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    What: While Wednesday’s Dogfish Head visit ought to be exciting as well, it’s hard to argue with a triple tap takeover. Reps from Green Flash, Ballast Point and Karl Strauss will be on hand to discuss their combined 20 or so taps, and bring freebies.

    Where: University of Beer, 615 Third St.

    When: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday

    Bison organic beer tasting

    What: Mark Cabrera of Bison Brewing will bring three selections for tasting, and the funky Cocoa Bretta is one of them. The first 100 percent organic collaboration beer is a hybrid of Bison’s chocolate stout and Logsdon’s Seizoen Bretta, which means Peruvian chocolate, Brettanomyces yeast strains and pear juice all in one. Monticello will provide pairings for munching, including chicken and waffles.

    Where: Monticello’s Seasonal Cuisine, 630 G St.

    When: 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday

    Drake’s triple-hopped aroma swap

    What: Discover how hops play together with a firkin of American hopped Aroma Coma IPA and a firkin of New Zealand hopped Aroma Prieta. The twist: Drake’s stuffed another dosing of hops to each from the opposite brew. The Drake’s crew has traveled to three other California bars for this experiment — the Davis Beer Shoppe is the last stop, and the only stop in the region.

    Where: Davis Beer Shoppe, 211 G St.

    When: 5 p.m. Thursday

    Sudwerk tap takeover

    What: Meet the brewer and be one of the first to taste four of Sudwerk’s beers under its brand redesign. There’s a German twist on the American Pale Ale and a dry-hopped, West Coast version of the Munich Helles lager. A white IPA features orange peel from the brewmaster’s backyard, and a sour doppel bock is aged in oak barrels for over a year.

    Where: De Vere’s Irish Pub, 217 E St.

    When: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 23

    Bike and Brew Fest

    What: Organizers tout a massive party with unlimited beer and a laid-back, family-friendly vibe. Food trucks, wine, live music and a kids zone round out the event. But the highlight is the presence of more than 50 breweries from all over the world. See a full list of vendors and buy tickets online at Prices start at $10 for designated drivers, $35 to $45 for a standard ticket and $60 for VIP, which includes food and access to specialty brews. Proceeds benefit the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

    Where: Central Park, Fifth and C streets

    When: 3:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24

Taste Davis beer culture at weeklong celebration

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am

Davis’ love of suds is official: The city’s first beer week kicks off Monday.

For seven days, Davis businesses will offer a series of tap takeovers, beer-and-food pairings, rare offerings and special deals, all culminating in a festival with more than 50 breweries, food and live music.

The format is inspired by the ever-popular Sacramento Beer Week, and with so many beer nerds constantly blowing into town for UC Davis’ top-tier brewing program, Henry de Vere thought it would only make sense for Davis to have its own.

“Davis is a community about gathering, family and friendship, and that goes hand-in-hand with beer,” said the owner of de Vere’s Irish Pub.

De Vere teamed up with Sudwerk to organize and recruit breweries. Neighboring favorites are flocking in along with other domestic gems — the West Coast is well-represented — and a handful of international breweries.

And Sudwerk, the only brewery in Davis since 1989, will roll out new beers and a new label — the brand’s facelift is an effort to better represent the local scene, and the redesigned logo appropriately features a bicycle.

“We’re excited,” said operations manager Trenton Yackzan. “It’s part of the plan to get Sudwerk back in the community.”

The event list grows daily on But de Vere advised to watch social media accounts for individual businesses — the most exciting events and special releases will probably be announced that way.

In the meantime, here are some highlights:

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