Erik Maza selects his Ten Highlights from Baltimore Beer Week here.
Then, the food events start in earnest on Saturday. Here's a look at the subscription dinners and lunches through the first weekend, which runs, for some folks, straight on through Monday, Columbus Day. You don't want to be left out.
First up, a Unibroue Beer Brunch at Metropolitan in Federal Hill on Saturday, Oct. 8. $30.
On Sunday, Oct. 9, A Bachelor Beer Dinner at Golden West in Hampden will feature Flying Dog brews and a menu of single-guy favorites - chicken ramen, knockwurst mini bites, chicken fried steak and Ho Ho's. $35.
Metropolitan hosts its third-annual Exotic Beer Brunch on Monday, Oct. 10, Columbus Day, at 10 a.m.
Hugh Sisson and Volker Stewart are among the brewers attending the Columbus Day Baltimore Beer Forum at Bertha's in Fells Point on Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Space is very limited at this event, and interested parties are asked to call Bernard at Bertha's straightaway to make a reservation. $30.
The Mount Airy Inn hosts a Stillwater Beer Dinner on Monday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. This is one of big tickets for Baltimore Beer Week. $75 tickets are available by calling the inn.
Other food-related events for the first weekend of the Baltimore Beer Festival are all pay-as-you-go. On Friday, Oct. 7, they include a German Fest with German ales and Bratwurst at the new Hop Heads Ale House in Middle River and a Mussels Pint Night at Bertha's, featuring Philadelphia's Yards Brewing Company.
The food events for Saturday, Oct. 8 include a Kegs & Eggs breakfast at the Mount Airy Inn and a Pints and Pumpkins beer dinner at T Bonz Grille and Pub in Ellicott City, featuring New Belgian Brewing's Fat Tire Amber Ale. Of course, Saturday's big event is the Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest at Timonium Fairgrounds.
Mahaffey's in Canton hosts a Pints & Pancakes breakfast on Sunday morning, Oct. 9 and Kloby's Smokehouse will be running a special barbecue-beer pairing menu featuring Oskar Blues brews at a Monday Night Firkin Football party on Monday, Oct. 10.