The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company will host a beer pairing event

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company will host a beer pairing event (photo courtesy Michael Schwartzberg / October 3, 2013)

Baltimore Beer Week is on the way. The fifth annual citywide immersion into Baltimore's beer scene starts on Oct. 18, with an opening tap celebration at M&T Bank Stadium on Oct. 19.

But there's an unusual beer event coming up for anyone who can't wait.

On Oct. 10, the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. will host a craft beer and food pairing event at its firehouse. The event will offer guests seven pairing stations spread out in the firehouse's apparatus bays.

A typical station might have pan-seared shrimp and Cajun-blackened corvina with Ballast Point Sculpin and Union Craft Brewing Duckpin.

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. is holding this first-time event with Zeffert & Gold Catering and Max's Taphouse of Fells Point.

The craft beer and food pairing event is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co., 40 East Sudbrook Lane. Tickets are $50-$75 and are being sold at baltimorebeerandfood.com.