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Kitty's Picks for Craft Beer Week

So much beer...so little time!

Madison's Craft Beer Week kicks off on Friday, with just about every bar, restaurant, and liquor store planning something fun--and tasty!

Now there's no way to attend all of these events, so careful planning is a must. I just got my copy of the Craft Beer Week Field Guide, and I've picked a few events that are going into my day planner.

Central Waters Tap Takeover, Friday, May 2nd at the Malt House. Got to give some props to a brewery from my old stomping grounds. Okay, I've never done much stomping in Junction City, but I've been to this brewery's tasting room, and everything they make is fantastic. If you like dark beers, be sure to try to the Mud Puppy Porter. (7-10pm)

Cask Ale Festival, Saturday May 3rd at the East Side Club. Unlimited samples of dozens of special releases and cask ales and a fancy glass to drink out of, plus live music from a brass quintet playing beer drinking songs. I'm not sure what breweries are involved, but I'm sure there will be some real doozies. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. 1-5pm.

Great Taste of the Midwest Ticket Sales, Sunday May 4th, noon at various locations. They sell out fast, and some people camp out for several hours to try and get a coveted ticket. The price went up to $60 for the 2014 event. If you don't score tickets at least there are a lot of places to drown your sorrows. Noon.

Sweety Tooth Beer and Dessert Night. Monday May 5th, at Next Door Brewing Company. Calliope Ice Cream featuring Next Door Brewing Company beer and other beer flavored taste treats? Will they really be serving beer pie?

Capital Brewery Night Wednesday May 7th at Old Chicago. If trying out Capital Brewery beers weren't enough incentive, they'll also be giving away a pair of Great Taste tickets. 4-7pm.

Rush River Happy Hour, Friday May 9th at Graze. If you don't get to River Falls too often, this is a great chance to sample some excellent beers. If you like hoppy beers, try the Bubble Jack IPA. 4-7pm

Disco On The Patio with Lakefront Brewery Saturday May 10th at Dexter's Pub. This is a complete tap takeover, so there will be plenty to choose from. And outside on the patio, a silent disco (that's my favorite kind). 10pm-2:30am.

$2 Guest Tap Beers and Music from Mike Droho at One Barrel Brewing Company. Look for a lot of the venues to be blowing out the barrels that have been on for Craft Beer Week, but at this one you get live music too! All day, Mike plays at 7pm.


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