Drink local: Favio Garcia of Lost Rhino Brewing Company, Mike McGarvey of 3 Stars Brewing Company and Brandon Skall of DC Brau Brewing Company will pour their beers at the Mid-Atlantic Brewery Night at Smith Commons on Saturday. (Image courtesy of JML marketing + communications)

D.C. Beer Week kicks of Sunday. Seven days of tapping parties, meet-the-brewer beer dinners, rare beer tastings, beer-and-cheese pairings, happy hours — even a hot-dog-eating contest. The dozens of events on the official schedule range from $75 five-course meals (reservations required) to informal sampling at local bars. The good news is that most don’t have a cover charge, so you only pay for what you drink and eat.

To help you make heads and tails of the schedule, we’ve come up with a list of the most promising no-reservations-needed events of the week, and a longer list of recommended events that also includes bigger-ticket beer dinners and tastings. For even more choices, point your browser to the official Web site, www.dcbeerweek.net.