The fifth annual Baltimore Beer Week kicks off tomorrow. There are more than 300 events, happy hour specials and more to choose from all week. You'll be hard-pressed not to find a restaurant or bar in Baltimore that doesn't have something planned. We've got a few below, but the full list can be found here.
• Live music, a pumpkin beer judging contest and more than 30 seasonal and local beers, all at the Maryland Zoo's OktoBEARfest Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. $20-$50.
• The newly renovated American Brewery Building is open for free tours Saturday. See the historic building and learn about the history of brewing in Baltimore. 10 a.m. to noon. 1701 N. Gay St. Free.
• Ravens fan? Sunday's Autumn Pigskin Feast at Pickles Pub features unlimited seasonal brews and a five-course meal through the end of the Ravens-Steelers game. 2 p.m. 520 Washington Blvd. $40.
• You can also drink for a good cause. The James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant's Give A Shuck on Oct. 24 will have live music, oyster shucking and a happy hour with Flying Dog's Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout on both draft and cask. Benefits from the beer's sales will go to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, which coordinates oyster restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay. 4 to 7 p.m. 616 S. President St.
Lots of popular spots in the city have specials, live music and more each of the week-long beer celebration. Click on the links below for a full listing of events at two local favorites, Max's and Alewife:
Max’s Taphouse: Test your beer knowledge during a blind sampling challenge on Oct. 25. The winner of the challenge will get a craft brew basket with different ales to try. 737 S. Broadway St.
Alewife: On Oct. 21, Victory Brewing Co. will release Winter Cheers, its seasonal fruit-and-spice ale. The craft brewery will also have its Dirt Wolf Double IPA on tap.