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Hash Over: Beer Hero Makes Dallas Stops, Fair Food A Grind, Five-Sixty For Happy Hour And More

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Author, beer judge and Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver will be in town Wednesday for a couple of Brooklyn Beer-related events. One is free, while the other costs $58 per person plus tax and tip. Guess which one we'll be attending.

First, Oliver will offer samples with food pairings and a cooking demonstration in a free event at the Highland Park Whole Foods location from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Later, he'll lead diners through a five-course beer dinner at Newport's Seafood and Steaks starting with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The menu includes filet of beef tenderloin with Brooklyn Brown Ale glaze, New England clam chowder, calamari and more paired with Brooklyn's Oktoberfest, Local 1, East India Pale Ale, Local 2 and Black Chocolate Stout. Reservations (required) are available at 214-954-0220 or by e-mail.

Maybe he'll have an Ugly Pug while he's in town too? He had some nice things to say about the Fort Worth beer in this review.

Also going on this week ...

Citing concerns for fair-goers' batter-bloated digestive systems, It's A Grind (subject of a July atta-boy cover story) is offering 10 percent off "soothies" (fruit and green tea smoothies) to anyone with a State Fair ticket stub or who shares a picture depicting consumption of a deep-fried goodie.

FIve-Sixty is introducing a new happy hour 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays with a changing selection of tapas-sized plates and five varying drink options priced at--you guessed it--$5.60 each.

Coast in Plano will have a Krupp Brothers wine dinner 7 p.m. Thursday with tandoori spiced magret duck, roasted monkfish, chocolate fudge bete noir and more. Cost is $65 per person plus tax and tip. Call 972-265-4722.

Hungry-Man Meals will team up with Dallas Fire Rescue to raise money for the Salvation Army noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Red River. The event also includes Fire Prevention Month educational and kids' activities. So just how are they raising money? By serving up boneless fried chicken meals for a $2 donation, which Hungry-Man will match. It's a great way to help the less fortunate AND get your full day's supply of fat and sodium. But we're guessing they just want the money and aren't going to actually make you eat the TV dinner.

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