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Beer Events

Hop City beer tastings
When: Every Wednesday, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: Octane
Price: Free
Octane hosts different beers from Hop City Beer every Wednesday.

Beer + Barbecue Dinner
When: Thurs., Aug. 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Atkins Park Tavern
Price: $45 per person
Atkins Park is pairing up with Terrapin Beer to create a four-course menu with beer pairings.

International #IPADay
When: Thurs., Aug. 4, all day
Where: Internet, various local establishments
Price: Depends on how many IPAs you have
Created by a pair of beer evangelists on Twitter, International IPA Day is an excuse for hops lovers the world over to enjoy India Pale Ales and share their thoughts, photos and videos on their preferred social networks. This is the kind of "collaborative worldwide grassroots social media event" we can get behind.

Tomatoes at Terrapin
When: Thurs., Aug. 4, 6 p.m.
Where: Terrapin Brewery, Athens
Price: $18-$20
In its second year, Tomatoes at Terrapin benefits the Athens Nurses Clinic. Admission includes eight beer tickets, a tour of the brewery, tomato sandwiches and live bluegrass from Packway Handle Band.

Beers for Books
When: Sun., Aug. 7, 5–10 p.m.
Where: Tap
Price: However much you spend on beer
For every drink you purchase at Tap on Aug. 7, $1 will be donated to Room to Read.

Monday Night Brewing launch party
When: Mon., Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
Where: Ormsby's
Price: Free
Monday Night Brewing, a new beer company in Atlanta, is launching Aug. 8. Purchase its beers for the first time and hang out with the founders at Ormsby's for the launch party that evening, or buy the beer at Hop City Beer at 5:30 p.m.

Leukemia & Lymphoma fundraiser
When: Mon., Aug. 8, all day
Where: The Porter Beer Bar
Price: varies
The Porter will donate 10 percent of the day's sales to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Canoe and SweetWater End of Summer Barbecue
When: Sat., Aug. 13, 1 p.m.
Where: Canoe
Price: $25
Canoe is pairing up with SweetWater Brewery to throw an end-of-summer barbecue. A portion of ticket proceeds will go toward the Save the Hooch campaign.

Heritage Sandy Springs Beer Fest
When: Sat., Aug. 13, 4–8 p.m.
Where: The Heritage Green on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn
Price: $25
The second-annual Sandy Springs Beer Fest will feature food, live music and more than 70 beers to sample.

Porter Beer Bar beer class
When: Every third Tuesday of the month, 7:30–9 p.m.
Where: The Porter Beer Bar
Price: Around $30, depending on the beer
The Porter features a different style of beer each month. The next class is Aug. 16.

German Bierfest
When: Sat., Aug. 27, 2–7 p.m.
Where: Woodruff Park
Price: $30-$35
The eighth annual German Bierfest will feature German beers, food, music and activities.

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