We all have a list of things we say we're going to learn how to do, from making soufflés to building an icy emotional wall between ourselves and our loved ones. For those of you who have learning how to home-brew on your list, here's the perfect event for you: Chad Brooks of Peticolas Brewing Co. will lead a home-brewing workshop at Jack Mac's Swill and Grill. The workshop includes five Peticolas beers (you know, for inspiration) as well as beer-centric appetizers and entrées. For reservations, call 972-267-2782. The cost is $55 per person.
What it be: Home Brew Class
When it do: 7 p.m. Thursday, November 12
Where dat is: 19009 Preston Road
It's the 48th year for the Fort Worth Greek Festival, which is really saying something. Festivals age at a much faster rate than people, making Greek Fest about 432 in human years. How has it stuck around? Maybe it's the great food. Over a dozen vendors, with such offerings as spanakopita and moussaka, are scheduled to attend. The festival will also offer cooking demos, cultural exhibits, live music and folk dancing. General admission is $1. Food will be available for purchase either a la carte or by the plate.
What it be: Fort Worth Greek Festival
When it do: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, November 13
Where dat is: 2020 N.W. 21st St., Fort Worth
Local advocacy group Go Oak Cliff will host this two-day event at Kidd Springs Park. On Friday, over 30 teams of highly trained, super expert, top-notch barbecue artisans will gather to sacrifice a barnyard's worth of mammals to the Smoky Goodness God. Basically, they'll prep for the competition while Kirk Thurmond plays live music and revelers partake in the beer and wine garden. Picnics are encouraged. The main event is on Saturday, which kicks off the Dallas 'Stache Dash 5k benefiting the Movember Foundation. A $20 wristband gets you access to barbecue tasting and subsequent barbecue voting, which begins at 1 p.m.
What it be: Blues, Bandits and BBQ
When it do: 5 p.m. Friday, November 13
Where dat is: 711 W. Canty St.
The Brewer's Ball is just like the one Cinderella went to, but with less ill-fitting footwear and more craft beer. If you drink enough, however, you can definitely find Prince Charming. Ball-goers will have the opportunity to hobnob with the best our local craft brewery scene has to offer: Around 40 breweries will be represented at the ball, either by way of a founder, owner and/or brewmaster. Drink and dine the night away, with bites provided by Braindead, Easy Slider, LUCK, Meddlesome Moth, Malai Kitchen and more. Tickets are $125 per person.
What it be: 2nd Annual NTX Beer Week Brewer's Ball
When it do: 7 p.m. Friday, November 13
Where dat is: 2222 Stemmons Freeway
Do you like immediately chasing physical exertion with alcohol consumption? If so, you may want to check out the Brew Mile. Participants run for a 1/4 mile, drink a beer and repeat three times until they reach the finish line or become so disgusted with their life choices that they give up and sit on the side of the track, a heaping, sweaty mass of human doubt. But if you do finish, there's an open bar at the end and a dance party. Tickets start at $55.
What it be: Arlington Brew Mile
When it do: 3 p.m. Saturday, November 14
Where dat is: 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington
The fourth annual Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival will take place this Saturday at Addison Airport (not on the tarmac, we promise.) General admission tickets include entry to the event plus access to beer, wine, spirits and food samples. That's right, you get three different classes of alcohol plus snacks. Tickets are $75.
What it be: Dallas Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival
When it do: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, November 14
Where dat is: 4651 Airport Parkway, Addison
Meat Fight 2015 is sold out, but there's a consolation event for those of you who don't get to go that involves pie. Lots and lots of pie. No, not the math kind that makes your brain wrinkle, but the flaky, golden brown variety. For just $5, you can sample all manner of pies: fruit, nut, chocolate, custard and savory. Vote for your favorites and then go pick up a copy of The Pie Bible, because this event is held at Half Price Books. The cost is $5 if you simply want to stuff your pie hole with pie, or $10 if you enter the contest. Info on how to submit your pies for their Final Judgement Day can be foundhere.
What it be: Good Local Markets Fall Pie Contest
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When it do: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 15
Where dat is: 5803 E. Northwest Highway