to Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse for a $65 beef and beer with a pre-fixe appetizer, entrée and dessert, all paired with a Dogfish Head beer. And finally, if you’d rather roll with sushi, head to Lillie’s at Golden Nugget for a $20 beer-and-sushi tasting with two pieces of sushi per beer tasting — think yellowfin tuna roll with jalapeno paired with Dogfish Head Lupo Luau. It’s a sushi lovers dream.

Tuesday

It’s Nitro Night (a night not to be missed) at Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar. Get there at 4 p.m. for a special flight of five nitro beers with five small plates (think Troegs Nugget Nectar with Midnight Moon aged goat cheese and local honeycomb). Flights are $20; single-pairing tasting, $10; and five-course tasting, $45. At The Continental, enjoy the Evil Genius Beer Dinner at 7 p.m. Four courses and four unique Evil Genius beers for $50 per person. Head to Harry’s Oyster Bar at 4 p.m. for a pairing of four Blue Point Brews with four Harry’s bites for just $25. Take a trip to Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s for a Stone Brewery beer-pairing event at both 5 and 8 p.m. for $50 per person. Need some entertainment with your beer? Get to Bourre at 7 p.m. for a We Bee Spelling fundraiser full of brewery teams.

Wednesday

Celebrate Hump Day over at Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House at 6 p.m. for the Chronicles of Vaga Vault, the tapping of some exclusive hard-to-find beer treasures that have been “locked away” in the Vagabond “vault.” Or do some good by visiting Cardinal Bistro at 7 p.m. for a fine-dining experience featuring foraged local delicacies and unique craft beers hosted by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey — Southern Branch. Tickets are $100 per person. If you’re in the mood for oysters, get over to Dock’s Oyster House to enjoy a pint of Blue Point Shore Thing Lager paired with a half dozen raw oysters with jalapeno sorbet for $12. This limited-time special is offered at the bar only from 4 to 10 p.m. To learn about home brewing, get your school on at the Stockton University City Campus for an afternoon dedicated to beer. Learn to home brew beer from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., enjoy a craft beer happy hour from 3:30 to 4:40 pm. and follow it up with a panel featuring owners and operators from Flying Fish Brewing Co., Slack Tide Brewing Company and Tomfoolery Brewing Co. Cost is $45. Finally, head to Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s for a Sierra Nevada beer dinner at both 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person.

Thursday

If you thought the rest of the week was fun, you’re going to love Thursday, when things really start to pick up. Head to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars at 7 p.m. for a fantastic four-course dinner with each course paired with a unique offering from Sam Adams, as well as an interactive discussion with a Sam Adams Brew Master. Tickets are $50 per person. At Guy Fieri’s ChopHouse at Bally’s, enjoy a four course dinner paired with unique offerings from Stone Brewing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. If you want to try something different, head to Ducktown Tavern for unique beer cocktails from Alibi Gin and Hoboken Brewing at 8 p.m. For a night of “Tomfoolery,” head to Harry’s Oyster Bar between 4 and 10 p.m. for two Tomfoolery Beers — Wee Bit O Mills Ale and Feck Off Irish Stout — and two special menu additions for one night only. At Viking Cooking School, enjoy a DogFish Head Beer dinner at both 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. From New Jersey Craft Brewers, enjoy a three-stop Kickoff party. Meet at Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall at 1 p.m. to try the Official Collaboration Beer of the 2019 ACBF; head to Firewaters at Tropicana for 4 to 6 p.m. for a NJCB Collaboration beer and a shot from Little Water Distillery; and then head to Chickie’s & Pete’s at Tropicana at 7 p.m. for more specials on local beer, the Collaboration, and Little Water. Finally, at Broadway Burger Bar at Tropicana, enjoy a Tap Takeover at 6 p.m. from three different breweries: Victory, Southern Tier and Sixpoint.

Friday

Friday marks the first official day of the Atlantic City Beer and Music event, with Session One from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Atlantic City Convention Center. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other beer-related activities. Head to Harry’s Oyster Bar at Bally’s for a 25 Taps of Gold Gathering of Brewers After Party starting at midnight and lasting until 3 a.m. Featuring appetizers and pouring 25 different craft beers, it’s the perfect post-Atlantic City Beer Festival destination. Or, head to Mountain Bar and Boardwalk Saloon, also at Bally’s, for an afterparty with live music, beer pong, mechanical bull rides, drink specials, tasty grub, and $5 table games with Lost in Paris and DJ Vito G at 8 p.m., and Emo Night Brookyln at midnight.

Saturday

Saturday is day two of the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, with session two from noon to 4 p.m. and session three from 6 to 10 p.m. There are a ton of events surrounding the “main event.” If you want to get some exercise in during a weekend of gluttony, sign up for the Hops Trot 5K Run, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Convention Center and includes admission into Session Two of the festival. If you’re looking for breakfast (and breakfast cocktails), Bloody Mary Challenge at 10 a.m. at Little Water Distillery featuring flights of Bloody Mary’s as well as plenty of breakfast BBQ from Smokey’s Word Barbecue. Or head to Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill at Caesars at noon for a brunch featuring limited release draft beers from New Belgium and Firestone Walker brewing companies. Finally, a party isn’t a party without an after-party. Head to Mountain Bar & Boardwalk Saloon at Bally’s for all the party necessities — beer pong, mechanical bull rides, drink specials, tasty grub, and $5 table games — as well as music from StellarMojo and DJ Aiden Scott at 9 p.m.

Sunday

It’s not over yet. On Sunday, head to Little Water Distillery at 10 a.m. for another Bloody Mary Hangover Challenge; to Gordon Ramsay Pub and Grill for a Beerfest Brunch at noon; to Wingcraft Kitchen & Beer Bar for a New Belgium Beautiful Brewed Brunch at 11 a.m.; or to The Biergarten at 1 p.m. for Brats & Bier, the perfect way to end your Beer Week.

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